Day 243.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through spiritual awareness. I was told by many of the people I go to for spiritual guidance that I have a gift of awareness; that I can always tell when I’m falling off or when I’m not growing as much. It can be pretty big burden because if it isn’t fostered in a healthy way, it can lead to heavy self-judgements and anxiety, but for the most part, it’s great blessing. It’s like being my own accountability partner. 

Anyway, I felt myself today not being very productive. Now, I don’t mean productivity in the sense of getting homework done or doing chores because I did that today. I mean I didn’t feel like I did anything with purpose today. I just sort of went through the motions. I did my homework because I had to. I did my chores because I was told to. But I didn’t really do anything with a real sense of purpose or passion or drive. I just kind of moseyed around. & I think my “routine” like complacency is settling in because I haven’t really been praying or spending enough time just with God; not focusing on school or drill team or my youth. Just growing and loving and being in the presence of God. I get super busy when school starts again, ESPECIALLY because it’s football season, but I should never be too busy to spend time with God.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 242.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my dad. This entire weekend I’ve sort of just spent by myself because my mom has some friends from California in town. She wants me to spend time with them and with my parents, but when I’m with them, they don’t really engage in conversation I can be a part of, so it’s been rather annoying. I also had to miss one of my best friend’s birthday parties because I had to sit and just be with them. So, I was pretty upset and straight up irritated by today’s lunch.

Now, my dad and I are basically the same person. We act and think the same, so what annoys me probably annoys him too. At lunch today, my mom and her friends were having a nice time, which is fine with us! I’m glad she’s enjoyed her weekend! However, I was just sitting there not really participating in anything except eating, when I could’ve eaten at home and gotten another set of homework done or learned a new song or finished another unit of my online class. My dad could tell I was irritated and feeling forgotten and straight up just done, so he stayed by me and just talked to me about different things. It was nice because it was the first time in awhile where we just talked to each other. I’m not quite sure if this made a lot of sense, but my dad is super freaking fab.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 241.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through a couple who is basically like family to me. I went to a surprise dinner for them where we celebrated both of their 60th birthdays! This couple is like my aunt and uncle because they’ve welcomed my family into theirs, and they’re some of my moms best friends. Basically, I just saw Christ in how loving and caring and generous they are; to each other, to their family, to their friends, and to the entire community. They were being so playful with each other, and it was extremely precious. Near the end of the dinner, they talked about how grateful they were and how God is the reason they live a blessed, joyful life and the reason why they can be generous because He was generous and loving to us first. G L O R Y. I can only pray that one day, my future husband and I can build a beautiful life like them.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 240.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my football team. Let me just start by saying how AMAZING it feels to dance on turf under those bright lights again! Okay, so, my school’s football team was pretty awful my last three years of school. We were struggles. A lot of the players didn’t like each other, our coach wasn’t too hot, our players would get SUPER tired, and they would just give up. We would lose pretty much ever game, and it’s not like they were ever close games. Nope. We got beat pretty bad each year. But I still loved my boys.

However, the team I saw tonight was COMPLETELY transformed. They were a family. They played HARD. They didn’t give up in the slightest sign of adversity. They fought till the end, and we ended up beating our rival school 49-13. We’ve never scored 49 points, like ever. EVER. I am so proud of how hard our guys work, and they played like brothers tonight. They are a true success story of how hard work and perseverance can take you far! Seeing their transformation honestly left me in awe! I’m BEYOND excited for the rest of the season! 

Day 239.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through the girls in my company in my drill team. (A company is just a group of girls. It’s just a way we separate into smaller groups because our team is too large to have all of us in the same class period at once) In our class today, we did an affirmation activity, and it was so sweet. I know as an officer, I have an impact on the girls’ lives because I’m always teaching or demonstrating or doing SOMETHING for them. But I don’t actually know what that impact is until it’s verbalized and especially to see their gratitude on paper was really special for me. I love my girls so so so much & I can’t believe this is my last year with them. God definitely blessed me with a beautiful group of young ladies to push me to be the best I can be, but also bring a radiant light and contagious joy into my life.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 238.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my english teacher. She’s a much older teacher, but she has a young spirit. She has so much more energy than I do sometimes, and is VERY enthusiastic about literature. Like I’ve expressed before, I don’t do very well with english. I know it’s an important course and some of the things we study can be interesting, but it’s just not my strong suit. Anyways, english is my last period of the day, so I’m pretty worn out by the time I get there. However, my teacher is the LEAST bit cranky. She just has this joy and passion for teaching and it really shows. She’s like a little kid who lights up when they tell a story they really like sharing; that’s sort of what it’s like being her student. I just really admire her spunk, and I’m glad I have her.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 237.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my AP Environmental Science class (aka APES). We discussed population control, and because there are only 10 people in the class, we were able to have some really good conversation. We just discussed whether or not there should be a limit on how many kids a family could have, and whether or not a rich country is morally obligated to send aid to a third-world country. I don’t want to get into detail about the topics, but I just thoroughly enjoyed our discussion. It was actually elevated and educated and meaningful. All of my classes before senior year seemed so surface level and mediocre and it just left me at the end of the day feeling like I wasted my time at school. However, my APES class helped me see that school, for me, isn’t about getting stellar grades or awards, but about gaining knowledge. Over the summer, I went on a quest to learn more about the Lord, and I think my passion for learning about Him has stimulated my passion for learning in general.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 236.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through a really wonderful first day of senior year. To be more specific, I’m taking 5 AP classes this year, and there were some teachers who I thought were going to be awful. Even more specifically, my macroeconomics teacher. I’ve just heard a lot about him, and he’s said some sarcastically, rude comments to a few people I know. Nonetheless, I got his class, and he was fairly pleasant. You can’t tell someone’s personality in a matter of 40 minutes, but I will say he surprised me in a good way. I think I’m going to really enjoy that class. It just goes to show that you can’t always believe everything you hear, and even if you hear things that were true, you can’t let rumors cloud your judgement. Keeping an open and positive mind always leads to better things than a pessimistic point of view.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 235.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my priest’s homily tonight. First of all, he spoke with AMAZING passion, and it left me really inspired. Secondly, my priest usually covers a looooot of big subjects and themes in his homilies, but the main one that really hit home with me was “When you encounter Jesus, there’s no way you can stay the same. The more you learn about Him and learn from Him, the more your heart will be transformed.” It just left me thinking about how there are so many people, including myself sometimes, who claim to know and believe in God, yet they still don’t act like it. They don’t live a Christ-like life, they don’t listen to the call of those in need and come to their aid like Christ does, they don’t learn more and pray more and give more of their lives to others. THAT is what we are called to do. THAT is the mission that Christ left for us. To give our lives as an offering to the Lord. If we are so inspired by the love of God, how can we NOT share it with the rest of the world? 

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 234.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through this little girl I met today. My drill team hosted a dance clinic where girls from 4-14 come and learn a dance with us and perform it for their parents. The age group my company of girls got was 4-6, so I knew I was in for a long morning. Thankfully, my little girl was very sweet and energetic and eager to dance. There was a point in the morning where we took a snack break, and this lead to most of the kids running around playing tag. There was another little girl who kept sliding and falling, and every single time she fell, my girl would run over to her and help her up. It was the CUTEST thing ever because they didn’t even know each other. The first time my girl helped her, the girl who fell was so confused and almost afraid to grab her hand. But when she saw that she was being helped, she smiled and continued to play. 

If that doesn’t give you the BEST visual of what it’s like when we help our brothers and sisters stay accountable in their faith or even just give someone some uplifting words of encouragement, I don’t know what could. We are so skeptical to open up to other people now-a-days, just like the girl was skeptical to accepting the other girl’s help, but when we do let others help us through rough spots in our life, or even just rough days, life is a tad bit easier. 

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 233.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through something a judge on the show “So You Think You Can Dance” said to a contestant. I’m paraphrasing, but she basically said, “We dance with out bodies, but we dance FIRST from our souls. You can’t just put a face on. It has to come from a very truthful and genuine place.” As a dancer, that hit close to home because that’s so true with dancing. However, as a Christian and a worship leader, that was like a huge tidal wave to the face. There’s something about Christianity that has to be very authentic and very organic and very REAL. You can’t just put on a face for your peers, and more importantly for God. Everything about our worship has to come from a truthful place. Everything about the love we share with others has to come from a genuine love for the Lord. Everything about the service we give has to come from an authentic place of gratitude for the Lord. Plain and simple, being a Christian isn’t a front.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 232.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through a wonderful last night of summer with my best friends. I don’t start school or anything tomorrow, but tonight was my last time to be with most of my best friends before they go to college or before our schedules get really crazy. I forget how extremely blessed I am to be surrounded by amazing people who bring me joy in the simplest ways. These are people who can have fun just singing and dancing at the top of our lungs to random music, or people who find it fun to play games like Mafia where we scream at each other accuse one another of killing another friend, or people who LOVE fried chicken and watermelon and aren’t stereotypically black because ANYONE can love those foods (hahaha), or people who pursue and love God so so so much. I’ve needed a good night like this for awhile, and I’m thankful God gave it to me tonight. Although I’ll be separated from a lot of these people throughout senior year, distance doesn’t break friendships. In some situations, it can make them stronger. I have an amazing group of uplifting people in my life, and I know they’re be there for me no matter how far away they are. 

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 231.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through this random guy me and my friends met. My youth group went to a local boardwalk/theme park type thing in our area for this even called “Fancy with Friends”. We basically dress up and have dinner on the boardwalk and then go play the games and ride runs and just have fun! However, every year, my youth minister challenges us to go up to strangers and ask them if we can pray for them. Most of the time we get really generic things like “Pray for my kids” or “I don’t have anything specific, but just pray for me I guess”. Other times we get “I’m good, thanks” or “no thank you”. Lastly, and my personal favorite, we get people who don’t speak English and it’s certainly interesting.

However, tonight me and two of my best friends approached this guy who was around our age. We asked him if we could pray for him and he immediately was like “Actually yeah.. my parents are separating and it’s really hard on our family. We’re completely broke now; we have nothing.” First of all, kudos to him for being super open with us. Secondly, we prayed over him right there and it was so so beautiful. After he was just like “Thank you so much” and we parted ways. 

I don’t really know how to describe to y’all what it was like (lol but then again when can I ever describe anything to y’all), but afterwards, I just felt really joyful. Not because I now had this awesome story to tell you all or because we prayed in public, but because that was Christ who was hurting who we brought comfort to. In scripture it talks about how Jesus is found in the least of these and those who help them, help Jesus. Just seeing the guy’s eyes and how we brought him even just a few moments of relief from his turmoil made it so fulfilling.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 230.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through this game/activity me and some of my friends did after morning Mass. We were all sitting under the breezeway at my church, and we played this “gratefulness game”. Basically, you go around the circle from person to person as fast as you can and say something you’re grateful for. The catch is that it can’t be something generic like “food, family, friends”. It has to be something specific like “rekindled friendships, organic worship, not having to worry about college textbooks”. (Those were some I said hahahah) Once you couldn’t think of something you were grateful for from the top of your head without more than 10 seconds hesitation, you were out.

I’m not sure if you’re getting a visual about any of this, but the point of this activity was to start our days with something positive and to really get us focused on our blessings. We played this game for like 10 minutes. That doesn’t sound like a long time, but it really was because we were naming so many things so fast. I’ve always been pretty aware of how I have a blessed life compared to many of my peers, but this helped greatly for me to see the good that God is doing in my life. God has made some amazingly positive things happen for me; some things weren’t so positive, but they helped me grow; and somethings were just straight up silly or weird, but they brought me joy. If we took the same amount of energy we used to count our blessings as we did to complain about our problems, we’d realize how blessed we truly are.

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

I love you all!

GOD BLESS