Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree…

These are the feet of my best friend. I have been told by many that I use that title too frequently – but it is only because I am blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. Regardless, these feet belong to someone who has truly earned the title.

And these are the shoes I have been jealous of since the day she brought them home from Nordstrom and took them out of the box.

I love this picture – not just because I love the shoes, but because I love the girl wearing them.

Amy has loved me so ferociously and her friendship has been so impactful in my life that it is honestly hard to come up with words to describe just how much she means to me. There have been the usual growing pains in our friendship and even periods of time where we took a step back from each other – but I am so grateful for who she is and has been in my life. I am lucky to have someone close to me who has known me for over 10 years – and has loved me and stuck by me even when I have been incredibly selfish and unlovable.

Amy has taught me how to be a better friend, daughter, sister, student, employee, driver and baker. She has challenged me to work harder, inspired me to pursue dreams I didn’t have the courage to and helped me pick up the pieces when I thought my heart was shattered beyond repair. She has been a shoulder to cry on, a partner in crime, a mirror to my soul and my biggest cheerleader. I owe her a debt of gratitude that I can only attempt to repay with free photo shoots for the rest of our lives.

One thing I have to say about Amy is that just her presence makes me want to be the woman I know she sees in me; a better version of me – the woman she keeps insisting I am somewhere deep down. As I thought on her friendship tonight and how she moves me to greater things, I thought of the areas I’m lacking in and where I need to step it up.

Tonight I’m facing some difficult truths in who I have been, who I am and who I am becoming. The goal is to not beat myself up over all the things I am not doing or am doing poorly – but to focus hard on learning who God created me to be – and becoming that woman. Because I believe that I will be the most content, the most joyful when I am passionately pursuing living the life that Jesus taught is possible.

I want to be the woman that Amy sees in me – and more importantly, the woman that God desires me to be.

“How He Loves Us” by David Crowder

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