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iPhone dump & a few Highlights

We have monthly “team meetings” at work and each month they award the “Team Player” award. You get a really nice plaque to bring home, a gift card, and the “pig pass.” The pig pass, first of all, is adorable, but also it means you can turn it in anytime 48 hours before your shift to get a day off! Pretty fun, right! I have to say that I left that meeting feeling so loved and thankful for my job and my coworkers. Not only did I receive a really encouraging gift, but also a coworker asked me about something I told her about several months ago and took the time to sit down and pray with me before I left. How incredible to be looked after and encouraged so well even at work!! So, so thankful and so, so blessed by those people. Thank you!!!
My sweet friend Becky turned 22 last week! I made her a cute card (that an elementary school student could probably have done better… sorry Beck!!) and since it was too big, I made an envelope out of magazine pages! Took a few tries, but turned out okay:)

Speaking of Becky… she also asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! She made each of us these adorable painted boxes and filled them with a CD, scraps of inspiration for the wedding, and all the details we could ever need to know!! Looks like Jake and I are headed to Texas in late May to celebrate the soon-to-be-Littles getting married!!!

My celebration of messy hair… it’s time to just embrace it, people.

And of course… I voted this week in my first election! And as a Tennessee voter, at that! And that’s all I’m going to say about the election.


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train me up

I’ve moved in to my room at school, bonded with my fellow Res Life staff, and now I’m waiting for the rest of the students to arrive. Pray for the next few days… that they are restful and they prepare me to love on the students moving in Saturday and Sunday. More on all of this later, including my heart. I felt the blog needed some attention, but my bed calls since it’s 1:17am… and my goal is to be in bed around 11pm.


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Consider him

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted… “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons… For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Heb 12:2,5-7, 10-11)

Reading this Scripture jolted my attitude about working today. I arrived at work a little early and spent some time reading at the employee table. I realized my current season of running around, working somewhere I don’t want to work the rest of my life, waiting to get married, and trying to finish college is training me. It’s an endurance race and I’m in it because God loves me and he sees it’s for my good–my good is that I can share in his holiness. Sometimes it really seems painful. It seems painful to go to work knowing I will come home smelling and feeling disgusting, knowing I’ll have to get dirty working in food service. It seems painful to wait another year to be a wife, a role I’ve been looking forward to my whole life. It seems painful spend my next two years in classrooms when I’m ready to have a job and be out in the world now. It seems painful to financially survive as a married couple the first few years. These disciplines seem painful because my eyes aren’t on the true prize… they’re on fake earthly prizes like comfort, rest, independence, worth, money, and marriage. None of those things are bad until they take the place of my true prize, Jesus Christ. The prize is being made more like Jesus. The prize is eternal life with my King. All these tough circumstances and jobs are good because they’re training me to look at Jesus for my comfort, my rest, my worth, and my marriage.

So all that to say, reading the above Scripture today gave me renewed vision at work and in this period of waiting. I’m trying to soak up this season and be serious about this training that I’m enduring. For this is the will of God, your sanctification (1 Thess 4:3).

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (heb 12:1-2).



I’m an RA!

I learned this past Friday that I have been hired as a Resident Assistant for the 2011-2012 school year! I am very excited about this new window of my life… I’ve been getting a little restless, so this might be just the change I need for direction. Pray for the coming months that my heart is prepared to be available to the girls on my hall and eager to do ministry with and for them. Pray that I desire to exalt and serve Jesus, lifting up his name through my work rather than my own. Pray for the new relationships I’ll form–that they will be opportunities for the gospel to be lived, preached, and known.

Paul writes to the Thessalonians, “For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed–God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us” (1 Thess 2:3-8).

Lord, may I seek to come to my peers not with words of flattery or a pretext for greed, but with the powerful and freeing truth of the gospel. May I desire to lift up your name for your glory rather than to make my name great for my own glory. My glory is deceitful and fleeting, but yours is satisfying and lasting. Prepare my heart to be ready and eager to share my life with my community at school, both now and in the months to come. I ask all this for your glory and in Jesus’ name. Amen.