How A School Field Trip Changed My Walk With God

Yes, a school field trip.

I’ll say it loud and proud.

Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to travel with my school to the Georgia State Capitol for a program called TeenPact, a student leadership organization designed to get teens involved in government while learning about Christ. (I’d highly encourage you to check it out- it’s hosted in almost every state!)

Despite the fact that I’m promoting it right now, I was absolutely dreading it. I knew literally 2 people from my campus who were going, we had to wear knee-length skirts the whole week, and there was a ton of homework to complete. Yippee.

But I should have known that God uses stuff like that.

He used my fear of starting a new school to bring friendships into my life and give me confidence, He used my terror of going to Portugal this spring to draw me into His heart, and He used my wariness of so many group events to show me that I loved being around people. Like, a lot.

So why couldn’t I trust Him with this?

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Under Fire

I know, I know.

It’s been months since I published anything.

I’ve read all the blog posts about keeping your blog alive, absorbed all the advice about posting on a consistent schedule, yet when I sat down to write the post… nothing came. 

That was terrifying to me!! Writing is what I love best, and the fact that I just could not do it was like a toddler meeting Santa for the first time.

It was the unknown. The scary.

I was determined to know just why I was in such a creative burnout for such a long time, so I took some more time off and did some real deep thinking about what had changed. Y’all, one thing was so common.

Comparison.

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When God is God

Hi, friends!!

It feels so stinkin’ good to be back in the groove of writing. I’m planning on finishing my book during NaNoWriMo this November, and I can’t wait to tell you about it, but today is not that day…

After a friend texted me and confided in me something that she had experienced, and since I had had close to the same experience, I wanted to write and shine a little flicker of hope into this feeling we all share at some point in our lives.

This post was so, so hard to write- I wasn’t sure what to say or how to say it. I pray that it touches you and encourages you that you’re not alone and that God doesn’t allow painful things for nothing. Let’s jump in!

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A Letter to my 5th Grade Class

Hi, friends!!

it’s been a long few weeks of last-minute summer trips, starting school, and creative burnout.

“Hold up, I didn’t hear that right. You go missing for FIVE WEEKS, and you call it burnout??

Yepsolutely. It was like that scene in Big Hero 6 where Hiro bangs his head on the table. I feel you, man.

BUT.

I’m back, and fired up- because today, I get to talk about some of my favorite people in the universe!! Just last month, I started to assist in a 5th grade Sunday school class.

And what a joy it’s been.

I have so many hopes, dreams, and prayers for my girls, and I thought it would be nice to document them so that I can look back and see how God has moved.

Are you ready? Me too. Girlies, this is for you!!

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Internet Friend Friday #4 // Ella R.

Hi, friends!!

It’s once again time for Internet Friend Friday, and I could not be more excited about today’s post. My favorite (and only) sister wrote a powerful message on living our lives on mission for Christ. I’m completely stunned by her insight- and I know you will be, too!! Be sure to encourage her in the comments! Let’s dive in, because I can’t wait any longer…

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It’s Time to be Brave

Hi, friends!!

I hope you’re all having a great week, whether you’re back in school or hanging onto those last days of summer vacation.

As summer comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about the ways I can influence my school and church during my sophomore year. With all the tragedy that daily strikes our fallen world, it’s up to us to be a spark of hope. This battle will rage on until Jesus returns and wins it forever, but He’s given us the leadership and influence to help heal hearts.

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