Friday, September 16, 2016

this is literally just a post about rainbows

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Yo, so I've been a bit MIA in the blogging community currently (I blame school, my newspaper job, and Harry Potter) but I thought I'd drop in even for a quick second just to share something little with y'all.

The other day I was sitting in front of the French doors in my room (my house has a mini-balcony and my room opens up onto it but that makes it sound so much cooler than it actually is) trying to read the Bible. And sometimes, I really struggle with that. But as I was thinking, I looked up, and there was the most vibrant rainbow.

I love when God does little things like that! I saw it and had the faintest feeling that there was a verse it reminded me of, the one where God talks about rainbows. I didn't remember what verse it was, however, and went about my day.

But then today, the Verse of the Day site posted their...well, verse of the day, and whadda ya know:

"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
~ Genesis 9:16

I really can't recommend the Verse of the Day site enough. It always blows my mind with its insights. And it's pretty cool to think that God cares about the little things -- even making me smile at a rainbow. :) 

+ I have been so bad at blog reading, guys. It's actually abominable. Also, I'm supposed to be writing an article right now but pssssh I'm not. ;)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

burning youth & harry potter



Hey guys!

Just stopping by to let y'all know that I have made my first post on the radical blog collaborative BURNING YOUTH! To read the post, click here.

Also, I have been so behind with reading blogs, yo. :( I miss sitting down and relaxing as I read all of your posts! Hopefully this weekend I will have time to put on a record, put my feet up, and do just that.

+ In the meantime, what is one song or book you've been enjoying lately?
I'm reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and it's pretty stellar!

Friday, September 9, 2016

shaking but smiling

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Coming at you live from a weeping session
I just had while curled up in my blankets:

Hey, humans. You know, I just realized that even when life is very good, stress and fear and a million other emotions can take over. But I wanted to encourage you that even when you feel like a walking wreck, a super hot mess, a child so stained and guilty, or the girl who never quite measures up: Jesus still holds you. We're all a mess, yes, but it's beautiful.

And P.S., if you're in Christ, you're a victor. There is nothing that can separate you from Christ and the life that He has given you, no matter how hard things get. There is light!

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
~ Psalm 91:4

So keep on keeping on. It's tough, but you're not alone. We're all fighting alongside you, crying and screaming as it may be.

To quote the wonderful Hannah quoting someone else (a quote within a quote: #quoteception), "God takes our messes and turns them into messages to encourage others."

Yes, in the end, it will all be okay. Come, Lord Jesus!

+ Thanks for all your sweet birthday wishes! Y'all are the best.
+ Also, I'm still reading Harry Potter, and I must say, I'm shocked at just how mean Malfoy is! #egad

Monday, September 5, 2016

23




















Before we start, I would sincerely like to apologize for the horribly grainy (and cheesy) photograph of my mom and I; my camera has sadly broken down (#RIP) and all I have left to take pictures is my phone. THE WOE

Moving on.

I'm super excited today, because this grand old Monday is my annual day of birth. I still think it's kind of ironic that I was born on Labor Day, haha. But it's always nice to have an extra day off of school to relax, spend time with my family, and slowly age like a fine wine.


"All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." 
~ Psalm 139:16

23 is kind of an exciting birthday for me, because it is one of my favorite numbers. (It was also the number on my jersey when I ran track senior year.) 22 was great, but I'm hoping that 23 is even better. I want to write more, run more, spend time with God more. Play music, go on adventures. BRING IT ON

+ Interestingly enough, it is also my music blog's first birthday. I'm celebrating by ordering the Sing Street soundtrack on vinyl. I mean, I didn't want to, but these are just the kinds of sacrifices one must make for the sake of music blogging. ;) Have a great Labor Day!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

got so much to prove; God, don't let me lose my mind

Do you ever just feel like...

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I don't know, friends. It's just that all that life is seems to catch up with me sometimes, in both a beautiful and painful way. I stress, I smile. I breathe, I overthink. All in the course of a day, an hour. A minute?! 
"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be." 
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

What are the perks of being a wallflower, by the way? Do we ever find out? Are there any? Seriously, I'd love to know.

I digress.

Right now, I'm learning very much how joy is not circumstantial. External, earthly things can never afford me confidence or true security, because those things are ever-shifting. Those things can be taken from me. But as I approach my 23rd year, I want to cling to Christ. 
"As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord Almighty, in the city of our God: God makes her secure forever.
~ Psalm 48:8

+ Psst, Life Update: I have just finished reading the first Harry Potter novel for school (yes, I actually am taking a Harry Potter class, no lie) and let me just say, I am slowly becoming OBSESSED with the series. Seriously, the books are beyond vivid.

+ Also, I'm looking forward to reading all of y'all's glorious blogs very, very soon! I feel like I haven't gotten to sit down and just read them all in a while, and I miss that!