Tess is a first year peer minister at Saint Joan of Arc.
Relationships are a tricky thing, especially when you are a tween or teen. There are so many different types of relationships we have with people. There are family relationships, friend relationships, dating relationships and more. But right now more than ever it’s important to have healthy relationships because relationships make you stronger and the people in relationships help each other grow. But in any kind of relationship God is and needs to be there. It’s like a triangle, you and one other person are the base to an equilateral triangle and God is at the top keeping your whole relationship intacted. Take away God, your whole relationship will fall apart.
In my own relationships I see God in moments of compassion and love we share. I know He is present because I can see my friend challenging me to step out of my comfort zone or challenging me to reach out to others. Or I see my friend really listening to me talk. It is in these moments I see God speaking through them and I know He is also in our relationship.
I keep God in my relationships through prayer and acts of service to others. Every night when I go to bed I pray for my friends and ask God to watch over them! In this way I ask for him to be with us. We all need God. I need God. For us to think otherwise is a great sin.
Relationships are so important, and our relationship with God will be with us forever - so this week I’m going to challenge myself to focus on how I can bring God into my relationships and I challenge you to do the same.
Bridgid is an ascending Senior at Hopkins High School and a peer minister at Saint Joan of Arc.
In the midst of some really hard times, it can be hard to recognize what is still good in our lives, but still it’s really important to take time to do so. I decided to make a gratitude list for five days by just taking a couple minutes at the end of the day to think about what I appreciate in my life. Some were really simple things and some were more impactful. It’s super easy and I found that it’s actually really calming to take some time to reflect! Without further ado, here’s my list:
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