Each month, we are going to take time to get to know one member of our church just a little bit better. We hope this short interview allows you to lean-in to help us know one another better and grow together as a body of believers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a fifth-year student at the University of Alabama, double majoring in Flute Performance and Music Education. I am so blessed to have a loving family; my parents live in Pensacola, and my newly married brother and sister-in-law live in Nashville.
What has God been teaching you lately?
God has been reminding me that my identity is in Christ, and that he is trustworthy. I seem to have to learn these lessons over and over. This semester I tried to take on 20 credit hours and graduate music school auditions. I started having emotional breakdowns almost every day. I like to feel like I have control of my life, but instead I felt like my whole world was spiraling around me and I could not grasp onto anything; I felt like I was failing at everything. Satan was filling my head with negative thoughts about myself, about what I was doing with my life; anything he could throw at me, he did! But the Lord is faithful, and he reminded me that he is not the kind of father to leave his daughter alone to fend for herself. I see now that this very challenging time was him extending his grace and mercy to me, coaxing me to lean into him, showing me that my worth is not in my performance in school, but it is in his Son Jesus. He is a peace-giving father!
What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
My flare jeans
What state or country do you never want to go back to?
Mexico; I got sick from the water!
What songs have you completely memorized?
One of my mom's favorite songs is "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay. We were going to take a 10-hour road trip to Illinois, so I printed out the lyrics to the song, burned it on a CD, and we listened to it the ENTIRE way on repeat. We eventually learned all the lyrics.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Seeing a gorgeous sunset; having an unexpected deep conversation; going to O'Henry's coffee shop
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Pristina, Kosovo - my mom and I have traveled here several times partnering with Cru. We meet Kosovar college students and share the Good News with them. If you are curious or interested, please come talk to me about it; I love to share about it!
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
What is one of your favorite smells?
What do you like most about your family?
I can share any problem I am having with my parents, and they always make me feel better. They bring me back to the Gospel every time, and I am so thankful for that!
What are three things you are loving?
I am loving playing the flute, my cat Kitty, and cold(er) weather!
What are you reading/have recently read?
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas