Day 208.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through one of the girls in my youth group. We shall call this girl DR because I don’t want to reveal her name. (btw, those are not her initials for those of you who know me in real life, so don’t try and figure it out! :p ) DR texted me out of the blue, which was nice because sometimes it’s nice to just have someone check up on you. We ended up talking about her AYC experience, and it was really awesome to hear how much it impacted her.

See, DR came from a reeeeeally rough background. She didn’t have any sort of faith life or faith formation in her household, so in just the last 7 or so months, she’s grown SO much. DR used to be very skeptical and was even doubting the existence of God, but she told me now she wants to be baptized into the Catholic Church and go through RCIA so she can enter the church. Like, how beautiful is that?!?! I love seeing God at work not just in my life, but in other people’s lives as well.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

chestertonian:

Reblog if you’re part of the Tumblr Catholic community. I need more blogs to follow!

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Day 207.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through beginning a new chapter of my life. Summer for me ends today because I start doing 8am-5pm practices with my drill team officers tomorrow. I just got back from the Archdiocesan Youth Conference in Houston, Texas and it was phenomenal. I didn’t particularly enjoy some Catechetical sessions, but the conference as a whole was an amazing experience. 

I was blessed with the opportunity to be an animator, and I was a member of the music ministry. I truly believe this is what made my AYC experience so much better because this being my fourth conference, it gave me a new perspective… and I’ve been in serious need of a perspective shift for awhile. Through this experience as an animator, I learned A LOT about humility and about working as a body of Christ. It’s not about me. It’s about God, and it’s about His glory. Not mine. That was a HUGE lesson I learned this weekend. I was also greatly reminded that God is so faithful to those who are faithful to Him. I get so worried and worked up about a lot of things going on in my life that I forget that God called me out of that stress and worry and despair to a new life of freedom! His burden is light and His yoke is easy if we just surrender ourselves and carry our crosses. I just feel so so so liberated and free and joyful and it’s great. 

& of course, I saw the Light of Christ through the 2500+ beautiful faces I saw in the crowd every session from the stage. It was a totally new experience. As an animator we are expected to be these leaders to help the congregation encounter Christ, but in reality, they helped me fall head over heels in love with our Lord and Savior all over again. God won my heart again this weekend and I am glad to give it to Him. This weekend was just filled with first times and new things, which was a perfect way to end my summer and start a new chapter for senior year! God is alive and moving and His victory is SO real!!

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 206.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through freedom. I’ve been feeling really really weighed down lately. But this morning I got to go to Reconciliation, and I’ve had nothing but pure joy all day! It’s kinda late where I am and I would really love to tell you all about my entire day, but I really need to get to bed. But God is SO good and His victory is VERY real!

I hope you encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 205.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through leading worship tonight. It was so so so so so beautiful. There was a moment tonight where all 2500+ of the conference members were shining lights and praising and it was beautiful. It was a really cool moment because I’ve always been someone part of the crowd, but tonight I was actually part of music ministry and it was beautiful… I keep saying that, and I’m sorry but I just don’t know how else to describe it. It was just an amazing feeling and I could feel God moving in that ballroom tonight.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

strength-dignity:

I like that the words “knit” and “woven” are used in Psalm 139. You were not simply spoken into existence as God did with the earth. You have been hand crafted and beautifully put together. God spent time making you who you are. And there is nothing worthless about you.

(via joyfullycatholic)

Day 204.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through rest. I’ve been feeling pretty crappy lately. All throughout this week, I’ve had migraines and stomach issues and it’s just not very fun. I’m the type of person that is always out somewhere or going a hundred miles a minute, but today, I finally gave myself time to let my body recuperate. Sorry this post wasn’t very exciting, but I’m going to a youth conference this weekend, so I’ll have more interesting stories to share!

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

God is amazing.

I wrote this in my prayer journal in January, and it is exactly what I need right now.

"Lord grant me a miraculous faith to continue believing in your goodness even when things feel wrong. Your victory is VERY real. Help me to see your vision for my life."

Day 203.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through transition. I’m at this point in my life where a lot of changes are happening. Friends are leaving, I’m going to be a senior, and just a lot of other stuff. The changes that are happening aren’t always too bad, it’s the adjusting and transition that actually suck. Getting used to how things will be now is hard. But I see Christ through it because He’s really helping me with all of the frustration and junk going on in my heart. I guess that’s more of a way that I need Christ’s light in my life.. but I mean.. I’m not going to front. I do feel and encounter Christ everyday, but there are some days that I really need him more. & I think it’s okay to admit that. One transition I’m really trying to deal with right now is how I deal with my emotions. Going from getting mad at myself for being upset (which is dumb, i know) to dealing with it some other way. I really don’t even know what this post is.. if you’re reading it, pray for me. & I’ll pray for you. 

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

I wanna know what people assume about me because of my tumblr.

losed:

Put an assumption in my ask. I’ll confirm or dispute it. I’m not gonna be mean or anything, I’m just very interested. You can go anon if you want.

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Day 202.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through catching up with an old friend. This friend of mine has been in my life for almost six years now. We don’t hang out or talk every single day, but we definitely keep each other updated on our lives. While we had coffee, we got into talking about different relationships we had in the past year, and it got me thinking a lot about self-worth.

Self-worth is something I’ve struggled with A LOT with having pressure from parents and friends and teachers and just struggling with my body image and my own personal goals. & the relationships you have with other people really effect how you view yourself. So, my friend and I shared a lot about how there were certain points in the year where we both just felt so worthless and un-loved and over-all sucky. BUT the awesome thing is, we both got to share ways in how we realized how we deserve SO much more than what we got. Personally, having my heart broken and just being disappointed by different people and different situations was the best thing any of them could’ve done for me because it led me to where I am today. I am VERY joyful and hopeful for my future, and I don’t think I would be as appreciative of the things I have if not for the heartache I endured. I’m just blessed to have this friend that I can share these experiences with and we can continue to grow together like we have throughout our almost 6 years of friendship.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 201.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through just how different my life is now. I have this app called Timehop, and if you don’t have it, you should get it! It basically gets posts from your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., that you posted years ago on whatever day it is that day. It’s like the ultimate throwback app. If none of that made sense, just pretend like it did anyways. :-)

So, lately, I’ll look at this app and every day, I’ll see a tweet or picture that brings back memories of past relationships or friendships, and it’s crazy to me how there are some people that I don’t even speak to anymore. It’s not always for bad reasons, sometimes people just grow apart, but my life has been filled with so much change. I’ve always been really afraid of the future and of how things are going to turn out. But for once, I feel safe. I feel excited and hopeful, and it’s because I’m slowly (emphasis on slowly. haha, life is struggles) learning how to just give control to God. It sounds sooo simple, but it’s really hard. However, the results of surrendering to God’s will are waaaay amazing. I feel like I’m just rambling now, so I’ll just stop here. :-)

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 200.2

HUAH FOR 200 DAYS OF JESUS MOVIN IN MY LIFE FOR THE YEAR 2014

Today I saw the Light of Christ through just being with my family. I can’t really explain why, but there was a point where I just didn’t like spending time with my family. I wasn’t close to my mom, my dad and I sort of got along, and I was no longer close to my brother because he moved out to go to school. 

However, something just sort of clicked finally this weekend, and everyone in my family is getting along. This is the first time we are all happy to be together and we can get along without getting in an argument or having our patience tested. We’re all so joyful and actually carrying conversations with each other, and it’s really wonderful. My dad just got off of leading a retreat, so that may have something to do with it, but I really think this is the beginning of a new chapter for us. 

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

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blvcknvy:

Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.

Every time this is on my dash, it’s an automatic reblog.

Life. There’s always a way to make it work.

This woman runs PARLIAMENT with a baby in her lap and she’s CLEARLY doing an outstanding job because she’s still there being a total boss two years later, baby still in her lap.

"A baby will destroy your career-"

Really

Are you sure?

Because I’m pretty sure that Licia Ronzulli would laugh at that declaration.

This is so awesome and makes me happy!!! but why is the baby suddenly blonde in the last photo??

Love.

Always reblog.

About the baby’s hair changing color: I know from watching my siblings grow up, at that age hair can change shades rapidly.

Yeah, I was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white baby. Now, I have hazel eyes and black-brown hair with some obvious Hispanic features.

Day 199.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ in GREAT abundance! I went to a surprise candlelight service for a Men’s A.C.T.S. retreat that my dad was a team member on and my youth minister/friend was attending as a retreatant. If you have no idea what ACTS is please google it because it is too fabulous to condense into this post. 

I’ve attended an ACTS retreat before and being part of the community/”ACTS Family” is really special to me, so to see new members feel the same love and acceptance I felt is really awesome. Tonight was especially wonderful because there were so many grown men, fathers, uncles, brothers, grandfathers even, who were experiencing God for the first time or in a new way, and you could just feel His presence in the room. SO many tears of joy were shed, and it was precious. You never see men so vulnerable and so unashamed of their faith, so it was a wonderful sight to see. I just love seeing God’s love at work especially in people who mean so much to me.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS