Oh my how sweet the Lord has been to me in these past few days! I was able to visit Nashville again and my sweet grandbig, Christy, who is such a loving reflection of the kindness and love of Christ. It was a surprise, and the most joyful one to be met with such love and compassion!

During this trip, God also allowed me to reconnect with a dear friend, Connie, who has been abroad the past semester. Sharing again the vulnerable pieces of my semester was difficult and raw, but so very beautiful and refreshing!

An unexpected new friend and sister in Christ did God delight in leading me to as I traveled to Five Daughters, a local donut shop, as we shared the goodness of our King and Father!

Peace and healing that occurred in a small and simple conversation as I was able to let go of the feelings I had had for this one guy, and surrender them and him to God.

Joy did God abound in placing in my heart at spending time mourning for a good friend and interceding for her in shambled prayers, and recognizing just a glimpse of the great gift that God has given me in my precious sorority family, whose hearts are so beautifully chasing after Jesus.

Joy did I realize from the brightness of a dress and the sad blue color of hair as I saw Inside Out with my dad, and realized that joy is beautifully illuminated by sorrow and sadness. Joy did occur as I saw the changes that the Lord has been ever carving in my earthly father’s heart towards spending time with us, caring and simply being with us. Joy at discovering and studying more of His Word in the Bible that gives life and breath, and comfort and encouragement to the weary. Joy in safety and being home again.

My oh my, there is nothing that I have done to deserve this, but it is by His grace that God delighted in giving me all of these gifts. And what is my response: a desire to give and love and serve others this summer; may I do so faithfully by your strength and because of your love, my King.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” ~ Ephesians 3:20-21

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