Focuses For April

Focuses For April

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy April to you! At the beginning of each new month, I love to make sure I have things I can be doing, focusing on, and accomplishing in the weeks to come. That is because there are few things harder for me than feeling unproductive! So, by having at least a few activities/tasks in mind that I can participate in and work toward in the new month, I’ll know that I’m completing something worth my time.

Last month, I shared a to-do list I wanted to work on throughout March (you can read that post here!). However, I have a feeling my family and I will be quite occupied this April, which is why I’ve decided to write down a focuses list rather than a to-do list! While it feels good to check specific things off, I know for a fact that won’t be possible these next few (maybe even several) weeks. Instead, I’ll be able to keep in mind certain areas of my life I need to work on, add to, begin, etc.

I’d love to know in the comments below what you’ll be up to in April! I hope that you have some exciting things planned, and that you’ll thoroughly enjoy this fresh new month. ❤ Let’s see what I’ll be up to!


Focuses For April

Family. From helping around the house to spending time playing games with my little brothers and sisters, there is a lot I can be doing with and for my family – and I know that’s where the Lord desires for me to spend most of my time! Being available to help and being the best daughter and sister I can be is definitely something I am mindful of at the moment.

the cutest baby sister!!
E: “three!”
E: “babyyy”

Books. I can’t even tell you how many I’m hoping to read very soon! It’s been a long while since I prioritized having time to read, and that is something I’m finally able to do. At some point this month, I’ll share what I’ve been reading with you because I’m already really enjoying two that I recently bought!

my updated bookshelf!

Health/Fitness. It’s a journey that began this past December, one that I’m working on now more than ever before. I desire to feel nourished by what I eat, and I’d love to work out every day because it feels so good to get fit! Figuring out what works best for me is my current mission. ❤ I’ll probably be sharing a post that’s more in-depth soon!

Responsibility. I’ll be turning 18 next week (what, whaaat!), and with that will come some exciting new things! I’d love to handle all of this responsibly, especially when it comes to money.


Thank you so much for reading! As you can see, I’m hoping to spend my month accomplishing things in a few certain areas of my life. It is definitely less than what I’ve attempted to take on other months haha, but I think that’s a very good thing! I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me and my family this month, and I hope and pray that your April is beautiful, as well. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU focusing on this April?

Happy Monday to you!

— Maggie

Missions Monday – Part Seven | The Goodness Of The Lord

Missions Monday – Part Seven | The Goodness Of The Lord

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.

Related Post: Missions Monday – Part One | How It All Began

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!

— Maggie

My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

Hey guys ❤ Happy Monday to all of you! Over the last couple of days, I’ve been wanting to write an update-style post on some of the thoughts I’ve been having in reference to missions – specifically, the ones that I will be involved in. I was thinking about adding to my ‘Missions Monday’ series, but I couldn’t get the formatting right (long story lol), so I wanted to write a standalone post, instead.

I’ll be listing some of these thoughts in the order that they come to me, then expounding on them to share with you. I know that this will not only be enjoyable to share with you, but will help me to work and think through some of the things that have been going through my head recently. ❤

If you’d like to follow along, I’d love for you to join me! Let’s get started.


1. Recently, I’ve been reading a book on children mission work. I talked about it with you guys in this post, and since writing that, I’ve further enjoyed reading it. However, its good points and beautiful recounts have stressed the idea in my mind that maybe I need to begin preparing. It might be possible that once I finish this last semester of 12th grade, I’ll get to go on a mission trip … but it’s also extremely possible that I’ll enjoy a full summer off from school for the first time. So, even though I’m all for going where the Lord leads me, whether that’s somewhere in my state, or outside of my country, mission trips isn’t where He has my heart right now. I desire to be open to the opportunities He brings my way, certainly, but also possess the knowledge that even if something looks admirable, it may not be for me at the time I learn about it. Missions will come … but not in this moment.

2. I’d love to know where the Lord is leading me. Sometimes, I desire that more than I’m willing to wait on His timing, and those are the seasons in my life when my heart aches the most. In contrast, when I’ve been able to see that His timing is perfect, even when my skewed vision sees it as being delayed, I am more joyful and at peace than the times when I’ve gotten what I wanted right then and there. Isn’t that crazy? It just shows that when something’s within His will, it is wholly good for our lives!

3. I won’t be going to college this fall. If, by some miracle, I would be able to arrange community college classes or something lol, that’s the only way I’ll be furthering my education after high school this year – in a college setting, that is. However, I’m in love with the idea of studying topics that deeply interest me through the limitless information available in books and on websites, which is most likely what I’ll pursue this summer! I’m very excited about that (:

4. I’m turning 18 this April. Woohoo! haha my family and I don’t have any specific plans yet, but I do know it will involve spending the day with them, eating cake, and hopefully opening my first bank account. ❤ So exciting!

5. I desire to believe that I am currently where He wants me to be. There have been SO many times in my life where I’ve felt like I should be somewhere else. Not in a physical sense – just simply that my overall situation should be different in little (and sometimes bigger) ways. Since I was 15, I’ve wanted a job, but it hasn’t been His will for me to have one yet. I’ve been open for a long time to what His plans are for me in reference to college, but those prayers have not brought about any plans (which I am at peace with). Believing the absolute truth that my life is in His hands, and that in this present moment, as I write this blog post in my room, is just where He has me to be, is something I’d love to trust more often. Waiting on Him is not a silent, lazy form of waiting … just like a very wise pastor said, waiting on God is an active stillness. Even in the quietness, when I feel unproductive and like I should be doing something more … this is what He has for me, and I desire to find beauty in that in every single day.


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I loved getting to write this to share with you. 🙂 If you have anything you’d like to share with me, I’d be very happy to chat with you in the comments below. Whether it’s about something I wrote about above, or you’d like to share how the Lord has worked in your life during times of active stillness, I’d love to hear from you! I hope you have a beautiful day. ❤

— Maggie