About 2016: Faithfulness

Happy New Year’s Eve! Once again, it’s that time where we all get to pause and reflect on the year that has passed. For me, it seems like time itself is only accelerating and leaving me scrambling behind in the dust, but while this year feels like the quickest year yet, I nevertheless gained infinite amounts of valuable insight and knowledge about myself, others, and the world.

I’ll get right to it: above all, 2016 was the year I learned all about God’s faithfulness. And let me just say, there is nothing more constant, tangible, beautiful, or true. While this year was filled with highs and lows, the one thing that remained unquestionably steadfast was my Jesus.

I learned that God is a faithful Provider. He has provided me with another wonderful year at Belmont University where I’ve gotten to dive deeper into my studies of science and music. He has blessed me with a new church family in The Move Church along with the countless opportunities I’ve received to serve there. He’s kindled a passion inside of me for hand lettering. He’s provided for me financially through work in Belmont’s Admissions office as well as hand lettering commissions on the side. And of course, God has continued to provide me with uplifting and life-giving friends that I get to surround myself with and whom I can count on whenever I need them.

I learned that God is a faithful Friend even in my darkest circumstances. God was consistently present in life’s overwhelming situations. From me floundering in my coursework, even to when I was panic-ridden because of the time my car went mysteriously missing, He was there. God was equally present in the small everyday battles I waged as a college student, whether they were against loneliness, sadness, or anxiety.

Perhaps most importantly, I learned that God is faithful in His promises. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says He knows the plans He has for me. They are good plans that will give me a hope and a future. I continue to find comfort in this truth and and realize that although they are programmed into my nature, I need to let go of my worry and uncertainty. Though I am in a weird stage of life saturated heavily with ambiguity, I can have peace in my confidence that this stage of my life is only but a stepping stone to a greater plan known solely to God.

I was never truly able to say I had directly experienced God’s faithfulness in a way that shook me to my core, but after this year I can gratefully say that I have. It’s an attribute of God that has become so dear to my heart, and I anxiously await the year to come where I will find God’s faithfulness all the more evident.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year and that your 2017 is filled with friends, fun, laughter, and above all, amazement at God’s unwavering faithfulness!


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Reflections

As 2015 is finally coming to a close, I can’t help but reflect back on the past year of my life and think about all the things that have happened. Especially with the magnitude of college and the changes that accompany it, I think I can say that just in the past five or so months alone, I have grown exponentially as an individual academically, mentally, and spiritually.

Here are a few memorable things that have happened this year:

  • I was accepted into the beautiful Belmont University; what’s even crazier is that I was interviewed for and was named one of their Presidential Scholars.
  • I attended senior prom with my beautiful friends (and had my first IHOP experience afterwards).
  • I concluded my ninth season with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra by performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
  • I graduated high school!!
  • My family and I had our first cruise experience to the Caribbean (10/10 would recommend).
  • I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where I have the opportunity to study what I love.
  • I have told my name, hometown, and major to more people than I can remember, but through this I have made invaluable friendships with people who inspire me to grow and to be my best self.
  • I found my church home at Crosspoint Church.
  • I went and saw my first Broadway play (one word: BEAUTIFUL).
  • I shared the stage with 700 other BU musicians in Christmas at Belmont, hosted by Grammy award-winning artist Kathy Mattea and nationally broadcasted on PBS.
  • My dad, brother, and I made a spontaneous weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. and New York.

Looking back on it now, 2015 has been nothing short of a great year, and as 2016 is about to begin, I am filled with anticipation for what is to come. In the course of this next year, I hope that I will try new things, make new friendships while still developing the old ones, explore more foreign and profound concepts and ideas, visit new places, and most importantly make the most of every opportunity.

Have fun celebrating tonight, and I hope you have a wonderful 2016!