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I'm Back!!

Hey y'all! I sincerely apologize for not posting for almost 3 months . Has it really been that long? Yes, yes it has. I did not intend on abandoning this blog for that long, but here we are, two and a half months later. I just now have seen the comments asking where I'm at, and I apologize for not responding to those. However, I am back and I don't intend on being gone that long again. Thank you so much for your patience!  So, where have I been? Well, to be honest, I've been living my life. Nothing drastic happened, and I celebrated my seventeenth birthday a couple months ago :). I really don't have an explanation as to why I haven't posted, but I am sorry! I had no idea the last time I posted that it would be the last time for quite awhile. Sheesh!! I plan on posting more "devotional" type posts in the future, so stay tuned :). School has been quite busy these days, and I got behind at one point, so I am just now *finally* getting caught back up.  Y&#

Just Be Held

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Hey y'all! I just wanted to write a quick post today, to hopefully give a little encouragement. This morning as I was getting ready, I remembered a song that I hadn't heard in a very long time. It took me a few moments to hum along to the song, trying to remember the name. Once I did, I asked my Google Assistant to play it. What was the song, you may ask? Just Be Held by Casting Crowns. Wow. I hadn't heard the song in sooooo long, and it's hard to describe how much I needed to hear it this morning.  I'm not sure how the rest of the states are doing, but currently in NC there is a high spike in COVID-19. Specifically in the county that I live in. We are back on lockdown, and our church services (at my church specifically) have been online only for the past few weeks. I started college classes again this past Monday, and they have been completely online (using Microsoft Teams). We were supposed to go back in-person January 25, but I received an email this morning sayi

My Testimony//Part 4 *Finale*

The week after making the official announcement that we would be joining Church A, my parents met with the pastor of this church, and they decided to join on January 19, 2020, exactly 8 months after leaving our old church. That evening service, the pastor called my family up, as he already knew we were joining, and I cannot describe how full my heart was. Even as I type this, my heartbeat quickens just thinking about it. It was the best feeling ever .  So, it's practically been a year since my family joined "Church A" (and yes, the church does have an actual name ;)). What have I learned? I've learned so much. Seriously. I've learned to trust God through it all, the tough times and the smooth times. In February 2020, the church had a revival. One of those nights I made the commitment (to myself and to God) to make 2020 my year to grow closer to the Lord, continuing on my journey of growing closer to Him. That was my goal last year, and wow has the Lord shown me so

My Testimony//Part 3

Okay, so in the last post, we left off with me stating that I believed God's plan was better than mine, but I didn't trust in His process. After a few months, I had at least realized that I was in this situation, so I might as well try to make the best of it. I started to try and apply myself at the different churches. I started a sermon notes journal, as that helped me to better pay attention in church. I (kind of, sort of) tried to reach out and talk to some of the teenagers at the different churches. For some reason, though, this extrovert, for once in her life, didn't feel like talking to people. And yet I expected everyone to want to be friends with me. I remember complaining to my mom one Sunday afternoon that no one was talking to me. "Well, did you try talking to them?" Uhhh kinda? I think I had walked over to a group of girls and said hello, and they seemed friendly, and said hello back. But as I didn't really try to continue a conversation, they even

My Testimony//Part 2

We're back for part 2 of my testimony! In the last post, I left off on the day my parents told my sister and I that we were leaving our church of almost 15 years. I had told God that I would trust Him, but as I said in the last post, that's wayyyy easier said than done.  Starting out, I had no idea what to expect. For the first month, I wouldn't know where we were going to church until Saturday night. Dad would pray about it all week, and would then tell the family what church we were going to, usually the day before. Man, I missed the security of knowing where I was going to church. After about a month, we stopped adding new churches to our list of places to visit. For the first couple months, we rotated around 4 churches. The first Sunday of the month was spent at one, the second at another, and so on. Every Sunday we would have a family discussion, talking about what we had liked about that church, and what we had disliked. At first, there wasn't much about any of th

My Testimony//Part 1

Hey y'all! So, I have wanted to share my story for awhile now, but I was waiting for what seemed like the right time. I will explain why now seemed like the right time after I tell you my testimony. I was originally going to post my testimony all in one, but I realized as I started typing that that was a ton to post in one blog post, so I decided to make it a series. So for the next four days, there will be scheduled posts explaining my testimony. Here is Part 1: I was born in the city in Virginia, but I moved to North Carolina when I was only 8 months old. I grew up in a Christian household, which I am extremely grateful for. I made a profession to Christ whenever I was around 4 or 5 years old, and since then I have always loved the Lord. I don't remember ever not loving the Lord. I never really had a problem trusting the Lord and always trying to do His will. That is, until 2019. The year started off rough for me, as my then best friend moved out of town several hours away. T

Giveaway Winner Announced//Last Day of Blogmas//Day 31🎇🎇

THANK YOU!!! Thank y'all so, so much for allowing me to do this challenge! Today is the very last day, and while I will admit, I am sighing with relief that I no longer have to sit at my computer every night planning my next post, this doesn't mean that I won't miss Blogmas. It's truly been a blessing!! I've been able to connect with readers so much more than I would have if I had not posted every day of December. It's been wonderful! I sincerely hope that you will stick around, because I have exciting things planned for 2021!!  If you aren't already, I ask you to consider clicking the "subscribe" button at the top of the page. This just means that you'll get an email every time I post, so you'll never miss out ;). I also thought I would point out that once you subscribe, you will get a confirmation email asking you to confirm that you want to receive emails every time I post. You'll need to click the confirm button at the bottom of the