A New Year

Just sitting here chatting with one of my friends we got on the topic of years and I wanted to share my thoughts with you 🙂
Each year is new and holds so much to look forward to and learn from. Though we don’t yet know everything that will happen in the next year, it’s exciting because it’s already all mapped out for us – its like a gift that is given to us and we are constantly surprised by its abounding treasures and blessings. Isn’t that amazing?

I know that at the beginning of this year, I didn’t think anything special would happen. Nothing big, nothing important – especially after how my previous year had held so much sadness in it (which I am grateful for because those trials taught me so much), I couldn’t think how there could be such joy in 2017. But a lot happened for me and a lot changed. I became a legal adult. I graduated high school. I met my best friend I had never met before. I started a new job. These are just some of the large events that happened in 2017 and I am so thankful for everything that occurred because I learned and grew so much because of them.

Now as 2017 comes to a close I can see some things I have to look forward to in 2018- some of which I am particularly ecstatic about – but I can’t see it all. And that just makes me realize how much possibility a new year holds for us.
We may make goals and New Year’s Resolutions, but for me I am realizing that half the fun and excitement of a new year isn’t in what you plan for it – but what God has already planned for you that you have yet to discover or even think of as a possibility.

A lot that happened in 2017 I didn’t expect or even want to happen at the beginning – but it turned out to be what was right and needed for me.

This New Year’s I’m not going to think about it as a time to set goals and make plans, though that is completely fine to do. I just want to go in with a different mindset – it’s a NEW year full of so much possibility. A God given gift. And I’m gonna live it to its fullest. <3

What are you looking forward to in 2018? How has 2017 changed you? 


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Never Alone

I’m going to tell you a true story from yesterday and I hope that it will benefit you in some way 🙂

Yesterday I was in one of those moods where I needed human interaction. I needed to talk to people face to face and just spend time with someone. Sure, I texted a lot, but that just wasn’t cutting it. I wanted more of that physical contact.
I Skyped with my friend Emma for about an hour and after that I still found myself needing people. My parents were both busy and my brother was at work so I hung on to hope that afternoon that I would be able to Skype with Emma and our friend and her siblings. I literally did nothing that afternoon. I just felt like I was waiting all day to find out if we could Skype.

By 5:30 I found out that Skype wasn’t possible. I instantly felt depressed because I was lonely all day and wanted to spend time with my friends. After a little while I asked Emma if she could Skype again, but she wasn’t really available either.
So I went to my next resort – my mom. Only to find out that she was taking a nap. Aside from that, my dad was doing something in his room, and my brother was in his room with the door shut.

I went back into my room and sat on my bed and just felt sad for a time. I felt so alone and so sad. And then something came to mind…

Via Pinterest

A few days prior to this, I had found this pin on my friend’s Pinterest board and in my time of sadness, of having no one, and feeling utterly alone, this pin came to mind.

I instantly got up and grabbed a devotional book of mine that I had already finished and read the first chapter.

After that I prayed. I talked to God as I never had before – as though He were a Father or a Friend sitting right beside me, instead of as an all powerful God in the Heavens.

I said to God – “It’s sad that You are my last resort in my time of loneliness. But I know You are all I have right now and You are the only one who can help me.”

I spent over an hour – possibly going on 2 hours – of time alone with God. Talking to Him, praising Him. I transitioned from songs about “I need you,” “I trust you,” “Help me,” to “You are the only King Forever,” “Almighty God, we lift You higher!”

And by the time I had reached the songs of praise to The Lord I found myself feeling so much better – I found myself smiling now, whereas just a few moments ago I had been crying in His arms.

God helped me through my moment of loneliness because I came to Him and fully acknowledged that He was all I needed.

When we are feeling alone and there seems to be no one there to help you or to talk to – God is always there. You might not feel instantly relieved after first approaching Him – I certainly didn’t. But I made myself stay with God until I felt better and if that would have taken all night, I would have stayed in my room all night spending time with Him until I did. What would I have to lose?

Via Pinterest

For me, what I thought was a miserable, sad, lonely day – turned out to be the cause of something so beautiful. God brought me to my low point so that I would run to Him. So that I would acknowledge the fact that He is there and He is Who I needed.

So in all honesty – I am glad we weren’t able to Skype last night because instead I got to experience something so amazing with God – the power of His comfort. Even if I had Skyped, the feeling of sadness would have come again after it was over. But being with God kept me in good spirits the rest of the night. <3

I just wanted to share this with you in case you can relate. Maybe you’ve felt that loneliness before and instead of choosing to run to God, you wallowed in your misery – as I have done countless times. Maybe this even sounds crazy to you – how can a God that you can’t even see or hear make you feel better in your loneliness? It is possible if you are truly taking the time and making the effort to come to Him and praise Him. We have the Holy Spirit inside of us – we are connected to God in an amazing way and He really can make you feel not so alone. 🙂

Do you have something you would like to add to this topic? Any questions? Please leave a comment down below and share your thoughts with me – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

“…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” 
Hebrews 13:5


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A Better Life

If you’re like the average person in the world, you’re probably addicted to your phone.

If you’re like me, you probably hate how addicted you are to your phone, but you feel powerless and lazy to change it.

Smartphones are an incredible thing. Who would have ever thought that someday we would be able to have a mini computer, a good quality camera, games, and the ability to contact people all within one small device? It’s amazing, isn’t it?

But as amazing as smartphones are, they’re equally evil, if not more so.

They suck you in no matter what age you are. No matter how many times you watched someone else on their phone and said, “I’m never going to be like that!” you eventually find yourself mirroring exactly how they were with their phone.

The phones entrap you. They keep you from conversing with others, from spending quality time with loved ones, from reading a good book that you can hold in your hand and actually turn the pages on, from doing fun activities, and so on.

Phones are also a danger. While driving, people text, take phone calls, check Instagram and Facebook, and who knows what else. This causes serious accidents and people get hurt or die.
Also while walking where cars are driving by, people are looking down at their phones and nearly get hit. I’ve seen it so many times.

I realize, that for me personally, the majority of my time is spent on my phone. Whether I’m texting or mindlessly refreshing an app, I am always on it.

Why do I close an app and reopen it instantly even though I know nothing’s changed?

Why do I check the weather app a hundred times a day for no reason at all?

Why do I mindlessly scroll through my camera roll?

Why do I have to check for new blog posts while I’m watching a movie or doing something?

Why can’t I put my phone down?

The answer is simple, my friends.

1. Contentment – We think that if we are bored out of our minds that our phones will make us content. We’ll have fun with our phones. We’ll be entertained. We’ll read something interesting. But in all reality, it doesn’t make us content. It only makes us thirst for more and more and the more that happens, the further sucked in we become.

2. Identification – I think just about anyone who has a smartphone has social media, am I right? Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, whatever. Social media isn’t just so you can see what everyone else is up to. It’s not about the other person. It’s all about YOU. It’s about you liking a post, you commenting on a post first, you receiving a reply, you receiving likes and comments on your posts. You want people to react and to like what you have to say. In doing that – you are seeking acceptance and identification. You think that if all these people like what you’re saying, then you’re cool and are finding identification in them. You’re constantly checking to see if someone liked or commented on something you posted. When you get one – it’s not enough. You need more. If it’s just the one like or the one comment you get, you feel depressed. Like no one likes what you have to say. And so you move to another source in your phone to make you feel better.

3. Obsession – Ultimately, your phone grows into an unhealthy obsession that you can’t shake. All your contentment and pleasure is embedded in your phone. All your identification is in the social media. And so you have to be on your phone all day to be entertained or to feel accepted.

Now, I’m not saying that everyone is like this, but I think that this is true for a lot of people. It’s true for me. Is it true for you?

Let’s go through those three words again with a Godly perspective:

1. Contentment – We can only be perfectly content and satisfied through God. He is everything we need and yet we don’t run to Him, even knowing that. He can bring us ultimate joy, ultimate satisfaction, and make us feel loved and cherished.
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7
Instead of running after our phones and the millions distractions in it, we should be running after God and righteousness. We should learn how to be content in Christ alone rather than in our phones.

2. Identification – We are identified in Christ alone. We are children of God. He calls us friend, sons, and daughters. We are loved, made pure, redeemed, forgiven, accepted – isn’t this what we want? We have it already! We don’t need to run to our phones for that!
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1

3. Obsession – We are not to be obsessed by anything in this world. We should only obsess over our Heavenly Father who has done wondrous things for us and whom we are called to serve.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

Friends, we can overcome our obsession and addiction to our phones.

My friends, Hershey, Cookie, and I all agreed that this summer we were going to use our phones less. We put all our distracting apps into a folder way on the last page so that they would be hidden from us. So far I am realizing that I’m happier without it. I’m only using my phone to text my friends and for music. I can not believe the change I see already! Without me mindlessly doing things on my phone, I am happier because I am doing more that is worth while!

When I first agreed to do this, I felt scared. Like I wouldn’t be able to do it. But Hershey said, “You’ve done it before.”
So I started to list things that I could do to keep myself busy this summer. And I realized just how much I can do NOW that I haven’t been doing ALL this time! When I’m bored – there ARE things I can do, but instead I choose to be on my phone! I’ve been wasting my life away wrapped up in a screen instead of reading a good book, doing a craft, cleaning, working out, and so on. I felt so disgusted with myself and my phone that I wanted to throw my phone. I feel like I haven’t been living my life. And that’s pretty sad.

Have you heard the song Chain Breaker by Zach Williams? There’s a line in it that says:
“We all run to things we know just ain’t right, when there’s a better life.”

For me, that’s mostly my phone. I’m running to my phone when there are so many better and worthwhile things I could be doing.

This summer, I am choosing a better life, or rather, I’m choosing LIFE! And I hope so very much that by the time summer comes to a close, I will be in a new habit and be able to resist my phone more and to choose to do other things instead. Because being on a phone all day isn’t living.

What about you? Are you addicted to your phone? Do you want freedom from this prison? All you have to do is make the first move and with the power of God in you, the rest will be done.

“If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison shaking Savior. If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.”


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Fear of the Future

If you are a teenager or a pre-teen on their way to becoming a teenager, the chances are, you have some fears about the future.

The world around us has influenced our minds to make us believe that “at this age we should dress like this,” “at this age we should talk like this,” “at this age we should have a boyfriend,” and the list goes on.

With all these voices around us it can make us feel pressured and even fearful. We start to feel like we have to be or act a certain way to please others and sometimes we give in. We do that out of fear because we don’t want to feel like a black sheep in our flock of friends.

Before I turned 18 I was really afraid. Afraid of becoming an adult and all the responsibility and changes that would occur because I reached a certain age. I allowed the influences and expectations of the world to get in my head and make me feel like I had to be different when I became an adult.

“I have to get a job,” “I have to learn how to drive,” “I have to act differently,” “I don’t feel ready,” “I’m not an adult,” “I can’t do this,” – these were some thoughts that were circling in my head constantly. I was terrified of the future and what it would mean for me to become an adult all because of the influences in the world.

But I’m here today to tell you that it’s okay.

Between talks with my mom, prayers to God, and talks with family and friends, I was able to get past my fear.

When I turned 18 I didn’t feel any different. There were no sudden pushes of responsibility or expectations. I was the same and I still am.

Just because you turn 13, or 16, or 18, or 21 – it doesn’t mean that your entire world is going to change or that you have to be any different. Not right away at least. They’re just numbers. They don’t determine how mature you are – what does is your character – how you respond to situations, how you treat others, the choices you make in day to day life, and so on.

Your whole world isn’t going to suddenly change because the number of your age changes. It’s a gradual process and it’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, I personally find it strange and exciting now. It’s an adventure and, boy! is it a crazy and fun one full of ups and downs. Each road you take leads you somewhere different and the experiences you have there will mold you into the person God created you to be.

I am going to say, though, that I am still a little afraid of the future. It’s unknown, a blank page. A road where I cannot see the end, but as long as I keep my feet on the narrow path and my eyes lifted to God, I can know and trust that everything will be okay. Because even if life doesn’t go as I had thought or “planned”, God has a bigger, better plan in store for you and for me.

So don’t be afraid, my friends. Don’t listen to the voices around you. The world, our friends, etc. – they don’t control us. We should only be focused on pleasing God, not others just so we can fit in and feel “normal.” As Christians we are meant to stand out from the crowd. We should look different. We should act different. We should dress different. Because if we don’t, we are only showing that we are like everyone else – a part of the world. But we are not of this world. Be the black sheep in the flock because even though others might see you that way, God sees you white because you are shining His light and bringing glory to Him.

Though the road ahead is long and full of trials and sometimes you may fall in a pit, God is by your side leading you every step of the way and He is there to lift you up when you are weak, for He is strong. <3

“…Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


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His Blueprints~ Journal Entry #3

Hi everyone! I got a little behind on doing my journal, but I did it today, so here I am with my entry! 🙂


Before we were saved we had blueprints that caused us to sin and do evil things. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we were given new blueprints that were for following God and serving Him alone.

We still have the old blueprints, though which gives us a choice – to serve our flesh and fall into sin or to serve Christ and have a peace and joy that goes beyond all understanding.

As Christians – sons and daughters of the King – we should be seeking to please Him and Him alone. God is my Father and as I wish to please my earthly father so also should I wish to please my Heavenly Father. 

This means that I have to choose my God given blueprints so I can serve Him properly and throw away the old ones – dying to myself and the desires of my flesh to live in Christ and fulfill the desires He has for me.


“…His blueprints, not her elementary scribbling; God’s assignment, not her foolish plans…”


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