Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.

Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.

I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.

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The Privilege I’ve Been Given

The Privilege I’ve Been Given

Hey there! ❤ I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend 🙂 With summer having just officially arrived, I can’t help but think about all of the fun possibilities this new season holds for me and my family! I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, we’ll have the chance for all of us to go on a fun vacation together. ❤ However, we have to take into consideration the youngest ones, who find it hard to stay in their car seats for too long. (In fact, I’m not the biggest fan of long car rides either. haha!) Even if we don’t take an official “vacation” of sorts, I’m certain that we’ll have fun going out on at least one day trip. 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you’re planning to do this summer! Intro aside, I’m happy to introduce you to today’s post. I hope that you enjoy!

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Coffee Chat | He Is Faithful

Coffee Chat | He Is Faithful

Note: I wrote this post the day after I had my first ever surgery. I was thinking about how the Lord had brought me through all of it, which overflowed into the writing of this post. ❤ If you’d like, you can read about my recovery here!

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. ❤ This past week, I have been recovering from my first ever surgery. While that has been a lot to adjust to, I’ve also been extremely mindful of the fact that the Lord is the One Who has brought me here. That’s what I’d like to talk about today. Are you ready? Let’s both grab a beautiful cup of coffee and sit down for a lovely chat. ❤

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Living Free Of The Past

Living Free Of The Past

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Monday to you 🙂 The topic of today’s post is something that has been on my heart these past few weeks. It has come to my attention in nearly every argument I’ve found myself involved in. The sad part is, it is because of this thing that many of the quarrels even began.

I have been harboring un-forgiveness in my heart.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

When I’m faced with a negative situation, the first thing my brain does is recall all of the other times something similar has happened. In the blink of an eye, I have easily remembered the people involved, the problem and resolution, and the way past conversations went. I remember angry expressions and uncaring remarks, and a split second later, I have responded to a new situation with past hurt.

It doesn’t even matter that all of those old memories have been resolved. I’m not currently still upset about those things – yet I obviously remember them vividly! This faultless memory of mine can’t really be controlled, but with awareness and practice, I can learn to control my responses to them.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is the 8th chapter of Romans. It has everything I could ever want to read about, all wrapped into one forty-verse section. It speaks of salvation through Christ, the power of living through the Holy Spirit, how He enables us to thrive in this life, and how nothing will ever separate us from the Lord’s love. It doesn’t matter what I’m going through in life, Romans 8 always has a verse that holds great meaning for me. Today, it was the 12th verse.

“So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.”

Whatever I may face, He is stronger still. No matter what my mind comes up with, He is stronger still. My inability to forgive is relentlessly, but He is stronger still!

I hope that this post could provide some encouragement to you for today. ❤ Whatever this day may hold for you, I pray that you will actively become more aware of how you’re viewing life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17

Do we treat each situation as its own, or do we pair it with past pain? We may have to go through things to conquer the way we feel about situations, but it is well worth the journey.

Here’s to healing. ❤

— Maggie

Thankful For Prayers Answered

Thankful For Prayers Answered

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! ❤ Yesterday morning, I received some news that granted me mixed emotions. Very shortly after sharing this post, where I talked about surgery being in my near future, my mom found out through a phone call to my insurance company that there was an update on my wisdom teeth surgery.

After talking to the oral surgeon a few weeks ago at the consultation we went to, I found out that my insurance is known for denying approval for the surgery that I need. Because of this, my mom and I were expecting to receive a call letting us know that the insurance would cover one tooth, or three of them – maybe even denying the request altogether. It was really a hit-or-miss situation, but I was expecting the insurance not to cooperate. Either way, I knew the Lord would provide regardless. ❤

So, when my mom came back inside after the phone call with my insurance company yesterday, I was surprised to see her beaming. My hopes were raised at the same moment my fears settled into the pit of my stomach. The next thing she told me was exactly what I wanted to hear, while at the same time was not at all what I was expecting.

My insurance approved the request and is paying for the surgery in full.

“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1

When we bring our requests before the Lord, He is faithful to take our hopes and dreams into His hands. Even when I had little faith in what my insurance was willing to do, the Lord used their approval to bless us.

Next Tuesday, I will walk into the same oral surgery office with financial peace – and with the Lord by my side. I can’t tell you how much this experience of learning to lean on His strength has already blessed me. I’m truly not afraid anymore, and I’m willing to do what He will have me go through – all for His glory.

When I wrote this post about overcoming medical fears, I had no idea the Lord would bring me this far. Nothing is impossible for the living God!!!

Prayer Request: The only thing I’m truly worried about is how the IV in pre-op will go, because I’ve never had one before. I would truly appreciate it if you could pray that would go well for me! ❤

Thank you so much for reading! It blesses me to share how the Lord is working in my life 🙂

— Maggie

Coffee Chat | Waiting On The Lord

Coffee Chat | Waiting On The Lord

Hi there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ This is going to be a very open and honest post, one that I hope will be able to inspire you on this beautiful weekend. There have been many times throughout my walk with the Lord when I would have deeply appreciated reading something like this while waiting on His timing for something I desired – because it is often not easy. The thoughts and prayers that go through our heads while holding on to faith often lose strength the longer we wait, which is why encouragement along the way is an essential. May you be just as inspired by reading this as I was blessed by writing it. ❤ Let’s both grab a cup of coffee (or your preferred choice of beverage) and sit down for a chat!

There are few things that have occurred in my life thus far that have challenged my patience more than when I am waiting on the Lord. His timing truly is not mine, because while we frequently wish for the things we desire to be fulfilled and completed as quickly as possible, the Lord sees the beauty of our situations behind the scenes. He knows that because we haven’t gotten that new job, new vehicle, new friend, or whatever else we may be searching for quite yet, everything is working out beyond our sight.

Even when we’re sitting there, feeling like we’re wasting time away when we really should be attaining our hopes and dreams, please know that He is at work if it is your heart’s desire. There are a few possibilities as to how He may be helping in your life at the moment:

  1. He’s perfectly organizing every event and detail.
  2. He’s leading you toward seeing His point of view.
  3. He’s preparing YOU.

In fact, all three of these possibilities might be relevant to your life right now!

If we were to attain everything we’d ever dreamed of in a single moment, we could die happy – right?

But what is life without the anticipation of beautiful things?

We’d never know excitement without the waiting!

If each and every thing we wanted was all ours right now, there would be nothing left to hope for. We’d never get to experience how it feels to finally have something that brings us great joy. Only then are we able to clearly see what a blessing it is when it comes! We’re unable to take it for granted because we dreamed of it for so long. Comparing how life was without it to how happy we are with it is extremely inspiring.

When I was younger, I used to think, If I could just have [whatever I wanted at the moment] right now, I would be happy. I rarely stopped to think that maybe the Lord was saving me from something that would have broken me. He could have been protecting me from my own self-destruction! Then there are other things that I didn’t get until later in life, because it was then His plan for me to have it. Much of the time, I see the perfect reasons why the blessing showed up when it did, but other times, I have been left to wonder. Still, I trust in His infinite knowledge. 🙂

So, let me go back to the three points I made about waiting on the Lord. The first one has to do with His behind-the-scenes work. Without His perfect organization skills, we would not be in the blessing-filled situations we’re in now!

We hardly ever see how He is preparing things for us, but I absolutely believe that He is at work.

My second point has to do with our mindset, and how that changes us while we wait. Sometimes, after a long time of waiting, how we view what we desire changes – for better or worse. We may realize that it was a very good thing that we didn’t get that blessing until this moment … or we may see that there’s a reason why we don’t have it and won’t ever have it.

I have found myself in situations where it took me months (even years!) to realize that something would never work out because the Lord was rescuing me, over and over again, from something disastrous. After going through things like that, I have been reminded again and again that He is truly my Savior. 

Finally, my third point is that He prepares us for what we desire. For example, I can’t wait to have my first job – but I’m not quite (or at all) ready for that to be part of my life at the moment. In this instance, I can see why I’m waiting: I’m caring for my family for now as my mom continues to recover from Isabella’s birth, which doesn’t leave time for me to be away from home. If I were to continue pursuing work at the moment, I’d be completely out of line with what the Lord has for me!

Impatience and the temptation to move forward plagues our thoughts during these times. When the Lord is challenging us to put all of our trust in Him, it’s easy to want to keep taking steps in what we think is the right direction instead of doing what we perceive as sitting still. But please, let me assure you, kind friend – this time of waiting is not being wasted.

The Lord is preparing everything He has for you, one small step at a time.

When I begin thinking too much about what I’d like to do someday, I return my focus to the present. By being happy here, I know I will flourish in the future!

“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24

Thank you so much for joining me for this coffee chat! I’m thinking about making this a weekly series, because I really enjoyed it. ❤ Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU waiting on the Lord for?

Happy Sunday!

— Maggie

Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ The topic of today’s post is something I’ve never written about before (and this will probably be the last time, as well, haha!), and that is medical fears. I will be talking about how I used to feel as a child, and why I feel so much better about it now.

If I can be an encouragement to you – any readers that have medical fear/s, for most people have at least one! – then that is absolutely wonderful because I hope I can inspire you. I know how hard it is to feel better about something that causes us to be fearful, but I would love for you to hear me out – just take into consideration what I share here.

Thank you in advance for reading! I hope that you enjoy.

Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Fearing Pain: My Childhood

Growing up, I always struggled to be okay with discomfort. I found it extremely unbearable on various levels to trip and scratch up my knee, bump into a wall and get a bruise – even a paper cut was aggravating. This trait troubled me for years because I was unwilling to move forward in my perception of pain to any degree.

I didn’t like doctors. I became upset when I hurt myself. It was even worse if someone accidentally hurt me – I always saw their mistake as my burden. Looking back, I truly regret being stuck in that mindset up until about the age of sixteen.

Yes. I spent over a decade in underlying agony.

It’s a painful thing when you can’t take any discomfort in stride, and then along the way, also being unable to forgive others … and yourself.

But this was my reality.

Where I Am Now

Very recently (especially this past week), I went to the doctor multiple times – and for various reasons. From getting my eyes checked to attending a consultation at the oral surgeon’s, I needed (and still do) different work done – and I’m not too keen on much of it. Some of the things were slightly invasive, and others were simple check-ups. I experienced a bit of discomfort a few times, but nothing excruciating, for which I am extremely grateful. I realized that fear laced many of my thoughts these last seven days, which I’m not proud of, but it got me thinking.

The more I’ve thought about it, the more tired I’ve become of living in fear of medical things.

Visiting the doctor and needing something fixed from time to time is not worth the stress that I put on myself. Even when a procedure isn’t going the way I’d prefer, it is very important that I visit the doctor – I have no idea what we’d do without them!

Because of this, I have lately been scrutinizing the exact reason as to why I am afraid.

Do I have legitimate reasons for feeling as frightened as I do?

Do appointments always end up going just as poorly as I project they will?

Will I ever be able to say I was happy to have been so anxious about these doctor visits days before they happen?

No – that is the answer to all of them.

To make a long, painful story of my life short, my perception was greater than my pain.

Finding Comfort in The Bible

There is something absolutely calming to me about the Lord’s Word. I find it impossible to read the Bible with a frown on my face, with anger clouding my thoughts, or with unforgiveness in my heart – you can’t do it. The times that I have approached Bible-reading time with that countenance, my behavior automatically became better … and I have no other explanation for it except that His Word changes me.

Whenever I open the Bible to a passage of scripture, whether I’ve been there thousands of times before or I’ve only visited that page once, I’m always struck with the unshakeable fact that these words were breathed into being by the Lord God Himself. I can’t explain to you what a pleasure it is every time to know that He is the One behind every book, every chapter – each and every word that I find there. Regardless of which part of His Word I read, I become awe-struck every time – and I love it.

I have recently taken to perusing the Bible deeply when something troubles me. When I’m not having a good morning, I turn to His Word. When something has shaken me so bad that I’m literally trembling, one of the only things I know to do is open my Bible. I have come to rely on its everlasting wisdom and encouragement, regardless of what I’m going through.

It has become a habit over the years for specific verses to come back to mind – especially when it comes to current trials. If I’m scared, hurting, anxious, or in any way upset, there are passages that I know to turn to that will calm my aching soul. The Bible never fails to be a shining light to me even on my darkest day.

The Lord knew that we would need a place to turn to when life gets rough. That is why one can find constant, immediate encouragement throughout His Word – you can’t get very far before a verse has caught your attention and slowly works its way into your heart. My favorite verses are always changing, because that’s how much studying His Word means to me.

So, how has this led me to where I am today?

No Longer Living In Fear

I have learned, especially through the power of the Holy Spirit, that it is not His will for me to live afraid. I can’t walk this earth having anxiety about the next few (and even several) steps I take, and this is something He has been helping me with lately. I have been able to go through a few minor medical procedures this past week that I would have been completely horrified by even a year ago … and that is absolute PROGRESS for me. ❤

Looking back even on these recent times, I can see how He has been at work in my heart … and that is a true blessing to me, even in this present moment.

When it comes to aggravation toward myself and others for accidental pain … that is still something I’m working on and praying over today. Yes, steps have been made forward, but I still have a long way to go … and I know that the Lord is already by my side.

So, to the ones reading who have disliked all things medical like I have for so long – have you truly taken a look at how you perceive doctors? I know how easy it is to be physically, emotionally, and mentally unable to bear some of the procedures that must be done, so I know where you’re coming from. But I would like to encourage you today to think deeply about how you look at these situations, versus how they actually are.

There are times when we’ll feel left alone to carry the weight of our burdens … but that was never the Lord’s plan for us. One of my favorite scriptures can be found in Matthew:

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
– Matthew 11:28

I hope and pray that I have been an encouragement to you today! 🙂 Even when we feel lost in the mentalities we’ve had for years, there is so much hope to be found in the loving grace of Jesus Christ. If you’d like to talk about any medical things you have gone through or are currently going through, I would be happy to listen – I know how comforting it is to talk about things like this with someone.

Thank you so much for reading!

— Maggie