As I get older, the more and more I’m realizing just how much effort relationships really are. I’m not sure when it clicked, maybe this past semester, when I felt super lonely, not because my friends sucked (they don’t, not even a little bit) but because I was waiting around for other people to make the first move. Everyone is busy. Sometimes, you need to take initiative. Not a fun lesson to learn, but I learned it anyway.

The reason I’m writing this is that since it’s summer, all my friends are away – home, doing internships, graduating, moving away…you name it, they’re doing it. Sure, it’s cool, I’m so happy for them, but that means that they don’t live 5 minutes (or less) from my front door – and I don’t love that.

As I’m planning weekend trips to hang out with my friends, I’m reflecting on how easy I thought it was to be friends with people who live close to me. But really, even my Oxford friends take a lot of effort to spend time with. How silly is that. Pretty silly if you ask me, and a little sad. But, we’ll make it work, we all will, won’t we Allison in Nashville? 🙂

I guess the moral of my story (for myself) is not to be lazy anymore, to take every opportunity I have for intentional time, real talk, true friendship, not just existing close to one another. Pardon the cliche, but, it’s my life. And my blog.


on the third day of school…

I was so incredibly blessed by Jesus!  So much grace!

I woke up this morning feeling such a strong presence of the Spirit, which was beautiful.  I felt protected and cherished.  Throughout the day, I was reminded of the constant, eternal presence of God…which in itself is a concept that blows my mind.  Hebrews 13:8

Then! (This is really awesome!) my coleader of a small group discussion class and I had an incredibly exciting realization that we’ve both been saved by the infinitely sufficient grace of Jesus.  What a blessing!  I’m so excited to chase after our students with her.  She’s so cool.  I’m so excited!!

What a difference paying attention to convictions given by the Spirit makes!

Now I’m sitting in my dorm room with two beautiful young women doing homework (well..trying..).  The third day of sophomore year has proven to be the best one yet.