Rooted in Love.

"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back." -Arthur Rubenstein

The last few days have been quite delightful, and I have been reminded of why I love my school: the people here are amazing.  I have been having a tough time with some stuff, but my friends have really been encouraging and pouring into me.  Along with that, they've been praying, which means more to me than anything.  My future roommate also brought me a a beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers; my friends are truly some the loveliest people I know.

I decided to sleep in this morning, and it was the best decision I've made in a while.  I also chose to not wear makeup, which actually made me feel pretty darn beautiful.  There is just something so freeing about letting your face be completely natural.  Another plus: I feel like my face looked quite fresh, almost dew-like.  Shall this be a new trend for me?  Maybe.

I also managed to sneak away with a friend today to have a photo date, which was very enjoyable.  The clouds were perfectly puffy, which made for some lovely photos.  We both shoot on Canon Rebels (mine is an XSi) and had some fun in the fields on campus where we played around with a little yellow flower bud.  I love that even in just a couple of minutes, I am able to work on my "photography".   Speaking of, they are going to be doing an exhibit of student photographers in my campus' library, and I have been asked to send in some of my stuff!  I am amazed it's only been a year since I picked up this hobby, and love to see the ways that God has provided opportunities for me to develop and improve on my skills.

I am going to be sharing "my story" in chapel on Thursday, for which I am really excited but also quite nervous (insert prayer request here).  I am not very comfortable sharing who I used to be with people that only know who I am now, but it's on my heart.  I've learned that God likes to take us out of the comfortable quite often; after all, it is where we do the most growing.  And every time I have been in that spot of discomfort - sharing my story with people - I have seen God use it to bring Him glory, which is really what it's all about anyway.  We truly are just tools in His hands, so we should trust Him and trust that He is going to use us.  And trust me, He does and He will.

"Life is good even when it's hard because God is good."

(Photos by me)