Love

Since my last post a lot has changed, but not a lot at the same time.

I am looking forward to starting a new position (oh the life of a temp) this coming week and have officially become a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child. I have continued to be blessed with amazing friends and I have joined a small group at the church I attend. I am learning and growing so much in my faith and love having wonderful women of God to talk to and learn from.

I’ve been thinking a lot about love and what it means to love others. As Pastor David Chadwick told us yesterday, “if you want to love God, love what He loves most – people.” This coming off of a week where I saw The Vow and watched Freedom Writers, I’ve been considering what love means to me. I’ve been struggling with how I should love because I become passionate about so many issues so easily, but I know I can’t constantly support millions of causes.

One thing I am doing to love is be more intentional in my friendships. Since graduating from Elon and no longer living with most of my friends, I have tried to stay in touch with people through simple texts and sending notes. I have also become intentional about praying for my friends and for others. I am still trying to figure out where God wants to use me in Charlotte exactly – but I have gotten involved with several nonprofits and hope to continue to give my time and money to causes close to my heart.

How have you loved someone recently?

Friends

Recently, I have been reminded how truly blessed I am to have such incredible, Godly women in my life.

My friend Kaley Rivera is a beautiful singer/songwriter (shameless plug: buy her EP!) who has an amazing gift with words. She always encourages me by speaking the truth and even her emails bring a smile to my face.

Leslie is someone I met while at Operation Christmas Child and she has such a tender heart. She is always seeking the Lord’s will, even when it is difficult or unclear what the future holds for her – she takes the risk. I admire her for that.

My roommate, Riley, is someone who has been inspiring me for years now. She is passionate and big-hearted. Riley constantly challenges me to be a better person.

Stephanie knows herself so well and she always strives to better herself. She is a wonderful listener and someone who reminds me to seek what the Lord calls us to do as Christians – love.

I have many other friends here in Charlotte and beyond that I am thankful for. I am truly blessed to have these ladies in my life to help me grow in my faith, to challenge me, better me and have fun with.  As I continue to walk in my faith journey and deepen my relationship with Christ, I am reminded how important is to invest into people and pour into them. Jesus cared deeply for his disciples and spent time serving, teaching and loving them. I know this little blog post doesn’t do much and these specific ladies may never see it, but I hope they know how much I love them.

I challenge you to write a note of encouragement to a friend, and to spend time praying for your friends.