Judson Friends- My Thank You

Judson Friends- My Thank You

"Through you, He proved Himself to me."
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For two years I had endured a brutal struggle with self-harm and suicide. I went to college while I was still battling my mental illness and fell on my face, hard. When I was there I met people who saved my life. Friends that I was so deeply blessed to have, that I know it was God ordained from the beginning. They helped me heal, helped me see the light when there appeared to be none, and encouraged me through it all. So to everyone who stuck by me, this is for you.

To the friend who was there for me when no one else was, thank you. You met me in the middle of the night when I couldn't help but cut- because I was new and afraid to tell people what was going on. You held me as I cried in the Forest Preserve. You walked through flooded creeks without your shoes to get to where I was hiding. You left class. You texted me to make sure I was safe. You reminded me that life had meaning, you encouraged me to fight like hell. You took on so much weight to try and protect me, to be there for me. It drove you crazy, but you stayed. I've never met someone as loyal as you, and I am still thankful for you to this day. We may not talk anymore, but I will always love that friend who helped carry me when I was weak. Your support held me up until I found my true strength in Jesus. I know things didn't end ideally between us, but it is well with my heart at last. I hope it is for you also. Thank you.

To the friends who came to see me in the hospital, wow do I love and miss you guys. Thank you for staying by my side when I was desperately sick and scared. I knew you didn't understand why I was doing the things that I was, but nonetheless, you stuck with me during my battles. You held me as I sobbed, you took me on long car rides to get off campus, you made me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry. You reminded me of my worth, my hope, and my faith. You showed me Jesus when I desperately needed fellowship. I will always remember and love all of you, and your kindness.

To my little peanut, dang do I miss you! Thank you for your encouragement when I was falling apart. Thank you for doing what was best for me, when you saved me that night in the prayer room. Thank you for holding my hand before the EMTs came. Thank you for letting me sleep in your room before choir tour and reading heart healing books to me. Thank you for the good talks, loud laughs, late nights, and friendship. I will always cherish you sweet friend.

To my professors, thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for the long talks, confidence boosters, encouragement, hopeful words, Christ like love, freebies, and overwhelming support. For calling me when I was in the hospital and offering to bring me what I needed. For praying for me, with the class! Thank you for loving me and being such an amazing example of Jesus. I was so blessed by you guys, wow. I will never forget those moments we spent talking in your offices when I was hurting. I am still so amazed by you all.

To all the others who helped me through my trials, thank you. I love you all so much. Thank you for the hugs, long talks, late night, walks, runs, gym sessions, coffee dates, long car rides, trips to IKEA, showing me around Elgin, and just loving me endlessly. Thank you for your amazing words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for making me laugh again, for showing me how to love myself again. Thank you for not judging my struggle,but holding my hand through it. You all know who you are, and I wouldn't be the same without every single one of you. I love and miss you guys. Keep being amazing examples of Jesus. Through you, He proved Himself to me.

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Sirnic

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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