Knoxville

 

The city where I was born and raised. The city where I took my first steps and had my first day of school. My first memories of being a kid are housed in this city. But never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined myself ending up back in Knoxville after undergraduate to pursue PA school. As I began to consider different schools to apply to for Physician Assistant school, Knoxville came up but definitely wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. Thru an amazing set of circumstances that only God could have orchestrated, I am starting PA school in Big Orange Country this month.

Already I’ve been surrounded by the love and support of old family friends. Lunch dates, warm welcomes, and assurances of prayer. People from my past have reached out to me to share encouraging words of strength and love. My roommates (whom I never met before entering into this crazy experience) are God-fearing women with beautiful, passionate hearts actively seeking after the heart of Christ. After living with them a week, I can already foresee that their friendships will be safe places for me to vocalize my struggles, triumphs, and sass. Each new day I wake up in this city, I am shown new mercies, provisions, friendships, and heart lessons that prove God is in control. Even the minutest of details reflect God’s fingerprints. Despite the fact that classes won’t be starting until October 3rd, I am learning so much each new day in this city…

 

Learning how to be present in the present

Living my day purposefully for His glory

Resting rather than striving for constant productivity

Finding confidence and worthiness in Christ alone

and

Loving intentionally

 

I can feel God fine-tuning my heart more and more each day. Though change is often difficult and  daunting, it’s also exhilarating and enlightening. Since becoming an adult, I’ve loved the idea of adventure.

 

Change is just that: one big adventure.

 

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There’s a unique beauty to not knowing what to expect. Not to say you can’t prepare yourself for the road ahead. But learning how to embrace flexibility and spontaneity is just as important to enjoying each pitstop of the journey as planning is. 

 

So what does this mean for you on your adventure?

How will you choose to embrace change? 

Will you live today with purpose?

Will you love those around you intentionally?

Will you show up? 

 

Whatever change is on the horizon for you, whether it’s a new job, a new school year, a new boss, a new promotion, a new relationship, or a new baby, join me in praying for God to follow, protect, and engage us in this new great adventure. He is with us EVERY step of this journey. EVERY daunting, daring, and delightful step. 

I look with anticipation at the future that God has prepared for me, but right now I’m learning to take it one day at a time. 

 

xokitchyliving

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