Monday, July 20, 2009

Girls in the Sisterhood:

Here's what I'm reading in The Message. Check it out:

"It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message 
on stage in a theater 
in which no one wants to buy a ticket. 
We're something 
everyone 
stands around and stares at 
like an accident in the street" (1 Corinthians 4:9).

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How does that hit you?
Know this: When you truly start to live
in radical obedience
to the Lordship of Jesus Christ
you'll be made fun of.

And sometimes you'll even be made fun of
from your Christian friends!
We expect it from the world . . .
but it hurts even more when it comes
from the Body of Christ.

So as you begin preparation to head back to school,
jobs,
whatever . . .
go into it with the knowledge
that you're seen
as an "accident in the street."

Be prepared to be gawked at.
That's how they treated Christ.

By the power of His Spirit within you,
you CAN remain strong!

I love you!
Susie Shellenberger

88 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for that Susie!! I'm starting a Christian school in the fall, and I'm having to leave my best friend along with many other good friends behind. None of them understand why I'm making this choice, so this is exactly how I feel.
    Thanks again Susie, you truly touch all of our lives!!

    ~~Meg

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  2. Thanks Susie!
    I go to a Christian school, but there are still kids there that you could never tell are Christians by the way they live. I'm just glad that I have good friends!
    Erin

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  3. Thank you soooo much for that Susie.
    I'm Homeschooled and sometimes people think i'm wierd for that. But I know this is the right thing for me and this is what God is leading me and my parents to do so I need to trust in Himand believe that this is the best thing for me.

    Erin and Meg,
    I will be praying for you in your christian walks.

    I Love You Guys!!!

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  4. Oh my word!! Another homeschooler!! I homeschool to and I don't think people understand how hard homeschooling is(for me at least) It's not just a sit around all day school you ACTUALLY do school! :D Thanks for that blog susie! It was good.
    abigail(from IA)

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  5. Thank you Michelle!
    I have a friend at church who is homeschooled, and I don't think it is weird at all! Sometimes she gets to stay in her pajamas all day! That would be really nice. :)
    Erin

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  6. Ok wow! It is so cool to hear about other home-schoolers! I am home-schooled too! Just a thought, maybe when we get the sisterhood up we should start different spots for people to talk about school. Like one for private school, public school, home-school, ect. Just a thought!

    KK from IA

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  7. Thank you soooooo much Michelle!!!!!!!!!!!! You just made my day. Things have been hard lately, because I'm so afraid to leave everything that I know behind. But I know that this is where God is leading me, so I'm just trusting Him with the rest. Thanks SO much for your thoughts and prayers!!!

    And btw everyone, i don't think home-schooling is weird at all!!!!! Sounds kinda cool to me! :)

    ~~Meg

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  8. hey KK.
    that's such a good idea!! I cant wait for the sisterhood to start!
    I have alot of friends who are homeschooled but alot of people think that us homeschoolershave no friends. NOT TRUE! it is really cool though that we can do our school in our pjs. :D

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  9. meg, i'M glad my comment helped you. Try to remember that He has a perfect plan for you. And He will lead you where he wants and overall it will be good for you.
    i'm glad to hear that ou don't think homeschoolers are wierd. it is really fun sometimes we get to teach ourselves and do school in our pjs and take breaks when we need them. it's fun!

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  10. When I subscribed to the magazine online it gave me a confirmation code. I was wondering, does anyone know what that's for? is it for the sisterhood that's starting in September?

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  11. Susie - thanks for a wonderful presentation of Revelation the other night. My wife and I will be praying for you this week as you continue speaking.

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  12. Michelle, i always remember that, but it's still hard in the midst of all this fear. thanks for you support.
    that would be awesome to have school in pjs :)
    and that's probably what the code is for, but i would ask susie just to be sure :)

    thanks again
    ~~meg

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  13. Hmm. I didn't get a code when I subscribed. Was I supposed to?
    Erin

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  14. I'm not sure, Erin. did you subscribe online?

    Meg,
    I know it's hard when you have to leave all your friends behind, but trust in God that he will bring you new friends and provide a way to keep in touch with your old friends. Have you tried explaining to them why you're changing schools?
    I will be praying for you.

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  15. I'm homeschooled too!

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  16. THERE ARE OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS!!! lol Where I live there are not a lot of homeschoolers so when I meet one its like a homeschooler yay!! :d
    Meg,
    God will totally provide especially if you feel that's where he want's you to be. I don't really have to many close friends in my town but I have a lot at my church but it's 45 minutes away. God will provide friends he did for me and I know he will for you!! Oh and I will be praying for you to!!!
    Also KK I like that idea for when the sisterhood starts! :D And also that's cool so many of us homeschool and that the others don't think we are weird!!! lol
    YOu guy's are lucky though. . . my mom doesn't really let me do school in my p.j.s!!!

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  17. Sense we are talking kinda about prayer I have a tiny prayer request. I homeschool and I am not exactly the smartest kid on the block. I am still doing school and I only have a month and a half to finish or else all of my work that I did was useless because I won't get the credits I need. If you could please pray I finish and that as odd as this sounds I will try to enjoy homeschooling!!! It works for some people but for some reason it's been hard for me. This year was my 6th year homeschooling and each year I have had to either do summer school or do extra work at the beginning of the new year. Thanks guy's! Sorry this is kinda long!!! :D
    abigail(from iowa)
    p.s. I also wrote above comment

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  18. Abigail,
    I know how you feel. It's always reaaly hard for me to get in to the swing of things when the new school year starts. I will be praying for you.
    I'm SO happy that there are so many homeschoolers on this site.

    -Michelle

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  19. hey girls!
    I was wondering if you could pray for me in this thing I'm going through?
    I have a friend who I was pretty good friends with for a couple of years, but know we aren't that good of friends now because she has done some things and her mom has said some things about my family that I'm really mad about. we still talk and all, but I don't know if I should confront her or just let God work it out. I know this is kinda confusing but please just try to pray for my situation and that God will give me wisdom as to what to do.
    Thanks so much. :)

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  20. Now I feel like the odd one out for being in a public school. ;)

    And girls, I will be praying for you! I know times can seem to be just so hard. But we have to go through it with God, because you know with Him things will get better.

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  21. Hey girls, I have a friend who is 11. Her name is Megan. She has had a headache for 5 weeks now and I would like if you prayed for her and her family. Thanks, Grace

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  22. Grace and Michelle; I'll be praying for you. I love it how, even though we don't know eachother, we can still pray is sisters in Christ!
    Erin

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  23. thank you for praying, Grace

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  24. Grace, Michelle, and Abigail i will be praying for you all!!!! And thanks guys for including me in your prayers! :) Things have been better lately, and I am finding comfort in God's word.

    Michelle,
    I tried to explain to my best friend why I'm leaving, but considering she isn't a Christian, it was hard, because she doesn't understand. I told her it was to strengthen my faith, but she just doesn't understand what Christianity means. That it is not a religion, but more like a way of life. I am constatnly praying for her to come to Jesus, but so far, no luck.

    Anyway, thank you all for understanding!!! I just love the fact how even though we don't know each other, we still kind of do in a different sense. I can't wait for the Sisterhood to be ready so that we can all talk even more!! :)

    And to anonymous who feels like the odd one out for going to public school, I have gone to public school every year up until now. Trust me you're not the only one. :)

    Thanks guys!!!

    ~~Meg

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  25. Thanks guy's for all the prayer!! It is appreciated!! Also I will be praying for the everyone else to! I can't wait for the sisterhood to come out but in a way we have already started it!!! :D
    Hey Michelle, just continue to trust God with your situation. I had a friend that I thought we would be in contact forever but God didn't want it that way and I havn't talked to her in over a year. I have really struggled with that but I am comforted by remembering that God takes away sometimes but he also gives back!! I will be praying for you and I hope it works out for the better!!!
    abigail

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  26. Oh and Grace keep us updated about Megan!! She defenitly has people praying for her!! =D
    abigail

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  27. That is so true Abigail!!!!!!!!!
    And you're right about the sisterhood thing, we already have a sisterhood right here! :)

    And Grace, definitely keep us updated about Megan!!
    Luv u guys!!

    ~~Meg

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  28. Hey sisses!!
    Thanks soo much for praying for me.
    I will continue to pray for all of you.
    Keep trusting in God through-out the day.

    -Michelle

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  29. No problem Michelle; you're doing the same for us! :)
    Luv all of u sisters in Christ!!!

    ~~Meg

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  30. Hi, Girls!

    Someone asked about a membership code. Keep it! That's for the online global sisterhood that will launch in September. If you don't have one yet, you'll get one when it launches. Then when you go to the WEb site, you'll enter that code and it will allow you access INSIDE the sisterhood! You'll get some video devotional thoughts from me, a column from Obie-Dog, more articles, and just tons of stuff--and best of all you'll get support from your online sisses who also get SUSIE Mag and want to stand with you, hold your hand and pray with you through the tough days! YAHOO!

    We love you!
    Susie Shellenberger
    PS: Pleeeeeze get your gal-pals to sign up NOW!

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  31. Susie,

    Scince Brio Mag shifted to Kor Minestries, it just has not been the same. I felt as though I knew you and the Brio staff personaly, and I don't feel the same about Kor minestries. Besides that it is an online magazine run by guys. How could they know what girls go through? So, as I am very disapointent that Brio shut down, I am considering getting your new magazine, but I'm confused. Is yours an online magazine, published?

    Thanks for your many years of service, Susie!

    *~G~*

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  32. I can't wait for the Sisterhood to be up Susie!! It is going to be incredible!

    G,
    I know you're probably wanting Susie to answer, but SusieMag is a published magazine that ships to your house! There is also a website with articles on it (www.susiemagazine.com), and in September, there will be an online Sisterhood where christian girls can interact!

    Hope this helps! :)

    ~~Meg

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  33. Hey *-G-*,
    I also used to get Brio Magazine and I was very said that Focus on the Family stopped publishing it. But I checked out the the online (www.susiemagazine.com) and it's great!! I also signed up to get the published magazine and I can't wait to get it! You should really consider getting the magazine. You will love it! I know I will!

    And Susie,
    Don't worry I'm already planning on telling all my friends about it, and I'm sure everyone else will to. Right girls?

    -Michelle

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  34. Yup! I told all my friends already, and I'm hoping that they subscribe!
    Erin

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  35. One of my friends used to get the Brio mag, so I will be sure to tell her. 8-D

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  36. I will totally try to tell all my friends! :)

    ~~Meg

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  37. Susie,
    If I signed up for the magazine in June when will I get my first issue?

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  38. Meg,
    Has any new devlopments come up with your best friend?

    -Michelle

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  39. Michelle,

    Not much is new really, but I think God is working inside of me. Some of my worries have gone away, and I feel much better than I have the past few days. I had a sleepover last night with her and another great friend, and I had a blast. Even though I won't be going to school with them, I think that we are going to be just as great of friends.
    Thanks for caring! :)

    How is your situation coming along, Michelle? I have been praying for you!

    Grace & Abigail,

    How are things going for you guys? Any updates? You guys have been in my prayers also! :)

    ~~Meg

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  40. Meg,
    That is so cool that God has taken some of your worries from you! I love it when he does that for me.
    Erin

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  41. Erin,

    I know! I am so grateful!! It feels amazing just to know that we have a God who loves us more than anything!

    ~~Meg

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  42. Thanks so much for your help! It seems like such a good environment, here! :)
    ~*G*~

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  43. Hi, Girls!

    Ha! I LOVE the way you interact with each other! It makes me grin from ear to ear. Girls taking care of each other . . . praying for one another. THIS is how the global sisterhood will be. I LOVE IT!

    Yes, SUSIE Magazine is a printed, monthly magazine. But we also have Web support, which means you can access some of the articles online.

    Someone asked when she'd get her first issue if she subscribed in June. If you subscribed toward the end of June, you were too late to start with July and will start with August. But if you have any questions, please call: 1-888-81-SUSIE and they can look up your subscription and tell you for sure.

    And thanks to all of you who are telling your friends! You rock!

    I love you, Girls!
    Susie Shellenberger

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  44. I am feeling sooo grateful to have such an awesome God right now!! I have been praying that I can make friends at my new school, and tonight at volleyball practice, I met a couple girls, one who will be going to school with me, and we are already talking like we are best friends!! I am just so grateful that God led me to these girls; He always reveals Himself to me in amazing ways!!

    Sorry, I just had to share that, because I am overjoyed. And you're right G, this is an amazing environment! It feels great to know that there are other Christian girls out there who care!! :) Thanks guys!

    ~~Meg

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  45. Thank you Susie! I hope you know how much of a role model you are to all of us girls! :)
    Thanks for everything you do!!

    ~~Meg

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  46. Meg!!
    I can't tell you how happy I am for you right now! :D It just shows you that God does answer prayer. I will continue to pray for you and that this newfound friend will grow into a lasting connection.
    I really feel like God has brought us all together here for a purpose and He is going to use us in amazing ways.

    Love to all, <3
    -Michelle

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  47. megan is better but keep praying. I'll keep you posted, Grace

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  48. That is so cool Meg!
    I'll continue praying for all you girls!
    Erin

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  49. Thanks for your support everyone!!

    How has your situation been coming along Michelle?
    And Grace, that is great news about Megan!

    I will keep praying for all of you guys!!

    Thanks again guys!!!

    ~~Meg

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  50. Meg thank you.

    ~Grace~

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  51. No problem Grace! :)

    ~~Meg

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  52. Meg,
    Thanks sooo much for praying for me. My friend's brother's birthday party is tomorrow and I'm gonna go, but I'm a little bit scared about what's gonna happen. I'm praying that everything will be okay. But if it's not, I'll trust God that this is His plan for me.
    Thanks again for being so concerned.

    Love you sisses in Christ <3
    -Michelle

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  53. Michelle,

    No problem! I'm sure that God has given you this opportunity for a reason, and that whatever happens was meant to be, because His will for your life is the most important thing. I'll pray that God be with you through it all!

    ~~Meg

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  54. WHoa!! I miss a day of reading comments and it's filled up!! lol
    Thank you sooooo much Meg for praying! It's amazing how prayer works!! I was just thinking the other day how I know that I have people praying for me.
    It's gone pretty well this week. I got a test and project done that I reaaally needed to get done so that was good. Continue praying though because the deadline for me to get done is coming up quick!!! By the way I will continue praying for you all!!
    abigail
    p.s. Agreed Meg about Susie being a great role model! When I was going through a tough time I sent her an e-mail(not really expecting anything back) and I she sent me an e-mail back with some great suggestions!!! Thanks Susie!!

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  55. Hey girls,

    Megan is better. Please continue to pray for her.

    Thanks, Grace

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  56. That is good to know Grace!! I will continue to pray for her though. Prayer really does work!! :D
    Abigail

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  57. Hey guys!!

    Abigail and Grace, great news from both of you!! I will keep praying for all of you!

    ~~Meg

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  58. I'm glad that Grace is doing better!! :)
    I'll continue to pray for her.

    -Michelle

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  59. Please pray for my parents their on a plane to Alaska for their anniversary. :) It's their 30th!! :D
    Hope they have fun.

    -Michelle <3

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  60. I definitely will! :)

    ~~Meg

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  61. Will do Michelle!! Sounds like a big vacation!!!
    Thanks Meg! I will continue praying for you to and everyone else!!
    abby(because the other abby seems to not be commenting as much I am going back to what I am usually called abby :D)

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  62. How did the birthday party go Michelle? HOpe it went well!
    abby

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  63. No problem abby, thanks to you too!!!

    Yeah, how did the party go Michelle?? I hope that God gave you an answer today!!

    ~~Meg

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  64. HEy guys I just have a tiny prayer request. My friend is coming to church with me and my family on sunday and she is not a christian. Could you just pray that the service goes well and that I can be a good witness to her? Thanks!!
    abby

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  65. Abby, I will definitely pray for you!!!!! I know exactly how you are feeling right now - none of my friends are Christians, and I am constatnly wanting to share Jesus with them. However, God hasn't given me that chance yet. I will pray that the service goes well, that God is able to use you as one of His disciples in this situation, and that no matter what happens, you will glorify Him!
    :) Best of luck!!!

    ~~Meg

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  66. Abby I will pray for you.

    Grace

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  67. Thanks for praying you guys. The party went great! Nothing wierd happened, so I'm thankful to God for that. :D

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  68. PTL there was at least 6 people who got saved at church camp this week!!

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  69. Wow.... My best friend commit suirside 6 months ago today. I miss her so much....

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  70. Hey everyone...
    I was reading all of the comments and I thought I would get in on all of the acton...
    G, I'm so sorry about your friend. I've never had that happen to me, but that must be hard. I'll pray for you. I'm trying to get into praying more, so this will be good!
    And hey-Ashley M-
    that is so cool that so many people got saved at camp! I'm going to church camp next week and I hope I have the same awesome experience! Maybe God will help me lead someone to Christ! That would be cool, I've never done that before.
    -Alana

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  71. Thanks guy's! I will let you know how it goes. I only get to see my christian friends at church because it's kinda hard to get together with them because I live 45 minutes from the church.
    I will still be praying for everyone!!
    Ashley that is great to hear about church camp! I got back from camp a couple of weeks ago and God really woke me up there. It was really cool.
    abby

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  72. Oh and Alana, welcome to the comments!! :D
    abby

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  73. G, that is so sad. Someone at my school commited suicide last year, and it affected the whole school community. I can't even imagine how hard it is for you. I will pray that God will comfort you!
    Your sister in Christ,
    Erin

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  74. Thanks Abby!

    Praying for you all,

    -Alana

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  75. Your welcome Alana and thanks for praying for us all!
    abby

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  76. Wow! You really have a way with words! Thanks for touching our lives!
    "kay"

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  77. AHHHHHHH! I'm homeschooled, too! Most people just dont realize how hard it really is! I'll be attending my church Coop this upcoming fall...Very excited!
    Kay

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  78. Michelle:
    I know! People assume that because someone's homeschooled, they don't have any friends. I use to attend a private school, and I have more friends now (homeschooling) than I did at school! And my mom wont let us do school in PJs...Something about "sloppy dress causing sloppy work"...unless we're sick, of course...Yes, I do school even when I'm sick, and in the summer...heavy sigh lol It's kinda funny: I never really thought about any of the girls posting on the blog homeschooled...weird...I was kinda surprised!
    Love you, sisses in Christ! May your summer be blessed!

    "Kay"

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  79. That's pretty much what my mom say's to kay! She say's that it will make me lazy! lol It probably would but at leas I would be comfy!! :D
    I think you can make friends when you are homeschooled but you have to seek things to do to find them like going to a coop or for me playing on a school bball team!! I think it is really cool how many of us homeschool. It's cool. :D
    Love you sisters in Christ! ANd Kay I hope you have a good blessed rest of the summer to!!
    abby

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  80. Abby:
    I have tried to do school in my PJs, I was comfy, but i didnt do well...oh well! I also found that I became more outgoing when I started homeschooling! My (private) school was kinda cliqueish...It's funny, at first you couldn't get me to talk-even my friend-now, you can't get me to shut up! lol
    I think that KK from IA has a great idea!! that way, we have more a chance to "talk" to other homeschooled girls!
    One more thing, could you girls pray for me? I'm really trying to strengthen my relationship with Christ...Could you pray that I will? I know, it's kind of a weird request...

    Kay...or Kaelynne

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  81. I will pray for you, Grace

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  82. For me I think I have alway's been outgoing. ONE thing for me though, is when you first meet me I will be kinda shy and not to noisy. .. when you truly get to know me though I am pretty loud sometimes!! lol I guess being 50% Italian might be part of that! :D

    Kay,
    That is totally not a weird request!! I think it's great that you want to strengthen you relashionship with God!! I will be praying for you and know that you are not alone in trying to alway's grow in our relashionships with God!
    Love you guys!!
    abby

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  83. Abby, I'm the same way. I'm usually a little shy with people I don't know, but if I do get to know someone, I'm totally outgoing!
    You sister in Christ,
    Erin

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  84. Yay! Other people ares shy than outgoing!! lol Just saying. :D
    I reeeaaallly can't wait intil September when the sisterhood comes out!!!
    abby

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  85. I totally wish I could go to a Christian school, but I live out in the sticks, and the only school in the area is K-12, and is for 3 towns!!! Unfortuanately.......

    Adios Amigas!

    -Alana D.

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  86. G: I am soooooo incredibly sorry! i cannot imagine what you must be feeling! I will pray for you! also, i want you girls to know that even though i dont know you, i love ya like my two bffs!!
    Kay

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  87. Thanks for praying, Abby! And i have a weird question...What's the sisterhood? I know, im so clueless...That's actually one of my nicknames that my loving friend gave me...Clueless...lol
    Kay
    P.S. Love you, girls!

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