Living off hope and mac n cheese
too small, too awkward
it’s really hitting me right now, we’ve been in an ldr for a really long time and goodbyes really never get any easier. I just want him with me all the time.
But I know distance is only temporary.
I’m lucky enough to have these five girls in my life, and the best thing is these five girls just so happen to be my best friends! How amazing is it to grow in God together and to be able to walk with each other. And I am so honored that they chose to be a part of this with me. With me as a leader! How crazy lucky am I! I’ve been through different stories and scenarios with each of these girls, they all tell a different story but a few things they all have in common is their love for Jesus and their want to grow in this relationship. I cant even describe how excited I am for each and every one of these girls! Here’s what they’re doing and where I think they’re all going to go
Ashley- One of the most magnificent human beings on this planet, she’s been through so much by herself, the loss of her first love (rip) the pain of not ever feeling good enough, identity crises, self harm, and the outcome of all of this is she is finally out of the darkness and I really believe she is finding who she is, as a daughter in Christ. Her actions do not define her self worth, her past does not define her self worth, others words and thoughts do not define her self worth, and it is amazing that she has found the light and is so willing and on fire to go towards it. She is going to do big things through the rest of this year, and I am so excited to see where she’s going to go. She is an amazing girl that has done so much good than she realizes, her heart is so big and caring to those around her, I really see her changing lives with the Gospel soon! I am just lucky enough to have her as my sister! Psalm 13:5 “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
Kayla (Gayla, Kayak)- Now we go back a little bit, and we’ve both been crazy through these past four years, but we’ve always been the two to tell each other when enough is enough and I’ve seen her grow as a person so much through these past few years. Sometimes making the bad decisions and ending up losing yourself is exactly where you need to be. To let go and to finally be found by God. I know how hard it is to really let go and embrace where you are, but in order to start doing that, you need to listen and I know what a great listener you are. You’ve made a lot of changes in your life in the past few months and they’re amazing! Do not let anyone ever tell you otherwise, you have crawled back to God and picked up your walk, and in doing so he has lifted you off the ground and dusted you off. I am so so proud of you for leading your own group and beginning your internship in the church!I know you didn’t know what you wanted to do in your life, but maybe this is a sign ;) Dont ever be afraid to be who you are, and to shine with Christ because you are one of the most spontaneous girls with a huge ideas for the world. And remember, put your heart in God’s hands and he will put it in the hands of a man he knows deserves you. You are NOT your mistakes. you are NOT your past. Psalm 16:11 “What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.”
Bri- I cant even begin to describe how caring and big hearted this girl is, and how much passion she has just for helping people. Really, when we walk through the streets she gives away at least twenty dollars to different homeless people each time. This girl is not only a mother, a student, a hard worker, but a daughter of Christ, and I am so lucky for her to be my other half and to be my sister in Christ. I am beyond blessed to have her want to have me walk with her through her journey. I know she’s going to do so much good in many strangers lives this year, and through her daughters. I know sometimes you feel like you’re on your own in a lot of things, or sometimes things seem dark for you, but know you are never alone, God is there, and when there is dark, there is always light. God will provide for you, God will fulfill his purpose, you need only listen. You have a really busy schedule but I know you make time for God and for prayer. And I cant thank you enough for pulling me out of what I was, I think our walk together began years ago, and the best thing to look at is how far we’ve come not how far we have left to go. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Gaby- We’ve only just begun on our walk together and you have such a passion and want to be with God, you only have to let yourself, remember you are the only thing stopping you. God gave you a wonderful husband, and an amazing baby, your family is such a blessing, don’t shut them off to your walk either. I know you’ve talked to others about the Gospel and were only shut out, but dont get discouraged, because I know how persuasive and amazing you are and I can definitely see you spreading God’s word, like you said before you want to “donate” prayers, I promise you I will make that happen, we will stand in the middle of Denver with a sign saying “Free Prayer” You shine so bright and sometimes you forget to see that, Never lose that fire you have for God or the questions, always ask questions! Always talk to God. “Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48
Bonnie- You have had an amazing walk with Christ your whole life. This group is so blessed to have you as one of our leaders as well. Someone so optimistic and open to the love of Jesus, you have the personality that is so perfect for protecting your faith and walking with it even when it means you have to be blind (not literally) Protect your faith, your heart, and always remember you are a perfect image, made by God. I know sometimes you get down about where life is going, and you arent always sure what God is up to, but you continue to keep your trust and faith and it is amazing that you are able to share that with us. Always keep your head up. You input on verses and your own walk with God are an inspiration and should be written down in a book! Your caring heart is going to do a lot of good this year, not only to this group, but to those I know you feel are close to you that need help.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I just want to thank all of these wonderful girls for touching my life the way they have and how they will continue to grow with each other. I love you all.
1 Corinthians 16:14 ” Do everything in love.”
Having your boyfriend (who might I add is a long distance) get in your face and straddle you and start kissing your face everywhere and yelling you’re the greatest Elizabeth Renee Kloeppel. I just love when he puts his last name on my name :)
I just want to share this picture of me and my father when I was three, and me and my father, at the same spot now, that I’m eighteen.
Sucks to suck
3 days till Kayla
20 days till Haiti
34 days till moving day
93 days till my birthday