Monday, February 19, 2018

monday music || to resist the roaring lion

Hello, friends!  

I've thought about starting a new series like this for a while -- sharing different songs that I've discovered are really applicable to certain situations, or just if I find a random bunch that I think are cool and should be heard by, well, you. ;)

So for this first edition, I'd like to share some of the songs that have been really helpful to me recently.  As the title suggests, these are for when you need encouragement -- when Satan is prowling around and planting his seeds of doubt and fear (basically, his lies).  

For me personally, I know that many of Satan's attacks on me are related to my performance in my relationship with God -- what I'm doing or not doing that's right or wrong.  Whether I'm "getting it right".  So these songs are mostly related to those kinds of worries. 

Over the past year and a half, God has really been revealing a lot to me about a lot of key issues -- insecurities that are etched deep into my soul, my subconscious, coloring the way I perceive God and myself, and what our relationship is supposed to look like.  I'm still struggling with a lot of these things, but that's okay, because, as I was just telling a friend, I've got an amazing group of people around me, trying to help me readjust my view of myself and of God's heart for me.  (And btdubs, if y'all didn't know -- you're all a part of that group!  Your support and encouragement and friendship really does a lot for me, so thank you. <333)  And I know that God won't abandon me to confusion and despair, no matter how hard Satan tries to convince me that He just might if I'm somehow not doing something right.  My Defender is greater than my enemy.  And these songs help remind me of that.  I hope they do the same for you!

By the way, I got to go to a concert recently and see two of these artists perform.  And they both played the songs that meant the most to me, guys. :')  God loves to give us gifts -- He delights in us.  I think that's something we forget a lot -- I know I do.

Anyway, the songs. :) <3

Don't forget:

Our Defender is greater and stronger than our enemy. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I need your help!

'Ello, lovely followers all!

As the title may have informed you, I'm in need of your assistance.  If you will direct your gaze to the right sidebar, you may notice the interesting poll placed conspicuously thereupon.  I'm in the midst of brainstorming/writing a bit for one of my potential books, and, as the poll indicates, I'm wondering what readers' reaction would be to finding the phrase "Come hell or high water" (or something to that effect) in a book.  One wants to write clean books and what-not, so I'd very much appreciate it if you'd let me know your opinion. :)

Thank you!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The College Diaries {2}

I'm finished with my first semester of college!!!!!

Is this not exciting news.

(At any rate, Martin Freeman and Jimmy Fallon clearly think it's exciting news, so your opinion doesn't matter. :-P)

Actually, I put off this post for so long that now I'm almost about to start my second semester, but no matter.  Better late than never, eh?

Highlights of the semester:

* Learning American Sign Language  [I had previously learned just a little bit, and I've always liked it, so this class was a lot of fun.  And yes, I'm taking ASL 102 this coming semester.]

* Seeing so many people I knew, whether from the homeschool graduation program we used for my senior year or from previous co-ops, etc.

* Actually doing well in my stats class!

* Discovering that the campus library has a pretty great fiction selection

* Having four great teachers  [This was a HUUUGE blessing, because I've heard some horror stories of college professors, and I'm sure I'll probably have to run into some at some point in my college career, but it was SUCH a gift to have good teachers for my introduction into college life. :D]

* Being able to use the campus library and an Amazon textbook rental to get out of paying lots of money for things I won't use again!  Yay!  [It was actually really cool, because most math classes in the school require some sort of online homework component that costs a pretty penny, but my stats class did not.]

* Not getting really sick the whole semester!!!  [Praise God!]

* Deciding, like the good girl I am, to "get some exercise in" by walking around the (relatively small) campus between classes, and having that turn out rather differently than expected because I most ungracefully fell   [Yep, this happened.  Thankfully, I don't think anyone saw it -- a great mercy -- but it resulted in slightly scraped hands, a very scraped knee, slightly scuffed boots, and a torn pair of jeans.  It's all good, though. :-P  Could've been much worse, now that I think about it!]

* Listening to a lot of Taylor Swift while studying for tests

* Surprisingly, getting a LOT of leisure reading done   [I attribute this to the fact that I had long breaks between classes.]

* Finding out how useful "Rate My Professor" is  [Bless the humans who invented this.  I have a feeling it'll be used by me quite a lot over the next several years.]

* And I'm sure there are more which I'm forgetting. :-P

Overall, this semester was a big blessing in a LOT of ways.  Really thankful for all the ways God provided and helped!!!  

Any fellow college freshies reading?
How did your first semester go?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Writing Update: Slow and Steady (+ One Very Un-Okay Pinterest Edit)

Hello, all, and a very Happy belated Thanksgiving to you! ;)

Well, NaNoWriMo continues.  I've been plugging away pretty steadily, although if you were to compare the amount of words I've written per day with the amount that most of you NaNo participants are doing, 'twould not reflect so positively on me. :-P  But, since I'm not doing a "real" NaNo, that's alright, I suppose.

Actually, yesterday was the first day so far that I haven't worked on my story at all!  *les gasp*  But it makes me feel better that I honestly just forgot.

At the moment, I'm hitting a bit of a roadblock in terms of how to go about writing the rest of the story.  I know where I want it to go, but I'm not sure how exactly to get it there.  I also don't know how long I want it to be, which complicates things a bit.  But I guess the main thing is to just keep "chuffing along" and worry about perfecting things after the first draft is finished. ;)


(Pssst, guys, it even has the train.)

*clears throat*  ANYWAY.  

How is NaNo going for you?
How do you get through "roadblocks" and uncertainty about the details of your writing? 

Friday, November 17, 2017

// I d i d n ' t //

// Pinterest //

- undated - 

I didn't spend nine months in the Secret Place
Weaving, crafting, loving, marveling
At the beauty taking shape under My fingertips --
I didn't work day and night,
Poring over your loves, your dreams, your struggles, your passions,
Pouring Myself out into this all-consuming, attention-riveting, exquisite masterpiece
Who totally captivated Me -- 
I didn't spend nine months in the Secret Place
To craft you into a carbon copy of someone else.