Hello, my name is Rachel Nichols, and I am a senior at Cloverdale High. I have so many great friends, and I enjoy hanging out with everyone from youth group and school Bible Study. Last year, my friend Brent was the school Bible Study leader, and he asked me to take over for him as leader now that he’s away at college. I was so nervous to lead the group at first, but I have had a lot of support from my friends and family.
I absolutely love my boyfriend, Brandon. We have been dating for a year now, and we have had some great times together. This week, Brandon and I talked, and he told me about some decisions he and his family had made, which will affect all of us. I will have to say goodbye to him in January since his family will be moving to the southern part of the state. I don’t know how I’ll get through the next few months without crying. I hate crying in front of other people, especially Brandon, so I refuse to cry.
My new friend, J.C., has been a great distraction with everything that’s been happening with Brandon. She just moved to Cloverdale from New York City, and I love spending time with her! She makes the best homemade brownies with this incredible mocha icing! You just have to taste them!
But I’m sad because J.C. doesn’t appear to know Jesus as her Savior. I’ve invited her to youth group and Bible Study, but Jamie and her other friends are making it hard for me. I can tell she feels drawn to the life she used to know in New York, but I pray she will see her need for God and accept Christ into her life. She’s a great person and quickly becoming an amazing friend. I would love to share my faith with her.
I can see that Brent is concerned about J.C., too. They have a relationship that is hard to put into words, but I know God is at the center of it. I have been praying that my witness toward J.C. would be effective, but I know full well that Brent may have a greater impact on her life. I have been praying for him as he shares Christ’s love with her.
Well, I need to be planning tomorrow’s Bible Study lesson. I’ll see you in the pages of The Promise!