Today I am excited to feature one of my childhood best friends! Laine and I have been friends since the fourth grade when we met in elementary school. She is a respiratory specialist currently residing in Chattanooga, and is also a writer for The Odyssey. Her faith and love for Jesus inspires me, and I can't wait for you all to meet her. Grab a cup of coffee and meet Laine!
1. Tell us about yourself.
I am 22 years old and finishing up my degree in Respiratory Therapy. In the fall, I plan to start my career in the hospital and grow in learning what post-grad life is like. I currently live in Chattanooga, TN where I’m involved in my church, hike the many trails the city has, and try new adventures with my friends. A few of my favorite things include dirty chai’s from Rembrandt’s Coffee House, chick-fil-a breakfast, cats, and Taylor Swift. J
2. For you, what does it mean to live intentionally?
Since I could understand it, I have pursued intentionality in my life. I seek to find a career where I feel I can use my talents and gifts to serve and help others. I find relationships that include intentionality build stronger and longer-lasting friendships. As a follower of Christ, I believe that intentionality is a virtue God asks us to possess. I believe if we live this life without the purpose of glorifying Him, serving, and loving others, we waste what little mist of this life He has blessed us with.
3. How did you come to know Christ?
I grew up in a Christian home, and can remember praying to ask God to come into my life when I was just 5 years old. I grew up identifying as a Christian, going to church and Sunday school. However, I didn’t realize the true meaning of a relationship with Christ until I was 13 years old at a youth camp. I realize God actually wanted to have a real relationship with me, and that it was true that He actually loved me enough to die on the cross for me so we could have that relationship and I would be made clean of my mistakes and feelings of unworthiness. Ever since, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of a journey, but have continued to see God to be faithful to grow me more and more to be like Him.
4. What motivates you and what are your passions?
I feel that God has given me a heart for the lost. That fact that many people do not know Jesus or even have the chance to hear about who He is has always been a driving motivation of mine. I have a passion for missions, especially international missions. I love people from different cultures and learning about their culture. I especially have a heart for African culture and people. I also have a passion for women’s ministry and learning to relate to and serve other women. Of course, I have a passion for the medical field and actively helping others improve their health. I’m not exactly sure how each of these passions will play out in my life, but I’m excited to see how. J
5. What lead you to your online presence?
I wouldn’t say I have much of an online presence. However, I did write for The Odyssey Online for about 5 months. I love writing because I feel I’m not “good at words.” Writing helps put my thoughts out as they actually are and there is no pressure in feeling like I’m confusing what I’m trying to portray. I also feel it gives access to people I don’t meet in real life a way to learn how God is working and encouraging me in my life. I hope to continue writing and even work for a blog in the future!
6. What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Habakkuk 3:17-18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.”
My relationship with God is not some big test to see how well I can pass and not sin. But the joy I have with God is because of my salvation and my relationship with Him. I am but a weak, crippled with fear, sinful person. But God chooses to make me strong and swift like a deer. He doesn’t leave me in the pit of my sin but heals me of my disability and my crippledness and leads me to higher places- places with Him, my Father.
7. What is one thing you cannot live without?
Well, I don’t want to be cliché and say Jesus, haha. That is my true answer. But I guess my non-cliché answer is community. Being an extrovert and external processor, I LOVE my community and all my dear friends. I love making friends in general and feeling like I get to know so many people’s personalities and stories. I am so glad that God made us not to be alone. I am truly blessed by all the people He has allowed to be in my life!
8. If you could tell every woman on this blog one thing God has laid on your heart, what would it be?
God not only loves you, but He actually likes you too. We often feel God has to love us because, you know, He’s God and He created us. But He actually likes us too! He likes and even adores all those quirky things we think others don’t notice. He delights in seeing how we love and the ways we display our beauty He gave us to the world. When we feel we have to have the perfect Instagram picture, the highest scoring grade or performance at our job, the cute boy noticing how funny and cute we are when we laugh and make jokes, or any other way we want others to notice us, we already have the Highest and most perfect King of the universe noticing every effort we make, even when it seems like others couldn’t care less. He notices us and He even likes us too!