Start a Bible Study: the Backstory

Start a Bible Study: the Backstory

A while ago, in my introduction to the Start a Bible Study series, I mentioned that the lead-up to that point was a “long story.”

Well, here I am with the explanation of that long story! It’s worth the read, I promise.

So, let’s take it back to where it all began: joining a sorority. If you want to read all about that specific experience, check out my post about becoming a part of the Greek community as a Christian. But the bottom line is this: although I felt seriously out of place, I stayed for the friends and always felt that God could use me here (even when I tried to ignore it).

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Truth Talk: Joining a Sorority

Truth Talk: Joining a Sorority

Hey friends! Today, I felt like sitting down and writing about how I ended up in a sorority. I think the stories like mine are really important in the grand scheme of Greek life, because a lot of people like me don’t ever join for thinking that they don’t belong. That’s what I thought, too. But that’s why I want to shed some light on my experience. Storytelling is a powerful tool for empathy and for change, and with both of those things in mind, I want to talk about this really vital piece of the puzzle that is my college experience.

In order to explain the whole story, we’re going to need to take it back a bit…to the summer of 2017, when I first moved to college.

I was on vacation in Oregon with my dad’s whole side of the family — aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents included. One afternoon, I was chatting with one of my older cousins, who had just graduated from college. She had been in a sorority at her university and loved it, and she wanted to know if I was rushing, too.

I pretty much laughed it off when she asked me, thinking that she couldn’t be serious. Me? A sorority? Not. A. Chance. You couldn’t pay me to join an organization where everyone clapped along as they sang annoyingly energetic songs from inside their big fancy house on Greek Row. In my opinion, Greek life was for the self-absorbed, party-crazy girls who had belonged to the “it-crowd” in high school. And of those three criteria, I fit zero.

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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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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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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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Christmas Gifts For the Christian Friend

Christmas Gifts For the Christian Friend

I am back with my second holiday gift guide for this year! While the last post was more general with items for lots of different personalities, I wanted to create a more specific and specialized guide for some fun and cute Christian gifts. After all, Christmas is about Jesus! Here are some great items for all the Jesus freaks and God gals in your life!

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What Moving to College Was Really Like, and Why I Needed God Through It

What Moving to College Was Really Like, and Why I Needed God Through It

I have been at college for seven weeks.

I would like to tell you that so far, they have been the best seven weeks of my life, but that just wouldn’t be true. In fact, they have been stressful, terrifying, exhausting, overwhelming, confusing, and incredibly difficult.

When the first of my friends left for school in early August, I watched them flourish. Constant Instagram posts and Snapchat stories displayed countless fun activities, tons of great friends (which they were making so quickly), and a bubbly “I love life” attitude. Naturally, I expected the same thing when I left for college.

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Easy Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Easy Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

We’d all like to think we’re generous: we hold doors for people or hand a few dollars to the homeless man on the corner of the freeway exit. Some affiliate themselves with every charity they can get their hands on, while others feel that anything they could do would have no effect in such an aching world.

No matter where you are on the spectrum, keep reading. For those who have hearts bigger than the Atlantic, you will jump at the chance to do some good. And for the skeptics, take a real look at what I am about to show you – your actions, now matter how big or small, can have an effect.

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10 Cute Halloween Costumes That Aren’t Trashy

10 Cute Halloween Costumes That Aren’t Trashy

It’s October 1, which means that ten-year-olds everywhere are eagerly picking out their Halloween costumes for this year. I know I was at this time several years ago. (I’m pretty sure that at age ten I chose to be Hermione Granger…) However, it also means that there is an abundance of college girls getting amped up to find sets of  lingerie and animal ears for the big night.

If you’re like me, this is not exactly appealing. And when I say “not exactly appealing,” I really mean not at all even in the question, are you kidding me?

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Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Ten miles southeast of Ensenada, Mexico lies the small, poor village of Lomas Bonitas. For a decade now, my church has returned to this struggling community each summer on a missions trip. Some of the most notable accomplishments: in 2007, volunteers built a brand new church; last year, they constructed a house for the village’s Pastor Carlos and his family, who had previously been living in the church’s basement. This year, our team focused on rebuilding the children’s crumbling play structure, painting and repairing homes, and teaching the creation story through a vacation bible school program.

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