“Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.”
-Francis Chan, Crazy Love
“God You don’t need me
But somehow You want me
Oh how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life
And the way it should go”
Song lyrics for Tenth Avenue North’s song – Control (Somehow you want me)
“Know who you are.”
That’s my dad’s advice to me as I graduate high-school.
Very wise advice if you ask me since I am transitioning into the stage of venturing out on my own – to college, living independently, and supporting myself. This means a lot of changing and adapting and new challenges.
I love my dad’s advice because I can see how easy it can be to get lost and flail about in life if I don’t know who I am with each new role and responsibility I step into.
One’s identity is the foundation of their life. It is what influences their decisions, actions, and beliefs. Without my identity, I’d wander around life looking to fill that empty void with something or someone. I wouldn’t be living my life to the fullest, and I wouldn’t be making the same decisions, acting the same way or even viewing myself in the same way. I’d be a very different person.
The good news is, I know who I am.
I am a daughter of the Most High King. I am His Princess and He is my daddy. I have access to the heavenly realm and have the power of Christ rushing through me. I am a warrior. I am loved. I am known. I am free from the chains of sin. I am wanted.
I am a Child of God.
Thanks to my parent’s dedication and patience, I have learned my identity and embraced it as my own. I know that I am not a child of the King simply because they told me, I know I am a daughter of the King because I believe it.
This is the foundation of my life; nothing can ever take that away. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
My identity in Christ changes everything.
Thank you dad for reminding me of this great truth. ❤
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
– C.S. Lewis
One year ago I wrote that it was the beginning of an adventure.
Today, May 5th, I graduated from high-school.
It marks the end of my home-schooled years.
This season in life may be finished, but I am still trekking through woods, through towns, and across seas.
Because the truth is, the adventure doesn’t stop after my senior year.
Today, May 5th, marks the start of a new season.
May the adventure continue!
Soli Deo Gloria!
I have always been terrible about keeping a calendar or planner or anything of the sort. So eventually, I just stopped using one. That worked fine until I started to have so many things to do, I began forgetting important tasks. Which…was kinda a problem. It was clear that I needed to get another planner.
But this time, I wasn’t going to pick just any random planner. That strategy had already failed. Knowing myself, the only way I was going to stick to a planner was if it was functional for what I needed it for; enough space to plan school, a place keep a to-do list, and a calendar big enough to list the activities for the month. I did find one, but it had so many other boxes and lists that I wouldn’t use that I felt like it would be a waste of money. I know I sound picky, but the truth was, if I didn’t like it, I wasn’t going to use it for very long!
Then I found it.
Or rather, my sister found it and showed it to me. Anyways, this journal is called a – bullet journal (bujo). Basically, it is a notebook without lines but rather a grid of dots. This allows you to design the book to your own needs!
In my case, I could design my own planner to exactly how I needed it to be. When I saw that, I was sold.
Disclaimer: Since the book is just dots, it does take time to “draw” everything out. So it is definitely not a quick type of planner; however, it was just the type of book I needed. I can express my creative side and have a planner that I like and that is functional for me.
I started using the book in January. It is May now. Five months is a record for me!
If you have been looking for the right planner and haven’t found one that suits you perfectly, this may be the book for you. And to be honest, you can make the spreads (the monthly, weekly, etc.) as complicated or as simple as you want. So even if you don’t have a lot of time to design a planner, a bullet journal could still work for you!
Here is an example of my my bullet journal:
I love it! I am now much more organized than I have ever been.
How do you keep your life organized? I would love to know in the comments below!
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen”
– Michael Jordan
That is one way to describe the weather we have been having here in Ohio. It has honestly been the craziest weather I have ever seen. We go from warm days straight to cold days in a matter of hours. 50 degrees one day to snowflakes falling from the sky the next. In April. The middle of April. Seriously? Just saying it out loud sounds crazy and almost made up doesn’t it?
I mean, come on Ohio, make up your mind!
So one evening I was sitting at the table watching the snowflakes swirl around in the wind before they hit the ground and it got me thinking.
Just because the weather forecasters predict there’s going to be snow, rain, thunderstorm, etc. doesn’t always mean it’s going to happen. The weather does what it wants to; it has a mind of it’s own. No matter how much we try, we can never control the weather, only predict it. The weather always likes to take us by surprise (or to some, dismay) with what it presents to us each morning.
With Ohio’s weather being currently unpredictable and changing nearly everyday, I thought about how glad I am to know that my God does not change like the weather. James 1:17 states that “Father of the heavenly lights…does not change like shifting shadows.” He is not vengeful one day and merciful the next, rather, he is the same yesterday and today and forever.
That is a comforting thought.
The world might be changing, chaotic, and unpredictable but the Lord our God is a rock; an unmovable force in the uncertainty. Psalms 18:2 sums it up perfectly – “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Deep thoughts for a calm evening I know, but in all honesty, what a great thing to be reminded of! Thank you Ohio for the great reminder! 😉
Have a blessed day friends ❤
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
On March 23rd our family celebrated “Family Day”. What is special about this day? Some families call this day “Gotcha Day” but we call it “Family Day” because it marks the day over 9 years ago that my youngest sister officially joined our family!
It is the day when mom and dad signed her papers finalizing the adoption. It is the day that our family grew from four to five. It is the day we gained another sister. ❤ ❤ ❤
Nine years ago she was turning two. And today, April 15th she is turning 11. My baby sister is growing up!
I honestly can’t imagine life without her; she has been such a blessing to our family, filling our lives with lots of imagination and laughter. She was God’s chosen gift to us and I wouldn’t trade her for the world!
This is my letter to you ❤ –
Dear little sis,
I can’t believe how much you have grown up already! I remember the day we met you in person at the airport. You were so little! And now you’re turning 11! I probably don’t tell you this enough but you are one of the best things that has happened to me. I can’t imagine living without your humor, straight-to-the-point facts, or your abundance of creative ideas! I am so honored to be your big sister. I love you (infinity x infinity) 😉 ! Please don’t ever think otherwise because nothing will ever change my love for a sister like you.
I am so proud that you are growing up into a beautiful princess who knows your identity in your Father. It makes my heart glad to see you continue in your pursuit of the Lord; chasing Him wholeheartedly. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for you because I know he has something special planned.
I’m just say’n, I am one lucky girl that I get to be your sister. Happy Birthday!
With lots of love,
Your Big Sister
Today I get the privilege of being a part of something very cool. I get to help reveal the cover of a book that is coming out by an brilliant author – Hope Ann! She is a fantastic writer who keeps you hooked in her fantasy novels in sweet suspense until you read the final page. Her Legends of Light series is a series of re-tellings of the classical fairy-tales (beauty and the beast, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, etc.). But don’t get fooled, I have read all of her books and I can assure you that she will keep you guessing with plot twists and unexpected events.
I can’t wait to share this one with you! So without further adieu, I’ll let Hope take the stage –
I’ll be honest with you.
I love all my covers for the Legends of Light series, but this is my favorite yet. I’ve been talking about The Stealthmaster’s Shadow for several months. Now it’s time to reveal the gorgeous cover designed by, Kate Flournoy.
Now for the actual cover.
Are you ready?
It’s ten confounded years since the war ended.
Ten years since the Prince won the war and pardoned the rebels.
The Prince left, but lasting peace never had a chance to begin.
As a Stealthmaster, Verus is determined to complete the task the Prince left, whatever the cost. Traitors, needlessly vague governors, and threatening rumors are all part of a standard mission. Verus will bring peace to what is left of the world, one city and village at a time. According to the governor’s daughter, the war was never about a physical peace in the first place, but what does she or any of the other Followers know? They weren’t there during the war.
They didn’t see the horrors Tauscher spread over the land or the scars that will never fade.
Commandeering the task of a former soldier, Verus presents himself to the governor of Nerva. Eventually he’ll need to undermine the man, but even Stealthmasters need money, and a mission to discover the owner of a misshapen slipper shouldn’t be difficult.
Until the ambassador from Zahavia appears.
Suddenly face to face with nightmares from the past, Verus struggles to help those plunged into danger, from the governor’s newest prisoner to a serving lad to an infuriating woman he’s taken to calling princess. Fleeing will only make the enemy stronger. But staying…
Staying could doom them all.
This amazing book is coming June 1, 2018!
Seriously. Go preorder it before you forget. Unless you have doubts about sarcasm, danger, and a cover that cool. Or if you don’t have money. That might make preordering it a little difficult too.
Want to add The Stealthmaster’s Shadow to Goodreads? Click here!
*props boots on desk and grins*
So, what do you think? Looking forward to installment four of Legends of Light?
Hope Ann uses chocolate to bribe a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the double agents of Elkbend, for their stories. Based in Indiana, she is the self-published author of the Legends of Light series, personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for Story Embers. You can find out more about her at authorhopeann.com
Thank you Hope for letting me share this exciting event with you! ❤