"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
I am thankful for lessons learned, shared experiences, and the opportunity to work with a team.
I am thankful for intentional conversations, willingness to be vulnerable, and time for relationships to deepen and strengthen.
I am thankful for the times we had together as a team to just "be." I am thankful for lopping and for times to serve together. I was so encouraged as I observed these dear ones step out of their comfort zones and engage in conversations. Their desire to grow and struggle and learn with great attitudes and eagerness to become more like Jesus was amazing to see.
I am humbled to be one of the "leaders" of this team. I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do in and through us as we seek to serve well.
I am thankful for each and every member of the team that I have the pleasure to travel with to Haiti over spring break.
I am thankful for my friend Amy Martin. We met eventually (after several suggestions of mutual friends) during our last few years at K-State. I vividly remember the day. We were in the classroom in the lower level of the Derb at some kind of RA thing. I overheard someone say her name and realized that SHE was the one that I had been told I needed to meet. We became fast friends. We bounded our love for Java (Bluestem Bistro) and our shared experiences from being RA's and our time spent overseas. Our friendship really thrived though once we both left Manhattan and lived in different states.
We have THE best talks. Some of my most favorite talks with her were when I would be driving to and from CV. I knew the exact spot where I could call her on my way back where I FINALLY had a signal. She was the first person I called when I realized that I actually HAD cell phone service in the land that once was the "land of no cell-phone service (i.e. Cedar Vale).
She helps me process so much of life even across the miles. We have shared many laughs together and our fair share of tears. We have brainstormed writing several books, (maybe one day we will actually do it.) We have walked with each other through some of the darkest days but also some of the most exciting times of each others lives. Our paths do continue to cross, though a trip to the east coast is definitely HIGH on the list of things I MUST make happen. (summer - 2012?)
She is truly the definition of a heart sister.
I am grateful for Amy and her friendship.
(in other news, Amy we are in desperate need of an updated picture!)
So thankful for the Lord leading me to the finest institution in the land... I remember the day (November 3, 1999) when my dad and I went up to Manhattan for a senior day. That was the day it all changed. THAT was the day when I knew that this is the place I needed to spend the next 4ish years of my life. Hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. The 4 and a half years that I spent in Manhattan are truly some of the best years of my life. Living on the 4th floor of West Hall impacted my life more than I could even begin to describe. Hanging out with my cousin Luke on the first Thursday night I lived in Manhattan was for sure a decision that changed the course of my life. Being an RA in Ford Hall was the best job ever. I worked alongside some of the greatest people I know. Manhattan holds a special place in my heart sure, but more so than my love for that city and the amazing people that I met during my time at K-State, it is a place where I can confidently say that I fell more in love with Jesus.
A fun little side note:
I thoroughly enjoyed watching my Wildcats beat A&M
I am thankful for the countless men and women who have invested their time in ME.
I went to a funeral of one of those dear ones today. I was flooded with memories of all the people who I have had the privilege to learn from. I am so thankful for all my Sunday School teachers, Awana leaders, camp counselors, youth group volunteers, pastors, teachers, coaches, professors, campus directors, small group leaders and I'm sure there are some I am forgetting. I am grateful for the time they spent, the lessons they taught, their desire to serve, and their patience in putting up with me.
Today there aren't any pictures, only memories. precious memories.
I never realized what a blessing it was to have grown up with 3 of my grandparents so close by. (and for many years my Great Grammy Carter was just down the street.) They were present in so much of my childhood. Birthday parties, volleyball and basketball games, and so many other activities that I was involved in. I am who I am because of them. Their faith, their loyalty, their sacrifice, their commitment to the Lord and to their family, their generosity, and so many other things, have made a huge impact on my life. I am blessed to have so many memories with each of them. I am blessed to be their grand-daughter.
She has put up with A LOT from me over the years. Not only is she my sister, but she's one of my dearest friends. I am grateful that the Lord allowed us the privilege of going to K-State together, of living in the same city again after college, of teaching at the same high school and being involved in the same body of believers.