the more i know, the less i understand.
the more i know, the less i understand.
I never used to eat oranges because it was too much work to peel them. I guess my former fruit-loving self much preferred the instant gratification of grapes and the appealing nature of thin-skinned apples. However, I am learning that things in life are much sweeter if you have to work really hard for them. I have been eating a lot of oranges lately and I do believe that is my new favorite fruit.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
So, yesterday was weird. I think the moody weather rubbed off on me. I rode to convo with Abbie and Noah which is always a great way to start the day-so much artist in one automobile. It was sunshine-y and fairly gusty but I had high hopes for the day (despite the tornado warning alert text from Liberty that everyone but me received). When we stepped out of the car, Noah remarked “It’s too nice for a natural disaster!” haha. My other favorite quote of yesterday came from Abbie: “Operate heavy machinery is on my bucket list.” Oh, how I love that girl :)
Convo was stupendous. We had the privilege of hearing from the producer of Chronicles of Narnia/the stepson of C.S. Lewis-Douglas Gresham! He was the epitome of an englishman with his black riding boots, white moustache, and British accent.
“Sometimes we can lose an illusion and gain a treasure.” -D. Gresham
Following convo, I had a lovely coffee date/Bible study with Jenny. We had a highly edifying conversation about our Lord and His will for our lives. The Holy Spirit definitely helped us propel one another closer to “the point of it all”. Ultimately, we want to get past all the illusions, mirrors and smokescreens so that we can see and play our part in the true treasure-the Kingdom of God. It’s the same with our group of friends-we want to get past all the fronts and walls we’ve put up, whether consciously or subconsciously, and get to know the real people we spend so much of our time every day with. After all, everyone wants the truth, something genuine and real. Energized by renewed perspective and a grande Pike’s Place, we traipsed through the rain, hopped in the car, and set out to pick up Maren. That little girl is the spitting image of me as a three-year-old. Kids aren’t always my cup of tea but I’m pretty fond of May May:
“Where’s Silly Jared?” :)
After pretending to work on my lab report (ick!) and sloshing through the rain to theology, I dined with the crew. I think we all felt a bit soggy on several levels-but maybe that was just me. I heard Ryan mention that the boys had a basketball game at 7:15 so I decided to go surprise him. Well-that didn’t work out quite like I had planned. Who knew you can play basketball at the Indoor Track? This girl didn’t. I called everyone under the sun, er..clouds but nobody knew where they were. I was perturbed. That is an old-lady adjective to describe the way I felt. So I gave up and caught a bus to Demoss. Oh yeah, and the L4 bus driver was so rude! But I was nice to him anyway because Jesus would have done the same thing. I’m sure he would rather have been warm at home with his family last night than driving soggy college students around in circles for hours upon hours. Hmm perspective…
Well, I was about 45 minutes early to our volleyball game which made me even more irritated because I very much dislike wasting time. This is Alexcia forgetting the treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven and being selfish and silly-it happens more than I would like. Sometimes frustration translates to great displays of athleticism when great athletes take out their frustration on a ball. However, God will never honor a negative attitude, especially when it is to the detriment of His children. That, combined with the fact that I am not an all-star athlete did not result in a great display of athleticism-far from it, to be exact. Thank goodness our new team shirts almost glow in the dark because the lights went out in the middle of our first game haha. And thank God for His grace and merciful teammates who didn’t kick me off the team.
Rarely, and I mean rarely, am I ever in the mood to inflict injury on another person. However, on my way to RHLM after the game, I ran into the one person I always have an urge to punch in the face. I had to repeat “God’s way, God’s way, God’s way (thanks Ben Gutierrez) so that I didn’t ruin my testimony and reputation of having a sweet disposition by taking out my frustrations on his smug visage (because I know I would have been much more effective with that than I was with a volleyball last night)-scary but true haha.
RHLM was a little spark of motivation. I just adore the leadership on the hall this year-I’m so blessed to have each and every one of them in my life each day. Reforms are coming, people! And I’m pretty excited about them. There is always room for improvement.
Well, that’s more than enough for now (I warned you that I tend to write novels!)
By God’s Grace,
i’m wide awake when i should be fast asleep. the air is fresh and clean from the rain-spring is coming and i think that’s the reason i feel so alive right now! generally, i feel as though i tend to hold my breath until winter ends…i just dislike it so very much. however, this winter was lovely. i enjoyed the heck out of wearing Kimmy’s boots and discovering the infinity scarf (what an ingenious idea!). and it only really snowed once, which is all i need to consider my winters complete :) if last year was any indicator of this one, spring semester will be exponentially better than fall. i love baseball games, water fights, road trips, adventures, sunshine, and green grass-all things spring.
today. today was glorious. i’ve discovered that working hard six out of seven days a week makes a Sabbath infinitely sweeter! that’s precisely how i’ve been operating lately. the Lord is so so so so so so GOOD! all the time-spring and winter, day and night, the good times and the bad. i’m so grateful that He directed my path to Liberty University. it’s honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me. the people, the experiences, the personal growth in EVERY aspect of my life is mind-blowing. in pondering the many blessings of God, my heart simply overflows. i don’t even want to go to sleep because today was so thoroughly beautiful for these reasons and so many more…
JESUS! He is all I need and more than enough for me in this life.
friends that i value to the highest degree
skirts and boots and earthy tones
quesadilla explosion salad from Chili’s
conversations with my family-i wouldn’t trade them for the WORLD
traipsing through the gorgeous UVA campus-i might do med school there!
finches and sparrows
pike’s place roast coffee-new favorite!
Out of the Desert student-led student ministry (answer to prayer & opportunity to get plugged in)
new music-Rosi Golan
sacred silence of a cemetery-reminder that life is ephemeral and motivation to leave a legacy
Hebrews 12:1-2 (slowly but surely becoming my life verse).
…and now, my favorite part of every day-sleep! goodnight, fellow bloggers and friends :)
Well, here it is folks-my first blog! Being a simple girl in nature, i decided simplicity was a great place to start with this new endeavor to share my heart and thoughts with the blogging community. I’ll save the novellas for a later date ;)
Ah, the fortune cookie-a lunchtime tradition and one of the few hidden treasures of our beloved cafeteria, fondly referred to as the Rot. Today, my fortune read “You are more influential than you think and your ideas will be heard”. While I have never considered myself a highly influential person, I do have the privilege of serving the most Influential One of all, and I’m honored that He has entrusted me with a sphere of influence. My prayer is that I prove trustworthy with the people, time, and resources God has so graciously handed to me.
Isn’t it funny how God can teach us lessons even through the tiny paper stories of a fortune cookie?
As for having my ideas heard, I would really like to write a book at some point in my life :)