26 years ago, a beautiful woman (who is still VERY beautiful) bore a little or should I say, big, baby named Emily Anne Swanson. That woman sacrificed 9 months to carry me in her womb. By God’s grace, she didn’t listen to the lies of the culture that say that, ‘children are a drag. Children aren’t a blessing. Children make it so you can’t live the life you’ve always wanted to.’ This podcast is going to be dedicated to that woman, my mom, and my dad, who have invested 26 years in me (i can’t say how grateful I am.)
I want this podcast to be full of reflections of gratefulness to the LORD for all His many mercies on my life and on my family. Reflections are such a good way to take your eyes off of what you don’t have but focus your eyes on the blessings that God has put into your life.
And most of all I pray that these reflections do go all the way back to the fact that Jesus Christ alone can be my true chief treasure as I grow older and get closer to heaven.
This year was a crazy year. It held a rocky relationship. It held healing and repentance on my part after that relationship. There were so many nights of tears, confusion, heartache, and yet REDEMPTION.
In our world I’m learning that some of the greatest heroes and heroines are not Superman, Ironman, President Trump, Spiderman, Antman, Captain America, Captain Marvel, but they are the godly men and women around me who are pouring their lives into their children.
These are heroes. The moms in our church are an example of this. There are so many of them that EMBRACE the strength called for in being a mom. They love their children with abandon, they encourage their children to blossom under the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and they pray fervently for their children.
Then there’s my dad who hasn’t missed a Bible Time with us in a long time, and if he has to miss it with us, he’s usually somewhere else soaking in the word of God with some other guys. And then we girls usually do Bible Time together.
26 years has been good being in my family’s home.
some might ask?
“Why didn’t you leave and get your own career? Why didn’t you follow your dreams?”
And I’d answer.
“This is my dream.”
I’m not lying y’all. It’s ok if you disbelieve me.
Pic Credit: My Sister’s Instagram
If your’e scratching your head and wondering why I’ve chosen to embrace being in my family’s home and what it looks like to be growing into an adult, doing my own adulting, and yet still living with my parents, you can listen to this podcast. I’m no expert, but I hope that these reflections and thanksgivings to the Lord from 26 years would be a great encouragement to you.
In this podcast I share:
– Reflections on the people who have blessed me in all 26 years beyond what words can say
– The complications of getting older and living with your parents
– Why I’ve stayed in my parent’s home
– Why living in your parent’s home does not mean you can stay and not contribute to staying with them
– What God has taught me about pride and humility being 26 years in my parent’s house
– Learning from my parents the 26 years I’ve been in their home
– Learning to do ‘adulting’ while still in your parent’s house
– How far the Lord has brought me in this 25-26th year in recovery
– Why this year was the biggest year of freedom yet for me when it comes to: weight, food, exercise.
– The fun parts and not so parts of adulting (why I have been too dependent on my parents before)
And now for the best parts of being 26 years old and single:
Getting to hang out with my 18-year-old sister and joke like crazy people
Praying with 18-year-old sister and watching her mature
Getting to watch my 22-year-old sister walk through a relationship and GET MARRIEDDDDD!!!!!!
Meditating on God’s faithfulness that has been so real to me in some of the hardest points this year
Going out with friends spontaneously
Playing on summery slip-and-slides with little ones
Becoming better friends with the little kids in our church instead of being that scary older girl that I was for a while
Fun photo shoots and enjoying God’s incredible beauty in all different seasons like (summer, fall, winter, spring)
”Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]
3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]
Psalm 37:25, ‘ I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.’
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LOVE YOU ALL! 🙂 I hope this is edifying and uplifting to you.