Wow, 100 posts! I never thought I’d make it this far. I have to thank my awesome readers, for sticking with me through the rough and sparse patches. I have to thank my friends, for encouraging me in my writing endeavors, and pushing me to keep going. Among these, I must give a special thanks to DropTheKid/IRONEQUINE/Moose, Grandma Marley, Jillian Ickes, Whitney Estey, Mirriam Neal, Emily and Amanda Bradburn, Michelle Black, Mickey Pfarr, Madison Louise, Emily Kaufman, and Oksanna Karaman. You guys have constantly been there to pick me up when I was down, give me a much needed push, yelled at me when I needed it, held me when I was broken, and always, always helping me to reach my full potential. Thank you! I’ve still got a long way to go and a whole lot to learn, but with you guys behind me, there’s no turning back. (Believe me, it’s not possible. Even if I wanted to run back. They would hijack me and drag me forward by the hair.)
But above all of these people, there has been one other being that has helped me more than any other ever could. He has been my rock, my shelter, my strength. When I was weak, He was strong. And in His presence, I can do nothing but stand in awe. I would never have made it this far without Him, and it would be inappropriate for me to do anything with this post but give Him all the praise and glory.
“I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.
The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.“