My Best Friend

I must admit. I have a lot of best friends. I have Lizzy, my married best friend. Kate, my engaged-we-always-have-opposite-schedules best friend. And there’s Jasmine, my mexican best friend. And Jess, my ultimate best friend. Today, I’ve dedicated this blog to my dear friend Jess. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Jess and I met my freshman year of college. We were roommates in Johnson Village (now called Johnson O’Bear). We were total opposites. I was a yankee from Chicago (and seriously acted like the girls from Jersey Shore), and Jess, a mild mannered beauty, was from beautiful Franklin, Tenn. Jess was a believer and I was highly offended by any organized religion. Jess loved to read novels and study. I liked to drink and go to parties. Despite all that, we still became friends.

Here’s some pictures from freshman year. Don’t judge me. Hair like that was cool.

Over the years, we’ve grown to be amazing friends. After many a heart ache, we were both overjoyed in September of 2007. This was when we became sisters in Christ. I texted Jess and told her, “I gave my life to Christ today.” She was with her mom when she got the text and she gave her mom this look:

After she realized I was serious and not making fun of her. She was genuinely excited! Here was her reaction!

Jumping for Joy!

When we were reunited in person, we both couldn’t contain our joy! So we both jumped!

As we’ve both grown in our relationship with God, I’m so thankful for a sister in Christ who has stuck by my side!

And who knows, maybe someday she’ll be more than just my sister and ultimate best friend. Maybe (since I have her and Jaci’s permission) I’ll marry into the family! πŸ˜‰

I hope I didn’t make that too awkward for Corey since he’s the only single male family member. Jess and I are good at making things awkward.

Anyways, my mexican best friend Jas told me to look up a verse today in Romans. Romans 1:11-12 says, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strongβ€” that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” The person I thought of when I read this was my dear Jessica. πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful for God giving me a girl friend who blesses and encourages me so much! Jess, I LOVE YOU FRIEND!

I’m glad I got to share her with you! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed today’s post. πŸ™‚

Mary

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The Day I Let Jess Cut My Bangs

 

If I just tilt my head a little this way….

Yesterday was super busy. We had a CRU meeting around 12 which got me really excited for school to start (Let’s be honest. I got excited for CRU to start). Around 4:00 p.m., I drove to Nashville with my friend/roommate Aimee. I really, really love Nashville. It’s so beautiful there. I stayed in Franklin, Tennessee last night with my best friend Jessica. We dyed her hair and she performed a very impulsive and crooked bang cut for me. Jess hasn’t really ever cut anyone’s bangs, so they turned out a little interesting. Good thing hair grows back. πŸ™‚

Today is Jess’s college graduation party. πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for her to be officially graduated. We started our first day of college together as roomates, and it’s so cool to still be friends at the end of it all (college that is!). Everyone say, “Yeehaw for Jess!”

Today, Jess and I had old women moments and decided we wanted to go tour the Carter House in Franklin. This house was the center point for the Battle of Franklin. I suggest everyone take about an hour and a half to go tour it. I can’t really tell much about it (for time’s sake) but here’s a link to their website.

What else? School starts on Monday. I’m not too sure how I feel about it. I’m a little annoyed that this is going to be my fifth year in school. I feel like I should be graduated, but I’m not. It’s such an awkward position! I am excited for CRU and all the ministry opportunities there, I’m just a little disappointed I’m going to be a student still. I’d much rather be doing full time ministry for an occupation rather than being in school. I just need to remember that God has me where He has me for a reason. I am so tempted to jump ahead and get into my young woman, adult role. But if I do that, then I’ll be missing out on what God has in store for me during this season.

Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school. Well, here goes nothing.