Lovely Lauren

I met Lauren the first year I volunteered to help with my church’s middle school students. She was a shy and quiet 6th grader in our small group who has matured into a lovely high school sophomore πŸ€—. Here’s a snapshot of Lauren’s story.

Her mom was born in Florida and her dad in Kentucky. She has lived in Georgia all of her young life.

Lauren enjoys reading, swimming πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ, singing 🎀playing guitar🎸, and babysitting. Another one of her interesting hobbies is collecting rocks and minerals 😍.

She would love to go to Africa one day and would live just about anywhere as long as it’s close to a beach πŸ–. I’m with you girl 😘!

An awesome skill she enjoys learning is sign language! One of Lauren’s favorite books is, The Secret Garden and her favorite artist is Tori Kelly. Yes and yes! Same!! She started watching Friends and The Office. I remember watching these also Lauren πŸ˜‰. Her favorite food? Anything Mexican πŸ‘Œ.

When it comes to friendships, the qualities she looks for in a friend is trustworthiness, genuineness, and kindness πŸ€—πŸ’œ.

Lauren has two younger siblings: Emma who is 11 and Orris, 9. Her dream is to travel the world 🌏 and become a missionary πŸ’—.

God has been teaching her to be patient and to trust in him. I think He’s teaching many people these things in 2020 my young friend!!

It has been a treasure to watch my young friend mature into a lovely young woman πŸ€—. Lauren, you remind me of my very first friend in 5th grade when I was new to the states. She was a gentle, kind, caring, and genuine girl who befriended me at recess one day πŸ€—.

I call her lovely Lauren because she is genuinely lovely from the inside out πŸ€—. She has a sweet spot for her Maker as evidenced by how she presents herself to the world in obedience to Him. This love for God overflows to her family and friends.

Lauren, I pray you will stay true to the Lord and be fearlessly authentic. Never cave in to the pressure to fit in. You were made to stand out for Christ just as you are doing!! For this is where your loveliness comes from, and how it will remain throughout your life. Stay lovely Lauren πŸ€—πŸ’œ.

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