Season Two

img_6553Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 

Hello everyone! I hope you have been doing okay during my hiatus from blogging. I have seriously been lost about what to make this blog and where to go with it since my life hasn’t had anything crazy going on. I have only blogged five times this year because I only wanted to post when I felt inspired or when I knew God was putting something on my heart. 

I’m calling this post “season two” because that is what this is. My blog is going to have a ton of new content and I am preparing so many awesome things for this blog and I am genuinely so excited.

Season one of my blog was filled with so many different things. Faith posts, life updates, and everything in between. I grew so much during my four years of high school and not only did I learn about myself but I also learned about blogging. In the past, I blogged just for the views and to put out content. And now I am going to focus on being more intentional. I thought about giving up on blogging because I was feeling so uninspired and I had no idea what to post. But I feel like it is time to start this again and not give up on my readers or a passion that God has given me. 

Now I am going to apply the skills I learned the past four years for season two of my blog. Season two is going to be so amazing and exciting. I am so ready to start posting (once a week!!). Season two is also going to be a lot different from season one, so let’s talk about that for a second. 

Season two is going to be me praying and really diving deep into the Word of God for six days of the week and sharing it with you on day seven. For 2020 I am really going to focus on spiritual growth and learning more about who God is. Season two isn’t going to be about me, it isn’t going to be about views, and it isn’t going to be about anything except for Jesus. My intention for this blog is to further the kingdom of God. 

Lately, God has been laying women’s ministry on my heart, and I have decided to use a platform I already have to see how I can aid other women in growing their faith. I want to walk with other women, pray with them, and lift them up to God’s loving arms. That is my mission statement for this season of my blog. I pray for each person reading this blog and that God is doing radical things in their lives. I want to start a healthy community for women to grow in their faith. 

I can’t wait to start making content for season two, this is going to be an amazing journey.

The Senior Speech I’ll Never Give: How + Why I Graduated Early

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Proverbs 16:9

“We can make our own plans, but the Lord determines our steps”

So for some reason, God decided to keep putting me ahead in life. I grew up pretty quickly at a young age when my brother was diagnosed with a brain disorder and was in the hospital for weeks at a time. I decided the night before school started to switch to a private Christian education. God opened the door for me to be in a program where I would graduate from my senior year of high school with an associate’s degree as well. And now He has opened the next door for me as well. Suddenly, I graduated high school on August Third. Either I am just an impatient girl, or God really needs me to be in a certain place at a specific time.

Before I go into my recap of my high school career, I want to get into the logistics of how I graduated early. Since I am in a college launch program and getting my associates degree, I had all of the credits I needed to get my diploma by the end of the summer. If I would have stayed with my high school, this would not have been possible because I needed a couple more credits my school required ( which is totally fine ). Since it is a Christian high school, I needed a couple of Bible credits which are not Indiana diploma standards.

I’m not graduating early because I hated my school or the teachers. They all taught me so much and being in a Christian environment everyday set up such an amazing foundation for my faith at such a young age, and I am so thankful for that! Nothing in me regrets going to a Christian school! I don’t know where I would be today without going to a Christian school. I am also not graduating early because I got kicked out of school or something like that. The reason I am graduating early is simply that I wanted to. I decided to graduate early, so I did it. It was a super easy transition, and God opened the door. I decided to walk through it, so here I am on this new path!

Going from preparing for my senior year of high school to becoming a high school graduate in the matter of a couple of weeks was a plot twist I didn’t expect. I don’t know what is going to happen next for me, or what I am supposed to do with my life now other than take my college classes until May. But God is going to be doing some crazy things, and I can’t even imagine right now what those things are. I am so excited to look back someday and see why God is doing this in my life right now.

I prayed and prayed for God’s guidance for my future. I prayed that he would lead me clearly to a specific thing, person, or location. But now God just rushed the entire waiting period I had, the security senior year brings. He is probably laughing at me right now because all of my “plans” for my life get thrown out the window. But on a positive note, without the waiting period, the feeling of dread and worry is gone. It’s all about just giving it to God and putting my whole mission here on earth totally in His hands.

I used to think I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I planned my entire future. I picked my college and my major, I planned my future wedding, and I planned who I wanted to be. But the more I follow God’s path for me, the more I realize how much better life is for me right now because it is wrapped in God’s love and provision every step of the way. I’m human, and I still worry like crazy about what I am supposed to do after this, but it is such a comfort to know that God is handling everything. I don’t have to do it myself because He is in total control.

Over the past three years, I am not going to say I had the perfect high school experience. Freshman year I was involved in every single school activity and I was struggling in my faith and who I wanted to be. Freshman year I started this blog, hoping to have a voice in the crowds of people. I slowly started becoming who God wanted as the year continued, but I was still growing. Sophomore year crushed my spirit and wrecked the girl I used to be. Sometimes I miss her. I was the person who was the loudest in the room and didn’t care what anyone thought of her. But slowly, after God took many people out of my life and allowed things to happen to me; I was a new person. Someone who never felt good enough. Someone who knew they needed God in those dark times more than ever before. Trials create character and spiritual maturity, and that is something I will always stand by.

I totally can’t write all this self-reflection about my entire high school experience without talking about Bryce. Bryce is the one who reminded me of the blessings God brings in the hard times. If I didn’t have Bryce through sophomore year, I don’t know who I’d be today. My Sophomore year taught me that the whole world can be against you as long as you have one person who stands by you unconditionally and sees the person God created you to be when they look past the brokenness.

Anyways, Sophomore year got a bit better as it continued, and soon I was given the opportunity to join a program where I could start working on my associate’s degree and get it at the same time I graduated high school. So, I decided to do it. I am so glad I attended the meeting that evening. I was so hopeful for the next year of my high school career. I was ready for the challenges that would come and the future benefits it could bring.

That August, almost exactly a year ago, Bryce left for boot camp. I didn’t know how I was going to survive without him. But God got me through, which is evident if you have been keeping up on my blogs the past year. I had to learn how to be strong and independent by myself, which was good for me and taught me many valuable lessons.

Junior year was the best year of my high school career. It was also the fastest school year of my entire life. I was so focused on school and so busy with volleyball and cheer that it flew by. I loved my classes, and I loved being so busy all of the time. I felt like I had a purpose and a bigger goal in life. I am the type of person who wants to do great things, but I don’t know exactly what that great thing is yet. Getting my associate’s degree is a great start to whatever God has for me. Even though Bryce is stationed in Virginia, we still got to see each other every couple of months which was such a blessing. I hope that this upcoming year I can visit him just as much.

And now, all of a sudden, I am done with high school. Though it was sometimes the worst experience of my life, some of it brought memories I will never forget. I am so thankful for all the volleyball games and team dinners, arguments in Bible class, and sleepovers on school nights. I’m glad I had the high school experience I did because, without it, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. It wasn’t your typical high school experience by any means. I only went to school half of the day my sophomore and junior year. I didn’t love high school as so many people do. Which is totally okay! Everyone is different and has different needs. God created us to be that way.

The main concern people I have talked to about me starting college when I’m 16, getting my high school diploma at 17, and my college diploma at 18 is me missing out on my senior experience. But in today’s world, everyone’s story looks different. So don’t be afraid to be different. People will judge your choices no matter what you do, so follow God’s plan. Don’t do what everyone else does if it makes you unhappy. Go against the flow of this world, follow the difficult but rewarding path God guides us down. Through Him, we have strength. Through Him, we have confidence. And through Him, we have a life that has been created and cultivated by God. God never calls us to plan our own life. But he does have a plan he created for each and every one of us. Just surrender and follow it one day at a time. Hand Him the pen to write your life story, and He will create something better than you ever could have expected. That’s all you can do.

See ya later,
Cami

Embracing Your Feminine Side: On The Outside

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1 Peter 3:3-4

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 

Hello all! Lately, I have felt so inspired to talk about embracing your feminine side. Being feminine is something that many people in our culture frown upon, so I wanted to share with you my tips and advice for embracing being more feminine. 

First off, God created women to be beautiful creatures. He made us to be nurturing,  feminine, and gentle. As women, we love beautiful things and are drawn to them. We are emotional. We like to make things cozy and aesthetically pleasing. He truly created us in such an amazing way that holds so much purpose and value. 

Femininity is sort of a lost art in today’s world as our current trends and styles seem to be more masculine. Now, I’m not saying I’m always the most feminine person. I love sweatpants just as much as the next person, but I am saying that we should all cultivate more femininity in our lives. Embracing who God made you to be is a journey, and it takes time and effort. Today I am going to share with you some tips on how to become more feminine on the outside.

Overdressing for the occasion

I would rather always be overdressed for an occasion instead of showing up in sweatpants and a messy bun. I encourage you to dress up whenever you are going somewhere. You never know who you are going to run into at the grocery store or gas station. Putting in more effort in your appearance will make you feel confident and ready to take on the day. 

Carry yourself in an elegant manner 

Be an elegant person. Carry yourself in a way that is confident and elegant. Radiate with these elements, but don’t carry yourself in a way that is unapproachable and says, “I am better than everyone else” 

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Don’t be flashy 

This is something that is a huge pet peeve of mine. People are always so flashy on social media and the internet in general. My advice is basically to not post your entire life on the internet. People post their workouts, their coffee, their selfies, and their bikini photos for thousands of people to see. My question to them is why? Posting pictures constantly is not feminine. Instead, have an element of mystery to you. Have a serene confidence that demonstrates humility. You should not have to shove your appearance or achievements in other people’s faces. Instead, know your worth comes from the Lord, and leave it at that. Those who care about you will appreciate your good qualities and celebrate with you when you accomplish your goal weight or do something nice for someone else. 

 Practice Modesty 

Modesty. A word that made me cringe for so long. My relationship with the idea of modesty has had its ups and downs. But like I mentioned earlier, have some mystery about you. Just like how no one needs to know about your entire life, not everyone needs to know what you look like in a bikini. I won’t tell you what you can and cannot wear, because that is up to your personal convictions. But I will tell you that not everyone deserves to see you in certain clothing. My guideline is this: dress for the occasion. For example, a mini dress would be inappropriate for church or a social outing, but if you were spending the day at the beach, it would be a great piece to wear! I know I have some super cute dresses I save for my swimsuit cover-ups and I feel so feminine and classy. If I wore the dress anywhere else, I know it would be inappropriate for the situation. Don’t let your physical appearance cause someone to doubt your character and who you are in Christ. 

Don’t hide your feminine side 

Oftentimes people will scoff or question me whenever I show up to class wearing a dress or a full face of makeup. But don’t be afraid to embrace your girly side. Instead, accept your femininity and embrace it as who you are. Be happy and confident in who God made you to be. 

Find Inspiration 

Since so many people don’t value being feminine, we often wonder “Where do these people even exist?” I have thought the same thing many times. However, through a bit of searching, I have found a few feminine women who have changed my views on so many things in a positive way. The first would be a blogger/youtuber named Mrs.Midwest. She is a great person to look to for advice on being feminine and many other women’s issues. The other thing I do to find inspiration is looking on Pinterest. I created a board called “Feminine + Modest Looks I Love” which has a huge array of feminine fashion. My Pinterest username is just Cami Dahms if you want to go check it out! 

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In Conclusion…

Like I said earlier, I know I’m not the most feminine person ever. I don’t wear a dress every day or always curl my hair. However, femininity is an area of my life that I am trying to grow. I want to look put together, and like I care about how I am carrying myself. So, I encourage you today to think about all the points I have discussed. Start being intentional with your femininity and begin developing it. Pick one of the points and do your best to cultivate that aspect of femininity this week! Next week, we will be discussing how to cultivate femininity on the inside. Have a blessed day, and good luck on your feminine journey. – Cami 🙂

My Summer Goals

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Hi everyone! Summer is here and I am so excited. I, like many others, love sleeping in, tanning all day, and having no schedule. However, this summer I am going to try to be more intentional. Since I am a high school student, the summers are basically a time where I can do whatever I want. I am definitely big on spending time resting and relaxing, but I am going to try to be more balanced. I am going to be sharing with you today a few of my goals this summer so you can maybe get some inspiration and consider how you can be more intentional with your summer, too.

  • Have a balanced sleep schedule 

Some people talk about how in the summer, they go to bed around four in the morning and then wake up at like one o’ clock the next afternoon. This totally messes up your sleeping schedule and it takes away your entire morning that you could be spending doing other things! My personal goal for the summer is to go to sleep before 12 and then wake up at nine in the morning. This provides plenty of rest and gives you plenty of time in the morning to do things you need to get done.

  •  Read like crazy

Reading is a passion of mine and is something that has taught me many things as I read more and more books. This summer, I am making the goal to read 50 books. Reading is one of the best hobbies/ habits you can invest in. Plus, when you are outside tanning or anywhere in the sun, it is nearly impossible to see a screen anyways. The time you spend scrolling on your phone or watching Netflix could be spent in so many other ways. If you want to read a lot of books this summer like me, make sure to read a wide variety of books instead of just one genre. This enables you to become a well-read person and also allows you to learn so many things about different cultures or educational topics. As I read, I will write a couple blog posts summarizing the best books I have read. Let me know if there are any good books I should be reading this summer in the comments down below!

  • Drink water

This seems sort of obvious, but a lot of people do not drink enough water. I remember when I was in seventh grade, I got really sick because I was not drinking enough water. Drinking water has so many benefits. Yes, it will be a great aid in weight loss but that isn’t why I am going to try to drink it more. Drinking water can do great things like aid in digestion, clear your skin, and it will hydrate your body like it is supposed to be hydrated! Try it for a week and see all of the great benefits it has to offer!

  • Eat healthily

Once again, even though this has physical benefits, I am pursuing the internal and mental benefits eating healthy can bring to your life! Personally, I enjoy eating breakfasts consisting of eggs, bacon, and fruit! Having a great, healthy breakfast really helps your body wake up and helps avoid being hungry for a long time. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and don’t snack just because you get bored or are having a craving. I used to try to eat mostly vegetarian or vegan, but that didn’t really work for me. Adding eggs, bacon, and other proteins to my diet have helped me thrive and feel full, which is so important! The most important thing about having a healthy diet is feeling your beast. It is easy to try to lose weight or avoid eating when you are hungry but do not fall into this trap! Eating junk food always makes me feel so gross and my stomach doesn’t like it very much either! I enjoy feeling energized and full, so I avoid eating junk foods as often as possible. However, don’t get too strict with yourself because you should be enjoying your summer too! If your family goes out for ice cream, get some too! Don’t say no to a s’more or a dinner out with friends because you are trying to eat healthily. Enjoy your life, and enjoy your health journey.

  • Blog at least twice a week

Since I started school in August 2018, I totally slacked on my blog posts. It was mainly because I was super busy with my college classes and I couldn’t really find the time. I also didn’t have very much motivation to post, so I didn’t want to be putting out content that didn’t have any passion behind it. However, I have a ton of new post ideas; and I am so excited to get my blog going again. So stay tuned for some new posts every week!

  • Read my Bible and spend more time in prayer

Summer means having a lot more time on my hands, and I really want to spend some time gearing up spiritually for my last year of high school. Senior year is commonly filled with added stress because of trying to figure out what you are going to do with your future. So, I want to be able to spend intentional time with God and pray about what direction my life should head towards. I want to use a lot of my free time to spend time with God and learn more about Him.

I hope my list inspired you to live intentionally this summer! Remember to take some time to relax and enjoy the sunshine as well. – Cami

He Walks With Me

On August 9th, 2018, I was at a tough crossroad in my life. I was starting my first college classes a couple weeks from then, and I felt very nervous and overwhelmed. I had never taken a college class before, and I seriously had no idea what to expect. On top of starting my first classes, I also had lost Bryce to boot camp two days prior. I sat outside at a coffee shop in town, feeling very lost and confused. I did not know what life was going to throw at me this year. I felt so sad and I wished that Bryce would have been sitting across from me at the small, wooden table. I missed his jokes, his smile, and his company. I did not know how I was going to survive the upcoming months without him.

Yesterday was May 8th, 2019. Exactly nine months after I sat all alone outside, reflecting on my life and feeling so strange. Yesterday was the last class I had until summer break. After my class, I went for a little walk outside, simply because I felt free from the stressors I had felt weigh me down the past nine months. Somehow, I found myself sitting at the coffee shop in the exact same seat as before. I was alone, and I was looking at things for the future and all the different options that I had.

Life goes by so fast. The college classes I was worried about all flew by, and now this year was a thing of the past. It felt like my life was in fast motion. In August, I didn’t know how I was going to survive. I didn’t know how I was going to handle all of the things on my plate. I just felt so fearful and unconfident in myself and in my abilities as an independent person.

Yesterday, I sat alone with confidence. I was so joyful. I was so confident because of the confidence Christ gives me every day. I realized that true self-growth isn’t self. Rather, it is the growth in Christ that will truly change your life. It is trusting Him in  good times and in bad. God walks with you. Sometimes you don’t realize it until it is months later, but you are never sitting alone at the table. God is always right there across from you, inviting you into His presence.

Yesterday, while I was sitting there looking up different options for my future, I prayed that if there was something I was called to that He would give me a sign of it right at that moment. About two minutes later, a dad and his daughter sit down a few tables away from me, and they looked so happy and excited. I thought it was really sweet and I smiled to myself. A few minutes pass by, and about six people show up to greet the dad and his daughter. They all were so happy and excited. They said things like, “Our flight was so long!” and “It is so nice to finally meet you!” They were all on the urge of tears, and to be honest, so was I.

These people, as they happily continued their reunion, reminded me that first of all, whenever God calls us somewhere, He is going to bring people into our lives that accept us with open arms. God always surprises us. The other thing I was reminded of was how God always welcomes us back into his arms in such a gracious way. Even if we fall far away from Him, He always welcomes us back into His presence. It seems like following God is a long, hard journey. And it is, but before we know it, we will be in heaven with him.

Something that has been worrying me lately was that people will think whatever I do with my life is insignificant or boring. I always try to find super exciting hobbies and job ideas to pursue because I fear being uninteresting or mundane. God revealed to me recently that I need to be focusing on what He is calling me to do instead of doing things that the world defines as successful or exciting. Our truest contentment is found in God and following His purpose for us. I think that is a truth I have forgotten at times, so I figured others would benefit from it as well.

Thanks for listening to my rambling thoughts today 🙂 – Cami

Having Motivation During the Winter Months

Hi everyone! During the winter months, I am the type of person who loves to be huddled up in their room watching Netflix until it is warm enough to go outside without a coat on. I always have associated winter as being a time to gain five pounds and making the season a time to relax. This year, I decided that my winter months would be focused on bettering myself and every aspect of my life instead of waiting until the warm months to try to grow. Today I am going to be sharing with you a few ways I got out of the winter rut and how to apply it to your own lives.

  1. Eating Healthy and Working out

These two things have been a huge part of getting out of my winter hibernation. Usually, I only try to be healthy right before spring break or summer so I’ll look a little more presentable in a swimsuit. This year, I never stopped trying to take care of my body. I am on and off with working out, but eating healthy has helped my physical and mental health as winter flies by. The past month I have gotten into a more consistent workout routine and something that has helped me is going to work out with friends! This makes the experience so much more fun!

In the past, I have been a big coffee drinker, but I used creamer. If you’re looking for a quick healthy eating tip, try to stop using creamers! They have so many added sugars that are not good for you. Coffee by itself isn’t bad for you at all, so try that instead. The taste is a little hard to get used to, but after a few cups, you should be used to it!

2. Doing Things

This sounds kind of obvious, but do things you enjoy! It’s so easy to get home from class and just lay in bed until suddenly it’s 8 pm and you don’t know where the past three hours went. Usually, I always will read for an hour or two when I get home from school because I love reading so much and it is also a good habit to have! Another thing I’ll do for fun when I have some extra time is paint. Painting is so relaxing and a great way to wind down after a long day. When I don’t have much homework, I try to spend time with friends.

3. Spending time with God

This is something I do year-round, but it is helpful in the winter months because sometimes they can be hard to get through! I try to incorporate time with God in many different parts of my day instead of having one designated time for Him. Usually when I get ready and workout every morning I’ll listen to podcasts and worship music. In the afternoon I will usually try to listen to a sermon. At night I always try to end my day by reading my Bible. I never really plan what I am going to do or have a theme, I mainly just let God lead me throughout the day:)

I can think of so many more tips on getting through winter, but those are my main ones that can help change your life one decision at a time. Let me know how you grow during the winter months!- Cami

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are having the best November, and adjusting to this weather hopefully! ( I haven’t for sure ) November has been another crazy busy month for me, and I am so excited to be telling you all about it. But first, since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I need to talk about that for a bit 🙂 Thanksgiving is super amazing and exciting, and probably my favorite holiday. I mean, all the food is pretty great, and I love driving the couple hours to go see my family in Ohio. Picking out the perfect Thanksgiving outfit and getting updates about everyone’s lives is so much fun. As I get older, I appreciate family time more and more.

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and I saw a tweet that said something like this:

“What if you woke up tomorrow morning and all you had is what you thanked God for yesterday?”

This made me think so much about life. How often do we thank God for all of our laughs, our family, or the blessings He has poured onto us. There is so much to be thankful for, and sadly, a lot of times we don’t appreciate it until it is already gone. God is constant but He changes everything. So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for where I am at right now. I’m thankful for my education, my amazing friends, and all the little things that make life a little more enjoyable. I am thankful that God has my best intentions at heart and wants me to have a fulfilling life, even if it isn’t at all what I planned or expected. I’m so thankful for what God is doing in my life!

Since I haven’t gotten to blog in a while, I’m gonna update you all about what is going on right now. First of all, I haven’t been blogging much because I’m not working on only one, but two books. I started off doing this challenge called NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, but I soon realized that I couldn’t write a good book in a month. So, that has soaked up a lot of my creative juices lately. I’m keeping the information on them secret, but, stay updated on my blog and see if I give any more clues in the next couple of months.

School has been pretty hard this session, but I am surviving! Being a high school student and part-time college student has its good days and bad days, but the good outweighs the bad for sure. It is about time for me to start narrowing down my major and picking a college, so prayers for wisdom would be greatly appreciated from all of you! Right now I am leaning towards Journalism and Digital Marketing but I think I probably change my mind every day. So, pray that God will make a college and major clear to me before the day I graduate haha.

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A couple more exciting opportunities… I am helping out with a huge art piece that is going to be a memorial for something tragic that recently happened close to home. I can’t wait to be a part of this huge art piece that will bring God’s love from the worst of situations. Isaiah 61:3 talks about how God creates beauty from the ashes, and the piece I’m helping with will definitely be a wonderful representation of this verse. Once again, I’m keeping it a secret for now but I will share it with you all when it is complete or in the works!

I also am so excited to be able to head to Washington, DC in a couple of months to take part in the March For Life movement. Also,I am super excited to go visit Bryce in Virginia next month ( I knew you guys would want to hear about him haha. )

Me and my friend Morgan are in the works of creating a new Bible study and possibly a new charity project. So, life is pretty chaotic right now, but it is so good. I am so excited to see how God will work in my life in these upcoming months. I’m sure I forgot a few things, but that is what’s going on in life right now!

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November is filled with lots of writing, planning, and reflecting on the goodness of Christ. I focused my time in The Word this month on the book of Luke and if you haven’t studied this book of The Bible yet you need to! November has been a somewhat tough month, yet so good. I’m so thankful for November even though I am not the biggest fan of the snow that has been coming our way this past couple of weeks. Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed this little life update and I also pray that you will have an amazing Thanksgiving with your families. Let me know about what is going on in all of your lives too! I am so curious:) Remember to spend time with those you love because life goes by so fast and it is so important. Enjoy all the yummy foods and laughter! – Cami

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Getting into God’s Word

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Hey everyone! I hope you have all been having the best of weeks. With a new session of classes beginning and the cold weather coming, I have been pretty busy ( and cold ) haha I am NOT a fan of cold weather. Anyways, today I want to talk to all of you about how I have improved at getting into God’s Word.

So, before I begin lets do a little bit of background information on my journey of getting into my Bible. Whenever I would read books or other blogs about reading the Bible, people would always talk about how it changed their lives. They talked about how they craved it and always mediated on it. They talked about how close it made them feel to God and how they would hear Him speak to them daily.

And me? Well I just wasn’t feeling it. I would try to read my Bible, but I just was not identifying with others growth. I didn’t feel more connected to God and I didn’t know how to get into a routine of reading my Bible. I would read the entire book of Exodus in a day and not understand why I didn’t feel different. I would listen to Christian speakers or teachers at school and not get how significant God’s Word was.

But something I had to realize was the Bible isn’t just a book. It isn’t a romance novel or your college textbook. You can’t read, enjoy, or study it to the fullest potential if your heart isn’t in it and if The Holy Spirit isn’t in it right there with you. You can’t read the whole Bible in a certain amount of time and expect to suddenly be the “perfect” Christian.

The Bible is so much more than just a book. It has so many layers of deep meaning. It changes our lives. It is the guideline of how we should live our lives and it is literally God speaking to us. His Word is active and it is alive.

So, I think the first step in the journey of consistently getting into your Bible is to realize what the Bible is and the depth of God’s Word. Sometimes it takes people longer to understand this than others. If you think the Bible is just a average book, you won’t feel a difference. If you want to grow in your Bible studies you have to have a growth mindset. The Bible is like a stream through the desert, we need it in our faith. It gets us through this life here on earth.

The next step I would offer is to pray more. Before you read your Bible, take a few minutes to pray that God’s presence would be in your Bible reading. You could thank Him for your day, or even pray over a verse!

A blessing in my life that has helped me so much is having a journaling Bible. I am the type of person who loves to take notes over literally anything, and I love taking notes about sermons or in Bible studies. Whenever I had sermon notes or a handout that I took notes on, I would always just put them to the side or even throw them away. I also would try to write in the margins of my Bible really small to the point where you couldn’t even read it! So, I was so blessed to discover journaling Bibles! You can take notes in the margins and it is the best Bible ever if you are a note taker like I am. Having a Bible you like can really help you enjoy getting into The Word even more.

Finally, get into The Word everyday. When I have a day where I don’t read my Bible, I feel so off centered and off. Have a set time to read your Bible! I usually prefer to read mine in the morning before my classes. I know that some people prefer to read their Bible at a different time of day, which is fine as well! Make your experience with the Lord personal to you because His relationship with you is personal to Him as well.

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” -Charles Spurgeon

Thank you so much for reading today’s post and I hope you enjoyed it! If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask:) – Cami

The Best Fall Break (Bryce’s Graduation!)

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Hello everyone! It feels like it has been forever since I’ve last blogged even though it’s only been like a week. Life changes so quickly. The leaves are falling, the air is getting a little chilly, and a hot coffee is the one thing I am always craving. Today I am going to be talking about my ( very short ) trip to Cape May and getting to see Bryce. I always have been blessed to go on a trip every time I have school off, and I am looking forward to go visit Bryce for some of my breaks from school!

So on Wednesday, my family began the long drive from Indiana to New Jersey. I am not a huge fan of road trips, especially when all of my little siblings are in the car, but I was still very thankful for it because it was a way to get to Bryce. I spend the entire drive working on my interleaved Bible, listening to music, and sleeping. Here is a list of some songs I couldn’t resist playing over and over this trip 🙂

So Will I ( 100 Billion X )~ Hillsong United 

Speechless~ Dan+Shay 

Broken~ lovelytheband

Sheep~Mt.Joy

Thick And Thin~ LANY ( and basically every song on every album haha )

Anyways, after driving until about one in the morning, we stopped at a Airbnb in Lancaster. Then, when we woke up the next morning, it was my birthday! I got to have Starbucks for my birthday so that was pretty exciting. I got the Pink Drink ( which is the most basic drink but it is honestly SO amazing! ) and a breakfast sandwich so I was pretty pumped. We had about four more hours to drive, and I started getting nervous!

I had not seen Bryce in ten weeks, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I read some articles online that said some girl’s boyfriends completely were changed after boot camp. For some reason I was worried that Bryce wasn’t going to like me anymore or something, which was dumb! I know that I tend to get caught up in worries sometimes, and I’m sure there are other girls that do as well. But we have to constantly remind ourselves that God is in control of the entire situation and He has a plan for every course of action in our lives.

Anyways, after those few hours of driving, my family finally  arrived in Cape May! We did some sight seeing and I got to get some cute stickers for my water bottle. Most people don’t do this, but if you’re a teenage girl, you understand haha. There are sooo many cute streets and shops in Cape May so I will for sure include some cute aesthetic pictures down below.

Anyways, after some sight seeing and getting some ice cream, we went to our next Airbnb so we could get to sleep pretty early because I had a big day that I had been waiting for since August Seventh! I was so excited to see Bryce and I was also really nervous because I hadn’t seen him in so long.

The time to see him finally came the next day! I made my way to his graduation and sat through the entire thing just waiting to see him. That hour of watching the graduation was the longest hour of my life! He was right in front of me and I was just ready to give him a hug!

I finally got my hug and was reunited with him. He looked sooo good and I was so proud of him. Getting to see him graduate was honestly such a life highlight for me. Those ten weeks of being sad, praying, and missing him so much were finally over. I was so happy, and I am so lucky and blessed that I got to see him that day.

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After the graduation and a super long drive home ( I got home at four am ) I got to sleep in and then go see Bryce at a wedding. Him getting to come home for a few days was also a huge blessing. We spent my whole fall break visiting with his family, watching movies til super late, and having so much fun.

It was really hard for me to have him leave again this Wednesday. Having someone back for a few days and then having them leave once again makes the pain even worse. Thankfully, I get to talk to him more now and also will get to go visit on Christmas break. I already miss him so, so much and I don’t know how it will be to not have him here for who knows how long. But, I will of course support any decision he makes and will be so proud of him through every life situation.

All of this has honestly been really hard on me, but God has a plan for me and Bryce. He works in such amazing ways that we sometimes don’t see until we look back at our lives a month, year, or decade later. He knows what’s going to happen next, so I don’t need to worry about anything. Prayers would be greatly appreciated for Bryce since he just started his first job in Virginia. Pray that I will do okay without him being here! Thank you for following our journey, I hope you will stay tuned until next time. Xoxo~ Cami 🙂

Sixteen Lessons I Learned At Age Sixteen

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Hey everyone! Since my birthday is this Thursday, I thought I should make this post to talk about lessons in life I have learned this year. I have had an amazing year and I am so thankful for how blessed I am! So, lets get started!!

  1. Social media doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. It is so easy to get caught up with likes, followers, etc. I went through a phase this year where I was totally obsessed with those things. No one actually pays attention to this kinda thing so you shouldn’t either. Put more time into being a real, interesting person with a life outside of a good Instagram picture or funny tweet.
  2. Be kind to others and put genuine effort into your relationships. If you put in a mediocre effort into others, you will have lukewarm friendships. If you are kind to others, it will bring so much joy into your soul and spirit! You will find yourself a happier and mentally healthier person. People will pour into you if you pour into them!
  3. Read your Bible all of the time. It will get you through literally anything life throws at you. I think in my life I have been pretty bad about reading my Bible honestly. But the past few months I have deeply dove into The Word and it has changed my life and perspective so much. If you struggle with reading your Bible, try getting something like an interleaved or journaling Bible. I know having both of these things has helped me a lot, plus lots of prayer of course!
  4. Work really hard in all that you do, you will never regret trying your best. Put your best foot forward in all of the things you are involved in. You will gain so much out of your efforts!
  5. Everyone doesn’t hate you, so don’t be shy! I used to be super paranoid about what other people think of me, but now I don’t care as much. Instead of being the awkward person quietly sitting in the corner of the room, this school year, I have tried to reach out to others instead. Through being friendly, I have made so many more friends and am so happy!
  6. Don’t be fearful or worry. I have struggled with this a lot this past year. Oftentimes I catch myself thinking, ” What if…” and it doesn’t help anything. I still struggle with this, but I am trying to trust in God more instead of worrying too much. Things like college, future jobs, marriage, and life in general seem so unknown to us. BUT God has a plan for us. If he told us right now what His plan was for us, we wouldn’t even believe Him because He is that amazing! We have authority over what we think about through Jesus Christ. Have an Isaiah 41:10 mindset!!
  7. Spend less time on your phone and more time on things you genuinely love. For about six months of this past year, I went through this weird phase where I didn’t know who I was or what I even liked to do with my free time. I seriously think that it was because the only thing I did was play on my phone! I still am on it more than I would like to be, but I also set aside times where I can paint, read, blog, and pour into my friends. Life is so much more fulfilling when phones are out of the picture! Be a person who is fully in the moment.
  8. Pursue your passions, but don’t idolize them. There are so many things I love! I love school, I love volleyball, and I love making blog posts! But I have idolized them way too much at different times this year. I was too obsessed with this blog, so now I don’t post just for views, I post when I genuinely want to talk to you guys about my life and what God is calling me to. The only way to conquer these idols is to love God MORE.
  9. Portray yourself in a Godly way. One of my life goals is to have people not see me when they look at me. I want people to see Jesus. I want to be the kind of person where The Holy Spirit is so filled in me that others feel it. Sometimes I don’t act like I should, and I’m sure others see it. I want to be blameless, transparent, and pure. God calls us to clothe ourselves in righteousness not just when we are in a easy setting, but all of the time.
  10. Your reputation or status literally does not matter at all. After being in college these past eight weeks, I realized that high school does not matter at all. I get to be myself at college! I don’t have to try to uphold an image of being cool because cool isn’t a reflection of who we are! You are so much more than being popular. You are a person that God made in His image. Be who you are, not who the world tells you to be!
  11. Mindset and perspective changes your life. Be thankful for that class that seems hard because God has blessed you with an education! When you are going through something difficult, remember that it is a blessing. God is teaching you so much and teaching you how to have perseverance. Be joyful, because life is so beautiful and amazing. Seek His kingdom.
  12. Don’t be insecure, you are made in God’s image! I struggle with this one big time! I always want to look a certain way or uphold an image. But, God is telling us something totally different! He sets us apart. His standards are constant, they never change, and He seals his approval on our lives. Be beautiful from the inside, not the outside. Focus on the inner beauty because one day the outer beauty fades and you will be old and wrinkly!
  13. Love what phase of life you are in right now because it is not eternal. In a couple months from now, your life may be totally different. Be in the moment. Love your friends and your classes. Embrace the world around you and enjoy it. Don’t take time with friends and family for granted.
  14. You HAVE to put your faith first in your life. Nothing else, no matter how much you love it, will fulfill you like Jesus Christ. People aren’t perfect, they will fail you sometimes no matter how great they may be. It will help you conquer the hardest points in your life. It will fulfill you so much that it will overwhelm you. Have confident trust in God. Don’t have confidence in yourself, have confidence in Christ alone. He provides us exactly what we need in this life.
  15. Life is hard, but you can conquer them and grow from them. This year has thrown some super tough things at me. Gaining and losing friends, having Bryce go to boot camp, and some other personal problems have had me laying in bed with headphones in pleading to God to provide me with comfort through the trials. And He did! God helps us conquer all problems and He has a plan for us all. The suffering we face now will not compare to the glory in our lives that is to come.
  16. We have to be willing to say “yes” to God. We hold ourselves back more than anyone else does. Let go of everything you are and instead give yourself to Him. Confide in God. Step up and be who God has made you to be. The time is now!

So there is my very long list of lessons. This year has had so much spiritual growth. I am so excited to see what being seventeen will throw at me. For those of you who have followed my journey this long, thank you for bearing with me! Have a blessed week- Cami

Coffee & College

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Hey everyone! Happy fall! I hope you are all wearing your cute fall outfits today and drinking a hot coffee by the fireplace. So I put an Instagram poll on my story to see what I should blog about today and you guys voted for a life update. My life has just closed a chapter of chaos, so I’ll be sharing all about it with you.

My college classes just finished up, so I am really thankful. The first class I took this session was an Exploring the Bible course, and I actually really enjoyed it. I love learning more about the Bible and it was a great opportunity to get into God’s Word. The class was basically a summary of the entire Bible and how it is laid out, so now I know where everything is.

The other class I took this session was Freshman Foundations, but I honestly did not enjoy it very much. Something that stood out to me was a quiz about strengths. It was helpful knowing what my strengths and skills were because now I can use them more than I would’ve prior to taking the course.

The past few weeks I have also been hanging out with my friends all of the time, which has been super fun. Having good friends in your life is honestly so important. Never forget who is there for you and always invest in those who invest in you. Going through hard times, stressful days, and rough situations is so much easier when you have people around you that will be with you every step of the way. Sometimes in my life I have been too busy for some people, and I am making more of an effort to hang out with all my friends. Be friends with people who encourage you, love you, and pray for you. I promise it will be worth it.

Since school is finishing up for the session, it means that I will go get to see Bryce soon! I am honestly so excited for him to come home for a few days! It has helped me learn to appreciate him and love him more in a whole new way. Last weekend, he got to Facetime me and it was so great. I have had a lot of struggles during this phase of life, but it has also grown me so much as a person. Whenever things get hard with him being gone, I just think about how good it’s gonna feel to get to hug him next week. I’ll be headed to New Jersey for his graduation, so I will make sure to write a post about how everything goes. But since he is coming home I will be a little busy hanging with him so maybe expect that post sometime in the next couple of weeks. To my readers who are military girlfriends or live in New Jersey, make sure you stay tuned to see how everything goes!

Since it is my last week of being sixteen, I am also going to be posting a blog about lessons this year has taught me and things I hope to experience when I am seventeen. That should be up next week as well, so make sure you check it out as well. There are lots of exciting things coming up in my life, and I will continue to post about them because y’all seem to like these posts!

Since I last updated you, something that God has been sharing with me is the importance of a good and Godly attitude. I have never really had a horrible attitude about things, but sometimes I get fearful or look at all of the negatives in my life and dwell on them. I have been trying to dwell on all of my blessings, and life has been so much more fulfilling. There are so many things to be thankful for. Amazing friends, a boyfriend who is serving our country, a college education at such a young age, and the beauty of fall and warm coffee. When we all look at our lives, we see how blessed we are. I encourage you to take some time today to think about all of the things God has blessed you with as well.

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Something I struggle with sometimes is having a little bit of social anxiety at times. I’ve been praying about it, and God is healing me from it. I have been working on being a kind, soft person who tries to include everyone. If you see someone that needs to be reached out to, do it. If they reject your efforts what is the worst thing that could happen?

Today I’m going to leave you guys with a favorite quote of mine. Have a great day!! – Cami

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Jesus Changed My Heart

Hey guys! So about a year and a couple months ago I got baptized. I want to share today about how Jesus has transformed my life since I was baptized.

When we are baptized, it means that we are truly giving our lives to God. Whatever it mean and includes, he will change us and shape us into who he wants us to be and what he wants us to do.

Before being baptized, I sort of followed Jesus but I definitely was a lukewarm Christian. I also didn’t feel the presence of God daily. I sort of only felt him at camps, retreats, or conferences. I remember in seventh grade God told my heart, let go of all the emotion and pain and choose me. But I fought it and I didn’t let go. Over the next couple of years, he continually pushed these words on my heart. I just never wanted to let go and give up my life to God.

But after going through a hard time my summer before sophomore year, I chose Jesus. I chose to follow God’s word and change my life. So, I decided that the first thing I needed to do was be baptized. I jumped at the chance and I was so ready to give my life up to Jesus.

However, when I was baptized, I honestly knew about what it meant but I didn’t really 100% know what it meant. But I knew God was calling me to give my life to him, so I just trusted in him and did it. Sometimes I feel like we think we should fully understand what God wants us to do before we do what he says, but this isn’t the case at all. We don’t need to know what God is doing and we don’t need to know what is going to happen next, we just need to say yes.

The past year after being baptized has been hard at times but it has also been so amazing. Jesus has changed my heart and he has changed my life. He has changed my outlook on life and he has made my heart so full.

Something that has been conflicting me a lot is that so many Christians lack the relationship aspect with Jesus. He is so personal to all of us. He literally picks us out of the dust. Don’t be afraid of a relationship with him.

I know that sometimes I held back in my faith because I didn’t think I was good enough to follow him. I made so many mistakes when I was younger and the enemy just kept putting lies into my head that I would never be more than my sin. But guys, you aren’t your sin. You are made in God’s image. He makes us pure. He changes our heart. He breaks us and builds us up into so much more than what we could be without him.

Another lesson I’ve learned is to be yourself. So many times we look at others and how God is working in them and we say “ oh I want to be like them. “ or we will be listening to a worship song and say “ oh I wish that I could sing like them so I could lead worship at my church. “ but instead of looking at others and wanting to be like them, we should only look to Jesus. He makes a plan for just you. We can look at other Christians and stand behind them to encourage them and thank God for using them. But God is using YOU in a totally different way. Be who God has created you to be instead of being someone who is trying to copy another Christian. Be confident in who Jesus made you to be! You are made in His image! Know who you are in his image and cheer on others when they are doing good things for Jesus.

The past couple months have been so busy and have been rough, but I am feeling so blessed and Jesus has continued to change my heart. I know this post was all over the place and probably has a lot of mistakes or doesn’t make sense at some points. But I don’t like to edit my posts because it takes away the authenticity of them. I love y’all and I hope you have a great week! If anyone has questions or wants to share with me about what I talked about today feel free to message me or comment on this post! I’m praying that you will all have a good weekend and that you will be confident in who Jesus made you to be! – Cami