Two Posts in One Day

I've been so busy this last week and so much has happened that I want to share, so I thought I would post a list of my top 5 things from this past week! I hope you enjoy!

  1. I joined a church in Wake Forest! This was so exciting for me, because it was the first time I have joined a church without my parents. I was under "watchcare" while at OBU, but I have now requested to move my letter and all. I can't wait to be able to serve and continue to be a part of Richland Creek Community Church!
  2. I've made some pretty incredible friends if I do say so myself. I've found a small group that I love and am able to study Scripture and pray with these new friends. We even had a mini-birthday celebration for sweet Rachael. Ashleigh and I made
    her Red Velvet Cupcakes with homemade Vanilla Cream Cheese icing and they were so tasty!
  3. Kayla and I finally have living room furniture! We spent countless hours looking on Craigslist, going to furniture stores, and any other option we had. You would be amazed by how people throw around the word "beautiful." Honestly, people need to invest in a new dictionary because an ocean print couch does not equal beautiful in my book and is definitely not worth $400! We got a matching brown couch and love seat and they are so comfortable.
  4. This may not seem top 5 worthy because I have not found a job yet, but I have had two great leads and one would actually involve wedding and event coordinating! My heart skipped a beat when I learned about this job. I hope to be able to hear about something soon.
  5. Hooray, my knee is healing! I still have several weeks left of rehab, but things are going well. I'm doing about 7 different exercises each time with roughly three sets of 15 for each one. I go twice a week and my PT's name is Karen and she is absolutely precious. I have really enjoyed being able to get to know her. We laugh so much because I always lose count of where I am in my exercises because we are talking about all kinds of stuff!
I hope all of you are doing well and I would love to hear from you all! Miss you!

Life as a Student in Wake

I finally started classes! I told my Mom today how excited I was about this fact. I love being a student and would have no problem staying in school for many years to come. I am taking Church History with Dr. McKinion, Foundations of Student Ministry with Doc Reid, and Christian Missions with Dr. Robinson. I think my brother laughed at me when I called him the day I enrolled because I was so excited about my textbooks. I'm excited to get into the semester and to continue to learn about living in a way that constantly demonstrates the Gospel.

It has been a crazy few days, but they have been so good! I have tried so hard to enjoy each day and try to learn one new thing about life in Wake. Here are a few things about Wake for all of my friends in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
  • People in Wake and North Carolina love their personalized license plates. It seems so rare to find one with just random letters and numbers.
  • People are so friendly, this is such an understatement. It is so easy to get lost in conversation with the carhop at Sonic. However, people love to honk at people while they are driving. We all have our flaws.
  • The weather always has at least a 20% of rain everyday! I guess that comes with the territory of being 2 hours from the coast.
  • You can't buy Blue Bell Ice Cream in North Carolina. Adam, Kimber, Kayla, and I went on a wild goose chase to try and disprove this fact.
  • Red lights are extremely long, there is one light in particular that actually lasts for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. My physical therapist told me this!
I apologize for not posting in a while. I will try and post more regularly.

Who Knew Home Comes With Peach Cobbler

All joking aside, my realization that I'm quickly falling in love with my new home came after eating peach cobbler. In a few of my recent blog posts I've mentioned my new friends at The Creek. I can't even begin to express the love that I've come to have for this church. They are my family and they are my home here in North Carolina. I would not trade them for anything. They are precious, funny, hospitable, caring, and they LOVE Jesus.

Last night, I had the privilege of joining a few of them at the Tilley's house for Bible Study. Three hours later I left with the biggest smile on my face, because I had the blessing of worshiping, studying Scripture, eating cobbler, praying with, and just spending time with some wonderful people. In our time of studying Scripture together, we reviewed what we had discussed in class on Sunday. Yes, this is my shameless plug for the Young Pro's class at The Creek taught by Doc Reid. We've been going through the book of 2 Corinthians Sunday we talked about two passages. The first being chapter 3 verses 1-6 and then chapter 5 verses 1-9. The overarching question of the day was simply "what defines you?"

Chapter 3 talks about this idea of letters of recommendation and what that means. In our society today we deal with the same thing. Most of my friends are in their young 20's and are constantly working and tweaking their resume. In this passage we read about letters of recommendation and yes 9 times out of 10, a letter of recommendation is worth far more than our resume. Why? Because it is not always about your degree, your work experience, or what activities/awards you have to show, but it is about what someone is going to say about you. How important is that? In terms of our relationship with Jesus Christ, what would someone say about me or you? I pray that I live my life in such a way that those who around me think two things. I hope they see my love for Jesus and that I live according to the Gospel.

There were a few verses that we pointed out as encouragements for living a life that radiates Christ.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
What a testimony to think that people can take one look at you and know that you have Jesus in you and that you have indeed been in His presence.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

I pray this week that you take a minute to think about what it means to walk with Christ and to live so that others see Him in you.

Finding New Purpose In The Call

Over the last few weeks, I’ve thought for countless hours about what it means for me to be here in Wake Forest. I have known for over six years that the Lord is leading me into full-time Women’s and Girl’s Ministry. I can say with absolute certainty that I have not at one time questioned that call, there have been plenty of times when I asked the Lord to show me what exactly He meant by full-time ministry. Of course, He chose not to reveal His entire plan for my life to me and that’s okay. These past six years I have had plenty of opportunities to attempt to define this call on my life. I think it is safe to say that my definition of ministry for me overall has not become clearer, what has become clearer over these last six years is how to practically live out that calling. The local church is where I believe the Lord is leading me. I love and believe in the power of the local church and I’m so excited to continue to pursue the calling Christ has on my life with and through the local church.

One of my friends, Amy Pierson, recently wrote a book called Table for Two: Doing Life and Savoring Scripture Together and it is so good! This book is meant to be a framework for discipleship and mentoring among women and girls, but I believe that those two things are essential to a healthy local church. Amy talks about how women have this sense for connection and a sense to actively and purposefully engage in a relationship with Christ. Women want to be able to dive into Scripture on their own and find truth in the Word. What a beautiful picture that is for everyone within the local church.

Today as I was being fitted for my new knee brace, I was able to talk to a lady about this very idea. She goes to a Presbyterian church in the Raleigh area and we were talking about community and what that looks like in her church. I think she worded it beautifully. Thank you Gracin! She talked about how most of us grow up with this idea that church is a chore, something that we have to go to on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and maybe Wednesday night. Instead, we should think of the church, our church, as our family. Church should be an expression of who you are with your family and actively engaging in the people around you and being a part of their life and doing life with them. I hope and pray that being a part of the local church will never become like a chore to me. I am so thankful that the Lord speaks of the church as His bride and that as believers we are a part of the family of Christ.

I love the idea that I don’t really know exactly where the Lord will lead me in the next 20 years, but I’m so thankful that He chose me and wants to use me. I look forward to these next few years in North Carolina as I learn, as I study, as I make friends, as I get involved in a local church, and as I continue to live a life worthy of the high calling of Christ.