The 5 Types Of Relationships In My Life

The 5 Types Of Relationships In My Life

I'm thankful for each one.
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I’ve been on this Earth for 20 years—that’s 20 years of relationships I’ve formed. Some of those relationships I have kept to this day, some have faded out and disintegrated into nothing. For some reason, for the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about these relationships I have in my life. Each one is different, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.


Relationship Type One: People who provide endless love and support.

My parents fall under this relationship, as do my siblings. A few friends also fall under this relationship and I couldn’t be luckier to have those people surrounding me. Being constantly lifted up when my spirits are low, encouraged to be my best self, and told to go for any opportunity I may be interested in has definitely helped shape me as a person. These people, the ones who love me no matter what mistakes I make and consistently tell me to try new things (despite whether I fail or succeed), are the people who give me the courage to fight through life and go after what I want.


Relationship Type Two: People who want to make me happy no matter what.

You guys, you never fail to put a smile on my face. When I’m around you, I smile more than usual. My body aches from laughing so hard. It almost seems as though your main goal in life is to make and keep me happy. Thank you for sending me pictures of cute dogs when I feel upset because you know that always puts me in a better mood. Thank you for showing me funny memes when I need to take a break from life and just laugh at what the Internet has produced. Thank you for telling me silly stories about the ridiculous events that have happened to you because that’s just how life is at this age. I hope I provide the same kind of happiness for you as you do for me.


Relationship Type Three: People who give me advice, even if I don’t always want to hear it.

You keep me grounded. When I feel like being rash, you force me to actually think through the situation and evaluate it. Will it benefit me or will it set me back? Thank you for prompting me with these kinds of questions. I like to think that I’m pretty good at evaluating situations, but when I need extra help, you’re always there to give your input. Sometimes you need that voice of reassurance, or sometimes you need to hear another side. Without you, I would only have my viewpoint on certain situations and my view on things would be skewed. Thank you for consistently giving me words of wisdom, even though it may not always be what I want in the moment.


Relationship Type Four: People I can do absolutely nothing with and still enjoy myself.

You people are of a special kind. I can sit in complete silence with you and not feel uncomfortable. I don’t feel the need to scramble my mind in search for conversation. I don’t feel the need to consistently be doing something to entertain us. Doing nothing with you is perfectly O.K. by me, and that’s sometimes exactly what I need.


Relationship Type Five: People I can tell anything and everything to.

You guys, well, I’m sure you know who you are. You are the definition of my right hand, my go-to, my partner in crime, my person. Thank you for handling me at my worst and loving me when I’ve hit rock bottom. You’re there for me in every way humanly possible. When we’re separated, I can call you and talk for hours without being bored with the conversation. It doesn’t matter where I am because when I need you, you’re there. Thank you for always listening to me, even if my problems may seem petty or I just want to hear myself complain. We are each other’s outlets, the ones who understand each other the most. Everything with you is easy and I don’t feel judged for being myself when I’m around you. You give me so much to be thankful for.


I hope that throughout your own lives you make lasting relationships that provide you with joy and make you want to be a better person. I know I’ve made a few of my own.

Cover Image Credit: Toria Clarke

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?

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This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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