i spent time with one of my dearest friends recently and was encouraged by how easy it is to be with her. it was a simple dinner in and american idol finale, but the conversation was easy, rich, and filled with laughter. these are the kind of friendships i desire and constantly strive to create.
when she got here, her first words struck me. she took one look at me after walking in my door and simply said, "you're happy here. this is the bekah i know."
so it turns out i not only feel happier and more settled, but i also let it show in my demeanor. maybe that's why everyone here seems so much nicer and friendlier?? just a theory.
it's hard to know how draining a season of life can be until you're on the other side of it. i'm on the other side of one of those seasons now and i can see just how frustrating florida truly was for me. i learned a lot, but it was not a fun season of life for me. i did my best to stay engaged where the Lord had me and enjoy the beach lifestyle, but it was never home for me. i never had a sense of community or belonging. so when ginny stepped in my door the other night, she saw it all over my face. this is where i should be.
[note: ginny is a friend who has faithfully visited me in every season and city of my life, so she's got the life history advantage on this.]
all that to say, here's to many more moments of laughter and fun with friends in my new city. God has been good to me.
live unashamedly :: laugh uncontrollably :: love unconditionally.