I woke up this morning and realized that April is over. Between caring for farm animals, jumping into Spring work, entertaining friends, and writing in all the in between spots, this month has gone by in a blur!
To take a break from the busyness, I thought I would have some fun and give you a glimpse into what my everyday life looks like as a country girl, writer, and the oldest of ten. ; )
February - A month of chocolate hearts, snow flurries, cozy sweaters, and a time to be creative indoors while the sun is hiding behind grey winter clouds. Just for fun, here are a few of my favorites (on the web or otherwise) from this February.
Age of Minority Podcast - I have really enjoyed listening to this podcast hosted by best-selling young author Jaquelle Crowe and her dad. They tackle a lot of relevant topics for teens in today's culture, all through the lens of the gospel, and have fun doing it.
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors - I have been wanting to read this ever since I read the author's first book Kisses from Katie, and was thrilled when a friend gifted it to me last Christmas. This book pretty much picks up where the first left off, and is packed with spiritual insight, convicting truths, and stories filled with the awe-inspiring love of God. Katie Majors' story is purely of Jesus and His goodness.
Three-Ring Binders - I have lately fallen in love with anything that will help keep me organized. Using binders to arrange anything from my daily schedules and to-do lists, to my latest novel outline and a map of 1940s Germany is pretty sweet!
3 Questions to Ask Before Using Social Media - This is blog post by my dear friend, Katie Stone, on 3 questions to ask yourself before diving into the world of social media. In an age where most teens own a smartphone and often don't think twice about interacting on social media, this post is convicting and a breath of fresh air!
These Dark Chocolate Honey Mints - I had to mention my new favorite treat since February is Valentine's month. They are simple, chocolate, peppermint, sugar-free. Does it get any better?!
Have a lovely rest of February, readers!
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." - 1 Corinthians 13:1
Something God has been teaching me is this: I can say all the right things, have all the right answers, and take all the right actions, but without love these works are empty. My words, no matter how eloquent, and my actions, no matter how good, mean nothing without love. I am not living my faith by simply "talking the talk". I must walk my faith and truly live what I believe. But that isn't possible unless the driving force of Christ's love abides in me.
Because I've tried to live a life of love and goodness on my own, and I always fail, ending up prideful and broken. His love is all that will ever be enough.
It is enough to save a world of sinners. It is enough to reach out to a single, broken human and offer life. It is enough to enter my heart and change me from the inside out, until my works are no longer my own but an overflow of His incredible grace.
That is living a life of love - when we stop focusing on our good works, and start simply loving because He loves us.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. - 1 John 4:8
My best friend - who also happens to be my sister - Alice, created a blog tag that I am so excited to participate in! Hopefully you will enjoy this sneak peek into some of my favorite things about the most wonderful time of the year!
A friend recently challenged my sister and I to keep a list every day of at least 10 things we are grateful for during the month of November. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would share my top 10 favorites from that collection of lists.