Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Just a reminder...

God is good, isn't He?

That statement is something that is so simple, yet so profound. There are moments where I get overwhelmed in life, as we all tend to do. While I have come a long way, I still have a hard time completely trusting that God will have every detail covered. But, He never fails. Ever. Last week on spring break, I was reminded once again of His unfailing, never ending provision for my life. 

You see, I have been trying to find an internship for this upcoming summer. Since I graduate in December (really!?) and hope to find a job in the HR world, I really need some experience for my resume other than simply babysitting. I had an interview the first week of January that sounded so promising, exciting, and seemingly the perfect fit-- or so I thought. After three months of never hearing back despite the fact that I checked in with them often, I began to get discouraged.

Through having some connections in my hometown, I began searching for other potential options. Can I just stop right here and say that it truly is "who you know (not always what you know). In order to graduate, I need to fulfill an internship requirement for my school and I had some trouble finding a company/place that could work with me. 

Before spring break, I made a call to one of the places I had contacted due to a friend. I wanted to see if there was an opportunity for me there and see if I could stop in to meet the owner while I was home. Instantly, I knew while conversing with this lady that she was so sweet and eager to help. 

So, I contacted her and went to meet her on Thursday. First of all, she is a Christian and runs her business on Christian morals and values. She has a passion for people, but an even bigger heart for the kingdom. How neat is that? Embarrassing tidbit of the day: as I was getting ready, I tried to print out my requirements for school as well as a copy of my resume. Of course neither one of our two printers at home would connect-- my sister even tried to use two different computers to make it work. I was so embarrassed that I was unprepared for this meeting because I knew better... I have taken so many communication classes to know what to do for an interview and here I was. 

However, it wasn't even a problem. She did not even bring it up, and when I mentioned it, she told me I could email it if I wanted. She went on to say that without even seeing my resume, she would be delighted to have me help her this summer because she could tell that I had what she had been looking for.... THEN, (it gets better)- She just causally brought up that we would start with getting my class requirements out of the way and then she offered me a summer.job....paid..... really?    

Let me tell you... just a quick pop in visit to meet the owner turned into an hour long meeting. I left that place so excited and at peace that it was if God was reminding me that He already knew the outcome of this meeting when I was stressing out trying to get the printer to connect to the computer (why does technology have to be so finicky sometimes though?!). He knew that something would work out. He had it planned even though all I could see was how quickly summer is approaching and how without options I was. 

My sister and I went to visit my mom at school after I was done and I was so excited I am pretty sure I didn't stop smiling. I bet her students thought something was majorly wrong with me. Just a case of the Thursdays and being able to see God working even within a silly summer internship--no big deal. But, really... it is one. 

I am so thankful for continually being able to learn, always being able to grow in my walk with the Lord, and be reminded of such a simply promise that God will take care of my every need--even the smallest things. I am always open to learning, but sometimes it just takes me a while to remember. I am beyond grateful for an ever patient Creator. 

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33

Monday, March 25, 2013

Final Steps....

Today I met with my advisor and got everything set up for me to graduate in December. I signed up for my final semester of classes, got everything prepared for my summer internship, and triple checked that all my hours I have taken are entered. It does seem a little surreal that I am only 17 hours away from completing my Bachelor's degree. When did this happen? I am excited for what's to come. 

These quotes were on Pinterest this morning and I love them! 

This is one of my favorite songs and I have come to see how the lyrics really speak truth, especially on my life lately.... 

Happy Monday! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Last Spring Break in the books!

I am just sitting here thinking about how I just completed my final spring break of my college career. Not to sound all nostalgic or overly sappy, it is hard for me to believe that my days at college truly are numbered. I am so grateful for all I have accomplished these past few years, but I am a tad bit sad that I won't have a spring break next year! 

Nevertheless, this past week was so, so great. It was so badly needed and I am so thankful that I was able to go home. There is just something about having space, you know? A room, a big bed, a bathroom where shower shoes aren't required (still grosses me out), a sweet family to spend the evenings with, a puppy to cuddle with, families to babysit for, friends and the list goes on--- space is good. 

I am sad that it is over but hopeful that Thursday (maybe even Wednesday) will get here soon so I can head home for Easter. However, three tests and a handful of assignments must be conquered first! I feel so blessed that we are able to have the transportation to go home again. There is just something about home that is so good and refreshing. 

Have a great week everyone- it's back to reality for me! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


I was going to write this blog post about how hard of a thing being patient is for me sometimes. Like many things (ahem...being a control freak....) I have a hard time waiting on God's timing because I am fearful He won't answer in time. Since I started college, I do think I have gotten much better at this and I have learned a lot about resting in God's promises instead of my own. However, one recent example where I have had to continually learn to leave the situation in God's hand is with a summer internship.
I know I am not the only one that struggles with letting go of my plans and trusting God, but I do want to continuously become more patient!

I am nearing the end of my college career and I just need one more internship to fulfill the requirements for graduation. I have been waiting since the first of the year to hear back from a company in Wisconsin about a potential internship position. I went through the interview process and was told I would hear back in two weeks, well-- two months later I am still waiting. So, I have recently started looking into other options. I have submitted my resume to multiple places in and around Austin for positions that are in my desired field. By talking with a friend about what I was looking for, she mentioned that she knew of a business that might be a good fit for me. The best thing is it is only 10 minutes from my house!

God, like always, has better plans than my own. One would think that I could remember that the moment I started to get impatient or stressed out. As of right now, I am still continuing to wait and see where God wants me this summer, but I really do feel that this new opportunity is just God's way of saying, "I've got this Jenna, be patient."

Easier said than done, but I am so thankful I am still learning. I feel so blessed to be able to have and see a plan where all the pieces seem to fit together. I know that it was God's timing that made it perfect that the phone call I had this morning was so encouraging.

I was reading my blog feed before I started this post and came across a friend's post that was on the topic of patience. Check out Michelle's blog post to see how even thought the Israelites struggled with patience, they had something to learn as well.

Monday, March 4, 2013


...is wonderful. This weekend my sister and I hopped in the car and drove home on the spur of the moment!

Around 10:30 on Saturday morning, we were FaceTiming with my mom and she mentioned that she had dinner in the crock pot and we could make it home in time for supper. Since Kathleen was hungry, she looked at me and twenty minutes later we had gas in the car and were hightailing it out.of.Bethany. 

We really just missed these two people a lot:

We had a lot of fun and it was a much needed quick trip. We were home less than 24 hours (which meant a lot of driving in a short period) but we slept well in our own beds, had a yummy supper (and brought back the leftovers) and spent time with our grandparents, second parents, and two of our favorite people ever so it was WELL worth it! My mom and dad leave to go to Israel at the end of this week for about 10 days. We were glad to see them one last time before they left and we couldn't talk to them as easily! 

The countdown is on for Spring Break! 10 and a half days and we will be Texas bound once again!! 

For now though? I am spending Monday afternoon in our dorm study room, working on one of my many papers with the window open and a Sonic drink for motivation! 

I hope you have a wonderful Monday and had almost as good of a weekend as we did! 

Friday, March 1, 2013

All About Cha

Right now I'm sitting at a cute little coffee shop in Edmond just a few miles from school. Jen told me she found this place and we finally decided to come here today! I was sad that Kathleen had other plans, but we will certainly come back!

I had a caramel macchiato and Bryan, Jen's boyfriend, got this nifty tea that blossomed as it steeped!

So thankful for a sweet friend like Jen and the fact that we can actually hang out this semester!