As September ends and October begins, I want to make a little list of a few of the things that make me realized how blessed I am surrounding me.
Disclaimer: I am writing this more for myself than anyone else. Honestly, Sophomore year hit me hard and September was challenging to put it easily. For most of the month, I was covered in piles of homework and trying to keep my head above water in the rushing river rapids that are life. To top it off, my body decided to shut down a bit and get very sick in the last week. There were many moments when it was hard to see God’s love, but understanding how many blessings and support I am surrounded with is and was incredibly important.
On the hardest days, it becomes the most important to remember the incredible number of ways I have been blessed by God. Here are some of the five biggest blessings that remind me to smile and feel God’s arms of love.
1. My Faith is Celebrated
Being able to go to a place where my faith is celebrated and given support to flourish. It can be no secret that SNC isn’t the most “Catholic” Catholic college, but even being able to be in such close proximity to the church and able to walk in at any moment I am struggling has really been a blessing. Coming from a very public high school, I never had much faith support, and now living literally connected to the church, allows me to connect to my faith at all moments. When times are hardest, I love to sit in the church at night in front of the tabernacle, and just have a conversation in prayer with God.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a speaking event called Reboot by Chris Stefanick. It was a great night spent with great people and an ability to create new friendships centered on faith. Here are five of my favorite quotes from the event!
- “God could not do more than He’s already done”
- “The difference between you and God is that God never thinks He’s you.”
- “You think father’s boring? Try getting on the other side of the pulpit and looking at y’all.”
- “He didn’t die on the cross so you could come here and play holy. He likes to hear your songs of praise, He loves to year your deepest shame, your darkest sin.”
- “Not perfect, but authentic to share the faith.”
2. Attending St. Norbert
I find it quite funny to look back and think I never wanted to go to St. Norbert. Just like many kids, I wanted to move a bit farther away, but now looking back I could never imagine myself anywhere else. I guess that’s why they say that hindsight is 20/20! The number of opportunities available to me here allows me to create a unique experience unlike any other student here. Also, there are so many incredible Faculty and Staff that truly cares about me and my future and how I am doing. I am so thankful for each person on this campus, especially those that push me to be a better student and person, and I’m so thankful I decided to come here. There are so many incredible people who don’t have the opportunity to go to college, and it’s truly a blessing to be able to even be a student at SNC.
3. Friends That Push Me in my Faith
This year I have the blessing of being on the E-Board as Chiara as the treasurer. Chiara is the Catholic Women’s Group on campus and it has been a space for faith support and friendship for me. I have met countless women that are constantly pushing me to grow deeper in my faith and constantly show me God’s love and grace for each of us. Each of the girls is a source of constant support for me in my faith journey and always knows how to cheer me up and bring me back deeper into my faith. I am more thankful than words can ever express for each one of these girls and the love they constantly show me.
4. Close Friends and Moral Support
I love being back on campus for one main reason, I get to see everyone again! However, one of the biggest changes this year compared to last year is the amount of work I have. I feel like I am constantly doing homework and never seem to be caught up. I am constantly questioning myself on how I had any free time last year because I don’t seem to have any this year! I don’t get to see everyone as much as last year, but that makes the times I do get to see them even more special. Coming from high school where I didn’t have many friends to such a strong group of friends and support here, is truly something I’m thankful for. After a long day of classes and homework, I love to walk around campus and talk to friends or laugh at a dumb movie or show. I am so thankful for all those around me who give me moral support and help me to laugh in the most stressful times.
5. Support Back Home
My last major blessing is the support I have from back home. I haven’t been able to go home yet since I moved in because each weekend has been crazy, but I always know I have support from family and friends back home. Little moments and texts randomly throughout the day help me to remember their support. I am thankful for each little moment I feel blessed from support back home whether that is being sent a random meme, a meaningful text, or a random visit to bring Culvers!
It can be extremely hard to feel anything except stress when life is overwhelming but being able to take a step back and take a deep breath and think about just a few of the incredible blessings God has placed into my life is incredibly important.
One easy way that I have helped to do this is each morning before I start my day, I read the daily reading and devotion from Blessed Is She. I also try to state one thing I am grateful for that day. This is an easy and great way to start your day in the right mindset and give your anxieties and everything that happens that day over to God.
“Jesus changes the story, He changes our story”Chris Stefanick