Where Is She Now | 1 Year in Kansas

365 day ago I moved from Dahlonega, GA to Topeka, KS. And I love it. I am so happy that I listened and moved in God’s timing. Born 1995, Moved to Camp Hope 2002, Moved to Topeka, KS 2016.

It has definitely been a year of firsts and new things.
Bought a car | Entirely in cash
Started a new job
Went to a new assembly and met some amazing people
Went to more Bible conferences than I ever have before
Moved into my own place
Graduated college with an AAS in Business Technology
Spending Christmas away from my family
Moved again and signed my first lease

Some not so monumental things include:
Defining my style | I’m almost there
Learning to live on my own
Learning to cook for one person
Hospitality | Having people over for dinner
Working with the chapel Youth Group
Making some great friends who have changed my life

I cannot wait for this next year. I would have never thought that I would be living in Kansas, 869 miles from where I grew up in Dahlonega, GA, a place that I called home for 14 years.

So thank you to everyone who has supported me in this change.
For my family | Trusting that I am in God’s hands and sending me out. Being a phone call away when I have a question
For the chapel here in Topeka | Welcoming me in with open arms even when you couldn’t figure our why I had moved here.
And to the friends I have made here in Topeka | You are amazing! Listening to me when I start to panic about why I’ve moved here. Being family on Christmas. Being family in general. And so much more than I can say in one post.


23 things about me

1 | Big Family – 9
2 | Graduated Fall 2016 – Associates Degree
3 | Love Reading
4 | Moved to Kansas August 29, 2016
5 | Play the piano
6 | Love Music
7 | Love Musicals
8 | ISFJ
9 | Sewing – Bags and refashioning clothes
10 | Spontaneous Tears
11 | Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – Turkey Hill brand
12 | Love my Bullet Journal
13 | Favorite colors – Gray, Purple, and Navy
14 | Nephews – 4, Nieces – 4
15 | Camp!
16 | Love organizing
17 | 2 blogs
18 | Love my bangs { and now my red hair 🙂 }
19 | Love my sisters
20 | Loving my style now
21 | No debt
And a two bonus things
22 | I love my life here in Kansas. It is the best thing that I could have done and I’m so glad that I followed the Lord’s leading here
23 | Favorite Starbucks drink – Iced coffee with White Mocha and 2% milk

5 months

I’ve lived in Topeka, KS for 5 months.

No one else really remembers but I do. And I’m excited that I’ve made it this long. I’ve occasionally had second thoughts but not for very long. Why? Because I know that this is where I am supposed to be. I know that this is where the Lord led me when I prayed about moving. I trust in Him even when it isn’t easy.

Of course I miss my family but I’m thankful that they’re just a phone call away. I know it makes it easier on my mom when she hears that I’m doing ok and I know she appreciates me calling everyday. Even though I’ve moved away, I honestly think that I’ve grown closer to my siblings through the move and for that I’m thankful.

Now I just need to plan a trip back to Georgia, but who knows when that will be. 🙂


A New Year

Sorry for no updates. I’ve been trying to get into a routine here and there’s not much excitement in that.

I got to spend Christmas Eve day with the Hawkinsons and another friend and then that evening I went to another families house and we played games till 10.Christmas Day came and went. It was hard. I’m thankful for a church family that swallows me up when I need it. I went to three different houses, spending several hours at each, and I’m so grateful for them. I got the Monday after off so I whiled the morning away and then got out with one of the girls from church for the afternoon. I really wanted Chinese for dinner but they were closed :/

New Year’s Eve I did errands and then went to a party for the evening. I got pooped on and that was great fun, NOT 🙂 And then New Year’s Day I managed to catch the lovely bug that’s been floating around the town for several weeks. I really thought I had managed to duck this one. I had the following Monday off again and just laid around trying to feel better before work the next day.

I’m excited to realize that I’ve lived here for 4 months! It seems strange not to be involved in the camp life anymore, but I’m happy here and I’m glad to be where I am right now.

And mom? I’m smiling again. 🙂 I love you




After Pictures of My Apartment

Don’t have time to write much but here are the after pictures of my apartment. Mostly settled in but still have some work to do. I want to hang some more pictures and the like.



Hope y’all enjoyed the pictures. Feel free to come for a visit.




Devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries

​My mom shared this devotional with me. It was interesting to read especially with my recent move.

I’ll have more thoughts after you read the devotional. 

Lynn Cowell

December 2, 2016
I’ll Take It From Here

“Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, ‘God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.’” 1 Samuel 23:7 (NIV)”

Stuck somewhere between numb and exhaustion, I stared out the window. Lord, how did I end up here? Please forgive me.

I had grown up hearing, “Pray for God to open a door.” So when it came to my job, I had done just that. I prayed, I believed and before I knew it, there wasn’t just one, but many open doors. That’s when I quit praying. Somewhere in my mind, I figured I would just do what I had been trained to do and walk through them.

All of them.

In the middle of the success coming my way, I didn’t stop to ask, “Is this You, Lord?” I already knew it was Him. My actions, however, said, “I’ll take it from here.”

It reminds me of King Saul.

Shortly after being crowned king of Israel, Saul took over his life as well. When he no longer humbled himself to ask for God’s wisdom, Saul’s heart became hard. Although he initially experienced a change of heart and the Spirit of God moving in his life (1 Samuel 10:9-10), the sin of jealousy over a young shepherd boy named David and his success took over. His jealous heart blinded him from recognizing the voice of God.

Saul began to confuse God’s voice with his own jealous heart. So in today’s key verse of 1 Samuel 23:7, when Saul discovers the whereabouts of the hidden man David, in a delusional state he believes God provided this opportunity. He actually thinks God gave him the opportunity to kill David, the one whom God had anointed to be the next king of Israel!

How did Saul slip from the place where 1 Samuel 11:6 says, “… the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him …” (NIV) to the point where he is seeking to kill God’s appointed one?

One step at a time.

First, Saul failed to obey God fully in 1 Samuel 15:9, yet he told the prophet Samuel he had obeyed.

Next, in 1 Samuel 15:30, he chose to value how he looked in people’s eyes over how he looked in God’s eyes.

Finally, in 1 Samuel 18:9, he allowed jealousy to overtake his heart toward David. He deceived himself.

One step at a time, he stopped conversing with God. He stopped asking God for wisdom and to forgive him when he failed. In that place of lost intimacy, his heart grew cold and in the end, his feet walked away from God.

That day of my despair was the beginning of new lessons for me. I realized I need to consult God no matter how sure I feel about my decisions. I need to hear from the Holy Spirit on every aspect of my life. The moment I stop humbly asking my Creator for daily direction and to examine my heart is the day I start a journey I don’t want to go on ever again.

Holy Spirit, help me humble myself, seek Your wisdom and submit to Your ways — not what appears to be right to me. Open my eyes to see when I’m too dependent on my own strength. I want to hear You, see You and walk with You every day, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Psalm 26:2, “Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” (NIV)

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV)

The Holy Spirit wants to transform us into people who reflect God Himself in everything we do. Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants by Lynn Cowell empowers young women to partner with the Holy Spirit to develop the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.

Lynn invites you to stop by her blog today, where she’ll share more about consulting God and hearing His wisdom for our life directions.

How do Saul’s actions impact the way you think about the importance of consulting God’s wisdom for our daily life?

As you look at your own life, has there been a time, or are you in a current situation that could be better if you asked God for wisdom beforehand? Like Lynn, what can you learn from this experience to empower you to make better decisions in the future?

(c) 2016 by Lynn Cowell. All rights reserved.

>Proverbs 31 Ministries
630 Team Rd., Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105


I prayed about where to move. I prayed when it was time to move. I prayed for help settling in. I prayed for help finding a roommate/apartment. But I know there are times that I haven’t prayed and I should have. This reading was a great reminder that I have to keep praying after I step through the door that God has opened. And honestly, there will almost always be a a door or window we need to pray about.

I’ve got a few posts in the works so keep an eye out. I’ll talk about my Thanksgiving trip, moving into my apartment, and a few other things.



Thrift Store Haul

I get to decorate my new place!! I have held off going to get anything for my place until I had found a place. It makes sense because I didn’t have any place to store things but it was hard because I really wanted to decorate and organize my own place. One of Jessie’s friends came this weekend for a visit and we ended up going to the thrift store so I could get some stuff for my place.