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Julie Lai  on a wild adventure following Jesus

Thankful for sisters who build me up and love me so well.
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Super special s/o to the woman with the great hair to the left of me, happiest of birthday to you. Thank you for always calling and speaking truth into my life, making me laugh like no other, and educating me on biscuits. Always counting down till I see you next. Love you my sweet friend!

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"Yes, America, you are beautiful indeed...But your greatest beauty and your richest blessing is found in the human person: in each man, woman and child, in every immigrant, in every native-born son and daughter.
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For this reason, America, your deepest identity and truest character as a nation is revealed in the position you take towards the human person. The ultimate test of your greatness in the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenceless ones.
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Every human person - no matter how vulnerable or helpless, no matter how young or how old, no matter how healthy, handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or productive for society - is a being of inestimable worth created in the image and likeness of God. This is the dignity of America, the reason she exists, the condition for her survival-yes, the ultimate test of her greatness: to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenceless ones, those as yet unborn." // St. John Paul II

I wasn’t the first to look at this masterpiece. And I won’t be the last. Billions of people have been and will stand there in wonder and awe.
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And that’s what happen’s when we don’t settle with mediocrity and complacency. A beautiful masterpiece is born. It’s born out of mess, frustration, and a lot of talking yourself out of, “I can’t.”
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But it’s worth it. Because we're created to be more than just average or some copycat. We are made to be extraordinary.

Currently at #seek2017 with 13,000 Catholic college kids that are all my new best friends. Jesus spoils me with His goodness. (photo by @caseyjudephotography)

MY GRANDPA IS 102 YEARS OLD TODAY
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102, yet acts like a teenage boy. Last week he snuck wine into his room and assured me it was tea
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102, yet one time I walked into his house and he was redoing the tile floor
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102, and yet my best friend. We both cry every time we call each other. Gosh, I love this old human a lot.

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Thy will be done.
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These past 4 months God has taken me on an wild adventure. And honestly, it hurts to leave.
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I went to my favorite place in Rome this morning, St. Peter's Basilica, to thank God and to try to find closure in this. And the phrase that kept coming to me was, "Thy will be done."
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So here I am, trusting in the fact that I know God has far greater plans than I could have ever dream of. And because of that, I want what He wants. Thank you Jesus for it all!

I'm desperately attempting to absorb every last minute I have in Rome.
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But I'm learning, that's how life should be lived every day: totally and absolutely present to wherever your feet are.
So that means having silly conversation with the dude making your sandwich. It means putting your phone down sometimes. It means walking slowly and taking in the world around you. It means putting your worries to rest. It means looking at the person in front of you and hanging on their every word.
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It's a way of living that recognizes the glory and goodness of God in every moment.
It's difficult task to master. And I'm working on it. But it's a beautiful, worthwhile challenge that makes us so fully alive.