The Sunshine Blogger Award!

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello there! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ I hope your week is going well!

Last week, I received two notifications from some lovely bloggers that nominated me for a blog award – and it just so happens to be my favorite one on all of WordPress! Today, I am very happy to share The Sunshine Blogger Award with you once more, which is the first tag/award post I’ve done in months.

I’d like to give a big thank you to Lynn and SaRitzy for tagging me!

Lynn writes devotionals and shares stories on her blog that go along with her intriguing artwork. SaRitzy loves sharing lifestyle posts – as well as blogging tips! They’re both sites I highly recommend that you have on your Reader. 🙂

I can’t wait to answer all these questions! Let’s get right into this. ❤

Thank you so much, Lynn!
Here are my answers:

1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts? Usually, I write posts based on things I’m going through, experiencing, and enjoying, so I’d have to say from my own life! My desires and interest really fuel what I write 🙂

2. Morning or night person? In all honesty, that depends on the day, lol. As a rule of thumb, though, I much prefer the evenings!

3. Favorite Bible verse? This changes on a daily basis, because the ones I end up liking the most at any given time are the ones that deeply speak to my heart! However, for this question, I went to look up a certain one from Psalms that I’ve always liked … but I forgot the exact location, and I found this awesome verse, instead. I don’t think I’ve ever even read it before!

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is mighty.
– Psalm 93:4

4. When did you give your life to God? I asked Jesus into my heart when I was about six years old, but my relationship with Him began when I was eleven. Through beautiful gospel music, He drew my close, and since then, my life has been forever changed. ❤

Related Post: My Story

5. Do you prefer a large family or a small one? I spent my teenage years with multiple little siblings (before that, it was just me and Joshua!), so I would have to say that it would be foreign for me to live in a family with less siblings than I have now! I will always prefer a large family. 🙂 I don’t know what I’d do with myself without a ton of munchkins running around the house, lol!

6. Favorite book and why? Noooo don’t do this to me, haha! I always pick the Bible for this question, because it’s the one I read the most, but referring to a novel? I’d pick Hamlet. Which is actually a play, I don’t know if that classifies as a novel. xD Oh, well!

Related Post: 10 Reasons Why I Love Hamlet

7. Who is your mentor? My Heavenly Father! ❤ He’s teaching me things about life and myself that I couldn’t have ever learned without Him! Next in line are definitely my parents, who are both helping me to become the best daughter and sister I can be. ❤

8. If you were to eat one thing all your life, what would it be? Something with all the basic nutrients I’d need to live, haha … but since this question is probably asking for a food dish I could eat the most of, I’ll say french fries. I always eat more of them than I should because I love ’em so much!

9. What is that thing you can’t do without? A water bottle. I didn’t realize how boring I was until now, haha

10. Introvert or extrovert? Online, I’m the most extroverted extrovert you’ll meet. (Bet you didn’t know that was possible!) In real life, I’m picky about who I interact with, because I’ve been bullied in the past due to my conversational awkwardness (which I opened up about in this post), so I do my best to chat with kind people only.

11. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.

When I started this blog last winter, I honestly thought it would never exceed 10 followers.

To stand out in the blog community, be the unique person you are, write blog posts that truly reflect your passions and interests, and don’t be shy to interact with other bloggers! That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am today. 🙂 So much is possible when you just keep working and improving.

Thank you for also
nominating me,
Here are my answers for you:

1. Describe yourself. I’m a very silly and fun-loving person, so it takes a serious situation for me to not be found making jokes! The only movies I ever watch are comedies, because if I’m going to watch a movie, I want to be laughing. Old TV shows are the best, and watching them is one of my favorite pastimes!

2. Who or what inspired you to blog? My mom was the one who encouraged me to start this blog last year! I owe it all to her. 🙂 She’s also the one who inspires me to keep writing, even when I run out of ideas to post.

3. Do you like KPOP? If so, which groups? I’ve never listened to any KPOP, so I’m probably missing out, haha!

4. What is the meaning of your name? My first name, Valerie, means ‘strong’! ❤

5. Who is your female inspiration? Mi madre! I wouldn’t be as strong^ (hehe) of a person as I am today without her as my best friend. 🙂

6. What is your country like? One thing I think is awesome about the United States is that many of our cities are rich in history, since our country is so young! Also, we’re really proud of our flag, haha, so it shows up everywhere. I love it 🙂

7. One place in the world that you want to be right at this moment. I am truly happy being right where I am, which is at home with my family. ❤ It’s a beautiful thing to be content!

8. Favourite music genre? Praise/gospel! However, if I’m in a partying mood, I enjoy pop/rock songs, as well.

9. Who is your favourite Harry Potter character? I’ve always had a thing for Malfoy, but Sirius Black is pretty epic, too!

10. What is something that you and your best friend(s) have in common? We have great senses of humor (I think, haha), we love blogging, and we love the Lord! (I’m drawing from my relationships my buddy, Jordan, and my mom, haha)

11. What do you do in your spare time? I write blog posts, play games, spend time with my family, work on projects in my room, and spend time with the Lord. ❤

My Nominees:

AG Doll Dreams
C R E A T E. I N. M E
everything by esther
Lydia, A Dancer 4 The King!
Grace Abounds
Dreamer’s Outlet

Even if you don’t want to post about an award right now,
just know how much I appreciate your blog –
I smile whenever your posts show up in my Reader!

Your Questions:

1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts?
2. What are your favorite things to do?

3. Your favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse?
4. A few things you’re grateful for right now?
5. Do you prefer a large family or a smaller one?
6. Favorite book and why?
7. Who’s your mentor?
8. What is that thing you can’t do without?
9. Introvert or extrovert?
10. A few of your favorite movies? Why do you love them?
11. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.


Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a blessed day 🙂

— Maggie

Missions Monday – Part Eight | Relying On His Peace

Missions Monday – Part Eight | Relying On His Peace

Hello! I hope you’re having a good day. ❤ A new week is here, and with it comes a huge variety of possibilities! I’m praying that whatever you have planned to do, whatever you hope to accomplish, you will be strengthened by the determination to complete it. 🙂

The post that I’m sharing with you today is completely inspired by how I was feeling just a few days ago.

The Consuming Passion

I have noticed over the years that when I am passionate about something, I easily become consumed by it. If I really like something (or someone), I’ll think about it so thoroughly and for such an extended amount of time that I quickly build up anxiety about it. Having considered all the good qualities and possibilities about it, all that’s left to wonder is if anything could go wrong. This gets me in so much trouble, haha!

There are many examples from my life. I’ve been wanting to get a job for quite a while, because I’ll enjoy getting paid and strengthening my customer service skills … but I dwell on the possibility of having bad coworkers; I wonder how transportation will work since I don’t have my own car yet; I fear that I’ll fail the duties assigned to me. Another example is my desire to be bilingual. I love learning Spanish and speaking it … but I’m scared I won’t find the right class or program to fully learn it; I’m frightened at the prospect of native speakers being unable to understand me; I worry that I’ll get tongue-tied and be unable to respond to someone in Spanish (which has already happened on more than one occasion).

I have a track record of ruining perfectly good things for myself by over-analyzing them to the point of no return.

So, you may be wondering, how does this relate to missions? Because it very strongly relates to the topic of this series.

The Pursuit Of Knowledge

One of the main things I love to do when I’m really interested in something is to research it. There are benefits and downsides to this habit, haha, because I end up learning a lot of awesome things about the subject at hand on my endless internet browsing ventures … but on the flip side, I also learn things I wish I hadn’t.

Knowledge is not always power. In some cases, it is absolutely crippling.

This past week, I was enjoying browsing the ‘missions’ side of Pinterest, which contains some pretty wonderful quotes, helpful articles, and inspiring photography from missions around the world. I found this to be a fun pastime, until I came across what was supposed to be a helpful article – and it would have been if it hadn’t caused me to be so paranoid.

The Anxieties Involved

The one main thing that has always concerned me with international missions is that of safety. Being a girl comes with its own risks, even just being here in the United States, and I fear that there will be something that happens while I’m on a mission trip one day that makes me feel unsafe.

The ‘helpful’ tips I found on that article really got into my head, and the next time I went to a store, I honestly felt like I should have been on alert – as if something was about to happen.

But it was all in my head!

The Peace That Comes

Over the past year of my life, I have slowly come to terms with the fact that every aspect of my life is in the Lord’s hands. Some things are easier to trust Him with than others, but that will never alter the fact that He cares for me wholly. Allowing myself to become anxious about the unknown is not His will, and in the years to come, I truly desire to strengthen this trait of mine.

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

I’ve mentioned before that I am easily at peace about when He will send me on missions. Simply knowing that it’s in my future is what makes me happy – I know the rest is in His care. Because of this, I am of the firm belief that I should be able to trust that He will also keep me safe on these same missions! He’s not sending me anywhere that He won’t go with me. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! It was a joy to write this post, for this topic has been heavy on my heart this past weekend. I’d love to know in the comments below:

Which Bible verses comfort YOU?

Happy Monday to you!

— Maggie

The Harvest Is Here

The Harvest Is Here

Hello there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ I hope you’re doing well! I’ve decided to center today’s post on a single Bible verse, not only because it’s wonderful, but also because it has been a good while since I wrote about His Word, which I love so much!

From now on, I’m planning on sharing verses on Sundays this way when one really stands out to me from the week. If I feel like I can write a post on it (like I am today), I’ll gladly do so!

If you’d like to see the verse I’m sharing in this post, I’m including it below! I hope you enjoy reading. ❤

John 4:35

“Do you not say,
It is still four months until harvest comes?
Look! I tell you,
raise your eyes and observe the fields
and see how they are already white for harvesting.”

Let’s say you’re making preparations for a mission trip you’re going on this summer. It is definitely looking like everything is going smoothly, and the trip itself will be a great success.

But that’s four months from now.

Does that mean you should save all of your creative, loving energy for that trip? It makes more sense to put all your effort into planning, preparing, making sure everything’s ready for the day you leave – right?

Well, I think there’s a beautiful balance to be found between thriving in the present, and being conscious of the future. ❤

You see, if we were to wait until specific opportunities to be kind, to love, to share with others about His grace, the world would be a much darker place.

The time is always right to do what’s right.

We need beautiful individuals to rise up and believe, with their whole heart, that the harvest is always here.

Thank you so much for reading! I’m praying I could inspire you on this lovely Sunday. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what YOU thought of this post!
I’d love to hear from you. ❤

— Maggie