**Hi friends! I am on vacation until July 15th. Til then you're in the hands of some of my best friends. See ya in a week!** -JM
Hey Everyone! I'm Joanna.
As Julianna mentioned in my bio, I love singing. I remember when I was a child my parents left the huge living room/dining room open for me to have as my very own music room. I would dance, sing, play musical instruments and perform the occasional musical in which I would make my parents pay admission and the necessary popcorn I had popped all on my own.
When I sang, I felt joy. Genuine joy that would make my heart feel like bursting.
Let's now fast forward to today -- I am about to turn 30 in 5 days. Talk about a milestone. To be honest, it didn’t really get to me until July 6, 2011 when my husband turned 30. It got me thinking; 30 is a good amount of years! It’s 3 whole decades! Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that it’s still young and to be honest I am very happy to get OUT of my 20’s. But still, it's kind of a reality check for me, so I decided to write out some years of my life and the main happenings- where and who I was at that time. You know, to reminisce.
However, it turned out to be a bit daunting.
You see, before the age 26, I lived my own life without Jesus. I was a mess. I was lost. I was seriously depressed and I didn’t know why. Looking back at that time I saw that life happened and joy and happiness disappeared.
I couldn’t help but begin to feel that I wasted 25 years of my life. In tears from being bogged down with regret I got on my knees and cried to God. It was then that He reminded me of the verse He showed me earlier that day, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy” (Psalm 33:3).
He reminded me and reassured me that even during those years He always had a plan for me. There was never a time He wasn't guiding or directing my life.
He had a new song for me to sing.
In that moment, I lifted my tear stained face and began to sing my new song. I picked myself up, having the revelation that a “new song” means more than an actual song. Through Jesus, He offers a new life, a new start, a new JoAnna.
And that is exactly who I am.
“I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.”
What’s even more awesome is looking back at the years in the past DID include Jesus, He was always there, I just didn’t notice Him then. But now I do. My life is a new song.
And I am singing it joyfully! Happy 30th Birthday to me!
When you look back on your life, does it make you frown or smile?
What is it missing?
What new song are you singing today??