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February 2014

how to be a best friend.

what does being a best friend look like?

I wasn’t always a fan of having a best friend. to me growing up, it was just a label you put on someone because they were better than another person. I always struggled when I was little (and I still sometimes do) because people weren’t being the “best friend” that I had labeled them.  I found myself more and more often asking, “why would she do that? she was supposed to be my best friend!”

then I started telling myself that I wasn’t going to be able to do the whole “best friend thing” because it was just causing me too much stress and I was always changing people’s “friend status”. and, on top of that, the number one qualification for a best friend is that there’s only one, right?

as I’ve gotten older, and as I’ve met more and more girls, I’ve realized that being a best friend is possible. being a best friend is not a label you stick on someone because they’re “the best”. being a best friend is having qualities that build someone up as a woman of God and encourage them in their Faith and in their walk with the Lord.

there are a several girls in my life that are my best friends, and that is because the Lord has placed them there to help me grow in my walk with Him, and to encourage me to be the best young woman I can be.

I don’t really “keep track” of my best friends, but I know if there was a list, it would start with my momma.

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she is my number one role model, and I could go on and on about all the reasons she is my best friend… her love for Jesus being the first!

jordyn… you are my best friend!

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although you are very far now, you are an amazing role model and a best friend. I’m so happy I was able to build a relationship with you before you left, and I hope we get to see you again soon! I still look up to you, and I so excited for what God is going to do in your life.

hannah, I’m so glad you are my best friend!

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I think we both continue to encourage each other in our Trust in the Lord, and I am so happy the Lord has given me a friend to challenge me, and a friend to challenge!

jordan.

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I am so glad the Lord brought us together and that we are best friends! I am so thankful He gave me you to encourage me in my Faith. I love you!

 

I hope i can encourage these girls and all the many other best friends in my life, just as they have done for me!

brothers, big and little.

These are my crazy-awesome brothers.

Isaac, you rock. Teaching you to read and hearing you read me bed time stories fills me with happiness! I love you. Although getting you to cooperate can be a pain sometimes, I’m so glad I have the opportunity to be a big-sis and encourage you!

 

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Ethan, I love you. You are so gentle, kind patient, sweet, handsome, humble, and Christ-like. Watching you reach out to people is the best treat a big sister could ask for! Your eyes glow when you are truly happy, and it makes me happy! And by the way, yes; your muscles ARE way stronger than mine no matter what you say.

 

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Joshua, this is the laugh I would give my arm to see everyday! You are so encouraging and I love you. Even when you have “grumpy-days” you are always protective and concerned for everyone around you. I especially enjoy your team work when it comes to helping with the littles.

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Brian, you are more confident than all the rest. Still, you ask for confirmation from me. And the Lord! I love that you are always working hard at what He is calling you to do- I still don’t know how you swim, work, run, do homework, and STILL manage to spend quality time with us all! I love you.

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They all have different unique qualities, and I have an entirely different, awesome relationship with each of them! These are my brothers, big and little.

 

this post was featured at the hearts for home blog hop – head on over to see lots of sweet posts!

time.

recently I’ve been drawn to think more about how I spend my time every day. I find myself becoming really stressed when it comes to the end of the day because I suddenly realize I should probably be heading to bed, when I still have so much to do! No matter what I tell myself, I can’t seem to think of how I could get it all done the next day, especially because I have tomorrow’s tasks ahead of me, too.

I’ve found that even if I try a hundred ways to fix and change my schedule so I’m not as stressed or overwhelmed, I never solve my problems. The only thing that can fix this stress for me, is always starting my day by going to the Lord in prayer and asking Him to guide my day, and help me to make decisions that will help me best, and glorify Him in the long-run.

Throughout the day, the Lord always reveals Himself to me in different ways and reminds me to stay focused and diligent to complete the important tasks that need to be accomplished! Whether homework, chores around the home, or even sports practices in the afternoon, I have to start with a good attitude and be willing to work hard to make time to enjoy the  blessings that God has given me.

I am drawn closer to Him everyday, and having an intimate relationship with Him so that I can ask for help is the most important factor.