During a time of begging God for a miracle, Chandra bursted into my life. I needed a friend and God sent me a bubbly, spirit-driven youth leader. Chandra was the youth leader taking high school Abby out for coffee. She was the one encouraging quite and introverted Abby to break down a few walls of insecurity and embrace being herself. Chandra once told me that it was okay to be the weirdest person in the room. She said that being brave enough to act like myself would give others the freedom to be their weird selves also. • Youth leaders, there is so much love stirred into the time you pour within your students. God uses you, youth leader. He uses you to show those students what His love looks like. He uses you to teach those students how to grow up well. He uses you to care for their souls and bring them closer to Him. Chandra is a testament of that. Keep investing. Keep praying. Keep loving. Your students long for the love you have in Christ. They long to follow God like you do. Even if they don’t recognize those longings. Even if they act as if they only like you for the coffee you buy them, they love you and they need your care. • After I graduated, Chandra and I became best friends. We’ve lived many memories, learned big lessons, and explored cool places together. I’m forever grateful for our friendship. As the years have past, you’ve been a constant light in my life. Love ya Shaw-dayyyy! // s/o to @keely.lange for telling Chandra to be my buddy back in 2014. // s/o to God for making Yosemite National Park the most beautiful place ever // s/o to November 2016 when Chandra flew all the way to CA to visit me and wander around the park.
—‘break clear away, once in awhile.. wash your spirit clean.’ ++ hiked the mist trail on earth day, john muir would’ve been proud. 37.86° N, 119.54° W on #theyellowcotour & #endlesscaravan with @yellowco.co.