December Favorites

Happy new year and here’s a belated posting of some of my favorite things that I enjoyed throughout the month of December!

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January Update

Well y’all, it’s the beginning of a new year.  (I’ll still be posting my usual end-of-the-year stuff in the next coming days and weeks, so hang on.) It amazes me how quickly these come and go.  2018 was wild and unpredictable but so full of God’s goodness.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

This past week has been a week of expectation for me.  A week of seeing God in little details and really feeling Him close by, of sitting here trying to piece together what I think He’s doing + what He’s told me, and then having the devil give his very very very best attempt at shattering my hope.  And I’ve got to admit, it kinda worked a little bit for about 20 minutes.  Long talks with God, doubt, confusion, crying myself to sleep—all the things.  But I KNOW what God has told me.  I KNOW that God isn’t afraid to make bold promises to me, and what’s better: He keeps them.  He speaks only what is right and true to me. (Isaiah 45:19).  And I KNOW that despite my circumstances, GOD’S PROMISES STILL STAND.  His words are still true, His promises still going to happen, even if our expectations and time-frames haven’t been met.  No matter our circumstances.
More than I want my hopes and expectations met this Christmas season, I want to know God’s heart.  I want to give up and shake off everything that’s not of His heart.  That’s a painful process, but it’s beautiful.  Like giving birth, it’s messy and hard but LIFE is coming.  God is with us.  His promises still stand, today.  He is here.
Merry Christmas.
xo,
love first, love well, love anyway-4
P.S. My posting through the end of the year may be spotty or nonexistent as I celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with my family.  Thanks for your patience, love, support, and for following me! I love writing for and to all of you.

Searching for You

Searching for You by Jody Hedlund is the third book in Hedlund’s “Orphan Train” series.  In this series, Hedlund takes an interesting perspective on this historical phenomena, following the perspectives of three German immigrant sisters and how their lives in America were all touched by the orphan trains of the Children’s Aid Society.

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The Piece of Advice I Got From A Disney Movie: Things I Learned While Being a Teenager

In case you are new to the blog, let me catch you up on what’s going on during the month of December: I turned 20 in October and have been thinking about doing a blog post series about what I learned while I was a teenager.  I mentioned it to a friend of mine and I was recently reminded of that idea and requested to do it, so here I am.  I usually think better when I write things out by hand instead of trying to start typing on a blank white screen, so I wrote out a list of lessons I’d learned on a yellow legal pad.  When I did so, I saw that I had a much longer list than I had originally anticipated, much too long to do in one blog post.  So, I just wanted to give you a little forewarning! Be sure to send this to your teen and tween-age friends, and comment along the way what impacts you or what you learned from being a teenager–I love hearing from you! These blog posts may be a little shorter than normal, but I’ll try to incorporate personal stories or verses that go along with it to expand the concepts.

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Remember

There’s a theme that’s been heavy on my heart over the past two weeks.  I don’t quite even have the words to express it to you all, but I want to try today.  If you read Monday’s post, you may remember that I mentioned it there.  Today I’d like to expand that thought.

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