With finals looming for friends everywhere, this comes to mind: it’s so easy to feel hollow and ran dry by the gaggle of information to study, sleepless (and foodless) nights, and general pressure of exams. But, the best thing is that when we are completely weak, the Lord is stronger and is pouring strength into us so we never have to feel mentally or emotionally empty (though being mentally tired from studying is a different story!). I can confidently look to Jesus for help, and in return He says, My grace is sufficient for you, Layo, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.

How powerful is that?

When my days are filled with extremely early mornings and extremely late nights (and 2 AM wake-ups for even more studying…) – when I throw my hands up in exhaustion and say, “Jesus, take my wheel! And my car keys. And my car. And my credit card for gas. And please, just drive!” – I know that no matter how things go, everything will be more than alright. “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10)

So hold me / Wrap me in love, fill up my cup / Only your love can fill up my cup

Best Thing I Ever Learned From…

For awhile I’ve wanted to start this new series on best things I’ve learned from people, places, and things. Some of the anecdotes may be funny, some may be serious, but I’m excited to reflect on people, places, and things I’ve encountered that have impacted me in any positive way.

Since it’s been raining literally non-stop for almost two weeks here, I thought I’d start this series off with a bright, light-hearted one: best thing I ever learned from… the sun.

Because sunshine, I miss you, dearly.

Fall anywhere in Europe is basically a recipe for gray skies, some wind, and no sun. It makes me feel painfully, vitamin-D deficient and pale (and if you know me, you know I’m not exactly pale…). But every time fall comes around, I kind of have to laugh at myself. Because just a few months earlier, in the dry, scathing heat of the Texas summer, I find myself holed up in the corner of my house, basking in the ice-cold air conditioning, far away from the burning, could-cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk heat. Smack dab in the middle of summer, whenever I have errands to run and have to be outside for any prolonged period of time, I find myself internally groaning and wishing for cooler temperatures, knowing most of my strength will be sapped by the summer sun, leaving me with energy only to splay on my couch watching re-runs of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.

Dare I say struggle bus? Continue reading

Worth It

I’m declaring it Tori Kelly Tuesday, y’all, so that I can pass along the wonderful and timely reminder that whatever is meant to be, will be. All that hard work will pay off and it’ll all be worth it – be inspired, determined, and don’t ever give up.

(And I also wanted to share the loveliness that is Tori Kelly’s music and voice, of course.)

Unbreakable Smile

I so wish I had more time to write a decent post on the greatness that is Tori Kelly and this song, but unfortunately, studying for finals comes first (at least it’s great study music!). Tori is an amazing musician (I mean, those riffs…!), but what I love about her the most – aside from her spectacular hair – is the stand she always makes to live upright in an industry and world that says it’d be easier to just compromise one’s standards and be like everyone else to be successful. In my eyes, she’s one of the best kinds of success there is – someone who’s unique, talented, and doesn’t let the world define how she should use those talents.

I’ll let her words speak for themselves. Continue reading