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Follower of Jesus Christ. Lover of people. Lover of animals. High Point University graduate. Appalachian State graduate. High school English teacher. AXΩ.

God Knows What's Best for Us.

I often find myself worrying about the future - about whether or not I'm doing the right thing right now in order to get to where I'm supposed to be in the future. Sometimes I worry about things like that til it drives me crazy. It's hard being 20-something! Life is nuts. But as I was driving Granny to my uncle's house last night for a visit, something seemed to click in my head. We were on the interstate and SHE was giving me directions on how to get to his house in Greensboro (if you know Granny, you know she doesn't drive outside of High Point and knows nothing about Greensboro). The song "Y.M.C.A" had come on the radio. It was a gorgeous fall afternoon. I was basically driving under the influence because I was in a food coma and thought I was about to fall asleep. I had planned to do SO many things, but I knew I'd only get a fraction of them done because people are more important than things. I knew it would be a late night because I had soo much to do, …

Two Years Without Her...

Two years ago around this time, one of my worst fears came true. I had watched Grandma suffer for so long, and I was glad she wasn't suffering anymore, but life without her didn't seem to make sense at all. From September 18 until September 22nd of that year, life was just a waiting game. She was in a drug-induced coma because apparently that was best and the most peaceful way to go. I don't know. What I do know is that I've never experienced anything like that. I watched one of my best friends in the world slip from this life to the next. Slowly. Each day that passed we all wondered "will it be today?" Obviously I couldn't concentrate on school or work or anything. I did what I had to to get by but I spent all my extra time that week at Hospice, sitting with the woman I had admired so much all my life while she slept on and on and on.  I talked to her because they said she could hear me. But it didn't make sense. None of it did. But I talked to her anyw…

September 11th

So yesterday was fairly unproductive for me at first. I did however, think back to September 11, 2001 and how scared we all were and how confused the nation was. When I looked at my Instagram first thing in the morning, I saw the following picture:
Amos 9:11. How utterly awesome is that??? I don't believe in coincidences. God is faithful and God restores. We've come a really long way in the past 12 years. ........................ I thought about that later in the day as I randomly drove past school, past King Street, and all the way to Tennessee. It was super rainy and dark and hard to drive in Boone, but once I got out of Boone, the sun was shining so brightly (yet still POURING the rain). Then it just stopped raining and got really sunny. So sunny and so beautiful. God's country. I'd never been that far past Boone before, andit was just so beautiful. (Next time I'll take pictures.) This is the land we fight for and defend. In a way, it was really significant, too, because ju…

Just a September Afternoon in Boone

This afternoon I took a break from work and walked to downtown Boone.  I figure I should do that while the weather is still nice enough to do so! It's so cool to live in a little college town. It's something I've always been fascinated by - little college town life.  Granted, I wouldn't trade anything in the world for my years at HPU, but it's so nice to experience college life in a totally different way. So walking downtown, I decided to pop into some antique stores. It's like 75 degrees and all the stores downtown have their doors open and it's just so perfect to be in an antique store and feel a breeze coming in through the door and travel back in time for a bit with songs like "Brown Eyed Girl" playing while you peruse through vintage items. ((And is it okay to say that I just LOVE seeing elderly people in Boone?????)) It used to be that when I thought of Appalachian, I thought of my mom going here, which made me think of the 1970s and what…

Going on Faith

We had a youth leader meeting at church last weekend and this question/statement was put up on the screen. It really hit me because it reaffirmed everything I'd been thinking for the past few months. I'd been thinking that what I was doing was much bigger than me, much bigger than anything I thought I could handle on my own, much more difficult than it needed to be. Yet I had a peace about it because I knew from past experience that God would be with me and wouldn't leave me hanging. And that everything would work out just the way it should, just like it always had. Well, with that being said, and all that still on my mind, I saw this quote, and it just made me smile. "This is what it truly means to live by faith," I thought. "This is perfect." While I was in that meeting, I got two phone calls and voicemails from my mother, which is weird. Once I got out to my car and called her back, she said my uncle had been admitted to the hospital and I needed to…