Out With The Old, In With The New

Have any of you ever stopped to think about how much this world has changed since you were a little kid? I have, and I’ve been thinking about it more and more these days.

I realize that when I was little, the world didn’t seem to have many problems. I knew there was still bad stuff in the world and not good things going on, but when I look back, it seems like it wasn’t nearly as bad as it is now.

I feel like just about every day there’s something I hear that’s happening in the world, or how people are acting, that honestly makes me feel sick. There is such evil in this world, so much darkness. So much hate, pain, and suffering (this isn’t a Star Wars reference, I’m being real here).

People in this world are unsatisfied with what they have and are always seeking more and more, hoping that the new big thing will fill that void, but it won’t. It’s just a circle we keep spinning around in.


I miss the old days. When people seemed more pleasant and life seemed better. It saddens me to realize that things are only going to get worse (before it gets better). But together, we can help make this world what it used to be. You all have a Light inside you. A Light that is just begging to shine for all the world to see. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16


I’m gonna be honest here, lately I’ve been feeling blah and depressed. I didn’t know why until yesterday. I realize I’m not satisfied. I want more. I’m becoming bored with the same thing I’m doing each day. But you know what? Doing new things isn’t going to completely satisfy me (though it’s great to do new things). The only thing that can truly satisfy me is the love and joy I have in Christ Jesus. He is our satisfaction. We have eternal joy in him. It’s not something we have to ask Him for when we need it, we already have it inside us. We just need to dig deep inside ourselves and allow¬†it to come out.

I challenge you (me included) to be full of joy this week. Shine the Light of God to those around you that they may see something special, something different about you. That spark of joy that others long for. We are God’s children, and don’t children love to brag about their parents? Then how much more so should we be boasting in The Lord!

We can make a change in this world. Be joyful, be kind, be courageous. It’ll be contagious. In with the old, out with the new ūüėČ

~Jaclynn~

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Modesty & True Beauty

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about modesty and true beauty.

This summer I have been having an extremely hard time trying to find a modest¬†swimsuit. It’s honestly sickening that there are hardly any one pieces sold anymore. And the ones there are, the prints are ugly. All the cute prints are used on the hundreds of bikinis, unfortunately.
Is this really what our world has come to? Just think of how people used to dress hundreds of years ago. Women covered their entire body – if a woman’s ankle showed, it was scandalous.
Then eventually, it became okay to show your ankles. Then your arms, then shoulders.
In the time we’re living in now, girls expose their entire legs, their stomachs, backs – just about every part of their body. Girls in church even dress this way.

1 Timothy 2:9-10 says;
“….in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but which proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”

To quote the notes in my Bible; “The emphasis is that women should dress appropriately when at worship, and not put on extravagant clothes that draw attention to themselves. Propriety means reverence and respect, shrinking away from what is inappropriate.”

God doesn’t want us to dress inappropriately, He wants us to be modest and not wear things that bring attention to ourselves. It’s sad that girls these days feel like they need to dress a certain way to be “beautiful.” True beauty comes from within and it’s really what’s inside you that’s important.

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Practice true beauty. Be the person God wants you to be. Kindness, love, self-control, compassion, strength, faith, trust, generosity, – these are all things that make you truly beautiful. :)

~Jaclynn~

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Starting Over

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted, but wow – May has been a crazy busy month!

Today, I’m going to tell you all something about me that you probably don’t know…

I have anger problems. Really bad. Sometimes I get so mad at things – things that aren’t even worth being so upset over. And I hold onto my anger until it just sort of fades away.

I got really mad today. Ridiculously mad. I wanted to scream and I even slammed my fist on my computer desk because I was so frustrated.

How I’ll react when I’m mad:

1. I’ll start yelling.
2. My eyes will get really wide.
3. I’ll start crying.
4. You might find me hit a pillow or my computer desk or something.
5. I’ll dwell on my anger.

I’m sure some of you can relate to at least one of those things. Everyone gets mad, it just happens. But sometimes we get too mad at little things.

What I got mad at today, was my crochet pattern. I was typing it up, trying to get it ready to release today, but it was so confusing to me that I myself could hardly figure out what I did. And I started to get so frustrated. I didn’t know how I was supposed to write what I did and I didn’t know how others were supposed to figure out how to make it. Finally, I burst. I was so done. So I went on my bed and just dwelt on my problems, but at the same time, trying to figure out how to get out of this mood. Mostly, though, I was just dwelling on my problems. I was convinced this day couldn’t get any better and that I was going to be in a bad mood all day.

Then I texted my mom (yes, she was in the other room, but I didn’t wanna go out and talk): “I just wanna start this day over.”

How many times have you said that in your life? Sometimes your day just goes really bad and you feel like you can’t get through the rest of it.

My mom replied with: “Well you can. At any point. Breathe. Pray.”

I set my phone down and rolled over and just started crying. I knew she was right. I had even thought how I needed to pray, but I didn’t want to. I felt like it wouldn’t help. But, I sat up, closed my eyes and cried silently as I prayed.
I gave my problems over to God and I asked Him to help me. Then I started singing lyrics in my head from two different songs:

“Lord I need you, oh I need you. Every hour I need you.”
And,
“You find me here at Your feet again. Everything I have, reaching out I surrender.”

Then the craziest thing happened – I realized I was smiling and the tears had stopped. God did help me through it. He helped me to let go of my anger and start my day over. After all that, I got my crochet items all set for pictures while I listened to some worship songs by Lauren Daigle. Her songs are so uplifting. If you haven’t already, I recommend you listen to How Can It Be, First, and Trust In You. They’re great :)

So here is my advice for you when you’re having a bad day, dealing with a lot of problems, or if you’re angry at something:

1. Have some alone time. If you feel like you need to cry, just let it out. I personally feel like holding it in makes me feel worse.
2. Pray. Hand it all over to God. He’ll take it from there.
3. Once you start feeling better, listen to praise songs the rest of the day. It’ll help keep you on the right track – in a happy, positive mood.

I know it can be hard to let go of your anger, but don’t hold onto it. Doing that only leaves you feeling miserable, as well as the people around you. Your moods really affect other people. You can start your day over at any time, just ask God for help :)

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

~Jaclynn~

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Prayer Requests

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well. I’m sorry for the lack of posts on here, but I’m hoping to get something else up soon :)

Today I have a few prayer requests:

1- Please pray for my Step Grandpa. He was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and given 3 months left to live. He’s in a hospice home now. As far as I know, I think he’s been doing fairly¬†well, but just keep him in your prayers.

2- Please pray for my Gramma. She’s going through a lot right now with my Grandpa (mentioned above) dying and her chihuahua, Ladybug got hit by a car and died. Ladybug was like her child and I know she really misses her. My Gramma is also very worn out. So please pray that she would find strength, peace, and comfort.

3- As some of you know, I do a craft fair (I refer to it as Hillside) with my mom twice a year. Well, the Spring craft fair is this Saturday and Sunday and right now, rain is in the forecast. If it rains, we can’t go because all our stuff would get ruined. I’m really worried and I really love doing Hillside, so I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t get to do it this year. So please pray that there will be no rain and no crazy winds on Saturday or Sunday :)

4- My brother, Jordan, is sick right now and has missed two days of work so far. Please keep him in your prayers :)

I think that’s all I need prayer for right now. If you have anything you need prayer for, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’d be happy to pray for you :)

Thanks in advance and have a great day!

~Jaclynn~

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Turn Away From Foolish Disputes

Today, I’m going to give a little friendship advice, and this is all from my own personal experience.

I think most of you know my BFF, Emma. From how we always talk about each other, you’d think that there’s no way we ever really argue, huh? Well, I’ve got news for you – Emma and I have argued/fought many times. Although we hardly ever do now, I honestly can’t remember the last time we did! Usually now it’s just a quick disagreement that’s over within 2 minutes.

So today I’m going to share a little of our history and how we came to settle our little arguing problem :)

When I first met Emma I thought she was annoying and way too crazy (don’t worry, I’ve already told her this XD ). She considered me her friend, I didn’t really. It wasn’t until our moms got together at Applebee’s and brought us along that we really made a connection. I actually had a ton of fun! This happened a few more times and before long, I considered her a friend, and was surprised when she actually became my best friend. Who would have ever thought, right? Opposites attract, it’s a fact ūüėČ

Skipping ahead, Emma and I were talking on the phone all the time, but one night when we were talking about a story we wanted to write together, the home phone started dying, so I had to hang up. I asked my mom if we could text since we were super into our planning and all (I wasn’t allowed to text friends at the time) and my mom agreed. Ever since then, Emma and I have been texting ALL the time. I don’t even know how we have enough to talk about XD

Well, unfortunately, our arguments/fights began when we started texting. I think it’s because we didn’t know how the other was saying something, so we would read it wrong. Plus when you text, it’s so much easier to say something that normally you wouldn’t say in person. We were fighting a lot and one time I got so upset that I was shaking and even started to cry. I’m not going to blame Emma, though, we were both in the wrong. I was frustrated with her, she with me.
Emma and I would talk about our fights now and then, trying to figure out a way to solve it, because we, of course, didn’t enjoy it. We first tried not texting as much. That didn’t work so well. Then we realized, we had to learn to bite our tongues – or – our fingers. We had to train ourselves to really think about what we were about to say. I’d read my texts first and then think, “Well, she might think I’m saying it this way”, or, “No, I shouldn’t say that.” By doing that, I learned what triggered an argument, and what didn’t. Also, adding the laughing emoji at the end of a sentence you’re unsure about is always a good call XD

This really helped us to get along better and I think it was a good thing for both of us to learn. We still get annoyed with each other, that’s just bound to happen in any relationship, but I think we’ve really learned not to let our difference of opinions turn into crazy arguments. :)

I read a verse in my Bible time recently that is perfect for this topic:

“But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” 2 Timothy 2:23

Our arguments were very foolish. We argued a lot about ridiculous things that didn’t even matter. Sadly, this happens for a lot of people, probably just about everyone. If we all could learn to bite our tongues and to really think before we spoke, we could avoid so many unnecessary arguments. And what a happier world this would be, too…

I really hope this post was encouraging to you! If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you :)

Have a great day!

~Jaclynn~

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