Nostalgia is definitely starting to set in. Though I have yet to graduate I am already missing Yale. I have not decided what aspect of the Bulldog experience that I will miss the most but overall, the transition to the next stage is bittersweet. I am fully aware that in order to start the next thing I must end my experience here at YDS. Still I want to remember this moment of love and safety that I feel as I am gathered with my sisters in Christ unpacking the events of the day and reflecting on God’s goodness. When I move forward to the next thing, I want to be able to look back on the warmness and safety that I feel in this moment. I want to remember that as difficult as the past 48 months have been, I have seen so many examples of God’s grace in my life. I want to remember that I am not alone as I travel to my next experience. I have the memories of friendship as evidence of God’s love for me.
True peace is priceless. I understand that some people think that peace comes from material things, or from the comfort of others, but I have come to realize that true peace comes from God. I promised myself that I would not make this blog about religion however, it is difficult not to talk about God when discussing peace. Webster defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from oppressive thoughts and emotions. Ironically, EIRENE means peace in Greek. Apparently she was the Greek goddess of peace. I am able to achieve peace when I have a strong relationship with God. When meditating on the benefits of peace I often think of the biblical scripture Philippians 4:8-9.
Philippians 4:8-9 (New International Version)
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I am hoping that during the remainder of this Lenten season I am able to meditate on wonderful things so that God can overwhelm me with his peace.
Besides the fact that the snow interrupts my Friday leisure day, it has also become an annoying byproduct of winter. I would love for the snow to stop. However, I must admit that it is beautiful and calming, and it looks the most perfect when it is on the stems of the leafless trees. I suppose that I have a love/hate relationship with the snow.
Who knew the first day that I start my blog and the day before Valentine’s Day would be such a blessing. I.had.an.awesome.day. Really, it was one of those rare days that I found something that I really wanted to buy (bought it) AND I loved on some awesome people and they loved me back. What more can a single girl ask for the day before V-Day with no significant other. Oh and the awesome find that I found for under ten bucks (thank goodness for the Yale discount) was an adorable JCREW tote!
Ready.Set.Write. OMG I am starting a blog. This is a bit scary but I am ready for the adventure. I am acutely aware of the importance of words. With writing every word counts. Integrity, honesty and love. Lord help me to write about significant things and to use kind words. Amen.