All Glory Be To Christ was the last song we sang at Salt two nights ago. I found myself replaying the last 6 months of my life as I sang those lyrics over & over. A lot has happened in those months… A lot I’m still dealing with & a lot I am thankful for. I sat in my seat that night thanking God for it all, the good and the bad.

Back in August, I grabbed Han & we approached Aly & Jess on the night of Salt Kickoff to join their connection group. Who knew that decision would change my life so drastically?

I tried to attend Salt on Thursday nights, a connection group on Tuesdays, work full time, take a few classes & attend Campus Fellowship on Monday nights… I stretched myself to thin & was not fully committed to anything, which kept me from any relational or spiritual growth. During my rut, I didn’t think God was paying any attention, however he was working the entire time…

December is when things became rocky. My connection group leader & dear friend, Jess, passed away much to soon. It tore me apart & made me doubt many things, including God’s faithfulness. I learned I wasn’t going to make it without Him & these girls. We spent lots of nights bawling, some nights in silence & other nights we would fall asleep with the assurance that someone would be there when we woke up.

As this year comes to an end I can say these are my best friends. If you knew me back in August I HATED hugs & was afraid of showing my true emotions. They taught me to be okay with hugs & now I even initiate some. They taught me that crying is okay, that grief is okay, that anger is okay & that happiness always wins in the end. Anything from eating wings to swinging in the park to dance parties & road trips there is never a dull moment. I appreciate all of you more than you will ever know.

As we all start our new adventures across the country I just want to say, good luck. I’d say stay in touch but I know we will. I look forward to seeing what God does in each of your lives. I love you all so big. 😘

Aly, I can’t find words that even come close to how thankful I am for you. Thank you for being so incredibly tough & vulnerable. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on & an open ear always. I appreciate your tears of joy, your tears of sorrow & your contagious laugh; they all became a familiar occurrence every time we hung out. Thank you for always encouraging me to deepen my faith & to step out of my comfort zone, like applying for Iowa City Salt leadership. Thank you for devoting so much time & love this year. You have one of the biggest hearts I have encountered thus far. God is going to use you for big things. Love you so so big, Miss Fisher!

Jess, I miss you oh so much. Thank you for being such an encouragement in my walk with the Lord. Thank you for eating multiple bowls of Noodles & Company then Cold Stone right after with me. Thank you for always smiling & knowing just what to say to cheer me up. And thank you for always believing in me. I wish I would have known you longer, but weirdly it feels like years. I can’t wait until we meet again in the presence of Our Savior. Love you big.💙

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