natalie hagen

You are enough. Your mistakes do not define you. Your past does not dictate your future. Your capacity to love can always get bigger. Show yourself grace when you’re tired and feeling alone. You’re not alone; you are loved and there are second chances. I am thankful for those second and third chances; I am thankful for grace.
—  njh

One day you wake up and realize that you’re not a child anymore. You look around and see your toys collecting dust, or maybe there are no more toys at all. You see what society demands of you, what your parents hope for you, and what your teachers predict for you. Your dreams and carefree spirit are being ladled into a pot, stirred around with anger and resentment for the working world. A dash of insecurity, a pinch of unrealistic expectation and you’ve become nothing more than a cold, hard robot. You laugh at the television, you set your morning alarm for the same time every day, you cook and clean and shop and sleep and go to the bank and say “yes sir” “no ma'am” and you paint your face every day to look like you’ve got it all put together. You’re an adult.

If this is what it means to grow up, I want no part of it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Remember to give love freely and celebrate those you love today. It’s not just about romance, but about cherishing those in your life that you hold dear. We love, because He first loved us.

So speaking in chapel went well and I am just so so blessed to be surrounded by such a great support system of family and friends :) God is so good and I cannot wait to see how the rest of this year unfolds. I thought I would be upset that a few people didn’t even bother to watch my message, but I don’t even care. I am just so full of peace and joy that God was able to speak through me and teach me a few things as well!