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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!

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Little Life Update

Hey friends! It’s been a bit since I’ve written a new post, but tomorrow I will embark a new adventure! I’m going on a mission trip, and I could use some prayers.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been busy doing lots of fun things with Bryce and with my other friends. I’ve been reading a lot of good books, and just enjoying my summer. I’ve also been planning some new and awesome things with my friend that I’m super excited about. School starts in just a few weeks for me, so I’m trying to really prepare my heart for the stress and drama school may bring. If you’re a teenager, I recommend you doing this!

One thing I’ve been trying to do these past couple weeks is really dig into The Word of God. I’ve read through Romans, Ecclesiastes, Genesis, and Daniel. I’m slowly beginning to realize how important it is to really get into God’s Word. It gives me a new and great reason to take on the day and whatever challenges may face me.

So, this post is pretty much just a life update for me! I will be working on some new blog posts the next couple days, because I have a lot of traveling going on. So stay tuned, and if there’s anything you want me to blog about, let me know!

Please be praying for me this next week. Pray that my missions trip will go well, and pray that God will open my heart up to some new things. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you all have had a great couple of weeks!

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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

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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!

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Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth from us to you 🇺🇸💓

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!

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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!!

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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.

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Let Go, Let God

Okay so I’m the type of person to worry about pretty much everything. I worry about what other people think of me, what food I’ve been eating that day, what my makeup looks like, etc. and I’m sure there are a ton of people reading my blog who feel the same way!

However, when we stress about the little things, we lose sight of the bigger picture. We always worry about things that we shouldn’t worry about or that aren’t gonna be important in the whole scheme of life. Sometimes I’ve realized that I just need to stop, take a deep breath, and just give it all to God.

Oftentimes, I feel like we forget that God is so BIG and He is here to help us through every problem we may face in this big, confusing, complicated world. He is bigger, stronger, and mightier than any problem we may face.

God wants to hear from you. He wants to hear about your day, what you worried about, and what you are thankful for. He wants to hear what’s on your heart, He wants to hear about the things that keep you up at night or make you feel a little uneasy.

So next time you are thinking some thoughts that make you feel a little stressed, give it to God. Just take at least a few seconds to pray. Give your mind a rest. God wants to take care of you. Let go, and let God!!! – Cami

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Weekend Reflections

Hey guys! It has been a great but super busy and tiring weekend filled with many emotions. On Saturday, I had my friends sisters wedding to attend. Even though I don’t know the sister very well, it meant so much to my friend to come to the wedding. Remember to be there for your friends always. Even if you feel like you are a terrible friend sometimes, the least you can do is be there for someone and invest in them when it really counts.

The next morning, my amazing boyfriend Bryce woke up super early to drive me to Ohio for my great grandma’s funeral. The whole situation with that has been very hard on me, but he has been so supportive and caring the entire time! My friends have also been so supportive as well, and I’m so thankful God gives me reminders that others care about the hardships in my life.

So anyways, back to the sad part with the funeral. I’ve never really experienced death in my family before. Honestly, it still doesn’t feel real. Death is so hard. I think the hardest part for me is seeing everyone else cry and be so sad, because then I feel so bad and start crying as well. But death, though it’s sad, can teach us so many things.

Death reminds us to be thankful for what we have now, because it isn’t promised tomorrow. It reminds us that God is so good, and He will bring us to an amazing place someday soon where we can be so happy and glorify Him for ETERNITY.

Something that everyone recalled about my great grandma was the fact that she was so hospitable. She was the type of person who loved unconditionally. She loved her family, and she spent her entire life investing in others.

What do you want people to remember you for? I know that the question seems daunting, but it really can give us something to think about. For me personally, I want to be remembered for loving Jesus wholeheartedly and accepting every single adventure he sets in front of me as I go through life.

We can die at any moment, so whatever your answer was to my question- start living it out NOW! And remember that we aren’t promised tomorrow, so chose Jesus today. Chose Jesus everyday. Accept Him into your heart, and you can be with him forever. Heaven is gonna be a great place guys, and I don’t want any of you to miss out on it!

Dealing with death is hard. But God is our greatest comfort always. He has a plan, and He is always good! Remember that it’s okay to be sad, you don’t always have to keep it together. I know this is kind of a random post that’s sort of sad and gloomy, but this is life guys. Life isn’t always happy and perfect. It has ups and downs, and I’m here to share both. – Cami

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The Person Behind The Screen

Hello friends! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been a little busy lately. My great-grandma passed away. She was saved, so though it’s sad, it is also a happy thing because she is where she’s meant to be, alongside the Lord! I also have been working on my Pinterest and NEW Instagram for my blog! My Pinterest is just Cami Dahms and my new Instagram is @thoughtsfromcami ! I hope you will check them out and give them a follow!

So a topic requested to me was talking about who I am as a person and just talking about me! I’ve never really thought about doing this topic before because when I started my blog, the only people who read it were people that I know! But now, more people read this blog that I don’t know, so I think it’s suitable to do an “ about me “ blog post!

So if you don’t know me already, the first thing you should know about me is that I’m obsessed with the internet! I love to blog, watch YouTube videos, and meet new awesome blogger friends! I also love taking pictures and just learning things from the internet!

The next thing you should know about me is that even though I’m going to be sixteen, I’m starting college this fall! I am so excited to start college because high school isn’t my most favorite thing in the world. I’ll be at college classes in the morning and high school classes in the afternoon. I’m so excited for the new opportunities this will bring and I’m also excited to maybe make some new friends!

Another thing you should know about me is that I want to major in either international business or nutrition. Both of these things interest me very much! I want to be able to travel, and I think international business would be a great route for me. But I’m still not sure what I’ll do quite yet!

In my free time you’ll usually catch me either with my friends, or in my room with a good book and a cup of coffee! I’m not super exciting, sorry to disappoint haha! I also love being at the beach or by the pool just relaxing! Most of the time, I’m going on adventures with my boyfriend, which is super fun!! 😊

I also am a Christian! This is the most important thing you should know about me. Though I am far from perfect, I am always trying to become a better person and follower of Christ. To serve God, I go on mission trips and I have this blog! I use this blog to talk about Jesus and share my personal spiritual findings that I think could help other girls my age.

I’m just a normal sixteen year old who lives in the middle of Indiana pretty much! Soon, hopefully I’ll get out of here and move somewhere more exciting lol! Anyways, that’s all I can think of to describe me right now haha! I hope you all have a great day and if you have any more questions about me comment down below:)

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3 Day Quote Challenge~ Day 2

Hey everyone! So this is going to be day two of the quote challenge I’m doing:) I chose this quote because it’s just so GOOD! I love it so much!

Everyone tends to think they are a mess. They think things could be better, or that they could organize their lives more. We all are irresponsible and a bit of a mess at times.

I feel like a mess all of the time. My hair is never brushed, makeup is always a little messed up, and my room is… well you can’t even see the floor. I don’t have a routine, my brain is either totally focused or in la la land. I’m super inconsistent. I’m the type of person who has zero balance.

I either love so deeply it hurts or I don’t care at all. I’m the warmest person you’ll ever meet and the next moment I’ll be coldest person in the room. I’m either super talkative and fun or completely silent. I’ll go to bed at nine pm one night and four am the next. I’m just a mess!

And that comes with being a teenage I’m sure, but it’s okay to be a mess. In our lives we have many messes. But we have to love them. We have to love the worst parts of ourselves and try to make them the best. We have to embrace who we are. God made us just how we are supposed to be. He made us in His PERFECT image. So we have to love who He created us to be, mess and all~ Cami

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3 Day Quote Challenge~ Day 1

Hello friends 😊 I’m going to be doing a three day challenge that talks about quotes. I have to pick three quotes and basically talk about why I chose them! The first quote I chose is pictured above!

I chose this quote because I feel like it demonstrates life in a beautiful way. Oftentimes, we feel like we are constantly falling apart. Like things are hopeless. Like we are constantly in a funk.

Life is hard, but life is beautiful. The hard times lead up to some of the most beautiful concepts that in our darkness, we cannot even comprehend.

We are constantly growing and changing. Everyone becomes more beautiful and more complicated as time goes on. Our lives are rich with emotion and memories. And we are blooming. We are constantly becoming the people that God created us to be.

If we chose God, we go from being a small seed to becoming a wonderful flower. We need God so we can blossom. His rich love waters our souls and the joy He brings into our lives is the ray of sunshine we always crave. The process is beautiful. It’s complicated. It’s more than our human brains can comprehend. But the end result is better than we ever expected.

If you are facing a hard time right now, remember how it will change you. It will make you stronger. It will teach you a lesson. Every sorrow has a glimmer of hope if you chose Jesus. Remember that you will move past this! You will grow and change and achieve anything you set your mind to. Have a blessed day and an amazing week! – Cami