My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

Hey guys ❤ Happy Monday to all of you! Over the last couple of days, I’ve been wanting to write an update-style post on some of the thoughts I’ve been having in reference to missions – specifically, the ones that I will be involved in. I was thinking about adding to my ‘Missions Monday’ series, but I couldn’t get the formatting right (long story lol), so I wanted to write a standalone post, instead.

I’ll be listing some of these thoughts in the order that they come to me, then expounding on them to share with you. I know that this will not only be enjoyable to share with you, but will help me to work and think through some of the things that have been going through my head recently. ❤

If you’d like to follow along, I’d love for you to join me! Let’s get started.

1. Recently, I’ve been reading a book on children mission work. I talked about it with you guys in this post, and since writing that, I’ve further enjoyed reading it. However, its good points and beautiful recounts have stressed the idea in my mind that maybe I need to begin preparing. It might be possible that once I finish this last semester of 12th grade, I’ll get to go on a mission trip … but it’s also extremely possible that I’ll enjoy a full summer off from school for the first time. So, even though I’m all for going where the Lord leads me, whether that’s somewhere in my state, or outside of my country, mission trips isn’t where He has my heart right now. I desire to be open to the opportunities He brings my way, certainly, but also possess the knowledge that even if something looks admirable, it may not be for me at the time I learn about it. Missions will come … but not in this moment.

2. I’d love to know where the Lord is leading me. Sometimes, I desire that more than I’m willing to wait on His timing, and those are the seasons in my life when my heart aches the most. In contrast, when I’ve been able to see that His timing is perfect, even when my skewed vision sees it as being delayed, I am more joyful and at peace than the times when I’ve gotten what I wanted right then and there. Isn’t that crazy? It just shows that when something’s within His will, it is wholly good for our lives!

3. I won’t be going to college this fall. If, by some miracle, I would be able to arrange community college classes or something lol, that’s the only way I’ll be furthering my education after high school this year – in a college setting, that is. However, I’m in love with the idea of studying topics that deeply interest me through the limitless information available in books and on websites, which is most likely what I’ll pursue this summer! I’m very excited about that (:

4. I’m turning 18 this April. Woohoo! haha my family and I don’t have any specific plans yet, but I do know it will involve spending the day with them, eating cake, and hopefully opening my first bank account. ❤ So exciting!

5. I desire to believe that I am currently where He wants me to be. There have been SO many times in my life where I’ve felt like I should be somewhere else. Not in a physical sense – just simply that my overall situation should be different in little (and sometimes bigger) ways. Since I was 15, I’ve wanted a job, but it hasn’t been His will for me to have one yet. I’ve been open for a long time to what His plans are for me in reference to college, but those prayers have not brought about any plans (which I am at peace with). Believing the absolute truth that my life is in His hands, and that in this present moment, as I write this blog post in my room, is just where He has me to be, is something I’d love to trust more often. Waiting on Him is not a silent, lazy form of waiting … just like a very wise pastor said, waiting on God is an active stillness. Even in the quietness, when I feel unproductive and like I should be doing something more … this is what He has for me, and I desire to find beauty in that in every single day.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I loved getting to write this to share with you. 🙂 If you have anything you’d like to share with me, I’d be very happy to chat with you in the comments below. Whether it’s about something I wrote about above, or you’d like to share how the Lord has worked in your life during times of active stillness, I’d love to hear from you! I hope you have a beautiful day. ❤

— Maggie

Surprise Spotlight | Jordan From Dreamer’s Outlet

Surprise Spotlight | Jordan From Dreamer’s Outlet

Hi there, and Happy Saturday to you! ❤ I have a very fun, exciting post to share today! Yesterday, I was thinking about how I miss doing my Spotlight Saturday series on the weekends, because those posts were a great way to learn more about the people behind this awesome blogging community. However, after compiling and writing as many as I did last year, I grew tired of the format – they all take a while to do, and it became tiresome much of the time. I didn’t want to stop spreading the news about wonderful bloggers, though, so I’ve come up with a new idea for a series that can teach you guys more about some of the best bloggers I know!

For this weekend, I decided to spotlight a very dear friend of mine. Over the past few months, we’ve become really close friends, and that friendship means a lot to both of us! I’m so happy we met – we get along so well, and we honestly have the same sense of humor, haha!

In this post, I will be giving you a mini tour around her blog, introducing you to who she is, and letting you know some of my favorite aspects about her site.

I am very happy to introduce you to …

Jordan from Dreamer’s Outlet!

“I’ve got a whole little world in my head- a world of poems,
pictures, and prayers that can build and build and build until I fear my little world may explode into shards of unpursued dreams and undiscovered potential. And I have a feeling I’m not alone. So, with the good Lord and a keyboard, I hope I can spread some sunshine onto even just one other’s little world.”

— Jordan

Meet The Blogger –
4 Things About Jordan

First of all, you must know that Jordan is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She is extremely easy to talk to, will go out of her way to be kind and encouraging, and she loves sharing this inspiration in all of her blog posts, too!

At the moment, she is pursuing a career in education/counseling. First, she was thinking about becoming an elementary school teacher, but in following the Lord’s leading, she now desires to be a middle school counselor! I honestly think this is the perfect job for her, because as I mentioned, she is so much fun to talk to, and I can tell that she adores children, as well. I can’t wait to see where the Lord will take her on this career path! ❤

After having the pleasure of reading some of her work, I can confidently say (haha) that Jordan is a fantastic writer! She has dreamed of creating an inspirational Disney book series for children/preteens these last couple of years, and just recently began working on the first manuscript. I love that her passion for this book series is fueled by the desire to market fantasy novels that are fun and uplifting, because just like her, I’ve noticed how many Disney spin-off shows and books become dark fairytales very quickly. I know that the series she’s writing will be a hit with children everywhere!

The fourth thing I’d like to tell you is that she is very open, honest, and inspiring. She’s mentioned to me before that one of the most beautiful ways we can be a witness to others is to tell them of how the Lord is working in and through us! When we go through hardships and He helps us grow through them, they make for beautiful stories to tell later. She’s who she is now because of who the Lord has created her to be – and that fact is absolutely beautiful to me. ❤ You can see her honesty in every post she writes; she never fails to brighten up my Reader!

Some of her most frequently used blog categories are …

My Top 4 Favorite Posts
From Jordan’s Blog

Why It’s Okay to Change Your Mind–
Over and Over and Over Again

— In this post, Jordan went over some of the recent decisions she’s had to make, as well as related thoughts she’s been having, too. I enjoyed getting to read this life update, especially since things are looking up for her career-wise! It blesses me to know she has peace of mind with these career decisions. Read this post here!

Monday Mantra: Fairytale Edition

— Jordan has been doing this series every Monday for a while now, and if I’m being honest here, it is one of my all-time favorite blog series to read! This particular edition focuses on Disney (which she absolutely loves, by the way!) and storywriting (another specialty of hers!). These posts always ensure a great start to the new week – especially mine. xx You can read this post here!

3 Steps to Promote Productivity Today

— Like I mentioned a bit earlier in this post, Jordan is very inspirational! In this post, she encourages readers through three easy steps to promote greater productivity, and I personally appreciated these reminders. Being aware of how and where we’re spending our time is one of the ways she mentioned we can be more productive, which I completely agree with. Read this post for yourself here!

Why You Shouldn’t Share All Your Resolutions

— Around the start of the new year, Jordan wrote about the beauty behind at least one of our resolutions being something we keep to ourselves! While some goals certainly need encouragement and motivation from others (there’s nothing wrong with that), it is also wonderful to inspire ourselves to complete something … even when no one else knows we desire to do it. Read this great post here.

It would make me and Jordan so happy if you could check out Dreamer’s Outlet for yourself! Her blog is so much fun to read, and is extremely inspirational, as well.

If you already follow Jordan, that’s awesome!! You’ll have to let me know in the comments below:

Which post of Jordan’s is YOUR favorite?

Also, if you’re reading this, Jordan – SURPRISE!! I hope this could brighten your day. ❤

— Maggie

Little Accomplishments – February 23rd, 2018

Little Accomplishments – February 23rd, 2018

Hi there, and Happy Friday to you guys!! ❤ I hope you’re doing well. 🙂 Last night, I decided to start putting together a Little Accomplishments post for today, so as you can see, that’s what I’ll be sharing with you! Compiling one of these from time to time is so enjoyable, because as I’ve stated before, I love celebrating all of life’s joys – no matter how small! (Edit: I just noticed I put ‘January’ in the title instead of ‘February’ – my goodness! That just shows how time flies, haha!)

On a side note, I wanted to quickly mention that today is my parents’ anniversary! ❤ This is a really special date for them, and for our whole family, as well. I couldn’t ask for a better friend than my mom, or a greater supporter than my dad – they both mean so much to me, and are my two biggest role models. I’m extremely thankful for all that they do for us! 🙂

Alright, now I’m ready to talk about today’s post! If you are, too, let’s check out what I’ve gotten done this past week. xx Happy reading!

Little Accomplishments –
February 23rd, 2018

This past week, I …

  • got all of last year’s pictures printed. (I’ve been needing to do this for a while, so you have no idea how much joy this accomplishment brings to me!! Knowing all those pictures will be printed, without the possibility of being lost on our family computer forever [lol], gives me such peace of mind. I’m looking forward to their arrival in the mail so I can sort them into my photo boxes [which you can see below].)

  • cleaned up my whole closet. (Another thing that’s been long in coming – I’m very happy that it’s finished now! I’ll be getting a dresser soon to keep my clothes in, instead of stacking them in my closet, because that hasn’t been working very well. Until then, I’ve created a nice setup, which I’m finally content with!)
  • worked on more blog posts. (Recently, I’ve been going through so much with my family – both good, and the occasional bad – that I didn’t have enough space left in my thoughts to compose a good blog post much of the time. However, this past week, I’ve enjoyed sitting down and coming up with ideas to then eventually write about on my blog. I hope you guys will enjoy them, too!)
  • got my very first camera. (Ahhhh I’m so excited!!! It just arrived in the mail this past Tuesday, and in the days since, I’ve thoroughly been enjoying trying out its many settings and getting familiar with how it works. After extensively browsing on Amazon, I found that the Kodak Pixpro AZ361 was the best choice for me. I have to tell you, the ease of use, fantastic image/video quality, and durability of this camera are an absolute steal at its current price! If you’re in the market for a camera, I’d highly recommend looking into this one. ❤ )

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope that you have an absolutely fantastic weekend. ❤ Before I go, however, I have a quote of the day that I’d like to share with you.

“You matter in God’s eyes.”

I pray that you’ll never forget that beautiful fact!

Let me know in the comments below:

What have YOU gotten done this past week?

Have a great day!

— Maggie