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Seeing The Good This Thanksgiving

Seeing the good this Thanksgiving

This year has been an awesome road to travel with imperfections, highs mountain tops, lower valleys, and breath taking scenery. This year I was baptized, started a bible study, went on a mission trip to Alaska, explored Catalina Island with my closest friends, went to Texas to see my sisters, finished my volleyball career, landed my first internship and more events to count. While, these past few months have been difficult given my circumstances, I find it important to not let this injury blind me from all the good in my life.

No one is perfect, and no one’s life will be either. Have you ever been in an argument with a longtime colleague/friend/boyfriend/etc. and the argument seems to overpower all the good memories you had together? Like somehow a 20-minute disagreement diminishes a lifetime of laughs, joy, and happiness. Psychologically that’s part of our human nature, we tend to hold on to the bad more than the good. Leaving our brains to let a small bump in the road overpower and become a mountain. Life is too short to hang onto the bad. With this recent injury, I am reminded that simply because something tragic happened to me in my life does not mean my life is tragic. That is, unless I give it the power to do so. Rather I will choose to see that I woke up this morning, I am healthy, I have a family that loves me, friends who support me, a roof over my head, and a God that is fulfilling a greater purpose in my life.

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

When I was in Alaska, I witnessed an overwhelming feeling of joy for the life we live on earth. Like Carrie Underwood said, “this is our temporary home,” just a stepping stone to where we belong within the gates of heaven. But how great is it, that along our journey we get to experience love, heartbreak, joy, hardship and peace. This life could be boring and bland but God gave us a beautiful world. The freedom to choose, make mistakes, explore His creation, and a chance to believe. If life on earth was always good, would we need a God to lean on? Would we need faith? And would we be able to see the value in good things without experiencing some bad?

This thanksgiving I am reminded of how lucky I am regardless of recent heartache; I encourage you to do the same. Your path might be rough terrain, dark, and muddy right not and I know it is tough. But with time a new course my show its face, with sunshine the rain will dry, and with help, the potholes in the road you’re on will be repaired to make your journey a little easier. God never promised us that this life would be easy, but He did promise we would never be alone.

This thanksgiving I am grateful for….

  1. My family
  2. My friends
  3. Belmont
  4. Home
  5. My second home in Nashville

Join me in reflecting on what your grateful for this thanksgiving







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While growing up, we face the endless possibilities of roads to travel. Many of them unknown and uncertain with what they would behold. Maybe, right now you don’t know where to go to school, don’t know what to major in, or don’t know what you want to be when you grow up. I know it may feel like a matter of life and death between decisions but God has a greater plan for your story. A story that wont always be written the way you had imagined but an amazing story nonetheless. This story below is proof.

Sheri Holmes took a scholarship from San Francisco State to pursue volleyball after High School. Not long after she faced the unexpected reality that she didn’t enjoy it as much as she had imagined. Sheri moved her life back home and went to USC, a task only 16% of applicants get to take on. At USC, Sheri pursued her dream of acting. Well aware that road was narrow and distant from her previous road of volleyball, she put herself in position to compete with thousands of aspiring actors in Hollywood.

As we grow older, reality takes more control of our fantasies. The acting dream became more of a fun hobby that would struggle to fulfill the lifestyle she saw for herself. Nevertheless, as one door closes another opens. Sheri used her connections to land her a position with cartoon network in the realm of marketing. Sparking the beginning of what would become an enormously successful career.

In this midst of these major life changes, Sheri was introduced to faith. A foreign idea to her before this time. But with the guidance of close peers, she gained a certain urge to know more about God. During this time of searching for greater purpose, Sheri found peace, direction, and strength for her changing roads. What would have seemed like a daunting task to conquer college and career alone, Sheri had a higher power leading her journey.

As a sister to four, her new profound presence of faith sparked interest and motivation for her family. She became an influence that has since shaped generations and values instilled in the Walsh family. As for me, Sheri has taught me to trust.

How did an ex-volleyballer, aspiring actor, USC graduate, and theater major become a bad a** in cooperate world, awesome mother, loyal wife, and powerhouse in all aspects. Not to mention, someone who is not afraid to stand for what she believes in, stands on a firm foundation of faith, and is generous to those who cross paths with her. My answer to that is TRUST and hard work. She walks with absolute trust in the Lord. Her road was not paved, clear, or scenic all the time. She dealt with trials, school changes, major changes, family hurdles, bumpy relationships, and more. But what she chose to not face was a life without Jesus or the uncertainty that God didn’t have a plan for her. She said, “Your faith can’t be dependent on circumstance,” a lesson I needed to hear myself.

Whatever road she finds herself on, she works hard at and leans on faith, to not only get through but make a statement while she walks.

She is superwoman

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