Life Lessons · Word of the month

Word of the Month//Joy

In case you are wondering, Yes I have posted this picture before, and in case you are still wondering, I am posting it twice because 1. It’s beautiful and 2. We are having technical difficulties with our computer so I cannot get new pictures to load. (Wow, that was a long caption for a picture)

Well, I am finally here with the word of the month! And as you probably already saw, the word is…

Joy

I love this word, because it’s meaning is kind of mysterious. Its not the same as happiness, but its not that different either. So I’m going to try and attempt to help us understand this word a little bit better, and live out this word in our everyday lives. So let’s get started!

Make a joyful shout to God all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make his praise glorious!

Psalm 66: 1-2

But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Sing to God, sing praises to His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah and rejoice before Him.

Psalm 68:3

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Glory in His holy name, Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

1 Chronicles 16:10

Well, I was going to find one verse to put on here, but in my search I kept finding more and more that were so beautiful, so I just put them all up. 🙂 Be sure to actually read them please! 🙂

In God’s Word, joyfulness is an important subject, just look at all the verses I put up there! And that’s just touching the surface! God’s Word is filled with references to Joy. Here are a few reasons why I believe Joy is important.

Being Joyful leads us to worship God

I don’t know about you, but when I am really joy filled, I can’t help but praise Jesus. He gives me Joy and this makes me want to sing and shout my praise back to Him. Having Jesus in our lives, gives us a new joy that only comes from Him. No thing, person, idea, or whatever can give us joy like Jesus does. Jesus fills our lives with joy and we give our joy back to him, by worshiping our Savior and King.

Being Joyful leads others to Jesus

Being Joyful is something you experience inwardly, but others can see the effects it has on your life outwardly. Like I said before, because Jesus is the only One who can give us this joy, it is different then the happiness most people will feel and exhibit. People will wonder why you are different. Why you are always smiling and happy. And YOU will have an opportunity to tell them.

Being Joyful in every season

This is hard. I will be the first to admit that when I face something hard, the first thing I feel is NOT joy. But that’s where joy and happiness differ. Joy does not depend on your circumstances, your feelings, or your needs and wants. Because Jesus gives us this joy, it never changes. Happiness fades away, it diminishes once your good circumstances are gone. But Jesus never changes, and He keeps filling us with joy even when we are going through hard times. This is a little hard to understand. I definitely do not know every thing on this subject, but I experience it.

This doesn’t mean you are going to be happy all the time. But I think that when we take time to actually ponder our circumstances in God’s eyes, and remember Jesus and the Joy he gives us, we are joyful. We are able to praise God. We are able to walk around with smiles on our faces. Why? Because Joy comes from Jesus, and Jesus NEVER changes.

I hope this encourages you to live joyfully!

Grace 🙂

Let’s talk! What are your thoughts on Joy? Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? Have you ever been asked why you are so happy? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from all of you.

Books · family · food · Personal · Uncategorized

Happy Fourth + Random Things

The only Patriotic picture I could find on short notice 🙂

Hi all, sorry for my absence this week. I’ve been busy! (I know it’s not a good excuse, but it feels good to have one anyway 🙂 )

This is kind of just going to be a random, this-is-what’s-going-on-in-my-life post, because 1. I don’t have a ton of time to sit down and think about what I should say and 2. I’m kind of in the funny, sarcastic mood (if you couldn’t tell) and it’s hard to be serious about a certain subject when you’re in a let’s-be-weird-and-crazy mood. 😉

Sooooo, a few announcements.

  • I won’t be doing a Stylish Saturday’s post tomorrow, sadly
  • I will eventually come out with the Word of the Month (hopefully in July…)

And this is what is going on in my life:

Thinking: Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject of work. I’m not that hard of a worker and this bothers me, so right now I’m on a mission to find out the answers to these questions

  1. Why do we view work as a bad thing?
  2. How do we change our perspective?
  3. Where do we get our motivation?
  4. And lastly, How do we stay on track?

I might do a post on this one of these days. (Might is a very important word:)

Learning: I have been learning a lot about trust lately. I’m doing the National Bible Bee and the theme this year is trust. I’ve been greatly blessed by this study, and I’m learning a ton about God’s trustworthy character.

Eating: I looooovvvveee food. (which is weird because I have a lot of allergies and I have somewhat of a phobia of the certain foods that I’m allergic to) But I love it all the same and recently I’ve been eating a lot of fresh garden vegetables and fruit smoothies. Soooooo good!

Spending: Well, I haven’t spent a lot of money on anything (except that Andy Griffith show for my brother’s birthday. If you have never heard of the Andy Griffith show, well, I’m really sad for you. And you have to watch it.) Other than that, I’ve spent my time reading, working, and memorizing.

Writing: Believe it or not, I have been writing, just not on here. 🙂 Mostly journaling, but a few other areas too. I really love to journal, because its so fun to look back and see what God has done in your life and how much you’ve grown during the years. I’ve almost filled up my current journal though, so I’m going to have to make the dreaded switch soon!!

Working: I don’t really have a job, but it sure seems like it. I’ve been walking our neighbors dog, doing yard work, helping out on a friend’s farm and of course the regular chores at the house. It’s been good though, and I’m trying to take these as learning experiences for becoming a hard worker like I mentioned above.

Reading: I can’t forget about this most important subject! I’m reading Genesis 37-50 for my Bible reading. (for the trust study) And I just finished Bridge Called Hope by Kim Meeder. It’s a collection of true stories from a therapy ranch. Very touching. The next one on my list is a bio about missionary Darlene Deibler Rose.

Well, hope you enjoyed this little life update. Have a very happy Fourth!!

Grace

Let’s talk! What are you doing for Independence Day? What’s going on in your lives? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

Beauty · Fashion · Life Lessons · Stylish Saturdays

“I just want to fit in!”

Just me and Zac being silly. (I know the pic is blurry, but this is what happens in real life!) 😉

Hey All! Welcome back to Stylish Saturdays! I’m glad you’re returning, and for those of you who haven’t read the first post, well, go back and read it! 🙂

Fashion + Modesty

We talked last week about your new-found super power. Remember last week we talked (or I wrote and you read) about your attraction or allure? And remember how we are only to share that with one man? Well, buckle up, my friend because that was just touching the surface on this huge subject.

Today we are going to chat about something called fashion. You already know what that is?! Wow, word sure spreads fast.

Some of us girls love fashion. We like to dress up and coordinate outfits, go shopping and look for new styles. Some of us don’t like fashion all to much, maybe it’s okay, but we prefer hanging out with our friends and family rather then spending time in our closets picking out clothes. Maybe you are somewhere in the middle. All of these personalities are great. This is how God created you. But there is a balance. God wants us to take care of our bodies and present ourselves in a way that is not drawing attention to our clothes, but our hearts. Understood? Okay, moving on.

Fashion in our culture is, well, there’s not a lot of coverage to say the least. A lot of this has to do with girls who maybe don’t have a lot of attention in their homes and so they seek it in the wrong places by the way they dress. But to the rest of us, fashion is just fashion right? “I’m not looking for attention so I’m okay, right?” or maybe it’s “I’m just trying to fit in with my friends, do you want me to be friendless and depressed?” Well, sorry to break it to you, but that’s not exactly how it works. Immodesty, is immodesty, you can’t disguise it under the mask (sorry, I didn’t mean to!) of fashion, or anything else. But there’s good news! You can be fashionable and modest at the same time. You might have to make changes, you might not be the most fashionable person in your school, but did I ever say this would be easy? (I didn’t, just in case you couldn’t recall)

I’m cheering for you girl, this is a hard, hard change to make, or maybe you’ve already made the decision to honor God with the way you dress and it’s still hard. I’m in the same boat as you. Every day when I go into my closet to figure out what to wear, it’s hard. We all love to fit in and be fashionable. We all love to get attention and have popularity. Jesus is on your side. He died so you could have life. But, girl, you gotta choose. Are you going to choose the temporary attention that the world gives? Or the eternal satisfaction that Jesus Christ gives?

There is so much more I could discuss in this post like, what you wear reflects the title Christian, or judging how others dress is a sin, however hard it is to ignore, or how you can’t expect girls who don’t know Jesus to dress like they do. But I won’t reference those in this particular post. 😉 I just want to leave you with this thought.

You will have to make a decision on how you are going to dress. What will you settle for: Temporary Attention? or Eternal Satisfaction?

Cheering for you!

Grace

Let’s talk! What about you? How will you choose to dress? I’d love to hear from all of you!

family · Life Lessons · Relationships

Five Ways You Can Minister (In your own home!!)

Last summer while we were on vacation.

Hello all! Today I’m sharing some creative ways you can minister in your own home. If you’re like me you are probably missing getting together with people and doing ministry together. It’s such a great experience! But guess what! It doesn’t only have to be at church or with other people. You can serve in your own home with your own family. Serving with your siblings can be such a bonding experience and it’s a great way to get to know your family a little better this summer.

1. Write a Note

Writing notes to family members or your mail carrier, or garbage man is very encouraging to them, especially right now. My brother, Ian, had a great idea of putting a note for our mail lady in the mail box lid. (I couldn’t find a better word, but it’s the door that you put the mail in. Does that actually have a name?? 🙂 )

Writing notes to family members telling them things you’ve noticed they are good at or encouraging them in their walk with Jesus. You could even be pen pals that live with each other. I love when someone leaves me a note to find. It’s super encouraging!

2. Cook a Meal

My Mom loves to garden. I love to cook. (My Mom also likes to cook, but she loves to garden. 🙂 ) So when she is out gardening all day, I’ll sometimes offer to make dinner or lunch. Giving you’re mom a break from making meals, or anything else that she does on a regular basis is a real blessing. If you aren’t that much of a cook, fold laundry or clean a room in the house. The point is find an opportunity to help out and take it. It’s called initiative. 🙂

3. Make a sweet treat

Well, this is another food thing, but we all love sweet things. Next time you feel in the mood to bake something. Package up some of your creation and give it to a parent, sibling, neighbor, or a widow/widower from your church or neighborhood. They will be surprised and delighted that you thought of them. (But make sure that they aren’t on a diet or have food allergies, first.)

4. Work around the house

There are always projects to be done around the house. Grab a sib or two and get to work. Make sure to have your parents permission first. You could do this for a neighbor or a friend too. Find a project that needs to be done, and give it a shot. Be willing to work hard and don’t give up have way through.

5. Start a Bible Study

You could start a bible study with your siblings, with friends, or you could even search for an older wiser Christian to be a mentor. Summer may be vacation from school, but that doesn’t mean we should stop learning, especially spiritually. There are a ton of great bible study books, or you could take a book of the bible and work through that together. Whatever the case, learning together from God’s Word is a great activity.

Hope this was helpful and encouraging. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to be a blessing in your own home!!

Have a great day!

Grace

Let’s talk! What have you been doing to serve in your home? What are some neat opportunities you’ve had to be a blessing?

Beauty · Books · Life Lessons · Stylish Saturdays

Stylish Saturdays//Secret Keeper Book study

This is my large and wonderful family!! (Minus baby Faith, this pic was before she was born:)

For anyone who is doesn’t want to read this post because you are afraid you will have to get rid of half your closet. I triple dare you to read this post all the way through and actually think about it. Let me know if you did and I will give you a virtual high five! 🙂 😉

Okay all, here we are with the first post on Stylish Saturdays! As I was considering how to go about this, I decided to write an overview on each chapter of this book. I’ve read Secret Keeper several times, and I would very highly recommend it to every teenage girl. Actually every woman needs to read this book, but it’s mostly geared for young adult/teenage ladies. Dannah Gresh is one of my favorite authors and her book changed my perspective on modesty big time. Anyway, I decided to write posts on each chapter as sort of an overview. I am totally not going to do her book justice though so you have to buy it. Anyway, after I finish that, I hope to do more posts on outfit ideas and more. Just a long fyi 🙂

So before I start on the real post, I need to be honest with you. I didn’t really want to write about modesty, actually I kind of dreaded it. I mean, it’s a pretty tough subject, and there are a ton of views on what a person should wear and all the things they shouldn’t. I don’t want to give you a list of all those things, I’m pretty sure you have enough of that already. I just want to give you the basics and from there it’s your decision. Ready to dive in?

The little known secret about modesty

You wanna know a secret?? Every single woman God created has a super power. This power, like every other super power, has a source. Before we get into what that super power is let me ask you a question. I know, you’re probably thinking, “She just told me I have a super power and I have to wait to find out what it is?????” Yep, sorry. Anyway, the question:

Have you ever been to the mall and watched as those girls dressed in skinny jeans and low cut blouse got all the attention? Or even at a youth group event? How did that make you feel? Did you watch as all the guys slowly gravitated toward them? Or maybe you were one of those girls and you kind of enjoyed all the attention it brought you?

Whoever you were, you probably noticed that those girls had a couple things in common.

  • They were probably dressed in a way that showed off certain aspects of their bodies that were meant to be kept a secret.
  • They were all women.

I know that second one is kind of a no-brainer but stick with me. Only women have this power. Dannah references it as your allure. Whatever you want to call it, if you’re a woman you got it. It doesn’t even matter if you dress modestly or not, if you are a woman you are attractive. To men especially, but also to other women. And before you get all weirded out. This “allure” or “attraction” isn’t bad. In fact, God created us, as woman, to be attractive. But we aren’t to show off that attraction to everyone. God created woman to reveal that attraction to ONE man. Only one. When we dress immodestly not only are we disobeying God, but we are ruining God’s plan for marriage to be special and shared with only one man.

But just in case you’re like me and you’ve messed up. (if your really like me, then you’ve messed up a lot!) Don’t be discouraged. Don’t stop fighting for purity, because even though you messed up, God loves to give us second chances. Or third, or fourth. This doesn’t mean you can wear whatever you want and then if you ask forgiveness you’re fine. No, it means if you are truly repentant and will turn away from your sin, God forgives. Totally, wholly, fully forgives.

To wrap up this really looonnggg post, let me just say this. Now that you know this secret. What are you going to do with it? You use it to your advantage, or you could be inspired to keep dressing in ways that honor God. Remember, everything we do is to be glorifying to God, even the way we dress.

Have a great Saturday!

Grace

Let’s talk! What are your thoughts on modesty? Was it hard for you to read this post? Have you ever read Dannah’s book “Secret Keeper?” Would you be comfortable wearing the outfit you’re wearing right now when Jesus comes back, or would you want to change?

Life Lessons · Personal

To the glory of God

No, our daffodils are long gone by now, but they are beautiful any season right!?

Hello to all of you who read the somewhat distant and far apart posts of mine! 🙂 I have recently been challenged by this verse and I thought I’d share some of my pondering. I hope it encourages you!

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Pause. Take a breath. And read again.

A lot of you probably already know this verse, it’s pretty familiar and you may even have it memorized. But how often do you apply it to your daily life? I don’t do it enough.

This verse made me think about everything I do during my day, or week, month, year, decade, lifetime. Is my goal in life to make it big in the world’s eyes? Or just simply to live a life that is glorifying to my Heavenly Father? So many times we can get caught up in the busyness of the world that we lose that focus we should have on eternal things. On the things that God has us on the earth to do. When was the last time you prayed with someone, either in person or over the internet? When was the last time you shared Christ with someone who needs Him? When was the last time you decided to take time from doing something you love and invest in someone’s life?

I love how this verse says “do ALL to the glory of God.” Not just some. All. Every single aspect of our life has to be focused on fulfilling that purpose. to “do all to the glory of God”

Sometimes this is hard. Very hard. When I want to read a book, but I know that it’s content isn’t glorifying. It’s hard. When I want to have things my way, but my siblings do too. It’s hard. When I feel like complaining about the chores that have been assigned to me. Yes, it’s hard. But that’s why we have the Holy Spirit. To help us, guide us, lead us. We don’t have to do it alone, and I’m so glad because I am such a mess without Jesus.

I hope you are encouraged to take some time and ponder what your purpose is. Not what you know your purpose should be. But what your purpose was before you read this post. And then join me in worshiping our Creator, for He is Worthy.

Have a great Thursday!

Grace

Let’s talk! What are some ways you could glorify God in all you do today? Tomorrow? Are you reminding yourself of your purpose, to glorify God, on a regular basis? How so?

Beauty · Stylish Saturdays

Introducing….Stylish Saturdays!!!

Introducing (drum roll please!!) Stylish Saturdays!! My approach to dressing in a modest, God-honoring way, and still having your own unique style!!

I know some of you who looked at this post/post series/introductory post about a new post series/whatever you want to call it may have almost decided not to read it. Or you thought something like, ” Oh, here we go, another series about out-of-style clothing, and dressing unfashionably.” But forgive me for disagreeing, I happen to think that modesty is a beautiful thing. Let me tell you why.

What is modesty??

Everyone has an image in their minds when they hear/see the word modesty. For some it’s unflattering, but for others it’s a beautiful picture. My hope is to change that picture from unflattering to beautiful and elegant. This may take several posts or even a lifetime of posts, because modesty is such a in-depth topic with so many different views and judgement. I’m not going to say that your view is wrong or right, I’m just sharing what I believe the Bible has to say about it, and from that you’ll have to make your own decisions.

The way you dress makes a statement. That statement can be good or bad, it can draw attention to one’s external features, or it can point to one’s internal beauty. When Jesus chose His disciples he didn’t pick the prettiest or handsomest, the richest or the most elegantly dressed. No, Jesus saw the heart of the person, he chose them because of their hearts. We, as followers of Jesus, do not want to draw attention to our dress as much as we want to draw attention to our personality and our heart.

That being said, I don’t believe that Jesus wants us to sit in a corner with a long dress buttoned up to our chins. I believe it is possible to dress in a stylish way, but still honor Christ while doing so. I am very passionate about this subject. (Laugh if you’d like, but I am.) So my hope with this series is to let you in on the secret, you can have style and elegance, while dressing in a God-honoring. I’m not promising a post every Saturday, but it is my hope to post on this subject frequently. (That was in bold so you guys would see it. 🙂 )

Well, I am looking forward to writing more on this subject! Thanks for reading!

Grace

What do you think?? What are some things you think should be addressed when talking (or writing) about modesty/style? I’d love to hear your input!!

This book is amazing!! I love the author, Dannah Gresh, and her style of writing. This book is an amazing, inspiring read. You can also go to her blog here.

Beauty · Uncategorized

Dear Child of God

I just thought the way the sun was shining was so cool!

Note: Although this letter was written with certain Bible passages in mind, it is not taken directly from scripture.

Precious Child,

When I made you I knew you would become a beautiful woman! Your form was created to be that way, beautiful, delicate, and gentle. I made you different from all the others, unique and oh-so-special! You are holy, set-apart, chosen.

I have a plan for your life, a plan to make you prosper, a plan thought-out for your good. These trials you are going through are making you more like Me. They are preparing you, shaping you, and molding you. I am with you in these trials. Lean on me, I will hold you. I am with you even when you don’t know it. Listen to my Words. I love you. You are mine, I have bought you back. You are free, no longer a captive to sin and darkness, but a free daughter of the King. You are my princess.

Remember, My daughter, you are beautiful. The world says you have to look a certain way to be beautiful, they say you have to dress this way, or go to this place. But they are wrong. They usually are. I created beauty in all different forms. I love all kinds of beauty; I created them! I created you. I redeemed you. I chose you. I saved you. You are precious to me, you are beautiful, you are sweet, you are special, you are talented. You are Mine.

I love you, My daughter, My princess, My precious one.

Your Loving Father

Books · Entertainment · Uncategorized

Book Review

Our flowers are in full bloom and they are beautiful!

Today I’m here with a book review!! I just finished reading this book again and realized I had never posted it in any of my book recommendations! Sorry, I don’t have a picture. This was a little bit of a spontaneous thing! 🙂

Wise Words: Family stories that bring the Proverbs to life

By Peter J. Leithart

This book is great at bringing you into the moral of the story. There are eighteen different stories all based off of a different Proverb. There is no language issue, and the book is great for all ages. It would be great for bedtime stories or read-aloud for young kids. It is mostly geared toward the younger crowd, but I think everyone can benefit from a good story!

This book could be considered fantasy as the stories are mostly about kings and queens and fairies, but there is no witchcraft involved. The stories follow somewhat of a similar storyline of some of the familiar bible stories we hear and the names that are used are also common biblical names.

Click here to get Wise Words

And that’s pretty much it! Hope you enjoyed!

Grace

Tell me what you think of the book! Have you read it before? If so what did you think. What did you take away from the stories?

Life Lessons · Word of the month

Word of the Month// Patience

This post is taking to long to write, I think I’ll do something else…. Okay, not really, but it was kinda funny right? 🙂

Before we begin let’s do a little heart check. When was the last time you were impatient with someone/thing? When was the last time you could have been impatient, but you weren’t? I know that I was impatient with my brother this very day. Actually, I was probably impatient more then once or even twice. This is very important to realize, impatience sneaks up on us so easily and we have to remember to nip it in the bud. So, now that we’ve done a little evaluation. (btw, I love that because I’m doing a blog I’m not in control of who reads it, only God is, so if this really gets you, it’s not me. 😉 )

Patience:

Depending on the version of Bible you have, patience is often described as longsuffering. I love the way this is written because it is so self-explanatory. Patience, or longsuffering, is suffering long. Think about it, you don’t have to be patient when you are enjoying something. It’s only when trials come our way that our patience and endurance is tested. But, there is one more thing. Just because you might be suffering long, does not mean you are patient. If you grumble as your brother takes a loooonnnnggg time to come when you call, is that really patience?

Colossians 1:11 says, ” strengthened with all might according to His glorious power for patience and longsuffering, with JOY

Notice the key word, JOY. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances, so yes it is possible to have joy and be pateint at the same time. And no, I haven’t mastered this, and I’m a long way from mastering it. (Guess I’ll just have to be PATIENT!)

Anyway, Next time you are tempted to be impatient with that younger sibling, or anyone else you might be around, remember patience and long suffering with JOY. And don’t try to attempt this on your own, because without God we can do nothing. (John 15) Ask for God’s help, He is always ready to give it.

Let’s talk! Do you have a certain area that you struggle in with patience? How have you seen patience in your life and others around you?

Happy Thursday! Grace

Personal · Uncategorized

Of summer and blogging

As y’all probably know by now, I am finishing out with school and greatly looking forward to summer. But with summer comes a busyness that could effect my blogging routines. So, I am just letting y’all know that you will probably not see as many post’s as you have been during the school year. I still plan to continue blogging, just not as frequently. Thanks for reading!

Grace

Beauty · Books · food · Health & Fitness · Life Lessons · Organization · School

Summer!!!

Ok, so it’s not officially summer. But you can’t blame a girl for being excited!! 🙂

Well, summer’s (almost) here, and we are all winding down with school and itching to get our summer sandals back out. But the difficulty that comes with summer is…. We sometimes find a lack of things to do. Or if your like me you have plenty to do, but when to do them and in what order is sometimes confusing.

During the summer I find that I can easily get lazy about such things as exercising, getting up early enough to do my devotions, eating healthy foods instead of quick and easy foods, and being orderly and neat. Of course there are other things, but you get the point. Without the routine, every day life of school things can get a bit messy. So without further ado, here are a few tips and tricks to keep yourself organized during the summer months.

Early to bed, early to rise…

I know that many of you are probably not fond of getting up early. I’m not really super fond of it either, but I do realize that when I have a good amount of sleep and wake early I am more productive. How early you get up is up to you. I will probably give myself a few more winks during the summer then during the school year, but I’d recommend getting up before 9:00-9:30. Waking early gives you time by yourself to spend in God’s Word, or just meditating and thinking.

Makes a man healthy…

Being healthy during the summer includes making right choices about exercise, food, and sleep.

If you don’t already have a exercise routine, I strongly recommend establishing one. Start small, and work up to bigger, more vigorous routines, but even just a few stretches after you get up have an amazing effect. (This is just my opinion, and does not have medical proof, as far as I know)

Every food choice you make effects your body. Now, I’m not a huge health foodie, I enjoy eating healthy, but I do eat sugar and I’m not gluten free. That being said, I do believe that God wants us to feed our bodies that which is profitable for them, and having a balanced diet is key.

Wealthy…

Summer jobs. Depending on your age, you are probably looking for a way to make money during the summer. This is great!

I recommend finding a job that fits your personality, that will cause you to grow, and that pushes you outside your comfort zone a little bit. A summer job is a great thing to have, but it’s important to stay committed throughout the summer. During the summer it can be hard to leave your friends because you have to go to work, but this is preparing you (and me) for when we need to have full-time jobs.

And Wise…

I know most of you are probably ready to be done with school, believe me I am too! But it’s still important to keep learning during the summer. Make a list of edifying books that you would like to read. Ask a older, wiser women to mentor you or go through a bible study with someone. We are to be learning every day, including summer.

Well, Happy June to you all! Grace

Life Lessons · Organization · School

Organizing your day

Hello to my neglected blog readers! I have been on vacation in the beautiful Adirondacks and was unable to post anything new. But do not fear! I am back and ready to write! 🙂 (I hope)

This post is for whoever struggles with organizing their days or managing their time. I thought that this was appropriate with summer on the horizon. (Thank you to my dear friend that encouraged me to write about organizing!)

Now before I start let’s get this cleared up. I don’t believe that one should spend hours upon hours thinking about what they are going to do the next day. Matthew 6 tells us not to worry about tomorrow and whatever it brings. But I do believe that there is a balance between the two. If I didn’t at least have a thoughtout plan for my day, for example if I decided to go on vacation, but didn’t pack or plan for it then it would be a disaster. That is a bit drastic, but you get my point. Organizing your day helps you to be efficient and productive and that is very important.

Make a list

Make a list of every thing you would normally do in your day. Productive or not productive. A hobby or an essential. Then number them according to priorities. Btw, a priority is something that is more important then everything else and needs to be dealt with first. You don’t have to make an actual list, but I have found it very helpful to see what my priorities are. It gives me a greater accountability to know that my priorities are listed on that piece of paper and if I don’t follow there will be consequences. I know that sounds very harsh, but it is true. If I didn’t start my school until three in the afternoon I would have consequences, such as not being able to finish it, or being late for youth group, whatever it may be, priorities need to be dealt with first.

Make a habit

Instead of using a schedule, I have found that habits are much more productive in my case. I used to struggle with this a lot. I made a ton a schedules, but I didn’t end up sticking to them. That’s because a schedule has to do with time. Every thing in your day is attached to a time. You do math at 10:30 and English at 11:45. The reason this doesn’t work (or didn’t for me) is because there is no flexibility allowed. If I didn’t finish my Math before 11:45 I wouldn’t be able to do my English or everything would pushed back until I was done with math.

So instead of making a schedule. I made a habit (or several) A habit is something that you do over and over until you just do it without thinking about it. Habits only take 30 days to make. (Thanks for the information Mom!! 😉 ) Habits are also flexible. You can perform a habit at any time, it’s not attached to a certain time. For instance, if I woke up an hour late, I can still do my devotions without being worried about the next thing on my schedule.

Make it possible

Sometimes we put the priority tag on so many things it’s impossible to get them all done. That’s when it’s time for a priority check. And yes, sometimes we do have a lot of priorities (real ones) to be done, but most times we need to sacrifice some things we’d like to get done for the things that really need to get done. And when those times do happen and you have too much on your plate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Both from God and others, parents, teachers, siblings…

And that’s all for today! Hope this helps you as you embark on a fresh new summer!

See you next time, Grace

Life Lessons · Personal

Prayer; a conversation with the King of Kings

Just because little girls sitting in the grass picking dandelions are adorable 😉

As I write this I am sitting in front of the computer fanning myself because I’m so hot. It’s a little weird to think that we had snow just two weeks ago! (This is not the post, but I wanted to write it down, so I did. And there you go. I know it’s random;) )

Now for the real post.

Recently I have been thinking about prayer and how amazing it is. It’s something that I think we can take for granted so easily! We lose sight of the fact that we are talking to our amazing, infinite, almighty, all-powerful, awesome, wonderful God. Or sometimes, we don’t pray at all, we just forget that God is even there, begging us to come and tell him about our day, or listen to our worries, or hear our excitement. We need prayer, especially in this time of quarantine. Knowing God is there with you through this time, and helping you through it is so comforting. God’s presence is so peaceful, but we have to come to Him, surrendering all of our burdens, worries, struggles, and cares. He is the only one that fills you with true peace, and that happens when you are willing to lay down your burdens for His peace.

Prayer is amazing in that it can (and should) be done anywhere and everywhere. We are to be people who are constantly talking and communicating with the Lord, always relying on Him for help and wisdom, interceding on others behalf, and praising Him for who He is. Prayer is a nonstop conversation with the King of Kings. How cool is that!?! I would happy to just be able to see a King, or maybe say “Hello, your Majesty” but to think that I, just a tiny little speck on the earth, get to talk with not just a king, but the King over all Kings that is beyond amazing. It’s indescribable.

Please join me in lifting our praises to the Most High, in sharing our burdens with the loving Savior, in thanking the Lord for all of His blessings, and in praying constantly to the One who loves us.

Have a great Saturday!

Grace

Beauty · Organization · Personal

Organization; a peek inside my closet

Hello everyone! A friend recently suggested I do a post or two on how I organize. So I’m here to give a peek inside my closet! Now I know not all of you may have closets, or maybe you share a closet with someone else. That’s totally fine, I’m just giving some tips, and you could definitely use some of them for wherever you keep your clothes.

I organize my closet maybe every few months and I am always trying out new ways to do things. Today I organized my closet while switching my winter clothes to summer clothes and I took a few pictures on the way to give an idea on how you might like to do yours. Now before we start we need to go over a few things

  • I am not perfectly organized all the time, just to clarify.
  • If you want to have an organized closet you have to be willing to put hard work and effort into it.
  • I am not a professional, this just comes from my personal experiences.
  • Organization is a habit, you cannot just organize once and be done, you must keep working to establish it.

With that said lets dive in!

1. Know what’s in your closet

By this I mean, that you should be able to see what you have in your closet fairly easily. I like to label my things so I know where everything is and what I have. Labeling also helps me to remember to put things back in their proper places and not just anywhere I can find the room. Knowing what’s in your closet also helps when you go shopping, if you know you need something it’s easy to go and look for it. While, when you’re not sure, you can end up with several pairs of jeans and not t-shirts. (And a sad wallet)

2. Make outfits

A few outfits I put together

A lot of girls/women, spend a lot of time on their closet’s trying on different clothes and figuring out what to wear. This doesn’t have to be us! Pairing and matching outfits together helps tremendously with the productivity of my day. Also, having outfits already paired helps me not to compromise my standards of modesty. If I’m rushed trying to find an outfit to go with this shirt, or I can’t find this skirt it’s easier to just compromise and make excuses. Where as if I already have my outfit ready I don’t even have to think about it.

3. Have a routine

A routine is different than a schedule. Routines are habits you make so that you do them without thinking about it. Having a routine is essential to keeping your closet organized. Set aside a day to do your laundry and do it! Tidy your closet while you are listening to music or talking on the phone. (Yes, I do this, its actually very efficient! If I’m not doing anything with my hands except holding the phone, why not fold a few clothes and straighten my shelves?!) Also routinely putting your clothes back in their proper places every time you take them out or put them away is so important. Just putting a shirt back where it belongs after you try it on is an amazing change to having six shirts on the floor that you aren’t sure whether they are clean or dirty!

4. Have a place for everything

This is a great place to keep your shoes off the floor and all together!

And put everything in it’s place! Make sure that every single piece of clothing in your closet has a place. If this means you have to get rid of some things you don’t use then so be it. If it means you have to get creative and try folding your clothes differently then that’s fine too. Remember, this is going to take some work. I do recommend having a miscellaneous/catch all box or basket to place things that you may not have much of.

5. Switch things up

Sometimes things get old, or you get tired of them, that’s when you pull out the big box of mix-matches! This is what I do with any excessive articles of clothing that I still like. What I do is have a tote that is nearby so it’s on hand if I want to switch any thing that gets old. I’ll take one article of clothing from the tote, and put the old article in. That way my closet is always changing and exciting so I don’t feel like I have to go shopping every time a shirt gets old.

Another thing I switch up is the way I organize my closet. I love to rearrange things, so sometimes I’ll mix my closet up just for fun. But that’s only after you have really established the organizing thing. 🙂

And that’s it! I hope this was helpful and that you can use some of these tips. I’d encourage you to listen to some uplifting music or podcast’s while your at it, make it an encouraging and profitable time!

Have a great Wednesday! Grace

food · Health & Fitness

Creamy Banana Spinach Smoothie

I always have Mom’s homemade sourdough bread with my smoothies! So good!

I made this smoothie twice in the past few days and loved it! I might just have it for breakfast tomorrow! 🙂 It’s super easy to make, plus it’s a healthy breakfast, snack, or even lunch and dinner! And if your running late and need something to eat, fast, smoothies are perfect!

Note: The thing about writing recipes is that usually I don’t measure, so if my measurements are aren’t exact that’s why. 😉 Feel free to add, subtract or multiply the recipe! 🙂

Creamy Banana Spinach Smoothie

One Banana frozen

A handful or two of frozen spinach

Half a cup of milk (approx.)

A tablespoon of protein powder

Blend it together and enjoy!

Optional: I like to mix up a little milk and add it on top of my smoothie to (1) clean out the blender of all that goodness and (2) add more foam to the smoothie. This is of course depending on whether you like the frothy foamy deliciousness on top. 🙂

You can add sweetener to this smoothie, but keep in mind that banana’s are very sweet, especially if you’ve frozen them after they get too ripe. And if you get sweetened protein powder that also really sweetens it also.

Hope you can use this! Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Grace

Beauty · food · Personal · Relationships · Uncategorized

Spring Blessings

Here is the promised blessings post! These are just some of the things I have been enjoying recently. I’d encourage you to make a list of all the blessings you’ve enjoyed recently, or comment below and tell me about them! Enjoy all the pictures!

This girl is constantly making all of us laugh! She loves to be in charge of her boys and likes to surprise me by hiding in my closet. 🙂 She, of course isn’t just a spring blessing, but a blessing year-round! 😉 Faith is also a sweet blessing to me. I didn’t put a picture up here, but she is a constant reminder to all of us to be people of great Faith.

Well, I definitely can’t post about my sisters without posting about my many bros! I couldn’t find a recent picture of all of them, but I thought this one (taken last summer) of the boys was fun. 🙂 They are so much fun to be with!

Campfires with the sibs. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, then played a little volleyball. You could do something like this with your family as well, and if you don’t have a place to do a campfire, you could have a picnic! I also did this with some of my younger sibs.

Feasting with the family! What’s better then eating a fresh homemade pizza? Sharing it with the people you love! 🙂

And also a big bowl of berries and ice cream! 😉

We went on a long bike ride/walk with my grandparents and it was soooo beautiful! We had a great time together, talking, walking, enjoying God’s beautiful creation.

Another blessing is spending time in God’s Word. As a homeschooler life hasn’t changed as dramatically as some others, but there is still a difference. I have recently been working on my memory verses more often and trying to start up conversations with my sibs about what they are learning. It’s a great way to get to know them and find out where they’re at in their individual walks with Christ.

Well, I hope you enjoyed getting the sneak peek into my life. I am truly very blessed!

Let’s talk! What are some blessings that you are experiencing in your life? Are you making steps to be grateful for them? I’d love to here what’s going on in your lives!

Blessed, Grace

Life Lessons · Personal · Uncategorized

God is good, All the time

Beautiful, enough said. 🙂

This post has been on my heart for awhile, and I’m finally sharing it with you all!

I know that this is hard to go through, and I know that you are probably feeling the same way I am; tired, frustrated, helpless, stuck, ect. I could go on, but I won’t. What I want you to think about today is all the blessings you are receiving right now. You may have to look harder then usual, but they are there. And even when it seems like your world is falling apart. Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God. Nothing. Not ever. No matter what you are going through, no matter if you are scared and feeling like there’s nothing you can do, no matter if your tired of living in isolation from the rest of the world, no matter if your plans are interrupted because you can’t have more then ten people in the room, God is in control my friends, He will never let you go. You are his forever, and ever. Don’t forget that. Don’t lose sight of the fact that God is with you. He knows everything you are going through and He’s going to help you through it. Remember my friends, God is still good. Always and Forever.

Trusting in my good, good God, Grace

Let’s Talk! What are some blessings you have received recently? What about some things God has taught you through this time? I’d love to hear from you!

PS. If you don’t know Jesus as you’re Savior, this may seem a little weird to you. Who gives thanks in times like these right? I mean, what in the world is there to be thankful for? Well, truly if you do not have Christ, not much. Only Christ can bring true joy and satisfaction. If you would like to know more about trusting Jesus as your Savior, please contact me. I’d love to answer your questions!

PPS. I will be giving some things that I am grateful for in my next post. (Lord willing) Be thinking of some things you are thankful for and tune in on the comments! 🙂 See ya then!

Life Lessons · Relationships

For a sibling; from a sibling Part three

A few springs ago, with a couple of my sibs

Well, as some of you might have guessed, this last installment of the sibling series is for those younger siblings. If you haven’t seen the other parts in this series, go to the relationships category. (I was going to put links in here, but to save time and not create unnecessary confusion, you will instead have to do the work yourselves. 🙂 )

Be willing to let others be the center of attention- As most of us know the youngest seems to get ALL the attention. (Notice the key word is seems) Statistics say that most of the time the youngest is an entertainer and lover of attention. And while it is very important to have a person who can make others laugh and give others entertainment, it is also important to let others talk when they need to. In my family, since we are so many, this is portrayed differently. Some of us love to talk and entertain and some of us are content to listen and be entertained. The important thing to realize is that there needs to be a balance between the two.

Be a leader- Now before you think, “Wait a sec, didn’t she say that in the last two posts?” I will answer your unspoken question. Yes, I did, in fact say that, and there is a reason. I believe one of the most important things you can do for your siblings is to be a good leader to them. And by that I mean leading them to do the right things, not wrong. And even if you are younger, or the youngest you can still be a leader, (1 Timothy 4:12) Anyone can be influenced by actions. No one can block their ears, or leave the room to your example. I could go on, but I won’t. Although if you want to hear more on leadership, let me know!! 😉

And lastly- Be understanding- Sometimes your older siblings will seem distant and unloving, and while I’m definitely NOT excusing such behavior, there is a measure of understanding that one should have for your older siblings. Sometimes it is best to give your older siblings some space and be willing to let them have some alone time. Now I’m not saying that you should ignore them, but instead know when to seek them out and when to leave them alone. If you need to talk to them, set a time/date, and make it a special, uninterrupted time. If you would just like to spend a little time with them, ask them nicely and then be willing to let it go when told no. (or thoroughly enjoy it when they say yes!) My siblings are very good at this, for instance when I am writing a blog post they will leave me by myself (for the most part ) 😉

And that’s all for now. Hope you are encouraged to become best friends with your sibs!

Happy Monday!

Grace

Let’s talk! I’d love to know what you think! Are you the youngest in your family? Any thoughts or questions?