this could potentially become overly cheesy or sappy. just so you all are aware.
God has allowed so many people to touch my life and encourage me in so many ways about serving alongside Tom beginning this fall. this past week, a young couple were adult leaders (he 25, she 22) and it was an encouragement and excitement to just watch them and realize that I get to be a part of ministry this fall. I’m excited. God has ordained this summer as a preparation time for me not only for serving alongside him in ministry, but for marriage, and just for ‘real life’ after graduation. this summer has and will continue to be faith strengthening and difficult. day after day, i find myself encountering unexpected challenges, yet day after day, God takes care of them, if i simply step aside and allow Him to. throughout life, there’s a million things that i’ve “learned” but this summer unlike any time before in my life i’ve seen all of them put into practice. the word alive. i’m not sure if any of this makes any sense as i write it out, but this summer has just been amazingly encouraging and strengthening. it’s exactly what I needed.
on the note of cheesy romanticness, i have the world’s best fiance who takes care of all the random little things he can on his brief time off in the 98 degree weather. he’s great. he’s become best friends with I40 lately and done so much for us and i’m so blessed to get to be his wife in 112 days and i cannot wait to go on retreats with him and do ministry alongside him and go on random road trips and explore a new city in a new state with him. i see random wedding emails and hear about other young couples or get asked about the engagement story and just get excited all over again.
ok cheesiness commenced 🙂 for now.
it’s hard being away from friends, but it’ll be hard going home and leaving this place, this community, and the wonderful staff i’ve become a family with this summer. i thank God for providing me this opportunity and for those of you praying.
this summer is by no means a piece of cake and there are stores of struggles, but no need to mention those here. He knows what He’s doing, He takes care of them, and in the end, His will above all else prevails if we simply die to self daily.
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.