You’re My Person <3

So I believe everyone has people in their life that The Lord single handily put there. I have two of them! I already shared about one today, and that is my beautiful Kendall, now I’m overjoyed to share my very amazing and awesome best friend with you! This girl was made for me, I’m telling you! I would’ve never chosen her on my own, I say it all the time, that she would’ve been someone I hated in High School! Really though, I would’ve. But now I can’t see my life without her, and at this point I never want to! So without further delay I want you to meet this beautiful gem. This is Carlie, aka, My Person!

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Like my cool friend Kendall, Carlie and I really met my freshman year all because I didn’t have a car and I wanted to bum rides off of her. Like Kendall, Carlie didn’t mind and she was always willing to help me out. I remember always seeing Carlie in our student union at Radford. She was always reading something, and I always wanted to be like that, reading just to want to read. It was so awesome. One day Carlie and I sat down and found that we both have a similar love for tattoos, and the beauty that they hold. We would sit around and talk forever, from this sitting around I would often skip my 2:30 Anthropology class, but it didn’t matter, I walked away from the class with a B, and an awesome new friend.

Last summer I went away to Ocean City on summer project, and  didn’t know Carlie that well yet so it really didn’t faze me, But I found myself telling people about her, and how different and cool she was! I really loved it. I would tell them about one moment specifically. I don’t talk about it much on her, but I realllllly love the movie Titanic, like, A LOT! Well one day Carlie and I were making T-shirts for our friend Adam because he was speaking at CRU the next week and we wanted to make shirts with his face on them, so we went to Walmart to buy the shirts. While we were there the preview of Titanic in 3D came on the big screens in the background, and “My Heart Will Go On” came on and my knees buckled and I had to grab a clothes rack just to keep myself standing. Carlie continued to walk away and then noticed that I wasn’t with her anymore. When she turned around she saw me crying and gripping this clothes rack for dear life, she ran up and asked what was wrong and I explained to her that the commercial was so beautiful that I couldn’t handle it. She immediately bursted into laughter, and it was then that I knew we’d be friends! She accepted my weirdness, and allowed me to embrace it and really be myself with her!

IMG_5782Since coming back to Radford for my sophomore year I to do some major construction in my life, and that was very evident when it came to my friends. I had been badly burned my freshman year and was left really wondering what everything was going to look like when I returned. The Lord quickly brought Carlie back into my life and He really worked through her to show me love, and grace as I transitioned back to Radford. Like I said we’re literally perfect for each other, and this became extremely evident when I came back to Radford. Carlie welcomed me in with open arms. She would pick me up and get me away from campus when everything became too much, she would sit and just let me cry, it was always the best! It became a weekly thing that after our leadership meetings each week we’d run away and explore some new part of the town and world around us. It was always amazing just getting to ride with her, and talk, listen to awesome music, and just everything! It made it that Thursday was a day that I looked forward to every week!

Carlie became my rock this year, and constantly pointed me back to Jesus! I can only hope that I was the same for her! She constantly showers me with grace, and helps to teach me what that is and what it looks like. She’s always willing to be adventurous with me and take back roads and just drive! I really can’t think of someone I’d rather ride with or the rest of my life! This girl, man she’s just awesome!Screen shot 2013-05-18 at 4.20.44 PM Screen shot 2013-05-18 at 4.22.12 PM

One thing I really love about Carlie is that she’s helped me to learn to let go of control, she’s truly turned me into a go with the flow kind of person, and through it I can express my true spontaneity that I keep locked inside because I feel like people will judge me otherwise. Carlie get ourselves into crazy things all the time! Carlie was apart of this elaborate scheme to surprise me for my birthday, and man she got me so good. I just remember in the end being so shocked that she was able to keep it a secret from me. I really love that she loves me!

Screen shot 2013-05-18 at 4.25.05 PMOnce again proving we were meant for each other, Carlie and I love to go to coffee shops and just do our God times, and hangout and look like true hipsters (which is another thing she allows me to express, because she knows I really am one). Well one time we both went to Mill Mountain which is a real hot spot here in the NRV, and we both ordered at two separate times and ended up ordering the same thing, so then at the same time we both whipped out are phone and instagrammed the occurrence! I’d call that expressing our awesomeness, and of course our oneness! Ridiculous if you ask me but still awesome!

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Our friendship is truly a testament to the gospel and something that I love! This summer Carlie and I will be separated, and it’s not something I think we really processed like I wish we had, but once again I know God will be glorified in both of our summers. Carlie has truly changed my life, and upon leaving this summer we gave each other gifts, and wrote notes explaining how this obviously wasn’t goodbye. Carlie made me a journal and a mixtape. The Journal was literally the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! I had the sickest quote ever on it, and I can’t help but smile, and cry when I read it!

Screen shot 2013-05-18 at 4.42.02 PM“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”

Carlie, I love you unconditionally, and I am praying for always as you venture to Hampton Beach! I love you and cannot wait to see you when the two of us return to Radford! You are my rock, and only continue to draw me closer to Jesus. you love me relentlessly, and I’m thankful everyday that you allow me to love you. You are awesome, you are amazing, you are everything I need in a friend,
YOU’RE MY PERSON!

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Raging Fire!

I am overly ecstatic to share with you guys today about two really awesome people in my life! But they’re both so awesome that I need to break them up into two separate post! The first piece of awesomeness is one of my very best friends! This girl is genuine, so sweet, and super passionate. Seriously, this girl has dreams and ambitions that I find so intriguing that I never want her to stop telling me about them. This girl is Kendall, or as I like to call her, Kendle Fire!!! I’m obsessed with this girl and I’m so excited that I get share her with you today!

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Kendall came into my life during my freshman year at Radford, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to get to know her, and love her more and more. Originally I believe Kendall and I’s friendship began because of the fact that I didn’t have a car my freshman year, and I would bum rides off her! Ha, sad I know! But Kendall was always willing to give me rides wherever I needed to go. She was just always willing to make herself available, and that was one of the first things I ever noticed about her. She has a giving spirit, and just wants to help and love others!

One of my first real, and awesome memories of Kendall was taking her to see Titanic for the first time. Oh my goodness it was amazing and by the time we left the theatre that night Kendall was in tears from the film, and of course I loved that because I love that movie. At the end of it Kendall explained why she cried. She said it was because of the strings quartette in the movie, when the four men decide to basically go down with the ship, all to leave them with peaceful and calming music. The passion in her voice when she spoke of that moment was so powerful. Kendall is a musician so I knew that part was going to hit her hard!

While on the topic of her musicality I have to explain about how awesome this girl is when it comes to music! Kendall is one of our leaders on the CRU worship band, and this girl has some pipes! Seriously, she’s amazing. I love getting to worship with her every week with her, because I know that it’s real, and true. Kendall can also play a few different instruments, and she’s sooooo good! I love it!

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I love the crazy things that Kendall and I get to do together, and the many more that we’ll get to do later on in our lives. I’m so thankful for her everyday. One thing that Kendall allows me to do is be super spontaneous! One moment I will never forget is when Kendall and I were going out for sushi at our favorite place, Nagoya, upon picking her up, I explained how JMU CRU, a university two hours north of us was having a tacky prom, and how I really wanted to go. I then told Kendall that I would only go if someone else was willing to go with me. Kendall then explained to me how she had potential plans that evening, and I begged her, she told me to ask her again at the end of dinner. Than as Kendall and I were enjoying our sushi, her discipler’s Husband came in to get take out. I explained to him the plan that I had, and he graduated from JMU so he was all for it! He then got back home told his wife about it, and she quickly texted Kendall, and pretty much told her to YOLO it up and just go. So we did!! Kendall and I hoped in the car after consuming too much sushi and drove to JMU, and we danced the night away. Needless to say we didn’t get back to radford till close to 4am and then had to get up the next morning to go to Church. It makes for a great story to tell our kids one day! Haha, I just really love my partner in crime, and how she allows me to be super spontaneous!

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Kendall and I are actually pretty perfect for each other if you ask me! She and I really compliment each other, and I think it speaks volumes to our friendship. We are always talking about our lives, and how we’re doing in life. It’s some of my favorite times when I get to see this girl! Because of our hectic lives it’s hard for us to see each other regularly, so when we do we treat those moments like gold! One day Kendall, myself and our red headed friend Carlie skipped out on life for a few hours one afternoon and we just sat in Kendall’s apartment. We watched snippets of TV movies, and just talked. Each of us ended up missing some necessary appointment that we originally had scheduled, but it didn’t matter to us at that moment. We finally got to be with each other for a solid 3 hours, and that was the longest we had all three been together, just the three of us in months at that point! It was so awesome!

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Kendall is truly a beautiful person and I adore her in every way! She stood beside me this year as I learned how to move back into life after summer project, she and I have sat with each other while the other just cried, and she has been there I honestly don’t know that I could be more thankful for a person. She is always there, through anything. Even though our schedules together suck, when we really need each other it just works out! Seriously God’s really awesome when it comes to that! Recently our CRU movement has had to say quite a few goodbyes. On that day Kendall and I immediately ran to prayer. I looked at her and just asked her to sit with me, and she took my had we walked to the bottom of the steps and we prayed. We prayed that God would adequately prepare our hearts for the goodbyes that were getting ready to occur, and also to prepare the two of us for being separated this summer. Kendall and I are both going on summer projects in two completely different places! She will be venturing to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and I to Central Asia. We will be worlds away but I know Kendall and I are always together in spirit. She is so amazing and I can’t wait to hear her stories of how God works in her this summer! I know it will be amazing, and I know that she will grow. It sucks knowing that I wont be there first hand to watch the growth! But I know that it’s all in God’s plan!

Kendall you are more than beautiful inside and out! I cannot wait to see you when you get back from Hampton Beach! Know that I am praying for you always and that I love you! You’re gonna have an amazing summer, and I can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂

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Lets Go!

A year ago today I was packing my bags to go on a new adventure in my life. That adventure took my heart on a whirlwind and has changed me forever. I got friends that I know I will never loose! I have introduced you to many of them on here, and I really wish i could show you all of them, but literally theres too many! However this year a new adventure has come my way, and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic in how everything is playing out. Last year I was packing a large suitcase to capacity, a large bag, and a clothes hamper filled with everything; this year I get one medium sized suitcase, and a small backpack to carry my life in for 6 weeks! Last year I was preparing for a three hour car ride with one other girl, and we stopped and got McDonalds before we officially rolled out; this year I’m prepping for close to 2o hours in the air, a 10 hour layover, and then 6 hours on a train, shambly! Needless to say my adventure this summer will be unbelievably different then what I experienced last year, and I’m ok with that. I’m overwhelmed, scared, and so excited all at the same time!

This year things are going to be different, but it’ll be an amazing different! I know that I have been called to this nation, and I can’t help but smile knowing that the first time I’m getting to leave the country is to be a missionary that doesn’t know, nor do they accept God. With my team going there we are basically bringing gold to the poor, and living water to the thirsty, and with it they will be poor no more, and they will never be thirsty again!

I know God is going to work this summer I must continually trust, and know that His ways are right! I cannot wait to help in fulfilling the Great Commission, and capturing the hearts of the people in Central Asia for the sake of the Gospel!

I am with you ALWAYS!

This is a day I have not looked forward to, but I knew it was coming. Tonight will be a night of transitions, and changes for Radford CRU. This movement has experienced amazing growth, and development this year, and to say that I’m blessed to be apart of this movement would be an understatement. I have made friends in my first two years of college that I never thought I’d find, and relationships that will surely last me a lifetime. Tonight may bring tears, but they will be tears of joy knowing that we are all where the Lord wants us. Tonight we will be saying goodbye to three of our staff members as one moves up to full time staff (YAY!) and the other two will be pursuing a new form of ministry (but they’re staying in radford so that’s awesome). We also have some awesome seniors going on to the next stage in their lives, and my prayers go to them as they make these transitions. However tonight will be a last time for me with one specific person, my amazing discipler Rebecca.

I wrote about Becca a few months back, and I explained just how awesome she really is, and how much she truly means to me. Becca came into my life early in my freshman year when I was sitting in our student union on campus, and she hasn’t left since. She has had those hard conversations with me, and sat with me when I really needed her. I can only hope that I’ve been at least half of that to her. Becca will be going back to Maryland this fall and doing an internship for Grad School, for this she wont be in Radford anymore and tonight will be my last CRU meeting with her as a student.

My life will be forever changed because of my Becca and all that she has done. As she has always told me, we’re kindred spirits, for that we can relate on almost anything, and she’s able to help me see truth and experience grace in ways I couldn’t experience on my own. I have gotten to see this amazing woman become more that just someone who checks up on me, but instead someone that loves me, and cares about my life and development. She is constantly loving me, and teaching me how to love others like Jesus. Her life is a testament to what grace looks like, and how truth can radically change a person.

It’s so crazy to think that a year ago I really felt like I still had forever with her, and that she would stay in Radford for her internship, but obviously God has other plans for her. I know those plans are what is right, and that The Lord loves my Becca more than I ever could. I cannot wait to see where she goes in her journey with the Lord, and how much of an impact she makes on this world. I know that no matter what I will always have Becca in my life, and this is most definitely not goodbye.

My prayer for Becca is that she always remembers that she is loved, and has a sister in me. She has forever changed my life and has helped me through one of the hardest adjustments I’ve ever had to make. I pray she continues to seek the Lord’s will in her life, and listens to His plans because they are far better than our own. I pray that she knows I love her always, and that I’ll always be with her in spirit!

In the end, I know who goes before me, and I know that the Lord has a plan in who will be my next discipler, and how my life will look. I must be loving, honest, and teachable in this time of change, it will only continue to develop me as the woman God longs for me to be. I know that Becca has had a huge part in my growth and maturity when it has come to my faith, and for that I am more than blessed.

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“4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my sister, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.”

Philemon 1:4-7

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