Vulnerability. It’s Beautiful.//Rachel//ODU

 

The Lord’s timing is always the best. Before the time I spent in NYC this summer, I had come across references to John 3:30 multiple times. The book of John was the first book  I read right after I started walking with the Lord, I have seen the “HE>I” bumper stickers all around, and have even heard of people wanting to get “HE>I” as a tattoo. Yet, I never asked much about it and never had a desire to know what Bible verse it referred to. Each time I started to want to know more about John 3:30, I could tell that the Lord was telling me, “Not yet.” IMG_4115

A key thing I have struggled with in the past is being open and being vulnerable. However, this summer the Lord was able to use and grow me in the midst of my vulnerability. During my 6 weeks in NYC with Cru for summer missions we started to go through the book of John. One day I sat down and started reading and was determined to focus more on what the Scripture was saying and what the Lord was trying to teach me. That’s when I came across John 3:30: “He must become greater; I must become less.” As you are born again in your walk with the Lord, you start to become less of your old self and grow more in your new identity with Christ. This verse gave me comfort during my time in New York because I was constantly being placed out of my comfort zone.

I have never felt comfortable praying in front of people, singing in front of more than one person, or even just getting up and making a speech. Every single one of those things made me feel extremely uncomfortable and vulnerable. In society’s eyes, vulnerability is a way of becoming less of who you are. If you are vulnerable, then you can not be the strong and guarded individual that you have tried countless years to create. All the walls I have built were quickly torn down and the Lord met me where I was at. I started jumping at the chance to pray first or close the group in prayer; I was one of three who helped lead worship every week during our trainings, for a church service one Sunday morning, and for singing in the subway every week on our free day; finally, during our High School Week I had to give a training on how to prepare a personal testimony in front of everyone. All of that pushed me out of my comfort zone, it made me vulnerable. I started to become less of who I thought I was. While all of that was happening, God became glorified, he was becoming greater, and I was becoming more of who the Lord knows I am.

 

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Hello friends! I am currently going into my fourth year at ODU. I just recently switched my major from Biology to Criminal Justice while I was in NYC as I started to listen more to the Lord’s plan for me. I plan to graduate in two years after this big switch! A couple things I enjoy are being outdoors, rock climbing, playing guitar, and finding any little bit of free time to watch Netflix. Thank you for taking the time to read what the Lord has taught me this summer!

Christians, beaches, & swimsuits // {Laura}

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Cru’s spring break conference, Big Break, in FL. It was so refreshing to have the sun shining on my face and my feet in the sand and even though the water was cold, I could have spent hours swimming in the waves. I loved it.

However, being on the beach with a bunch of christians can be a really intimidating place. Right? It can be an environment that feels like you have to either cover everything up and wear a body suit or fear judgement for running around confidently in a swimsuit. Or at least…this is how I often felt, especially when I first became a believer and started considering what it meant to honor the Lord with my body, particularly in a swimsuit. 

There are so many different things to talk about related to this topic…modesty….body image… freedom from judgement and judging others…just to name a few. But as spring arrives and swimsuits start to be at the front of every store, I wanted to share this video. It was all over the internet about two years ago. I’m not saying she has all the answers, but I think she makes good points. And I think it’s a good conversation to have among Christian women, one I hope to write more about soon. For now, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it and let us know your thoughts! 

Five Things Fridays {Prints} // Meg

I like things that come in sets. I like sets of good pens. I like coordinating necklaces and earrings. I like fabric “jelly rolls” where you can pick out a set of fabrics that are cut to a specific size – all the patterns and colors of the fabrics coordinate and the creations with them are endless.
I also love pretty things. I love the simplicity and profoundness of phrases of Scripture written in calligraphy on a canvas. I love the inspiration of photos of delicious foods, the depth of emotion in really good photos, the way that a perfectly-lined and beautifully covered journal makes me want to fill its pages with prayers and dreams and emotion and heavy thoughts. 
On Fridays, let’s share some of both. Pretty things and sets.  Hard things, good things, God things.  Some of this and some of that. Five things Fridays. Can’t promise there won’t be another post mixed in from time to time.  Can’t promise the five things will always be deep or serious.  Let’s share five things. Here we go. First up: a light and fun topic…
Five prints I’m dying to have hanging in my house.

1.  Okay, so this one I do have hanging in my house. But I can’t not share it. I love a good Shauna Niequist quote. And Lindsay Letters.



2.  Anything. Rifle Paper Co. Seriously. Anything.


3.  I was pondering this verse today. Grace upon Grace. John 1.  I recently was told of Naptime Diaries and so far, I haven’t been disappointed.

4.  I’m a sucker for Ashlee Proffitt’s prints. They’re pretty, they’re simple, they’re gospel-centered. Yes please.



5.  And finally… yes to the peacock.  Confession: I actually downloaded this home screen background from the She Reads Truth app today. I love this.


Happy Friday, friends! Enjoy your weekend. My prayer is that you would be surrounded by beauty and filled with the truth of God’s Word!