Anniversary.

One year ago today, July 21st, I was baptized on the Jersey Shore in the Atlantic Ocean. This was my public declaration of the work God had done in my heart--that I was now His daughter, beloved and saved because He moved me to trust in Christ's death on the cross. I was so blessed… Continue reading Anniversary.

Crossing oceans.

Hello, friends. It's hard to believe that there are two weeks left of my spring quarter of my junior year here at Northwestern. This year has gone so incredibly fast. I'm starting to realize that adulthood is looming ahead of me. Strange, terrifying, exciting. I've had so much fun this year getting closer to so… Continue reading Crossing oceans.

Things missed.

Emotions. They are strange beasts. When I feel pain, they will hide themselves in a little corner of my heart somewhere, so contained and numb. I want to cry, but I can't, and then I feel guilty or confused for not crying. And then at odd, inconvenient moments they rear up from their hiding places and… Continue reading Things missed.

OCSP Update 5: Lasts.

Why, hello there. It's been a while. It has been two weeks and five days since I last posted on this blog, and only two weeks and three days since I left Ocean City, New Jersey. Seeing these facts typed out in front of me is so odd to me because it feels like an entire… Continue reading OCSP Update 5: Lasts.

OCSP Update 3.5: DTR.

DTR: Noun: an acronym, common in Christian circles, standing for "define the relationship." A talk in which two people attempt to gain clarity in order to move forward--or not. (ex. Girl Y and Boy X went to go have a DTR on the swing because Boy X wanted to make his romantic intentions toward Girl… Continue reading OCSP Update 3.5: DTR.

OCSP Update 3: World Vision Week.

Well, hey there. Heads up: I have so, so much to talk about. I have to split my third OC update into a bunch of parts so I can even get it all down. Take a deep breath. Dive in. World Vision Week. The week of June 30th was definitely one of the craziest weeks… Continue reading OCSP Update 3: World Vision Week.

OCSP Update 2: Community.

Hello, all!! Hope you’re all doing really well. In my last update, I asked you to pray for our community to grow closer as we entered “All For One” Week here in Ocean City—well, I can definitely say that God has answered that prayer. The week’s activities focused on us growing in community with one… Continue reading OCSP Update 2: Community.

OCSP Update 1: Overwhelming.

Hey guys--just realized I forgot to post my first update on my blog. It's from a while ago, but here you are :) 23 June 2013 Greetings from Ocean City, everyone!! These past twelve days have gone by at a frenetic pace, and I really wanted to be focused on getting settled, building relationships, and doing outreach… Continue reading OCSP Update 1: Overwhelming.

My Identity in Christ

Totally awesome post from a great friend of mine. We all (and especially me) need to remember that we don’t have to perform or pretend to get Jesus to say “I love you.” He lavishes love on us freely.

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I’ve been learning so much over the past few weeks, but one of the most important things is that I have a secure identity in Christ, and that my need for significance, worth and approval is found in Him alone.

During the latter part of high school and during my freshman year of college, I thought that I could earn God’s approval through my own efforts. I always thought that if I just tried harder, God would like me more and reward me accordingly. High achievement and personal success became my idol, whether it was in academics, sports, or pleasing people. I have always had an inner desire to excel, but this turned into crushing perfectionism as I sought to “make God happy” and be the best of the best.

I did achieve a lot of success, but none of it was truly fulfilling. And I thought that once…

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