Y'all, I cannot believe that it was one year ago today that I arrived in Tennessee. For those of you who have been following along since then (or even before then, which if that's the case, you're so amazing for sticking around), you know that the struggle was very real in that season . Lots of excitement, and doubt, and questions, and pride-issues. It was a legitimate hot mess. But the last twelve months have seriously been so fruitful. I have grown and changed and learned so much more than one post can possibly contain, but I thought I would share just a few of the ways that I have grown since that day a year ago, all by God's grace So, here goes:
Newfound confidence. I have had to learn how to get out of my comfort zone over and over again. From exploring an entirely new part of the country, to attending concerts alone (kind of weird and also kind of awesome), to joining a gym where I knew no one, and meeting new people everywhere in between, I have come to realize that God has so intentionally moved me into places of being more outgoing - more willing and excited to meet new people - than ever before. I am still an introvert at heart, but I find so much new joy in making friends everywhere a door opens up.
Dependence on the Lord. Seriously, this has been huge. God has shown me multiple times just how desperate I need to be for His presence and for Him to provide, and He has shown up each and every time in crazy, unimaginable ways. This section could be a book all in itself, so I will just leave it at this: God so desires our wholehearted dependence on Him, so that He can bless us from His abundance in ways we could never even dream of. PTL that I am incapable of doing much without Him coming through.
Abundant life in the Holy Spirit. Well, this one is more recent and a little crazy. All I can say is that I have had a willing and ready heart for a while, and now God is taking me into new places where He is revealing more of His character, particularly Holy Spirit. It is overwhelming and amazing and so, so worth looking like an absolute fool. There is so much freedom in living by the Spirit.
All of these thoughts culminated in my morning time with Jesus yesterday as I was reflecting on the last year, which included turning 25 last week, and thinking about what this next season may hold. I wrote down the following:
Twenty-five: the year of being wild and free. Set free by Holy Sprit to explore new territories. To see more and more of the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ. To witness healing and miracles. To pray in new ways and encounter the Father more intimately. Wild and free to more fully be who He made me to be by pressing in to more of who He promises that He is.
Guys, I am so excited. So expectant. This new season is going to a rich one, and I am believing God to do some incredible things, particularly over the next seven months (a time frame that was spoken over me by my pastor last week). I hope that you will choose to hang around to see what God has in store!