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The Formative Years

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The following post includes the my new job title.

“I’m thinking of becoming a middle school English teacher,” I smile as I tell another curious person. The statement is met with a look of shock followed by, “Why???” 
Every.  Time. 
I’m not even surprised anymore by the reaction, it seems natural. My response at first was a shrug. I couldn’t answer because all I knew was that I was drawn to the 6th-8th grade level. Yet, over the past month since I've graduated God has shaped the true response in my heart. I’ve begun to realize that those 3 years of our lives are the awkward years.  When most people look back on that time of their life they may or may not like what they see. 
Those awkward years are the years where we begin to change both emotionally, physically, and mentally. 6th through 8th grade are the years that we begin to grow up. Our eyes are opened to new ideas and images. Our culture begins to effect who we are in a new way.  Our bodies are developing, voices are changing, and…

Stretching Endlessly

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Sitting along the Galveston Coast on a beautiful Friday afternoon was pure bliss. A very limited amount of beach goers littered the stretch of sand my best friend and I occupied. 
As I stared out over the brown salty water all I could do was watch the waves. It reminded me of an article I wrote last summer when I was in Hawaii. In Hawaii I was reminded of how God washes away our sins just like the ocean tides wipe away our footprints. That the footprint that we left are erased and can never be replaced. Sure a footprint by the same person can be pressed into the sand again, but not in the same way. Things and times will change. Even our prints change. 
However, this time as I sat on the edge of the waves I felt and saw something different. I felt freedom.  I felt like I was suddenly shackle free. I contributed the feeling to not being in school anymore. That college isn't consuming my thoughts. That I don't have to worry about the stress of another deadline for a paper. None …

A Four Year Rollercoaster

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A week and a half ago included one of the biggest days of my life, my college graduation. I honestly can’t believe that my time at Texas State is over. Undergrad life was a rollercoaster of emotions. From Freshman year to Senior year I dealt with a lot of life changing events. During my freshman year I had the opportunity to go on my first out of state road trip with people I barely knew, and today those people mean the world to me. 2.42 Church is the group I took that trip with. Over the course of four years they taught me so much about the world around me. Our bible study group, the Thundercats, showed me true friendship over the years. I made lifelong friends within 2.42. They are going to be missed greatly.
There was a time between my freshman year and my sophomore year where I spent 3 months in the beautiful majestic Rocky Mountains. 2.42 has a leadership program that they do every year called Colorado LT (leadership training). Those three months changed me internally in so man…

Part 2 of Beach Reach

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The following piece is a continuation of last month’s article titled Beach Reach Part 1.
We encountered countless times where God came through over the course of the week, but there is one personal thing that God showed me. It was a lesson that God had been reinforcing to me over the course of the school year.
This school year I wanted to make it one to remember, and become more of who Christ has called me to be. So, over the last 8 months I have been trying to focus on myself in several different ways. During spring break I wanted to understand more of who God has created me to be, so when I came across the following verse during my time in South Padre I was thankful. In Acts 11:29 Paul writes, “then the disciples, each according to his ability determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea” the part that says each according to his ability really hit me because I tend to look at others and wish I could do what they can do. I fought this as we were in South Padre the firs…