You Were Made

You Were Made

You were made to be you, and you were made with a purpose.

You were made with those dimples and that crooked grin. You were made with frizzy hair and those glistening eyes. You were made with an uneven nose. You were made with a fragile heart. You were made full of adventure. You were made with freckles, and you were made with sun-kissed skin. You were made to be curious and emotional. You were made uncoordinated. You were made to be short or tall, meek or boisterous, artistic or analytical.

You were made to be you, and you were made with a purpose.

You were made with all of your insecurities. You were made with all of your flaws. You were made with unique strengths and a life filled with mountains that only you could climb. You were divinely planned for and constructed. Everything about you was needed here on this Earth. So you were made... by a God so mighty that He made planets and oceans. He made trees and clouds. Everything he creates radiates with beauty and you are no exception.

I think, and by think I mean I know, there are times in life-especially in this college stage where we completely question our purpose here on Earth. And, not so much that we question what we are supposed to be accomplishing, but our ability to do so. We question ourselves more so than we question God.

We have a hard time with one thing, or a string of things, and we allow ourselves to feel defeated. Suddenly we doubt our aptitude and become our own worst enemy. It’s because we forget about this one key idea. While we were made to be all these phenomenal things, we weren’t made to be perfect. Perfectly made, yes, but made to be unbeatable, all-knowing, or flawless- not quite.

Despite the ego we as man carry, we are such a frail species. We have breakable bones and breakable spirits, and we were beautifully and wonderfully designed to be this way. God intended for us to have troubles. He knew that this life we live would be hard, but among all of the other things he was busy producing he created us, and created us capable. Every tiny aspect that makes you you, down to the way you play with your hands when you’re nervous was a specific tactic given to you so that you could accomplish what our God will throw your way. So out of all the things you were made to be, the most important thing is that you were made to be enough. Enough in the eyes of the one that planned out your life. You may not be enough to a boyfriend, or a best friend, or to your siblings or parents. You won’t always be enough in the eyes of the world, and you won’t always feel enough in the eyes in your head. But, in the eyes of the Lord you are amazing.

So while you may feel as if the struggles are too hard and your nights are too long, when you finally reach that light at the end of the tunnel you’ll realize it was just a mirror reflecting the radiance you had been projecting all along. The light that comes from the God of all creations and a light that can only shine from you. You were made to be brilliant, mesmerizing, and astonishing.

And, you are all of these things simply because you were made.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.

Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.


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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.


My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.

The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.

There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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