As the eighteenth of each month passes, I become overwhelmed with gratitude. Another month of life. This date is easy for me to remember because my birthday is on the eighteenth of February. And my surgery "happened" to fall on my half birthday, the eighteenth of August. God is awesome like that. He hasn't allowed me to forget His goodness.
Mark Batterson, my pastor while I lived in DC, often talks about the importance of celebrating answers to prayer, ebenezer moments, with the same intensity with which we prayed. Ebenezer, a word in Hebrew, means "thus far the Lord has helped us."
It is hard for me not to celebrate every little answer to prayer these days. It's only been a little over a year and a half since my surgery. Just a year ago, I was asking for rides everywhere because I wasn't allowed to drive. I committed to play kickball weekly hoping that I would be able to find rides to all the games and practices. I'm playing kickball again this year, and I just realized the joy in the freedom of being able to drive myself to kickball!
So please rejoice with me in all that the Lord has done in my life! And take a moment to remember how much the Lord has done in your life.