The Passions I Pursue

The Passions I Pursue

Hey guys! ❤ I hope that you’re having a beautiful week 🙂 There have been many different post ideas on my heart recently, so I’ve been slowly narrowing them down to which ones should be written when. For today, I’d love to share a bit of a more personal post (which I do most of the time anyway, haha), where I’ll be sharing some thoughts I’ve been having when it comes to how and where I spend my time and energy. ❤ I hope you enjoy!


Over the past year or so, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching. With my eighteenth birthday less than a month away (which I think is crazy!), I’ve been thinking and praying about my future so much that it has consumed me at times.

I’ve attempted to think so far ahead that I’ve eventually stress myself out beyond repair … which is why I’m desiring to come up with better ways to do this.

I have less than one semester left of my senior year, and it is going really well. Staying determined to get that schoolwork done fills my weekday mornings and afternoons, which still leaves many hours that I wish to fill participating in hobbies and activities that matter.

And what about this summer? With my graduation just around the corner, I don’t want to get whirled into a pattern of un-productivity … so I have been organizing my priorities and picking them carefully.

There are few things I love more than a productive day! Whether I help out with taking care of my family, make progress on projects that will take a long time to actually complete, or continue pursuing a hobby that makes me really happy, I love dedicating time to getting things done, in many shapes and forms.

Today, I am praying over the main passions I have had for a very long time – ones that I know I’ll pursue in the years to come. Among them are writing, linguistics, organization, and laughter. (Yes, it’s honestly a hobby of mine! I love making others laugh.) Sometimes, I even wonder if exploration is a passion of mine, too, for my limitless interest in the world around me, both in learning new things and traveling to new places, is something that truly adds to my life.

I don’t know much about what my future holds at the moment … but I did realize something last night. Not only am I close friends with the One Who holds my future, but I’m also blessed to be able to live in and completely focus on the present.

If I was daily consumed by what is to come, it would be impossible for me to flourish here now. ❤

Throughout 2018, it would bless me if you’d like to follow along on my journey into adulthood! I’m taking everything in stride, praying over situations I need answers to, and doing my best to always put my trust in my Heavenly Father, Who holds my life in His loving hands. ❤ Thanks for reading!

What are YOU focusing on this year?

— Maggie

10 Reasons Why I Love The ‘Poirot’ TV Show

10 Reasons Why I Love The ‘Poirot’ TV Show

Hello there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday 🙂 ❤ Today, I am sharing with you the next addition to my Positive Reviews series! (That’s its unofficial name, yet it’s what I categorize all of my rave review posts under haha)

While thinking about which movie or book I could highlight next, I realized that until now, I’ve fully neglected my favorite TV show! That may be because I binge-watched it a few years ago, thus I haven’t watched it recently, but this fantastic series will always have a special place in my heart. In this post, I have come up with 10 reasons why I love the ‘Poirot’ TV show!

If you also love this TV series, I’d be happy to chat with you about it in the comments below! Now, let’s see why I’ve personally enjoyed this show so much. ❤ Happy reading!

10 Reasons Why I Love
The ‘Poirot’ TV Show

1. It has genuine characters. The four main actors who appear in most of the episodes (Suchet, Fraser, Moran, and Jackson) are phenomenal. I can’t get over how well they took on the personalities of their roles! Pauline Moran, the woman who plays Miss Lemon, even helped bring her character to life by making her more likeable in a subtle way. The original Miss Lemon in the stories was curt and distant, and since the show producers decided to include her in more of the first episodes, it was smart of them to make her character easier to relate to. The three men, who play Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) respectively, all did wonderful jobs of appearing and acting just like their roles are portrayed in the books, which I think is so cool. They’re all fun to watch, which keeps viewers wishing them well in every case they take on!

2. Suchet’s dedication to the role. After reading a bit of the autobiography ‘Poirot and Me,’ which David Suchet wrote, which focused on his role in this show, I was further able to see just how passionate he was about being true to Hercule Poirot’s character, without making him look ridiculous. Other actors who have attempted to be Poirot in other movie adaptions could not even come close to preforming as well as David Suchet did as Poirot. Don’t get me wrong, these men I’m mentioning who played Poirot (such as Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, even Kenneth Branagh) were wonderful detectives in their own right – all three did great jobs! – but it wasn’t possible for them to achieve the greatness that Suchet did in the role of Hercule Poirot.

3. The score. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to the opening theme of Poirot? Oh my gosh, this instrumental – I honestly find myself grinning any time I hear it. It represents the show so well, as does all of the background music carrying every episode – the show is worth watching just for this reason.

4. The actors themselves. This is a fun story I have to tell! When I first joined Twitter back in 2016, I was obsessed with the show at the time, so I decided to follow the actors there. Three out of the four of them had accounts (Philip Jackson didn’t, which was so disappointing haha), and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what they tweeted about. I’ve always been rather adventurous in contacting famous people online, so I took the plunge and asked the three of them questions in different tweets – and Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings) and Pauline Moran (Miss Lemon) responded to me! I even ended up talking to Hugh Fraser a couple more times after that, since I was so interactive on his tweets, which was absolutely awesome. I just wanted to share that to say that many famous people really are genuine, and that most love hearing from fans!

5. The various settings of each episode. Some shows will stick to one central location, but since Poirot and Hastings travel around their country for cases, viewers are able to see them at work in many different settings! Sometimes, they take a train or go by airplane to a specific location to work, and other episodes featured them staying with people they knew, and then a case would end up happening while they were there. (Which I’ve always thought was such a funny ‘coincidence,’ haha) The best part about the diversity of location, however, is the fact that they brought the 1920’s to life in all of the props and costumes they were willing to buy! You really feel like you’re there 🙂

Hastings has a car like this in a few episodes!

6. The depth of each mystery. After watching a good bit of the show, I read a few of the short stories as well, and I have yet to be more impressed by a mystery writer than I have Agatha Christie. She was a genius!! No matter who I think could have done it, she has proved me wrong every time – well, Poirot has. 😉 The revelation at the end of each story and episode has me absolutely amazed, because even though Poirot makes it very clear how evident it is who the murderer/culprit was, I’ll never be that studious and thorough!

7. The director’s ability to incorporate minor characters into the storyline. I mentioned a few reasons ago that Hastings, Lemon, and Japp show up in the episodes with Poirot, which is awesome because they were included in many of the short stories. The first three seasons of the show feature all four of them, but in the later seasons with extended episodes, they show up less. However, it’s still nice to see so much of them in the short stories-turned episodes!

8. The overall mood. I’ve tried out watching other shows of a similar category, and I haven’t yet found one that I enjoy more than Poirot. That’s alright, though, as I hope to always love this show! But I’ve noticed that other mystery/suspense shows are too dark, serious, even dull in some cases, compared to Poirot, which has been disappointing. That just shows that I think they did a great job with it!

9. The main characters’ banter. Honestly, Poirot and Hastings make some of the best jokes, especially when they’re exchanging quips back and forth! Poirot knows that he’s at a higher intelligence level than Hastings, but it’s something they both acknowledge and accept, haha – I like that they show these differences between the characters, without having Poirot annoyed at Hastings or Japp. The occasional humorous moment in the episodes are among my favorite scenes of the whole show!

10. The detailed endings of each episode. When Poirot gathers together the suspects, victims, those he worked with on the case, and the murderer, he reveals how he solved it, who it was, and how they did it. It’s amazing. You have to see one of these scenes for yourself if you haven’t already!

If you’ve never seen this show before, I hope my review of Poirot has convinced you to do so! I highly recommend it to everyone, even those who may shy away from more frightening movies and shows like I do. The only scenes I try not to watch are the reenactments of the murders, which aren’t even that horrible to begin with.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU watched Poirot?

Happy Tuesday! I hope you have a beautiful day.

— Maggie

Missions Monday – Part Seven | The Goodness Of The Lord

Missions Monday – Part Seven | The Goodness Of The Lord

Hi there, guys! ❤ Happy Monday to you. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well! Recently, I have been thinking more about missions than I have in quite a while, which is what inspired me to add a seventh part to my Missions Monday series. I can’t believe I’ve written so many posts on this topic – it’s awesome! But it has been quite a while since I actually shared one, so that’s why I wanted to continue with it today.

Related Post: Missions Monday – Part One | How It All Began

On the subject of missions, I have written posts concerning my status with them (which is prayerfully waiting ❤ ), as well as inspiration for others also interested in them. I’ve shared that waiting on the Lord to provide us with the missions He desires for us to go on is so important, because that is where we will truly be a blessing to others.

Whether the work He gives us to do is in our own country or across the world, He is in the midst of those who do His work, in every shape and form.

In my own life, I’ve experienced and seen for myself His power at work, both in my highest moments and lowest points. I have been humbled by His greatness when life is truly good, and I have clung to Him for dear life when I’ve feared the worst. Not once has He failed me.

While sitting in the quiet of my room recently, I’ve found myself doubting that I was where He desired for me to be. I wondered if composing journal entries to Him and brainstorming blog posts was worth the precious time I’ve been given – but you know what? I felt at peace while engaging in those activities, because they’re both ways I express my love for Him.

There have been times when I wasn’t sure if I’d continue blogging. There have also been more times of disinterest in journaling, a hobby I used to adore … but they’re both things I’ve come back to without fail, because not only do they add to my life – they also uplift my relationship with Him. And those are things I can tell He still desires for me to do.

The more I’ve observed how He is able to use even the simplest things in my life for His glory, I have further experienced for myself the goodness of the Lord.

Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord sends His people out into the world to tell others of His matchless grace? His love encompasses all of us, and He knows that one main way He speaks to the lost is through those who have already been redeemed.

“How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!” – Psalm 31:19

His goodness reaches to the heavens. He lovingly guides us to exactly where we need to be, at the perfect time, under the right circumstances, for as long as He desires us to be there. Our ministry is often found in the smallest of tasks, in the shortest conversations, with people who are part of our lives if even for just a moment. The Lord knows that our witness is strong when the timing is right, even when we can’t see the significance of these times – for when we shine His light, lost souls turn our way.

How do you feel when you come across a stranger experiencing true joy? They may be laughing with a friend, or interacting with a child, or simply greeting you with a smile as you walk into the store. Doesn’t that spark something within you to give back the simple kindness they just treated you to? I know that’s how I always feel – it inspires me to go out and do something simple for someone else, to make the tiniest difference in another’s life. Passing on love in this way is so easy to do, yet so often neglected at the same time.

Will you do me a favor? The next time you question the importance of where your life is headed, think of the Lord and all of His goodness. When we allow Him to beautifully craft our lives in His caring hands, He will never neglect us … in even the quietest moments of our existence, He is there with us. We matter so much more to Him than we’ll ever know. ❤

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it, and also that your week is getting off to a beautiful start. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

— Maggie