Note From Team LO: In honor of Sadie and Christian’s wedding day quickly approaching, we have invited some very special people to share letters of love, encouragement, and wisdom. Today we have Sadie’s cousin, Katelyn!
It’s not often that a big cousin looks up to her younger cousin, but that’s the truth in our case. I have loved every second of being your big cousin and watching you grow. From my little sidekick when you were young and just loving you so much that it hurt, to this beautiful woman of whom I am so proud. I am honored to be, not only your family, but your friend. I delight in watching you light up every space you walk in to and as you share your joy with everyone you see. You have always been an original. You know who you are, whose you are and you always stick to what you know to be true.
You are about to step into marriage, and I challenge you to think about being “original” in a new light, Gods original design for marriage. His plan for us to live in perfect unity with Him and with one another. We are to honor Him in creating a partnership and grow in your relationship with Him and each other. It isn’t about your happiness, but about spiritual intimacy, learning who God is and what He created relationships to be, becoming more holy. This is actually more satisfying than a self-serving, happiness seeking marriage (not that you won’t experience heaps of happiness along the way!).
It isn’t always easy, but God has given us tools to equip us! He gave us His word, Holy Spirit, and people! Our family has been the greatest resource for me and I pray you will use all of us through your journey. I am so thankful for our big ole family and the legacy of love that has been set before us. I pray that it will continue with us and our generation. But, I KNOW it can’t be done on our own merit (trust me, I’ve been trying for nearly 10 years, ha!).
I do believe the only way for us to continue this Legacy of love is through total dependence on Him and surrendering daily to His plan for marriage.
I am so thankful for Christian in your life and thankful for you in his life. Partnering with someone you love is a true gift in life. Partnering with a purpose-sharing the gospel- is the greatest gift! You are a power couple and I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses you for His Kingdom.
Note from Team LO: Here at Live Original, we put such a high value on sisterhood, unity, and relationships. It’s what makes us human, right?! So we have invited our very favorite sisters, Sarah and Gracie Tucker, to share what makes their bond special and how we can join together in sisterhood. We hope you love today’s post from Sarah and stay tuned for Gracie’s post on Monday!
Alright girlies, so here’s the thing. We get to choose a lot of things. We get to choose our friends, what we eat, who we date, who we marry, the words we use, how we spend our time… the list could go on and on. But one of the things we have absolutely no control over is our family. We don’t get to choose our parents, cousins, brothers or sisters. We don’t get to choose the homes we grew up in or the memories we were thrown into… We don’t get to choose our family.
Here’s what I love about family though, God chose our family for us. Woah. To be honest, I had never really thought of it like that until right now, sitting here typing these words. God chose our family for us, knowing that what we needed, they had.
He knew that you needed a built in best friend, someone always in your corner. Someone to play with, to giggle with, to crawl under the dishwasher door and paint your dad’s toenails with while he pretended not to notice. God knew that you needed to be stood up for when you couldn’t stand up for yourself, and on the contrary, He knew when you needed to stand in the gap for them to show yourself as courageous when you maybe believed just the opposite. God knew that you needed a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, a sister to call friend.
When asked to write about sisterhood my immediate answer was YES! I love my sister and could talk about her all day long! But the reason ‘yes’ jumped out of my mouth so quickly is because when I think of the word ‘sister’ and all that I would hope that relationship would embody, I can’t help but think of her. She’s kind. The kind of kind that makes you wonder how on earth is that girl so nice? She’s full of joy, carries peace, is courageous, fierce, and tender all at the same time. She’s an encourager, her words are sweet and gracious. If you can’t already tell, I think the world of this sister of mine. However, I know that none of us can be any of these things without Jesus.
Jesus. Jesus changes everything. It’s so easy to discredit the role of Jesus being the foundation of things that don’t feel super holy or important. Jesus being the center and foundation of our marriages, homes, businesses, etc. comes as a no brainer, but what about in our friendships/relationships with our siblings? People ask me all the time if me and Gracie have always been so close and I love to answer this because the answer is such a testament to Jesus in our lives. Of course we were close when we were little. In the jumping on the trampoline and playing barbies and swimming like mermaids in the pool stage, but as we got older it felt like our years multiplied. We’re four years apart but that felt like a lifetime when I was a senior in high school and she was in the 8th grade (as it would). I was a little ‘too cool’ to hang out with her which gapped the years even more, creating distance I didn’t even know I never wanted. It wasn’t until Gracie’s senior year that we became friends.
I could list a number of reasons why I think we became friends then. Maybe it was that we were on a trip just the two of us for the very first time alone or maybe it was because she had grown up and matured, or maybe it was that I decided to be nice to my little sister because I hadn’t been all that nice for long enough. Or maybe it was Jesus.
I’ll say this over and over and over again because it is SO true – Jesus changes everything. I found Jesus for myself not too long before our sister trip to Atlanta, Gracie was in the middle of discovering Him for herself, and Jesus became our common denominator.
When you know Him, you can’t help but love Him and when you love Him, you can’t help but love others… and when you love from a place of being loved by the Father, it looks a little bit different. It looks a little bit more like agape — love in the best interest of the other person. And when you’re loving from a place of being loved, encouraging words are easy to find, kindness is second nature, peace and joy are byproducts. It’s easy to cheer your sister on when you know and take hold of the truth that what God has for her doesn’t take away from what God has for you. There’s no room for comparison or jealousy, bitterness or envy. you know (because you know Jesus) that when God is being good to your sister, it’s not God not being good to you. Trusting that when God made _____________, He knew you needed her. And that she needed you, too.
Sisters, your sisters need you. To call out the good, to call out the gold inside of them. To speak life into things that may seem dead to other people, but because you know her, the halls she walked as a child, the things that wounded her, things that made her tick the way she ticks, you have the ability to speak life back into. To point her to Jesus in ways no one else quite could. We need you to be our friends, we need you to be our home.
I get to choose a lot of things in life, but thanking God today that I didn’t get to choose my sister. She’s what I didn’t know I needed. The imago Dei (image of God) to me.
Challenging each of us, myself included, to treat your sisters like friends (no matter what the age/stage gap is) and our friends like sisters. Lend a hand, be a shoulder to cry on, a sister to call friend. We need each other ❤️
Where heaven meets earth.
Sarah Tucker is the owner of Imago Dei in Franklin and Nashville, TN, where the heart behind the shop is to point people back to Jesus and serve as a reminder to everyone who visits that they are made in the image of God. She loves drinking coffee, long country drives, and spending time with her friends and family! Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahatucker
**We at Live Original absolutely LOVE Imago Dei. Everything from the clothes to the heart behind the store is dear to our hearts. Check out their website HERE!
to put something in front of (something) in order to protect or conceal it.
Acts 20:7-12 The Message (MSG)
Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas
We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.
Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.
Okay, so I’m convinced that anyone who thinks the Bible is boring, has not yet read the Bible, because DANG this is quite an interesting situation we have here. You’re at Bible study and then boom someone falls out of a window, dies, and gets brought back to life…that’s definitely not nothing. Try to put yourself there, it’s late, you are listening to Paul preach… I mean this is THE Paul speaking. Like, the damascus road Paul… wrote 13 books in the Bible Paul. What would you be doing? Would you be leaning in, taking notes? Or would you fall asleep too?
I think that this story is really easy to read really fast. It has a quick little takeaway, we often take-away, and run with. The DON’T BE A EUTYCHUS message! Don’t fall asleep, pay attention, be better than him, so you don’t fall out a window and die message. Not sure if that’s what you got from this, but for the longest time that’s ALL I got from this.
Ah, did I miss the beauty in this. The irony. THE GRACE.
I am Eutychus!
I’m the one who does stupid things. I sit on the edge sometimes. Even in the light I fall asleep. I topple. I need revived. I need to be COVERED in a life or death kind of way.
As lame as it sounds to be a Eutychus… I promise it’s not that bad. You see, yes, he fell three stories down and died, but that’s not all that’s written down for us. The story doesn’t end there, thank God! Verses 10-12, that’s what matters. “Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.”
Eutychus fell. Paul covered.
We fall. Jesus covers.
What Paul did that night, is just a taste of what God does for us, each and every day. When we fall, God doesn’t point and say bad. No way! He runs three stories down, at midnight, through all sorts of people, just to get to us. Just to get to you. He runs, he gets down on the ground, he stretches himself over us, and he hugs us hard. He looks to the crowd and yells, “No more crying,” “There’s life in him yet!” Yes, He covers us completely!
In Jesus, under the covering of His blood, when you fall, your covered, and when your covered, what was supposed to kill you God works for His glory!
The focus didn’t end on Eutychus’s fall, but rather on the miracle God had done.
That night people didn’t just leave after Eutychus died, or after he came back alive, they stayed! It says Paul went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! And On that note, they left— and they left full of life. On that note! On the note of what God did! Not on the note of the fall. Because when we let God be God it matters less what we did, and more who he is.That’s what gets remembered, that’s the note we leave on, that’s what gives life! God is so much better than I even think He is. So much kinder, so much gentler, so much more powerful, and so much more gracious. To think about how he works even my mis-steps, even my mistakes for His glory, I will never understand. This story inspires me to live my life always leaving on notes like that. To live my life looking and dwelling on what God has done. To live as a lover of God who isn’t falling out of windows on purpose, but who knows that even in the midst of the most hopeless situation that I am covered and that God can empower me to walk out of the darkest situation. A lover of God who knows that even death is not the end of hope.
No one is too far gone. There is more than enough hope. Let’s dwell on who God is, and what He can do! Let’s let God be God.
Can you believe it is already Fall? Summer flew by just about as fast as it took most of us to watch season three of Stranger Things. With the changing of seasons, Team LO always loves to have a time of reflection. What are we learning? What’s new? What is God doing? Where are we going? This is a moment to pause and look back but also to hope and set our gaze forward. All that to say, this is an exciting time. There is no shortage of laughs, lessons, and pumpkin spice lattes.
Every Wednesday, our team gathers for a devotional/prayer time. This is a time to come together and be unified and encouraged by what God is teaching us. Well, these times have been so fruitful that we started thinking, “Maybe this isn’t something that should just stay in this room. Maybe we should share this!” Sometimes, conversations are just too good not to pass along. So here we are! We want you to know our heart and how God is moving inside of LO.
As theologian Søren Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
We’re sharing the biggest themes of this season for our team!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS SEASON AT LO?
Our team has entered a sweet season of closeness, vulnerability and of intentionality. We have grown so close through this season of refinement and intentionally pursuing God and each other. Through that, we’re learning that there isn’t always time for ALL the things. As much as we want to show up at every taco Tuesday, every Marvel movie night (it’s been a thing lately), all while giving our best to our kingdom work, there’s just not time for everything. We want to spend our days and our time working on the things that matter most, the people we love most, and what God has called us to do. Knowing that when we can be there, it is God creating that space, which means He has something pretty special for us in that moment.
And friend, believe us, there will always be more people, opportunities and things knocking at the door. You don’t always have to say yes, though. Let your yes be the right yes.
We as a team try to lay our ‘yes’ down to what is most important: to love God and love His people. The minute we start doing anything but that, we make it about ourselves and take Him out of it. What’s the fun in that? That is why we make our “yes” to things the “right” yes.
Lysa TerKeurst famously stated, “We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please.”
AMEN TO THAT! You don’t have to be all things to all people. All He asks is that we are present and loving people.
This season is full of learning to truly love Him and the people around us.
With all of that, this season is also not lacking in the fun category! There have been weddings (congrats Court and Taylor!), life changes (new puppies, new office, and LOTS of new dreams), and adventures! In all of these life changes, God continues to remind us to draw close to Him and live intentionally with each moment.
Through our adventures, our team’s eyes have really been opened to the church across the world and what God is doing on a global scale. We had the privilege to travel back to England this July and partner with a church called Holy Trinity Brompton and participate in their church wide festival called FOCUS (you probably saw Sadie posting about it). We don’t fully have the words to explain just how beautiful it is to see believers from across the globe all worship together. It was really inspiring to our faith to recognize the ways that God is moving outside of our own little world. We say we serve a big God all the time, but to see Him in action all the way across the world was such a gift.
WHAT’S AROUND THE CORNER AT LO?
Speaking of dreams, we are seeing one come to life RIGHT NOW on our team! Our team is designing a new clothing line. Shhhhhh! We’re so stinking excited about this line because it is all about wearing clothes that speak words of encouragement and truth. Plus, we think it’s pretty cool. If we could show you all of it now, you know we would. But stay tuned! You’ll be the first to know about it 😉
Another big thing that we have going on is from inside our online community, LO Fam! We are excited to announce that we are launching our very first workshop inside the Fam, led by our beloved friend, Emma Jenkins. Emma will be leading our members through a 4-week bible study on Philippians and we are SO giddy about it! Want to be a part of the study and this global community? Sign up to be the first one to know when the doors open HERE. We hope to see you there!
Lastly, we are in full swing with, you know, a certain special someone’s WEDDING! EEK! We are praising God for marriage and God’s design in it during this season. Our team is so thrilled to see Sadie find the man that will support her, lead her, and see her the way God sees her: precious, a daughter of the King, and forever an original.
We could keep going on and on about what is to come but just know, our team is always seeking, praying, and hoping for big things and we have no doubt this next season is going to be unmatched. We hope you’ll continue to join us in it!
WHAT IS TEAM LO LISTENING TO?
“Yes I will” by Vertical worship. It’s a beautiful reminder of how God moves and works to write our stories.
“With you” by Elevation Worship. This vulnerable song reveals so much of our hearts cry to be truly found in Him. Have a tissue nearby and your hands free to worship.
Lastly, we can’t get enough of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ classic “I like to be with me when I’m with you.” What can we say, we love love 🙂
WHAT IS GOD TEACHING TEAM LO?
God is teaching us a lot about dependence and trust. This is with both God and friendships. Sometimes in life, we tend to make practical decisions quickly without letting anyone in, yes the big ones and the small ones. This can often shut down either God’s plans or the ideas of others! Friends, Say yes (but remember, say yes to the right things!) and let things happen and play out with those around you. Most of the time they work for His will and glory in the most unique ways. Overtime through practicing this openness, when the time comes to make a decision, or say no, your discernment will be strong enough to help you do that. Don’t shut things down too early because you just might miss out on something incredible.
He is also really teaching us about the true meaning of sisterhood. Sisterhood can look a million different ways but it should always be rooted in one thing, selfless love. We are learning to ask questions like: How can we learn to better love our friends? How would the words we say impact our sisters around us? How can we continue to put our friends first? And hear us, there isn’t a formula! There isn’t a friendship checklist, because that would be too easy, right? But there is a heart that we can have towards our people. Check it out:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV.
This is the goal, friends! That in all we do, we would reflect a heart of love and softness for the people God puts in our life. It’s why we celebrate, why we create, and even why we dream for the future.
As Sadie puts it, “Dreaming is a constant pursuit of God.” No matter what you are facing right now, keep dreaming, keep pursuing, keep believing. He will use it in mighty ways.
We would love to hear what you are learning right now and what you are believing for in the future. Let’s look back together in 5 years and marvel at all that He’s done. Will you join us?
I recently had the absolute honor of speaking to the girls rushing at the University of Alabama. I considered it a great joy to be asked to do that. If you don’t know what rushing is, it is a series of social events to connect sorority groups with the freshman girls on campus who want to pledge their group. It was a little crazy to be in a room full of excited, beautiful girls whose nerves you could feel, the day before they would find out if they made it in a sorority or not.
Due to respecting the rules of recruitment, I was not allowed to speak on or mention my faith. You may be thinking… how are you going to speak to college sorority girls when you don’t even go to college and have never been in a sorority and how would you give a message where faith is not mentioned?!?! Valid. If you weren’t thinking that, trust me, it IS what I was thinking! I thought and I thought and I thought about what I could say and then, it hit me – the thing I literally talk about most and can totally relate to is…sisterhood. Isn’t that what a sorority is? Well, it turns out, not always. BUT that is what it can be at its best. Let me explain…
I decided that, since I cannot use my bible and I do not know all the right terms, I would get my definitions and lingo from none other than our, us millennials, very own, Urban Dictionary. So, I looked up the “Urban Dictionary” definition of sisterhood and there were three very nice definitions. This is what the top definition with 197 likes says–
Sisterhood: A bond between two or more girls, not always related by blood. They always tell the truth, honor each other, and love each other like sisters.
Okay, now let’s look up the definition of sorority…
Let me start by saying I took one for the team and highly suggest no one look this word up. Let’s just say it was not friendly. Out of the seven explicit definitions listed with thousands of likes, this was the top one –
Sorority: A group of girls who have come together because they look similar, and are now kind of friends.
BUT WAIT! I thought sorority was sisterhood and these could not be more different… Who’s confused? ?♀️
The draw for people to join a sorority is a desire for sisterhood, yet these definitions are so opposite. I looked at both definitions, studied them, and thought to myself, “There are some core differences here.”
Here is what you need to know… sisters and sisterhood have different definitions as well. You can have a room full of sisters and see no sisterhood – that goes for sorority girls, friends who call themselves sisters, and even real family sisters. There is one stand-out difference that I see in the definitions and that is what I want to focus on. It is this: the foundation of one is built on identity and the foundation of the other is built on image. What we all have to understand is it is our identity that makes us qualify for sisterhood, not our image. And that goes for your own physical sisters too.
One time when I was in about fifth grade, my best friend and I were playing a game that basically went something like this, we owned the castle and Bella was our servant. (I know I know… not the best big sister move.) After one of the many requests we had made of Bella, our servant, she came storming into my grandma’s bathroom (the home of our castle) with the cutest, yet sassy as can be (with kindergarten girl voice whose r’s sounded like w’s) and said, “I’m not your sewrvant.” As she stared me down, you could almost hear the old western music in the background as we both thought of what was going to be our next move. Bella famously won the battle with these words, “I AM A GIWRL AND I AM OUT OF THIS WOWRLD.” She closed the scene with a power walk.
The thing is sisters do not like to be and should not be treated by sisters for anything less than a sister. True sisterhood is not a system to tell you what you have to do – it’s a source to remind you of who you are.
Here is a pic of me and my little sister, Bella. Much like a group of sorority girls, we live in the same house. We also share the same last name. We even we look alike. We are Robertsons, born from the same parents. She is my sister. While that is what make us sisters, it is not what makes up our sisterhood. Our sisterhood comes from our genuine friendship. It comes from her love, honesty, and loyalty to me and mine to her.
This is my other sister, Rebecca. Our background is very different. It’s not the same as the one I share with Bella. We do not look alike. While some of it was, not all of our childhood was spent in the same house. We don’t live in the same house now. We don’t have the same last name. We didn’t grow up with the same set of rules. Our parents decided that Rebecca would be a part of our family. She is my sister. But, just because she is identified as my sister by my family and others, our sisterhood is made of the friendship we have built. Rebecca, Bella, and I have an amazing sisterhood that is not built on an image. It is built on the individual identity of who we all are and the friendship we have all built.
I want us to look at the differences between the words identity and image.
By definition – Identity: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
By definition – Image: the general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public.
Identity is how you were created. Image is what you have created.
Identity is who you were, are, and always will be. Image is what you want people to see.
Identity allows you to rest. Image causes you to strive.
Identity is unique to an individual. Image can be shared.
Identity is forever. Image is temporary.
There is a clear winnerin the wrestle of identity and image.
I know you hear all the time that your image will fade and maybe some of you are thinking, “Yes, in about 30 years or so,” but I am not referring to years down the road. I am thinking about tonight… when the makeup come off, there is no filter, you log off the app, and you can’t create your real life caption.
Here’s the problem. Many people try to base their confidence, their friendship and sisterhood, in something that is always changing. Do you know that the definition of confidence is the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something, a firm trust? So why do we try to lay down a foundation of sisterhood on something that we cannot keep up with, something we can’t rely on?
Building a foundation of sisterhood on an image is about as long-lasting and effective as the foundation in your make-up drawer. You use it and you do look great for a while. It even covers your flaws and you seem to shine with it on. But, soon it starts to break down, wear off, and ultimately it comes off completely. This type of foundation covers things, but it does not change things. It is only capable of changing the APPEARANCE of your skin; it does not change the actual color or clarity of your skin. When you take your makeup off at night, the only thing that should change is the color and clarity of your skins; it should not affect the true colors of who you are. If you only work at letting your image change your identity, ultimately your true colors will soon shine through. The image you project to others should only serve to enhance who you really are, not change it.
When I was sharing with the girls in Alabama, I took off my makeup as I was speaking. I asked them, “Does seeing me with no make-up change the way that you see me?” They all said no. Even though removing my make-up changed WHAT the girls saw, it did not change WHO they saw. I went on to tell the girls that the good news is I didn’t come for them to only see a part of me; I wanted them to really see me.
You see, if I went to speak that night with a face full of a makeup and cute clothes and I just stared at these girls without saying a word for 45 minutes they would of left thinking it was the weirdest 45 minutes. It would have been wasted time just looking at each other with no lasting impact. I did not come to give them my image. By just giving them my image I was giving them no relationship, but when I shared with them my identity, my heart, my words, that is what created a bond. Our image is not only temporary for us to see but is temporary for those who see, but a word to the heart can last forever. You want to create impact, friendship, sisterhood? Give them world more than your image.
When I give the analogy of the foundation it seems cute and relatable because us girls relate to the feeling of our foundation cracking, wearing, smudging, and coming off. The reality of life though is that those cracks, wears and smudges are not so funny; when we try to make our image our identity and we feel it start to fade, that is when the anxiety rises, the eating disorders start, the perfectionism is unattainable, the comparison is out the roof, and mental illness begins to become a phrase we are all too used to hearing because we can not sustain what we have created. The truth is I have talked to many girls, friends, sisters, and sorority girls who relate to these words and this pain and it breaks my heart.
So how do we redeem sisterhood? Not just in sororities, but all over – in friendships, schools, churches, work and families?
I was watching sisterhood of the traveling pants the other night, and leave it to that movie to bring a little hope. It is a popular movie so you might have seen it. I will share with you the opening part that jumped out at me. These four girls are all best friends, practically sisters who have formed a sisterhood. They are about to split ways after school, so during their last days together they go thrift-store shopping. One of them tries on a pair of jeans and all of the girls freak out at how awesome she looks in them and how perfectly they fit. Another one of the friends decides to try them on too, and once again, they all freak out because they look great on her too. How weird it is that both girls fit perfectly in the same pair of jeans? All four of the girls end up trying on the same pair of jeans and GUESS WHAT ??? THEY LOOK AMAZING AND FIT EACH ONE PERFECTLY?!?! MAGIC!
Ultimately, they get the jeans and decide to share them and build a sisterhood around the magic of the jeans. “Since every sisterhood has rules,” they state, they all sat in a circle and made rules. Here are some of the rules:
You must never use the word fat while wearing the pants.
You must never let a boy take off the pants.
You must not pick your nose while wearing the pants. You may, however, scratch casually at your nostril.
You must document the best things that happened while wearing these pants. On the left leg write the most exciting places you have been while wearing the pants. On the right leg, write the most important thing that happened to you while wearing the pants.
You must write your sisters no matter how much fun you’re having without them.
Love your sisters. Love yourself.
*if you do not follow these rules then they lose their magic*
I want you to see that sisterhood is meant to be like those jeans. It is not something people have to strive for or work to fit into; it is something that fits perfectly because of who they are. These girls were not in competition with each other over these jeans. They celebrated each other over the jeans because they fit everyone perfectly. We all fit sisterhood.Look back at the original definition I shared with you about sisterhood: Abond between two or more girls, not always related by blood that tell the truth, honor each other, and love each other like sisters. Individual girls choosing TRUTH – HONOR – LOVE. If you take any of this away, the power of sisterhood loses its magic.
All of us sisters who crave sisterhood and look for it in all of these places are just girls who want to be accepted, included, celebrated, loved, and just need a friend we can count on. And, we cannot forget, although we all look for this and desire this, we actually can create this! Notice the rules they made were FOR ONE ANOTHER. They were things to form bonds, build each other up, and deepen relationship. We create the sisterhood around us and bring the magic by the rules we create and follow. Let’s bring the magic of sisterhood back. We all want it – let’s create it.
Thought I’d share a fun new part of the Live Original journey. This week, Team LO moved into a new office space! It’s a cozy little space, set inside a larger companies’ building. Totally perfect for us – they have great coffee, good vibes, and kind people all around us.
Here’s a behind the scenes peak from our first FaceTime meeting with Sadie while in our new place, working on a fun, special project for you all:
Anyway, Monday before heading to the office for our first “official day” in the new space, I was taking a few minutes alone to sip my coffee and pray over the week. Moved to tears, I realized just how special the day was – it was a full circle moment.
Let’s rewind! Six years ago, in the spring of 2013, I had just graduated from college and landed my first “real person” job. I was just thankful for the consistent paycheck and that I could stop eating ramen noodles on the reg. (Shout out to all the broke college kids!). It was a great first job, where I made meaningful connections, learned new skills, & made great memories.
Here’s the odd part – our new office is located in that very same building, where I worked six years ago as a bright-eyed, new employee in the working world!
Six years ago, I would drive to work, park in the same parking lot, and enter the same front doors of the building where our new office is and wonder, what God had planned for me in the future.
Can I tell you, there were days in that building where I would sit at my desk and think, has God forgotten the desires deep in my heart? I wanted to work in ministry but also had a passion for the music and entertainment industry. I couldn’t see how all of those desires were going to possibly be woven together or what the next chapter looked like.
Naomi, from the book of Ruth, was no stranger to this feeling.
She was a widow, without sons, who believed her best days were behind her. She moved from the land of Bethlehem to Moab, where she experienced unbelievable pain and heartbreak. She was so hopeless that she asked her friends to call her “Mara”, which means “bitter”- yikes!
Years later, God led her back to Bethlehem and showed up in her life in a powerful and redeeming way (check out the full story in the book of Ruth). Leaving Bethlehem, the first time, Naomi would have never imagined the journey ahead. God led her back to the same place, to remind her that He is always navigating a bigger story. One that is bigger than we can ever see or imagine for ourselves.
Our futures are always on God’s radar but often times we can never imagine what’s ahead.
How could I have ever imagined that I’d be working for Live Original in the future? Six years ago, Live Original didn’t exist on paper. It was just a dream in Sadie’s heart. Fully on God’s radar but nowhere on mine.
In the years in between, God led me on through some bizarre twists and turns. My path crossed with Live Original and it’s been a joy to be a part of this team in the last few years.
Walking into our “new” office space on Monday, opening the same door I’ve opened hundreds of times in the past, I walked in with feet that have traveled the world and since worked for 2 different companies. I’ve experienced tremendous personal growth, victories, joys, and celebrations. Since I worked in this building years ago, I’ve also experienced heartbreak, trials, and many bumps in the road. Yet, I know God has been with me through it all.
I certainly have not “arrived”. I know the next few years will bring many more unexpected twists and turns, opportunities for growth, pains, and more joys.
However, this week was a sweet reminder to me that many times, God is orchestrating a path for us that we have no ability to see, but He is so worth trusting in the process.
Maybe you are waiting for your full circle moment. You are waiting for that moment when you can look back and see that all the dots have connected and all the up’s and down’s have been “worth it”. Perhaps you just left home for the first time and you are wondering what’s ahead of you, trying to pen a thousand stories in your mind about your future.
From one sister to the next, trust that God is writing a bigger story than you could ever imagine.
Don’t resent or resist the journey. Sometimes it’s a long path before we see what God is doing or before we might get to see a “full circle” moment.
Hold on, it’s worth the wait.
Steph Vandermolen is a member of the Live Original Team. She loves watching hockey, drinking coffee on chilly days, and knows too many random facts about Iceland.
Sadie Robertson Huff is well known for her engaging smile and energetic personality, but there is a lot more to the 25-year-old star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and runner up on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars season 19
Sadie Robertson Huff is well known for her engaging smile and energetic personality, but there is a lot more to the 25-year-old star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and runner up on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars season 19