I literally have one day of class left at the University of Tennessee. SAY WHAT?? Whenever I think about it for too long, I definitely have a major out of body experience. I’m super excited about the coming days and weeks and months–getting celebrate this weird transition with lots of people that I love. I’m excited about the fall; it gives me good butterflies–learning how to teach (going to school, to be a teacher is a funny concept when you think about it) and hopefully finding a big girl job along with it. In all the excitement and happy-nervous-jitters, I’ve also been feeling really nostalgic. Looking back over the past four years is kind of overwhelming…there are so many memories and so many things that I’ve learned. Maybe I can pinpoint a handful of things that stick out.
Learning what it means to live in light of The Gospel — That time when Jessie and I slipped and slid into fall…and yellow jackets — Small group with Lauren. And her banana bread — Scream-Singing in the Cheetah kitchen — Learning to be honest with people — Raves at Hodges Library — That time when our house had fleas, a gas leak, broken AC, etc…all in one semester — Meeting/crying/laughing with Jen at Panera — Laughing alot — Crying alot — Never having enough Tom-Head — Learning to try to live in the present and not worry about the future — Summer Bible study with Steph — Finally majoring in something other than “undecided” #englishmajor — Watching The Bachelor on Monday nights — Conversations on the back porch swing — Dance Parties — Young Life at Webb — New Years in Nashville — freaking out about who to ask to date parties freshman year — running from Laurel to the Lane Kiffin riot, complete with burning mattresses — Learning the importance of community and authenticity — Working at Cedar Springs with LTP aka best job ever — Walks at the boulevard — Road trips with friends — Learning that peace from the Lord is like manna…perfect provision for each day — Running up and down the halls of Laurel when the power went out — Learning to lay my insecurities at the feet of Jesus — Eating with Ben & Jerry in Humes — Anxiously awaiting each episode of LOST — Learning what it looks like to stand in the grace and righteousness of Christ — Desiring to treasure Christ most and learning to trust Him
Whoa baby. I feel like I just word vomited all over this post. That stuff might not make sense to anyone but me. And that’s just the tip of the ice-berg. I love that the Lord has been walking with me through all of it. I love that He draws me to himself so creatively…whether it be as I scream-sing in the kitchen or as I go for a walk or as I cry my eyes out or as I jam out driving down the road or as I laugh til I pee my pants. He walked before me in all of it and he goes before me now!
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” Colossians 1:17
Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” Exodus 16