A week has passed since I opened up about my heartache and wrote the post You are not alone. The response I have received from friends and followers has been awe-inspiring and I am forever grateful for all of the love and support. I have considered creating an inspirational series that would address the many struggles that young women face during their twenties…but for now a sequel will just have to suffice!
I have had a numerous amount of women tell me this week how strong, wise, and mature I am to be handling my situation with such grace and hope. One of my absolute favorite bloggers wrote to me in an email, “The faith and hope that shone through that email (even though you may not have realized it) has me looking up to you and the way you are walking through the hardest time”. But that’s just it…I don’t feel strong or courageous. And truth be told, I have had many moments of weakness in the past week! There have been multiple mornings when I have woken up with puffy, red eyes and my hair matted to my face from the tears I cried during the night. But each morning, before I get out of bed, I say a prayer to God and ask Him to be close to my broken heart and save me for I’m crushed in spirit (Psalms 34:18). I find myself talking to God often and finding comfort that He is always listening.
Of course I have been staying super busy with my student-teaching internship and applying for jobs. On Thursday, I went to Charlotte to visit my very best friend Melissa, from Simply Sweet Melissa. We shared many laughs and tears over the duration of the weekend and I am so unbelievably blessed to have her in my life. Before my interviews on Friday she gifted me The Message: SOLO- An Uncommon Devotional. The author, Peterson, created this devotional with guided meditations that help you better understand yourself and the God who created you. I have read a page every night since Friday and I can already feel my spirits being lifted!
I also need to take a moment to rave about this precious little jewelry shop in Charlotte that Melissa took me to on Friday afternoon called On A String Bead Shop. You will not believe how many beads there were to choose from and you could make any type of bracelet or necklace that your heart desired! In the picture above you can see two (out of the three) bracelets that I made…I guess you could say that I’m obsessed. Melissa, if you’re reading this, can we go back again next time I’m in town?!
I know that many of you out there don’t want to read a blog post about my personal life, but I am hoping that by sharing my journey of finding myself through God’s word will bring other young women closer to Him in their time of need. I also encourage others to be open and honest about their situation and understand that even though we may not be able to see it now, God has great plans for each of us if we place our faith in Him. Remember, the word “alone” does not and never has lived inside the word lonely.