A tribute to my friends :)

3/27/10 — New Orleans

God has an amazing way of working things out, doesn’t He?  Just when we think that everything is going wrong, He proves that He is truly present through all, over all, and in all; He’s truly sovereign!

While walking around campus this morning, I was struck by the depth of this realization.  Sometimes, I take for granted that God is constantly directing the steps of my life.  But after leaving one of my classes, I simply stopped in the sidewalk where I was walking.  I stopped, and in my mind, I traveled back to the place where I was this time last year.

This time last year, I was freshman at a small, liberal arts, private college in Conway, AR.  To say it simply, I will simply say that it was not a good fit for me.  Although I had a few friends, I read while eating many meals alone.  I was depressed and haunted by guilt from my dating relationship.  Every single day, I prayed for friends and for the hopes of a future, God-centered relationship.

With the sun shining down on me this morning, though, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk on campus, and I realized just how greatly God had answered my prayer.  Not only had He answered it, though, but He had prepared for me a place more amazing than anything I could have ever imagined!

To all of my friends and family, tonight, I want to show you just how much I love and appreciate you!  So often, I receive words of encouragement from y’all, and I want you to know that every single time we talk and every single time I see you, I am reminded of just how great God is.  I’m reminded of how He blesses us with an abundance so great that we cannot even comprehend it!

To all of my friends and family, remember always that I cherish you and that God has blessed me THROUGH YOU!  You have made a difference in my life, and it’s a difference that has taught me what it means to love because God first loved us.