Tomorrow will mark the end of my first week in college, and the day after completes my first week of adulthood. There are a lot of big changes going on; life is very different now. My family is not around me to support me, or to be a constant comfort. The area is strange and unknown, the terrain totally different from home. I'm responsible for myself and all of my actions- it is up to me alone to make sure I'm out the door, dressed, ready, at class on time, eating well, keeping deadlines, and honoring appointments. It's a whole new world, and it is teaching me so much.
The amount of friends and family who have taken time to drop me a message, e-mail, or card expressing their support and love is incredibly heart-warming, and has led me to realize how truly blessed I am. It is such a comfort to know that even when I'm far away, I will never be forgotten or unloved. But being out on my own has also led my spiritual life to take on a whole new meaning- because for the first time in my life, Jesus is all that I have. In the past, when I had a bad day or needed an extra hug, my family was always there. But now- though I can call anytime- I cannot simply escape the weary world by coming home, I have to continue living in it. This experience, I believe, is going to bring my relationship with Christ to a deeper level- for now I rely completely upon Him.
Thanks to everyone for their patience and support as I wait for my new life to settle down, and start figuring out how I am going to fit everything into my schedule.
May God bless all those also starting new adventures, and may He bless all of you!