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Okay, first off, when I checked HTP this morning, I got a surprise.

Check THIS out!

Now, I’m not a huge fan of GaGa, but this is pretty freaking impressive.

AND…

(wait for it)

I’M IN IT!

Watch the top left at about a minute and 48 seconds and see if you recognize anything. 😉

Anyway. I love Operation Beautiful, and I even had the chance to mention it to my small group last night!! I was in charge of the lesson for the night, and decided I was going to talk about love and boys and wanting to be noticed. One of the things I read to them was about how girls can lose themselves by trying too hard to be noticed by boys, and how society tells we have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. So toward the end of our night, I mentioned OB, and hopefully they’ll check it out!

Anyway, go check out the video! And help it go viral! Tweet it, Facebook it, whatever. 🙂

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Mkay, now to make this post super-long…

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.

Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.

Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like ****.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.

When I started thinking about each of the month’s posts for this 30 Days thing, I’d typed “Jesus. Or Morgan.”

But now I’m thinking I might have to change my mind and say my JH and Freshmen girls.

Getting “I love you”s and hearing these girls thank God for me (seriously, they do; it makes me grin every time)… it’s so awesome. I never in my life thought that anyone would be so appreciative of me. You know? I’ve always been kind of a behind-the-scenes person, the quiet one who doesn’t speak up all that often. So to have five teenage girls enjoy something I wrote up, and to have most of (or maybe it was all; I can’t remember) them say thank you in their closing prayers really made my night. And getting cute Valentines from a couple of the JH girls was awesome, too!

Last night, like I already mentioned, I was in charge of the lesson.

I decided to cut some stuff out due to time, but what I shared with them boiled down to the fact that yes, we’re attracted to boys; but no, we don’t need them to be beautiful.

I shared this song with them, and then posted the following video on Facebook. I checked right before I posted the video, and one of my girls’ status said she loved “More Beautiful You.” I “liked” it. 🙂

Check out the official MBY video, too! It’s pretty crazy.

So, to actually answer today’s “question” properly: my small group girls make my life worth living. Without them actively (and randomly!) saying “thank you” to and for me, I’m not sure I’d be where I am right now. They are blessings, each and every one of them. Knowing that what I say is impacting them, even in a small way, makes me smile and want to keep pressing on.

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