Hello friends. It is so refreshing to be sitting on a couch writing to y’all; it has been WAY too long.
Just to update y’all a teensy bit, here is a rundown on what I’ve been up to these past couple of months:
- Working in a lab: Over the summer I got an opportunity to be a volunteer research assistant for a lab at my university. Now I am doing it full time for the fall and spring!
- Being a counselor: Last winter the Lord called me to be a counselor for Ignite Texas, the retreat that I went to my freshman year of college! Retreat was in August and it was one of the most moving times of my life. The Lord gave me intimate friendships, amazing memories, but most of all He gave me a confidence that I had never had before
- Moving into an Apartment: Transitioning from a dorm to an apartment has been quite the adventure, but overall I have LOVED it. I’ve found out I’m pretty decent at cooking too 😉
- My second year of college has begun! So far I have loved all of my classes and I am genuinely so excited to see how this semester goes.
Overall, my life recently has been blessing after blessing. Even when things are meek and hopeless, God always finds His way to swoop in and rock my world in ways I didn’t even think were possible. Some of the ways He has done that is through words- and not just any words, but words of affirmation.
What are words of affirmation? Basically, they are used to uplift and encourage people. Most people associate this phrase with the 5 love languages (P.S. my number 1 love language is quality time, in case you were wondering).
In this season of my life the Lord has taken this common phrase and turned it into something deeper. I have learned that being affirmed doesn’t only make you feel good in the moment, but it has the ability to change your perspective of who you see yourself as. Earlier I mentioned that the Lord gave me confidence while I was a counselor at a retreat. He did that by using my friends as vessels, constantly sharing with me all of the great qualities that I encase. I truly believe that I currently would not be confident in myself as leader if it weren’t for those hours of encouragement. And if I didn’t have confidence in myself right now, I would have never become a leader in Mount Nebo, a ministry that I am a part of. Now I get to serve God’s children, which is neat because it makes my story come in full circle- God blessed me, now in return I get to thank Him by utilizing His blessings and serving his people. It is truly a beautiful thing that He has orchestrated.
I hope this little piece of my life encourages you to get involved in God’s circle. I am utterly fascinated in how He somehow can put certain people in certain places at certain times and create such beautiful moments that can change a person forever. And as His children, He wants y’all to be a part of that. So be bold. When you see a good quality in someone, even if it seems small, tell them what you see. Let’s remind people of who God has made them to be. Don’t hesitate to interrupt someone when they are speaking death over their life; stop them in their tracks and speak truth over them. This is how lives are changed.
Today I say, let us be blessed and bless others. Let us thank the Lord for His goodness and share His goodness in return. Let us love, inspire, and affirm.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11