luminated. (Phil. 1:3-4)

I hate taking risks. And the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized how this impacts my ability to connect with others. Connection requires authenticity requires vulnerability (requires risk). As I was praying about this realization, I could feel God lifting my thoughts from what’s wrong with me to His ability to overcome this hurdle through others.

Cue my friend Ashley, who is able to remove that risk altogether. She shows others love and acceptance to a divine depth. With her, I don’t need to weigh my words, for I know that I’ll be met with grace in those moments I select the wrong ones.

The beauty of this, however, goes so far beyond Ashley, and onto Christ. She would be the first to tell you, that it is not her own love, and light, that she lavishes on others, but it is the love of Jesus, and I love how he allows himself to be revealed to us through friendship.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. Phil. 1:3-4

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