It’s ok to not be ok.
This is a popular statement that people in our society likes to say to one another. It’s a beautiful and liberating statement considering everyone feels the pressure to look like they have everything together and that they aren’t struggling.
It IS ok to not be ok. It is NORMAL to not be ok. Heck, I would even go so far to say that if you’re always doing ok, something is wrong. Because as followers of Christ, we shouldn’t be ok all the time. We shouldn’t have everything under control. If we were able to have everything together, we wouldn’t need Jesus (Isaiah 41:13). That is where this post is headed…..
It’s ok to not be ok ...but don’t be alone while you’re not ok. Be with Jesus. Go in the presence of the Lord when you’re not ok.
You are almost done. You are almost there. You might be ready and you might not be. You might feel both emotions. You probably feel a lot of emotions. Whether you are scared out of your mind or you’re counting down the days, you are right where you need to be.
Senior year was a good year for me, but not in a typical way. I had about 2 friends at school my senior year of high school. I was at school for only a few hours then was gone onto what I was doing next. I had more free periods than actual classes so I was never at school. I would go to school from 6:30am and leave before lunch. I would then go directly to work, then soccer practice, then church. I would get home at around 9pm-11pm every night and was constantly busy. I learned a lot of real life things like time and money management, how to juggle multiple responsibilities, and a busy schedule. Read more
Roles have shifted in your high school experience. People around you make you feel like you aren’t a kid anymore and that you have to started figuring out what you want to do the rest of your life. People have now put the pressure onto you, if they hadn’t before, to know exactly what university you’ll be attending and what degree path you will be choosing. You know what I say to that? You don’t owe them anything. You don’t owe them a perfect curated answer. You share what you are passionate about NOW and what you would like to do NOW. Because it will most likely change. And guess what? THAT IS NORMAL AND MORE THAN OKAY!
You are settled in a little bit more. You aren’t the youngest or smallest in your school anymore. But now what?
When I was a sophomore in high school, it was a GREAT first part of the year. I got on this soccer team that traveled and was ranked pretty high. I was playing/ training 6 days a week, had so many friends, and was enjoying the school year. Then, within a month, I decided I did not want to play soccer anymore. I look back now, and I see that in the Lord’s sweetness, He took the desire to play soccer out of my heart. It was such a weird FAST shift that I don’t even know how it happened other than the Lord bringing me back to Him. After that, my identity crumbled. What I had put my identity into for so long is now gone. Who am I? What good am I anymore? What gives me value?
This is a shift in sophomore year as well, because in freshman year you are figuring out what you are good at, what you aren’t good at, new things you like, and things ending that you had done your whole life. So now, you may be stuck with nothing at all. You may be wondering who the heck you are! Your friends may have changed since freshman year of high school, as well.
Well, I stopped playing soccer and tried finding my identity elsewhere. School and grades? No, I was never that smart or determined. Getting into my dream college? No, we didn’t have a lot of money so soccer was my only chance at that. I knew I would be going to the local junior college. Boys? Okay this might work. Read more
Full of hope, nerves, confusion, and excitement.
I started at a new school that was 30 minutes away from where I lived. I went to this high school because at the time, they were 2nd in the nation for women’s soccer. (lol, RIP current day team) I knew only about 5 people total who attended the school and it was a complete new change for me. High school is a big change anyways, let alone going to a school where you know nobody and nobody knows you.
Let me give you some context into what my life was like at this time…. Read more
I get questions all the time for tips about starting a blog, how to use Instagram as a tool for ministry, and overall how to glorify God with Instagram. The truth is, it’s not always easy or fun. We are living in this world that hates what we have to say (John 15:18). And everyone on the interest, is subjected to their own opinion.
You desire to encourage people, remind them of their identity in Christ, and to talk about the passions that the Lord has placed on your heart, but how?
Here are some tangible steps for that: Read more