My Last First Day

It’s hard to believe I just finished my last first week of school. For the last sixteen years, school has been a huge part of my life, and in three and a half short months, I will be a college graduate. I cannot begin to count the lessons God has taught me, the ways He has stretched me, and the doors He has opened since I walked through the Kindergarten doors on my first day of school.

When I started Kindergarten, I was unbearably shy. It was hard for me to open up to people, and I always felt anxious. I learned so much about God throughout my elementary years from my parents, church, and Bible study. My parents did an amazing job of laying a solid foundation for my siblings and me, and they were prayer warriors for their four children.

As I got older, I began to gain more confidence and feel the Lord’s presence with me in a personal way. By the time I was in junior high, I was involved in all different kinds of clubs and sports. God always took care of me and never left my side. There are many times I can look back on now and see how the Lord was growing me when I didn’t even realize it, like when I didn’t make Student Council, wasn’t on Homecoming court, went through breakups, and countless other things. Through every single situation, God drew me closer to Him and brought me to His Word.

College has been an incredibly difficult yet rewarding time in my life. I remember how challenging it was my first year trying to balance making new friends, working on campus, adjusting to the academics, trying to be involved, and still trying to manage spending time with God and keeping my eyes on Him. I have changed majors multiple times and honestly still don’t know what career path lies ahead for me (I change my mind daily). One of sweetest blessings during my college years has been marrying my high school sweetheart. God has used our marriage to continue to grow me and teach me new lessons daily.

Although this is my last semester of college (who knows, with how indecisive I am, I could be totally be going back in the future), I know the Lord will continue to teach me daily and transform me to be more like Him. The past sixteen years have been overflowing with life lessons and amazing opportunities. I am going to enjoy every moment of this last semester, and I look forward to seeing what this next chapter holds.

And just for fun here’s a picture from my first and last first days.

Last First Day

Always & Forever,

Alex

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In the Midst of Culture

So much has changed in the past few years. Following Christ is not as “easy” or commonplace as it was a couple of short years ago. Those who follow Christ and the teaching found in the Word think much differently than our culture. When we disagree with what culture says, we are often called hateful or judgmental. It is sad that disagreeing with culture and not celebrating sin is classified as being judgmental, but it is reassuring to know the Bible promises us this kind of trouble.

Our Lord, Jesus, was hated by the world, so of course it makes sense that His followers would be hated, as well (John 15:18). God never leaves us on our own; He clearly reveals to us in His Word that we are not to continue in our sin (Romans 6:1-2), but to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). Galatians 1:10 later talks about how we are to please God, not man. In His Word, He specifically tells us how we are to please Him: by keeping His commandments (1 John 5:3), which are found in His Word that is living and active (Hebrews 4:12).

Loving others is huge, and is our second greatest commandment. We must not forget that in order to love others as our Father intends, we must, first and foremost, love HIM. And as He teaches us, we must read His Truth and live by it, in order to truly love Him and others!

Always & Forever,

Alex

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