Hi there! 💛 I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 🙂 I have decided to begin writing mini reviews of books again. Sharing why I enjoyed the books I’ve finished reading is an encouragement to me to keep reading, which is a good thing, since I have bookshelves full of books!
Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ The idea for this post came to me yesterday while exploring the Bible app on my phone. I came across a verse that has been both a comfort and a hindrance in my walk with the Lord over the years. The verse I’m talking about is Psalm 37:4, where the psalmist tells us that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.
I’d like to talk about this verse because it’s one of those promises of the Lord that can be easily misunderstood. Not quite getting the context can lead one to believe that when we pray for something fervently, and then still don’t get it, it’s tempting to think that this Bible verse is a lie.
I’m here to reassure you that it’s not.
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. ❤
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
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!
Have I convinced YOU to read this book?
Let me know in the comments below!
Hello there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ I hope you’re doing well! I’ve decided to center today’s post on a single Bible verse, not only because it’s wonderful, but also because it has been a good while since I wrote about His Word, which I love so much!
From now on, I’m planning on sharing verses on Sundays this way when one really stands out to me from the week. If I feel like I can write a post on it (like I am today), I’ll gladly do so!
If you’d like to see the verse I’m sharing in this post, I’m including it below! I hope you enjoy reading. ❤
“Do you not say,
It is still four months until harvest comes?
Look! I tell you,
raise your eyes and observe the fields
and see how they are already white for harvesting.”
Let’s say you’re making preparations for a mission trip you’re going on this summer. It is definitely looking like everything is going smoothly, and the trip itself will be a great success.
But that’s four months from now.
Does that mean you should save all of your creative, loving energy for that trip? It makes more sense to put all your effort into planning, preparing, making sure everything’s ready for the day you leave – right?
Well, I think there’s a beautiful balance to be found between thriving in the present, and being conscious of the future. ❤
You see, if we were to wait until specific opportunities to be kind, to love, to share with others about His grace, the world would be a much darker place.
The time is always right to do what’s right.
We need beautiful individuals to rise up and believe, with their whole heart, that the harvest is always here.
Thank you so much for reading! I’m praying I could inspire you on this lovely Sunday. 🙂
Let me know in the comments below what YOU thought of this post!
I’d love to hear from you. ❤
Hey guys! ❤ I hope that you’re having a beautiful week 🙂 There have been many different post ideas on my heart recently, so I’ve been slowly narrowing them down to which ones should be written when. For today, I’d love to share a bit of a more personal post (which I do most of the time anyway, haha), where I’ll be sharing some thoughts I’ve been having when it comes to how and where I spend my time and energy. ❤ I hope you enjoy!
Over the past year or so, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching. With my eighteenth birthday less than a month away (which I think is crazy!), I’ve been thinking and praying about my future so much that it has consumed me at times.
I’ve attempted to think so far ahead that I’ve eventually stress myself out beyond repair … which is why I’m desiring to come up with better ways to do this.
I have less than one semester left of my senior year, and it is going really well. Staying determined to get that schoolwork done fills my weekday mornings and afternoons, which still leaves many hours that I wish to fill participating in hobbies and activities that matter.
And what about this summer? With my graduation just around the corner, I don’t want to get whirled into a pattern of un-productivity … so I have been organizing my priorities and picking them carefully.
There are few things I love more than a productive day! Whether I help out with taking care of my family, make progress on projects that will take a long time to actually complete, or continue pursuing a hobby that makes me really happy, I love dedicating time to getting things done, in many shapes and forms.
Today, I am praying over the main passions I have had for a very long time – ones that I know I’ll pursue in the years to come. Among them are writing, linguistics, organization, and laughter. (Yes, it’s honestly a hobby of mine! I love making others laugh.) Sometimes, I even wonder if exploration is a passion of mine, too, for my limitless interest in the world around me, both in learning new things and traveling to new places, is something that truly adds to my life.
I don’t know much about what my future holds at the moment … but I did realize something last night. Not only am I close friends with the One Who holds my future, but I’m also blessed to be able to live in and completely focus on the present.
If I was daily consumed by what is to come, it would be impossible for me to flourish here now. ❤
Throughout 2018, it would bless me if you’d like to follow along on my journey into adulthood! I’m taking everything in stride, praying over situations I need answers to, and doing my best to always put my trust in my Heavenly Father, Who holds my life in His loving hands. ❤ Thanks for reading!
What are YOU focusing on this year?
Hi there, guys! ❤ I hope you’re all doing well! It has been a full week since I’ve shown my face in the blogging world, and I am truly happy to be back here again to see how all of you are doing.
What has your week been like so far? Anything exciting been going on in your life lately? Please do let me know in the comments below!
In this evening’s update-esque post (of course that’s a word, haha), I thought that I would compile some of the focuses of my life recently, all into one beautiful post. ❤ I love knowing what I should daily be spending my time doing, as well as what I should be praying over, and maybe even thinking about, too. Everything that I end up doing on a regular basis slowly forms and greatly impacts me, and I desire to make sure every now and then that those things are good, honorable, and full of the Lord’s love.
As you know, I recently wrote about my priorities, organized for 2018 (click here), but today’s post will do a better job of showing you some of the things I’ve been thinking about, dwelling on, and praying over these past few weeks, and into the present, too. Like I mentioned a moment ago, I’d love to know how you’ve been! If I haven’t commented on your blog recently, it is very probable that I’ll be showing back up in your notifications soon. 🙂 ❤
I hope you enjoy reading today’s update post. xx Let’s check this out!
My Focuses For Today –
This refers to a variety of things, which is really cool, because I’ll always love learning, haha! I recently fell back in love with the art of learning a foreign language, and my obsession with using Memrise to learn more Spanish has completely returned. I only have one full course of the language left to complete, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself after that. lol The other things I’ve been learning lately are all of the subjects I’m taking for my last semester of high school! Physics has been especially fun, because I really do love science now (I know, crazy right??!), and consumer finance has been a blast, too. I can’t wait to open my own bank account this year!
I know, deep down in my heart, that the Lord has called me to a higher purpose than to simply reach a certain point of human kindness and then stop there. I am constantly growing, maturing and learning, and becoming inspired by His beautiful example all over again. He is teaching me things about myself I would have never realized were even part of me, and helping me conquer obstacles I had no idea existed. It is not His will for me to live in fear, sadness, or confusion … He is helping me work through every single negativity that my life has ever beheld. The more He teaches me, the more I realize that not only is this a constant process, but He is also more than willing to reach to the furthest depths of my aching soul to teach me of a love I can only begin to comprehend. I am thankful every day for His love, mercy, and patience, and showing as much of that kind of love as I can to those around me is my mission.
No, I’m not talking about closing an open internet tab on your computer, haha – although it is the same word! Recently, I have taken to seeing that the contents of my room are more than I’m happy with. That is, I’ve held on to things for a long time that I truly don’t even like anymore – whether that’s a book I read once, a shirt I thought I’d wear, or some wall art that I liked for a while. Just because it used to mean something to me doesn’t mean I am obligated to hold onto it now. With this realization has come a freedom I cannot explain, and I am in love with the idea of surrounding myself with things that I adore, and those things only. This doesn’t mean my lifestyle has or will change – not drastically, anyway … but I do know that the Lord is teaching me something through this, and I am willing to learn through the experience. ❤
Along with the lesson I mentioned learning above, my love for photography has been restored. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been going through, organizing, and uploading all the pictures I need to get printed, that I may savor the beautiful memories I experienced with my family over the past year or so of our lives. Once I get them printed, I’ll be all caught up, until I have to start the printing process all over again next year. xD Oh, well! It’s worth it ❤ I’m enjoying getting to take pictures of Isabella, and the weather’s been nicer lately, so we’ve been spending more time outside. I love taking pictures of my siblings out in the beautiful natural lighting, and I may have do a post soon with some of those photos.
One of the main points I’ve taken from a book I’ve been reading recently (still haven’t finished it, haha) is that children benefit deeply from praise and motivation they receive from those they admire. Because I’m the eldest of five children, I have the opportunity every day to be an encouragement and inspiration to them, and I don’t desire to neglect that purpose for a second. I also enjoy sharing inspiration with others through blog posts, and in conversations with my parents, as well – whenever I have the chance, I desire to be there for others, in having uplifting chats and sharing words of wisdom. It’s one of the reasons I’m here ❤
Children really do have only one childhood, and I desire to be truly present in the early lives of my younger brothers and sisters. However, no matter where I am, I’d love to always be conscious of the fact that we only have the chance of living each individual day once, and that when a moment is lost in time, it’s impossible to experience it as we did in the moment it first occurred. Making sure that I’m not wishing the days away, and instead being happy wherever the Lord has me, is very important to me.
This should really be a permanent focus throughout the entirety of my life, for I’d love to always live with intention and purpose! Knowing and trusting that the Lord is caring for me, and also that my future is in His hands, gives me great peace of mind that I cannot begin to explain. I desire to dutifully take upon myself the aspects of my life that He gives me – which is all of it, as a matter of fact. Believing that He will get me to where I need to be, exactly at the right time, provides great hope for my future. ❤
Thank you so much for reading! I hope and pray that you’re having a great week so far, and that you have a great day or night. ❤ Happy Tuesday!