ServeHere identifies extraordinary rising junior and senior college students who want to use their gifts to make an impact, while engaging in a world-class workplace and ministry experience. We place the students into meaningful internships with local faith-based non-profits, enabling students to gain valuable workplace experience while contributing to the mission of the non-profit.
The internships are carefully designed to give students a chance to make a real impact, while honing their skills and working with dynamic leaders inside the non-profit organization. ServeHere pairs each student with a non-profit that matches their interests and have projects that utilize the skills the students is learning in the classroom, or the passions that they pursue outside of school. Outside of the daily activities of the internship, students meet with a mentor who is a Christian executive with a heart for missional living.
A curriculum has been developed to: prepare the students for success in their internships; engage with like-minded students; and receive one-on-one coaching from their mentor.
The program is 10 weeks long, with students required to work 20-25 hours a week, plus time to meet with their mentor.
We are looking for juniors and seniors, from a diverse range of majors, that we can plug into challenging assignments in amazingly impactful non-profits. The roles they fill are tailored to their interests and capabilities.
Whether you are majoring in marketing, management, finance, accounting, or BHP -- we can find the perfect place for you to use your developing skills, working alongside talented leaders who are investing in your personal and professional development. Students accepted into the program are mature and passionate Christ followers who want to explore how their life, and their careers, can answer a higher calling. They have experience serving others and want to go deeper.
Some of our nonprofit internship placements included:
-Mobile Loaves and Fishes
-Texas Reachout Ministries
-The Archibald Project
- Hope for Haiti
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Our recent students met guest speakers from:
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
The Archibald Project
Pedal the Pacific LifeWorks
The Source Pedal the Pacific
What some of our recent students have to say about the program:
“With all of my classes being online during those two semesters, I really hadn’t grasped a lot of material or knowledge that would’ve helped direct me to a career path. My confidence in who I was, what I had to offer, and where I wanted to go simply didn’t exist until starting ServeHere. One of the biggest things I developed throughout my time in ServeHere was not only finding my confidence in my creative and communicative abilities, but finding my confidence in who I was through the Lord’s eyes.” -Riley W.
“ I just accepted a job at Texas Children’s in Houston to work as a pediatric oncology nurse!! Just so sweet to see how God is faithful even in our doubt all the way from my internship at The Source and our summer together” - Maggie T.
“This summer, the spirit, through my Serve Here experience and community, helped me to reframe my searching from the "what" to the "why." The "why" is ultimately more important.” -Nathan S.
“Iesha changed my life and shaped my faith. She is bold, challenged me, and never let me settle for less than what the Lord was calling me to. She encouraged my work when it got hard, showed me what relying on the Lord looks like, talked me through anxious moments and seasons, and encouraged me to be better in all aspects. I will forever be impacted by the ways she loved me this summer.“ -Victoria S.
There’s a long stretch of life where you’re on the receiving end of Christmas. The gifts are thoughtful and useful. You participate in the church Christmas program, help your parents in the kitchen, and unwrap gifts.
Then there’s a season of life where you’re the giver of Christmas. You plan the meals, arrange the gatherings, buy and wrap the presents. You think of traditions and execute them, trying with everything you have to make it perfect and also make your kids care more about Jesus than all the stuff.
And then there’s you. Right now.
You are in this weird season where you have no money but you can vote and study. Where on your worst days you think about Christmas as the time you relax after finals, and on your best days you start realizing what a MIRACLE it is that the world’s savior came as a baby.
First, you should know that all of us, at every age, are trying to grasp the importance of Christmas. Fighting to come back to the beauty of the birth of Jesus.
Second, As much as it may not seem like it, you are uniquely positioned to connect to Advent in the season you’re in. You are preparing yourself to step into the post-grad life. A huge part of getting there is waiting. Waiting for the spark of knowing what to major in, what internships to take, or where to apply (ServeHere, of course). Of longing for a future you’re trying to picture. But I actually love the picture you’re living in- you’re not just sitting and waiting for the future. Your waiting is active. You are taking classes and testing your faith. You are asking questions, living in community, finding out what gifts you have to use. You’re fighting to surrender and trust. You’re not just learning about the Gospel, this story is for you.
Who better to relate to the world that waited … and waited… and waited… praying and believing that God told the truth?
Jesus was born in a place no one could have imagined, to people no one else would have chosen, in a way that didn’t quite make sense… all completely purposeful. It’s the most hopeful of messages for those of you trying to muster up a completely unforeseeable future.
And your job in the waiting?
Anchoring your faith.
Keep doing one thing at a time and start letting the thread of your God be part of every small step.
It’s that time of year. Finals wrap up, you pack up your car with clothes and let out a huge exhale knowing the stress of the semester is finally over. And it is... kind of. Unfortunately, the question that has been ringing in your ear all semester follows you back home.
“So, what are you doing after college?”
So how do you answer your Aunt Linda when she asks about your post grad plans? You’re only secretly worried about the question until someone asks you and the sweating and heart pumping starts… but fear not. It’s understandable for this question to feel heavy. It sparks all the shame of the jobs you haven't applied for, the direction you don’t yet have, but most of all it highlights the fact that you don’t have the answer that is going to please the person asking the question. And that’s ok.
You are dreaming and hoping for a future where you get to steward your gifts and passions, and support yourself financially. You are trying to connect all the dots of what you have learned, what you love, and where you want to live. You, dear soon-to-be-graduate, are not supposed to know what you want to do with your life. You are in an active waiting season, and the best thing you can do right now is find a posture of surrender and discernment.
As you approach graduation, it’s becoming increasingly important for you to anchor yourself in the Truth of God, and in the gifts you’re ready to put to use. What better time to practice that than during Advent? This waiting period before Christmas, is a time of contemplation and reflection. Waiting, waiting, faithfully and hopefully waiting. This season is a representation of generations waiting on the birth of our Savior.
If you allow the desire to have the right answer be the motivator to find a job, you will chase the relief of the answer, rather than the peace of believing God has something for you.
Before you panic-answer all of the questions about your future, reflect on these questions:
There is a path ahead of you that is both nothing you can imagine, and everything you're dreaming of. A future where you are confident in Who has brought you here, in the work you are doing, and in what is to come.
'Tis the season to wait well and trust God.
Disciples and supporters everywhere:
We love being part of how you steward the time and resources God has given you. Your gift to ServeHere means that missionaries are being planted in workplaces of all kinds, sharing the Gospel in word and deed; and they are able to be planted because they were equipped by their internship serving the homeless, caring for incarcerated people, aiding the orphan crisis, tending to scared mothers, among other missions of the nonprofits we partner with.
Our students come in with one question: what is God calling me to do? A question that many of us remember agonizing over, and one some of us still hope we’re getting right. We address that question in our program because the answer is simple.
We’re called to be disciples, and make disciples. We’re not just talking about a powerful convicting moment, we are talking about a life of apprenticeship to Jesus. Regardless of how Jesus’ disciples joined his ministry, one thing they all had in common was that they saw things they couldn't unsee. They experienced things from which they could never go back, where what they thought they knew and what they saw did not match, and for that, they gave their lives over completely.
We like to think that ServeHere does that. Acting as a bridge between college and the rest of life, we address the questions keeping them up and night and speak Truth over the lies while we plant them. First, we plant them in one of our incredible partner organizations, we give them a mentor, a community, we gather and reinforce their experience with Gods Word, we expose them to nonprofit leaders with stories of God’s faithfulness, the students witness leaders embody Jesus in their workplace. These students come out of their 10 weeks transformed, convinced of how possible it is to carry the hope of Jesus with them everywhere. And then we send them to their mission field, we send them to the world, to their jobs - to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to us.
Our students accept the call, they lead worship everywhere, in every space, in any space. They spend (not just financially) everything they have to nurture, shelter, and care for the poor, the homeless, the naked, the abandoned, the lost and lonely, the scared, the sick. They really want to know the worries of their co-workers, and recognize that they truly can be on mission everywhere. THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.
Our students are stepping into this calling with a cloud of witnesses (YOU) cheering them on and shouting at them to keep going and endure. Do you want to know the part that makes us most excited? They’re doing this from the beginning of their career. We (again, that's YOU) are moving the start line, so that they would do more for the Gospel than we ever could.
This summer, one of our students, Caitlin, was placed at Texas Reachout Ministries, a place providing Christian men and women leaving the criminal justice system with safe housing, spiritual guidance, employment assistance, life skills and support. Caitlin went from being unsure of her place or relatability with the people they were serving, to attending every single bible study even after her internship. She fell in love with God’s people, she even saw herself in them. God offered a place of refuge from her home in an unlikely place - with formerly incarcerated people and at our Tuesday meetings. She revamped the nonprofit’s social media marketing and emails, using her degree to forward the mission of Texas Reach out. More importantly, she was able to integrate her gifts, her job, and her Work in one place.
Another student, Maggie, came in having already graduated. She was bound for nursing school but began to have doubts about that call on her life. We placed her with The Source, a full-service women’s clinic empowering women with better choices to create a place for her to participate in the work of the clinic and learn more about the heart behind believers in the medical arena. She met mothers everyday facing heartbreaking, complicated stories. She participated in a hybrid internship in the clinic shadowing and running pregnancy tests for patients. She sat in on interviews for potential staff and helped make digital files, donor materials, helped create a sexual risk avoidance curriculum for high school kids, and was the right hand person for an organization leader. As her doubts surfaced, she met with her mentor, shared with the group, and on an evening drive alone, God confirmed her path towards nursing school. Right now, she is finishing her first semester of school and has been able to share the hope she gained through ServeHere with other doubting students. One of our greatest wins is when students stay their course, but have completely different heart postures because of the time they took to discern and pray about their future.
To hear more about why we believe God is using us to make disciples, listen to a podcast episode here that has reached over 1,000 people.
We want more stories like theirs to exist. This giving season, we are raising $20k to be able to do just that. Help us mobilize confident believers into workplaces everywhere.
Executive Director | ServeHere
You’ve heard us say that we don't think anyone should have to choose between their work life and their life’s work. It sounds nice, but what does that really mean?
In short: your work life is your job, your life’s work is THE WORK. The work is the call on your life to glorify God through every part of you including but not limited to your gifts, interests, failures, friendships, responsibilities, character and even your job.
When we say you don't have to choose between the two, are we saying you don't have to choose one? Yes. Are we saying you can hold them both equal? No. Your job is part of your work, but it’s not all of it.
Culturally, we have learned to think of work and job as two parallel lines: a job line and a work line, where you spend your life trying to get the two lines closer and closer together. This is where that lie of “balance” comes from. It serves us well for a while, until finally they get as close as they can be to one another and the lines start to blur into each other until you can't tell them apart. It’s a dangerous visual to hold onto. The idea of integrating the two completely gives us permission to claim they are of equal importance. Then when our job ends (because that's what jobs do) that line we allowed to blur goes away and we’re left confused, empty, and lost. How many times have we seen post-grad disappointment result in loss of Faith?
Lets paint a different picture than two lines running parallel. Instead, try to imagine the “work” line expands, becoming a whole room. Within that room, your thin “job” line lives, along with many other lines. Your job can operate outside of your work, but the goal is to allow your job to live in the room of your work. The determining factor of whether our job lives within our work or not has nothing to do with the nature of our job, and has everything to do with HOW we show up in our job. We can do our jobs in all their normalcy, and be contributing to our work in every moment.
Your work is so much more than your title. It’s also so much more than your responsibilities. Your work is the posture of your heart in all directions and how you submit your job to the pursuit of completing good works.
While pursuing excellence in your job, you have the opportunity to dole out the hope of Jesus to people around you. You have the opportunity to practice generosity of spirit, of time, and of finances. You get to pray boldly about goals and practice, trust and vulnerability as you do so.
We put so much focus on what we do and such little focus on how we do what we do.There’s a natural tendency to either hope you can keep the job and the work separate from one another...or, particularly for those working in traditional ministry, think your job counts as your work. Your work is everything you have the opportunity to influence, love, and notice. Your job is one of MANY avenues that provides those opportunities.
It doesn’t mean your job doesn't matter, it means your work exists and remains regardless of the circumstances of your job. Remember that dear graduates… if you find yourself applying for jobs you didn't think you would, if you find yourself in a job you don't see being permanent, if you lose a job, are desperate for a job, hate a job, or are obsessed with your job… your work is there all the same. Prepared for you so that you will walk in it. Ephesians 2:10 says we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God has prepared our good work.
He blesses our work- which means that not one bit of GOOD WORK is wasted (Galatians 6). Not one seed or word of encouragement or attempt to love is for nothing even if it feels that way.
We have been given an opportunity to reframe the way we think about integrating our work life and our life’s work. Our job can live within our work, and we can abide within Christ at the same time.
“This summer will test you in ways you never imagined; it will take you from the mountaintop to the lowest valley, yet you will come out of it stronger than ever before.”
-Riley, 2021 Summer Student
Riley, is there any part of you that has developed during this process that wasn't there at the beginning of the summer?
I think one of the biggest things that I developed throughout the summer that wasn’t there in the beginning was my confidence in my work abilities as well as recognizing my confidence of who I am through the Lord’s eyes. At the beginning of the summer, I quite literally had no idea what I had to offer to the organization I was working with and didn’t know I could hold the skills that I now have. In the same way, I lacked confidence in how the Lord viewed me as His child and had a hard time seeing what He saw in me. Throughout the summer, lies about who I thought I was were thrown at me in ways I’d never experienced before and found myself struggling with how to combat them. But, through deep prayer, being in the word, Tuesday cohort meetings, and time with my mentor I started relearning how the Lord truly viewed me and my abilities that glorified Him. Additionally, I learned how to be truly vulnerable for probably the first time in my life and not be ashamed to show weakness, confess sins, admit doubts, and not hide from my feelings. This was a freeing experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to have been around while this took place in my life.
How has your faith been challenged or strengthened during your time with ServeHere?
My faith was challenged and strengthened in multiple ways but I think a lot of that stemmed from debriefing or deconstructing bad traits from my past that I had either picked up myself or was told I had to do or not do in my walk with the Lord. I think I was finally asked genuine questions that I had never been asked before about my faith and had people there who actually wanted to listen to my answers and give honest feedback to them. I think this is something I’ve always lacked when it comes to that area of community, so it was incredible to see what that should look like and strive to look for that same thing in the future. In this process, I learned how to be my true self in conversation and not worry about what others would think about my response, which is something I have struggled with for the longest time when it comes to discussing my walk with the Lord. Being in areas that made me feel safe and known helped a lot with that and I’m especially grateful for that part of ServeHere.
Did you meet anyone that impacted the way you view God, life, work, or family?
There were multiple speakers, specifically women, who just absolutely blew my mind during our conversations with them. I feel like they covered content that a lot of Christian women don’t typically cover and weren’t afraid to have a conversation about it, which was super encouraging and refreshing to hear. I took a lot away from those conversations in ways I’m not able to even write down and I just wish more people could hear what they have to say. [My mentor] also had a major impact on my summer in that we were able to relate in some very specific ways and have very specific conversations that I’ve never experienced with someone before and I’m eternally grateful for that. She pushed me in ways I needed to be pushed, but I was able to come to her comfortably in all of it, something that I’ve struggled to do with mentor figures in the past. She was so easy to talk to and from the get go I felt like I could share literally anything with her. I love her a whole lot for the way she influenced me this summer and know she’ll be around in my life for a while because of it!
Did you experience any heart change this summer?
One of the biggest heart changes I had this summer was my perspective towards work, specifically virtual work. I came into the summer, after a long time of having classes online and dragging through those, that I just wanted to get through each day of work and not take much from it. It was a hard transition period in the beginning to understand the value and fruit of what I was doing, but towards the middle and end I came to understand where my work was being used and how I was developing new skills. It was super cool to be at the GLS summit and see all of the materials that I had created, ordered, and put out for people to use and then get to advocate about the information on those materials.
A final letter from Riley to her former self:
Dear Graduate, this summer you will be tested and pushed in ways you never even imagined, yet in that, you will see some of the greatest growth in your walk with the Lord. You will learn to be vulnerable, show your weakness, cry tears, confess your sins, and genuinely reach out to the Lord, resulting in liberation and freedom. The confidence you lacked in yourself will be overturned by truly acknowledging how the Lord sees you in His eyes, be quick to cling to that and don’t let it fall away when the lies of this world come knocking at your doorstep.
How do you think your faith has been challenged or strengthened through ServeHere?
I think something that has come up over and over again has been the idea of learning to relate to God as Abba Father. I naturally tend to view God more as Sovereign God than seeing Him as a loving, caring Father who loves me and cares about me more than anyone in the world ever could. The people that were in the ServeHere cohort this summer loved Jesus so much and it was so evident because of the way they love and care for others. I was so encouraged by each of the other interns and Iesha to love God by showing His love to those around me and genuinely caring for others.
- Corrin, Summer 2019 ServeHere Student
We cheered on so many ServeHere Alumni this past month as they graduated and could not be more proud of each and every one of you. So our Executive Director wrote you a letter...
Look at you. You have made it to the end of your time in college. Many of us in seasons ahead of you look at you and wish you didn’t have to walk through some of the things you have… that impulse is fear. When I take the time to pray for you, to put that fear aside… I feel something completely different. Hope.
While I am sorry for some of the things you have endured, certainly for some of the hardship you have watched unfold.. I am also so grateful for what you have lived through the last 18 months. Because now I can look directly to you, with all of the confidence we can muster up, and say : YOU WERE made TO LEAD TODAY. RIGHT NOW. With the tragedy, beauty, curiosity and confusion you have faced, you are leading us forward.
And I am so glad it’s you.
I have seen you step into a space that rejects division and easy answers. You have wrestled, shaken, laughed, prayed, and served. I’m not just trying to encourage you from a place of mentorship, these words I am saying… these words are coming from a place of submission. Yes, I am a season or two ahead of you. I’m leading the way right now for a while. But do you want to know how invested I am in you? … I am trusting you with my kids. I believe in you based on what I have witnessed God do through you… and now, I am saying to you. You were chosen for the job. Lead them well.
God is not concerned with your career or trajectory, he is concerned with how much of your day- every day- you you will trust him with. He is ready to shepherd you through a life anchored in Him, wherever you are. You are the one in any office who will bring gentleness, justice, and friendship to the people in the corner. You are the one who will give generously, sacrifice comforts, and reject idols. You are the leaders who will stand in the gap, following the ways of Jesus. Simply Jesus, and nothing else.
I am so proud of you.
I believe in you.
Your gifts are on purpose.
Everything is going to be okay.
After a year characterized by uncertainty, we are so excited to announce that we have officially kicked off the ServeHere Summer 2021 program with five incredibly gifted, Spirit-led women. What this year’s class has stepped into has not been easy. They have not only stepped into world-class internships, but they are opening up themselves to a program like no other. What we ask of our students requires a willingness to use every part of themselves to glorify God, process through some challenging questions of faith, and a complete surrender of their idea of success.
Every year our inbox is flooded with applications of students who are rising juniors and seniors. We have multiple interviews with them and spend the spring praying for those who will join our program. This Summer’s class is made up of rising seniors and recent graduates of Texas A&M and the University of Texas. There are a wide range of passions and career paths ranging from accounting to nursing to education.
A summer with ServeHere provides many learning opportunities. The students’ new classrooms are the internship placements where they are challenged to apply what they have learned in their field of study in order to make a real impact. They also meet one-on-one with a mentor and in weekly group sessions where they tackle a challenging curriculum designed to prepare them to lead a life of significance.
This summer, internship placements were made in five different non-profits around Austin. Most of these organizations serve populations that struggle with poverty. But their clients’ circumstances are very diverse — spanning the homeless, displaced and disadvantaged youth, young mothers, and villagers in Africa. We have also partnered with two incredible Non-profits whose main focus is on providing holistic women’s health care and promoting literacy across all age and people groups in the Austin area.
Our Summer 2021 Non-profit Partners
Mobile Loaves and Fishes – lifting up Austin’s homeless population
Texas Reach Out – providing post-prison transitional housing and support
The Source – providing high-quality, whole-person health services to women throughout Texas
The Archibald Project – using stories to educate people to care for vulnerable children
Education Connection – helping children fight illiteracy and decreasing school dropout rates
Previous summers have proven that the work our students do inside these organizations is both interesting and valuable. They are given more responsibility than students in traditional internship roles. While they are developing job programs, micro-enterprise programs, after-school curriculum, engineering best practices, marketing plans, and telling the stories of the organizations and the people they serve — they are also sharing the love of Christ.
Our kick-off session gave our students a chance to meet each other, reflect on their past year, participate in group discussions, and contemplate their goals for this summer. Already it is clear that this is a very engaging group of young adults who are motivated to live a life of significance!
Like many of you, as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded ServeHere has been challenged to adapt how we walk out our mission. Mobilizing a generation of faith to be on mission where they'll work and live continues to be what God is calling us to do. But our approach to pursuing this mission has to change, and it's no surprise because this season has demanded necessary pivots from all of us.
We want our college students to look back at this time and remember that when their life changed during COVID, their priorities, and the priorities of Jesus, were sweetly aligned. We deeply desire that ServeHere can help catalyze and connect our students to this reality. For ServeHere, this has meant an even greater focus on equipping college students to show up in these challenging times in ways that glorify God.
We reached out to Allie Yoder, a ServeHere alumna and college Senior, to share her experience during COVID. Allie interned through SerevHere last Summer and spent 10 weeks with us learning what it means to love God, love people, and discern God's voice in all circumstances. With a foundation of the power of God, and an upcoming cancelled college graduation, we were curious how she was navigating the uncertainty. We asked her: What are you learning through Covid that you wouldn’t have been able to learn without it?
Here's what she had to say:
There’s no perfect way to sum up what I’ve been learning during this season. It’s felt odd, relaxing, and all over the place, all at once. For lack of a better comparison, I feel like 22-year-old Taylor Swift, “happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time...miserable and magical, oh yeah.”
God has really given me a lot in this season: a loving family, a safe home, the ability to preserve community through technology.
At the same time, as a Senior in college, there are lasts I won’t get to experience, people that I miss, and people I might never see again. I’m bummed. But, I don’t feel that I’m being shorted or wish I could turn back time. The Lord has given me such peace about how this semester played out and what’s happening now.
At the same time, I feel an underlying, unsettled yearning. I have more time on my hands, and I’m getting to rest more than I have all year. Part of me loves it, but part of me is longing for my routine. For a return to normalcy.
The other day, my mom mentioned that when we’re thrown back into a regular pace of life, we’ll miss this. I could see some validity to what she was saying. But ultimately, I thought about how I feel like I’m in a state of limbo. Everything is slowed down, and everything feels messy, and I’m just waiting for what’s next, waiting for this to pass.
I'm not sure that I will miss this.
Something the Lord has been teaching me throughout the year is that He is always moving, always working. Right now, in the present, He is up to something! He is not a wasteful, unaware God. No, He is always doing a work, in my life and in the lives of others and in the whole world. Even when I can’t see the full picture and don’t understand the details, He is bringing to completion what He started (Philippians 1:6). He is always in the process of working all things together for my good and for His glory (Romans 8:28, Colossians 1:16).
How quickly the strangeness of this situation caused me to forget this truth. I thought that the abnormality of everything was a reason to overlook, to disengage. But who God is and what He does is not limited by the realities of our finite, physical world. He is eternal, outside of space and time, and He wants us to share with Him in something bigger than we can see. He wants us to fix our minds on things of God, not on things of man. (Matthew 16:23). Even in our lamenting, our mourning, our recognizing that things are not how they ought to be, He wants us to look to Him.
Being reminded that God was surely up to something, I thought about what that something in my life could possibly be. I examined my contradictory emotions and thoughts and questions. And as I prayed, I began to understand that God could meet each of my concerns with truth from His Word.
As I have walked with and grown with Jesus, He’s shown me how faithful He is to meet me where I am. He met me in high school. He was with me and upheld me last summer. He’s been by my side this entire school year, yet my heart so quickly forgets that He is with me right now. Ready to meet me in the midst of abnormality and questions and weariness and thankfulness. He is here to receive it all and to give true rest to my soul.
In my longing, He tells me
“And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:23
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
In my gratefulness, He tells me
“Rejoice in the Lord always; Again I will say, rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
In my impatience, He gives me
The Lord meets me in more ways than I could ever type into words. And even if I were to reflect on my whole life, there would be a million ways He met me that I would pass over or forgotten.
For those reading these words I want to remind you that God is in your midst. He is right here, ready to meet you where you are, teach you where you are, and take you on a forever journey with Him as your father, friend, and shepherd.
After taking stock of all that God has poured into me in this time, I suppose my mom was right.
I will truly miss the gift of extra time to press into Him and notice what He’s doing. Maybe you haven’t been afforded extra time in this season, but I assure you that God is doing a mighty work in you, too. Come to Him with what you’ve got, questions and apathy and emotions and all, and He’ll take you in and teach you. Even in our moments, our seasons, of feeling "happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time", we can trust that He is always at work.