FALLing for Boston

This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Boston with my little sister. I've been to Boston a few times and it never disappoints! I don't consider myself to be very traveled, but I do have to say that Boston is my favorite city so far! I just love the charming character that lies within each and every street.

The purpose of our trip was to see our favorite YouTubers (geeking out just a bit), Jess + Gabriel... but more on that later. We also spent time exploring the city and so I wanted to share with you some of the highlights!

First we went to the Lawn on D. One of my favorite things about Boston, compared to other cities, is that it is full of greenery. There are so many parks and grassy areas to hang out and relax. The Lawn on D is one of them.

God Blessed The Broken Road That Led Me Straight To You

My first year of high school I told people I wasn’t going to wear makeup until my wedding day because I wanted to look as beautiful as humanly possible for my husband.

Then I met a boy. 

He was charming. He was cute. He was funny. I spent everyday thinking about him and desiring his attention. I was on cloud nine when he asked me to be his girlfriend on my 15th birthday. This was my first boyfriend and I was ecstatic because all the popular girls had boyfriends and now I was dating one of the popular guys.

You can imagine the heartbreak I felt after eight weeks when he broke up with me over the phone while I was halfway across the country, telling me that he no longer “liked” me. I spent the next three years of my high school career longing for this boy back.

At this time, I was still a Christian. I went to church every Sunday with my family and cracked open my Bible about once a month. It was more of a Sunday Christian type faith and nothing like the relationship that my church spoke of.

By my junior year in high school I knew that a few of my friends were having sex. But I was very particular even about my first kiss. Some guys would call me prude and some of my friends would ask me why I hadn’t kissed anyone yet and I’d always tell them how I wanted it to be absolutely perfect and that I could wait a couple more years if it meant I got that perfect Ross and Rachel, Luke and Lorelei, Noah and Allie type kiss. I wanted it to feel so special. So I never kissed anyone or did anything for all of high school. No one was worthy enough in my eyes.

Come To The Alter: A Story of Love and Surrender

When I first started this blog, I didn’t see much good produced from it. I didn’t see the point. I felt like I was writing and no one was reading. When I first started this blog, I obligated myself to write about topics I thought people would want to read about; instead of being raw, honest and personal.

I avoided talking about my personal life, at all costs, because I wasn’t living a life that reflected what I said I stood for. I was preaching the goodness of God, but I wasn’t experiencing it in my life. I wanted so badly to experience God like I saw with so many others but I just couldn’t. And quite honestly, I didn’t have the desire to because the life I had created for myself was exceptionally appealing on the outside and it was relatively comfortable on the inside. And I had heard rumors about what happens when God gets involved.

I pursued all I wanted in life. I spent my time chasing down a boyfriend, some good friends, a steady income, a fun job, the latest fashion trends, and other idols. My plan was that once I obtained all these things, I’d figure out a way to fit God in between the lines and all would be well.  

Not only was I running towards everything but God; I was clinging to these things because they provided momentary contentment. I wouldn’t allow them to be taken from me because they brought security.  Any other way would require some sort of faith, and that wasn’t something that sat well with me. If God wanted to have a say in my life, then He was going to have to work with the plans I already had underway.

For years and years I did not feel God’s presence in my life.

And I wondered why.

Back To School Encouragement

It's that time of year again! "Back to school" holds such a bitter sweet set of emotions. It's exciting to be in the presence of all your friends once again, yet it's the end of a sweet season of iced coffee, beach trips, country music, sweet tea and glorious heat.

I'll never forget how I was shaking with nerves and excitement on the first day of high school and once again on the first day of college. Whether you're returning to the same school this year, or entering a new one, the emotions are in full swing.

This summer I worked quite a bit more hours than usual and I've also been taking summer courses all season long. Consequentially, I haven't had much of a break; but it's been so wonderful to relax a little during the slower summer days. I can't wait to see all my buddies again in just a couple of weeks through! (Major withdrawals!!)

The beginning of this new season in our lives calls for a lot of intentionality! I've compiled a list of a few things to do to recharge and ensure a purposeful school season! These are geared towards the college life, but can be suited to you high schoolers as well!

Quiet Time With Jesus

There's something incredibly refreshing about spending time with Jesus in the morning. Just as the sun is starting to pour through your windows, it's like He's calling you to open your heart so He can pour into that as well. How awesome!

I get questions about tips for "quiet time" or Bible studies, so I thought I'd share what I do (and what I use) during quiet time in the morning. I know I love seeing what resources, commentaries, books, devotionals etc that other people are using for their Bible studies. There's so many resources out there that can help us pick a book and get started, as well as help us understand what's being said in between the lines. Because let's face it, God really enjoys slipping in a million things between the lines.

Spending time with Jesus is something that is deeply personal and so you really should find a way that works for you + Jesus best. But I would love to share what I do, and I pray that it will encourage you!

I usually like to put on a good worship music playlist. I use Spotify, Pandora, Youtube or my iTunes library (basically all your options haha). Sometimes I'll light a candle, and all the time, I grab a cup of coffee. Because, obviously.

So let's get started.