Thank You Notes

It feels surreal that it’s the last week of August. This month has passed so quickly. I moved back to South Carolina, caught up with friends, and started classes. As the new school year begin, I love this chance to to thank God for this season of friendship, growth, change, and learning.

Today I’m thankful for…

Saturdays in Greenville

I have been looking forward to visiting the Greenville Saturday Market all summer. My friend Rachel and I spent our Saturday morning meeting local vendors, sampling yummy food, and admiring fresh-cut flowers. The weather here in Upstate SC has been lovely, and we enjoyed spending the morning outside. And of course, we stopped by some of our favorite Greenville finds for tacos, coffee, and cupcakes. I’m thankful for the time to relax and spend time with friends before homework begins.

 

Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot

I am gaining precious wisdom about biblical womanhood and love through this book. It was written nearly twenty years ago, but it remains surprisingly relevant to the questions of womanhood that the Church is facing. Elisabeth Elliot has an astounding story of grace, and I admire her writing. She has a unique, precious perspective about embracing God’s call for us as women through different stages of life. It’s a personal collection of letters she wrote in anticipation of her daughter’s marriage. It has prompted me to consider what it means to live as a woman of God in ways that we often skirt around or misinterpret. I’m looking forward to finishing the book.

 

Back to School

It was a quick transition from my summer internship, to home, and back to college. It was a little overwhelming to prepare for the new year at school. After such a wonderful first year, I felt a little uncertain and anxious about the friendships, opportunities, and classes that were waiting. The past year has been a lot of change to process, but the Lord has been abundantly faithful. I’ve settled in at school, and God has reminded me why He has placed me here. He has given me the peace of knowing that He isn’t finished with me yet. I absolutely love my school, and I’m thankful for another year to call AU home.

 

A Prayer of Thanks

Lord, thank you for the joy and peace you provide in the uncertainty of August. We’re all leaving summer behind, beginning in new places, and finding new rhythms. Yet it’s in these times of transition that I see your faithfulness, that I learn to trust you. Thank you for surrounding me with people who love me wherever you have called me to be, friends who don’t leave as the seasons change. Thank you for entrusting me with new opportunities in the school new year. I want to live presently and joyfully with eyes wide open to your guidance. Grant me wisdom, refine me, and reveal yourself to me this year. This day, this new beginning, and┬áthis year is yours. Amen.

 

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