Teach Me To Be Gentle
Teach me to be mindful
of every word I say.
Teach me to pause in moments of anger
and simply stop to pray.
Teach me to care for
my siblings when they’re sad.
Teach me to think first
instead of getting mad.
Teach me to be mindful
of every word I say.
Teach me to pause in moments of anger
and simply stop to pray.
Teach me to care for
my siblings when they’re sad.
Teach me to think first
instead of getting mad.
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. ❤
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. ❤
Hi there, guys! ❤ Happy Monday to you. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well! Recently, I have been thinking more about missions than I have in quite a while, which is what inspired me to add a seventh part to my Missions Monday series. I can’t believe I’ve written so many posts on this topic – it’s awesome! But it has been quite a while since I actually shared one, so that’s why I wanted to continue with it today.
On the subject of missions, I have written posts concerning my status with them (which is prayerfully waiting ❤ ), as well as inspiration for others also interested in them. I’ve shared that waiting on the Lord to provide us with the missions He desires for us to go on is so important, because that is where we will truly be a blessing to others.
Whether the work He gives us to do is in our own country or across the world, He is in the midst of those who do His work, in every shape and form.
In my own life, I’ve experienced and seen for myself His power at work, both in my highest moments and lowest points. I have been humbled by His greatness when life is truly good, and I have clung to Him for dear life when I’ve feared the worst. Not once has He failed me.
While sitting in the quiet of my room recently, I’ve found myself doubting that I was where He desired for me to be. I wondered if composing journal entries to Him and brainstorming blog posts was worth the precious time I’ve been given – but you know what? I felt at peace while engaging in those activities, because they’re both ways I express my love for Him.
There have been times when I wasn’t sure if I’d continue blogging. There have also been more times of disinterest in journaling, a hobby I used to adore … but they’re both things I’ve come back to without fail, because not only do they add to my life – they also uplift my relationship with Him. And those are things I can tell He still desires for me to do.
The more I’ve observed how He is able to use even the simplest things in my life for His glory, I have further experienced for myself the goodness of the Lord.
Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord sends His people out into the world to tell others of His matchless grace? His love encompasses all of us, and He knows that one main way He speaks to the lost is through those who have already been redeemed.
“How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!” – Psalm 31:19
His goodness reaches to the heavens. He lovingly guides us to exactly where we need to be, at the perfect time, under the right circumstances, for as long as He desires us to be there. Our ministry is often found in the smallest of tasks, in the shortest conversations, with people who are part of our lives if even for just a moment. The Lord knows that our witness is strong when the timing is right, even when we can’t see the significance of these times – for when we shine His light, lost souls turn our way.
How do you feel when you come across a stranger experiencing true joy? They may be laughing with a friend, or interacting with a child, or simply greeting you with a smile as you walk into the store. Doesn’t that spark something within you to give back the simple kindness they just treated you to? I know that’s how I always feel – it inspires me to go out and do something simple for someone else, to make the tiniest difference in another’s life. Passing on love in this way is so easy to do, yet so often neglected at the same time.
Will you do me a favor? The next time you question the importance of where your life is headed, think of the Lord and all of His goodness. When we allow Him to beautifully craft our lives in His caring hands, He will never neglect us … in even the quietest moments of our existence, He is there with us. We matter so much more to Him than we’ll ever know. ❤
Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it, and also that your week is getting off to a beautiful start. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ In this post, I will be sharing something with you that has been on my heart a lot recently. I’ve been thinking about, praying over, laughing about, and just overall enjoying this aspect of my life, because it is so new and absolutely wonderful to me.
In one of my dearest blogging friends, Jordan (whom I featured in this post!!), I have found a sweet sister in Christ, and the godly friendship we now share is truly changing me for the better. ❤
For years, I have been praying that the Lord would provide me with some people (even just one person!) with whom I can have fun with and call my close friend. It was something constantly on my mind, and it frequently came up in my prayer life, for I was always either losing old friends, or feeling lonely because I had none.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, too, I have been searching for a friend – and along the way, I have come to see just how important the Lord is in my life, and also that He has provided me with perfect companions in my immediate family. I went through much heartache, rejection, trial, and nights of crying myself to sleep to come to this conclusion, but the temporary pain was well worth it … for I now have a beautiful friend I can confide in, my family to depend on, and my Lord to dedicate my life to.
I could not have come to this point had the Lord not led me through those deep waters.
I definitely struggle when situations don’t turn out the way I desire for them to, and I’d never deliberately choose to experience heartache. But with the Lord by my side? I’ll gladly take on the world if it is His will. For I know that He doesn’t put me through hardship unnecessarily – there is purpose in the pain, and He is there with me through it all.
In this heartfelt post, I brainstormed and came up with 7 beautiful attributes of a godly friend. While writing them, I drew from the experience I have from being buddies with Jordan, and while I (hopefully, haha) possess some of these qualities myself, each one was inspired by Jordan!! I could not have asked the Lord for a better friend than Jordan, and I mean that with all my heart. 🙂
Now, would you like to see the list? Here it is!
— They cause us to draw closer to the Lord. Whether we’re praying for them (or they’re praying for us!), their words of wisdom and willingness to pray for us encourages us in Christ. It is a very good thing to have godly friends! Because who we’re around deeply influences us, and those who have a positive, Christ-like attitude will encourage us to grow as Christians. ❤
— They uplift and positively impact us. Most good friends aim to do this, but it is very prevalent in friends who are following the Lord! Their kindness stems from joy and brotherly (or sisterly!) love, and is fueled by grace.
— We trust their judgement and can depend on their honesty. There are occasions when friends won’t tell the truth to preserve the feelings of their friend, but we know that godly friends are trustworthy and honest! (In the best way possible, even if we don’t want to hear it haha) If you are close enough to the person, their discussions with you will be genuine, thoughtful, and kind, which leads to my next point …
— It’s fulfilling to have conversations with them. There’s something different (and better!) about getting to talk with others who know the Lord – almost like the conversation was planned by the Lord to happen. Isn’t that beautiful? ❤ I believe that sharing Bible verses, praying for each other, and talking about how the Lord’s working in our lives causes us to have a stronger bond with those friends, because the Lord is Who is holding the relationship in His hands.
— We know the Lord handpicked us for each other. I came up with this one while thinking about my friendship with Jordan – we have SO much in common, and even the differences between us compliment each other! I’m very thankful that she and I met through blogging, because she is one of the most genuine, funniest people I’ve ever met (:
— They’re there for us through the hard times. There’s nothing quite like having a godly friend to talk things through with when life gets tough. ❤ Being able to depend on a partner in prayer is a beautiful thing, and their wisdom and inspiring words help immensely, too!
— They model attributes we desire to possess. As I mentioned a moment ago, there are times when differences between two friends even each other out, and encourage the other to be stronger in those areas! For example, if the first person is going through something hard that the second person has already experienced and overcome, then the latter person can be a huge encouragement to the first. ❤
Thank you very much for reading! This was a wonderful post for me to write, because it helped me to organize my thoughts, and I now know what to further look for in future friends.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post on this lovely Sunday! Hope you have a blessed new week. ❤
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!
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!
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
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.
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. ❤
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!