alone, but not lonely
ok so two things many of you don’t know about me…
- i HATE being alone
- i’m doing a semester at sea !!
(ok so how do these two things go together…i’ll explain….)
so since i am going on Semester at Sea, i start school later than all my friends and my sister… about three weeks later.
that to me is terrifying – me, alone, no sister, no friends, in austin, just me….sounds a little like my worst nightmare.
it has only been a week of being alone but i can already see why this is a part of my journey. even through just this past week i have realized that God is using this time of being alone to draw me closer to him. not having your best friend ten minutes away makes you rely on the presence of Jesus, and this has been so true for me in the past few days. i’m seeing him more as a loving friend and father than just a distant God…. and trust me, nothing compares to His embrace. …pretty cool that what seems terrifying can be the best thing for you.
so what have i learned….
-i have gotten in the habit of starting everyday by reading my “jesus calling”
it takes about 30 seconds each morning and starts your conversation with jesus. i challenge you to try it.
-i have prayed more in the past few days than i have in awhile. it’s because i have lots of free time and lots of people that i miss. i just start by saying “hey Jesus…thank him for all he has done for me…then pray for friends, my family, relationships, and what the future holds, etc…end with “love you Jesus, thanks for all you do”…amen” … nothin’ special but it sure is a game changer.
-lastly my favorite way to worship the creator is by singing. and trust me, i’m tone deaf, but if you turn the volume up really loud no one will hear you !!
…this is a playlist of my current favorite worship songs that tug on my heart…hope they do the same to you !!
where i belong – cory asbury
you are more – tenth avenue north
messiah / you’re beautiful – phil wickham
divine romance – phil wickham
set a fire – cody davenport
oceans – hillsong united
jesus paid it all – kristian stanfill
fearless – travis ryan
relentless – hillsong united
how he loves – david crowder band
your love never fails – jesus culture
give me your eyes – brandon heath
fill me up – united pursuit
take me there – trip lee
forever reign – hillsong
jesus is better – aaron ivey. austin stone
amazing grace – chris tomlin
vapor – the liturgists
this is living now – hillsong
hey, happy wednesday & remember HIS gates swing open WIDE. xoxoxoxoxo