“I can’t believe how much more work we get in college then we did in high school. I thought high school loaded us down with homework but that was nothing. I do like the fact that we have Friday’s free to do homework or just hang out.” Sienna told Meredith as they were studying for the first test in psychology of their college career. They both enjoyed their classes and did not mind the hard work.
“I know Sienna it’s a lot different than high school but I’m glad for the changes, it shows that we are both growing up and have started to become adults.”
The first few weeks of college were keeping Sienna and Meredith busy and keeping them on their toes so to speak. Sienna of course could not literally be on her toes but they were both truly very busy but it was a good kind of busy.
Lord thank you for getting us through the first few weeks of college we are blessed by the experience and opportunity that this will afford us in the future. I know this will take a lot of hard work on our parts but with your help Lord I am believing both Meredith and I will find the college experience a blessed one. We have already made new friends and are experiencing what college life is like thankfully the college we chose had a good Christian base and therefore we are not dealing with a lot of the darker side of college. I would not say that we are completely sheltered because we are both aware of the darkness that takes place in the world I have lived through some of that darkness but Lord let us be a light to those who live in darkness.
The girls quickly ended their conversation and got back to their work. College made for hard work but neither girls were afraid of hard work. Sienna had worked hard to get where she was now it had just been a little over a year since the accident and already she had come so far because she had not been afraid of hard work.
Sienna did not allow the hard work of college to stop her from spending time with the Lord and she was not going to abandon her faith she knew she needed the Lord’s help to get through the days and to make it through her classes.
After she finished studying for a while Sienna found herself opening her Bible to Romans 5
Peace and Hope
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sienna made sure that she still had time to spend with her sister Kelsea and often on weekends they would do things together things like going to the mall or going to a movie or just having a sister today. In a year Kelsea would be going to college herself and they would all find themselves busy but that was not going to allow that sisterly bond to be broken or damaged in any way.
Kelsea and Sienna had lost closeness for a while because the truth was Kelsea was too afraid that something else would happen to Sienna but she knew now that was just not the case. She saw now that in no way did she bring her sister bad luck. Sienna made it clear to Kelsea that in no way was she to blame for the bad things in life.
“Thank you Sienna for taking time to help me out with school things despite being so busy yourself. I know you have been very busy with your classes and everything but still take the time to talk to me about things and simply to make sure we are able to have sister time. I am sorry for the way I was acting towards you before I just did not know how to deal with everything.”
“I’m glad we are able to spend time together and you apologized to me a million times for the way you acted before and I have forgiven you. We were all dealing with what happened to me in our own ways and you are just dealing with things the way you felt you needed to.”
“I still feel bad for the way I treated you before. I know now that was wrong of me and instead of avoiding you at all costs I should have come and talked to you and let you know what I was feeling.”
“Kelsea sometimes we just don’t know how to voice what we are feeling the grief or the fear whatever emotion is just too fresh.”
Somehow Sienna still made time for dancing and continued in Kirsten’s dance class she no longer taught her separately seeing what Sienna could do had inspired Sienna to start a dance class for those in chairs and the class was going well. Kirsten was thankful for the success of the class and more importantly she liked that it was showing that those with disabilities could still have amazing talents and gifts.
Kirsten was thankful that she had listened the Sienna and given her the chance to show that she was still an amazingly talented dancer. Sienna was glad that dance gave her release she needed after a long hard week of college courses it was important to have that release. Sienna knew the importance of giving herself time to enjoy the things she enjoyed and to have fun.
Working hard was important but so was allowing yourself time to enjoy life and the moment was important as well. Sienna knew that she could not allow that to happen because she would quickly become bitter toward life that was not how she wanted to be. She knew if she became like that should be unable to show the light of the Lord shining through her.
Comfort for God’s People
1 Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the LORD[a];
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.[b]
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”
9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the LORD,
or instruct the LORD as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;
they are regarded by him as worthless
and less than nothing.
18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
to set up an idol that will not topple.
21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Sienna with more than thankful for her faith because she saw some of her peers struggling with issues in that regard and the fact that her faith remained strong was truly a blessing. Life without the Lord was not something Sienna wanted to experience or even think about for that matter.