Hello! Happy Saturday to you 🙂 In my most recent blogging updates post (which you can go read here!), I shared that I’ll be doing Spotlight Saturday interviews every other weekend throughout the summer! It has been so much fun to continue learning more about other bloggers, because each one’s writing journey is so unique. I hope you enjoy today’s interview – this blogger, who I met pretty recently, always shares wonderful posts and is so sweet!
Hi there, and Happy June to you! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ I have a very exciting post to share with you today! While thinking through how I’d like to blog throughout June, as well as the whole of the summer, I have decided on two different things. The first one is that I will still be blogging every other day in June, and the second one is very exciting: I’m doing Spotlight Saturday posts again! The last one I did before today was in December (featuring Gracie, go check her out!), and I absolutely miss doing them now. That’s why I’ll be doing one every other Saturday throughout the summer! (And maybe into the fall, as well!)
Introduction aside, I’m very happy to share this week’s spotlight with you. It features an absolutely amazing blogger that I’m so happy to have met on WordPress! I hope you enjoy!
Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Thank you so much to all of you for wishing me a happy birthday yesterday! I had an absolutely amazing day – everything that I got to do with my family could not have gone better. 🙂 I’m so thankful!
On this lovely morning, I wanted to finally write a post sharing a compilation of my current favorite quotes. ❤ I’ve been meaning to these past few weeks, but other posts took its place! I adore writing these from time to time because I’m always being inspired by what I see on Pinterest’s motivational side (you can go follow me here!), which is evident by the other three posts I’ve written in this series.
You’ll have to let me know in the comments below which quote spoke to you the most! I’m loving each and every one of the seven I found to share with you this morning. ❤ I hope you enjoy!
My Top 7 Favorite Quotes
“Life becomes more beautiful when we stop anticipating the worst.” – Matt Hattersley
I cannot tell you how good it is for me to be reminded of truths like this! I am always quick to worry that circumstances and situations will go as poorly as possible, which is awful because then I’m living in fear in even the most exciting of times. Taking a moment to remember how things have gone well in the past is a practice I don’t often keep up with, even though I would so appreciate it!
Most of the people who died yesterday had plans for today. Don’t take life for granted.
This one is a bit deep, but goodness, it has me absolutely floored. It’s one of those quotes that easily gets me thinking deeply, along with quotes like one of my favorites: “If the words you said were tattooed on your skin, would you still say them?” We are living this life with purpose … may we never fall into the mentality that we are left to wander this earth alone. Please, keep it intently on your mind just how precious life is!
Remember what it feels like to be excluded so that you can help build a community where everyone is included.
It is well known that we can only truly empathize with others when we have first gone through what they’re facing. With this in mind, I am encouraged to remember the times when groups of people were unwilling to accept me – just how lonely and forgotten it feels to be in the presence of others who don’t wish to give you the time of day. The next time I’m around someone who has no one else to turn to or talk to, I want to be there for them – may I be the reason they can smile that day. ❤
I have seen the beauty and truth of this through two things. First, through observing how having more than enough makes me feel, and two, being open to how my minimalist-minded mother views life. Surrounding myself with things that make me happy, without the number of possessions being overwhelming, is truly an art. I see complete value in experiencing life over owning things, in appreciating things I can afford without feeling a total attachment to them for extended amounts of time. I’m still experimenting with how I wish to live and spend my money, and I’m enjoying the process.
Your mistakes do not define you.
While other quotes have got me thinking more than this one, it is quite possibly the one I need to read the most. When I misstep and lose my way, I am well known for judging myself on my way back to the right way to live. I cannot improve and live the way I desire to with self-condemnation. This is why the Lord is helping me immensely to leave this trait behind.
Be the change you want to see.
I can easily begin judging others for doing wrong instead of focusing on improving my own behavior! It’s not good to live a life that condemns other people – even when it’s easy, it doesn’t feel right to look down on others in that way when we have our own issues. Where you can step in and do right, regardless of what others are choosing to do, is where we can thrive.
Do all things with purpose.
It is so easy to fall into the habit of going through the motions. However, what if we were to live with the intention of doing all things with great love – with purpose? I know that our view of life would become so much more beautiful! Knowing we’re making a difference in the lives of our family and friends is absolutely wonderful. ❤
Thank you so much for reading! I had fun getting to share these quotes with you. I hope you have a blessed Wednesday!
Hello there! Happy Monday to you. ❤ I pray your week is getting off to a beautiful start! On this quiet, rainy day where I live, I wanted to write a quick and fun review of one of my new favorite music albums! I’ll be talking about ‘Future‘ by the extremely talented music artist, Jordan Feliz!
When I found out that he was releasing his second album a few weeks ago (which I promised myself I’d buy back when I was so obsessed with his debut album, haha), I ordered it off of Amazon the morning after it came out. I had decided to wait to listen to any of the new songs, even when he released the audio versions on YouTube because I always think it’s more special to listen to the album as a whole – not just through digital releases!
I’ll go ahead and link to some of these songs so you can listen to them yourself 🙂 However, I highly recommend the entire album if you do like Jordan Feliz and his style of music! (Remember ‘The River’? It has been a radio hit for quite a while now!)
At this point, I haven’t even listened to every song on Future. That’s because when I buy a new album, I’ll really enjoy listening to a handful of the new songs, then when I get tired of them, I’ll check out the rest of the album! I’m able to spread out my enjoyment of the music this way 🙂 Let me know if you do this too, haha!
Also, I have already been listening to Witnessand Changedfor months/weeks now, and they’re both beautiful songs! Today, I’ll just be talking about the top four that stand out to me from the album right now. I hope you enjoy! Comment down below which one is your favorite. ❤
180 – In this song, Jordan expresses his desire to return to the Lord, even after all he’s gone through. It is a wonderful reminder to me that regardless of how far I’ve gone, the Lord will always welcome me back – and the same is true for you. We just have to put our trust in Him!
That’s The Life – If, for no other reason, this song is epic because of all of the unique notes Jordan manages to hit! That’s one of the things I love about Jordan – I can’t get over how talented he is! Anyway, he sings about marveling over how the Lord is caring for him – something I myself do daily!
My Shelter – Jordan talks about how no matter what we’re going through, the Lord is always by our side, watching over us and protecting us! His love never fails. ❤
Lay It Down – This is the song that stood out to me on this album first. The chorus really got to me, and just like other songs that urge us to bring all of our burdens before the Lord, releasing them into His hands, Lay It Down moved me to tears. Definitely, listen to this one!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope I have encouraged you to check Jordan Feliz’s music out if you haven’t already! 😀 You can get the album on Amazon here. (Not sponsored!)
Happy Monday to you! Let me know in the comments below:
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 here, trusting 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!
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. 🙂
“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. 🙂
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:
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 🙂
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.