A while ago, in my introduction to the Start a Bible Study series, I mentioned that the lead-up to that point was a “long story.”
Well, here I am with the explanation of that long story! It’s worth the read, I promise.
So, let’s take it back to where it all began: joining a sorority. If you want to read all about that specific experience, check out my post about becoming a part of the Greek community as a Christian. But the bottom line is this: although I felt seriously out of place, I stayed for the friends and always felt that God could use me here (even when I tried to ignore it).
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Hey friends! Today, I felt like sitting down and writing about how I ended up in a sorority. I think the stories like mine are really important in the grand scheme of Greek life, because a lot of people like me don’t ever join for thinking that they don’t belong. That’s what I thought, too. But that’s why I want to shed some light on my experience. Storytelling is a powerful tool for empathy and for change, and with both of those things in mind, I want to talk about this really vital piece of the puzzle that is my college experience.
In order to explain the whole story, we’re going to need to take it back a bit…to the summer of 2017, when I first moved to college.
I was on vacation in Oregon with my dad’s whole side of the family — aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents included. One afternoon, I was chatting with one of my older cousins, who had just graduated from college. She had been in a sorority at her university and loved it, and she wanted to know if I was rushing, too.
I pretty much laughed it off when she asked me, thinking that she couldn’t be serious. Me? A sorority? Not. A. Chance. You couldn’t pay me to join an organization where everyone clapped along as they sang annoyingly energetic songs from inside their big fancy house on Greek Row. In my opinion, Greek life was for the self-absorbed, party-crazy girls who had belonged to the “it-crowd” in high school. And of those three criteria, I fit zero.
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In the coming months, I will be starting a Bible study in my sorority house!
When I joined Greek life last fall, I almost immediately felt called to be a light for Jesus in my chapter. This year, now that I’ve returned from studying abroad, I’ll be living in my sorority house with my roommate as my best friend alongside 55 other Alpha Chi sisters.
I have absolutely NO idea what I’m doing, and for that purpose, I am going to document the whole process in hopes that maybe I can help guide anyone out there who is looking to do the same thing!
I’ll be sharing the steps I’m taking, the things I’m learning, and my thoughts and feelings along the way. Once the Bible study is launched and happening, I’ll also be sharing how it’s going and growing, and maybe even affecting my sorority house and sisters.
Here’s where I’m at now: God has provided for me in some crazy ways in order to help me accomplish this. I am not being dramatic when I say that there have been some curveballs out of left field from Jesus when I least expected them. I’m talking prayers answered after almost a year and international conference calls. (It’s a long story.) But to briefly catch you up to speed, just know that the planning is well under way and my next step is to network with other Christians in the Greek community at school in order to (hopefully) coordinate some events between our chapters and walk alongside each other as leaders in our Greek houses!
I can’t wait to share this journey with my Y&J readers, so stay tuned!
As of now, I am no longer a teenager.
I have been on the planet for two full decades. Weird!
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Hello again, friends! I hope your first two-ish weeks of this year have been treating you well. I’ve got lots of good content planned for the coming weeks, and I hope you are as excited as I am for 2019! But, on an unrelated note, I just wanted to pop in today to announce to the world that I have made it to 20 years old!
Now, I’m not making this announcement in hopes that I’ll get a bunch of “Happy Birthday” comments on this post (besides, my birthday was a week ago already), but because I want to take a moment or two to reflect on who I have been up until this point and who I would like to be going forward. After all, 20 is a big number! Honestly, I really like the sound of it.
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I love Thanksgiving. Love it. It is a day full of sitting on the couch watching the Macy’s Parade (and the dog show that follows it) and hanging out with your favorite people and eating some dang good food and wearing a cute sweater.
Perhaps the best part about Thanksgiving is that it is the doorway to Christmas season! (My family has a yearly tradition of picking out our Christmas tree and decorating the house the day after Thanksgiving.)
But all of that aside, let’s talk about thankfulness for a hot sec.
While Thanksgiving is a secular, American holiday without any true religious meaning, God still cares about thanksgiving. Now, I don’t mean Thanksgiving with a capital “T”; I mean just “thanksgiving.” They are different.
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I’m back, ladies and gents!
This post is a little different than most others I’ve published.
While there’s been a lot that has gone on here in Paris that I hope I’ll get around to sharing eventually, there is a more pressing issue on my heart right now.
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Alright. Truth talk.
Staying strong in your faith in college is hard. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college is harder. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college known for its reputation as a party school is, as you can imagine, a bit of a challenge. I’m not going to lie, it is really frickin’ hard sometimes.
Now, I’m not off in skimpy clothes raging every weekend. Or any weekend, actually. And because I’m not, it’s easy to feel like I stick out like a sore thumb here. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of believing that being different makes me weird.
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I am back with my second holiday gift guide for this year! While the last post was more general with items for lots of different personalities, I wanted to create a more specific and specialized guide for some fun and cute Christian gifts. After all, Christmas is about Jesus! Here are some great items for all the Jesus freaks and God gals in your life!
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I have been at college for seven weeks.
I would like to tell you that so far, they have been the best seven weeks of my life, but that just wouldn’t be true. In fact, they have been stressful, terrifying, exhausting, overwhelming, confusing, and incredibly difficult.
When the first of my friends left for school in early August, I watched them flourish. Constant Instagram posts and Snapchat stories displayed countless fun activities, tons of great friends (which they were making so quickly), and a bubbly “I love life” attitude. Naturally, I expected the same thing when I left for college.
Continue reading “What Moving to College Was Really Like, and Why I Needed God Through It”
Ten miles southeast of Ensenada, Mexico lies the small, poor village of Lomas Bonitas. For a decade now, my church has returned to this struggling community each summer on a missions trip. Some of the most notable accomplishments: in 2007, volunteers built a brand new church; last year, they constructed a house for the village’s Pastor Carlos and his family, who had previously been living in the church’s basement. This year, our team focused on rebuilding the children’s crumbling play structure, painting and repairing homes, and teaching the creation story through a vacation bible school program.
Continue reading “Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip”