When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea— Thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.
I’m struggling to find the words to describe the things I’ve felt and witnessed over the past few days. I fear nothing I write will do the experiences any justice.
Let me just start by saying that I am completely, absolutely, utterly overwhelmed by the pure love God has for us, His children. I don’t know why, but I am consistently surprised by how closely He watches over us. He is truly in the details of everything we do, and I find that so comforting.
I want to share with you all that I have my fair share of doubts. I have wondered many times, “Wait… is God real? Am I just some silly idiot, crying tears of joy for no reason? Am I wasting my time believing in something that just isn’t there?”
The other night, in the midst of discussing these doubts on the sidewalks of downtown Athens with my best friend, an absolutely overwhelming burning and tingling filled my body and I started to cry, completely involuntarily I heard a whisper… “It’s true, I’m right here, Lindsey. I’m real and I love you. I’ll be here to remind you the next time you forget that, too. I will never forsake you.”
Following even more spiritual experiences that evening, Ellen and I proceeded to have probably the best conversation of our entire friendship. It undoubtedly bonded us closer than ever before, and how sweet that is. Memories of that night will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’m not sure why I am sharing something so personal with you all, but I felt deeply inclined to do so. I hope you’re okay with that.
Anyway, my life has been in whirlwind mode since early Thursday morning! I’ve spent roughly 22 hours on the road within the past four days. I went up to Knoxville to see The Avett Brothers on Thursday with my fabulous friend Kaitlyn, then to Asheville with her on Friday, back home to Athens that evening, woke up early Saturday morning to head up to Chattanooga with my family, and woke up early again this morning to go up to the quaint little town of Englewood, TN to visit with my extended family. I’m finally back home and I’m happy to be here, but I’m already itchin’ for another fun trip. Hopefully I’ll be heading up to Charlotte soon, then Nashville later in the summer (fingers crossed!).
- Getting ready to head inside the venue for the Avett show on Thursday evening! I reunited with old friends and met so many new people while waiting (hours and hours) in line. It was so lovely. I even met one of my very favorite bloggers, Hannah of Honey & Jam! She’s kind of a big deal, and now she follows me on Instagram so… that makes me feel super fancy. ;)
- Oh, those Avetts. They make me so happy! But y’all already know that. Le sigh.
- Pre-show crepes at The French Market in Knoxville with my dearest Brooke. Oh goodness. Y’all, I love her. And my crepe was delicious.
- Fried Green Tomato Napoleon from Early Girl Eatery in Asheville! Um, this was delicious. Fried green tomatoes + herbed goat cheese + fresh pico + balsalmic on top of (amazing) grits. LOVE.
- Possibly my favorite part of the whole entire trip… my LAVENDER HONEY LIQUID TRUFFLE from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville. Please, just go there and experience it yourself. It is just… gosh, I tear up just thinking about how wonderful the experience was.
- My very favorite herbal lavender rooibos iced tea from Hendershot’s right here in Athens. Love spending time there.
- My Granny and Papaw’s house/land in Chickamauga is forever one of the most magical places on earth.
- I’m telling you, the land is pure magic. Look at that.
- The perfect ending to yesterday was meeting up with Brooke again! This time, in Chattanooga. We went out for some late night dessert at Rembrandt’s and then walked across the Walnut Street Walking Bridge which crosses the Tennessee River. It was beautiful! She is one of my most precious friends and I’m so grateful that she isn’t afraid to go deep. Deep and meaningful friendships are the only thing that satisfies this odd, tender soul of mine. I love her so.
I hope y’all are doing okay. Well, let me just ask… are you? If you’re not and you need somebody to talk to, please do not hesitate to send me a message.