Introducing the “Start a Bible Study” Series

Introducing the “Start a Bible Study” Series

In the coming months, I will be starting a Bible study in my sorority house!

When I joined Greek life last fall, I almost immediately felt called to be a light for Jesus in my chapter. This year, now that I’ve returned from studying abroad, I’ll be living in my sorority house with my roommate as my best friend alongside 55 other Alpha Chi sisters.

I have absolutely NO idea what I’m doing, and for that purpose, I am going to document the whole process in hopes that maybe I can help guide anyone out there who is looking to do the same thing!

I’ll be sharing the steps I’m taking, the things I’m learning, and my thoughts and feelings along the way. Once the Bible study is launched and happening, I’ll also be sharing how it’s going and growing, and maybe even affecting my sorority house and sisters.

Here’s where I’m at now: God has provided for me in some crazy ways in order to help me accomplish this. I am not being dramatic when I say that there have been some curveballs out of left field from Jesus when I least expected them. I’m talking prayers answered after almost a year and international conference calls. (It’s a long story.) But to briefly catch you up to speed, just know that the planning is well under way and my next step is to network with other Christians in the Greek community at school in order to (hopefully) coordinate some events between our chapters and walk alongside each other as leaders in our Greek houses!

I can’t wait to share this journey with my Y&J readers, so stay tuned!

-Brooke

This is 20.

This is 20.

As of now, I am no longer a teenager.

I have been on the planet for two full decades. Weird!

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Hello again, friends! I hope your first two-ish weeks of this year have been treating you well. I’ve got lots of good content planned for the coming weeks, and I hope you are as excited as I am for 2019! But, on an unrelated note, I just wanted to pop in today to announce to the world that I have made it to 20 years old!

Now, I’m not making this announcement in hopes that I’ll get a bunch of “Happy Birthday” comments on this post (besides, my birthday was a week ago already), but because I want to take a moment or two to reflect on who I have been up until this point and who I would like to be going forward. After all, 20 is a big number! Honestly, I really like the sound of it.

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Apps to Help You Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

Apps to Help You Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone! 

I’m assuming most of you have jotted down a few of those infamous New Year’s Resolutions. Good for you! Personally, I love setting goals.

The truth is, though, that we don’t always meet those goals. I took a look at my list of last year’s resolutions the other day, and I only sorta met 6 of the ten goals on the list. Although I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t more successful in 2018, I realizes that I still made 6 major improvements in my life! For example, I made spending time with God a regular and important part of my day-to-day. I got more of my writing published and I took better care of my hair. I became proficient in French, I wrote new music, and I became more comfortable with taking risks. I’d call that a win!

The point of all this: be realistic with your resolutions, and don’t stress if  you can’t check them all off. We’re humans, not robots! Life is not so black and white as meeting and not meeting resolutions. So, set goals that are more abstract instead of so minute that slipping up one day means you’ve already failed.

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5 Christmas Gifts Perfect for the Travel Lover

5 Christmas Gifts Perfect for the Travel Lover

Hello, friends! It is officially my favorite time of year!

While we all know that Christmas is absolutely not about getting presents, I still enjoy the tradition because I just love giving gifts and will look for any excuse to do so.

After the last 4 months of traveling Europe, I thought it was only fitting to do a gift guide for all the travel-lovers out there! Here are a whole bunch of awesome items that would be both functional and stylish while on the go!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s What the Bible Says About Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s What the Bible Says About Thankfulness

I love Thanksgiving. Love it. It is a day full of sitting on the couch watching the Macy’s Parade (and the dog show that follows it) and hanging out with your favorite people and eating some dang good food and wearing a cute sweater.

Perhaps the best part about Thanksgiving is that it is the doorway to Christmas season! (My family has a yearly tradition of picking out our Christmas tree and decorating the house the day after Thanksgiving.)

But all of that aside, let’s talk about thankfulness for a hot sec.

While Thanksgiving is a secular, American holiday without any true religious meaning, God still cares about thanksgiving. Now, I don’t mean Thanksgiving with a capital “T”; I mean just “thanksgiving.” They are different.

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La Parisienne, No. 3: Reflections from Halfway

La Parisienne, No. 3: Reflections from Halfway

I wrote this after 2 of my 4 months in Paris. I think it’s worth sharing.

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When I first arrived in Paris, I had no idea what the study abroad experience would bring. To be quite honest, I didn’t even have time to think about it! I had orientations to attend, an apartment to move into, and new classmates to meet. From the moment I stepped off of the plane in Paris, everything began happening so quickly that I found myself just taking it one day at a time.

I’m so glad I did! Having an open mind has allowed me to be amazed over and over again by the beauty of this incredible city, the fascinating Parisian culture, and the thrill of adapting to a new kind of normal.

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