I’ve been meaning to post, but two things
have been stopping me:
1. I just moved 14 hours away from home
and recently started college (Liberty University and it rocks). So…BUSY. BUSY. BUSY.
2. I have been sad about being away from
home and have had no motivation to write or even had anything I cared to write
about. Everything going on seems so simple in comparison to the things I’ve
written about it the past…for example: A WEDDING, and I felt like I didn’t have
anything worth saying or telling about.
I know most people are so ready to get
out of their hometown when they graduate and go out into the world. But I am
such a homebody and such a family-oriented person.
Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to travel.
I love going new places and meeting new people. But there is also nothing like
that feeling of returning home- it’s just such a comforting thing…to be
known, to be cared for, and to be loved, and even just familiarity.
So to be real with you, I’ve been
struggling a bit. I like my blog to be encouraging and positive and just
something people can enjoy and maybe make them smile. So the past few weeks I
felt like I was not in the place to be pouring happiness into others because I
just couldn’t seem to shake my sadness and be happy myself.
But oh boy have I been learning…God has
been using people to speak truth into me!
So if there are any college girls out
there missing home or just anyone who may be struggling to find joy during the
stress of school, this is what I have been learning and what has been helping
1. Your joy- your power- comes from the
Lord. The joy of the Lord is your strength, and in His presence there is joy.
Also, search for joy in the little things. Count your blessings and you’ll see
just how much you have to be thankful for.
2. You are not the only one feeling
lonely. Someone else is feeling just as homesick as you are and could use a
friend. Be that friend. You know what it feels like to be alone, try to help
someone else not to have to feel that way. Befriend them, or at least say hey,
and then you both win!
3. Time spent with God is so precious and
the best thing you can do during your day. It seems hard sometimes to find
time, but any time is better than no time at all. I find it best to start my
day off with Him- it just helps to set the mood for the rest of the day. Be in
the Word and pray. Starting you day off refreshed and encouraged is way better
than starting off sad and negative. God loves it when you spend time with Him
too. He cares for His children and wants them to come to Him with their
problems, their hurts, and their heartaches.
4. Listen to uplifting music. When you’re
in the car just put on some praise and worship tunes! Find some music that
speaks life into you. Even if you feel like the words don’t match up with how
you’re feeling, listen to them and realize that they are true despite your
emotions. John Luke and I have gotten in the routine of listening to the new
Rend Collective Album “As Family We Go” on the way to our 8:15s every morning.
They are so joyful and are full of praise to God, and even if I am feeling
down, I love to hear the words and to be reminded that God is so good no matter
5. Talk to other people about how you are
feeling…especially other believers. They can pray for you and encourage you and
even just make you laugh. Fellowship is so important.
So I hope this helps.
I hope if you are experiencing the same
thing or something similar that you can apply some of the things to your own
life, but most importantly I hope you can learn to hand your burdens over to
God and find your joy in Him.
It may still be tough going through the
storm, but how awesome is it to know your Creator, also the Creator of the
Heavens and the Earth (who we have the privilege of calling Dad) is by your
side. He may not pull you up out of it and get you over it, but He will go
through it with you and He will bring something beautiful out of it. And that
is what I am believing and hanging on to.
So…with that being said!
I am going to start posting more. But not
just trips and traveling and events, but also the small things. Because I think
when you’re looking back, a lot of the small things turn out to be the big
things. For me it’s time to not just focus on the big things, but also search
for the small joys and see the blessings all around me.
I am super excited to see what God’s got
And a few pics from life lately, in case anyone cares to see what’s been happening!
(some pre-move and post-move…also some from the Live Original Live event in Nashville!)