To my fellow high school seniors:
Have you felt the pressure yet? The pressure to have it all figured out. The pressure to know where you’re going next year and what you will be doing. I’ve been feeling it lately, and I’ve also felt like my plans are too small. Like I’m not dreaming big enough. Am I choosing the right path? I’m not applying to Ivy League schools (if you are, please know I would be the first to give you a high-five because that is an awesome accomplishment!). To be honest, I am only looking at one school out-of-state, because I feel like staying in-state might end up being best for me. Most of my peers, however, are planning on attending an out-of-state university. Despite what I feel is right, others make me feel that it’s wrong. That maybe I’m wrong for not shooting for the stars. I have felt fear and doubt as my peers are signing with schools and they just seem to know where they are supposed to go, while I don’t.
But do you know what God told me? Continue reading “High School Seniors: Your Plans are Never Too Small”
Do you ever feel like you are on the outside looking in? Have you ever felt alone when everyone’s laughing at something that you don’t find funny? Do you ever feel out of place, even in places you’ve been to a million times?
Well, you’re not alone. I’ve felt this way since elementary school.
Now, while I’ve felt different for a great majority of my life, I’ve only felt frustrated by it a few times. I can clearly remember the first time in my life that I ever realized that I was different than my peers. I was sitting in Mrs. Richardson’s music class in first grade. She was absent that day, so the substitute teacher put on a children’s musical film. Even though I can’t remember the film exactly, I remember everyone laughing at it around me. My classmates couldn’t get enough of this one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater…they were doubled over, cracking up, and had their eyes glued to the screen. Continue reading “I’m Different (and Okay With It)”
It didn’t seem like a big deal when we talked about it. I mean, yeah, it was exciting that my brother was headed off to college soon, but as far as I could tell, he was still here at home with us. But the little signs of change were starting to become more noticeable. His last day at his job came and went, and that same night, we sat down to a sweet celebratory send-off dinner with our family and his roommate (+ best friend!). Then, it came time for James to pack his whole room up.
And then, he was gone. Continue reading “Dealing with change & saying goodbye to my brother”
Is there anything that has happened in your life, whether done by you or unto you, that you need to deal with? A couple of weeks ago, I realized that there were multiple situations in my life that I needed to fix. They had been suppressed for so long that I had started to forget about them, until one day I realized that if I didn’t face them, they were going to hit me in the face. God was telling me that I had someone to forgive and I needed forgiveness from someone. It was time to face it.
So, what’s your “it”?
Maybe, like me, you need to forgive someone.
Maybe, like me, you need to ask for forgiveness.
Or maybe you need to let that person explain themselves.
Maybe you need to open up your heart again.
Continue reading “3 reasons why you NEED to face that Tupperware cupboard (& all the other hard things in life)”