Well, this is the last day I’m living as a 24-year-old. When I wake up tomorrow morning I will be celebrating my first quarter-century on this planet.

When I was young I used to think that upon my birthday, magically overnight I would become a year older and wiser. It was only when I got much older that I realized aging is constant and doesn’t come in spurts. And wisdom? You have to seek it because it doesn’t come naturally to us foolish humans. Ü Still, each birthday I do some soul-searching, thinking about the past year and what I can do to live the upcoming year better.

There’s a song by Switchfoot called “24”, and it was written by frontman Jon Foreman on the eve of his 25th birthday.


I have some favorite parts in the song, when the lyrics go, “Life is not what I thought it was twenty-four hours ago / Still I’m singing Spirit take me up in arms with You / And I’m not who I thought I was twenty-four hours ago / Still I’m singing Spirit take me up in arms with You… See I’m not copping out, not copping out, not copping out / When you’re raising the dead in me.

There were some really rough times in my 24th year. But I’m not copping out, as the song says. I’m clinging even harder to my God, who’s seen me through it all. My 25th year will be a great blessing, I’m sure of it.

Happy Birthday to me!


7 thoughts on “24

  • July 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Happy birthday, Ms. Noelle!

  • July 4, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I won’t wish you a happy birthday, I think happiness is too fleeting, too reliant on happenings. Ah but joy, that one can only come from Jesus.

    Have a joyous birthday! And may He continue to work on you day by day.

    He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus

    My, that’s a lot to look forward to ain’t it? πŸ™‚

  • July 4, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Bah, I’m not as complicated as philos – I’ll wish you a Happy Birthday! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! πŸ˜€

  • July 4, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Its great that it seems every year you get more closer and closer to God. I was reminded on this new book that I’m reading that knowledge and wisdom goes hand in hand. As reminded, knowledge is what we already know; wisdom is how we apply what we know in our everyday lives. As we all grow more and more, again, its good to hear that you are clinging on to God despite what you may have gone through during the past year. And yes, I believe as much as you that you will have such a great year this year.

    God Bless and Happy Birthday Noelle πŸ™‚

  • July 4, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    yay for birthdays! glad you’re having a good one πŸ™‚


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