Newly Sharpened Pencils

My all-time favorite movie is You’ve Got Mail. It is a Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan classic. If you have not seen it, call me, and we can have a movie night, I will make popcorn. The start of the movie perfectly describes my feelings towards Grenoble right now. The main character, Joe Fox, gushes, “Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils”. I love new school years. I was the kid who was actually excited to go back to school each fall. There is something exciting about new school supplies. The promise of a new pencil and a fresh notebook. New beginnings, new opportunities, the world is yours!

As a kid, I would admire my new color-coordinated school supplies in the weeks leading up to the new school year with excitement, I had waited all summer for this!! The night before the new school year, I would be met with panic. What if I wasn’t smart enough? What if I hadn’t prepared well enough during the summer? What if everyone hated me? Would I be enough? I would end up falling asleep on my dad’s bedroom floor because I was too scared to be alone.

This summer was a time of preparation, of prayer and planning for the fall. We prepared our “school supplies”. We have bought the new notebooks; we have sharpened the pencils. The first day of school is almost here! But now, the first day of school panic strikes again. The questions of enough-ness still remain. As the worries rise, I am reminded of little school aged Olivia. Panicked beyond believe, with nowhere to turn but to my Father. I cannot control what will happen this fall, if our events are successful, or if people like me. But I can pray. And I can go to the Father, and I can give to Him what is His. I can trust in the LORD with all of my heart, and I can trust that He is leading our ministry.

The new school year is more than just new pencils and school supplies. We have the chance to share the news that is far greater than anything you can learn in school. It is more than the events we host, or the dreams we have for Young Life Grenoble. I am glad for the pre-school jitters. This is really exciting stuff. This is life changing. It is the most exciting and scary adventure to get to share the Gospel. I am so humbled to get to be a witness in the city of Grenoble. I love Grenoble in the fall.

Please join me this September in praying for the start of our events. We will be launching Impact Club, our high school ministry, on September 13 and our WyldLife middle school ministry on September 15th. Please pray for these school year long programs as well as Campaigner bible studies and camps.

THANK YOU for being a part of this exciting journey. Get your pencil sharpeners out, this is going to be a great year!

If you would like any more information on how you can be involved with Young Life in Grenoble, please let me know!!

Love Always,


End of summer DIY pizza party with my girls from camp ❤
I am continually amazed by the beauty of where I live
I LOVE VISITORS!!! Look how beautiful my city is!!

One thought on “Newly Sharpened Pencils

  1. Can’t Believe it is been a year since you’ve been there. What a beautiful place to share gods love. Will be praying for the kids coming to your groups! Young life was one of my favorite things in high school. They are blessed to have you! I also get mixed feeling about fall. I am ready for cooler days but the nights get long. God walks with us every season of our lives, the good and bad! In the midst of the Texas disaster, I see light shining in the darkness! We too have that light in tough times. Help us not forget. Love you and hope to see you this winter. I go to Cabo December 13 to 20 keep writing your amazing blogs. Time for you to write a book to teens about the ups and downs of walking through life!!


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