Thoughtful Thursday | Little Life Updates

Thoughtful Thursday | Little Life Updates

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. ❤ Man, it has been quite a week for me and my family so far! I doubt our lives will be able to fully return to our normal until this baby is born.

Today, I am sharing with you an update-style post. So, if you’re interested in reading about what’s been going on with us, let’s settle in for a life chat! ❤ Let me know in the comments below what you’ve been up to. 🙂 xx Now, let’s get into this.


First of all, for any new readers: my mom is pregnant with my last little sibling. I’m the eldest of four kids currently, soon to be five! My mom is due on February 1st, although it is truly looking like she’ll have my second little sister sooner than that. As I write this post (it’s nearly 9 AM where I am), my mom and dad are at the hospital because my mom wasn’t feeling well all night. She had a massive headache along with painful contractions on and off. While she has not gone into labor yet, these are definite potential signs of pre-labor, so I’m praying for her and hoping everything goes well. I’ll do a quick update post to let you know when/if she comes home, or if the baby’s born! ❤ ❤

Something else that’s been going on recently is that beginning Monday afternoon, I began feeling slightly ill. I guessed early on that I’d gotten the mild cold my brother had over the weekend. While I never like being sick, what he had was barely causing him any discomfort at all, so I wasn’t really worried about it. On Tuesday, I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat and stuffy nose, and then on Wednesday (yesterday), I felt tired throughout the day. I’m very thankful it wasn’t worse! While I’m still feeling a bit off today, I’m just praying that I’ll be well enough to hold my baby sister once she’s born and not have to stay back because I’m sneezing, haha! ❤

I know that the Lord is caring for us, even when it feels like situations are out of control. That’s true sometimes – there will always be things I can’t do anything about, but He certainly can, and has! I’ve found over the years that it’s harder for me to watch one of my family members go through something hard than it is for me to personally go through the same thing. Knowing they’re hurting and I can’t do much to help has been something I’ve had to trust the Lord with, so I will pray that I’ll be able to have greater trust in Him concerning the health of my family.

On Tuesday, I was very sad to not be able to post something on my blog, haha, because for the first three weeks of this year, I was able to share a post every day! While I enjoyed doing that, I’m not wanting to write something just to keep a streak going, even though I do love a good streak. lol I’m still aiming to post consistently, but daily isn’t possible sometimes, so I’ll write and share when I have something, but not just so I can post. It is tempting some days, though.

One of the highlights of this week so far is my new mini obsession with online shopping. I’ve had fun looking at Etsy, especially, because my parents got me a gift card for Christmas and I have yet to spend it, haha! At first, I was looking at different room decor, because I’d love to update the art and posters I have on my wall, but I couldn’t find anything. (Except for printables, which I’d rather not do since I don’t have quality paper to print them on!) When I found that there’s a side to Etsy with endless ideas for desk decor and organization, I instantly knew that’s what I’d be using the gift card for, haha! Once I decide on what color scheme to go with, I’ll be making some purchases. There may be a desk tour coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that!


Thank you so much for joining me on my blog today! ❤ Those are all the little life updates I have for you right now, but I’ll be sure to let you know what’s going on with my mom. I may do a short post later, or at some point tomorrow, depending on what’s going on. For now, please keep her, the baby, and the rest of our family in your prayers. We can’t wait to meet this baby girl! 🙂

— Maggie

Willing To Listen

Willing To Listen

Hey there, guys! Happy Sunday to all of you 🙂 ❤ I was inspired to write this post because I would like to further share what has been on my heart lately. Just like I wrote about here (and here, too!), I have been having a good many thoughts on what my future holds, which includes where the Lord will lead me in the coming years of my life.

I used to see my future as being something that’s in my control. That is, I thought my future depended on how much I put into it.

Because I love being productive and knowing for certain I’m getting things done, it has bothered me for the longest time that that which lies ahead in my life is completely unknown to me, concealed in a dense fog.

I would think that to be within His will, I needed to have a good idea of what lay ahead.

If the Lord would only let me get a peek inside, I’d basically think to myself, then I’d know how to prepare, be ready, and enjoy it when it gets here.

It was hard for me to accept that His timing was not my own, because waiting on Him to work things out in my life seemed like a waste of time. Why would it be His will for me to sit and do nothing for days, weeks, even years while He worked behind the scenes?

These thoughts (and the solution He has given me) are what inspired the title of this post.

“He knows when we are willing to hear His answers.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

This quote absolutely blew me away.

He knows exactly when the moment has come to reveal to me the plans He has for me – not a moment sooner, nor a moment later.

I understand that waiting is hardly, if ever, easy. I have wanted countless things before it was my time to have them … however, with each and every situation where I felt impatient was helping me to learn that there is so much more to faith than simply waiting to make our move until God speaks.

Faith is about trusting Him while the clock is ticking away.

Faith is proof of the fact that we know His timing is completely perfect.

Faith shows that we know He has a great plan that is not hindered by calendar days.

Faith grows in these hard conditions, watered by His grace.

True faith is utterly convinced that He knows us so much better than we do.

When we trust in Him, He is absolutely faithful to manifest the plans He has for us in our lives. He will not forget about us … and He knows just when we are ready to hear about the things He has for us.

“However, as it is written, what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love Him-” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

— Maggie

The Shift Of My Focus

The Shift Of My Focus

You don’t pray enough.

You don’t read the Bible enough.

You don’t write about God on your blog enough.

You’re not nice enough.

These are the lies that dull my countenance and sadden my heart.


Throughout each day that I strive to live in accordance with the will of the Lord, I feel condemned. I believe more and more that I am failing the Lord, my family, and myself, for I make mistakes and am certainly not perfect.

I make the most of the time I am given to spend with the Lord and tell others about Him, but it is never enough.

To the accuser, it will never be enough.


There Is Now No Condemnation

It is on my heart this morning to share these thoughts with you because the Lord has opened my eyes to the fact that these statements are not from Him. These are lies, and He is perfectly holy – what I thought were my better judgement and His wrath coming down upon me for my mistakes is just what the opposition wants me to believe.

I know that the Lord convicts me when I do wrong, so that I may return to doing right – but there is no condemnation on His part. For He has forgiven me and shown me mercy long before I even stepped close to that wrongdoing.

“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

When I read this verse this morning while studying His Word, tears immediately came to my eyes.

He does not see my mistakes. He sees a hurting soul who must learn the art of forgiveness, and must also learn to see that when I dwell in the state of not showing myself mercy, it is detrimental to everything I stand for and desire to pursue.

This is my spiritual shift of focus: It pleases Him when I draw near to Him. When I desire to do right and do the most that I can in those moments, I know that it brings Him joy. Discarding these lies and looking to His great love for my peace is where I shall be. ❤


My Blog’s Shift Of Focus

When I continued to blog into the new year, I was planning on writing posts similar to what I covered in 2017. I enjoyed them, as lifestyle topics are fun to write … but as I fell into the wonderful routine of writing one post a day in 2018, I saw the focus of what I cover quickly begin to change.

Dreaming of Guatemala, at least for the moment, has transformed into more of a personal blog, rather than Christian lifestyle.

It is easier for me to write about what’s on my heart now, rather than what’s on the blog calendar that I used to plan out for myself.

I’d rather write about how the Lord is working in my life than continue with a blog series I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time.

At first, I worried that suddenly writing so much about one thing would be too much of a shift for my audience. I feared that my readers would want more of a variety. However, not only is my blog a place for me to express myself and the way I am right now … it’s also where I desire to shine His light.

This is my shift of blogging focus: Because He has given me so much to share with you, my readers, this month, I don’t want to hold those posts back for the sake of what you’re used to seeing from Dreaming of Guatemala. This doesn’t mean that I won’t write lifestyle posts anymore … but at the moment, I just can’t stop talking about my Lord and Savior.:) ❤

Thank you soo much for reading! This post ended up being deeper than what I usually share, and that just shows how I’m feeling at the moment. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie