As my time at the University of Oklahoma, and my time as an OU Tridelta collegiate member comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect back on the sweet friendships I have made in this season. The friendships I found in college have meant the world to me and have helped me grow into who I am today. Each one of the tridelt senior women in my “crew” 😉 have impacted me in specific and different ways.
With Meghan, I see the gift of creativity which God has given her. I tend to lack in the area of creativity, but Meghan is so talented in this area. Meghan shows this attribute of God as creator, and I love it.
“In the beginning, God created… ” Genesis 1:1a
My friend Kayley shows intense joy in her life. Kayley is always smiling, and encouraging others. This is a joy that she attributes to her relationship with Jesus. She has shown me to lean into the joy that can be found in Christ. No one has a life that doesn’t come with its own set of trials. Our joy is not in the circumstances, and Kayley is a wonderful example of someone who finds her joy in Jesus.
“Consider it pure joy my brother, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2
With Sarah, I am challenged by her discipline and focus on becoming all that she can be. This discipline is evident in her amazing progress in track as a pole vaulter. God gives us all gifts, and we should use them and work hard at whatever we do. This is something I see lived out in Sarah’s life.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
My friend Jessica is precious. She is always so compassionate and kind. She shows me a beautiful picture of God’s compassion and kindness as he loves us unconditionally. God is so merciful, and I see this characteristic lived out in Jess. She challenges me to be more compassionate and considerate of others around me.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7
In Cherrie’s life I see hope and determination. There is a hope that Cherrie has in Christ, and she shows that hope with her life and it is evident to those around her. She lives her life to the full, and is always up for a new adventure. She has an amazing story and gives glory to God for everything.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15
With my friend Noralea it is evident that she has an adventurous spirit, and a serving heart. Her love of adventure leads her into a spiritual adventure with a heart striving to be closer to God. It is beautiful to see her discover God in new ways and challenge me to do the same. Noralea is also very thoughtful and is continually looking to serve others.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11
And my dear friend Casey shows complete loyalty, and has a firm and unshakable faith. She is a wonderful friend. She is loyal to all the relationships in her life and this characteristic is also seen in her loyalty to God. She has a solid faith in God and is always learning more. It is so comforting to see this loyalty and love, and know that God is always going to love. Nothing can change that.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Psalm 13:5
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
I have so many beautiful friends, and they teach me so many things. My Tridelta friends are so special to me, and I thank my Lord for them. I am reminded of Philippians 1 as we approach these last few weeks together before we all graduate and move to different places.
Verses 3-6 say “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I wanted to add a more recent pic to this post! We graduated spring 2010, but five years later still love seeing each other! This was taken December 2014: