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Lemonade and Life Updates

Okay, I'm just going to get this out of the way right here: This blog post really doesn't have anything to do with lemonade except that I'm currently craving some! I thought the title was catchy, so I decided to keep it. Otherwise, I'd have to come up with a "click bait" kind of title, which I personally dislike and do my best to stay away from! After all, Missouri is having some up and down weather, and just tell myself summer is on it's way, a quick sip of lemonade is enough to convince me.


So yes! What we're originally talking about. Life updates. I had said awhile back I wanted to do more posts like this, something a bit more laid back, like I was talking to an old friend! I find it really easy to get so caught up in blog things that I forget to take some time to realize to take a deep breath and write about something simple. All writers should do this! Write about something that makes you happy, even if it's just once in awhile. It's like a breath of fresh air compared to the intense deadlines encircling us on the daily!


This past Monday I completed my first (and yes, last!) year of home school. It's really something, to have all this downtime in the afternoon! My classes start at 7:45 and end around 12:30, which leaves my afternoons open (in case anyone wants to grab some coffee with me). It's given me a lot of time to sit down and focus. Classical Conversations is a rigorous and intense program, but in the end all, it's something I'm really proud of.


A lot of people asked about my plans for high school, and for the longest time, I was indefinite. I was pretty set on doing CC throughout high school, but now, I really don't think that it was God's will that I do so. I spent a lot of time in prayer and tears, especially this past month, and it's came to my attention the need for Christians, especially in a high school setting. Classical Conversations is a Christ based curriculum, and I totally respect those who want to go through with it. Those students who complete the program are hands down AMAZING! However, it's not for me.


I'm from a Christian household, and the only times I would ever leave the house would be for Worship or Bible studies, and then very seldom activities most teenagers engage in, like hanging out with friends. I would be constantly around people who know God and are on their way to Heaven. This is definitely not a bad thing, but it does make my chances of evangelism very slim.I like to think about it this way: Jesus could have spent a lot of time with his disciples and fellow Christians, which he did, but he also spent time with the lost. Jesus got on their level. His purpose was to seek and save the lost, not play it safe with the believers. However, Jesus didn't let bad company corrupt good morals either! He simply set the example and was a servant to those in need. That's what I aspire to be also!


The need for Christian presence is enormous. We need more Christians who are willing to reflect the beauty of the Lord outside of the church building. I believe it's my job to fulfill that need in a community that's so lost. Am I scared? Uh, most definitely! But I'm really excited too. It's going to take a lot of positivity and courage, which brings me to my next point!


If you follow me on Instagram (@teenchristianliving) I've been on a RANT about courage! It's a topic I'm growing very passionate about. It's way easy to stay on the safe side, right? But as I grow older and begin to see God's plan for me, I realize that if we ignore our privilege to take a risk, we can't go where God has planned for us. When we resent an opportunity, all we really do is surrender a beautiful future for one that's just...safe. Traditional. Instead of reaching our full potential and growing in our faith, we fall flat because we wanted to be comfortable. Candace Cameron Bure has a quote I really like about courage. She says, "The second we are uncomfortable, I think that's where God wants us." I couldn't have said it better myself. When given the opportunity to teach the gospel, don't give it up. Don't ignore it because it's scary of uncomfortable. That's the fear talking. Be optimistic. You may just grow in your faith!


WHEN WE RESENT AN OPPORTUNITY, ALL WE REALLY DO IS SURRENDER A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE FOR ONE THAT'S JUST SAFE.

Those two are the big ones that have been bouncing around in my head lately. Courage and high school. It's really something, that I've arrived here. I remember dreaming about it all the time as a little kid, and now I'm here! It's way different than what I thought, but it's a good different. I have a peace that what I'm doing is right.


Also, something else that's been on my mind lately... YouTube. I've talked about doing it FOREVER! Thank you for being patient with me. But if I'm going to be totally honest with you, I'd probably say that it may have to continue waiting. I totally underestimated how long it would take to put together just a single video! And truth be told, I'm the most awkward person EVER in front of a camera. I'm not even kidding! Pictures are easy for me because all you have to do is smile! (In my house, we say to unleash the teeth!) But videos...I don't know what it is, but it makes me the most wack person out there. If you've met me in real life, you already just how quirky and embarrassing I can be. It's ten times worse on camera! I don't know how we're going to fix it...but I trust that we are going to get things all worked out!


In my spiritual walk, I'm learning a lot and doing well! Every morning I've taken some time to think about a couple things I'm grateful for. Most mornings I usually repeat the same two things; life in my bones and breath in my lungs. Life signifies purpose, and because you are alive right now, God has an intended purpose for you that you may not know yet. On another note, we're beginning a prayer group with the ladies at my congregation, and I'm super pumped to get started! Once we start doing a few, I'll try to blog about it and how you can start your own. This week I was tasked to pray for the youth in my congregation, our upcoming gospel meeting, VBS and our fall lectureship, and the lost of our community! My mom was the one who organized it, and if y'all are interested, I could have her write a guest blog! Also, another thing; guest blogs? Would that be interesting to you? If so, I want to know! I've already had a few people come to mind, but if you guys are all for it, then I am too.


Other than that, I've been loving my ordinary life! Yesterday I did laundry and watched Andy Griffith. It's simple things like that which make me thankful that this is where I am in my life. No, it's not this glamorous lifestyle that some of you may think. Or maybe none of you thought that in the first place! But in all actually, the reality of a blogger is writing hours a week just to get one little blog out in the open! You have to give up time to do things you might actually want to do to get what needs to be done finished: the writing itself. The graphics can look pretty, and your photography can be on point, but without the often overwhelming gift of writing, the blog may just fall through! I totally encourage you to start a blog. Have fun with it! But just know it's a lot of hard work, which is something I still forget from time to time!


I don't know about y'all, but I really enjoyed writing this. I hope it's just as fun to read too! Stay strong, my friends! The school year is just around the corner and Taylor Swift released new music! Thank you a million for reading. Really and truly. If you've gotten this far, I'm impressed! Thank you sweet friends! Much love!

Elena Kallenbach ♡


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