rebelling against low expectations

AuthorAlathia Hayes

is a graciously forgiven college sophomore whose broken soul has been mended by the Author of life. She has a passion for helping children and other teens know how much they are loved. When she’s not studying, you will likely find her playing piano, sipping on a cup of coffee, perusing local used book shops, or participating in an epic round of Mario Kart with her brothers.

What to Do When God Says “No”

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Pain has been a recurring and unwelcome theme in my life. I’ve struggled with nervous system disorder for years. Complications from this disorder have directly caused my inability to work and necessitated that I drop out of college during the semester I planned to graduate. Everything in my life was turned upside down. Every plan I ever made for myself was painfully dismantled. All of this...

The Problem With Finding Purpose in Pain

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I really like being in control. I always have. I enjoy knowing exactly what is happening, when it is happening, why it is happening, and how I can change it. I know everyone values different things, but I’m pretty sure most people can relate to some extent. Because of my obsessive (and often sinful) desire for control, there was one question that graced my lips more often than any other. Why...

3 Truths for the Hard Days

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Life is hard. Although “hard” is relative and looks different for everyone, this is an inescapable truth to which we can all relate. Pain. Depression. Grief. Heartache. Anxiety. These are just a few of the things that can knock us down, hold our attention, instill fear, and test our faith. There are real reasons to hurt. We as Christians should never minimize that. But friend, there...

Christian, You Need the Church

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Independence is championed in modern culture. Being self-sufficient is seen as the ultimate goal of success. We’re pushed to rely on ourselves and make decisions based on our own good and preservation. This has led to some major problems in life, because we were created by God for community. Consequently, I have noticed a general trend among young people. They’re searching for...

Why We Must Worship God Amidst our Pain

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Pain is a recurring theme in my life. That statement is not meant to garner pity, nor is it meant to add shock value to this particular article. In fact, I do not even consider it worth a special or unique pity. Pain is a commonality that all humans face. It is simply a part of life. Pain has been a more prominent part of my life since 2016, when I became ill with a nervous system disorder that...

4 Lies My Pain Tells Me

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Lies are tricky things. They’re often disguised to us as truths or half-truths. Other times, they can be easy to call out as false. Some of the most sneaky lies I’ve seen myself believe recently all had one miserable catalyst … pain. When our feelings and emotions take a front row seat, lies rejoice. Pain has been a part of my daily life as I fight through a pain disorder that causes my nerves to...

Are You Grateful for Today?

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Today I was endowed twenty-four hours as a gift from a loving creator. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. Whichever way you want to look at it, it’s a pretty generous gift. I then posed this question to myself. How did I spend it? Like many of the previous days, I spent my moments of today worrying about the past and lamenting the future. I spent it wishing away what I now can’t change. I spent it...

You Can’t Go Back, But You Can be Forgiven

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“No matter how much or how badly you mess up, just keep playing!” These words were ingrained into my brain before every recital in which I’ve performed. When I play, my teacher knows I have the tendency to back up and right whatever notes I might have played wrong. No matter how hard I tried to keep going, my brain could only process the horrid, discordant sounds my hands had just produced...

What Every Camper (And Camp Worker) Needs to Know This Summer

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The air is growing heavy with humidity, the mosquitoes are biting, and the glaring sun is making temperatures soar… at least, where I live. This is an exciting precursor to anyone who has ever been to (or worked at) a summer camp before. Fun is just around the corner, right? If you have been at a camp in the past, you know it isn’t all rosy fun and kickball games. Camp provides...

Life Is a Gift, So Start Living Like It

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There are days where all I want to do is curl up in a dark corner, cower in defeat, and lament my life. Nothing goes the way I think I deserve it should go. Whether in my family, relationships, at my work, or in my heart, my focus becomes misplaced and I begin pitying myself because life is not all it was once cracked up to be. Life hurts. I know. But I’ve been learning some pretty...

rebelling against low expectations

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