We live in a culture where fear is normal. Fear is the standard, and we hear it every single day on the news. Another mass shooting. Another hurricane. Another person abducted. Another house burned down in flames. Another flood. People hungry, people angry, people upset at the government.
Death. Destruction. Loss. Death. . . .
When I think about the word "purpose" the word "function" also quickly comes to mind. Everyone has a desire to feel useful. Everyone wants to know that their lives counted for something with their time on earth.
My dad always tells me, "Rachel, you are more than you know."
As simple as that phrase is, it has . . .
So as you know, I am working my way through Draw the Circle, the devotional book to The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
It is shifting my perspectives and paradigms of who God is, and what prayer can do. I always knew prayer was powerful. I know prayer changes atmospheres and can bless hurting people. I know that prayer is our way . . .
I'm a Spanish major with a minor in education, and an ESL endorsement. I am hoping to teach and have my own classroom in the near future! In order to become licensed in the state of TN, I have to pass a series of Praxis tests. Two are out of the way, with another one coming in November. (I find out the results of my second one on Friday!). . .
Human beings spend approximately 80% of their day communicating, and 55% of that is from listening. We are listening to things all the time: music, tv, each other... We are constantly aborbing information. In the culture that we live in, fear and anxiety are prevalent. We hear all about death and destruction, and little about hope.
So I . . .
I am around incredible kids just about every single day of the week. From working at a local church as the Children's Ministry Assistant to interning at an elementary school with a Pre-K class, I have the privilege of seeing students grow and learn throughout the year. I am always blown away by some of the simple revelations or comments that . . .
When I think about my life, I like things to be easy breezy. I like consistency, comfort, and convenience. I like it when things go my way, when there are no hiccups in the road ahead. I am a fan of clear-cut paths, straightforward agendas, and no deviation from my plan.
Hilarious, right? Life doesn't usually happen that way! . . .