This post is not to complain about my busyness or all the homework I have, because to be honest – I don’t have much. The past two weeks have been relaxing, calming, and enjoyable. A few papers I put off until the last minute, a couple quizzes I took on the last day available, the norm.

But this week has been oddly needed and bringing the promises of friends, happiness, and joy. The Lord has truly taught me in ways I never thought this past year.

Living with 3 of the best roommates I could ever ask for has proved the goodness of community. I am beyond blessed to come home each day to a few warm and loving faces.

Being a leader of a ministry has proved the faithfulness of the Lord in more than one way. He unites and calls his laborers by name. I have seen first hand how unity can shine past opinions, hardships, and doubts.

Becoming disciplined has not been an easy feat for me. I start things with excellent intentions, only to find how disinterested I am. I can now see that I must stick to things with everything in me and recognize how good the result will be.

Experiencing friendship like I never have before – the challenging people, the challengers, and the challenged. Though these may sound negative: the friendships that are challenging have taught me patience and extra grace, both for myself and for the other person; the challengers have pushed me to do the best that I can and understand the Lord’s love in every day life; the challenged have helped me become a better listener and helper.

So with this hard semester, I am able to end on the note that I have not only gotten one year older, but have gained wisdom and knowledge through the experiences of life.

“In this you rejoice, though now for a while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

[originally posted 5.3.2012]

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