Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A TODAY Mentality

Happy 2018, everyone! It's hard to believe that a whole month of this year has already flown past us! How could this have happened??? But let's not be discouraged! We still have 11 months left of this thing. We're far from over with 2018. We're still just getting started!

Maybe you didn't get much done in January. To be honest, I myself didn't get a whole lot done of what I wanted to do. I didn't start out this year with that big bang I was hoping for. For one thing, I was planning to post a lot more and do more with this blog at the beginning of the year. Did that happen? Well as you can see... no, it didn't. This is actually the first thing I've posted this year, so...

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It's easy to get discouraged when you don't start out the New Year the way you hoped. When time seems to just keep flying by, not stopping long enough for you to catch up, it's easy to just give up on the things you had first planned and set out to do. But let me encourage you guys (and I'm talking to myself here as well) that it's a new day every day -- it's never too late to get started on goals or projects you may have for this year. You still have time!

BUT REMEMBER, don't take that as an excuse -- an excuse to not get things done. And maybe it's not like this with everyone, but I know that with myself, I've done this way too many times. "Faith, what are you talking about?" Okay sorry, let me back up. When you're at this age, teenage/early twenties, you have many people tell you things like, "You're so young, you have plenty of time to do that!" "Don't worry about that, you have plenty of time to get that done!"

Now, I'm definitely not saying that that's wrong to say to someone. That can be a very encouraging thing to say. I know it's been encouraging to me when I've been feeling like I've wasted a lot of time already, and it helps remind me that my life is far from over yet and that I still have plenty of time ahead of me to get the things done that I want and need to do. But... I think sometimes we take this "plenty of time" thing the wrong way. I think we do this without even realizing it. When we get it into our minds that we have "plenty of time", for some of us (not all of us, but probably quite a few) it gives us an excuse to not do anything right now. Because we tell ourselves, "Well, I have plenty of time to get that done, so I'll just put that off for now... I'll do that later... I have plenty of time..."

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And, YES, we have a lot of time. We have our whole lives ahead of us. And NO, we shouldn't just rush into things because we need to hurry up and get 'er done! We need to seek God's will and not bolt into something just because everyone else is doing it or others are telling you that you need to do a certain thing.

BUT we also need to not always be putting things off for tomorrow, for next week, for next month. We don't have an unlimited amount of time here on this earth. We're all going to move on from this life eventually. Even if we live to be 120, we still need to use our time wisely here and not just sit around, waiting for that sudden burst of motivation to rise up in our veins every now and then to get us going out and doing something. We can't always do everything right away, and sometimes we have to be patient and not rush into everything right now; sometimes we need to wait until tomorrow to do the thing. But there's always SOMETHING that can be done today. Maybe you can't do the whole job today, but you can do a step. That's how we ultimately get things done, right? One step at a time.

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God has a plan for your life. A GOOD one. He has things for you to do. But it's up to you if you want to follow that plan, and do the things He has for you to do. He usually doesn't give you His whole plan and a bunch of things you need to do all at once. He guides us in steps. One step at a time. We can walk in His plan for us if we'll only listen and take the steps He tells us to take. What step is God guiding you to take TODAY? What He's telling you to do might make no sense to your head right now... But if you're faithful to do that one thing, He'll give you another thing -- another step -- to do, and little by little, it will suddenly all start to make sense. God would never lead us down a path that doesn't go anywhere, or down one that leads to destruction or confusion. He only has GOOD planned for us. So let's not be afraid to follow Him, to do what He's instructing us to do, and to take the steps He's wanting us to take with Him.

So, let me ask you... What's you're goal? What's that thing that's been pressing on your heart that you know God's been leading you to start? Maybe it's just a small personal thing that you've been desiring to accomplish, like eating healthier. What can you do TODAY towards reaching that goal?

I challenge you, as well as myself, to have a today mentality. What can be done today? A lot of times I find myself always thinking to tomorrow, to the next thing that needs to be done, and not the thing that needs to be done right now, that needs to be done TODAY. But, don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that you should never make a plan for things ahead. Plans are very important! Getting a plan together is one step in getting things done. But if we're only focused on our plans for the future and never on the here and now, we'll miss out on a lot and never actually get much of anything really done.

Psalm 118:24 says,
"This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." 

This is the day. Today. Right now. We're not talking about tomorrow... THIS day -- TODAY -- is the day the LORD has made! So come on, guys, let's go out and do something with this day the LORD has given us!

This is the day the LORD has made!! (Ps. 118:24) <3


What are the goals you want to accomplish this year? Share them down in the comments if you'd like! :)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Just for a laugh... Christmas Edition!

Well, my friends, here we are, just like we always dreamed... IT'S LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!

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How did this happen??? It seems much too early for Christmas to be upon us once again! Well, no matter... Let's go ahead and get to celebrating this most wonderful time of the year with some laughter, shall we? :D

Oh dear! Thanks so much for taking care of it for us while we were gone...

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Those Finlanders, let me tell ya...

REALLY? WHO KNEW! Well... I guess Mary did.


A most essential item for a ninja to have on hand, especially during the winter months.

Now that December is here it's time to start any Christmas shopping that's left. Don't let your kid be like this angry little girl, shop at Humor Us and smiles will be guaranteed!

"Oh, honey, I'm sorry... I know it's not that frozen now, being out under the tree all night and all, but we can always put it back in the freezer for a while..."

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Who needs to shake packages to find out what's in them when you can lie on them instead?

You have GOT to take a break from Pinterest. | Do you know THAT person? Or, better yet, maybe YOU'RE that person. For the Pinterest obsessed in your life—this funny card from Shoebox is a must-share this holiday season.


Well, it makes perfect sense…
"Mary had a little Lamb Who washed us white as snow!"

And, to wrap up, here's a fun Christmas video by Studio C for you all about how the Wise Men supposedly did their Christmas Shopping! ;) Enjoy!

I hope you all are having a wonderful, joyful Christmas Season so far, and have a fantastic rest of your day!

**Pictures/videos not my own; all images/videos are from Pinterest, YouTube, and Google**

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thankful Thursdays // Weeks 4-6

Well, hello there again! How was everyone's Thanksgiving?

So... I'm kinda late, aren't I?
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Well, this Thankful Thursdays series didn't go quite as I had planned. I missed a couple weeks in there, and here I am now, posting this on a Friday instead of Thursday. Well... we'll try to make the best of it anyhow.
It's technically supposed to be the last installment (for now) of this series, so let's go out with a great thankful bang, shall we?? (A 'thankful bang'?...Where did that come from?? :P)

So here we are at the end of November already!!! WHAT ON EARTH HAS HAPPENED TO THIS MONTH?!?!
I actually wrote something up for Thanksgiving Day last week that I was going to post, but for some reason I didn't get around to it and actually wasn't quite sure about it and thought maybe it actually wasn't that great of a post, and so I wondered if I should post it at all, but... well here I am, going to share it with you all today. So, this is technically a Thanksgiving post, but here it is anyway. Enjoy. :)

How did this happen?!? It honestly seems, to me anyway, too early for Thanksgiving and Christmas to be rolling around again... the year has gone by so quickly! But here it is, nonetheless. And even though it seems to be coming upon us with great rapidity, I'm still REALLY EXCITED!

It seems like though, especially in more recent years, that Thanksgiving has kind of been brushed aside. Well, no, not totally -- most every American still celebrates this holiday -- but it seems like this particular holiday has become less important... at least, not as important as Christmas. This time of year, even before Thanksgiving happens, it's all about Christmas. Thanksgiving seems to just be this extra holiday in between here that is a good day, yes, but not as good as Christmas... I mean, yeah, it's important... but, Christmas is a much more exciting holiday, ya know... so let's just go ahead and decorate for and celebrate Christmas because Christmas is the actual important holiday here of course!

OKAY, OKAY, I am sounding a bit harsh aren't I? I am DEFINITELY NOT saying that Christmas isn't an important holiday. It is! Christmas is wonderful! I enjoy Christmas time SO MUCH!! :D


We should remember that Thanksgiving is an important holiday as well! We shouldn't just brush it aside!

And PLEASE PLEASE don't misunderstand me... if you put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, that's absolutely fine! (But, in my opinion, if you're going to do that, you should have some Thanksgiving/Fall decorations up along with them as well... you can decorate for both holidays at once! Just my opinion though, of course. ;) )

But anyway, to get to my real point... I think the reason Thanksgiving isn't as popular with the masses is because, you don't GET anything on Thanksgiving.
Well, I mean, yes, you get a meal, maybe a day off, you get to watch and/or play football, and stuff like that... But, you don't get anything SPECIAL. (At least what the world would consider special) You know -- special things like presents, candy, little gift baskets, chocolate Easter eggs... You usually never get something like that on Thanksgiving. All you get on Thanksgiving is food... and football... and family... I mean... boring, right??
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But you know what, that's just it. Thanksgiving isn't supposed to be about getting things. It's about giving. Giving thanks. Thanks-giving. It's a day that's supposed to remind us to not only be looking out for our own interests, but also that of others. It's about being grateful, no matter the situation. We all have something we can be thankful for. Even in the most terrible situation, there's always something to be grateful for -- if only you're willing to look for it.

So this Thanksgiving season, try to find the best in everything and be grateful -- Even if you miss some of the big game on TV, or you accidentally overcook your turkey -- you could be thankful that you even HAVE a TV to watch football on, or have a turkey to eat.

Whenever you're in a complaining mood, I've found that it's quite helpful let your mind wander back to the pilgrims when they first came to America and what they had to endure. They had almost nothing except each other. They actually had to work hard for food, shelter, and protection. Today, we don't have to work too awfully hard for those types of things -- at least, not as hard as they had to. If you really think about it... we have literally nothing to complain about. We're SO BLESSED, guys!

So don't forget to take time to thank God for all the blessings you have in your life this Thanksgiving -- and the rest of the year as well! :)


And speaking of being thankful... here we are again, my friends. This is what I found to be thankful for these past three weeks (since I missed several weeks before). What about you? :)

Week 4
- Our family van
- That our whole family was able to attend a conference this weekend

- Being able to fellowship with other Christians at the conference we attended
- Having a house to come back to


- All the veterans in our country who have risked their lives to keep us safe
- My amazing church family
- That we have a lot of trees around our house that have lost a lot of leaves so that we can make huge leaf piles :D


- God's given me the ability to write and come up with good stories
- My mom's encouragement
- My dad's humorous, lighthearted personality


- Chocolate (I mean, who wouldn't be grateful for chocolate?? ;) )
- My several journal/notebook type books that I have and like to write/draw in


- That I've been able to have been homeschooled my whole life
- That God's given me such great Christian friends
- That I have great adult friends as well as ones my own age


- My new baby cousin :)

Week 5
- Having straight, strong teeth
- Laughter and joy in my life

- Vaseline
- Hot Tea
- Good Books
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- That God gives me sweet sleep
- Having heating in our house


- Being able to have fun playing board games with my family
- My wonderful parents who have set such a great spiritual example for my siblings and I
- That my parents have had a strong relationship with eachother and each of us
- That I've never had to go through my parents separating/divorcing


- Getting to spend a fun day over at my grandparents' house cooking and watching Christmas Hallmark movies with my grandma :)


- A great house to live in
- That tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we'll get to see and spend time with our extended family

Thursday: (I had quite a few things to be thankful for today... it was Thanksgiving after all! ;) )

- That it's Thanksgiving!
- That we live in a time where vehicles exist and are also heated
- That our extended family gets along well with eachother
- That we had a safe drive down to our uncle and aunt's house today
- That we were blessed with an abundance of food today
- That we got to play football with our cousins
- Hot chocolate and s'mores
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Week 6
- My bike
- Our TV
- That we have access to on-demand movies and shows

- Having a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, combs and essential things like that available

- That I have nice clothes to wear


- Having heat in our house (Did I say that before? Having heat in your house is definitely something to be very grateful for this time of year!)
- A warm bedroom and bed to sleep in
- Having a bedroom all to myself


- Having good eyesight, hearing, and that all my physical senses work properly


- That I was born and am living in this specific point in history where life is much easier to survive and live in than in previous times in history


- That God's been so merciful and gracious towards me this year
- That I've had SO MANY wonderful things to be thankful for this Fall!
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Well, there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I did. I'm sorry that I didn't end up posting every week as I originally had planned, but I think it turned out alright in the end... Thank you all so much for joining me in being thankful this Fall! :) BUT REMEMBER -- don't stop being thankful just because we're past the Thanksgiving and Fall season now. Remember to thank God every day for all the wonderful things He's given you! He's SO GOOD to us!!!

Have a wonderful rest of your week, everyone! :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thankful Thursdays // Weeks Two & Three


What are you doing?

It's Tuesday.


Not Thursday.


Well... I basically had this thing ready to post this past Thursday, but then I got busy getting ready for a conference our family was going to this past weekend, and I didn't get around to finishing it and actually posting it on the day it should have been posted... But, oh, well, forget the excuses. Sometimes real life gets in the way of bloggish things... (though, that isn't really a bad thing most of the time), but here I am back, finally.
The reason I'm posting today was that I wanted to post this before this coming Thursday because I really wanted to do something on a different thankful topic for this Thursday. (I actually still need to write up that post, so hopefully it will be ready for this Thursday so I can get back on schedule with this series... well, we'll see what happens with that.)
Hopefully that all made sense; I'm sorry if that was kind of a rambly explanation. Anyway, let's get to the actual post, shall we? :P

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So for the past couple weeks, I've been reading and thinking on some Scriptures on thankfulness and thanksgiving that I've been wanting to share with you all. These are a few verses that I found: (Emphasis is mine.)

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name." Psalm 100:4

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God..." Philippians 4:6

"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms." Psalm 95:2

When we come to God in prayer, we should come in with a thankful attitude. It really caught my attention to find so many verses that all say about when coming to God in prayer -- "into His presence", "gates", or "courts" -- to come in with thanksgiving. We shouldn't come in with complaining, or begging, or pleading... we should come with thanksgiving! And we don't have to beg or complain or plead to God. He gives us "richly all things to enjoy!" (1 Tim. 6:17)
What if whenever you came to your parents to ask them for something, you always asked them in a begging, complaining, or ungrateful manner? Do you think they would enjoy that? Do you think that would move them more to give you that thing? Probably not. So why would we do this with our Heavenly Father? God already wants to meet our needs and help His children out -- we don't have to beg. We should come to our Father with a grateful heart and praising attitude.


And also, we shouldn't just always come to God and talk to Him only when we have a problem or want to to ask him for something. Of course we can come to God with our problems and ask Him for things -- and should do so -- but we also need to take the time to just simply praise Him and thank Him for things he's done in our lives, and talk with Him, just as we would with our earthly father or mother.

So that's what's been on my mind recently. There's a whole lot more you could pull out of these verses as well, but there's just a couple of aspects that I wanted to share with you guys today. :)


And now, here we go again! This is what I found to be thankful for these past two weeks. (I actually just now realized that with a few things I wrote the same thing on more than one day... but I guess there's no rule against it, so... :P)

Week 2:

- Plenty of clothes to wear

- That today is Saturday!
- We got to visit a pumpkin patch and do a corn maze today - An awesome mom with whom I can talk about various things

- Getting to hang out with a friend I don't get to see often
- The refreshing rain (The cloudy and rainy weather at first made the day seem gloomy, but then I remembered how much we've needed a good rain, and so it made me feel more grateful to God for it and reminded me of the verse in Matthew 5 that says that He "sends rain on the just and on the unjust.")
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- That someone invented pre-sticky/sealed envelopes
- The sunshine

- The beautiful mountain views and landscape we have around our house
- The leaves on our trees changing to beautiful colors
- The weather's been just right today; not too hot and not too cold
- That it's just been a gorgeous day!

- Always having plenty of food to eat
- Our adorable kitties :)
- 12 Empowerment Truths About The Prodigal Son Two Sons in Want by Terry Tripp (I started reading it today, and it's been so good!)

- Beautiful, gorgeous weather (again)
- Electricity
- A God Who really understands me, and helps me to understand Him and His character better every day, and helps me to see beyond my own way of thinking into His way of thinking.

Week 3:

- I'm healthy
- Our family's camera

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- God is always there for me, in the good times and bad
- I live in a place where I can have my own Bible and read it without fear of being arrested or killed for having one
- Great blogging friends

- Having indoor plumbing and electricity
- That we "gained" an hour today!

- Being able to still spend time with my brothers raking up and jumping in leaf piles
- Great siblings that I get along with pretty well

I remember as a kid, raking the leaves in a pile then jumping & playing in them. Oh the simpler times!

- That I have the privilege to vote for who gets elected in this country

- Always having plenty of food to eat
- Hot showers

- We have internet access
- I've been blessed with plenty of clothes to wear
- My cute backpack that I got as a graduation gift

Well, that's all for today. Do you have a favorite verse on thankfulness?

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

2nd Blogiversary!

Hey guys! So guess what? It's been exactly two years since I first started this blog!!!

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So, yep. :)

Have a great day, everyone!



Ooookay, so I guess I should have more to say than that for two years of blogging, shouldn't I? Well... alrighty then.
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It's been a fun two years. :) I have no idea where the time has gotten to... but here we are two years later nonetheless. The first year, I didn't really post much on my blog here, usually only putting on something every few months or so. But recently, I've actually been fairly consistent with posting, which has been nice. I've also been so blessed by all of you guys who follow, read, and/or comment on this blog! I've made some wonderful friends here that I'm so grateful for. Thank you all so much! :)

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So... what else to add? (To be completely honest, I actually just decided on doing a post for this special occasion just sort of last minute... otherwise I maybe could have put together a much better, more extraordinary post for you all... but alas...)

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Oh yes -- perhaps I should share a few favorite posts I've done so far on my blog here? People do that on these kind of posts, right? ...Well, whether they do or not, here ya go. :)

Just in time...

The Hare & The Tortoise (a politically correct version)

Just ENJOY It!

Just for a laugh

A Savior Alive // A belated Easter poem

Headers and Kitties and Cuteness, Oh My!

My Top Five Favorite Westerns

Imitating Love

Okay... so that was maybe more than a few... :P

Well anywho, to wrap up this little celebration, I wanted to say that it's been absolutely awesome being part of this wonderful Blogosphere for these past two years with all of you, and I look forward to what God has for me and this blog in the next year and beyond! Thanks so much to you guys once again for all the support and encouragement you've given; it means so much. :)
You guys are the best, and whether you read every post and comment on everything here, or just come by for a quick look once and a while, either way, I just wanted to let you know...

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Keep being awesome, y'all. :) Have a wonderful week!

P.S. Also, I apologize for not doing a Thankful Thursdays post this past week... Hopefully, I'll be able to continue the series this week. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reformation Day // 500th Anniversary

Oh -- October 31st. Today a lot of kids -- big and small -- are running around in costumes, begging for candy, pulling pranks, or posting selfies of themselves in their clever cosplay on social media. 

But guess what? I found out recently that Halloween isn't the only holiday going on in the world on this day. Today is also Reformation Day, the 500th anniversary of the protestant reformation! 

500 years ago today, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenburg, Germany. While this act that Luther did doesn't really seem like all that big of a deal to a lot of us now, it was in fact a very big deal during that time, and was a very important event in sparking the protestant reformation. And that, in turn, does indeed affect us as Christians today, because if this reformation had never happened, we most likely would not have the kind of freedom of religion that we have today, to worship God in the way we see fit, or even be able to own a Bible of our own. 

So, today is a great day to be thankful to God for this much easier time that we live in now where we can openly worship Him without fear of being arrested or even killed for going against a certain church's doctrine.

I also wanted to share with you this video down below that gives more information on Martin Luther and his life and what led to him writing down his famous 95 Theses. I'd definitely recommend taking a little time out of your day today to watch!

"[Martin Luther proved] that it's not [entirely] about technology or distribution -- but having something important to say." -Dave Stotts, Drive Thru History

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Happy Reformation Day, everyone!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thankful Thursdays // Week One

Hello again, all!

So, what did we find to be thankful for this past week? Some days, I actually wrote down more than one thing to be grateful for, because there's just so much! When you start intentionally looking for things to be thankful for, it seems that you begin finding more than you ever thought you could before!

So here's some things I found to be thankful for this past week. They're kind of random, some being general things while others more specific; but anyway, I think this helped me some though in being more aware of how many great things I have in my life and how good I really have it.

Friday - Our family's laptop that I get to blog/write on a lot.

Saturday - A comfortable bed - Running water

Sunday - Joy in my life - Great friends

Monday - A lighthearted family with whom I can have a good time and share inside jokes with.

Tuesday - Beautiful weather and a beautiful area to enjoy it in.

Wednesday - Baked potatoes (what can I say... I had baked potatoes for lunch that day, and I mean... they were SO GOOD -- how could you NOT be thankful for them??) - That music exists.

Thursday (Today) - An old computer game of ours still works on our Windows 7 computer - I'm able to have a blog

What about you? Write what you thought of this week to be thankful for in the comments below if you'd like! :)

So, that's all I have for today. Another Thursday I might write a more elaborate post digging deeper into a scripture about thankfulness or something like that... but unfortunately I didn't really have much time to do that this week, so today is not that day.

There is, however, one more thing I thought I'd share with you just for fun... This comedic, yet thought-provoking video on gratefulness by Blimey Cow down below. :) Enjoy! :D

Have a great rest of your week, everyone!