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Today I am Thankful

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"Be joyful always,pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" Thessalonians 5:16-18
Good morning! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already tomorrow!? The holiday season is officially upon us and I could not be more excited! Christmas cookies, decorating the tree, hallmark movies, family time...you name it, I am ready for it! I also just had a crazy realization that I will be done with my first semester of college in less than three weeks- Insane! With all of this excitement and the Thanksgiving holiday in reach, the question of what I am thankful for has been lingering on my mind.
I can remember back to grade school when we would do so much in respect to various holidays. I don't think we had a Thanksgiving party necessarily, but we definitely created some turkey crafts and read picture books about pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. I am also quite certain that my teachers gave us worksheets with math pro…

Love Does

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"Things that go wrong can shape us or scar us. I've had some things go well in my life and some things not go so well, just like you. More have gone well than have gone poorly, but I'm not trying to keep score because I have a different way I measure those things now. God finds us in our failures and our successes, and He says that while we used to think one way about things, now He wants us to think another way about those same things. And for me, I've realized that I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter."  - Bob Goff
Love Does. Bob Goff. Where do I even begin? Before opening this book back in August, I would have never imagined the impact it would have on my life. This book changed my life. This book inspired me. This book....is unlike any other book you will ever read. And I can sincerely promise you that.

A little background on the significance of Love D…

You Are Awesome

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Happy Wednesday!
It's only Wednesday, and this has already been one wild, crazy week.  I took my last French test of the semester, turned in my final chemistry homework assignment, and began writing the final paper for my freshman seminar. The end of the semester is near, and I am beginning to realize just how fast these college years will go. While the past two days have been filled with excitement, that excitement has been accompanied by stress. And when I get stressed, I get frustrated. Sometimes when I am feeling stressed and frustrated, I tend to blame those feelings on my grief. Whether they have to do with grief, or just the general college life, they are indeed evident. So, when I start to feel down, I tend to do things that pick me up [don't we all?] Here are a few things that have been bringing me up lately! 
Who You Are: A Message To All Women To all you women out there...watch this. Truly inspiring. Watching this helps me feel so much better about myself and where I…

Can you help me find it?

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This weekend was absolutely perfect. When you go away to college, you realize just how much you took for granted in the pre-college years. Simply running errands with my mom, watching weekly reality TV with my dad, and showering without flip flops are just a few of the things I never realized I would miss as much as I do. Well...maybe the showering with flip flops thing I could have predicted. But, like I said, I was able to go home Thursday night and have a three day weekend at home. And let me just say that it was exactly what I needed.
      Coming to college was extremely difficult. Having to move into school the day after my sisters funeral was something I never want to look back on. Ever. The school I am currently at directly correlates to my sister's death in my mind. And it is just too painful. It started off decent, but nothing seemed to be working out. I had unfortunate luck with this school, and while many people may love it here, I have just not been able to find …

Hello My Name Is...

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I have spoken the phrase "Hello my name is Taylor" more times that I can count these past two and a half months. I think every college freshman can attest to that. You meet so many people in college...and many of the people you meet know nothing more than your first name. It's interesting to think about that. That these people only know my name. They do not know where I come from, my background, my likes, my dislikes, etc. They do not know my story. Sure, there are a handful who know what I'm planning to major in, what my hobbies are, and the name of my hometown. But when it really comes to knowing a person...well that's just not how things go in college. At least for me that is.
   The summer before I left for college I was so excited to leave! Ready to meet new people, live in a  new state, study something [I thought] I was interested in, and just get some time away from my family for a bit. I was ready to take on the world. God, however, had different plans…