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

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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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