It has been a very long time since I have written a blog post…. whoops. Life happens. I think this is the introduction to every single blog post I have written.
I mainly wanted to write this because frankly, I have too much to say to make a sentimental Instagram caption, Facebook post, or Tweet. I have too many words that I need to say. Lets start with this. School is almost over for the year…. whaaaatt?!?!?! I have grown so much as an individual this year and I owe that to all of my lovely friends. I am excited that the school year is almost over, except… that also means I am that much closer to being a real ADULT, which means I have to do real adult things. Wish me luck with that.
But the other half of me is excited that college will fly by because I am looking forward to life. I am pumped about choosing where to live, maybe having a family, and pursuing careers and a lifestyle not dependent on other people, just me and God. It will be interesting, but I am excited. If you’re wondering what I do in my free time, I look at apartments in cities all over the United States. I am fully aware that none of them will still be for sale/rent when I am moving…but still. Its fun.
Okay, now for the bigger chunk of this blog post; I got baptized last night. As an act of obedience, I publicly devoted my life to the Father. So many people came out to support me. My life group, family, and friends were all present to watch this life event unfold. Of course, Kyra was there. She baptized me! Kyra has been a leader, teacher, role model, and friend. I remember sitting on my chair in my living room in Louisburg when I received the K-State email that told me who I would room with. When I read “Kyra Treadwell” I was like…. who is that? I was a little sad, because I had planned on rooming with someone else, but it didn’t go through (obviously.) When I met Kyra, I was pretty terrified that we wouldn’t get along. She looks so dainty and proper. When I first met her, we talked for a moment and then she left our room to go to the store. I immediately sighed because I am so weird, and she seemed so….classy. I thought we would completely clash. Good thing I was wrong. Kyra has lead me to Christ. I have come to know Him through her actions and watching her live. She is lovely. These photos sum it all up.
I have a little bit to say about everyone who was there for me last night at my baptism. I didn’t get an individual photo with everyone, but I did get a group photo.
Lauren – You are so kind hearted and gentle. You are such a great leader for this life group. I can honestly tell you that I feel so comfortable in your presence, you give off a vibe that makes me feel like I can tell you absolutely anything and you would give me the best advice you possibly could, and then hug me. It’s comfort. You’re fantastic for juggling life, school, and this life group.
Kyra – My sweet friend. You baptized me! Better yet, you didn’t drown me. 🙂 I know there was a third party in this whole roommate situation. It wasn’t by chance. You seriously helped me evolve into who I am today. I can’t thank you enough. Keep being your beautiful self. There isn’t a lot of people I would get toilet water in my mouth for, so you must be something special.
Annie – Oh Annie! You are such a spunky woman. I love that about you. You have such a warm smile, I feel so at peace when I open up to you. You have some amazing hair that I can never stop being in love with, as well as a personality that I can never stop being in love with. Never stop being Annie…or Joanna or whatever your real name is… 🙂
Anna – You are so amazing, Anna! You are always supportive, and although sometimes Psychology class is a struggle for the both of us (for me; showing up. for you; dropping your pen, water bottle, or anything else), I enjoy seeing your smiling face every time. That smile could light up any room. You’re so joyful every time I am near you, and it is definitely contagious.
Katie – You are so wise. You don’t speak often but when you do, it leaves ME speechless. You speak beautiful words, and you rock the pixie cut better than anyone I have ever met. I love how daring you are, because I wouldn’t expect it from you, which makes it even better. You also rock the fake mustache better than anyone I have ever met. 🙂
Lara – Yes, I call you Mom because I am very strange, but there is more to it. I feel so comfortable around you. I feel like you have unconditional love for me. You watch out for me and tell it to me straight. You tell me what is right and what is wrong. You want me to succeed and you want me to eat my veggies and you do your best to make sure I am happy. You’re Mom.
Mallory – Mallory! Your presence is gorgeous. If you were to look up the definition of “Good Listener” it would say “See Mallory”. Okay, that was way cheesy but you know what, it is true! You are so tender and loving.
Shelby – Shelbs, you are amazing to have around. I love when you come to life group because you share some pretty great buffalos and a lot of the things you say are very relatable to me. It is a good feeling. Being my neighbor, you also put up with Kyra and I’s early morning laughter. It takes a special person to not want to chop our heads off… 🙂
Bailey – My dear friend. I love you so much! We have been friends for many years and during these years we have watched each other grow in many ways. Between the inside jokes we have our deep talks and I never want that to go away. Thank you for coming out and supporting me tonight.
Luiggi – My darling Luiggi! I will be in tears the last time we get to spend time together. You are such an amazing person who I will dearly miss when you go back home to Brazil. There is joy in your heart and it is pure. I see your face light up when you learn how to say an English word and it reminds me to find the joy in little things. I love you so much and I hope we keep in touch. Thank you for coming out to support me tonight!
Madelyn – My sweet sibling, you’re an inspiration to me. Although you are younger, you always have been much more collected than I was. You were always stronger, and more sure of things. You believed in me when I stopped believing in myself along with everything else. You never doubted me, though. I love you. Sisters are best friends.
Mom – Definition of never ending, always growing, ceaseless, beautiful love. I have grown so much closer to you during this last year, (ironic because I haven’t been home, but that is how it tends to go) and I couldn’t be happier. You never gave up hope on me, and you dealt with me in my sassy, obnoxious, and annoying child stages all the way up to my rebellious teenage years. And you’re still here. I love you. Sadly, my dad couldn’t make it, but I know he is proud of me. Love you dad!
As I was sitting in the chairs at UCC while I waited to see my face on the screen signaling that I was next, my heart was beating hard. I was a mixture of excited and nervous. This is a big step in my life; I was fully devoting myself to God. As an act of obedience, I wanted to show the world that I am His and He is mine.
As I was sitting in the water with Kyra while we watched my video, I was calm. I was no longer nervous; just excited. As my video finished, Kyra rubbed my back in anticipation. “Jenna, my sister, it is my honor to baptize you in the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit.” she dunked me. She lifted me up. We were laughing and hugging as we almost slipped off the tarp. We scurried into the side room where we were going to change clothes. And I heard it.
“You call me out upon the waters…”
That is my song. Oceans by Hillsong. THAT. IS. MY. SONG.
I didn’t care that I was drenched.
I didn’t care that I was shivering.
I didn’t care that I had water all over my glasses and couldn’t see very well at all.
I went back out to the worship room and worshipped to my hearts content. This included sobbing my eyes out because, like I said, Oceans is my Jesus JAM. And it was played immediately after I was baptized. Coincidence?
I am personally encouraging you to follow Christ. No, I am inviting you. If you haven’t already, you’re missing out on a world of wonderful love. It doesn’t guarantee that life will be easier, no. But it does guarantee that it will be easier to cope with life. It is one thing to believe in Him, and it is another to follow Him. Let him be the guide of your life. You must listen, obey, and learn that sometimes, the answer is no.
Just going to church isn’t enough. He is jealous. He wants you to want Him to be in every aspect of your life. Its one thing to go to church and then go sin and pretend like nothing is happening, and it is another thing to let Jesus be the foundation of your life. He is in everything you do. Let Him be there.
He is life changing. Let Him change yours.
Until next time, whenever that is…