If you could use some type of super-human power and see me through this computer screen, you would see the biggest smile across my face. Maybe you saw it on twitter, maybe you didn’t,,, but I just spent the last 4 hours with a bunch of fourth graders and a whole lot of nail polish… AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST NIGHTS OF MY LIFE.
I know. Most of you are probably like, “???? um… wut?” — but let me explain!!!!
Most of you already know me, but if you don’t here is a little background. I am a junior in high school and I have the privilege of attending a private, Christian school that is about 10 minutes away from my home town. My school does this thing for the fourth and fifth grade girls called Spa Night. All of the fourth & fifth grade girls meet after school and they will have dinner together, as well as an evening filled with fingernail painting and just pure pampering. It’s literally SO CUTE. (Funny story, but I actually did not know that my school did this Spa Night thing until this afternoon.)
Well anyways, long story short, a pal of mine, Ally Conley (ALittleLightBlog) was leading a devotional for these young ladies as part of their Spa Night. She was assigned toe-nail painting and she called me during school asking for help on her devotional (WHICH WAS AMAZING BTW ILL GET THERE)!!! After school, I went up to the room where this event was being held and I helped Ally (as well as others) get ready for this evening.
Maybe it was the pretty lights, maybe it was the feeling of Jesus in the room, or maybe it was the Zaxby’s chicken fingers, BUT I HAD TO STAY. I JUST HAD TO. In my heart, my inner elementary school girl came out and she was jumping for joy. Literally jumping… You can ask Ally !!
As the night went on, Ally started speaking and she blew it out of the water. The way she spoke of Jesus was straight from the heart — and as these young girls got their toes painted I loved to hear their little giggles when Ally would squeeze her foot into Cinderella’s “glass” slipper. She is so funny.
Ally spoke truth. Ally prayed over these girls and it opened my heart like never before. She emphasized the fact that God calls us as His children to live through who He has called us to be. We aren’t designed to try and be someone else.
We must embrace the fact that her glass slipper may not fit on our foot… and that is PERFECTLY OKAY.
We are unique. We are strong, and as young ladies of Christ we must PROUDLY PROCLAIM WHO GOD HAS CALLED US TO BE. We were designed to be US, not HER!!!!!
This image above is HANDS DOWN one of my favorites from the whole night. I was joking around when I said, “Hey, I’m washing your feet just like Jesus did with His disciples.” — but if I am honest, it was such an honor. You can ask these girls’ moms, but I could only imagine how HARD it must be raising a young girl in today’s society. Being able to sit down, and willingly wash the feet of these girl’s while they were able to relax, and feel special made my heart so overjoyed. They deserve to feel like princesses. They deserve to be treated like fine china and with the utmost respect and honor. I know how much Jesus loves them, I could literally feel it in the room, and the fact that I, itty bitty Brittany Merrill, got to do an action like Jesus did for his disciples MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!! I COULD PROBABLY EXPLODE!!
Overall, I am so happy that this evening happened tonight. It was such a Jesus thing y’all. My plan after school was just to go home and nap, and if Ally wouldn’t of called me I would’ve done just that. I am so PROUD & BLESSED to be able to go to such an amazing school that does this for their students. They are willing to plan an evening, recruit volunteers, and spend the money to uplift their elementary school ladies. I don’t think I have ever been prouder to go to a school like mine in my whole life. You couldn’t pay me to go anywhere else. I will forever be grateful for the love that my school has shown me, and the love they pour into next generation of girls.
MORE PICTURES FROM THIS LOVELY NIGHT: !!!
About the Author.
Brittany Merrill is an eighteen year old senior who lives by the quote, "Life isn't perfect, but your outfit can be." She is passionate about Jesus, setting new trends, and french fries.