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

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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10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

I have been living in Santa Barbara for about seven months now, and while that is not a huge chunk of time, it is certainly enough to do a good deal of exploring and experiencing. And in that seven months, I have pretty much concluded that Santa Barbara is the greatest city ever. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s ten reasons why…

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Favorite Gifts That I Gave (and Received) This Christmas

Favorite Gifts That I Gave (and Received) This Christmas

Once again, Christmas has come and gone. As sad as that makes me (a devoted Christmas lover), I want to share the highlights of my Christmas with you in hopes that it might make gift-giving that much easier for you next year! Here are my favorite gifts both given and received from this Christmas (but in all the excitement, don’t forget the reason for the season, folks)!

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Truth Talk: Being a Christian at a Large Public University

Truth Talk: Being a Christian at a Large Public University

Alright. Truth talk.

Staying strong in your faith in college is hard. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college is harder. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college known for its reputation as a party school is, as you can imagine, a bit of a challenge. I’m not going to lie, it is really frickin’ hard sometimes.

Now, I’m not off in skimpy clothes raging every weekend. Or any weekend, actually. And because I’m not, it’s easy to feel like I stick out like a sore thumb here. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of believing that being different makes me weird.

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2017 Christmas Gift Guide

2017 Christmas Gift Guide

It’s December 1. I’d like to pretend I’m not that excited, but come on – it’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the yeaaarrrrr! I’m going to Disneyland tomorrow, I have a Christmas tree up in my dorm room, and I’m sharing my go-to gifts for 2017! Now that’s what I call a Merry Christmas. All of these gifts are between $4-$45, so there is something for everyone’s budget. Gift away!

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