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

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

Glowing and Growing

f95f02c3-205d-4118-8e8d-97f023fdfcfeHey everyone! I just want to talk to you all about some personal growth I have had this year so far. I have been so, so busy so that is why I do not blog as much anymore- I just don’t have the time! But a lot of people have been asking me to update y’all on what is going on in my life so that is what I am going to blog about today.

So I have been in school for about a month now. Though it has been very busy and stressful at some points these past few weeks, it has honestly been really great. My classes are going well and I am enjoying getting a small taste of what college is like. I am managing all of my homework pretty well too. However, I will be pretty stressed soon because I have some group projects coming up.

I have also enjoyed playing volleyball on my school’s team. It is so much fun to get to play the sport that I love everyday. It has made life a lot more busy, but I really love it so I enjoy it so much. I am one of the older ones on the team, so I have loved being a leader to the younger girls on the team.

I am taking a class right now where I am making my own Study Bible. It is so enjoyable to be creative and worship God while I am doing it. With all the stressful events going on in my life, sitting down to work on my Bible at the end of a tiring day is a highlight for sure. It helps me calm down, unwind, and really focus on what is important.

The final thing that has been going on in my life has to do with Bryce. He called me last Friday! I was so happy and it made my day. It is crazy how two people can work out a relationship if they really love each other. So the phone call was a highlight to me. Sadly, his graduation date isn’t actually until October 12th, so I won’t be seeing him for another month. That really bummed me out! I just seriously want to see him so badly haha. The only thing getting me through not having Bryce here is Jesus. Though I love him so much, Jesus is the one who can truly satisfy our hearts.

Without God, I would be so negative and lost right now in life. Instead, I choose joy. I choose joy because I am so extensively blessed. I have amazing friends, a great family, I am getting an education, and I have a boyfriend who is so selfless that he gave up his life here to go serve his country. I thank God for these blessings everyday. I thank him for the little blessings too. Iced coffee to get me through the day. Belly aching laughs with my friends. A phone call. A good grade on a quiz. The little blessings get me though the day, while the big blessings get me through my life.

God is so good. I hope you will all rest in that fact this week. Please be praying for me and be praying for Bryce! Also remember to live your best lives while ya still got em!- Cami 🙂

Halfway There!

Today is day 25 that Bryce has been gone. It’s so weird not having him here with me to start off the school year, but somehow I’m surviving.

It’s so, so hard having a boyfriend at bootcamp and not being able to talk to him. This experience has been one of the most stretching ones in my life. I often catch myself reaching for my phone to text him. And sometimes I almost call him because I want to ask him to come over. But sadly, I don’t have that privilege anymore.

This experience has also gave me so much appreciate for first of all those who serve in the military, and an appreciation for those who love someone in the military. It is one of the most self sacrificing things to give up literally your entire life and everything you know to go serve your country. It will take you all over the world, and change your life from normal to protecting the normal.

It’s really hard not having Bryce here. But thankfully, all of this is almost halfway over. I’m so, so proud of him because I would never be able to do what he is doing right now. I’m so amazed by his strength, endurance, and motivation. Whenever I’m working on homework or at volleyball practice and I want to just quit, I think about what Bryce is doing and it really helps me keep going.

I dream of the day I can talk to him or see him. I know that these days may be few and far in between, but they are what give me hope. Sometimes I just break down and lay in my bed all night and cry, but I’m trying to limit those nights as much as possible. Overall, I’m doing a pretty good job at staying positive about everything.

Something that’s really interesting is that when I’m at my lowest of missing him and feeling like I can’t take it anymore, God places a blessing in my life that gets me through. A sweet note from a friend. A group of amazing girls praying over me and Bryce. A fun dinner. An “A” on a test. An awesome evening spent worshiping God. God is blessing me so much through this hard time. Some people would be so mad at God for placing their boyfriend in the military. But I am praising him now more than ever before. I’m praising him because his plan is perfect, even if it isn’t the ideal one I think of right now. I praise him because he has a wonderful plan for the guy that I love, one where he can help others and use his talents. I’m praising him for an opportunity to focus on just me and my talents, faith, and school.

He is so good. Sometimes we ignore his blessings in the hard times, but I want to encourage you all to praise him during these times. It is the only thing that will get you through. If I wasn’t a believer, I don’t know how I would be handing all of this.

A song that has helped me through this is called Weep With Me. Some of the words that stick out to me are:

Part the seas

Lord, make a way for me

Here in the midst of my lament

I have faith, yes I still believe

That You love me

Your plans are to prosper me

You’re working everything for good

Even when I can’t see

So, things are pretty hard right now, but I’m still praising God! I’m also so thankful for a way to communicate with Bryce. I have received three letters from him, and I am so thankful he has written me! I’ve also sent him about 20, but hey I want him to know I love him 😂 have a great day everyone, please be praying for Bryce today – Cami

Life Lessons

. Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while! I’ve been super busy lately. School is starting, and it feels like I don’t have a spare minute to breathe.

This weekend is college orientation, it’s currently 12:05 pm, and I have to wake up at 6. So let’s hope that goes well haha. Sometimes I just can’t sleep because I have a lot of stuff on my mind!

It’s been a while since Bryce has been gone, and it’s been pretty hard not having him here when I’m stressed or need someone to talk to. His presence is definitely missed right now in my life. Sometimes you don’t truly appreciate people until they are gone. Bryce defiantly brought some craziness to my life, and somedays were a bit hectic. But he makes me more fun! And reminds me to let loose sometimes. So now I have to remember to give myself some chill time to let God take control of what the next step should be. I downloaded the Sandboxx app so I could write him some letters, and my second one is on its way. I’m really excited for him to get my letters! I pray that they will be a great encouragement to him.

It’s approximately 1 month, 5 days, 23 hours, 51 minutes, and 24 seconds until he graduates bootcamp. It’s crazy how slow the days go by, but how fast the weeks go by. Next week will already be his third week! So everyone who reads this, please pray that Bryce will be having a great week and pray that he will grow in his faith during this hard time of life! I’m sure he would appreciate it! It’s hard not having a boyfriend to talk to, but I’m thankful I can be here and support him through it all.

I’m also thankful that I have been super busy the past couple weeks! I started my high school classes, taught my first seminar on the book of Daniel, randomly joined the volleyball team at my high school, and am beginning my college orientations. Classes start Tuesday. I’m super nervous about them! Something that I’ve struggled with is putting God first in these busy and hard times. Lately I have been resting on the fact that attitude is everything! If I stay positive, everything will work itself out.

Something else I keep thinking about is how God breaks us apart before He builds us up to who He wants us to be. Through these past few weeks, God is making me so strong. I am learning that faith is like working out a muscle. While you are doing the workout, you think it’s the worst part. You don’t think you can get through it. You finally finish it, and you feel so happy it’s finally over. But then it isn’t over. You still hurt for a few days afterwords. You have to climb some stairs, or pick up some textbooks and the pain comes back again. But after those few days past, your muscle is brand new. It’s strong again. It’s rebuilt, and even better than before. Sometimes the pain of life is worth the results we find at the end, and that’s a concept I’m going to accept as a truth in my life.

Be praying for me this week, everyone! – Cami

Saying Goodbye ( for 8 weeks )

So, today’s the post I’ve been planning for and dreading ever since March. Today was the day that Bryce left for the Coast Guard.

After crying every single night the past six months, the day that I thought my life would end is finally here.

At the beginning of me and Bryce’s relationship, we sat and watched the stars. I saw my first shooting star with him laying next to me, and suddenly I knew a new chapter of life was starting. Months of happiness in a dream like state occurred. Bryce and I are seriously a power couple. We have so, so much fun together. He’s my best friend and my love!!

However, all good things like that come to an end at some point. A few nights ago we were swimming and we watched the stars again. It was the closure I needed for that chapter. However, the stars remind us how small our problems are and how BIG God is.

Changes like this change us. They shape us into who we are meant to be. They hurt, and most of the time we don’t want them. But they are essential. I’d be lying to you if I said I was doing okay with him leaving. Night after night of crying in the car together and day after day of hugging so tight because we didn’t want the moment to end. But time goes on. We can’t stop it no matter how hard we try.

So, today I said goodbye to my boyfriend and my best friend. The person who I spent literally all my time with and made every single summer memory with. I said goodbye to one chapter, but am saying hello to the next. I’m so proud of Bryce. He is strong, and he is so brave. I’m praying for him 24/7 because I know things will be hard for him.

I could’ve told him not to go and I knew he wouldn’t of. But I didn’t want my selfish desires to interfere with God’s plan for Bryce’s life. So I let go for a while. We are two people who love each other so very much, and that’s enough to make things last. If we are meant to stay together, it will happen. You make your own choices in this life, no one can make your choices for you except God.

So be praying for Bryce and I. Things will be so hard for him at bootcamp! And I’ll be at home missing him all of the time. I’ll continue to update you all on this journey. The good, the bad, and the ugly. But all I can say is that I’m so proud to be a military girlfriend. It won’t be easy, but when I see Bryce again and get to hug him close I will remember why I’m waiting in the first place.

New York City

Hey friends! Today I wanna take some time to talk about my missions trip! I travelled to New York City and I had an amazing time.

The theme of this trip was to learn how to pursue the passions God has blessed you with. God uses our passions and our spiritual gifts to fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. Another main lesson for the week was moving onward in our faith. It is so easy to get stuck in one place with our relationship with God, but we need to always keep going. Sometimes we will find ourselves on the wrong path, but Jesus will always welcome us back with open arms.

Something I took away from the week was only going after things that really make me feel inspired. I don’t wanna be the person who does what everyone else does anymore. That’s something I struggle with a lot, and I’m just ready to become the person Jesus made me to be. During high school, I think a lot of people try to fit in the mold or be a certain way. This school year, I want to really focus on who I am supposed to be.

Anyways, my trip was amazing. I have a love for a new place, and New York City is breathtaking. I worked at a soup kitchen all week and it was very eye opening! Everyone was so thankful for our volunteering and it was such an encouragement to me. It reminded me to be thankful for all the blessings God has brought into my life even if they don’t seem like a big deal at the time.

So, now I’m just going to share a lot of pictures down below that I took while I was sightseeing! Thank you for tuning in, and I hope you enjoyed my blog today!

Being A Dreamer

Hey guys! So the topic I want to talk about today is achieving your dreams. In our society, we constantly hear that we can’t do something or that we aren’t good enough. But I’m here to tell you today that anything is possible! You can do anything you put your heart and soul into.

I have lots of dreams for my life! I want my blog to get 100,000 views ( I’m at about 7,700 right now), I want to write a book, and I wanna travel Europe. I want to do well in college, I want to live in a different country, I want to own a toy poodle and dress it up in cute sweaters. I want to live a life that matters and has purpose.

Some of these dreams are attainable and some not as much, but I really want to make them happen! So I’m doing everything in my power to make them work out for me. Sometimes we have to set some dreams aside because we can’t achieve them right now. But there’s always things we can do right now to achieve our dreams! For example, I can’t travel much right now because I’m only sixteen, but I CAN work on my blog as much as I want to! So for the next couple years that’s what I want to focus my energy on!

If you don’t already, I’d encourage you to write down all your dreams and goals, big or small. All dreams matter and all dreams are important! YOU have the power to make them come true, so do it! 😊 Create a life that you love, TODAY! – Cami

Struggling With Comparison

Hey guys! So today I wanna talk about something that I struggle with sooo much, comparison! I always am scrolling through Instagram and I’ll see girls who are skinner than me. Or I’ll be looking at other peoples blogs and think that they are way more successful than me or that my blog will never be as good as theirs.

I think I struggle with this so much because every person wants to be the best at something. The best Christian, the prettiest, the skinniest, the one with the most followers, etc. I also struggle with becoming totally obsessed with things! Whenever I’m interested in something I get stuck on it and it’s all I talk about! This trait can sometimes be a good thing, but it can also be super toxic if I’m not careful.

Most of my life, I didn’t even realize that I struggle with comparing myself to others. But after talking to Bryce about it for a while I realized that I totally make things idols in my life so easily! So I’m not making this post to say that I’ve conquered comparison, because I’m far from that phase. But I want to begin improving myself to where I’m not comparing myself to others, but comparing myself to Jesus.

Some say comparison is the thief of joy, but I feel like it isn’t just the thief of joy. Comparison is the thief of everything. Remember to keep your eyes on a purposeful and faith based life and self image. Instead of comparing yourself to those who have achievements or awesome talents, be happy for them and encourage them. Celebrate your own progress in this path of life, not perfection. Perfection is unattainable!

So instead of comparing ourselves to others, let’s begin living with more gratitude! Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough. I’m just beginning this path, and I’m praying that with making an effort to compare myself less I’ll become more like the girl Jesus has created me to be.

So, pray for me on this path of becoming more thankful for who Jesus made me to be! Pray that I’ll not compare myself to others and just be the best me I can be! I’ll be praying for you all, too!

Happy Fourth!

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Hey everyone! Right now I’m listening to fireworks outside my window while laying in bed totally exhausted. I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been celebrating the Fourth of July with Bryce and his family. I’ve had a blast trying new crazy things with him these past few days. I’m so thankful to have such an amazing boyfriend who truly cares about me and always makes me go out of my comfort zone.

I had a blast this week jet skiing, jumping off bridges, and going out on the boat with Bryce! I also ate about ten pounds of ice cream, but it’s okay haha. These are the weeks where I thank God for blessing me with a great life.

It’s a month and three days until Bryce leaves for the Coast Guard, and it gets more real to me everyday. It is going to be so hard having him gone, but also a great opportunity for me to focus on other aspects of life for a while like school and playing soccer. I’m trying to keep a positive mindset through this big life change, and prayers would be greatly appreciated this next month!

Anyways, I want to keep this blog post short and just talk to all my readers for a bit for a small life update! I hope you all had a great Fourth of July ( if you live in America ). Remember to spend time with people you love and thank God that we live in a great country!

5 Daily Habits

Hey guys! So sometimes we get so lost in life and whatever is going on, and we easily forget to take care of ourselves. Today, I’m writing a post to remind you of some good lil habits that will brighten your day or make you a better person over time!

1• Complimenting others is something we often brush aside because we are too caught up in our own little world and what’s going on in it. I feel like if you make others feel good about themselves, it will make you feel happier on the inside as well. Something I personally try to do is compliment or encourage someone else everyday. You can do this by sending a meaningful text, complimenting an outfit, or commenting something nice on a insta post!

2• Choose good friends! Your friends are a huge part of who you are. When you’re around other people a lot, you begin to act like them over time usually. If you hang around friends that don’t motivate or encourage you, you won’t be a motivated or encouraged person. Hang out with friends that love Jesus, are happy, and full of love! Hang out with people that support and truly care about you and invest in your life. Be friends with people you want to be more like.

3• Have some quiet time everyday! I personally need some time alone everyday to refuel for the rest of my day! Take some time to journal, read a book, get into your Bible, or pray. You can pretty much do whatever you want. Quiet time can help you refocus and get your soul and heart in the right place so you can have a good mindset for the rest of your day.

4• Treat yourself! Get a face mask, take a bubble bath, buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Buy the cute purse you’ve been wanting for months. Go get some Mexican food if you’ve been craving it. Whatever makes you happy, indulge in it every once in a while!

5• Read some positive quotes! Everyday, I scroll through Pinterest and read some super good quotes. Quotes get stuck in your head and change the way you think. They are great reminders in life and should be appreciated! So if you haven’t read any good quotes in a while go read some right now! Words have power!!

Even In The Stillness

For such a long time I would feel so discouraged because I would look and search for the presence of God and so desperately long for the chills and that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you’re worshipping or reading your Bible. BUT one day I figured out that the true glory and the wonder of God can also be felt in the stillness of life. It can be felt by the stillness of who He is at heart.

Sometimes, when we aren’t feeling The Holy Spirit tugging on our hearts and souls as much, we think that maybe we are falling away from our faith. This can certainly be the case at times. However, the presence of God is there. God doesn’t always speak loudly to us. He is always capable of being close to us, so close that He can show you the goodness in His heart from just a simple whisper.

For a period of time in my life about nine months ago, I desperately wanted to feel God’s presence in a heavy way. I always wanted to be wrecked by God. I wanted Him to pick apart my soul and turn it into a masterpiece made to serve Him. I wanted Him to show me who He was in a BIG way.

But over those past nine months, I’ve realized something. Who God is, doesn’t have to be shouted from the mountaintops every single time. Don’t get me wrong; I for sure believe that God does some crazy, extravagant, and amazing things. But what I realized is that God can also be very peaceful. He can be calm. He can be quiet.

God isn’t just with you when you are on that Holy Spirit high. He isn’t just with you when you’re worshiping or when you’re on a mission trip. His spirit is ALWAYS with us. He’s with us in our moments of sin. He’s with us when we are eating our breakfast. He’s with us when we are in our most broken moments of life.

This summer, a thought that I’ve been deeply contemplating is that God is not only our creator, He is also our Father. On one hand, He literally spoke the universe into existence and created everything we’ve ever known. On the other hand, He is a peaceful, loving Father that wants nothing more than a relationship with us. With YOU!

God doesn’t only exist in the moments He is most apparent. He can be found in the peace and quiet. As His followers, we must stop limiting God to moving us and speaking by hearing the mountains tremble and begin to understand that He is truly capable of so much more. God is a God who can make peace out of any storm you may face.

We work so hard to feel God and feel His presence, which is an honorable thing. But we forget He’s already there. He’s already working. He’s already moving. Sometimes I feel like we live Sunday to Sunday, or conference to conference, just waiting for God to do something and waiting for God to speak.

But, He’s already there! You don’t have to wait! The presence of God is already with you and is ALWAYS with you, and I think that’s a beautiful and wonderful thing to soak on. His presence lives inside of us. Remember that.