5 Reasons Why I Loved Reading ‘God Has a Plan for Your Life’

5 Reasons Why I Loved Reading ‘God Has a Plan for Your Life’

Hi there! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ I hope you’re doing well! Earlier today, I finished reading the first book I’ve completed this month, and I’d really like to tell you guys all about it!

On one of my many browsing adventures on Amazon (haha), I came across some books I haven’t read yet by the pastor and author, Dr. Charles F. Stanley. His teaching has been a huge encouragement to me for years, which is why I ended up buying the book I’m talking about today: God Has a Plan for Your Life. Many of Dr. Stanley’s other books looked really great, as well, but I knew that this one was definitely the one the Lord would use to speak to my heart – and He truly did!

So, allow me to tell you why I ended up loving this book. ❤

1. It is the perfect length. At only 148 pages, I thought at first glance that it would be too short of a read, but I was wrong! It definitely packed a punch, and I’ve walked away from its ten quick chapters feeling beautifully different about my life.

2. Its focus is right where it should be. Everything Dr. Stanley wrote about is full of truth, and the basis of his advice is centered, as always, in the Holy Bible – which is absolutely true! I loved seeing what he had to say about the future of believers, because I long for the security of faith in a future of goodness for me and my family. I deeply struggle with that because of fear and anxiety filling my thoughts when it comes to what the Lord has for me. This book, I can confidently say, calmed my heart immensely. ❤

3. He stressed the importance of taking life one step at a time. When I’m constantly focused on figuring out what is to come, then I have completely thrown away the present! It’s an awful mistake, and one I didn’t realize I was making – until now. I am thankful for Dr. Stanley’s godly wisdom, for I have thought for too long that the best times of my life lie ahead. With that mindset, then where am I right now?

I desire to live beautifully right heretrusting the Lord to lead and guide me, showing me what to do next in His timing.

4. He reminds readers that waiting on the Lord is an essential aspect of our future. We live in a day and age where everyone is able to receive most, if not all, of what they want, in a very short amount of time. Because we’re used to everything being quick, it’s hard (for me especially) to remember just how perfect the Lord’s timing is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought before, If the Lord would just give me an answer to [this question], then I’ll know I’m doing the right thing. The truth is, the Lord doesn’t delay in telling us what we need to know – when the time is right, we will know in our hearts for sure! By putting our trust in Him, this leads me to my final point:

5. I have been reminded that when we trust in the Lord, we are right where we’re supposed to be in His will. I still have so much to learn, but by being open to seeing when I have faulty ways of viewing things in my life, I’m able to take so many steps forward! I hope and pray the same is true for you. There will be many quiet days in all of our lives, when we wonder if where we are is where we are supposed to be … and only through the peace that He gives us will we know that for certain. I now know that even in the most silent of moments of my existence, He is still good, and His plan for me is still very much there.

Thank you for reading this quick review! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book, because I’m still slowly letting everything that it taught me to soak in. I’m truly looking forward to seeing where the Lord is leading me – I know that He will accomplish great things in my future!

Have I convinced YOU to read this book?

Let me know in the comments below!

— 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

7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

Hi there, and Happy Tuesday to you! ❤ In yesterday’s post, I shared some of the things I recently purchased at one of my favorite thrift stores, which you can see for yourself here! For today’s post, I’d like to share a more in-depth reason for why one of the books I got, called ‘Too Small To Ignore,’ is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

I usually find myself giving books a high rating, not because it was an extremely well-written book, specifically – my ratings and reviews revolve around what the book taught me, how it made me feel, and the impact on me. That’s what defines a good book for me! And it has been a good while since I found a book that was able to affect me so deeply, and I know that this was the Lord’s doing. 🙂 It blesses me so much when He uses other resources to speak to my heart!

Before I begin, I’d like to share a bit about me: I’m the oldest sister of five kids (there are three girls and two boys), and since Samuel was about four years old (he’s 6 now), the Lord has been teaching me to love children. Being a nurturing, loving older sister is something I’m constantly working on, a work of art He is consistently pursing within me. As well as this, I also have a heart for other children (especially Guatemalan children!), and since I read the first few pages of ‘Too Small To Ignore,‘ the Lord has made it real to me how important it is to Him that I love children as He does.

Whether I’m caring for my younger siblings, or working with children around the world, and one day having little ones of my own – He is teaching me to love them as He does, and I find that absolutely beautiful. ❤

So, as you can tell by the title of this post, I am sharing with you today the seven reasons why I’m loving ‘Too Small To Ignore.’ It is a beautiful book, and at only a third of the way through it, I eagerly anticipate reading what the rest of its chapters beholds.

Let’s get right into this!


7 Reasons Why I’m Loving
‘Too Small To Ignore’

1. Its subtitle. These seven words remind me of the part in the 10th chapter of Mark when Jesus brings that group of children, one by one, up onto His lap and invokes a blessing upon them. This book stresses the importance of how great the love of our Lord is for the least among us, and why they truly matter the most!

2. The real love the author feels for children. The reader can see it in how Dr. Wess Stafford speaks of his childhood friends, his own children, and the countless others he has had the pleasure of being with – it is absolutely contagious!

3. The awareness it brings to readers just how much children matter. For years, I have known of how tenderly Jesus cared for the children His apostles thought would bother Him. It turned out that those men keeping the young ones back was what ended up bothering Him! Throughout my adolescent years, and into adulthood, as well, my love for children has gotten so much stronger – especially with the birth of my three youngest siblings – and I can’t wait to work with children on the mission field one day, too.

4. The author’s focus and his call to us to ‘rise up and teach the next generation.’ He stresses the importance of including young ones in our lives now, and of not waiting until their childhood is over to teach them the great work they can do for the kingdom of God. Just as Jesus said in Mark 10:14,

” … Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

5. Learning of the importance to teach young ones about the Lord. In this book, Stafford shared the staggering statistic that 9 out of 10 Christians accept Jesus into their heart before the age of 18.

If an individual is not open to knowing Him past this age, there is only a 23% chance that he or she ever will.

This is one of the biggest reasons why the Lord has such a huge heart for children – it is the time in their lives when, if given the opportunity to learn of Him, will be open to accepting Jesus into their hearts.

This fact gives me even greater reason to love little ones – it is the most important time in their lives to be told about the Lord!

6. The author’s tips and words of advice. Stafford has such a unique, sound way of encouraging others to love kids, and this aspect of the book especially has been helpful to me. I desire to be the best big sister and encouragement to young ones that I can be!

7. His encouragement to those of us with/around children to do right by them. He mentions in one chapter that uplifting a child through praise and attention just once can impact their entire lives!!! Words and actions make or break a person, and the positive influence of others is extremely important to little individuals. One smile, one statement of praise … that encouragement could stay with them for a very long time to come.

 


Thank you sooo much for reading!

I hope that you may be convinced not only to check out this book for yourself, but also to simply be more open to loving little ones … for to such belong the kingdom of the Lord. ❤ ❤ ❤

— Maggie