February 25, 2019


Dear February,

What a whirlwind of a month. To be honest, it was a crazy busy month, but it was filled to the brim with some delightful surprises--none of which I could have ever planned for, but I know for a fact that God did (and it continues to astonish me in the ways He works!).

February started off with very little hope. Last month was a bit of a struggle in more ways than one, leaving me without much hope for this second month of 2019. But it's brought about so much growth and life and change in myself and while it wasn't easy, it was really good for me.

For starters, my hair color changed! I'm purple now and there's no going back (especially with the financial investment that went into it). I often forget that it's purple until I'm in daylight and people point it out (or stare at me, haha), but it's been a lot of fun and I love that it symbolizes change and confidence for me.

God's also been challenging me in the ways I love others. I think this deserves a post of its own, but I've been humbled to re-think how I love everyone, not just those who love me back. God's been teaching me to love unconditionally and without expectation of anything in return as well--which has required a lot of prayer on my part, but it's been good. Not in the easy way, but in the I-know-it's-good-for-me way, much like when you eat vegetables at dinner.

Aside from that, I got much closer with the people I share life with in my community group. Lunch dates, hikes, and texts have filled me with the void for friendship that I didn't know I had. And even though it wasn't easy to open up, be vulnerable, and dive into these relationships, it's been one of the greatest blessings in my life.

And while these were small moments, these other moments filled February, too: Weekend trips to the coast. Proverbs 3:5-6. Library book sales. New cookie recipes. Taking lots of sermon notes. New worship music. And snow and school delays.

March, you've got big shoes to fill. But I'm hopeful you'll be just as good as February was to me.

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