Magical Moments 

“…your love is deep, your love is high, your love is long, your love is wide– deeper than my view of grace, higher than this wordly place, longer than this road I travel, wider than the gap you fill…” 

My brother and I whistled & sang this favorite christian tune of ours as we celebrated the Fourth of July together out on the lake (kayaking). It’s these little magical moments that happen day after day that remind us our father is out there and with us. 

The question as old as time that my peers never fail to ask, is “how do you remain patient and confident in the Lord, with all the pain and suffering in the world?” 

Just yesterday, my family and I took a bike ride around the campground we’re staying at for the Fourth. We came across a little nature center, and decided to check it out. On the way out, we began to ride back to our site, but had realized we were missing my youngest brother, Brady (9). We frantically began searching, and had even warned a park ranger that he was missing. As a family we rode back to our campsite to check if he had somehow managed to make his way back. As we gathered by our picnic table (my sister crying, my father worried sick), my mother reminded us to stay calm, pray, and trust the lord our father. In that instant, we saw a young, light-haired, bright-eyed, nine year old boy riding toward us. Our hearts lifted and we had realized we were in the midst of a magical moment. 

I look to Romans 8:18 for the answer to the question as old as time; “The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” 


Do Not Fear Change

In 47 days, I begin the next chapter of my life at Temple University, in the city of brotherly love. 

I am a small town girl. I am from the hustling and bustling (not really) town of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. I have just graduated high school last month. 
In the beginning of my senior year, I started to look at potential colleges, and I had it narrowed down to my two top choices– DeSales University and Temple. 
While DeSales is an amazing Christian school, with amazing people and opportunities… I was looking for change. I had just graduated from a small school (my graduating class had slightly above two hundred people), and I was looking for something a little different. 
Attending DeSales seemed too similar to how I spent the last four years of my life. I absolutely loved the campus, the atmosphere, and the tennis team/coach, but I was looking for something a little more. 
Temple University on the other hand, is approaching 40,000 students and is located in Philadelphia. 
My top two schools were polar opposites. I knew I would need guidance when making my decision, and so I turned to Christ. While struggling with the decision, a few Bible verses really jumped out at me.

Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I don’t know about you, but after reading that, I was completely confident it my choice to be bold. God had given me the strength to choose the school I was scared of. I now look upon the upcoming school year with nothing but excitement. 
My advice to you when choosing a college (or really any decision), is to be bold. DO NOT be afraid of change. While our lives and everything around us constantly change, one thing remains constant– God.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday amd today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8