A CHANGE OF HEART

This past summer, I had the opportunity to go on a trip to Guatemala. This wasn’t the first time, since my family had gone with me a couple times before, but it was the first time I was genuinely passionate about going. I had first heard about this trip being an opportunity for students and their parents from my church about a year ago. I knew that no matter what, I had to go.

Since it was a student/parent trip, my mom and I began raising funds for it. The closer we got to the trip, the more nervous I became due to the amount of money I still had to raise in the little amount of time until the trip. It honestly wasn’t until a few weeks before the trip that God provided us with all of the funds. It was amazing, actually. He put a desire in the hearts of family friends to donate just the right amount of money to cover our trips completely.

That’s the moment I knew amazing things were about to happen.

I can confidently say that our trip to Guatemala changed the rest of my life. Not only did I build relationships with some of the coolest, most genuine people I have ever met, but I got to experience God’s love and joy more than I have ever experienced it before.

Every night we would get together with the group that we served with to reflect on our day. Each night left me in tears, amazed at the love of God. I have never felt joy like I did that week.

One of the coolest things was the fact that my mom and I were at the same children’s home, Village of Hope, five and six years prior, before they even had children living there. The impact that they have had on the community and how much they have physically grown as a ministry since our first trip is amazing. There was never a doubt in my mind that God is present at Village of Hope, working through the hearts of each staff member, child, family, and friend involved.

This was also the week I felt God lay a passion on my heart for the first time. I always struggled finding my passions and knowing what to do with my life. I now know that I want to work in the missions field someday, helping His children who may not have a family. I want to live in other countries with foreign languages, and I want to share kindness and His faithfulness through my blog. A couple months ago I was still clueless and discouraged because I had no idea what I wanted in life. I asked him many, many times before to show me my passions and dreams, and I would get discouraged when he didn’t.

I guess through all of this I learned that sometimes God isn’t ready to reveal his plans just yet. I am human and I was impatient, wanting to know all the answers from the beginning. But it all comes down to putting faith in God. Having faith that he will lead you when HE’S ready, not you.

Our trip to Guatemala will always be special to me, being a reminder of joy and faithfulness. If you are ever given the opportunity to travel with a group of people (some of which you may not know) and share kindness and truth, I could NOT recommend it enough. Even if you’re terrified out of your mind, I promise you will not regret it.

If you’re interested in learning more about Village of Hope or potential missions trips to this beautiful place, please visit here.

SPREADING POSITIVITY

Hey wonderful humans !!! It’s been a bit !! I’m sorry that I’ve been pretty MIA lately. Ever since the start of school, life has been absolutely crazy (as it usually is).

For the first month of the school year we had a family friend stay with us from Spain. It was so fun introducing her to the American lifestyle and to all my friends at school ! Ever since then it’s just been a nonstop kinda thing between school, work, my sister’s volleyball games, etc. etc.

BUT I know that there’s no excuse for me to not be posting on here so… I’m sorry !! In all honesty, it’s so easy for me to get caught up in the routine and forget what I’m really doing here on this earth.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s easy for me to get caught up in the negativity that surrounds me on a regular basis (you can see where I’ve talked about it before right here). Of course, I’m totally guilty of providing that negativity at times, but that doesn’t mean I like it. However, I know that I enjoy life 1000x more when I’m optimistic !! This is where I struggle.

Yes, I love being optimistic and finding the joys of life in every situation, but I also can be easily influenced by the negativity at times. SO to solve this problem, I set goals for myself. I promised myself that I’ll use this year, my senior year of high school, to be a positive example to those around me.

This means that I will do my absolute best to show kindness and promote happiness in all situations. I know that me being the human I am, I won’t get this right every time. I’m still gonna have my negative moments and times of self doubt, BUT if I catch myself, I’ll turn my mindset around.

That being said, if you see me being negative, whether it’s in math class (my friend Anna knows that that’s a major struggle for me🤦🏽‍♀️), at work, online, or any area of my life, PLEASE call me out on it !! Just say something like, “hey aubry, how bout ya shut up and be positive?!” cause that will definitely catch my attention !!

Also, I highly encourage you to make your own goals to better yourself and really work towards them. Maybe even get an accountability partner to help ya out when life gets tough! My sister, Kayla, is that person for me! Life is so much more enjoyable when you’re chasing your dreams and reaching your goals, I promise !!

STAY POSITIVE, MY FRIENDS 💛💛