Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.

Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.

I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.

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If We Were Having Lemonade | June 2018

If We Were Having Lemonade | June 2018

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ It has been nearly a week since I wrote a blog post, which is quite unusual for me, haha. Tuesday’s post was pre-written, so I did respond to comments and I have been reading posts, but I had actually written that post in the week before!

The craziest thing about the highs and lows of blogging inspiration is that typically, I’ll take some time off from blogging because I can’t think of a thing to write. Throughout June, however, I have had several ideas, but just couldn’t focus enough to write any of them! This is because of the different things that have been going on for me and my family (all good things!), which took away my writing mindset completely. You’ll see why in today’s post!

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The Privilege I’ve Been Given

The Privilege I’ve Been Given

Hey there! ❤ I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend 🙂 With summer having just officially arrived, I can’t help but think about all of the fun possibilities this new season holds for me and my family! I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, we’ll have the chance for all of us to go on a fun vacation together. ❤ However, we have to take into consideration the youngest ones, who find it hard to stay in their car seats for too long. (In fact, I’m not the biggest fan of long car rides either. haha!) Even if we don’t take an official “vacation” of sorts, I’m certain that we’ll have fun going out on at least one day trip. 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you’re planning to do this summer! Intro aside, I’m happy to introduce you to today’s post. I hope that you enjoy!

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Preparing For Wisdom Teeth Surgery | My Thoughts

Preparing For Wisdom Teeth Surgery | My Thoughts

I have had this surgery now and am recovering beautifully! Come read my update post here.

Hey guys ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 I don’t usually aim to share two posts in one day, but that’s just how today has gone. The one I posted earlier is about how I’ve been thinking about my responses to my family lately. While talking to my mom a few moments ago, she was encouraging me to write a post on how I’m feeling about the surgery tomorrow … so that’s what I’m doing right now.

I’m more worried now than I was when I found out that the surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. I figured this would happen, and it makes sense, but I wish my anxiety hadn’t grown. I’ve been reading the Bible and listening to uplifting songs these past couple of days, and that has definitely given me peace, but my fears have been giving me trouble.

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Living Free Of The Past

Living Free Of The Past

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

When I’m faced with a negative situation, the first thing my brain does is recall all of the other times something similar has happened. In the blink of an eye, I have easily remembered the people involved, the problem and resolution, and the way past conversations went. I remember angry expressions and uncaring remarks, and a split second later, I have responded to a new situation with past hurt.

It doesn’t even matter that all of those old memories have been resolved. I’m not currently still upset about those things – yet I obviously remember them vividly! This faultless memory of mine can’t really be controlled, but with awareness and practice, I can learn to control my responses to them.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is the 8th chapter of Romans. It has everything I could ever want to read about, all wrapped into one forty-verse section. It speaks of salvation through Christ, the power of living through the Holy Spirit, how He enables us to thrive in this life, and how nothing will ever separate us from the Lord’s love. It doesn’t matter what I’m going through in life, Romans 8 always has a verse that holds great meaning for me. Today, it was the 12th verse.

“So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.”

Whatever I may face, He is stronger still. No matter what my mind comes up with, He is stronger still. My inability to forgive is relentlessly, but He is stronger still!

I hope that this post could provide some encouragement to you for today. ❤ Whatever this day may hold for you, I pray that you will actively become more aware of how you’re viewing life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17

Do we treat each situation as its own, or do we pair it with past pain? We may have to go through things to conquer the way we feel about situations, but it is well worth the journey.

Here’s to healing. ❤

— Maggie

Thankful For Prayers Answered

Thankful For Prayers Answered

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! ❤ Yesterday morning, I received some news that granted me mixed emotions. Very shortly after sharing this post, where I talked about surgery being in my near future, my mom found out through a phone call to my insurance company that there was an update on my wisdom teeth surgery.

After talking to the oral surgeon a few weeks ago at the consultation we went to, I found out that my insurance is known for denying approval for the surgery that I need. Because of this, my mom and I were expecting to receive a call letting us know that the insurance would cover one tooth, or three of them – maybe even denying the request altogether. It was really a hit-or-miss situation, but I was expecting the insurance not to cooperate. Either way, I knew the Lord would provide regardless. ❤

So, when my mom came back inside after the phone call with my insurance company yesterday, I was surprised to see her beaming. My hopes were raised at the same moment my fears settled into the pit of my stomach. The next thing she told me was exactly what I wanted to hear, while at the same time was not at all what I was expecting.

My insurance approved the request and is paying for the surgery in full.

“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1

When we bring our requests before the Lord, He is faithful to take our hopes and dreams into His hands. Even when I had little faith in what my insurance was willing to do, the Lord used their approval to bless us.

Next Tuesday, I will walk into the same oral surgery office with financial peace – and with the Lord by my side. I can’t tell you how much this experience of learning to lean on His strength has already blessed me. I’m truly not afraid anymore, and I’m willing to do what He will have me go through – all for His glory.

When I wrote this post about overcoming medical fears, I had no idea the Lord would bring me this far. Nothing is impossible for the living God!!!

Prayer Request: The only thing I’m truly worried about is how the IV in pre-op will go, because I’ve never had one before. I would truly appreciate it if you could pray that would go well for me! ❤

Thank you so much for reading! It blesses me to share how the Lord is working in my life 🙂

— Maggie

Things To Accomplish In May

Things To Accomplish In May

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Tuesday, and Happy May, to you! Another new month has come back around, and I am once again surprised, haha. There have been very few times over this past year where I felt like a month lasted longer than it should have – all the rest absolutely flew by! Either way, I am very happy that May is here, because some exciting things are in store for me and my family. I’ll be writing about some of them soon!

Blog Coaching Update: Thank you so much for all of your questions! I’ll be answering them in a post and sharing it this Saturday (the 5th). I’m working on it ❤ If you have any other questions to add, comments are still open! Click here!

Do you have any plans for the month of May? I hope and pray that there is at least one thing you’re looking forward to and planning for! Even if you see the next few weeks as a good time to take a break from something, that’s awesome, too – you have plans to relax!

Even though I’ve been searching for a single way to welcome new months on my blog, I’ve finally accepted that I enjoy mixing it up, lol. Instead of having one type of post to write on the first of each month, I’m going to go with whatever I need and am in the mood for! For May, I’m happily trying out something new.

I have a few things I’d love to work on throughout the month, but then I also came up with a list of 31 tasks to complete one a day in May. This means that regardless of how a day goes, I can check at least one thing off my list! I’ve mentioned before that I love being productive, and this will help me so much.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll share both lists without any commentary. Since I’m still currently working on the 31-task one, I’ll share a snippet of the first ten. I don’t want to bog down your morning with a 1k+ word post, haha! Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy. 🙂 ❤

Throughout May:

  1. Pursue daily fitness and good nutrition.
  2. Continually care for my skin.
  3. Enjoy the beautiful weather.
  4. Nurture optimism and positivity.

A Task A Day

  1. Clean phone.
  2. Watch a movie I’ve been wanting to watch.
  3. Make a new recipe.
  4. Shop for jeans/shorts.
  5. Read more of a book.
  6. Go through PC photos.
  7. Organize game cabinet.
  8. Have a photoshoot with Elizabeth.
  9. Clean out desk drawers.
  10. Share more photos on Unsplash.

… and more!

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us in May, because there are definitely some awesome things coming up. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU excited for in May?

Happy Tuesday!

— Maggie

Coffee Chat | Waiting On The Lord

Coffee Chat | Waiting On The Lord

Hi there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ This is going to be a very open and honest post, one that I hope will be able to inspire you on this beautiful weekend. There have been many times throughout my walk with the Lord when I would have deeply appreciated reading something like this while waiting on His timing for something I desired – because it is often not easy. The thoughts and prayers that go through our heads while holding on to faith often lose strength the longer we wait, which is why encouragement along the way is an essential. May you be just as inspired by reading this as I was blessed by writing it. ❤ Let’s both grab a cup of coffee (or your preferred choice of beverage) and sit down for a chat!

There are few things that have occurred in my life thus far that have challenged my patience more than when I am waiting on the Lord. His timing truly is not mine, because while we frequently wish for the things we desire to be fulfilled and completed as quickly as possible, the Lord sees the beauty of our situations behind the scenes. He knows that because we haven’t gotten that new job, new vehicle, new friend, or whatever else we may be searching for quite yet, everything is working out beyond our sight.

Even when we’re sitting there, feeling like we’re wasting time away when we really should be attaining our hopes and dreams, please know that He is at work if it is your heart’s desire. There are a few possibilities as to how He may be helping in your life at the moment:

  1. He’s perfectly organizing every event and detail.
  2. He’s leading you toward seeing His point of view.
  3. He’s preparing YOU.

In fact, all three of these possibilities might be relevant to your life right now!

If we were to attain everything we’d ever dreamed of in a single moment, we could die happy – right?

But what is life without the anticipation of beautiful things?

We’d never know excitement without the waiting!

If each and every thing we wanted was all ours right now, there would be nothing left to hope for. We’d never get to experience how it feels to finally have something that brings us great joy. Only then are we able to clearly see what a blessing it is when it comes! We’re unable to take it for granted because we dreamed of it for so long. Comparing how life was without it to how happy we are with it is extremely inspiring.

When I was younger, I used to think, If I could just have [whatever I wanted at the moment] right now, I would be happy. I rarely stopped to think that maybe the Lord was saving me from something that would have broken me. He could have been protecting me from my own self-destruction! Then there are other things that I didn’t get until later in life, because it was then His plan for me to have it. Much of the time, I see the perfect reasons why the blessing showed up when it did, but other times, I have been left to wonder. Still, I trust in His infinite knowledge. 🙂

So, let me go back to the three points I made about waiting on the Lord. The first one has to do with His behind-the-scenes work. Without His perfect organization skills, we would not be in the blessing-filled situations we’re in now!

We hardly ever see how He is preparing things for us, but I absolutely believe that He is at work.

My second point has to do with our mindset, and how that changes us while we wait. Sometimes, after a long time of waiting, how we view what we desire changes – for better or worse. We may realize that it was a very good thing that we didn’t get that blessing until this moment … or we may see that there’s a reason why we don’t have it and won’t ever have it.

I have found myself in situations where it took me months (even years!) to realize that something would never work out because the Lord was rescuing me, over and over again, from something disastrous. After going through things like that, I have been reminded again and again that He is truly my Savior. 

Finally, my third point is that He prepares us for what we desire. For example, I can’t wait to have my first job – but I’m not quite (or at all) ready for that to be part of my life at the moment. In this instance, I can see why I’m waiting: I’m caring for my family for now as my mom continues to recover from Isabella’s birth, which doesn’t leave time for me to be away from home. If I were to continue pursuing work at the moment, I’d be completely out of line with what the Lord has for me!

Impatience and the temptation to move forward plagues our thoughts during these times. When the Lord is challenging us to put all of our trust in Him, it’s easy to want to keep taking steps in what we think is the right direction instead of doing what we perceive as sitting still. But please, let me assure you, kind friend – this time of waiting is not being wasted.

The Lord is preparing everything He has for you, one small step at a time.

When I begin thinking too much about what I’d like to do someday, I return my focus to the present. By being happy here, I know I will flourish in the future!

“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24

Thank you so much for joining me for this coffee chat! I’m thinking about making this a weekly series, because I really enjoyed it. ❤ Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU waiting on the Lord for?

Happy Sunday!

— Maggie