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

Little To Do List – January 19th, 2018

Little To Do List – January 19th, 2018

Hey guys! Happy Friday to all of you 🙂 ❤ When I woke up this morning, I knew that I wanted to share a Little Accomplishments-style post on my blog at some point today, because I love having a mini weekend celebration in this fashion … but then I realized …

I didn’t get much done last week!

I was rather disappointed, haha, but I also understood. My family and I have all been on the edge of our seats lately, as there were two different evenings we were sure my mom was going into labor, but then they didn’t end up being the real thing. I don’t mind that, and it was my fault I didn’t get my to do list in order sooner, haha. It was a bit of an off-week productively, but I’m not worried about it – it just gives me further ideas for the new week!

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How about you? Did you get lots done this past week, or was your to do list in hibernation, too? I hope that whatever you did, you are happy that the weekend is here now. I certainly am! I intend on setting stronger goals for myself over the next seven days or so (as you’ll see below), which is why I wanted to do a reverse Little Accomplishments today. lol Instead of listing what I did, I’m listing what I’ll do!

I hope that you enjoy! ❤

Let’s celebrate each and every week – regardless of how productive we were!


Little To Do List

Over the next week, I plan to …

  • finish reading ‘The Virginian.’ I meant to have finished it already, but then about a quarter of the way through the book, I met a few boring chapters, and it slowed my progress immensely, lol. Now that I’ve made it past that part, I’m back to laughing over the antics of the main character, how the narrator perceives them, and the friendships the Virginian shares with many of the other cowboys he meets out west. I’m about a week behind now on reading a book a week, but I know I’ll catch up at some point on this year’s reading journey.

  • continue practicing writing with my new markers. With the Amazon gift card my parents gave me for Christmas, I bought some Crayola dual fine/brush tip markers for mysef, where one end of each marker has a tiny tip, and the other is a brush tip in a similar color. One is good for detail coloring, which I’ve been enjoying doing in my new coloring book, and the other is awesome for practicing calligraphy – something I’ve always wanted to do! When I make good progress with that, I’ll share some of what I’ve written with you guys.

Related Post: Praising Him In the Simplest Of Ways

this is the tin they came in!
  • start reading ‘Hank and Jim.’ This book ended up taking forever for me to get from the library, haha, because it kept being checked out!! It’s this awesome biography written about the friendship between Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart, two actors whom I greatly admire. Hopefully, the novel will live up to all my expectations (which are only there in the first place because it took me over a month to get the book for myself, haha!), and I’ll let you know how I liked it in my next reading update post.

  • clean my phone. I’ve been meaning to do this for about a week now lol, and all it consists of is cleaning the exterior, then going through apps and photos. Come on, Maggie! Get it done!
  • bake and cook more. This to-do will actually something I must-do after my baby sister’s born, haha, because then my mom won’t have to stand as much and work in the kitchen and can instead take it easy after giving birth. As well as fixing dinners, I hope to make a dessert hopefully once a week. I made chocolate brownies on a whim this morning, and I am happy to say that they turned out great!
  • continue studying the Lord’s Word. Something like this probably isn’t necessary to include on my list of things to do, because I automatically do it throughout the day, anyway. Still, I did want to include it to even more deeply remind myself to pay attention to what He’s teaching me, because I never cease to learn something new every time I’m open to the beauty and wisdom the His Word contains. ❤
  • write more of what the Lord’s teaching me. As you saw in yesterday’s post, this is something I plan on doing as often as possible now. With the new notebook my dad bought for me, I can’t wait to get started!

  • play more games with Samuel. With so much attention being given to Elizabeth and my mom, and pretty soon the new baby, too, I want to make sure that Samuel never feels left behind. He’s still a little kid, and I am now making a greater effort to include him in things I’m doing, whether that’s a game, a conversation, or a new recipe I’m trying out. He enjoyed playing out in the snow the last couple of days (it was the most snow he’s ever gotten to experience, actually!), as you can see in the photo below. So, whether we’re outside or we’re playing a game inside, I want him to look at me as his friend and sister, not just his eldest sibling. ❤

  • enjoy the rest of January. I tend to not realize how easily we speed through a month until we’re suddenly in the last week of the month! Thankfully, that hasn’t happened to this month yet. However, this tendency shows how much I’m thinking too much about the future and reaching goals, instead of living in the present. We’re just over halfway through January now, and I intend on enjoying and savoring the last half. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I hope that you’re having a beautiful day, and that next week will be beautiful for you, too. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU up to next week?

— Maggie

First Drive Since February

First Drive Since February

Earlier this morning, one of the first things my dad said to me was that he wanted to run a few errands with me before lunch. The part of this invitation that caught my attention and made me grin like silly were three, simple words. They’re quite common words, but it has been nearly a year since I heard them.

You can drive.

Hey guys! Happy Saturday to you 🙂 ❤ I have been wanting to write this post all day – at least since my dad and I got back home. In between making lunch and playing some games with Samuel, I now have a moment to blog. I present to you a post that makes me very happy to share with you.


Since the spring of 2015, I have loved driving. From the process of getting my learner’s permit to preparing for my driver’s test two years later, driving is honestly one of my favorite things to do. This is not simply because of the freedom it provides, but I do enjoy the independence, and I have always enjoyed car rides, too. Being the driver makes me really happy.

 

In February of last year, a few days after I passed the test and got my license, my parents saw how much it would cost us monthly for them and me to be insured drivers. It was too much to pay at the time, and since it wasn’t necessary that I be able to drive, they decided to take me off the insurance. It absolutely broke my heart.

However, the Lord had a beautiful plan – and He still does. ❤

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” – Psalm 37:4-6

The thing is, I can only see circumstances from where I’m standing. My viewpoint over the situation is limited and biased, and often I see my thinking as skewed later on. It’s hard not knowing how something will turn out, and having to turn to the Lord for peace and patience is extremely difficult to do sometimes.

The main thing I struggle with, if you couldn’t already tell, is patience, because when I desire something right in this moment, I trust that everything will work out in my favor. If it’s something positive, and I can’t see anything wrong with it, then surely the Lord will bless that, right?

Well, in the Bible, it teaches again and again that the Lord provides our needs (sometimes things we don’t even realize we needed until He has given it to us), and that He will also give us the desires of our heart. He delights in seeing us happy, but there are many things we desire that would be detrimental to our life, even when we can’t see it.

He sees all and knows all. He’s the perfect One to watch over us and keep us.

If only I could learn to see that truth in every circumstance that tries my patience … I know I would be a much happier person.

Going on that beautiful drive with my dad today was well worth the wait. Whatever the reason for eleven months in between the last time I drove (you never know, He could have protected me from an awful collision or huge financial debt), I know that He has good plans, even when the waiting doesn’t make sense.

I’m praying that if the Lord is asking you to wait on something in your life, that you would trust in Him and know that just as He brought me through this very long year of no driving, He will bring you through what you are going through, too! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What have YOU waited on the Lord for?

— Maggie