As a student at a Catholic university, and someone who went to private school for 9 years, I believe it’s extremely important to keep in touch with your faith, whatever your beliefs may be.
Now I know religion can be a touchy subject, but I would like to address, that here, on my blog, even though I will base most of my posts on lifestyle, fashion, and travel, I will have a few of these faith-based posts for those of you who are interested.
I went to private school for 9 years, more if you count pre-school – but there were no uniforms in pre-school. K-8. I had religion classes every day, and went to religious ed for First Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation. My family went to church every Sunday.
Fun Fact: My Confirmation name is Julianna – Maggie Elisabeth Julianna 🙂
But then high school came around, and the heavier workload, and my mom began working Sundays. I know what you’re going to say: “But Sundays are a day of rest.” “Your dad could have taken you to church.” That’s all true. However, Sundays are also homework day, and my dad was physically in pain every time he had to stand up. Lastly, I didn’t want to be alone. Yes, I know. No one is alone in church. It’s God’s house, He is always with you; it wasn’t until senior year that I truly became comfortable being alone. Senior year is also the year I barely slept, sleeping about 2-5 hours per week day, and I wanted to sleep in on the weekends.
From about the time I could speak, through mid-junior year of high school, I prayed every night. For many years, I prayed with my grandma, in Hungarian. I know more prayers in Hungarian than in English. Once my workload in school got heavier and heavier, and I slept less and less, my nightly prayers began to stop. As soon as I finished my homework, I would skip prayers, and go to sleep.
When I thought about college, I thought about going to a Catholic school. Not because I wanted to have religion classes or do volunteer work, but because I knew there would be a chapel on campus, and I could grow in my faith, and get closer to God, after all those years of skipping prayer.
Freshman year of college was rougher than I thought. Between roommate problems, financial issues, and long-distance relationship problems, I felt more alone than ever. And not because I was away from home. When times got tough, I talked to God. When I felt lonely, I talked to God. It truly is interesting and amazing that we look to our faith for comfort when reality can’t give us that comfort.
I told myself I would go to mass every Sunday, but many times I slept through it. And I had Work Study during evening mass. I went to the Palm Sunday and Easter masses, and a few others during the 2 semesters, but overall, I didn’t go to most masses.
After all these years, I realized it’s okay. It’s okay I didn’t go to mass because I talked to God on my own time. Even though it was mostly when I needed to believe in some good, I still spent time with Him. That’s what matters. He just wants us to spend time with Him, and acknowledge Him.
I love listening to Christian Contemporary music. My favorite artists are Danny Gokey, Chris Tomlin, and Hillsong United. Their music really speaks to me, and it calms me when I’m having a rough time. You can check out my June Favorites post for my favorite Christian song at the moment.
Us believers, we believe in a higher power to make sense of the world, so that things that don’t make sense, do. As humans who need answers, we have faith and belief in a higher power, who will give us answers when science or logic can’t.
Us believers, we need to remember that we don’t need to feel guilty for not doing everything right, regarding our religion. We need to remember that all we need to do is spend time with the One who watches over us, and ask for forgiveness when we need it.
My favorite quote is as follows: “Love give you the strength to transforms pain into power.”
Love your God. Love your neighbors. Love all, and transform whatever pain life throws you, into power.
Recently I came across a brand that serves as a reminder for people around the world to elevate their faith in Him, even in difficult times. Its purpose is to inspire others to elevate their faith in a world that is trying to drag us down.
The bracelets and apparel of Elevated Faith are so beautiful. Every single items has its own unique meaning. I’m having a hard time trying to figure out which one is my favorite!
You can use my code ‘Maggie15’ for a 15% discount. If you ever forget what my code is, it’ll be in my sidebar!
Pick a bracelet or top and elevate your faith with the Elevated Faith community! If needed, you can even send in a prayer request!
I’ll let you know which bracelet I get when I finally choose!
Happy shopping and happy believing everyone!