New Projects!

So this summer, with help from some U of M employees, I have decided to start a major project. I've had this in the back of my mind for a while now. I'm going to start a charity in my mom's name. Now everything is still in the first stages so I don't have a lot of details. But the goal is to make enough money to pay for one mother's treatments for breast cancer a year. Now this is a lofty goal, and will probably take years to accomplish. Many people don't know that it can cost between 50,000 to 100,000 to pay for treatments. Coming from a not so wealthy family I have seen first hand the toll this can take. Now here's the challenge: those of you who know my mom (she does not read my blog) keep it a secret from her!! The charity is going to be in her and Ruth Stenson's honor. I feel very passionately about this, and am so excited to start! If anyone has any advice for me please email or comment! Otherwise I will be setting up a donations link of this page soon and feel free to make a donation!

Lots of love,

God's Will

Philippians 2:13: For god is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.

This past year has been a wonderful, hard, devastating, and happy year. All these things are a part of life, but sometimes it is easy for a person to get lost. I have been lost, and clawing, scraping, and using the strength of God to get myself back on his path. Sometimes lost doesn't mean depressed or broken, it just means different. I have felt as though God means different things for me, and hopefully great things, but I just haven't been listening. It's easy to get caught up in school and boys. A book that I'm reading called "Keeping God in the Small Stuff" pretty much sums it up:

"Jesus simply summed up God's will for your life when He said: "And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all yourmind, and all your strength... and love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31). That's it. No secret formula. no list of "pros and cons". Just staying focused on God."

What a great way to state the will of God. It's not hard. It's just what it is. Love. Listen to it, do it, follow it. I challenge myself to do this with some prayer and the help of those who love me.