Happy Birthday, Jaclynn <3

Hey Y’all!

For those of you who don’t know, today is Jaclynn’s eighteenth birthday(:0 She’s SO old)! I’ve know this AMAZING teen online for around two years, I believe, and I treasure her friendship greatly.  She is so sweet, passionate, and talented, and I love chatting with her.  She also encourages me by leaving such kind and considerate comments on my blogs(and past blogs).

Happy Birthday, Jaclynn!! 😀

Love ya, girly!  I tried to get Harrison Ford to drive an eighteen-wheeler of donuts to your house for your present, but…you know how that goes xP  I hope you had an awesome day!

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Shared Post: Something I need to say. — Flourishing by Restful Falls

Couldn’t agree with Hayley more!  Check it out!

There’s something I need to say. If you’re an American citizen, Trump IS your president. Period. Personally, I don’t think you can say you’re an American if you don’t accept the outcome of the election. Having your own view is good, but slamming down on our president is NOT ok. He is our commander […]

via Something I need to say. — Flourishing by Restful Falls

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“You challenge me to do lots of things!  Who do you think got me into all these different studies and devotionals that I’m doing?!”

One my BFFL’s and I were sitting cross-legged on the floor in her bedroom one Sunday afternoon after church(which is pretty much a weekly custom for us) braiding and knotting bracelets in a variety of colors.  We had been talking about some of the things we believe the Lord is leading us to do in the present and future, and somehow we rambled until we got onto the topic of how people can challenge us in our spiritual and everyday lives.

“You challenge me to do lots of things!”  She said.

Wait-ME??? , I thought.  This girl could do everything-she was athletic, competitive, a walking dictionary, smarter than I could comprehend, a pianist and clarinetist, excelled in seemingly all that she did, had the physical appearance of a model, and was a diligent, sweet, obedient, and extremely optimistic girl with such a love for the Lord.  This was the friend who always challenged me!

“Seriously?!  Like what?”,  I was curious to know.

She tilted her head and smiled,  “Who do you think got me into all these studies and devotionals that I’m doing?!”

“Wow…”  I responded.  I was totally shocked.

Everyone has probably heard at one time or another that you have young eyes looking up to you: younger sibs, the seven-year-old girl at church that run to your arms every service, and the nine-year-old boy who loves to high five you.  But those words, spoken by one of my closest friends who is nearly a year older than I, made me realize something mind-blowing; we leave an impression on everyone that we come in contact with.  I love how my Youth Pastor says it, “You’re an elevator.  You’re either bringing someone up or bringing someone down.”

That isn’t just referring to our words.  It’s how we live.  As a Christian, I have a responsibility to lead a life that reflects Christ’s love and my love for Him.  Young or old, people are watching me and you.  Why?  Because people are searching.  Those who don’t know Jesus are looking for love…peace…contentment…something to live for.  When they see those things in us, they can’t help but wonder what the source is.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Even Christians, me included, are looking for people out there to lift them up and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.  You may think that your light is insignificant, but it does emit a glow, and people can see it.  You can and do challenge others.  Who knows, that light that you carry just may be casting a light on another’s path that would be nearly impossible to walk without it.

Are you challenging others?  How do others challenge you?

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Direct My 2017

2016 has been a big year for me.  There have been times that have felt like more than I can take, and times that I will forever cherish in my memories.  Today I came home from a retreat at my favorite place in the world, hanged out with some old acquaintances who are now awesome friends, and gained much inspiration to fully dedicate myself to Christ in 2017.  The Lord has worked in my heart so much this year, and I can’t begin to list all the things He has taught me.  If I had to summarize everything, it would have to be that He is always there, His way is best, He never fails, and my wildest dreams can not compare to the awesomeness of His plans for me.  I’ve made more mistakes than I can number, I cried more tears than I can count, and I’ve felt my fair share of heart ache.  But He forgave my mistakes, He dried every tear, and He took the pain and made it one of the most beautiful and happiest experiences I’ve ever had.  I know 2017 won’t be perfect, and I don’t what all I’ll have to face, but I’m ready; because He direct my paths.  Will you let Him direct your’s?

Check out my New Year’s resolution here.  Happy New Year!

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The “I Am” Project — Let’s Be Lost

Had to share Loren’s “I Am” Project!  ❤ it!!

I invented this thing I’m calling the “I Am” Project. I was feeling sad one night when I found myself writing a list of (mostly) lovely things, putting the words “I am” before each item. And by the time I finished, I felt a little better. Reading the list sent pleasant shivers down my spine. […]

via The “I Am” Project — Let’s Be Lost