We Are Young: Begin Your Journey With Him

We Are Young: Begin Your Journey With Him

He is guiding my journey and it hasn't looked better.
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I am going to say it. Here I go.

I grew up going to church a couple times a month, every Holiday and praying at the dinner table each night. I learned to be a believer in Jesus Christ, but not necessarily for myself, I did it because I knew nothing else.

My first semester away at college, I did not go to church once. I was "too busy" getting to know my new life, new friends and new me. I was selfish. I truly figured out my passions and worked very hard to be the person I want to be, but deep down something was missing and it hurt. I had heard about youth groups and the specific college church sermons I could attend but did nothing about it.

Over Christmas break, I came home to see my family and went to Mass. Something in my heart was not right. I felt empty, alone, sad, scared, but the most hopeful I have felt in awhile.

The first week back at school I joined a youth connection group and went to a Thursday night sermon for college students and fell in love with my life and God in a whole new light. Sounds cheesy, but 100% true. What I was missing, was Him.

God had been speaking to me. For a semester, He was letting me live my life on my own to test my boundaries. I believe He wanted me to come to Him as an individual, young adult with prayers, hopes and dreams.

Keyword: alone

The Lord wanted me to come to Him because I was interested in growing my faith, not because of a practiced routine I learned growing up.

I hear young people just as I said, say, "it is just not my time with Jesus."

When living on our own, dealing with day in and out pressures, schooling, relationships and hundreds of other things, it can be difficult to stop and think about our lives now, in the present.

We think about....

What we are doing tomorrow.

If doing this extra paper will help our future.

What organizations and clubs will make us stand out.

How to get that kick butt internship.

What if I get a B instead of an A?

Is my life over because I didn't go to that party?

What are we not thinking about? Our lives in this very moment and He who created it. I constantly am thinking about how to be successful and what I need to do next. Learning to live my young life through Jesus, is teaching me to focus on how I can be a better person and Christian in my future and with that, success in a different light will come.

While continuing my journey with Jesus I have learned to pursue my love for writing and journaling. I got an inspirational journal over Christmas break and carry it with me in my purse, literally everywhere I go. I take notes in church, at my favorite coffee shops and mornings I am up a little extra early.

Journaling allows me to take personal time to reflect on the beauty that Christ has given me. I want to reflect on Bible verses each day to influence and give me reminders throughout my week of the work He has done.

We are young. Begin your journey with Him. You just have to make the time.

I think it is exhilarating. It is exhilarating living OUR lives the way we want to. You are in the driver's seat for the rest of your life. Jesus isn't going to show up at our door and say, "come to church." As millennials, we need to push each other to want to live by something greater than ourselves.

Sitting in church and surrounding myself with people who live their lives day to day and solely putting Jesus first, is inspiring. I think at this age, it is easy to be inspired. It is easy to want the happiness that others feel. I felt that and wanted it. I want Him to hear my prayers when I am alone and scared and want him to join my happiness when I feel ultimate joy. It is a journey and that is why he is leading it.

I get it, things come for people when they need it. But if you feel the itch to learn more about Christ, don't hesitate. He is waiting for your arrival.

Begin your journey with him. The journey is yours.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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