Happy Sunday! As you know if you’ve been reading my blog posts this past week, I just returned from an exciting week at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) in Washington D.C. (find all of my recap posts here). I’m extremely exhausted but my heart (and journalistic brain) are so full. Today I’m sharing a new “Scripture Sunday” post with a few verses I’ve been really loving recently. As usual, if you’re offended by the Christian religion for whatever reason, feel free to continue scrolling through my site and exploring some other recent posts. Enjoy!
Psalm 3:3-5; But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
As the day I would leave for WJMC approached, I became more and more nervous. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to make friends when I got there. I was afraid that the friends I had attempted to make online beforehand would hate who I am in person. I was afraid that everyone at the conference would be extremely interested and knowledgable in political journalism and my hopes of pursuing a career in fashion journalism would seem froufrou-y and ridiculous in comparison. When my dad left me at the airport in my WJMC tee shirt for my independent flight to Washington D.C., I was excited but simultaneously scared. I’ve had fears similar to these in the past, before switching schools, going to social events for the first time, and going to various camps.
Before I even got on my flight, another girl wearing the navy WJMC tee, Chloe, saw my shirt and approached me. She sat down next to me at the gate and we immediately became friends. We talked about our fears going to the conference, the crazy GroupMe we were both a part of (we didn’t recognize each other from it though, since there were over 100 people in it), the dresses we packed for the gala, photography, and more. My anxiety subsided and I could already tell that the conference would be an awesome experience. Chloe wasn’t in my color group, so I didn’t see her often, but when I did we always smiled and said hi to each other.
I recently came across Psalm 3:3-5, and I so wish these verses had come to mind when I was so nervous about WJMC. They say “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” I find so much comfort in these verses because they remind me that God protects me, answers me, and sustains me. He will never leave us out to dry and he’s always one prayer away. He definitely did all of this for me while I was at WJMC, I had the best time I could have imagined. I feel so blessed that He brought so many great new friends into my life through my time at this conference.
This week, do not be afraid or anxious but remember that God is always there. Remember that He loves you unconditionally and in that will protect you, answer you, and sustain you.
Have a blessed week!