I Know I'm Not Strong Enough, But Neither Are You

I Know I'm Not Strong Enough, But Neither Are You

40 days is a really long time...


Lent is a season that Christians spend remembering the 40 days that Jesus spent being tempted by Satan. Even as he was encouraged to do the wrong thing and compromise everything that he was on earth to do, he did not fail. He did not cave. He did not doubt God. He did not succumb to temptation. But he could've!! And therein lies the point: even in the face of temptation, he did not compromise.

I gave up dessert for Lent. For the most part, I've been sticking to it… sort of. I've cheated probably 3 times - giving in to my desire to taste the delicious treats that I've been trying so hard to stay away from. But here's the thing. Even when I'm not cheating and sneaking little bites of something I shouldn't be, I fulfill my sweet tooth with other things that are pretty close: soda, waffles, sugary cereal, etc. Okay - not technically dessert but you get the idea. In the grand scheme of things, eating the dessert is not that big of a deal, but when I think about what it symbolizes, I'm a little disappointed with myself, to be honest. If Jesus could withstand 40 days of temptation and not succumb to his desires, why can't I? But then I remember that I'm not Jesus. Even with something as simple as dessert, I'm not strong enough.

When I was first thinking about this, it made me feel ashamed. He died for me and I can't even stop eating dessert for a while. But that's exactly the message of the gospel: we're not strong enough. We're not strong enough to resist the temptations of this world and the evil that lies within it. Okay, obviously dessert isn't evil, I'm talking about bigger things now. Lying cheating, doubting, fearing, worrying, being mean; we are not strong enough to resist these things every time we're tempted. Let that sink in. We ARE strong, but we're not strong ENOUGH. And that's why we need Jesus. He knows we'll mess up, but he loves us anyway. He loves me anyway. So, on Easter, I'm going to celebrate the end of Lent and the defeat of evil with a big slice of cake. He didn't succumb to evil, so I don't have to be defeated by my own.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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