In efforts to be transparent, I’m going to share something with you, my friends. I have started this blog post again and again, but I always become a little overwhelmed (or a lot overwhelmed) and I quit. Like, what did I do to deserve such a supportive and loving group to do life with?
The truth is, I did nothing but open my apartment up freshman year, and since then the Lord has poured His love out on us. You see, I am beyond thankful for our church family — they are loving and sweet and they love on Warren so well. But we have a Bible crew that has radically changed our lives.
Our friends have celebrated with us. These are people who want the best for us and will pray with us through all of it. We’ve been extremely blessed to have people who share in our excitement in even the smallest of things. (Praise Jesus that Last Man Standing is back on the air and LSU beat Georgia Saturday!)
Our friends have also came beside us in the most difficult of times. They have seen our ugly. They have experienced our problems and they know most — if not all — of our dirt. Yet they continue to stand beside us. These people have made us laugh and smile on the worst of days, and they continue to do so.
“And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
Honestly, this all is possible because we’ve come together and decided to do life together. I don’t think it was a conscious decision on any of our parts, but over time it’s came to be our normal. Yes, we have some of the best, in depth Bible studies, but even when we’re all just hanging out, there’s a sense of peace and togetherness.
Like I said, I don’t know what I did to receive such a close set of people who choose to pour so selflessly into our family. But I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunities it has provided us. I’m not naïve and I know that soon enough we will all have graduated and there’s a good chance we won’t all be in the same place. So, for now, I am holding on to the late nights and long studies. I will praise God for the laughs in our home and the comfort that He has brought to each of us.
I so badly pray that this group isn’t a once in a lifetime experience for us. I pray that this is something others are also experiencing, and I pray that wherever God leads us that this is part of His plan for us — that we find a group that is peaceful and where life can be messy. Because life is so much better when you join forces with friends who honestly share in your values and beliefs.