Friday, February 27, 2015

Guest Interview || Eden

 Motivation, anticipation, passion, and experience, these are some of life's greatest stepping stones that mold and shape our character in more ways than we can imagine. Here to talk with us today is my dear friend Eden S. from Eden's Evaluations. Eden graciously agreed to be the first person to share her answers to the interview questions you helped me formulate. 





       What motivates you? 
Knowing that my time on earth is short and fleeting… I want to use all my time serving the Lord, glorifying Him in all that I do, being a light for Him, and building His Kingdom!

Who has had the most influence on your life, and why? 
My parents. They are such amazing examples in many ways, one of which, is how they both honor and love the Lord with their whole hearts.

How are you preparing yourself to be an adult woman? 
Heeding the instruction of my Mother! She is an amazing woman of God, and attending my ear to her instruction is one of the best ways I can prepare myself.

What quotation most inspires you?
I have a few, but these are two of my favorites.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie Ten Boom
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” -Corrie Ten Boom


What are some books you would recommend for young ladies to read? 
“Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” By Anita Dittman.  That is one of my favorites… Anita’s love and trust in the Lord is absolutely amazing and an incredible example to me.


What are the biggest assets to your time management? 
Hmmm… probably accountability and self-governement.


How have you gone about overcoming laziness?
I would have to give the credit to my parents! :)  Goal setting also helped me with overcoming laziness.


What has been the most significant Scripture passage for your life, and why? 
Currently, Psalm 71:1 is one of my favorites, “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”  I find this very comforting, knowing that the Lord will never leave or forsake me.  Satan works with confusion, but God works with clarity.  With our eyes and trust in Jesus, we will not be put to confusion.


Based on your life experiences, what advice do you have for young women as they move forward in life?
Keep your eyes on Jesus, be continually in His Word, always have a heart open to receiving instruction, and keep Hebrews 12:1 in mind. :) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
I'm Eden, I'm 16, the fourth out of 7 children, and the daughter of Jesus Christ. I love anything active, hanging out with my amazing family and friends, dancing En Pointe, singing, doing thrilling things, talking, laughing, playing fun pranks, and overall, being hyper. ;) You can visit my blog at: www.edensevaluations.blogspot.com







If  you enjoyed reading Eden's interview, please leave a comment and let me know. How were you encouraged or inspired by Eden's interview? 
Thanks for reading, And remember, the past is history, and the future is a mystery. Today is the only day you have to make a difference. Make it count for God's glory!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Question You've Always Wanted to Ask || Giveaway Winner



What are some questions you've always wanted to ask a godly Christian woman? What would the interview you've always wanted to read look like?

Well, we're about to find out.......But first off, a huge congratulations to  Bonnie S. for winning the Well Planned Day Calendar Giveaway, and thanks to all who entered. I'll be mailing the Calendar to you shortly. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Calendar Review // Giveaway!



Hello Friends………..Today I have a very special review and giveaway for you from HEDUA.com. The Home Educating Family Association has all sorts of wonderful resources for every member of the Homeschooling family. From student planners, to Mother's schedules, to wall calendars, and (my favorite;) blog planners, Hedua has it all. 





I've used their Well Planned Day Planners and really love the results they give to help me manage, and improve my daily schedule. You might recall this giveaway I did of it last year.



Also, you probably remember this giveaway I did of the My Blog Planner a few months ago. It is still my favorite tool for managing my blog, and keeping track of my future posts. Even though I haven't been blogging as much lately, I promise you I have a list of all sorts of blog post ideas in My Blog Plan book:)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day by Day!

Life:) day by day I learn and grow and struggle to survive. At times, It feels like I won't see the end of this physical journey, and then at times I wish I would have more time to stop and enjoy the blessings of life. Oh, to be young again. I feel with each passing birthday, that the years of my life are drawing to a close. I see my future more by the time that has passed, than the time that hasn't. 

But there's nothing so satisfying, so lasting, as the joy of knowing Christ. His love, is all encompassing, and even when I feel like I've completely lost my way, I know He's still there, and that will never change. I see His smile in the rays of the sun. I feel His peace in the encouragement of a friend's email, and I sense the satisfaction of work done for His glory in the gratefulness of my family. 

Yes!!!! This life is a stuggle, and there are days in which I wish I could simply take a break. But I know that no matter what happens God's Word is all sufficient. Christ is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. He is my one desire, and my greatest satisfaction. Life with Christ is worthwhile! 

"There will come a day when you believe everything is finished, that will be the beginning" - Joe Bayly 

"Remember the faithfulness of God through all our needs" - D.F. 

"And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth." (Isaiah 12:4-5 KJV)



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recent Endeavor- Published a Book!

So about two years ago, I wrote a poem for a writing contest entitled "What Our Flag Means to Me." The contest wasn't supposed to be a poem contest, but rather a writing contest to share what you believe about the American Flag. I had been inspired and touched by a short Christmas book in poem form, and so I really wanted to write a poem for the contest.

But who writes a 500 word poem? It seemed to be a rather daunting task, and considering that I only had 2 days between when I found out about the contest, and when the entries were due, it was really looking like I wouldn't be able to participate. So, I thought about the contest, and prayed about it, and talked with my parents about it, and came to the conclusion that I should do my best and see what happened.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2014!


I thought I'd share with you my top 10 favorite posts from 2014. These are posts that looking back were very meaningful and received the most response from you all. Be sure to vote for your favorite one in the comments section, and one of you will be chosen to participate in a guest post!


               1. The Effects of the Internet on Our Brains!




This post was my top favorite post of the year because I felt like I was finally able to share my heart on the difficult topic of internet usage. I've never been able to open up with my heart on this subject, and it felt good to be able to share!


                       2Christian Heritage Conference 2014!


The Christian Heritage conference is one of my favorite times of the year, and it was especially fun to spend lots of time with great friends once again this year. 





I thought of this poem when I was washing my hands one night. Our sink had a clogged drain, and I was trying to fix it. I keep thinking about how sometimes our lives get all clogged up, and no one can see our true purpose. How we let mistakes, and failures cause us to be weighed down, and we cease to make a difference in the lives of people around us.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What I've Learned Recently!


What (in my opinion:) is the biggest key to Spiritual and Physical success?

I believe the Biggest key to Spiritual and Physical is to follow the principles of Scripture, and seek God's kingdom first. "But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33 The Bible    is full of promises, and encouragement for the person struggling to find success in life. God's Word is faithful, and powerful, and there is nothing that is not talked about, and given examples about within it's pages. It  is vital for ALL of life, and is the only source of success, and happiness!

I've recently been reading a book called "God is Able"by Priscilla Shirer. Reading Priscilla's writings over the last few days, has really gotten me thinking about God's great ability and power to control everything in life. It was SO encouraging and I highly recommend the book to anyone. Overall the book is a step by step application of Ephesians 3:20-21 which says. "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

Here's a few of my favorite quotes from the book! 

"Just because God can doesn't mean He will. 
But, just because He hasn't doesn't mean He won't. 
The bottom line is that He is able!"
Priscilla Shrier

"When we become a gathered group of testifying brothers and sisters in Christ….truly praying, truly believing, truly supporting each other, truly rejoicing….the world around us can't keep from hearing about it, and gathering around to see it."
Priscilla Shrier

"God is ABLE to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we ask or think!"

What is one thing way God has shown Himself "able" in your life recently?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Imagine If….|| Blog Tag

I was recently tagged by my sweet friend Eden of Eden's Evaluations to do an Imagine If blog post!

For this post let's imagine that I'm stranded on an island, and I have to decide what's really important  in life! Enjoy reading my answers, and also check out my answer the discussion question of the day…"What is the biggest key to spiritual and physical success?" from my last post!

And now for the tag! Many years ago, in my dreams I was stranded on a deserted island. There were no sources of food readily available, and the only things I can find to eat and drink are the fish in the water one food I enjoy that happened to land with me, and one beverage besides fresh water from a small creek. I only have the clothes I'm wearing, and the one book I had in my hand when I was thrown from the aircraft. You see I was the only survivor of a recent plane crash. I must use my imagination to resolve my struggles of being alone, and I must figure out how to survive without any help……. Here's what I've decided to do!


You can have one food item (besides all the fish you catch!) so what do you choose?
Bread….. It sustains life, and goes with fish:)

You can only have one beverage besides fresh water- what do you pick?
Mango Juice….if it happened to be available.

What ONE outfit would you bring to wear (top, bottom, shoes)? 
A long sleeve cotton shirt ….To protect me from the sun
Denim skirt…practical, and not easily stained
Tennis shoes…because I could always go barefoot if my feet got hot.

1 Author- You get all the books they've ever written.
The Bible  ..... There is no book more sustaining to life.

1 freebie item (other than your phone)
Matches….to start a fire and cook the fish.

While struggling to stay alive, what could you do for 1 whole year?
Build a house out of vegetation, rocks, and trees if possible. Make weapons, and a knife out of rocks. Catch a bird to keep me company. Make a fishing pole. Make a boat. Make a chair out of branches, and a hammock from vines. And of course try to get the attention of any passing airplanes, and boats. Read the Bible  several times. Write a book on tree bark. Enjoy life! Really the possibilities are endless.

Best thing about solo island living for me is: 
The life experience and time to spend alone with God. I imagine one could learn a lot about seeking God, and listening to him in a year of solitary time.

Worst thing about your so called paradise is:
Not being able to communicate with another person, and make a difference in their life.

Yay! You're finally rescued! Who is the first person you'd want to see?
  My family and friends.

First thing you'd do-
Write a book about my experiences, and lessons I'd learned.

First thing you'd want to eat-
Chocolate!

What would you have hoped to learn while from your time alone?
The value of life. The importance of cherishing the relationships, we have and the time to invest in them each day. Who God is, and how faithful He is to keep His promises. The purpose of life, and be able to see that material things I value aren't always important! What a lesson that would be! What an experience!  

And now, it's your turn…… If you're reading this, it's your turn to share…… How would you survive on a deserted island?…… Write your answer to the above questions on your blog, or in a comment below. Oh, and be sure to tag my blog in the post, and comment here so I can see your post!

May God bless you with a wonderful day!

P.S. Please take some time to answer my short survey in the sidebar of my blog!


Friday, January 16, 2015

A Recent Discovery!

I recently came accros a great way to rent and recycle textbooks. Although I have never been a college student, I know that textbooks can be very expensive, and I've always wondered why people will pay so much money for books they won't use in a couple years.

So here's what I found. 

The first method of saving money for textbooks is renting them from a company instead of buying them. This way you don't spend as much money, and you don't have the book longer than you need it. Campus Book Rentals seems like a great option for doing this. I personally haven't used their service, but it looks like a great tool if you're in need of any textbooks. http://www.campusbookrentals.com 

Some perks are:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

But the second possibility for re-using textbooks is the one that really stood out to me. You can actually send your used textbooks to Rentbooks.com and they will rent them out for you, and give you the money you've earned. I think this is a great idea, and if I hadn't sold all our old textbooks on Amazon, I'd definitely give it a try. http://www.rentback.com

Anyhow, I thought you all might be interested in hearing about these options if you're trying to figure out what to do with old textbooks, or needing new ones. Be sure to check out the websites, and let me know what you think. Also here's a quick video that shows how Campus Rentals works. 




And now for the question of the day! 

What do you think is the biggest key to Spiritual and Physical success? 
 Leave a comment and let me know what you think, and stay tuned, because next week I'll be asnwering this question in my post on "What I've Learned Recently"! 

May God bless you all today, and help your life to bring glory to His name! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Communication | My Story

What is the single biggest factor in the failure or success of relationships? Communication! This is my story……..



I guess I'd like to start by saying that I have always struggled with communicating with other people. It's been something that I have had to work on over and over throughout my life. 

When I was about 10 and up until about 17 I was very shy. I wouldn't answer the door, answer the phone, or even talk to people unless they talked to me; and even then it was just in order to answer the question very quickly. To make a very long story short, I was shy because I was not saved, and I knew I was not saved. I was scared that people would see through me and see my sin. And so to compensate for this, I decided to not talk to people unless I absolutely had to. 

It wasn't until 2010 when I did the National Bible Bee and learned through my study of Colossians that God is faithful to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. That he is perfect and no matter what I do, I will never meet His standard of excellence. I saw my sin in light of His grace and realized how much He had done for me. And after this, when I realized what it means to me to have a relationship with Christ, I felt a freedom I've ever experienced before. 

As a result of the Bible Bee, I had many opportunities to share the Word with people around me. I gained a new confidence by communicating with people through scripture, and it was a blessing to be able to share what I had memorized with others. 

As a result of this, my confidence in speaking to other people was greatly improved. I still struggle at times with being nervous or shy when in the mix of people that I don't know, but the confidence that I have in Christ has definitely been an excellent foundation for being able to communicate with others. But because it has been such a struggle for me in the past, it is something I have to put a lot of effort into developing. And there is always more to learn about communication. 

Anyhow, now that I've shared a bit of my struggles with communication, here's a few resources that have given me inspiration and encouragement over the years. (The Bible has certainly been the basis and foundation of all of my inspiration and encouragement, and I never seem to know enough about it:) 

Here's a list of books that I have read and in some cases reread over the years and have been blessed and encouraged by.

Alone Yet Not Alone- by Tracey Lieninger- This book helps me to see the need to abide in Christ without dependence upon other people. 

Gifted Hands- by Dr. Ben Carson- Dr. Carson's story has been very encouraging and inspiring to me over the years, and I have learned a lot from his strength of character and determination to not be overcome by evil. (The Gifted Hands movie is also very good if you haven't seen it already) 

It’s not that complicated – by the Botkin sisters – this book has probably been the most encouraging to me in the area of  communication, especially with people of the opposite gender. It helped me to see that we are all siblings in the body of Christ, and that it is important to treat each other like we would want to be treated and not with judgment or selfishness. 

Growing Up Duggar – by the Duggar sisters – this book has been really encouraging to me recently, and has help me to see the in-depth workings of communication from a large family's perspective. ( Stay tuned for a complete review and giveaway of this book next week) 

Start Here – by Alex and Brett Harris – this book has been really encouraging me to look for needs around me and to see that where I am is where God wants me to be for a purpose. There's so much to learn from meeting other people's needs.

And lastly:)
The Disciplined Life – by Richard Shelley Taylor – this book has been really inspirational to me, and has help me to see areas in my life that I need to submit to Christ more. It has a lot of practical help, and encouraging stories that help to bring home the message of each chapter.

Other than books, I've received a lot of inspiration in the area of communication from listening to podcasts and sermons. Some of my favorites are.....

Michael Hyatt's conversation questions podcast. All of his podcasts are good, but this one is particularly geared towards communication. 

Botkin sisters - this is a link to their website where they post encouraging articles for young ladies. Their Reclaiming Beauty Webinar was very helpful as well. 

I think this is most of the resources that have helped me over the years, and if I think of any others I’ll be sure to pass them on to you as well. I hope this is helpful for you, and that you may be encouraged in your quest for greater communication skills.

Join the discussion- What's one thing that has helped you with communication?


"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
Ephesians 4: 29



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