Freshman Thoughts #2

The leaves are finally starting to show some color here in Texas! The season is changing and with it the world around me it seems. I’ve always found it intriguing how the leaves can be so very beautiful as they let go and embrace the change. I hope to be that way in my life! I feel like I’m in a state of constant growth, learning, and discovering right now. I didn’t move away from home this fall, but home is changing right before my eyes. Nothing ever stays the same, for better or for worse. It just is what it is! Right now, I’m learning how to do my best in college for the first time, and how to manage my time and commitments. I am growing in my decision making, discernment, interactions with people, and in my new friendships. I am discovering what is really important to me and the passions and gifts God has given me to develop and use. At times, I think it is all a little overwhelming. But one day, and one step at a time, I’m learning that my God has provided all I need (and much much more!). So, like the leaves finally starting to show a beautiful change, I cling to the hope that He brings beauty and meaning to my change as well.

Enjoy the journey!

 

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Freshman Reminders

Before I started school as a freshman in college this semester, I wrote out a list of some things I wanted to keep in the forefront of my mind. I’d love to hear your thoughts/things you would add to the list!

  1. Go into the semester with a “senior” mindset instead of a “freshman” one. Have the perspective, wisdom, and courage that you did when you thought you had nothing to lose. Learn, live, and meet others with enthusiasm!
  2. We are here to please God and not men. Love others, but keep your identity in the right place.
  3. We are here to learn and everyone had to learn at some point. Even the smartest person should still be learning!
  4. Live in the light of Eternity. This world is not home..keep the main thing the main thing.
  5. Remember, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish when it’s asked of you!
  6. God is SO faithful! Abundantly MORE than we could ever ask, hope, or think He could be. Rest in that.

Freshman Thoughts

Life is so full right now-full of countless new experiences, lessons, friendships, and new thoughts to be had in this new season. Some days I feel like I could burst with all the ‘newness’! There are definitely plenty of new challenges to face as well. They can feel big and frightening, and fight for my perspective in the midst of the joys. But when I quiet myself before Him, I’m ready to face whatever comes. When the sun comes up again on a new day I put on the strength that He gives.

I’m also thankful that I’m not alone in this season! I’m surrounded with dear friends to face the challenges and share the new joys with. When we get together we each have so much to say because we are all learning and experiencing so much. Our times are filled with laughter and talk of dreams about the future. What a gift!

So while I’m a little overwhelmed at times, I’m so thankful. I’m thankful for my Heavenly Father, family, and friends to walk with me on the beautiful journey.

In Him,

Laura

Hello world!

My name is Laura. I am a follower of Jesus, lover of adventure, people, communication, nature, & music etc. The statement “Enjoy the Journey” is one very dear to my heart. The beginning is indeed the best place to start a journey or story, and the end what we all are eagerly waiting for, but where does it get good? A story is made from a journey with ups and downs where the characters grow and learn things about themselves and the world around them. As well as recording times of joy and ease, a good story includes conflict, struggle, and change. I feel as if I’m caught in the middle of my story right now. And in some pretty beautiful ways I have been learning that joy is found in really living and growing wherever you are. I hope and pray that through sharing a bit of my journey with you you will be challenged as well as encouraged to do the same. Your life is a journey, treasure each step.

Here’s to a new perspective as we head up the mountain together!

Victorious Spirit through Christ,

Laura Beth

Photo by Haylee Bazil
Photo by Haylee Bazil