I can hardly believe it, but I’m finally back to Starkville! After a long break filled with traveling–bouncing back and forth between Nashville, TN; Grenada, MS; Meadville, MS; Jackson, MS; Atlanta, GA; Starkville, MS–I now have a lot of unpacking to do. I’m sure you can tell by that picture to the left! Before I get even deeper into the pile of laundry to wash and before I start smelling “Lemon Fresh” like my clorox cleaner, I wanted to write to you first…
Just about everything in my apartment is the same as it was when I left. There are a few differences, though. For example, my onion has grown impressively large! The birds still love coming to the bird feeders outside of my kitchen window. It’s exactly the same apartment, and yet something is different about it…. The person living inside of it. Me.
Yes, I am just a little road weary like my African Violets that went home to Nashville and Grenada with me. The change that I am referring to, though, is not external. You see, at the start of the break, I was relieved to have a break and prayed for a time of restoration. Especially when I signed up to go to the Passion conference in Atlanta, I was super excited and knew it would be incredible. I had no idea what was in store for me, though. Before I left, I prayed that God would restore my heart, renew my spirit, and fix my gaze back on Him. God did exactly those things. And more. As Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory…”
So while I still have long, brown hair and am proud and blessed to say that I am beginning to look more and more like my beautiful mom everyday, I praise God for the feeling of new life that fills my spirit.
As a senior in college, these next few months are critical and will be a time of extreme reliance on faith. I have no idea yet what I’ll be doing after graduation in May 2012–whether applying to work full-time at MSU, opening up a coffee shop in Starkville, returning home to Nashville or Grenada to pursue writing as a career and wait tables, or moving to a Spanish-speaking country to teach English. But in this time of uncertainty, I do know this though: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8)! Just as David proclaimed that the Lord searched him and knew him, searched out his path, and was acquainted with all of his ways, so shall the Lord do the same for all of His children today. He will hem us in, behind and before, and lay his hand upon us. Every single day of our lives are even written in his book of life (Psalm 139:1-5, 16). Doesn’t that knowledge bring such an incredible sense of comfort?
With the start of this new year, dear reader, this is my prayer for you: that the Lord our God will open
- your eyes to see His beauty in all of creation (That includes you and how wonderfully He has made you!),
- your ears to hear His whisper, even in the clamor and chaos during your busiest day, and
- your heart to be filled with His Spirit.
May you trust Him always, and may your faith in Him and His goodness grow everyday. May you be rooted and grounded in His love, a love that knows no limits, and compels us to share the same love with others (Ephesians 3:17 & 2 Corinthians 5:14).
Happy New Year!
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,