My Season: Abby Robertson

Three down, and two to go!  Today, we get to hear from the youngest and arguably the nicest of my sisters, Abby.  Not only is Abby beautiful, but she is beyond fun and incredibly compassionate.  Her name means JOY and I just can’t tell you what a joy she is in my life.  As the youngest of five, she completes our family in countless ways and I simply adore her. 
Name: Abby Robertson
Age: 21
City: Virginia Beach/Los Angeles/Charlottesville
Current Season: College Student
1.  What is one thing things you can’t live without?
Besides family and friends (duhh), I’d have to say music and cheese.
2.  The current book(s) by your bedside table are…
3.  Your number one song played on iTunes is…
That’s a doozy but I’d have to go with “Don’t Worry Baby” by the Beach Boys. Or any and all Justin Timberlake.
4.  Fill in the blanks:  If I didn’t have ________, I would be __________
 If I didn’t have to go to school, I would be a back up dancer for the Black Eyed Peas.
5.  What do you like best about your current season?
It’s unpredictable. I never know what I will be doing with my days or where my life will take me in the next 12 months.
6.  What is one difficulty or burden you’ve experienced/are facing in your current season?
When I first came to college it was really hard for me find a good weekly fellowship group so I started relying on church as my only weekly time with Christian people. Although I tried a few different campus fellowships in my first year, my schedule was so sporadic I never started regular attending any of them. I kept making excuses to myself about why I could not go to them until I was so far away from my routine of having a weekly fellowship outside of church and doing daily quiet times I no longer cared or tried to put them back in my life. Because of this, all the friends I was making were only in social settings where I never felt comfortable talking about my faith and our relationships were mostly founded on what parties we went to and what we liked to do on weekends. I found myself coming out of first year feeling like I had a really fun year but was not as content with the relationships I made. I was frequently praying God would bring me Christian friends but I wasn’t really pursuing looking for them. 
It was not until my second year when a group of friends from my pledge class signed up for a missions trip that I even realized that God already had brought me an amazing group of Christian friends I had just never bothered to make that connection with them. Although I did not go on the mission trip that year, I still felt closer to my friends than I had all of college. 
My third year of college I finally actively pursued joining a Bible study and it was one of the best decisions I made all year. Even though at times it was hard to get off my couch and go, I decided to make it a priority. Once I would get there I would instantly feel uplifted and happy I made it a part of my night. I was so exctied to have finally established a group like that in college. 
Spring of my third year, I finally decided to go on the missions trip that my friends had been on the year before. It was one of the greatest things I have done in college and after the trip, I finally felt like I had the fellowship group I had yearned for all of college. I guess this is a round about way of saying my biggest challenge in college was finding a good group of Christian friends to bring me back down from the crazy college lifestyle and remind me of the type of person I really am. As my mother has always reminded me from 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Bad company corrupts good character.” I would never say I have ever had bad friends in college but I will say that college can be a very risky four years if you do not surround yourself with people who are going to help you stay on track. College is a different place where it is more important than ever to make sure you have a supportive group of friends.     
7.  Tell us one way you’ve seen or experienced God during the past year.
Wow there have been too many to pick. A big one that I touched on above definitely just has to deal with bringing me back into a Christian network of people and providing me with a Bible study and great group of friends. 
Another way though I’ve experienced God is just in realizing how he has a plan for every part of my life. I have always been a relaxed person because I truly believe everything happens for a reason and even the bad things in my life are all part of God’s greater plan. This year I was really nervous about what I was going to do with my summer. I wanted to come back out to Los Angeles but when I was thinking about what that entailed I would just get a pit in my stomach going through all the details I needed to take care of and did not think it would be realistic. When I finally got the call saying that I had a job out in LA my stomach lurched at the thought of dealing with housing, my car, and all the details in between. Within days, however, God provided me with all the things I needed to make it an easy, comfortable move out to California for the summer.
Oddly enough, I also experienced God through one of the hardest things I have gone through this summer. When my friend Caitlin and I first moved out to California we had arranged to live in UCLA apartments. This seemed like a great idea because we would be in a college town so with people our own age and be in walking distance of restaurants. I was starting to really get used to California and was having a great time, but for some reason when I boarded the plane to come home for my sister’s wedding I just felt like I was sinking into a slump of hanging out with people who were not encouraging me in my faith. I felt like I was kind of concealing that part of my life to the people I was meeting out here and I was not happy about it. One thing I loved about coming to California the previous summer was getting a break from the college scene of crazy people and lots of drinking and hanging out with my brother’s friends who are so refreshing and fun. While I was home I really prayed that God would keep me away from the wrong crowd and give Caitlin and me a memorable summer that was different than anything we had ever done before.
The week I returned from my sister’s wedding we started having serious problems with our subletters and also discovered we had a stalker by our first floor bathroom that the police had been looking for over the past six months. Although the stalker was a terrifying ordeal, God turned that awful event into a huge blessing because it allowed us to leave the apartment mid-lease and move into a much more comfortable family friend’s guest house. Through that awful event God answered so many of my prayers. We were able to get out of the UCLA area and distance ourselves from the people I felt were dragging me down.  I feel enormously blessed by God this summer and really saw His hand on that awful ordeal. 
8.  What is one name of God you have come to appreciate lately?
The name I appreciate the most lately would have to be Protector. The past few months, one of my favorite prayers is to constantly ask God to protect me. Whether I am asking God to protect me from the lunatic LA drivers or to keep me away from the wrong people and the wrong boys, I have definitely seen him protecting my life in major ways. Although it is a nerve racking prayer to ask when you are content with those around you or a relationship you’re in, I always remind myself that I truly am happiest when I am doing what the Lord wants me to and if he is not happy with the people in my life then I will be weighed down.     
9.  What’s one Bible verse that has been a lifeline for you recently? 
“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statues and seek Him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:1-2)
10.  Where do you go to be encouraged or inspired? 
To hang out with someone whose faith I admire and I know will intentionally or not encourage me in my own faith.
11.  Do you have any advice for other girls who are in, or may be entering, your season soon? 
My one piece of advice for any girl entering college or in college would be to make seeking a Christian group of friends or fellowship group a priority in your life.