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Be Present for Friends in Need

IMG_7003.jpgOne of the hardest things for me is knowing that someone is hurting, but not knowing why or how to help. ¬†I find myself poking and prodding until the person eventually explodes, which is obviously not the right way to handle things. ¬†How can we empathize with someone if we don’t know what’s going on in their lives? ¬†How can we be present and lend a helping hand?

First of all, it is important to not overstep. ¬†Even with close friends and loved ones, we need to accept that sometimes, it’s just not our business. ¬†Constantly pushing a person to spill out their obstacles almost always results in anger and even damage to relationships. ¬†It’s okay if you don’t have all the details‚ÄĒyou can still be there for that person.

Giving love and support is sometimes more powerful than advice.  Telling a person that you love and care about them is often all it takes to provide comfort and security.  It is hard, especially for me, when it seems almost impossible to console someone due to a situation that you have no control of.  This is when offering your support and time is the best thing to do.  Ranting and/or getting things out in the open is a great way to blow off steam, and it makes anyone feel better to get something off their chest.

When all else fails, be present.  Being there for someone, whether it be in person, on the phone, or even over text, giving up small amount of your time and energy to listen or console a person is the best thing to do.

Isaiah 41:10 says:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

All will be well when you have trust in the Lord.

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A Year of Growth

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with laughter and joy! I, thankfully, was able to spend the week in Georgia with my extended family. ¬†Now, it’s time to prepare for the New Year!

This past year has been a roller coaster filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and even rushes of excitement. ¬†When I started 2017, I was at the height of my sophomore year. ¬†I was on top of the world with my loving friends and successful school life. ¬†I had just gotten my first ever lead in a musical, and I was spending almost every moment doing something I loved, whether it be rehearsal or going to my favorite coffee shop with my best friend. ¬†I never expected to be told that once again, I was going to have to move accross the country away from what I viewed as home. ¬†I’ll be honest, I was heartbroken at just the thought of moving for the sixth time; moving in the middle of high school.

If you would’ve told me a mere 10 months ago the mental place that I’m in today, I would have not believed you. ¬†I felt depressed and completely drained. ¬†I felt that I’d never be as happy as I was in Montana. ¬†I was wrong. ¬†Little did I know… I would find incredible loving friends only a few months into the start of school.

Today, I am beyond blessed.  I am a part of a fantastic youth group filled with like-minded kids who share an intense love for the Lord, I have friends that I love and trust, and I am all around a happier person.

As I said, 2017 has been a rollercoaster, but it has also been a year of growth. ¬†Moving my Junior year has made me a stronger person, and after much contemplating, I am grateful. ¬†I owe it all to God. ¬†Moving from Montana was a blessing in disguise, and I never would have expected to be thriving here. ¬†God is so good and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2018.

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” ‚ÄĒ 2 Corinthians 4:17

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End the Chapter, Not the Book

Author’s Note: Hi everyone! I’m SO sorry about the late post! I was majorly swamped Sunday Night.

This past Sunday during church, the Pastor’s sermon really stuck with me. ¬†His message revolved around dealing with life’s interruptions.

So often we are faced with interruptions put in place by the enemy whose sole goal is to persuade us away from Christ.  It has been this way starting with Adam and Eve and the Serpent who persuaded Eve to take a bite out of the forbidden fruit.

“Don’t put a period where God wanted a comma to be” ¬† Rev. Edlen¬†Cowley

Even Mary and Joseph experienced interruptions in their life when they were told that their life would forever change with the birth of Jesus.  Imagine the ridicule the two must have faced.  In times such as these they would have been shunned by their friends and families and forever looked down upon.  However, Mary accepted the duty and went through with the deed with her head held high.  She and Joseph placed a comma after their engagement and turned to more important duties such as preparing for the birth of the Messiah.

Today, we can learn a lot about how to go about our pain and struggle through stories such as Mary and Joseph’s, and learn how not to go about our struggles through stories such as Adam and Eve’s. ¬†We are all sinners, but placing a comma where we need to take a pause may help us from closing off opportunity in life. ¬†Dealing with pain and strife is difficult, but with the help of our Faith in our Savior, we can get through anything.

¬†1 Corinthians 10:13 says “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear”

Though what we face challenges as Christians, we will never be given a temptation that you cannot overcome.  You are powerful, strong, and capable of great things.

Throughout your week, remember that when dealing with one of life’s many interruptions, do not put a cap on the struggle, work through it. ¬†Instead of placing a period, place a comma. ¬†Work through the situation with grace and the knowledge that you are capable of dealing with any obstacle you may face. ¬†Let the novel that is your life continue and develop into something that would make your author proud. ¬†You are made in the image of God and you are gifted with the joys that He has given you. ¬†As one chapter of life ends, a new, more impactful one begins.

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