Hold on to me as we go,
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this way may be stringing us along
Just know you're not alone
Cause I'm going to make this place your home
Settle down, it'll all be clear
don't pay no mind to the demons
they fill you with fear
trouble it might drag you down,
if you get lost you can always be found
just know you're not alone
Cause I'm gonna make this place your home
This song was my theme song when I first moved to Augusta. When people and places were new and strange and I had to use my GPS to find the nearest Chic-fil-A.
Now, four years later, I find myself in a new city yet again. My dream city. Colorado Springs. With both new and familiar faces. And yet again, this song continuously makes it way into my mind. I'm excited and nervous about what this new adventure holds. Yes, I miss the familiarity of Augusta, of my friends and my job. I miss living in a house and with roommates, I miss Boil Weevil cake and Saturday night game nights (I'll let you guess which one I miss the most). And on Sunday mornings I miss walking into a church filled with people I knew and loved.
I miss things being comfortable.
But there's excitement in what this new adventure holds. I'm excited to hang out with old friends and make new ones. I'm thankful to have been given the opportunity to live in the place where I left my heart four years ago. I've found a church and look forward to growing to love them as much as I loved my previous church. There are many joys to be found in the unknowns of this time.
It is for this that I have prayed for the last 5 years and the Lord has answered. So I will continue to walk with Him. I will continue to seek Him and trust that with time, this place will truly begin to feel like home.
... and if not, He is still good.
Things I wish I'd known when I graduated college:
It's hard to believe it's been a little over three years since I graduated college! The time really does fly, and as I sit reflecting on how much has changed in these three years, there are a lot of things that I wish I'd known right out of college. And given the fact that there are now thousands of college grads on the loose, I thought I'd share some of those things with y'all -- in hopes of sparing y'all some of the lessons I had to learn the hard way.
- you may not get your dream job right away... and you'll be okay
- the job you end up with may not be what you want to do at all!
- but there are things to be learned from every experience
- your salary may not be all that you hoped for
- before you accept an job with an hourly pay, calculate how much that will total out annually.
- you don't have to say yes to the first job you're offered
- you can go anywhere you want! (in most cases)
- your friendships will look totally different now
- making new friends may be difficult, but just give it time
- yes! budgets are important. you need to make one and stick to it
All in all, these last three years have been a whirlwind of emotions -- high hopes met with difficult realities, new experiences and the discovery of God's goodness in the midst of darkness.
I'm hoping that your transitional times are a lot smoother than mine were.
Anyone else have any wisdom they want to share about post-grad life?
Last Wednesday evening, a group of people gathered at their church home for prayer and bible study. They entered into that church, in the middle of the week, bringing with them all the burdens that had been placed on them since Sunday. They came to encourage one another and to be encouraged. On Wednesday night nine of those people were shot and killed, and a community was shaken down to it's core.
In working in new, I have found that I can often be desensitized to the death stories we report on daily: gang shootings, car accidents... they all seem to blur together while I'm at work. But this was a hard story to listen to....
my initial reactions:
I was confused.... thinking, "did that really just happen?"
I wanted to wave this in the face of people who insist that racism doesn't exist anymore.
I'm heart broken for the spouses, parents, children and friends who are now grieving the disturbing loss of these people.
But the emotion that burned the brightest was anger! I wanted to shout at the young man who did this and to ask him in what crazy world did he think that shooting and killing people was okay.
It took almost all day Thursday for me to really sort out all of my feelings. And just before bed, as I wondered where God was in all of this, the wisdom of the Hold Spirit revealed several truths that were deeply needed. The first one coming from a devotional I'd read a few days before.
God was, and is, at work.
Even in the midst of all this evil and hurt, the God of the universe is working to advance His Kingdom.
And even though my sinful nature wants to hate the shooter, to look down on him and demand he pay for what he did, that's not the Gospel I've been adopted into.
If I'm really living out this Gospel then I have to love Dylann Roof. Not only that, but I'm called to to pray that the redemptive work of Christ would be fulfilled in his life. I'm called to love him and pray that one day he would repent of his sins-- so that he too would praise and worship Christ for eternity in heaven.
However, it's easy to talk about love, forgiveness and praying for someone who's hurt us on a blog but it's so much harder to live this out in my daily life. So Christ gives a reminder.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
twenty-something, daughter, sister, friend, follower of Christ, lover of all things media. welcome to the journey girl trying to find her place