A Raw Update on What’s Been Going On

In my early teenage years, I had a personal, everyday encounter with what it meant to be a hypocrite.  Someone close to me hurt me continually, verbally and emotionally, when I was with her, but then when out with her friends would be all syrupy sweet.  It sickened me, and I resolved to be honest and genuine myself.  I know it’s always easier to see someone else’s flaws over your own, so I make it a point to work on in myself whatever bothers me about others.  I believe it was Gandhi that had the same idea: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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It’s A No Go (7/29)

Hey everyone, so sorry about the delay in getting these notes up! This week at church we continued the theme about chains.  If you missed last week’s notes, you can find them here. Continue reading “It’s A No Go (7/29)”

A Mint Chocolate Word from God

We have a couple of freezers at my house.  One sits inside, in the kitchen.  It is easily accessible to me in my everyday life when I need food.  Another sits out in the garage; it’s further away and I don’t use it as often.  It’s simply not convenient.

Ice cream was on sale at our local grocery store this week.  My mom called to see what flavors we wanted, and my dad and I answered.  I requested mint chocolate chip, but my dad insisted we already had that.  I argued.  I didn’t see it.  I checked the freezer again.  “See?!” I pointed out.  “I can’t find it.  We don’t have it.”   Continue reading “A Mint Chocolate Word from God”

Guest Post: Hope from Hope for the Animals

I am SUPER excited about today’s guest blogger! She holds a special place in my heart, as she is my youngest sister.  She is mature beyond her years and I love seeing her grow and serving God alongside her.  Recently, God downloaded a word into her about her identity, and it is so powerful! She let me post it today because she believes that this word is not just for her; it’s for all Christians.  This is who God says we are! After you’re done reading, please be sure to check out her blog, which is all about making sure pets are receiving proper care.  She does lots of research to post every week, and is passionate in her love for animals.

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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Sermon Notes…

…to tell you that I’m currently out of town with spotty internet connection and a glitchy keyboard, so I am unable to watch church and upload my notes today. I will post them by the end of the week. Thank you for your understanding and patience! Meanwhile, you can check out last week’s notes here.

Xo,

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July Favorites

It’s just about the end of the month, which means a roundup of my favorite things from this month! (These are not necessarily released this month, I just enjoyed them this month.)  Missed a month? See my favorite things from May and June.

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Not Going Back

In Sunday school the other weekend, my class and I were talking about the advances in technology over the past 100 years: about how people used to ride in horses and buggies, then cars and airplanes and space shuttles.   Continue reading “Not Going Back”

Guest Post: Micah

Today’s guest blogger is by a dear friend of mine and my sisters’.  We’ve grown up with this girl and her writings and photography inspires me.  Recently, she got baptized and her testimony made me cry–I’d lived it alongside her! I’m so proud to see her turning her trials into testimony and overcoming.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see all of her great photos!  Continue reading “Guest Post: Micah”