BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming."
This time of year is always fairly stressful for me, but it is also a reflective and hopeful time. Right now, I am at the beginning of my exam week here at college, and let me tell you all how stressed I am about all of these projects and tests I have to complete in the next week. But I also think it is in this stress that I find it easy to reflect back on this past school year. I know this all sounds cheesy and probably a tad melodramatic, but I think it's important to recognize how you have changed and if you like those changes or not. So how have I changed? What have I learned? I've realized that there is a life after college - I don't think I've ever really thought too long or seriously about what comes next after this stage of my life, but this year has definitely challenged me to do so. Due to having to sign my life away (a.k.a., I had to sign my major and minors this year), I have been forced (in a good way) to think about how my life might be after college, and what I might want to do, whether that be continuing school or looking for a job. Who knows yet, right? I've learned that learning to be professional is also learning to be patient; as a Communication major, I will obviously be working with people, and I think I get pretty impatient sometimes when I'm trying to get things done with others. But it's only life - you have to take yourself and your sense of calm along for the ride. I've grown smarter in making healthier lifestyle choices this year; with working a job that requires a lot of late and early hours, I've recognized the true value of sleep, and that eating healthier gives you more energy throughout the day. Taking care of yourself is honestly one of the most difficult parts of college, but it's totally worth learning. Finally, I've learned that it is more than okay to just sit there and let God love you; more than once I had a mental breakdown this past year, and the most comforting thing for me was to just be still, maybe cry it out, but ultimately, just let Jesus wrap me in His Love and heal me. I think that we all forget what God's most beautiful trait is sometimes: LOVE. His power in loving us is perfect, and again, healing. Have you ever heard of the phrase, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will move mountains"? I think this quote is perfect for this time of year; it's time to calm down and then rise up again to face the world - something we can only do with God. So here is my challenge for you ladies this week: Take some time to reflect on this past year and not the years that are coming. If this scares you, sit still and just be with God. Let Him take care of you, let Him calm you, and let Him love you. Your Laughing Sister, Callahan