Dealing with change & saying goodbye to my brother

Dealing with change & saying goodbye to my brother

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”

3 reasons why you NEED to face that Tupperware cupboard (& all the other hard things in life)

3 reasons why you NEED to face that Tupperware cupboard (& all the other hard things in life)

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.

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Humility: The Bug Spray Your Soul Needs

Humility: The Bug Spray Your Soul Needs

I’ve done some pretty cool things in my lifetime. Yeah, sure. My lifetime of seventeen years. But I’m not going to lie; I’ve accomplished some things that I’m really proud of. However, I realize that my proudest moments are the ones brought to me by God. He gave me whatever was necessary to succeed, whether it was the confidence and clarity at a speech & debate meet, the inspiration and words for an essay (or blog post :), the wisdom and knowledge for an important test, the list goes on. Think about your greatest accomplishment. How old were you? What did you do leading up to that moment? How did you feel after it happened? Who helped you achieve what you did?

But even with those accomplishments in mind, I’ll be the first to say it: I’m a mess without God. I crumble without Him. I can’t do things without His help. I am nothing without the Lord. I have come to realize that I am so human and because of that, so weak. To be honest, I can barely function correctly in my daily life when I don’t seek His face first thing in the morning. When I push praying to the side or say I’ll read my Bible later, something in my soul just falters. And so do my actions and words that follow. Continue reading “Humility: The Bug Spray Your Soul Needs”

Single girls: 5 ways to wait better

Single girls: 5 ways to wait better

To all the single girls (and guys): I’m with you. I understand how it feels to look around at cute couples and desire to have that for yourself. I know what it’s like to feel left out and lonely. I know. But let me tell you something: your obedience, patience, and good-hearted waiting will all be worth it. Hear me out, because even though I am yet to meet who it is that God has saved for me, I have become a much happier girl-in-waiting by remembering these things.

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