This is by far one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I don’t know what sparked this in me, maybe It was when I read that not participating in Lent was a sin when Lent isn’t even in the bible. Maybe it was when I was watching Clayton Jennings and Jefferson Bethke preach their biblical ways on YouTube and seeing how different they felt about it then I did. Maybe it was when I was going to church and I was not feeling a dang thing. So, I decided to leave my catholic bubble and progress into what God really wants, us to build his church. No, not a huge building speckled with gold. I mean building a community of broken sinners who want to preach the name of the Lord without judgement or traditions that don’t even relate back to the scriptures. I cannot wait to start this journey and pack up my rosary beads. It is my own religious revelation and I’m overwhelmed with blessings and grace.
So, I get the letter saying I get into my dream school. I am totally overwhelmed with joy and so gracious for the blessings I’ve been given to get here (and all my hard work). So now starts the hectic journey of dorm shopping and having to face goodbyes with my family in 6 months. Family is so big to me , I genuinely have no clue how I’m suppose to leave behind my mom and my little brothers. I’m most scared as to how I’m suppose to keep my faith intact during the “best four years” of my life. It’s a scary road ahead but I’ve got my faith and my friends to back me up. Let’s see how this goes. University of New Haven, here I come.
. . . with Christ
It’s such a conflicting thing, being young and loving Christ. Last night all I wanted to do was get drunk and party with all my friends but that place is my heart that was so generously graced with God’s love told me no. This half of me want this to be the year of “Fun!” but another half of me wants it to be a year of God. That right there is my mistake though, it’s a big portion of this Christians communities mistake, we think we can’t have both. We can ! God is not expecting us to sit around all day and do nothing because of wait could be tempting us on the outside. God wants us to go out, have fun, enjoy the life he has surrounded us with. You can go to parties and not engage in all the unholy acts. Just hangout, make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Go hiking! Explore all the nooks and crannies of your town! Road Trip! Fun isn’t always about getting drunk either. God has set this road before you to enjoy every step, but with him in mind. SO with that said, let 2016 be a year of Christ and a year of fun. Because they both are possible!
These are a couple photos of my group at the National Youth Conference in Indianapolis Indiana. I learned sooo much about my growing Catholic faith and made so many friends along the way. Meeting people from Alaska to Hawaii. I met the Priest from “Grace before Meals” TV show and I met Jason Evert, the author of two of the books I picked up at his “Chasity Project” booth. I also bought myself a nice Purity ring which states “Matthew 5:8” on the back. On Saturday night I witnessed over 25,000 people receive the body of Christ from Priest all around the Globe. It was a three day long conference and I did not want to leave. I was just one big Catholic Party. I loved every single second of it. It’s something I will never ever forget and I am so blessed for this opportunity. Thank you to my parents, chaperons and over course my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this gracious opportunity.
I felt the need to express my thoughts about Life, God, and Love in a place that isn’t as liberal as Tumblr or any other means of social media. This is about me trying to seek out answers and hopefully spread the Gospel while showing everyone that I too struggle with sin and conflict everyday. Hope you enjoy this in depth look at my life. God Bless