alone, but not lonely

alone, but not lonely

ok so two things many of you don’t know about me…

  1. i HATE being alone
  2. 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

9 Comments
  • Claire Moore

    September 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Where are you doing a “Semester at sea” sounds cool!

  • Hailey Voelker

    September 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm Reply

    First off God is great! After reading this we have a lot of stuff in common. Lately I have gotten really close to God and it has had the biggest impact on my life. Jesus Calling is so amazing! I read it everyday and if I’m running late for school I read the devotional on their Instagram account. It is so perfect. I also read your bucket list.. I live 45 minutes from New Orleans and Mardi Gras is something you definitely need to attend! It is wild but super fun! Well good luck on your first year in college. College is the best time of your life!

  • Grace Bezet

    September 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm Reply

    this is so good!!! love all those songs… they are my daily jams!! thanks for sharing

    P.S. loving this website

  • Liz Benigno

    September 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm Reply

    SOOO proud of you Mary Ralph! You’re an awesome girl with big dreams. Can’t wait to watch the journey unfold. Xoxoxoxo mrs b

  • Sarah Grier Thompson

    September 4, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply

    this is RAD mralph!!!!! we have the same taste in Jesus music ;))) XO !!!

  • Victoria

    September 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm Reply

    You should listen to Needtobreathe!!! They are amazing and incredible live. I listen to all those songs and I think you’d like them too..!! Xx

  • Caroline Eby

    September 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I knew you were going to Pepperdine but I didn’t know you were taking a semester off! It must be hard to be without your sister. I don’t have a sister but I have 4 brothers (one was is your class at regents, Jon Eby, I miss him a ton!!) I know how it feels raj. E missing someone in your family my brother left a couple weeks ago and I miss him like crazy! He’s taking a gap year through kivu and doing a bunch of nonprofits around the world!! I am so glad you are becoming closer to God! U hope you have a great year!

  • Karen Berlanga

    September 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm Reply

    Mary Ralph, what an exciting road ahead! I’m excited to see what God has in store for you. Keep singing! Love, Karen B.

  • Morgana

    October 18, 2015 at 11:51 pm Reply

    Can you please make a snapchat for us to follow or give out one for us to follow!! Literally love you so much!

    Xoxo
    You are an inspiration

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