Where I (Raegan) Has Been This Summer!

Hey guys! I’m finally back after all my million trips! I missed posting, and not being able to tell you guys about what was going on!

I’ll fill you guys in! Let’s rewind back  a few years. When I was looking for a new team, I ended up at a team named “Ambassadors.” I was so scared that I wouldn’t fit in with the team, but within seconds of me showing up, I had probably met everyone on the team. They were so welcoming, I loved it, so I played for them up until I couldn’t anymore. My last ever soccer game was with them. 

I kind of moved on, not hearing from them that often, just a few of my teammates. 

A random winter night last year, I was talking to Seth (my boyfriend) on Facetime, and we were talking about the different opportunities we have for the summer, mission wise. We both had a lot of different opportunities, but we talked about it. We prayed about it to see what we should do this summer.

The following day I was babysitting, and I got a text from my soccer coach from Ambassadors, asking me what I was doing this summer. However, I haven’t played with them for about 2 or 3 years. So, I was beyond shocked he texted me! It was totally out of the blue. I believe it was pretty evident that what I was supposed to do.  I met up with him that weekend to hear the details. 

I was head over heels ready to do it before he even gave me details on it.  He told me it was going to be about a five-week-long trip, where I was teaching soccer to kids, and I was teaching them about Jonah. I will tell the story of Jonah in a later post because I enjoyed what I taught the kids.

 I told him I really wanted to go, but my parents told me to wait and pray about it.

After they told me to pray about it, I told them about how I was praying the night before. All-in-all, about two days later, I texted my coach and said I was in.

Not fully knowing what was to be ahead, which I will talk about in future weeks!

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Thanks for popping in today! See you next week!

Raegan

How an Orange Led to a Salvation Conversation

Welcome back, I’m finally back from my trip! I am going to tell you guys about it!!

The last month I was able to experience something out with expecting. I got to play soccer, teach kids about Jesus and learn more about myself. One of my camps we had a huge portion of foster kids. I am going to tell you about my buddy Oliver!

Oliver was a kid who struggled a lot with anger and with focusing throughout the day. Oliver would get angry over the smallest things. One time someone ate the orange he found. He was broken hearted that it was gone! So I found him an orange that was cut up and just told him “That one of the coaches did surgery on his orange.” This helped me and Oliver connect since he found this very funny.

Oliver was known for running away from whatever we might be doing. Typically once Oliver ran no one could get him to come back. One time when Oliver ran away I decided I was going to follow him. I’m not a runner, so I just walked over. This probably helped because he just sat down and didn’t continue to run. We began to talk about Mr.Orange. It cracked him up and he told me he wanted to pray to have a relationship with God, but he was scared. He was scared his body couldn’t handle it. This was because when he gets upset he begins to hit and just get very frustrated. I told him he could handle it, he just needed to believe in himself. So, he told me he was going to pray. We prayed together and right after he said,”Amen” he looked at me with tears in his eyes. I said, “I love you Oliver and I’m so proud of you” He said “ I love you so much! Thank you!” And gave me a hug that knocked me down to the ground. From that moment on he was such a great listener when I would say, “Oliver I love you, will you do…” The words “I love you” meant the world to him and he would listen. You could see the difference throughout the week! Less hitting and running away!

This is one of the few insanely awesome things I witnessed in the last month!

Iced Coffee or Eternity?

Hey guys! It’s Alyssa & I am so glad that you’re here! I think that it is so crazy that we are almost half way through August!! As classes start and summer ends,I found it essential to have this conversation with you all today.

Today, I will be talking about something that nobody wants to acknowledge. This is something that is so sensitive to SO many, and I’m going to enter this conversation with you all regardless of how this may make you feel.

Let me tell you a story.

About this time last year, my life was going at full speed ahead. I was involved in so many activities and found so much joy through them. I had 3 jobs- A local ice cream stand, a local meat and cheese store, and I had a consistent weekly babysitting job that I considered to be a job.

I also was enrolled in some nursing classes, to get a head start on my end goal of being a medical missionary. Along with these nursing classes, I was still in high school, so I had those classes too.

I was elected the Junior Class President- something that I’ve been working for since the 5th grade.

Along with Class President, I could also be found in many, many clubs throughout the school, including a Bible study, Student Council, Key Club, a Kindness Club, along with Pep Club.

In my church, I was involved in children’s ministry (Something that I have loved to be involved in since the 6th grade), as well as youth group.

Life seemed to be going so well, I thought I was managing my life well (Or at least as well as you can as a 16 year old) and I felt like I fit in with everyone because my calendar was filled. But then, I realized something that I looked over time and time again.

Each and every thing I was involved in consumed all of my time. Many Sundays were spent at Starbucks trying to catch up for the week or get ahead for the next. This time of my life is when my anxiety started to get bad, and my stress levels were through the roof. The more and more I committed myself to, was another step that I took away from my Creator.

What I realized next might not sit with you well. When I realized this, I was so full of emotions trying to pick apart what this all meant and what I needed to do.

Satan uses busyness as a vice to put a wedge between us and the One who was never too busy to pursue us.

Our society has etched it into our brains that if your schedule isn’t full, then your life is a failure. They say if you don’t have a really cool story to tell your friends after the weekend, then you’ve failed at life. Yes, having plans is a good thing, we were made to have fellowship and to have relationships with each other. But, we were not made to let our plans be our priority.

Jesus came and died for you and I to make a “bridge” from this Earthly, messy life, to a peaceful, perfect one in Heaven. A powerful way Satan tries to break that bridge is through busyness. When our priorities are our plans instead of our Creator, Satan wins.

For me, Satan was winning in many ways. He won by my busyness, my anxiety and my stress. These 3 things consumed me, and I lost sight of Jesus. Even though I realized that I needed to change what seemed was “too late”, I then realized we are never too far from Jesus. Even though I put other things as my priorities, He remained the same constant, loving God that He was & is & is to be.

God really spoke to me that I need to drop a few things from my life that were consuming me. So, within a week, I quit 2 of my 3 jobs, decided to drop my nursing classes, and cut down on my commitment in my clubs. Let me tell you, after I made and acted on these decisions, my anxiety & stress improved, and I was able to focus on God more than ever before! Shortly before these changes in my life, Raegan and I began the planning for this blog page. This gave me a constant thing to pray for and work on, and this has strengthened my faith more than ever!

I began to pray that I would find a job that would allow me to have Sunday’s off, and would be flexible for me to be involved in more church activities. Suddenly I find myself at an interview at Chick-Fil-A! I got the job and this relieved so much stress of my shoulders. I found a job that gave me a constant day of rest, flexible scheduling and better yet, was a Christian company! I am still at that same job to this day, and it is such a blessing to work for such an amazing company!

As I begin to wrap up, I have a challenge for you ALL. This is something that is going to test your faith, 100%. I encourage you to first PRAY, ASSESS, and ACT on what God is telling you to do regarding your busyness.

I challenge you to find at least 1 way that Satan uses busyness to consume your life. Maybe it’s a job, a sport, a club or even a class. I challenge you to first seek God for wisdom.

Pray that His will would be done, and that you will faithfully follow what He is saying. Then, assess. Take a look at your life. Maybe, you even need to write things down. Think about everything that you are involved in or that you spend time on. Maybe you’re in a sport that you don’t even care about & God is telling you to quit to pursue Him stronger. Maybe you are in this class that you spend forever studying for that isn’t THAT important. Think about something that Satan is using to control you. Then, act. Act on what God is telling you to change. Maybe this is as simple as changing your work availability to not work Sundays so you can go to church.

Now, let me get this straight. I’m not telling you to call your coach right now and tell them that you’re quitting. I’m not telling you to drop out of college. I pray that you would just hear out what I am saying. I’m not saying that being involved in things is bad and you shouldn’t be social.

I’m saying to drop the thing that is drawing you away from the One who is NEVER too busy for you. Clear up some time to spend with God. Give up getting Starbucks every day so that you can afford to not work Sunday mornings so you can go to church.Not having a known eternity or a relationship with Jesus is FAR MORE of an issue than having an iced coffee- guaranteed.

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God.”

If our lives are full of chaos and busyness, how can we be still and have an understanding of God?

I hope this post moves you guys. I pray that it will challenge you to make a change in your life to fully pursue Jesus. I hope you have an amazing week!

-Alyssa

Supporting “The Young”

Hello & welcome back! It’s Alyssa & I am so thankful that you are checking this post out! It’s so crazy to me that summer is almost over! I am getting ready to start my senior year- I can’t wait to see what God has in store for my next stage in life! Today I am going to be talking about supporting new Christians, lets get into it!

Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone accept Jesus for the first time! It literally brings me to tears when someone follows Jesus! When I have the most special blessing of praying with someone to say yes to Jesus, I can’t help but ugly cry after!! Many times as Christians, we don’t know how to support new Christians. Sometimes referred to as “baby Christians”, these new followers of Jesus need encouragement & love more than ever!

In Romans 14, Paul wrote about the weak and the strong. He is referring to weak and strong Christians, and he gives some powerful insight on how to love on other Christians. Verses 1-4 give some great encouragement to take to heart!

“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And once they stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.”

As Christians, we are not called to judge the magnitude of other’s faith. God has accepted the hot mess, imperfect us, so it doesn’t make sense to judge others.

Verse 8 says “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”

No matter how invested your faith is, we all as Christ followers live for the Lord. Along with life is death, and we all die for the Lord. In a world that we live in today, there is so much peace in this verse. No matter what happens, it is all for the Lord & there is nothing to fear because we follow Christ.

Concluding this, I encourage you all to love on newer Christians and to encourage them! I hope you all have a great week!

-Alyssa

Want to Take a Chance? Click Here!

Welcome back, how many of you are excited to see how Monopoly can relate to the Bible! I know I am so excited to share, but to start off, how many of you like the game Monopoly? 
Well, I hate the game of Monopoly, but I am going to talk about it anyway! I only hate it because it’s such a long game, which I always tend to lose.
The point of Monopoly (for you lucky people who haven’t played) is to gain as much property and money as possible. And to try and make all the other players go bankrupt. But in Monopoly there is a spot called, “ CHANCE”
The risky players love this spot, but the players who like to play it safe are not a fan of the space. The card you pick up on this space can be either good or bad. No one really likes  taking a chance if they know it’s going to be BAD! 
Well, for every human we get to take a chance. The chance is to have JESUS in our life. When you take this chance it isn’t a bad chance, this a good chance. You take this chance when you finally make the decision and say, “YES TO JESUS” you are handed a “Get Out of Jail Card.”
Actually, just a few weeks ago I had to explain to a little girl. She told me that she hates making decisions, so she didn’t want to make the decision to follow Jesus. So I told her this analogy and you could just see it click. So awesome!! Thanks for reading, but I promise that the best chance to take in your lifetime!
Thanks for popping in,
-Raegan

Choosing the World or Choosing the Word

Hey guys! It’s Alyssa, I hope you’re having a great day! Lately I’ve been trying to soak up the last few weeks of my last summer before senior year! I am so excited for our conversation today, so lets dig into it!

This summer I challenged myself to make reading my Bible an everyday type of thing after what happened to my faith last school year. So often last school year when I was faced with the decision to choose this or that, it was often my faith that was compromised. I never realized that I was doing this until it was too late. I strayed away from God and became farther and farther away from God. I was choosing the world and its offerings rather than the Word and the beauty that God reveals in it.

In James 4:4 says: “Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

If we choose to indulge in what this world has to offer, we turn against God. For me, I chose my studies and work over God. School is a great thing, and working is great, but God didn’t design those to separate us from Him. School can be a great place to share and challenge your faith, but it should not be idolized. I chose to work 3 jobs, enroll in nursing courses, and do my high school classes along with my various clubs and school involvement over my relationship with Jesus. I often spent my Sundays at Starbucks doing homework all day, or catching up on sleep because I was up until 3 in the morning every night.

Our society glorifies lives being busy, and if your life isn’t busy, then “you aren’t successful”. God made the sabbath for Christians to have a chance to unwind and be with Him. Satan uses busyness to separate us from God, and it’s vital that we recognize this before it’s too late.

Temptations of busyness are bound to happen, and James 1:13-15 says: “When tempted, no one should say “God is tempting me”. For God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone, but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.”

God is not the one who tempts us, but Satan. When worldly desires consume our heart is when we separate ourselves from God. We see this in the earliest of days, with Adam and Eve. God told Adam and Eve they can eat from any tree in the garden besides just one, simple enough right? Well their Earthly ways took over their hearts. Both Adam and Eve ate from the tree, and sin entered the world. When God asked if she ate the fruit, Eve replied and said “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13)

Satan can and WILL tempt us all at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s not with eating from a tree. Maybe it’s with our busyness, our language, or even a relationship. The most important thing about temptation is that we are not stuck in it. Jesus came to make a way to let us flee from our sin and temptations, all we have to do is say yes to Him. It is as simple as admitting that you have a sin problem, that Jesus came to make a way to fix that problem, and you want to follow Jesus for the rest of your life.

And then suddenly after you pray that prayer, your eternity direction does a complete 180! Guys, I URGE you if you haven’t prayed for salvation yet, that you truly consider it. We know that sin leads to death (James 1:15), but Jesus came to die our death so that we may be with Him one day! You never are guaranteed your next breath, and what peace you can have knowing that whatever happens, you are FREE and RELEASED from your “sin sentence” and you know exactly where you are going!

I encourage you to make a challenge of yourself from this post. Maybe you decided to take a step back and get rid of a source of your busyness that keeps you from God, maybe you decided to flee from your worldly temptation, or to follow Jesus for the first time. Comment down below what you were challenged by & your decision you made!

I love you guys and I’m praying for you this week!

Love, Alyssa

Ew! Monopoly!!

Hey guys! It’s Raegan and I’m going to be trying something a little different on this post. I’m going to talk about an experience from last summer while explaining what I talked about. 
Last summer, as some of you know I went on a mission trip out in California! It was crazy! 
On this trip, everyone was given an object and was told to teach a lesson on it. 
Mine was Monopoly. I was terrified when I was given this as my object, for many reasons. 
One being I, hate Monopoly. And ya, that’s the only reason. But let me tell you, that game is not my friend whatsoever. So we were given help, and I took all I could get, with open arms! 
It was July 14th, and the leaders told me that I would be sharing my lesson in front of whoever shows up to this program we were putting on. 
Yes, I get nervous about things like this, especially with a bunch of peers. If we are going to be completely honest,  I was more nervous about my team(peers) listening then anyone else. 
Luckily, by this time I had a really fantastic friend on my team, who was very sweet, had a lot of patience, and very wise! He helped me prepare and calm down and just be more ready then I thought was possible for me, in front of my peers!
Honestly, when I got up there it wasn’t bad, I just couldn’t juggle a microphone, my bible, some pieces of Monopoly, and myself! I dropped a lot of things, but overall it went well!
Next week, I’m going to talk about how Monopoly goes with the Bible. Just like I did July 14th, 2018!
Thanks for popping in 
-R

What’s a Spiritual Gift?

Hey guys! It’s Alyssa & I am so glad you are checking this out! I hope your week has been good- I just got back from a youth conference called Momentum, and I learned so much! I have to admit, it’s good to be home & back in my own bed. 🙂

Today I am going to be talking about something that God did in my heart just about a year ago. A year ago something in my life happened that I would of never guessed would have. A year ago I surrendered my life.

Last summer, I was away from home for a month total. I was on Operation Barnabas & then at Momentum, dedicating a whole month straight strictly to Jesus. God really taught me a lot throughout this time, and my faith was really solidified. But it wasn’t until the last night of Momentum until God completely wrecked my heart for full time vocational ministry. Jeff Bogue was talking about full time ministry and what that looks like, and invited us to pray if God has that on our hearts & if so to come up on stage. I remember praying that if God has this in plan for me that He would send me a sign. Suddenly I rose to my feet and made my way up on stage. Never ever would I imagine that I would be in ministry for a living, but I am so thankful that I listened to God’s calling.

Following this session, I began to think and wonder as to what this full time ministry could look like. I began to think of my God given talents or spiritual gifts that could be used to further the Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 12:4 says:

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone is the same God at work.”

Everyone has their own unique spiritual gifts. Maybe you’re musically talented, good with kids, or just easy to talk to. Maybe you have absolutely no idea at all what your gifts are, or you’re currently seeking God to show you your spiritual gifts. For me, my spiritual gifts were truly revealed to me last summer. It became so evident that I have such a passion for making connections with others and sharing my faith.

Story Time With Raegan

Hey guys, welcome!  About a month ago I told you guys, I was going to share about and I quote, “one of my favorite-most incredible opportunities, which I was given at Jr. Camp. “

I’m so excited I finally get to share with everyone! 

While at camp, I was given a group of 22 kids. This helped me figure out I’m definitely never in a million years having 22 children of my own… But, I once again fell in love with doing mission work and encouraging kids. 

At camp, I was given the opportunity to pray with a girl for her to say yes to Jesus for the first time!! And pray with 3 of my girls in my group to resay yes to Jesus!

I know that’s all so incredible, but listen to this!!

I was given the opportunity to go up on stage in front of all the kids and share my story! There was over 200 kids! For those of you who don’t know here is a short glimpse of it 🙂

okay, I grew up with my dad being a pastor.  Which means I said yes to Jesus at a very young age.

 Also, I have had a speech problem most of my life. Having this problem controlled who I was. I didn’t talk a lot. When my dad closed our church,  we ended up at the one we are serving with now. While at youth group, they were talking about how we would be used for God in a special way. But, for me, I had no idea how He could use me if I hated talking, because of my speech. I went home a mess, but read something in my Bible which talked about how our weaknesses can be a strength. Ever since that day, I have improved in my speech by an insane amount.  It really changed a lot about me. If you want to read more on my story check out my post, “Chocolate Donuts and Lots of Tears.” 

But, being able to share this meant  I got to tell over 200 kids that story this week. The room as fill of silence.  You could hear a mouse walk. (Yes, I just made that up) 

When I shared how God uses me now, I saw numerous kids jaws drop – even heard a few say, ”wow”

In the humblest way, I had a lot of kids come up to me and tell me how it inspired them. One kid, told me how he isn’t going to stop speech class. Even though he told his mom on the way to camp he is never going again because he is bullied for it. I witnessed God moving in these kids lives!

This was one of my favorite moments in my whole entire life! I would do it again in a heartbeat!!

The reason why I share this, is because there is a reason for your story. And God will use everything and it will impact someone. I promise you that at least one person can relate to a part of your story! Its so fun to share and watch the impact of it. I promise it will touch someone in some way! 

Thanks for reading,

Raegan