What 2013 Taught Me
Wow! So like all the other nostalgic folks around this time I’m looking back at this long year and realizing just how unique it has been. It was full of many lessons and even more incredible and crazy adventures. It started with lots of change, but from those some deep friendships were created. This year held several first time and exciting room mates. These women have truly become sisters and women I have been blessed to share life with them. New challenges also arose as I was stretched and forced to continuously step or rather leap out of my comfort zone. The summer forced this upon me as I walked into a new role, and although nervous at first I made my position my own and had more fun than ever before in my life. That experience taught me a lot about myself and I was again overwhelmed by the abounding love of new friendships I experienced. The summer taught me about discipleship, generosity, and confirmed my lives calling more than once.
Then this semester came out of nowhere and was very difficult, but taught me so much about life, and God, and myself. The first major hurdle I had to conquer has just figuring out my classes. My classes weren’t particularly difficult, but they just completely stretched me I so many new and uncomfortable ways. I was challenged to do many new things that previously scared me, but came out as victor over these things. And even though this year was uncomfortable and very new it has without a doubt been the biggest learning year of my life. Just this semester I feel I found so much clarity and learned so much about my life. God really blessed me with overwhelming grace throughout this entire year even at times when I know there was no way that I deserved such grace, but I guess that is the whole point. God also showed me many things about relationships both between him and I as well as between me and others. I was reminded of the value of great and true Christian friends and the priceless gift of living in intentional community with others. Because of these friendships I have learned that every conversation you share with someone holds so much value and lives can be changed just through words and caring for one another. I thank 2013 for the many blessing and incredible new relationships it has given me.