NCSU vc Wake Forest

Well that Pack finally showed up to play! After quite the embarrassing display of football last weekend against Virginia, it was nice to cheer a game where we were actually scoring points! What a long weekend it has been. Friday, Mere, Kyleigh and I all cheered a Women’s basketball game against Wofford, which the ladies won, and then headed home for some much need down time. Kyleigh and Meredith had to be at the Men’s game that night and I napped all day and then cleaned and got ready for my Momma and brother (who I hadn’t seen since summer and I think he is a foot taller) and Ms. Kendy and Scotty. Once we were all together we headed out to Carolina Ale House, because lets be honest, no family visit is complete without it!

Saturday was a busy one. After the 3rd quarter wrapped up 3 stunts groups from small had to leave to football game to head over to Reynolds coliseum to cheer the women’s basketball game against Auburn. Kind of funny since Chuchi goes to Auburn! The Pack ended up with the win for both sporting events and I am pretty sure I felt a range of every emotion that day! After it was a quick dinner and then straight to bed for this girl.

This morning I got to hang out with Buster and the boys and then enjoy lunch at El Cerro with everyone. We said quick goodbyes and I came home and crawled in bed with Mere so we could get on Pinterest, watch Awkward and Jersey Shore and even take a little power nap. Who needs a boyfriend when you can a best friend who will put up with you crawling in her bed to relax!? Her too sweet boyfriend sent her an edible arrangement of chocolate covered strawberries and apples, which she shared with me because she is the best. He won serious brownie points, one might think it would be difficult to be single and have a best friend with the perfect relationship (although she gets mad when I say that) but it really works out to my advantage sometimes! Especially because its long distance (major props to them) so I always have someone to cuddle with if I’m feeling lonely. I honestly don’t know how the girl puts up with me.

After our power nap we got ready to try out a new church. I’ve been there before, but was overwhelmed with the amount of people there, but we tried out a new time that is directed toward college students. The message was great and very simple, put your trust in God. Even if he doesn’t give you all the answers, if you trust Him completely you will benefit in the end. As a girl who is type A and always has to have a plan and the answers this is something I struggle with every day as a Christian. Putting all my faith in God and knowing that he is going to do with me what he sees fit can seem daunting because I like to be in control over myself and know my next move, but I need to remember that isn’t always the case and if I have faith eventually it will all play out.

Now I am preparing for the week, cleaning up and waiting for dinner to be finished. Tonight is all about doing a little work and watching Revenge and The Walking Dead! I feel like every Sunday I can’t help but sing that Craig Morgan song, What I Love About Sunday. I’m done with exams until finals, so this should be a better week then the last. Hope everyone has enjoyed their day as much as I have!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

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My thoughts on Church

I grew up in a family of open-minded, strong people. My mother was raised Catholic and my dad was raised without a specific denomination. My mom was forced to go to church by her parents every Sunday. My dad was allowed to choose. Growing up, my parents taught us to be believers, but that it was our own decision what we wanted to do. We weren’t baptized as babies because they wanted us to grow up and make that decision for our own. We attended church on Christmas and Easter, but we didn’t have roots in a specific church. It was difficult to find one to put down roots in because my dad was in the Air Force, which meant we were being moved every 1 to 2 years.

My parents are also not fans of organized religion. Just because you go to church doesn’t make you a better person. They still have morals and pray and believe in God, they just choose to do it in a different way. I am very thankful my parents let me choose the way I live my life. I’ve been all over the place when it comes to my relationship with God, from not really having an opinion, to questioning his existence, to where I am today.

A Christian. A believer. A lover of Jesus. A follower.

It has taken me close to 20 years to reach this point. It took a lot of thinking, praying, reading the bible, asking questions, trying to understand. Would I be more knowledgeable had I been going to church my whole life? Probably. Would my relationship with Christ be the same as it is today? Probably not. See what if I was forced to go every day and then thought of church as a chore instead of a decision I look forward to each week? Church shouldn’t be a chore, a thing you do each weekend, but are thinking the whole time, “I have to get my homework done after and the laundry started, but at least I can check church off the list.”

Church is a place where you can build community, where you can facilitate your relationship with Christ, where you can meet others who are attempting to live a life that is filled with Jesus. I’m not saying you have to go to church to get all those things, goodness knows I don’t go to church every weekend, life gets in the way. But the beautiful thing about it is I’m still…

A Christian. A believer. A lover of Jesus. A follower.

I choose today and everyday to accept Jesus as my Savior and to try and live a life I think he would want me to live. And I know I have the loving support of my family, friends and Jesus to carry me through.