Weekend Reflections

Hey guys! It has been a great but super busy and tiring weekend filled with many emotions. On Saturday, I had my friends sisters wedding to attend. Even though I don’t know the sister very well, it meant so much to my friend to come to the wedding. Remember to be there for your friends always. Even if you feel like you are a terrible friend sometimes, the least you can do is be there for someone and invest in them when it really counts.

The next morning, my amazing boyfriend Bryce woke up super early to drive me to Ohio for my great grandma’s funeral. The whole situation with that has been very hard on me, but he has been so supportive and caring the entire time! My friends have also been so supportive as well, and I’m so thankful God gives me reminders that others care about the hardships in my life.

So anyways, back to the sad part with the funeral. I’ve never really experienced death in my family before. Honestly, it still doesn’t feel real. Death is so hard. I think the hardest part for me is seeing everyone else cry and be so sad, because then I feel so bad and start crying as well. But death, though it’s sad, can teach us so many things.

Death reminds us to be thankful for what we have now, because it isn’t promised tomorrow. It reminds us that God is so good, and He will bring us to an amazing place someday soon where we can be so happy and glorify Him for ETERNITY.

Something that everyone recalled about my great grandma was the fact that she was so hospitable. She was the type of person who loved unconditionally. She loved her family, and she spent her entire life investing in others.

What do you want people to remember you for? I know that the question seems daunting, but it really can give us something to think about. For me personally, I want to be remembered for loving Jesus wholeheartedly and accepting every single adventure he sets in front of me as I go through life.

We can die at any moment, so whatever your answer was to my question- start living it out NOW! And remember that we aren’t promised tomorrow, so chose Jesus today. Chose Jesus everyday. Accept Him into your heart, and you can be with him forever. Heaven is gonna be a great place guys, and I don’t want any of you to miss out on it!

Dealing with death is hard. But God is our greatest comfort always. He has a plan, and He is always good! Remember that it’s okay to be sad, you don’t always have to keep it together. I know this is kind of a random post that’s sort of sad and gloomy, but this is life guys. Life isn’t always happy and perfect. It has ups and downs, and I’m here to share both. – Cami

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The Person Behind The Screen

Hello friends! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been a little busy lately. My great-grandma passed away. She was saved, so though it’s sad, it is also a happy thing because she is where she’s meant to be, alongside the Lord! I also have been working on my Pinterest and NEW Instagram for my blog! My Pinterest is just Cami Dahms and my new Instagram is @thoughtsfromcami ! I hope you will check them out and give them a follow!

So a topic requested to me was talking about who I am as a person and just talking about me! I’ve never really thought about doing this topic before because when I started my blog, the only people who read it were people that I know! But now, more people read this blog that I don’t know, so I think it’s suitable to do an “ about me “ blog post!

So if you don’t know me already, the first thing you should know about me is that I’m obsessed with the internet! I love to blog, watch YouTube videos, and meet new awesome blogger friends! I also love taking pictures and just learning things from the internet!

The next thing you should know about me is that even though I’m going to be sixteen, I’m starting college this fall! I am so excited to start college because high school isn’t my most favorite thing in the world. I’ll be at college classes in the morning and high school classes in the afternoon. I’m so excited for the new opportunities this will bring and I’m also excited to maybe make some new friends!

Another thing you should know about me is that I want to major in either international business or nutrition. Both of these things interest me very much! I want to be able to travel, and I think international business would be a great route for me. But I’m still not sure what I’ll do quite yet!

In my free time you’ll usually catch me either with my friends, or in my room with a good book and a cup of coffee! I’m not super exciting, sorry to disappoint haha! I also love being at the beach or by the pool just relaxing! Most of the time, I’m going on adventures with my boyfriend, which is super fun!! 😊

I also am a Christian! This is the most important thing you should know about me. Though I am far from perfect, I am always trying to become a better person and follower of Christ. To serve God, I go on mission trips and I have this blog! I use this blog to talk about Jesus and share my personal spiritual findings that I think could help other girls my age.

I’m just a normal sixteen year old who lives in the middle of Indiana pretty much! Soon, hopefully I’ll get out of here and move somewhere more exciting lol! Anyways, that’s all I can think of to describe me right now haha! I hope you all have a great day and if you have any more questions about me comment down below:)

3 Day Quote Challenge~ Day 2

Hey everyone! So this is going to be day two of the quote challenge I’m doing:) I chose this quote because it’s just so GOOD! I love it so much!

Everyone tends to think they are a mess. They think things could be better, or that they could organize their lives more. We all are irresponsible and a bit of a mess at times.

I feel like a mess all of the time. My hair is never brushed, makeup is always a little messed up, and my room is… well you can’t even see the floor. I don’t have a routine, my brain is either totally focused or in la la land. I’m super inconsistent. I’m the type of person who has zero balance.

I either love so deeply it hurts or I don’t care at all. I’m the warmest person you’ll ever meet and the next moment I’ll be coldest person in the room. I’m either super talkative and fun or completely silent. I’ll go to bed at nine pm one night and four am the next. I’m just a mess!

And that comes with being a teenage I’m sure, but it’s okay to be a mess. In our lives we have many messes. But we have to love them. We have to love the worst parts of ourselves and try to make them the best. We have to embrace who we are. God made us just how we are supposed to be. He made us in His PERFECT image. So we have to love who He created us to be, mess and all~ Cami

3 Day Quote Challenge~ Day 1

Hello friends 😊 I’m going to be doing a three day challenge that talks about quotes. I have to pick three quotes and basically talk about why I chose them! The first quote I chose is pictured above!

I chose this quote because I feel like it demonstrates life in a beautiful way. Oftentimes, we feel like we are constantly falling apart. Like things are hopeless. Like we are constantly in a funk.

Life is hard, but life is beautiful. The hard times lead up to some of the most beautiful concepts that in our darkness, we cannot even comprehend.

We are constantly growing and changing. Everyone becomes more beautiful and more complicated as time goes on. Our lives are rich with emotion and memories. And we are blooming. We are constantly becoming the people that God created us to be.

If we chose God, we go from being a small seed to becoming a wonderful flower. We need God so we can blossom. His rich love waters our souls and the joy He brings into our lives is the ray of sunshine we always crave. The process is beautiful. It’s complicated. It’s more than our human brains can comprehend. But the end result is better than we ever expected.

If you are facing a hard time right now, remember how it will change you. It will make you stronger. It will teach you a lesson. Every sorrow has a glimmer of hope if you chose Jesus. Remember that you will move past this! You will grow and change and achieve anything you set your mind to. Have a blessed day and an amazing week! – Cami

Praying For The Ones You Love

Hey everyone! So Bryce ( my AMAZING boyfriend ) wanted to share some thoughts with you guys today! Keep on reading for a great reminder 😊 – Cami

I don’t know if there are any country music fans out there but I’m a die hard! Today I was listening to one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite country artists. This song is called Woman, Amen by Dierks Bentley. The song talks about the writer needs to be thanking God for his spouse or significant other because without her he would be lost. This song made me really think about how often we take people for granted in our lives.

Think of someone really special to you and how different and hard your life would be without them it could be your girlfriend, boyfriend, mom, dad, or just a really close friend or relative. Now think of the last time you really sat down and thanked God for this person and all the joy, happiness and love they bring into your life.

For me, this special person is Cami and I’ve realized that I’ve taken her for granted, because honestly without her I wouldn’t be the same person I am today! She is always there for me and helps me through tough times and reminds me that God has a plan for my life that is bigger than I could ever imagine!

Now praying for people in your life is such an amazing thing but I would also encourage you to pray for people that aren’t in your life yet! This may sound confusing but it’s actually quite lucid; pray for your future spouse and for your future friends before you know who they are! In Matthew 7:7, we see that Jesus wants to give us what is good for us. This includes a spouse and good Christian friends! All we have to do is ask him and be praying for them ahead of time! ~ Bryce

Deep Waters

Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

This verse is so beautiful and simple at the same time. There is nothing on this earth that is too hard or complicated for God to face right next to us. He will be with us in our ugliest moments, our deepest sins, and depressing nights when we are crying in bed.

He will always be right there. Nothing is too big for God. He will always be reaching out to us, picking us up, and helping us over the waves.

You know that feeling you get after a mission trip? Or church Sunday morning? Or even after hearing a super moving worship song on the radio? The feeling where you’re on top of the world and so in love with Christ and all that He represents.

These moments are so amazing. However, sadly, for most people they end. By the next day, or even an hour after God works in you, you catch yourself falling back into your old ways. It’s almost like all the time you devoted to Christ did nothing. But here’s what people don’t understand.

You can’t build a real relationship with someone by giving them an hour of your time once a week. Or talking to them for five minutes every night before bed. Or pleading to them right before a big test.

A relationship with Christ is REAL! And it’s important. Treat it like you would any other relationship. Think about how much time you spend with your best friend, your mom, or significant other. It’s probably a lot of time! Wellll we should be spending even more time with God because He loves us more than anyone else could.

He pulls us out of our problems. He gives us hope. He reminds us to keep on living, because each one of us has a purpose and a plan. SO, keep on living for Christ guys! Remember that He loves you no matter what. Just because you screw up sometimes doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough to follow Him. He is with us ALWAYS!! – Cami

Love Moves Mountains

Love is a beautiful, legit thing.

I believe that with my whole being. Love can overcome anything, love can shape you, love can make you a better person. Love can open your heart to so many new feelings and emotions.

Love isn’t going to be perfect. There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship. Some types of love don’t last. Your type of relationship “goals” or a certain type of relationship you’re trying to achieve may not last. Remember that a cute Snapchat story or Instagram picture is just a minuscule part of relationships. Every relationship has struggles, some so big that they fall apart.

If your relationship doesn’t work out, turn to the Bible. It says, “ Love does not fail. If it failed, it wasn’t love. “ love is SO important. No matter how old you are, no matter what phase of life you’re in, no matter who it is. It can be your boyfriend, best friend, your mom. Love can and WILL move mountains. Love is the key unit of achieving the impossible.

God puts things together and breaks them apart because it’s for your own good. He brings people into your life because they are a key part of your story. They will turn you into who you’re created to be. Sometimes when we lose a friend, it’s okay. Maybe their chapter was supposed to end. It doesn’t mean we have to be sad about it. We can GROW! This is applicable for any type of relationship.

Also remember that sometimes what we WANT isn’t what we NEED. No matter how much it hurts, we have to trust in Him. God doesn’t put you through things to break you. He puts you through things that will grow and change you. He puts you through things he knows you can fight through. They may seem bad now, but they serve a much greater purpose.

When you love others, love them with all your heart. Don’t let heartbreak harden you, and love LIMITLESS. Don’t live a life where in 50 years you are sitting on your porch wondering what would’ve happened if you loved a little more. Now is the time. Love with all you’ve got!!

I apply this advice in my life with Bryce leaving for the Coast Guard in a couple months. Though it is going to be so hard at first and even though the timing seems awful, it is God’s timing, so it is the perfect timing. He has a plan for me and Bryce, and it is bigger than either of us can comprehend. It will for sure push us to our limits, but it will also show both of us that love conquers all. Love everyone through the hard times and through the easy times as well.

I hope you’re all having a great week and a great SUMMER 😊💕 I love you all so much- Cami

He Takes Care Of Us

Hey everyone, today I just wanna give you some encouragement and reminders that put life into perspective!

No matter what you’re going through, no matter how many times you mess up, God is always with you. When you are crying, He is with you. When you feel like your world is caving in, He is with you. When we are eating junk food and laughing with our friends, He is with you. Even when God is the last thought on our minds, and even when we don’t do our devotions for a month, He is loving you more in that moment than anyone on this earth could ever love you.

This life isn’t meant to be faced alone. Why do we keep fighting against our problems when God has already won? This fact is applicable for every situation in life. When you fail all of your finals and feel stupid. When you’re feeling insecure. When life doesn’t go the way you planned. BUT even though these moments seem dark and awful and like a big black hole that sucks the joy out of you, we have to remember that God has a plan.

Be thankful for your struggles. Be thankful for what is going on in your life at this very moment. I know it sounds crazy, but rejoice in the craziness. God is on your side. FOREVER. The battle you are trying to fight at this very moment isn’t even in your hands. It’s in God’s hands. So just chill out and let God take care of you! We can’t get through this life on our own~ Cami 😊💓

Life Goes By FAST

Hey everyone! Today I just want to talk about something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Life goes by so crazy fast, and time is so easily taken for granted.

Remember to appreciate every laugh you have, and every good time you have with your friends and family this summer. Moments don’t last forever, but memories do. The main thing I’m gonna be focused on is not counting days until all the good times will end, but making everyday count.

In life, there is no replay, no rewind, so enjoy every single moment as it comes.

Something that has really been weighing me down is the fact that my boyfriend, Bryce, is going to boot camp in August. I’m so happy for him and I am totally supportive of his decision to serve our country! He is going to have a great time and he will do amazing in the Coast Guard!

But, as his girlfriend, I’m a little freaked out sometimes! I’m sure you understand where I’m coming from, and it’s hard to not get caught up with how much time I have left with him.

So, I need to stop counting and start LIVING! If I don’t get so obsessed over how little time I actually have left, then I can enjoy the moments I still have and make a ton of amazing memories with him. I am so excited to spend my summer with him, but to be honest I’m dreading the day he leaves.

So, I want to ask everyone who reads my blog to be praying for the situation! Pray for Bryce. Pray that he follows God’s path and is always living for him and that he will love what he is doing. Also please pray that I can stay level headed through all of this. A new chapter is coming, and honestly sometimes I don’t think I’m ready for it. But no one is ever ready for the next chapter, we just have to face it head on. These moments in life will change us, they’ll rock our worlds and bring so many new emotions. Appreciate life for the chaos it is.

Instead of being sad about closing a chapter, we must look ahead. We have to look ahead to Jesus. He is in control of all of this craziness. My life is defiantly insane, and God is doing some big things.

So make your memories this summer. Tell people that you love them. Ask friends to hang out. Make sure to laugh always, and pray even more. I know this blog is a bit different than what I usually post, but I always want to be real with you guys and update you about what’s going on! I hope you all are having a great start to your summer, I know I am!

God always has a plan, and He will walk with us always. Remember that, believe in it, and trust in it- Cami 💓

My Favorite Faith-Based Books

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Hey everyone! So today I am going to be talking about my favorite books that have helped grow my faith. I know a lot of people don’t like to read, but I want to encourage you to read this books because they are soooo good! It’s always a good thing to read books that can grow your Christian perspective and see what other people think or portray.

I have always loved to read, so I have found many excellent books I am going to be sharing with y’all today. These books aren’t difficult to read, but they give great messages that will challenge you spiritually. They offer activities and sacrifices that will make you uncomfortable, but if you do them, your life WILL change.

Live Fearless By Sadie Robertson

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The first book I am going to be talking about is Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson. Before I read this book, I didn’t think I was a fearful person at all. When I started reading it, I realized that there are A LOT of things I’m scared of. This book was super eye opening and it offered a lot of challenges that grew my faith. If you’re struggling with fear right now, read this book! You won’t regret it! Sadie Robertson is a great example, and she offers some great wisdom that is so helpful! One of the challenges in this book was to wake up an hour early everyday for 90 days to get into the Word of God. I did this challenge, and it was so beneficial for me.

Kisses From Katie By Katie J. Davis

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The next book I am going to be talking about is Kisses from Katie. This book is about a girl who graduates high school and enters the mission field in Uganda. Despite having a great life in America; Katie ditches her boyfriend, nice car, and college education for being a disciple of Christ. WARNING! This book isn’t an easy read. It will challenge you and make you rethink everything. It will make you laugh, smile, and cry. This book teaches so much, and it will grow your heart for missions more than you can ever expect.

Cold Tangerines By Shauna Niequist

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The next book I’ll be talking about is called Cold Tangerines. Cold Tangerines is basically an autobiography of a woman’s life. This book is pretty lighthearted, and shares all the simple things in life. It is sort of a “feel good” read. It taught me how to appreciate life, and it taught me to find beauty in every situation. This is the perfect book to read by the pool or when you’re tanning on the beach.

So those are just three books that have grown my faith, and if you guys want I am willing to share many more 😊 have a great day, and happy reading!! Comment down below if you have any book recommendations for me!- Cami