Dear Mama and Daddy, From Your Daughter In College

Dear Mama and Daddy, From Your Daughter In College

They have been there for every cut, bruise, sickness, heartbreak, and failure.
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During my time at college I have realized how truly blessed I am to have had such supportive parents with high expectations. My mom and dad (or mama and daddy as I call them) are my biggest fans, and they have been since I was in the womb.

They have been there for every cut, bruise, sickness, heartbreak, and failure. I could not have done the past 19 years of my life without them. I don't say thank you as much as I should or would like to, I think that is something a lot of us can relate to. I decided to write a letter to help supplement for all the thank yous I haven't said;

Dear Mama and Daddy,

I want to thank you for raising me to be the woman that I am today. I couldn't have achieved anything without you in my life. You have always been there for me, you deserve the world, and I wish I could give it to you. Thank you. Thank you for putting antibiotic cream and band-aids on my various scrapes and cuts throughout the years.

Thank you for putting me in karate, and starting my motivation for being an independent and strong-willed person. I was lucky enough to have parents like you that would push past the stereotypes for children and allow me to be different.

Thank you for putting food on the table and making sure I had a roof over my head. I always took this for granted until I grew older and realized that not everyone's parents think they're obligated to do so. Thank you for being involved in my education! I can't express how thankful I am that you were motivating and you encouraged me to strive for success in anything I did.

Now that I'm older, I realize just how many kids out there have parents who couldn't tell you anything about their child's classes, teachers, or grades. Thank you for telling me I can do it, even when I'm sobbing and saying that I can't. "Can't never could" as my Mama would say.

Thank you for making sure I treated others with respect and knew how to be humble. Thank you so much for teaching me how to appreciate what I have. Thank you for being there when that jerk broke my heart and making sure I knew I was valued and would move on eventually. Thank you for making sure I knew I could do great things in life. Thank you for not giving me limits on my abilities.

I also want to thank you for teaching me how to check and change my oil, so that I can show up the guy who assumed I needed help. Thank you for helping me with college applications. Thank you for answering my multiple questions as I panic 2 hours away. Thank you for still making me feel like your little girl even though I'm married now. But most importantly, thank you for always doing the best that you can.

I know I don't say thank you enough, but I want you to know that it runs through my mind when I'm sitting at my desk looking at my high school graduation pictures, when I'm eating your delicious pumpkin rolls, or when I sit in class and hear about other people's experiences with their parents. There are so many other things I could thank you for, but I hope in your heart, you know all of them.

With love,

Holly Star

Cover Image Credit: Peaches & Honey Photography

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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"
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Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough


Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit


You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast


Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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My Life Has Not Been The Same Since I Met My Father

He showed me angels, and told me I could put my weapons down because I've got protectors.

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I rang in 2019 with sexual sin and instead of being convicted, I felt condemnation (see previous blog post). This, coupled with isolation and watching my fellow seniors have future plans while I didn't have any for post-undergrad, caused me to be in a dark place from January to the first week of April. I honestly didn't want to live anymore, convinced there was no point to my life. Three months, 1 week, and 3 days later, I went on my first A Life Retreat from April 11th to the 14th.

We arrived at the retreat site on the 11th at night so I was just expectant for the next day, but I was trying not to be excited because I didn't want to be brokenhearted if Jesus passed me by. On the 12th, during the last session for the day, many of my peers were getting delivered. I was praying for their deliverance while hoping for my encounter with Christ. However, something shifted in me and I became jealous. I remember thinking I wish I had some demons in me so that God will finally pay me some attention (we could unpack another day so this post isn't 5 pages long). I began to doubt God, I stopped praying and was looking around with a cynical smile on my face.

After the leadership team dismissed us, I went to sit down, angry and dejected. Someone asked me if I was okay. I lied, answering yes. Another person asked me; I lied again. A third person asked, and I finally told the truth saying, "no, but it's whatever". She asked if she could pray for me and I said, "you can do what you want but it's not going to change anything". I reasoned, if God won't show up for me when I prayed for myself, why would He show up when someone else does. With persistence, she began to pray for me, but I wasn't paying attention. I was just thinking she will be done soon and go her way.

She didn't end quickly so I began hearing the words of her prayer. She was saying, "God loves you." I was chuckling, thinking yeah, right. As she continued to pray those sweet words over me, telling me what God was saying and thinking about me, I began to speak out loud what was in mind, telling her that she was lying. After some back and forth, some A Life leaders came over and began to pray for me and after a good fight, deliverance took place. I became free from the stronghold of the spirit of doubt.

The next day, I was hypersensitive to the voice of God. At the beginning of the first session, I heard Him tell me to put my shield down and what I saw behind it was incredible. I had detached a part of myself that was much younger than the current me and I would transfer all the blame of my past onto her. Everything I hated about myself I put on her (this younger version of me). God told me I was supposed to unite with her, but I didn't want to. I told myself I was shielding her to protect her, but actually, I was trying to hide her in order to hate myself less or to avoid judgment. I couldn't move forward until we became one. After another deliverance session in which I was able to forgive myself and reconcile all parts of me, I felt empty, but in a good way. While on break for the day, I remember thanking God for freeing me and asking Him to fill me back up.

Throughout the last session on the 13th, He showed up and showed out for His little girl. I saw multiple visions of how much God loves me. I don't really have an intimate relationship with my natural father so what happened that night was pivotal in my life.

In my first vision, while I was praising and worshipping Him, God told me to rest my head on His shoulder while He told me how much He loves me.

Then He told me to lay my head on his lap and at this point, I'm crying because He's also telling me how He feels about me and how beautiful I am.

He showed me angels, multitudes, and told me I could put my weapons away because I've got protectors and defenders.

He told me that they had always been there even when I could not see them and He did all this while hugging me.

There was so much more that God told me and showed me, but I'm focusing on these few because it tackled the daddy issues and brother issues I had.

My life has literally not been the same ever since April 13th, 2019. I don't even know how to put into words how my life has been, how I have felt, how much love I have in my life. I just want everyone else in the world to feel what I feel, to know what I know, to encounter WHO I encountered. I also want to thank the A Life leadership team. Just in case any of you are reading this, "thank you. I can only imagine the amount of time you had to spend in your secret place with The Most High so that you were able to war for me, and the other A Lifers with Him in the open. May our Father replenish and reward you for being dedicated to people to see them saved and FREE. I love you all."

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