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When Pastor Tari sent out the email asking those to reflect and write about something for lent, I immediately let myself being to be curious about something I wanted to change. I have always been a very introspective person; I have always looked within myself. I’ve struggled with asking for help so often in my life. I have grown up to be a very independent women and its taught me many valuable lessons. For instance, I feel comfortable with the person I am becoming, I tend to do what is best for my mental health, but my independence has also taught me that I don’t have to always rely on myself in life, I can let others in. So, for lent this year I have decided to invite vulnerability into my life and be comfortable with the discomfort of it. 
    I am currently in my 10th semester at college, and I am looking forward to finally being done in the upcoming winter. However, the classes I am taking now have been so very captivating and informational. I have been enjoying going to class and learning all about my degree, psychology. I would say that these classes have been very intriguing, I’ve been growing into the person I want to become but I’ve also been leaning in and being open to connections with others. Letting myself be vulnerable with my classmates, the teachers, the people I work with and even the people I meet while skiing! I am going into lent with a very open heart and mind and welcoming all the feelings of discomfort. 
    A bible verse that I came across:
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also.

    I have come to a place in my life where I have accepted and opened my heart to myself but now I welcome and open my heart to others. Learning to speak freely and have an open heart this season of lent! Vulnerability is scary but so is driving!!


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