Friday Chapel

This is the view from the beautiful chapel at my school, which also happens to be my favourite room in the building.

This morning was not exactly a typical Friday morning for me. The reason being is that I decided to attend a Friday chapel that my school was offering. I usually go other days of the week instead of Friday’s. I don’t really have a reason why I went. I knew that a few of my friends were planning on going, and I had nothing better to do, so I went. 

The experience I had for those 30 minutes of my day is not something that I will likely forget anytime soon. The little service was student led and directed, with students doing music and another student preaching. Looking back on the experience, I can honestly say that I can’t remember the last time I was as enthralled in a message during chapel time than I was today. I was soaking in everything my classmate was saying. Something clicked in my head. 

He said something along the lines of: it’s not about doing everything you can to sin less so that you don’t have to go to Hell, it’s about growing closer to God relationally. Jesus didn’t die on the cross just to forgive us or just to make it so we don’t have to go to Hell, but He died so that we can once again be close with God. It doesn’t matter how much I try to do good things and be a good person (I know, very cliché and oversaid statement). As long as I am constantly seeking God and working on my relationship with Him, the other things will naturally happen and it will become second nature. 

Another thing that he said when he was preaching was actually a question, and I want to leave you as the reader with the same question. I don’t exactly remember the exact thing, so I’ll do my best to make the question up based off of what I can remember. Have you ever actually felt the Lord so strongly that you couldn’t deny that it was Him? I would answer this myself in this post, but I feel as if it’s more of a personal reflection. 

I hope that this post finds you in a good spot and that you have a great weekend!

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

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Choices

Hello again! It’s been a few months since my last post, and I’m definitely glad that I took some time off blogging to grow a little bit in my personal life.

Tonight I really just want to talk about choices. I’ve come to the conclusion in the last couple of years that young adults have a lot of choices to make. Most of these choices are anything but simple. The choices you make as a young adult can really follow you and can dramatically change who you are as a person. 

We always have choices of doing the right thing, of choosing happiness or kindness. However, some decisions are harder to make. Some decisions require a lot of thought, because the right decision for you may not be the same as anyone else. Sometimes the right decision is hard to make because you are not aware of the wrong decision, or potential wrong decision. 

I’m definitely going through this stage of my life right now. So many questions and choices coming my way, and I don’t always know how to answer them or what to choose. There are decisions as little as deciding when I’m going to complete my homework, but there are also very large decisions such as deciding where to work in the summer, or what exactly I’m going to do after I’m done my Bachelor degree. 

Even though I have all of these unanswered questions, I know that things are going to turn out exactly the way they need to be. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”    – Romans 8:28 (NIV) 

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”                 – Philippians 4:19

Those are just a few Bible verses that popped into my head as I was writing this post.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

I’m Giving Up

The title says it all. I’m done writing blog posts. If not done forever, then for a very long time. It has been a good outlet for me when I needed a place to put my thoughts, but I’m moving on. There have been things going on in my life that have become more important than writing a blog post lately, and I haven’t posted much recently at all. If anyone is reading this, I hope you find yourself having a good day, remember that happiness is a choice.. for the most part.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. Here is a picture that I took recently. Fall is beautiful. 

What is Going On?

Yesterday I watched out the window with astonished eyes as the police drove off with my neighbor in handcuffs.What I witnessed yesterday was like something that you would expect of a cop show. Street blocked, guns drawn, the police dog searching the area. Stuff like this doesn’t happen in my neighborhood…Well, not until yesterday. 
I don’t know all the details of what happened, but I don’t need them. The world is a scary place. I think the thing that stood out the most to me is that my dad asked one of the officers a few questions about what was going on. After the officer answered the questions, he told my dad that this situation was one that the cops were not too worried about, it was tame on their end. The officer also said, it’s a big deal on our [my] end, and that he understood that what we saw was not normal to us. It shouldn’t have to be normal to anyone. 
I am so extremely grateful and thankful for all of the police officers in my community.
What is this world coming to?
C’est la vie, 

Kayla ❤

 

Ps. Listen to A Team by Ed Sheeren through headphones as loud as you can handle it. Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics. Again, what is this world coming to that a song like this has such an impact on some people?

(Thanks to my amigo for the idea to listen to Ed full blast, love ya!) 

Friendship

The other day I had a 2 hour drive to my house from my cottage. It was just me in the car so I had a lot of time to think. I thought about friendship, and how it changes throughout the years.

Friendship starts out by parents scheduling a playdate with their friend’s children. The parents choose the people that they want to surround their children with. Then elementary school comes and the child gets to make their own friends. This continues for the rest of life, of course.

The main thing that I was thinking on my drive was how if you have gone to public school in the same town your entire life, you have always been around the same people, and the same friends. Once high school hits, you are very good friends with these people and have deep connections to some of them. This is one of the reasons that university is such a big adjustment for young adults. All the people that they are comfortable with are usually no longer at the same school. You have to sort of start over and make some new friends. The funny thing is that the friends you make in university are like instant best friends. Everyone in university is looking for friends, they are looking for some people that will help make the transition a little bit easier. All friends are wonderful, but there is something about the university friend that is different. This person truly knows you, because most of the time, they spend more time with you at school than your own family does…this is especially true if you are living on residence.

After I was thinking about all my wonderful friends that I have made so far in my life, I was thinking about what happens after university is over and all of my friends go their separate ways, what will life look like then? Going from seeing my best friends everyday, to not knowing when I am going to see them again just seems plain scary. I know that I will stay in touch with my best friends, but it will never be the same. There will never be another time in my life like university, being surrounded with people I love (and quite frankly, some that are harder to love :P) and having the best and worst days of my life. Even though the future is a little scary and definitely full of unknowns, I am ready to cherish and enjoy the next few years of my life. The last few years that I will always have my friends surrounding me.

And I guess some day in the future, things will come full circle and I will be scheduling playdates for my own kids with my friend’s children.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. Even though I am specifically talking about university friends here, I love all my friends and always look forward to spending time with all the people that I love.

 

Joshua 1:9

Good afternoon!

This week is one of my favourite weeks of summer so far, because it is the week of Vacation Bible School at my church. This year, I was in charge of planning everything for it and I definitely think that I put a lot of effort into the planning. It is so amazing to see something that I have worked so hard on really come together into a fun filled week for the kids.

The reason that I am talking about Vacation Bible School (VBS) is that I wanted to talk about a specific bible verse. The bible verse today for the kids at VBS is Joshua 1:9.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

I think that this verse is so encouraging. It shows that we have nothing to be afraid of. It is also a nice reminder that God is with us all the time. I have recently decided that I needed to get out of whatever slump I was in, and get things right with God. This has been a slow process so far, but I can see myself gaining more confidence and faith as the days go by.

Prayer Request: Please pray that the rest of this week goes well with the kids, that they might learn the love of Jesus.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

 

Hello Again

Hello Friends,

It has been a little while since I have written anything. This is mainly because I have been busy, and also because I am not exactly sure what I am supposed to write. There have been events this summer that have been exciting, but also some events that have been not so great.

I never want to stop writing. However, with no topics to write about, my mind has been a blank slate.

My summer job is a very interesting one. It has definitely challenged me more than I thought. It is also rewarding me more than I thought it would. This summer I have confirmed that I need to be working with children after I am done school. I have also confirmed this summer that I need to become a counselor of some sort. I am no longer questioning if what I am going to school for is not what I am supposed to be doing. I know now that it is a calling for me. A for sure thing.

I am so excited to go back to school and learn more. Not only will I be learning more about the actual subjects that I will be studying, but I will be learning more about myself. I am excited to keep working on myself as a person. I want to be more kind, and more honest with others and with myself.

I never knew that over a year ago when I started blogging that I would enjoy it and find it as therapeutic as I do. I did not know what it would become or turn out like.

“I have commanded you, ‘be strong and courageous! Don’t tremble or be terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'” – Joshua 1:9 … This verse is kind of my verse for the summer. God has led me into events through which I have needed to remember that He is there for me always. It is also the theme verse of the Vacation Bible School that I am using this year at work.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. I hope you all have a great week! 🙂

Selfish vs. Selfless

Today I went to church and I wanted to write my afterthoughts from the service. The talk today was on marriage. Haha, kind of funny that I am writing something that I have learned about marriage seeing as I am a young, single person, however, the point I am going to put out there is not directly linked to marriage.

In every relationship/friendship, you can choose whether or not you are going to be someone that is selfish or selfless. Sometimes it is hard to look beyond ourselves. We have a choice to make every single moment of our lives. We can choose to be selfish, or we can choose to be selfless. I struggle with this concept because the world that I live in is all about doing whatever is best for me, or whatever is convenient for me, or I am told to do whatever makes me happy. It is so much easier for me to think about myself and place myself above others. It is important to remember that doing things for others is healthy and kind. Putting God and others first in life is so hard because it is so counter-culture for me.

When I read the bible, the versus that typically stick out to me the most are the ones about humility. When I think of humility, I think of someone who is selfless. Being selfless doesn’t mean not doing anything that you enjoy, but it is more about putting others first and thinking about other people. Putting other people first can be hard, but is mostly rewarding.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. In the words of country singer Tim McGraw, “always stay humble and kind.” I really love this song.

Burrito

Sometimes kids say the funniest and most random things. As I was babysitting this past week, the little five year old girl that I look after randomly started calling me burrito. I have no idea why she decided that I should be called a burrito, but for the rest of the time that I was at her house she referred to me as burrito. It made me crack up. I love things that kids come up with, and this particular word is something that I don’t want to forget because of how random, cute, and funny it was.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. I know that this is pretty short, however, it is what was on my mind today. As I was writing, I was listening to The Little Mermaid soundtrack… I’m going to see my friends perform the show this weekend and wanted to be familiar with the music. 🙂

 

Morning Thoughts

As I am sitting here in my living room and looking out the window at all the traffic (or lack thereof), a thought came to mind. I am selfish. I think that being selfish is something that comes easily to people. We don’t want to get in other people’s way, we want to be better than others, we want to be ourselves so badly that we sometimes cut people out of our lives. This is a strange concept to me because although everyone is different and have different lifestyles and things that go on throughout their lives, both trials and triumphs, we seem to think that we are the only ones that have ever felt the way that we do. This creates a focus that is even more self-centered.

We think that we are more special than we are. Of course no two situations are ever going to be exactly the same, but there is always someone that understands what you’re going through. Often, even people in your friend group have similar experiences. It can be hard to open up to others, but it results in a support group and that is most of the time a great thing. I guess the point of my post is that you should talk to someone that you love and trust about your feelings. You may discover new things about people, and you will hopefully become less self-absorbed during the process.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. Today was another day that I wrote a post without listening to music. However, I wanted to write before I go bowling with some friends. 🙂 Have a good day, and a good week my friends!