worth a thousand words

I feel like I have been driving nonstop at a 100 mile per hour pace for the entire semester, and then all of a sudden Christmas break sneaks around the corner and everything comes to a screeching halt. Then I start to think to myself, where in the world did the time go? As I drove home on the 3 hour drive back from school, I had a lot of time to contemplate and ponder life. Everything that had just happened, what is right in front of me, and what is ahead. The thought crossed my mind, I haven’t posted on my blog in a while, I am going to think of something to write about. But I instantly felt the Lord whispering to me, Meredith, you don’t always have to have something to write about. Just sit, and let Me do the rest. So here I am sitting at my favorite coffee shop in my hometown drinking a peppermint drink to cherish the rare cold Texas weather and the coming of Christmas in 8 sleeps. And I’m just sitting and realizing something. Ever so often I feel that I have to plan my life and always have a plan. I am a junior in college, so where will I be in a year when graduation is upon me? Where will I go? What will I do next summer? What grades do I need to make to get there? What is my back up plan?

Oh but darling, just sit, and let Me do the rest.

We don’t have to have our lives all planned out to a tee, it’s not even how life was meant to be. But for some reason as humans, we crave a plan- we want to know who we will marry, when we will be married, how many kids we will have, where we will work when we graduate, better yet, how we will graduate college. When the Lord already has all of this written in His grand book of life, each of our days perfectly ordained as they are. And yet dear child, He calls us to be still and wait. To take each day at a time as each day has enough troubles of its own.

That being said, I wanted to share with you a little recollection of my year. This crazy year full of redemption from something that overtook my life, healing from the inside out, tears that never seemed to stop flowing, laughter that never seemed to cease, new friends and old friends and people who I absolutely adore, adventures that stretched me out of my comfort zone and expanded my horizons to a world beyond what I could have ever dreamed of, and eternal, lasting hope from a God who carried me through it all. Looking back at this year, I see grace. I see myself stumbling again and again, trying to put my hope in things that would eventually fail me, and feeling that same void time after time. Until I sit here, praying, writing, thinking, sitting, and laughing at how each moment, each step I take, each second that passes, every breath I breathe, I am reminded that He is enough. That Jesus is enough, and because of His immense, unconditional grace, I am enough too.

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the spring I spent in Dallas will forever hold memories I will cherish

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steadfast: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering

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laughter is healthy for the soul

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thank you for never giving up 

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to know and to be known

I believe that God places people in our lives to show more of His character and His love to us through them here on earth.

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and captured moments

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I love how pictures can captivate emotion and memories in a beautiful display of frozen time. Looking back on all of these photos remind me of times that I cherish in my heart, uniquely wonderful humans who have truly impacted my life, and times of sheer joy that made me take a step back from the crazy fast pace of life and simply thank Jesus that I am alive. I hope through these photos that you were able to catch a little glimpse into my life this past year.

When life feels as if time is slipping through your fingers like grains of sand, cling to the precious moments in the mundanity of everyday. Relish the astonishing beauty of a sunset after a long day, crying silly tears of laughter with your roommates after hours of studying, waking up at home with no alarm to the smell of coffee brewing and the sweet sound of birds chirping outside your window to ring in the new morning. Find a reason to be thankful for life every day, even for the little things.

There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask “what if I fall?” 

Oh but my darling, what if you fly?

-E.H.

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