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What I’ve Been Reading // February

My brain has been dead. And I’ve been really busy lately (doing what? School, piano and violin practice, and I’m not sure what else.). I couldn’t figure out what to post yesterday besides a 3/4 finished book review or an unedited blog post. I read 23 books/short stories last month, which was 11 more than in January. Please note I don’t recommend all these books and if you have questions, just ask in the comments below.

As the Heavens are Higher–Courtenay Burden (my review here)

Stop the Rain–Kassie Angle (Lacey’s review here)

A Big Year for Lily + A Surprise for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger (Books 3 and 4 in the Lily Lapp series.)

The Lily Lapp series is pretty much the only fiction Amish book I read. The author is ex-Amish, so it’s accurate and not a romance novel.

A Touch of Purple Paint–Hailey Rose

A Crazy, Crowded Christmas, Home for Christmas, + Christmas Quilts–Rebekah Morris

Behold–Faith Potts

Stille Nacht–Ryana Lynn (Miller) Peterson

Distorted Glass, Adventures and Adversities, + Fanny’s Hope Chest–Sarah Holman

DG was really good, and I think the Jared is the same one in Molly and Anna. I didn’t think I’d like AA, so I read it because I “knew” I wouldn’t like it and then I could sell it. Turns out, it’s a keeper, though it does have a bit of romance. And FHC is such a good book.

A Family for Christmas–Hannah Foster

The Great Lab Escape–Perry Kirkpatrick

This book was……interesting. I don’t think I’ll be reading any more in this series. (Smart cats? Not exactly my genre..)

Eyes for my Heart–Rebecca Martin

This book is highly recommended.

Summer of Suspense–C. R. Hedgcock (Book 1 in the Baker Family Adventures)

You can definitely tell this was the author’s first book. However, my sister found book 6 on KU and she said it got better, so I’m excited to read the rest.

The More of Less–Joshua Becker

I basically read a book that describes everything in our house except our bookshelf. This book is about minimalism, and is an interesting read. I didn’t agree with his theology in places. (Minor things.)

And I’ve been on a money kick lately. I’m interested in earning, saving, and using money in a wise, godly manner. (I’m also thinking about becoming a self-taught accountant…)

Money Secrets of the Amish–Lorilee Cracker

I was reading this book while waiting for people to answer some cake questions, and I left it on the chair, and my mom pick it up and says, “Well I guess we can get rid of our electricity.” Not exactly what the book is talking about…

Complete Guide to Money, The Legacy Journey, + Total Money Makeover–Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey’s books are super interesting. They’re also written from a Christian worldview, so I enjoyed them more, and I have more on my to-read list.

Rich Dad Poor Dad–Robert Kiyosaki

Interesting book. I’m not sure what to think about just living off of investments (the Bible talks about working for our own money). Also, it cusses a few times so BEWARE.

And there you have it. I definitely read too much last month, but I don’t think I’ll be reading as much this month. (Well, I might. I’m limiting the amount of books I can read this summer, so I’m kind of binge-reading this spring.)

What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books?

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The Past Four Years // Of God’s Faithfulness

Five years ago, if you had asked me how I’ve seen God work in my life, I’d have no clue as to what you meant. In fact, I probably would have though you as crazy to ask me such a question. Thankfully, the Lord has taught me a lot since then, of which I am very thankful. No, it hasn’t always been easy, but without all these trials, I don’t think I’d be where I am today (spiritually speaking).

2017: The year started out (what seemed) bad. On January 2, my grandma was sick. At my eleven years of age, I didn’t realize how sick she was. Lacey and I stayed at our cousin’s house that day while our mom went to see our grandma. (Hint #1: when your mom doesn’t take you to the place you go almost every week, there’s something wrong.) Later that week, we went to our grandmother’s house. Little did I know that would be the first, the last, and the only time that year I’d see her on earth.

That Friday, we were at Walmart when my uncle called. We left immediately and my mom called my dad’s sister to come babysit us. When my dad got home later, we found out our grandma was taken to the hospital. To make matters worse, that Saturday our dad was sick and we missed church. Two days later, my mom came home and told us our grandma was dying.

This was one of the best/worst memories of my life. But you know what? Sometimes it’s the worse things that bring you closer to Christ. And technically, it wasn’t bad because, while I don’t have my grandma here on earth, I know I shall see her one day in heaven.

Even though 2017 started out “bad”, it got better! That May (my FAVORITE month), we got to go on vacation. (We hadn’t gone on vacation since ’13, and this is our most recent vacation.) This was not just any vacation, though, this was to the beach! Us girls had never been to the beach until then. The way God made a way for us to go–it was a way only He could work out.

Photo credit: my dad

2018: January of 2018, my dad’s boss tried to fire him. When that didn’t work, he cut his hours to 30-something hours a week. Daddy got a new job at Toyota on Jan. 31, but the work was too hard on his hands (to this day, his hands still have a few problems). On March 24, he got a new job at a construction place.

We also moved in the middle on 2018. We sold our house faster than we could find one. Somehow, we ended up getting this house, the one we’re currently living. No one like this house, and no one knows why we bought it.

Two weeks before Christmas, my dad got laid off. Even during those hard time, God still provided. We all learned a lot that month. We never went hungry, all the bills somehow got paid, no one got hurt even though we didn’t have insurance, and, miraculously, Lacey and I were able to continue piano lessons.

2019: My dad was still laid off. He got a job at the end of January. And he still has the same job to this day. (Random sidenote: my journal doesn’t have much to say because I was pretending it was my blog….LOL) In February, I started my blog (on blogger).

2020: The year of ultimate trust. I think you all know why. If I had been in charge of the world, we wouldn’t have had COVID or lockdown. I grew more spiritually in 2020. 2020 taught me a lot of things–trust, contentment, gratitude, to name a few…

I’m very thankful COVID hasn’t bothered us or our church, and that we haven’t gone in lockdown again since then.

2021: The year just started, but so much has happened already–a family at church had a baby, another family at church had a loved one die, I started this (new) blog, and one of my closest friends now lives across the ocean. Only God knows what this year will hold, and even when it’s hard, I’m going to trust in Him. He’s seen our family through all of these trials, and I know He’ll see us through whatever else is to come. He’s been with us even during the hardest trials.

The day I’m writing this (Feb. 5) marks my 15th year in the US. I’m very thankful God pulled me out of one of the worse countries for Christianity and brought me to the US. Otherwise, I may have never learned of the Gospel.

-Lilly-

P.S.

If you’ve never kept a diary, I suggest you start now! I wouldn’t have remembered all of this had I not wrote most of it down in my diary. Not to mention, you can really see how the Lord’s worked in your life when you look back at in in the future (Lord-willing).

Short Story

I Trust in You // Short Story

*I entered this in Mrs. Marlow’s writing contest, but I did not win (after entering for the past three years, I did not expect to win and was not going to submit this story). If you’ve never read the Circle C Series, this may not make much sense to you. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy.*

Chapter 1

Lord, whatever happens to Andi and the baby is up to You, and no matter what, I’ll trust in You. Help me to accept whatever You send my way, and remind me to always turn to You no matter what. In Your name, I pray, Amen.” I lift myself off my knees and stare at myself in the mirror. Grey hair frames my face and my eyes remind me of the lack of sleep I got the night before.

               “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” The paper beside my mirror draws my attention. Through the reflection of the mirror, I notice my black Bible on the night stand and pick it up. Flipping through it, I find several verse on trusting the Lord.

               “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)

               “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.” (Psalm 37:5)

               “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 56:3)

               “Mother?” a low voice calls from outside my bedroom door, followed by a light knock on the doorframe. I head to the door and open it, finding Chad on the other side.

               “How are you doing this morning?”

               “Good,” he replies. “How’s Andi?”

               “The same as last night. She looks paler and I’m not sure if the baby will make it.” My mind wonders off to the events of the night before, while we were eating supper and Riley burst through the door saying something was wrong. When Chad and Riley brought Andi in, and later that night when Mitch said the doctor wasn’t in and Andi had her baby.

               “All we can do is pray and trust the Lord,” Chad reminds me. Did he know what was running though my mind?

               “I should probably check on Jared and the twins.” Pulling my son into a quick hug, I hurry down the hall and into the bedroom where the twins are. I smile at the sleeping girls and hurry into the room next door.

               “Mama?” Jared asks in confusion.

               “No, this is Grandmother.” I bring him over to a clothes chest and dig out some clothes. He manages to change out of his night clothes with minimal assistance from me.

               “Donde esta mama?” I smile at my grandson. He’s grown up way too fast. It feels like yesterday he was born. Now, he’s five years old and a ‘big boy’, as he likes to tell his uncles.

               “Tu mama esta enferma,” I reply. For being only five, he’s picked up a lot of Spanish from our ranch hands and Carlos, kind of like Andi when she was five. I try not to think about my daughter. Blinking back a few tears, I lead Jared out of the bedroom and down the stairs.

               “Pretty.” Jared runs his fingers along the engravings on the banister. His other hand is tightly encased in mine. I blink back tears. Just a few years ago my precious Andi was sliding down this banister. Now, I’m not even sure she’ll survive.

               “Hey, little man!” Mitch greets Jared at the bottom of the stairs. “Good morning, Mother.” He gives me a peck on the cheek. At least someone’s cheerful this morning.

               “Uncle Mitch!” Jared pries his hand out of mine and flies right into Mitch’s outstretched arms.

               “How’s Andi doing?” he asks. I reply, giving him the same answer I had given Chad.

               “I’ll keep praying.” he replies before answering one of Jared’s many questions.

               “Where’s Riley?” I ask, suddenly realizing I hadn’t run into him yet this morning. He wasn’t on the cot in Andi’s room, and he wasn’t downstairs, from what little I could see.

               “He left to check on Memory Creek,” a new voice pipes up.

               “Did he say when he’ll be back?” I ask Ellie. She responds no by shaking her head.

               “I think he’s coming back as soon as possible. He wants to be here when the doctor arrives.” Mitch places a squirmy Jared on the ground. He is immediately dragged away by his favorite cousin, Susie.

               “The doctor probably won’t be able to do anything to help,” I lament.

               “You’re probably right,” Ellie says. “But we can always hope and pray.” I nod and head toward the kitchen.

               “God, please help me stay focused. If it’s Your will, help Andi and the baby survive. Please give all of us, especially Riley, peace. May Your will be done. In Your name, amen.” How many times will I be praying that prayer in the days to come?

Chapter 2

I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do.” I sigh as the doctor check the baby. “I’m going to give her some of this.” He pulls a bottle of brown liquid out of his bag. He calls the substance by its proper name, but I’m too upset to pay attention.

               After the doctor leaves, I slip back into Andi’s room. Picking up the beautiful baby girl, I hold her tight. Her little eyelids are squeezed shut and her button nose tries to inhale enough air to sustain herself. In the end, she opens her mouth for a breath.

               “Hello, my dear girl.” She yawns and stretches. Her little body can’t be more than ten inches long. “You’re four months too early,” I whisper to her. “Your birthday was supposed to be in May, not January.” I kiss her and carefully set her back into her cradle. Turning to Andi’s bedside, I brush a couple of long wisps of hair off her forehead and give her a gentle kiss on the forehead. Just yesterday it seems James and I were welcoming her into the world. Now, she was in her mid-twenties welcoming her own children in the world. Time flies way too fast.

*****

               Upon entering the dining room, I find Riley and Jared, along with Mitch, who appears to be entertaining the three-year-old twins. Shouldn’t Mitch be working?

               “Mitch! Look!” Lillian squeals.

               “No, look!” Charlotte demands, attempting to have Mitch’s full attention to herself.

               “Chad doesn’t have any work for you to do today?” I teasingly ask Mitch.

               “He has plenty of work for me, but these little girls started crying when the doctor showed up and Chad knew I could cheer them up.

               I nod before turning toward Riley. “How are you holding up?”

               “Not very well, I guess. My mind keeps replaying last night’s happenings over and over again, and I keep trying to figure out what I can do to change it. I know one thing, though. Andi and the baby are in the Lord’s hands and worrying isn’t helping anything. All I can do is pray and trust.” He gives me an exhausted smile.

               “Did you and Andi have any ideas for the baby’s name?”

               “We were thinking about Julia Rose for a girl’s name, but we hadn’t settled on anything. Obviously, we were waiting until the baby was born, and we didn’t think the baby would be born until May.”

               “Julia is a pretty name. Do you mind if I call her that?”

               Riley shook his head. “Andi really likes the name Julia, and I myself have become partial to the name.” Smiling, I lead a hungry Charlotte into the kitchen. Nila and Sofia, our newest addition, have already begun working on our midday meal. Chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Sounds like a good meal to me. Giving Charlotte a piece of cheese, I tie an apron on and jump in to help with dinner preparations.

Chapter 3

The evening was quiet, too quiet. I have given Charlotte and Lillian their baths, and I am very tired. Leaning against the back on my chair, I close my eyes. I should probably go check on Andi and Julia. Rising, I trudge up the stairs for what seems like the five hundredth time today.

               I open the door and quietly slip in. Andi is the same way she was the night before—pale. Riley mentioned earlier today she had drunk a little water, but he was pretty sure she was too weak to do much else. I walk over to Julia’s cradle. As soon as I see her, I know something is wrong. She is pale and cold, and her chest is not heaving up and down. It hits me. Julia has died. Wiping a tear off my face, I escape downstairs to tell the rest of the family. What happens after that is a blur. Chad says something to Riley and Mitch and they follow him upstairs. Lillian whimpers, and Charlotte begins crying. I pull both girls close and give them a hug.

*****

               Slipping out of bed, my feet tough the cold floor. The whole atmosphere feels cold and dreary. Everything seems so……bitter. My eyes glaze the room, and my eyes point to my Bible lying on my vanity. Picking it up, I sit on my bed and open it. I turn to the book of 1 Peter.

               Casting all you care upon Him, for He careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

               I realize there’s something I haven’t been doing these past couple of days. I haven’t surrendered everything to Him. I say I trust in Him, and I do for the most part, but I still keep worrying. Worrying does not show complete trust in God. I’m still trying to take things into my own hands, and that’s not helping anyone or anybody. It’s like telling God I know what’s better for me, and I don’t need Him nor His help. Truth is, I DO need Him, and I need to fully trust in Him. Actually, more like surrender my everything to Him.

               Bowing my head, I begin to pray. “Lord, I’m guilty for not taking all things to You. I often try to handle things by myself, and You know how often that gets me into trouble. I don’t know why You decided to take Julia away from us, but I will remember that it’s all part of Your marvelous plan. Help me to remember that. I also pray for Andi; You know she’s weak and I’m not sure if she’ll survive, but I know You know what will happen. I also know that You care. Please remind Riley that You work all things together for good. In Your name, I pray, amen.” My heart immediately feels lighter. I am so thankful I have a Mighty God who I can take all my troubles to. Not only that, but He also listens and cares.

*****

               The rest of the day is smoother than the day before. Charlotte and Lillian wanted to know what happened to Julia, and I had to tell them over and over again that she died. They wanted to know if she was in heaven, and I told them ‘yes’. After explaining what Riley did with Julia’s body, Charlotte promptly asked ‘will I get to see God take her to heaven if I stay by her grave?’ Charlotte was so serious when she asked, and I couldn’t help smiling. Of course, I explained that’s not how it worked, but Charlotte didn’t understand. She really wants to go and stay by Julia’s grave.

               Humming the tune of What a Friend We Have in Jesus, I diligently finish my day’s work. My heart is light, and my attitude is much more pleasant. Even the girls and Jared seem more cheerful.

               “Gwwaaaamaaa? Kin you peeese bwaid my hawr?” Lillian holds up two yellow hair ribbons.

               “Come here.” I motion her to a chair and part her hair right down the middle. Before long, her hair is tied up into two braids.

               “Tank oouuu!” Hopping off the chair, she runs off to play with Susie. Knowing Ellie is in the other room, I head upstairs to check on Andi. She’s been awake off and on for the past couple of days, but not enough for me to talk to her.

               “Hey, Andi.” I shut the door and advance toward her bed. Sitting down beside her bed, I slip my hand into hers and give it a gentle squeeze. To my surprise, she gently squeezes back. “Hey.” A smile spreads across my face.

               “Hello, Mother.” She smiles and closes her eyes.

               “You want something to drink?” She nods and I pour her a glass of water. “How do you feel?”

               “Weak. Where’s Riley and the baby?” I bite my lip and think of the best way to tell her what has happened.

               “Riley’s at your ranch. He should be back any time. Your daughter was born too early. She survived for a bit over a day and died.” I wipe some tears away from my face.

               “Oh, Mother…”

               “I know, dear. But remember this verse: ‘Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.’ No matter has happened or what will happen in the future, we need to trust God with everything.”

Scripture from the King James Version (KJV)

“I Trust in You” © 2021 Lilly Wiscaver.

Book Review, Modesty Monday

“Secret Keeper” by Dannah Gresh // Modesty Monday Book Review


Summary:

EVERY WOMAN IS BORN WITH POWER!

We live in the age of low-rise jeans, belly-button rings, and backless shirts. Many girls and young women today could not even define the word modesty, let alone tell you how to live it out. Teen girls often ask: 

  • Why can’t I wear what everyone else is wearing? 
  • My parents are hung up on their old sense of fashion.
  • Times have changed, why can’t I? 
  • Isn’t is really the guy’s problem if he is tempted?

In a fresh and trusted voice, Dannah Gresh has a new message for them: modesty itself is a delicate yet formidable power. In Secret Keeper, she teaches that modesty not only issues a challenge for one man to romantically earn your virtue, but it also expresses your love for and obedience to God.

The book also includes The “Truth or Bare” Fashion Tests and Fashion Challenges that will resonate with teen girls.

Book info:

Author: Dannah Gresh

Rating: 4/5 stars

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Age: 14+, 10+ with mom

My thoughts:

This was the first book on modesty I’ve ever read. It’s not the type of book that tells you what you should (not) wear, and it’s not the kind of book that judges. Mrs. Gresh talks about modesty using historical figures, illustrations (I don’t mean drawings), and personal experiences. The modesty examples in the book are not conservative, so it is interesting to read about modesty from a not-so-conservative point-of-view. The only downfall (for me) in that NIV and CEV are used. (Like, who’s heard of CEV!!??!!?? Obviously, I haven’t.) Otherwise, I highly recommend you read this little book.

Bible version used: NIV and CEV
Controversial/romance: Well, it’s a book on modesty, so it does talk about some controversial things that I’m not going to list here. (inappropriate clothes, etc.)
Language/inappropriate content: No language. The whole book is showing modesty at a different angle, which happens to be the angle of the Greek Slave statue.

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10 Reasons to Write Letters

This is outside my (shared) bedroom window. And no, it’s not snow, though it’s pretty and sugar-like! It’s a frozen rain/sleet mix. We had some on Sunday, which caused us to slip though a stoplight on the way to church, and we had more yesterday, which canceled church.

Anyways, I’m going to give 10 reasons WHY people should consider reverting back to the old way of conversing. I love writing and receiving letters, and it’s actually how I talk with most of my friends. (Most of my friends I see at church or I write.)

  1. It’s more personal than emailing/texting/Facetagramtweetchating (me trying to combine multiple social medias…😂)

There’s just something different about a handwritten letter compared to an email/text, etc. Maybe because you can feel it, read it over again before bed….

2. It’s a little more private

I’m not going to say it’s a completely private way to tell someone something, because we’ve gotten/sent things that have been opened (and read [or ate]) by someone before. However, it is a bit more private than emailing/texting (unless you have encryption like we do), but it’s definitely more private than most social medias!

3. It improves your handwriting

I found a letter from a friend from 2015 the other day. I sent her a picture, and she said she’s glad her handwriting has improved since then. I know my handwriting was bad six years ago, but it has improved the more I write.

4. It’s an excuse for using your artistic talent (aka. decorating/lettering, etc)

One of my pen pals did that one of her letters. I’ve had another pen pal draw me a Tiger Lily and another gave me sticky-note verse lettering. It’s fun to receive/give hand lettered verses/quotes and gives an excuse to use fancy lettering.

5. It’s relaxing (or at least my sister say so!)

Okay, I do agree with my sister’s point. Writing letters is relaxing, and is one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored. (So tonight, since I don’t have much to read [the libraries are closed since the schools are closed], I can write a letter.)

6. It teaches you patience

For some reason, the mail has been slow lately. And often times, things get lost or end up in weird places (it took a month for one package of mine to come and one time, a package from Arizona went to California before going to St. Louis.) My sister’s pen pal sent her a Christmas card a few days before Christmas, and we got it last week. So letters (and the mail system) will teach patience.

7. Lowers your screen time

Emails and texting take up a lot of screen time. By writing letters, you can cut your internet time down a lot. (That is, if you have lot of friends.)

8. It’s easier to save (unless a fire/tornado/hurricane happens!)

I delete emails often. However, I hardly ever get rid of letters. I was running out of room in my letter box, so I started putting multiple letters in the same envelopes and throwing away the old envelopes. There’s probably over 50 letters in those envelope pictured above.

9. You can send more than just letters

I like sending pictures and verse cards with my letters. My pen pals, however, send things like book marks, bracelets (one sent me a bracelet from Hawaii and a Euro from Italy), and other small enjoyable things.

10. It’s just enjoyable!

Writing letters is just fun in general. It’s a lot art, and is “old-fashioned” (which describes me somewhat well). I love running out to the mailbox (well, not on icy days since I’d probably fall) to see if the mail people brought me anything. #LittleJoysofLife

Bonus! Makes others feel loved or special

A random letter/note to a good friend or a family member can brighten there day and make them feel loved or special. It’s a great way to cheer up someone you know has had a rough week.

And that’s it for this week, my friends! I hope this inspires you to write some letters.

-Lilly

Do you have any pen pals? If so, how many? (I currently have seven.) Do you like writing letters? What about receiving?

Book Review

“As the Heavens Are Higher” // Book Review

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“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”- Isaiah 55:9

Adelaide Westall had always believed that God’s ways were higher than earthly ways. She had just always imagined that God’s plan and her plan would have some similarities. A family of penniless orphans facing a hopeless future in a factory city—a heartbroken noblewoman shut up inside a forbidding fortress of grief and reserve—and a mysterious painting of a calm-faced pilgrim were all destined to challenge Adelaide’s faith in unexpected ways. Only God could orchestrate a plan high enough to reach them all. Set amongst the rolling hills of the English border country, this story of Victorian life is a poignant reminder that we serve a God who brings light out of darkness, who works good out of evil, whose ways are higher than our ways—as the heavens are higher than the earth.

Book Info

Author: Courtenay Burden

Rating: 5/5 stars

Publisher: SAW Publishing

Age: All ages! 10+ if reading by self, though if you read classics when you’re eight (like my sister), you could read it younger.

My Thoughts

WOW.

Enough said. When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. I knew Courtenay’s writing was good, and I knew this would probably be a good book, but for her first published book, this book was amazing! But….enough of my rambling and onto the review!

I don’t read a lot of Victorian-style books, so this was a different type of book for me. I can tell Miss Burden did a LOT of research to make it historically accurate, which I liked. The descriptions were great; I could easily picture myself in England countryside.

The children’s adventures sometimes made me smile, sometimes made me sad, and sometimes made me want to yell “you’re going to get in trouble!”. The children did learn some important lessons through their adventures, and they did get in trouble a couple of times.

I have to say I relate to Adelaide a lot. (By the way, isn’t Adelaide a beautiful name!?) It’s so easy to worry and wonder why God is allowing _______ to happen. I also relate to Anna a lot too; I can be very shy when I want to be, but I can also be like Gail–happy and talkative.

This book was a great reminder God’s plans are better than ours and He knows what’s best for us, even when we can’t see it. I’d recommend this book to anyone who want a fun, but meaningful read!

Bible Version Used

KJV (1611 included)

Controversial/Romance

The children do forget a rule here and there, but they do get in trouble. The book is written from an Anabaptist perspective, and the book talks about the Anabaptists. However, it’s not pushy and non-Anabaptist readers will still thoroughly enjoy the book. No romance I can remember.

Language/Inappropriate Content

None

What are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy of As the Heavens are Higher. It’s a great book, and with 98k words, you’ll have something to read for the next couple of days!

I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review.

Bible, Personal

My Bible Routine

 A lot of you have asked to see my Bible routine, and I have finally gotten around to writing (and posting this post).

Morning:

In order to get my Bible time in in the weekday mornings, I have my alarm set for 5:58. My rule is I have to be out of bed by 6:00, otherwise I will have to do Bible after breakfast. After 5-15 minutes of stumbling around my dark bedroom, fixing my hair, and feeding my cat, I head to the living room. I begin with prayer. I really want to start a prayer journal sometime, but for now, I remember prayer requests by memory. 

After prayer, I begin with our church’s Bible study. We use study sheets which our pastor has made out for us and the sheets follow J. Vernon McGee’s Through the Bible in Five Years. Reading the passage, working on the sheet, and reading the commentaries can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes. After finishing my study sheets, I work on my Bible memory or read a book. I’m currently memorizing the book of Psalms, chapter 10 to be exact. Depending on the length of the chapter, I usually repeat it to myself 2-4 times. If I’m not working on Bible memory (I do it in evenings too, so I may not do it in the mornings), I work through a book like Speak Truth in Your Heart or a biography. Right now, however, I’m focusing on Bible memory.

By that time, it’s time for chores. Sometimes, I may listen to the daily J. Vernon McGee sermon that corresponds with our study sheets. I may also listen to a podcast, but lately, I haven’t been doing either.

Mid-day:

Sometime during the middle part of the day (time varies) I read a devotional. I currently reading Her-Story by Diana Lynn Severance. I don’t usually like devotionals because they often conflict with what I believe. This one is really good, though I don’t always agree with the people mentioned inside.

Some months, I read a Proverb and/or Psalm a day. If I’m doing that plan, I will do that during this time. If it’s Bible Bee Summer Study season, I’ll work on the Discovery Journal (DJ) and all the other Bible Bee stuff at this time.

Evening:

Somewhere between 7:30 and 9:00, I start my evening Bible routine. (Time, my dear friends, depends on if we had church, Bible study, etc.) I begin with prayer. Last year, I did a read-the-Bible in a year plan (Find the plan I did here.) This year, my goal is to read the whole Bible twice, so I’m using a five month plan I found here. I also work on Bible memory and review what I have memorized (usually 10-15 minutes). Our Bible study has started Lies Young Women Believe , so either at my mid-day Bible time or now, I will work on the workbook and whatever else needs done.

And that, my friends, is my current Bible routine. I hope to eventually incorporate more Bible in my life, but right now, I’m working on maintaining this routine.

Need some verses to memorize? Click here for NKJV A-Z Bible Verses!

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2021 Goals

Wow, 2021 is already here. I started planning my 2021 goals in October, but somehow, 2021 still snuck up on me.

Contentment

“Contentment” is not only one of my bigger goals; it’s also my word of the year. This is my first time doing a “word of the year”. I struggle with contentment, as do a lot of people. My struggle is not really in wanting more things; it’s more of being content where God has put me. I often wish I am graduated high school, married, working my dream job, or something like that. So my goal is to be content in ALL things, material and un-material.

Spiritual Goals

Read through the whole Bible twice.

Memorize 1,000 verses.

Ask God to give me guidance in my life.

Participate in National Bible Bee Summer Study

Health

Eat more vegetables and fruits.

Less sugar intake (I should probably put less bread too since bread turns into sugar.)

Exercise 5 days per week. That should be fairly easy as I usually exercise 5-7 times per week…

Financial

Save more money. Yeah….I just bought two books of stamps this morning with money that needs to be saved. *sighs* Any money I get for the next three months needs to be saved or donated…

Find a way (or ways) to earn money. Pet sitting, writing, start my own business, etc.

Sell what I don’t need.

Electronic

Take media fasts.

No blogging/emailing on Sundays. I have done this one for the past year, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Less blogging during school and Bible Bee season. LOL, I just realized I’m always doing one of these things xD

Post on this blog at lease twice a month, preferably every Monday if possible.

Educational

Research photography/music careers.

Look into ministries.

Finish 9th grade strong and start 10th grade strong.

Average As and Bs.

Continue with piano and figure out violin.

Ministry

Witness more.

Serve with gladness.

Write godly articles for solid, Bible believing magazines.

Be an encouragement/blessing.

Random

Learn how to cook/clean better.

Build and maintain relationships with family and friends.

Be a listening ear.

Learn CPR and get certified.

And there you have it, my 2021 goals. Seems like quite a few, doesn’t it? 

What about you? What are some of your 2021 goals?

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A-Z Bible Verses – New King James Version

Last year, I was looking for a fun way to memorize Bible verses. It can be hard to choose verses since there are so many good options. I know many people do A-Z Bible verses, so I thought that’d be fun to do. I can memorize three to four verses a day (more if I wanted) so the A-Z Bible verses won’t last long.

When I looked up A-Z Bible verses, I found many versions (KJV, NASB, NIV, etc) but I didn’t find any NKJV, which is what I use. (I’m sure there is one out there somewhere.) I decided to create my own. Of course, I couldn’t find a Bible verse with X and Q (and most versions miss at least one) so I used a verse that had that letter somewhere in it. 

If you don’t use the NKJV, you can always look up A-Z Bible verse list in your primary version, or if you’re like me, you can look up the Bible verses in the Bible and use lists other people have made to help you with the harder letters. 

The letter “Z” was an interesting one. The verse itself is totally taken out of context.

A-Z Bible Verses (New King James Version)

AAnd be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:32N“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. ~Matthew 6:24
B“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, ~Ephesians 4:26OOpen my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law. ~Psalm 119:18
CCreate in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me. ~Psalm 51:10PPraise the Lord!For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. ~Psalm 147:1
DDelight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart. ~Psalm 37:4
QDo not quench the Spirit. ~1 Thessalonians 5:19
EEven a child is known by his deeds,
Whether what he does is pure and right. ~Proverbs 20:11
RRejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ~Philippians 4:4
FFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~Ephesians 2:10SSo then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17
GGo therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ~Matthew 28:19TThen I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” ~Psalm 116:4
HHatred stirs up strife,But love covers all sins. ~Proverbs 10:12UUnderstanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.But the correction of fools is folly. ~Proverbs 16:22
II will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. ~Psalm 139:14
V“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” ~Ecclesiastes 1:2
JJesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~Hebrews 13:8WWatch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~Matthew 26:41
KKeep your heart with all diligence,For out of it spring the issues of life. ~Proverbs 4:23XBut God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ~Galatians 6:14
LLet the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. ~Psalm 19:14
YYou therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. ~2 Timothy 2:3
MMy soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him. ~Psalm 62:5
ZZion hears and is glad, And the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments, O Lord. ~Psalm 97:8

Feel free to use this list and substitute with verses you like better.
I hope this post will inspire you to have a fun way to memorize the Bible.

Modesty Monday

Modesty Monday Survey Results!

The Modesty Monday survey got 44 responses (real friends, blog friends, & I was even crazy enough to ask a few friends). (The first 30 were within the first two days.) I enjoyed reading your responses. Three of the questions will not appear on here as they will be used in other posts. I did edit some of the responses because of spelling errors. Let’s begin!

1. Do you think girls should wear pants?
Yes-28 people
No-2The rest of you said:~If they want to~If the pants are too tight, then no. If they are loose, then yes.~I think girls can wear pants if they want to~only loose, not low-rise, & not jeans because of men’s-style fly & front zip~In my family, we wear skirts, exclusively . . . unless it would be more modest to wear pants. Like, say, skiing. Or Jumping out of an airplane. Now, that being said, I haven’t actually wore a pair of pants for years — and we hike and camp and go sledding and I’ve even ridden horses in a skirt. ~I wear skirts most of the time, but for certain activities I will wear pants.~If around the home and loose fitting, yes. Out in public, whatever your parents say. Jeans – No!~I don’t think it matters either way~Only when pants are more modest than skirts – such as during farm work (crawling around a loft, climbing on tractors, etc.), or hiking (meaning real rock climbing. Skirts work for most walking/hiking), or painting (on a ladder, cupboard, or just sprawled on the floor).~Undecided. I don’t think it’s wrong, but would prefer not.~I have mixed feelings about this. For purposes like riding bikes, jogging, going to bed, etc., I prefer pants (so long as they’re not jeans), although for the most part I definitely love wearing skirts.~both skirts and pants are great. depends on pants’ fit for modesty.~Not unless absolutely necessary

Forms response chart. Question title: Does you family allow you/your sister(s) to wear pants?. Number of responses: 44 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Do you think sleeveless/spagattii straps are modest?. Number of responses: 43 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Should skirts/dresses be:. Number of responses: 43 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Is strapless acceptable?. Number of responses: 43 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Are skinny jeans modest?. Number of responses: 44 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Have you/your sister(s)ever made a dress or skirt?. Number of responses: 44 responses.

Did anything about the survey surprise you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!