Turning Eighteen

Turning Eighteen

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday! ❤ This is the day that I’ve been looking forward to for the past few months, and I really can’t believe it’s already here. Have I mentioned before that time absolutely disappears when little ones are running around the house? There’s something about spending time with babies and kids that makes the days fly by. ❤ I wish it wasn’t so! For the days when they’re so cute and little are gone before I know it.

On this day last year, I wrote a post (which you can read here!) talking about what I was thinking on my seventeenth birthday. It amazes me that a full YEAR has flown by since I wrote that post! I read it again this weekend, and I was reminded of how deeply thoughtful I was that day. Here’s a quotation from it:

I’ve realized that there’s more to life than the things we own, the status we have, and the audience that we captivate. It’s about family and friends, making happy memories, and exploring new places. Above all, it’s about coming to know our Heavenly Father even more. That is a lifelong process that doesn’t ever seem to tire me, but instead brings me to love Him even more.

Man – I don’t even remember sounding that wise, haha! I’m pretty sure by now the Lord has called me to be a writer because I love expressing my thoughts and ideas through words. ❤

As you can probably tell by the title of this post, April 10th has come back around again – which means that I’m turning 18 today! I have learned so much in the three hundred and sixty-five days that have elapsed since I was celebrating my last one, and I think the one main thing I’ve noticed this day is just how special birthdays are as a kid. The childlike attribute of enjoying your special day that much is something that made my childhood so bright, and I’ve definitely seen my view of life changing these past few years as I grow older.

Life is not about what you do – it’s about who you spend it with.

Reaching out in kindness to your family, extending a helping hand to the poor, being open to holding conversations with new people and old friends … there is so much quality of life to be found in loving others. ❤

Today, my birthday is no longer a day to appreciate myself like it was when I was little … I now possess the knowledge of how precious life is, and how blessed I am by the Lord to be a shining light to those around me.

Being willing to face the aspects of myself that need improvement, and cultivating the areas that others truly appreciate is something I’m truly mindful of this day.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about me, there are some posts I wrote recently which I definitely recommend!:

The Passions I Pursue || Focuses For April
Growing Up So Fast || Healing Begins Here

Thank you so much for reading! Very shortly, I’m going out to have breakfast with my dad, which I really enjoyed doing with him last year, as well. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie

Healing Begins Here

Healing Begins Here

Hi there! I hope your week is going well so far. ❤ Happy Monday to you!

This is a post that I have been wanting to write and share for well over a week now. I’ve started drafts, deleted drafts, brainstormed the basic idea – have you ever had that happen before? Sometimes, it takes days (or even weeks!) of working on a post before it becomes what you originally wanted it to be. 🙂 That is my situation with this post. It has transformed itself into a more personal post, rather than the motivational piece I had initially written. I’m happy to be sharing it with you now!

I have mentioned before that these past couple of months have held a lot of meaning for me and my family. We’ve been through highlights and low points, experienced easy days and harder days … sometimes, a single day contained a bit of everything. Since Isabella was born (and she turns two months old today – that’s just crazy!), I have been learning and experiencing a lot – and not just with my family, although there’s been much of that, as well!

I have also started down the path of conquering all of my past troubles and fears, one aspect at a time … with my Heavenly Father by my side.

I am at a good place now where I can face the traits about myself that I absolutely abhor. Among these things are un-forgiveness, impatience, fear, and indecision, and through circumstances I’m suddenly finding myself in daily, the Lord is leading me through my healing journey, one step at a time.

I could not be more thankful, because I can see that I’m making progress, which I have thought at times wasn’t possible. Daily, the Lord is reminding me that all things are possible through Him!

Since I started Dreaming of Guatemala last winter, this outlet has provided me with so many blessings. I love having a place to inspire others and share motivation from my life, but I don’t want anyone to ever think that because most of my posts are upbeat, it means that my life is easier than anyone else’s. We all have off days, myself included, and there are definitely things that I do or have happen that are less than glorious! This is why I share more vulnerable posts at times, because I want others to know that we all go through things. Even if I don’t write about the downsides of my life as much, they’re still there. May we all grow through what we go through!

There’s no shame in talking about what we face. It may be hard or embarrassing at times, but I know how much it inspires me to know that others are facing and conquering the same things I’m going through! If you’re struggling with something, whether it’s a trait I mentioned myself having or not, please know that there is hope. There will be bad days, but that does not in any way mean that we have a bad life. Making progress and taking steps in the right direction takes time, but the beautiful outcome is completely worth it!!!

I hope and pray that you are doing well! If you’d like, let me know in the comments below:

What is something YOU’RE overcoming?

We can do this!!! 🙂 Have a blessed week!

— Maggie

Be Strong

Be Strong

Hi there, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. 🙂 ❤ The post I’m sharing with you today is being posted a bit later than I usually do, and that’s because I was busy doing things with my family until now. (We got something I’m really excited about, which I’ll be sharing on a post sometime this upcoming week!) It has been on my heart to share a Bible verse I read last night with you today, just like I did last week with a verse I loved from the book of John. ❤

Are you ready? Let’s check it out! I’m praying it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me. 🙂

Joshua 1:9

“Have not I commanded you?
Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous.
Be not afraid, neither be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go.”

This is a verse that many of us are familiar with, but it is also personally one that I have frequently overlooked. Have you ever heard a quote or Bible verse so much that it eventually loses its meaning for you? I think that’s what has happened to me with Joshua 1:9. It’s one of those verses that I’ve loved for a long time, and I’m only now remembering just how much I adore it.

In this chapter of Joshua, the Lord is speaking directly to Joshua … but I’ve found that He speaks to many of His children through this promise – including myself.

There are few things more encouraging to know than the fact that the Lord our God is with us! ❤

He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is calling us to be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Who can be our foe, if God is on our side (Romans 8:31)? He promises that when we’re walking with Him, we shall never have to fear that He isn’t with us, for He will always be by our side. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I know this post was quite short – I was just wanting to share a bit of an inspirational Sunday post with you. 🙂

Happy Sunday!

— Maggie