rebelling against low expectations

AuthorJeanette van As

is a 19-year-old child of God who stands on nothing but His grace. A proudly South African homeschool graduate, she loves music, reading, writing, and all things Celtic. She very recently dared to step into the world of blogging.

“It’s Hard to Be Nobody”: What to do When You Feel Useless


Have you ever felt useless? I have. Over the past few months, I’ve struggled deeply with this feeling of uselessness. The question keeps coming up: What do you do in quiet seasons? I’ve had several quiet seasons in my life recently: in-between times when I felt I was at a crossroad. I was never bored, but I wasn’t running from one thrillingly important thing to another, either. And...

5 Things I Learned About Real Faith


I was fourteen when God taught me a thing or two about real faith. It was a few months after I’d been baptised; my relationship with Him was growing and I was regularly aware of his presence in my life. I felt close to him. The change was so gradual I didn’t notice it at first. But one day I realised: I do devotions daily, but I don’t get much out of it anymore. And I can’t feel the Lord near me...

When Your Dream Dies


I think a dream is dying inside me. I’m in a valley where I can’t see my way out for the high slopes, and all I see before me is the next bend in the road. When I turn it, I just find another one. Inside, I feel like laundry being wrung: scrunched-up and confused. The befuddlement is worse than the pain of the dream’s death. I huddle on the ground. There’s no use pretending – God knows how I feel...

When You’re Lonely


I’m a loner. I love and enjoy people, but after extended socialising I need to recharge by myself. I don’t do crowds, and love visiting with my friends one-on-one. But if no “friend time” is forthcoming, I can be perfectly fine doing my own thing for weeks on end. That doesn’t mean I don’t suffer from Empty Emotional Tank Syndrome sometimes. Or loneliness. Plenty of tears For the past two years...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →