Ryan Marie Wecker. My sister. My friend. My mentor. My heart. My counterpart. I can say with confidence that she is one of the most amazing individuals I will ever have the pleasure of knowing. Ryan really gets my heart. She is so like minded to me and encourages me in my creativity, my faith, and my love for others.
I am reminded today of the way that Ryan shows love, and how that example has impacted my view immensely. Selflessness is seldom exemplified in humanity the way that it reveals itself in Ryan’s character. She loves so uniquely and so well. Her heart is incredible and her intentions are always pure. It has been such a blessing for me to watch her fall in love. I always knew that whenever it happened for Ryan, it would be right. And I have not been disappointed in the least. Her love for Bill is genuine and her desire for Christ to be at the center of their relationship is made clearly evident consistently. This season of life is so exciting. It kills me that I can’t be near her through it all. But there is something to be said of the bond between sisters. No matter what, those two girls will always be a part of who I am. God is working so much in Ryan right now. It is by her example and God’s grace that I have gotten through certain situations and I cannot possibly express in words the example she has been to me.
Ryan, I love you so dearly and could not be happier for you at this time. Thank you for showing me what it means to love people with the selfless love of Christ. There should be more people in this world like you. It would be such a wonderful place. You’re going to be an incredibly beautiful bride. I am so honored to share in your day with you. The way you love Bill is something that I long for. Your relationship is such a blessing to everyone around the two of you. The way that you look at each other is such a testimony to your love. I thank God for you everyday and for putting Bill in your life. I cannot wait to see the way your family grows.
In life it is so easy to get ahead of ourselves. We focus on what’s to come rather than the blessings God gives us daily. This is a constant struggle of mine that God is slowly working on one day at a time. A good friend of mine recently told me that “waiting is worship.” This is the most beautiful and perspective changing truth I’ve heard in quite a while! The beauty that comes from waiting on the Lord is such a refreshing thing. I have never regretted allowing God’s timing. In that time, he strengthens us and grows us and matures us in unbelievable ways.
I am constantly amazed by God’s overwhelming and undeniable grace in my life. He is teaching me so much about who I am and what relationships should look like in light of his love. Recently, God has placed several truths in my life that are consistently showing up and holding me accountable in my walk.
The importance of allowing myself to be humbled. Putting my pride aside, admitting to my faults, understanding my inconsistencies, and committing to pray for change in my heart and daily actions. Coming face to face with my brokenness and seeing the beauty that can come of that if I give it to God. James 4:10 “Humble yourself before the Lord and he will lift you up.”
The beauty of family. Even though I am so far from my parents and my siblings, I have never been more aware of what a blessing their relationships with me are. Our friendships are so unique and it is so easy for me to forget how richly God has cultivated and grown those relationships as well as our appreciation for them over the years. Those six people will be my best friends for the rest of my life and there will never be a time that they don’t know me better than anyone else on the planet.
In light of that, I am understanding fully how important it is to make Jesus my very best friend. In all honesty, humanity is sinful and even my wonderful family is not exempt from that. people will let us down. Every person in our lives at one point or another. But, as long as Jesus is my best friend, I can be sure that I always have someone to go to in difficult times. He gives the best advice and will never treat us the way that we treat him.
The importance of being present. Breathing life in. When you’re spending time with someone, be with them. Fully. Don’t let your mind take you elsewhere. But pour into relationships. Appreciate the relationship for what God is intending it to be now and don’t focus on the ways in which it could change. Love people because Christ loved them first and love life because Christ gave his so that we could.
A care package from my mom filled with goodies and love.
Steven Curtis Chapman on spotify
Lunch with Emily
Dark room sesh with Zo town
Mat Kearney concert and date night with Kat
Eighties skate night and all the craziness leading up to it
Tea in the crater on a beautiful day with friends
real talk with HCROM
encouraging notes from various people in my mailbox
Good productive conversation with valuable friends
Developing and printing my first roll of negatives
talking to both of my parents on the phone
Sleeping at Last on repeat
Puzzle at pancakes
Com Dev 210
Every once in a while, it is such a good thing to take a step back and realize how blessed we truly are. God is so good and proves his faithfulness in simplicities that often go unrecognized. Breathing life in one second at a time is crucial.