A Day At The Pool + 12 Things


I love the 12 things series because it’s a quick and easy way to share what’s on my mind, plus share some cute pics. So here are 12 things….

1. I love summer, can it get any better than warm weather, messy hair, hanging out with friends, and pool days?! 

2. Don’t wear old sunscreen. 

3. Old sunscreen does NOT prevent burning. Ouch. 

4. Chinese food is even yummier when eaten pool side 

5. Polaroids are my jam!! 

6. I love taking and sharing pictures for this blog! Or pictures in general, so many memories in each picture you take! 

7. I am so happy about how my blog is lately. I feel like it’s more of a journal of my own thoughts and ideas!

8. How come more movies aren’t on Netflix?? I need old Rom Coms to be on there! 

9. I’ve been reading a good bit recently, which I LOVE.  I used to read a lot and I’m just now getting back into it. 

10. Praying right before bed, as you are falling asleep is my favorite thing to do! I might write a blog post on my thoughts about it! So keep an eye out 😉 

11. Sitting on the front porch with your best friends while drinking a smoothie and eating McDonald’s French fries is SO much fun!! Because you need salty snacks and bestie chats in the summer buggy nights. 

12. How are McDonald’s French fries so good?! 

I hope you have a great Monday! 
Xx 

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The New “Social Life” 


       As I’m sitting in the kitchen drinking my tea scrolling aimlessly, liking pictures, retweeting the tweets, and pinning many pins, I thought “this is the new social life isn’t it?” The definition for “a social life” has changed so much over the past 10 years. It used to be going to the movies with your friends and grabbing something to eat, now it is posting a picture, statues, or a tweet to make you look or sound like you’ve just got an amazing life. Or it is sitting on the couch scrolling through Instagram looking at people’s feeds wishing that your life looked more like theirs. They look like they have it all together, maybe they posted a picture with their friends at the movies, or they posted a picture of the beach. And it looks like they have it all together. Just the right angles, just the right lighting, and let’s not forget about the filter, I mean you’ve got to make sure the filter is just right.

      No there isn’t anything wrong with loving to hang out with your friends and take pictures to document the day. You see the pictures above, it is something my friends and I really love to do, take a bunch of pictures and laugh at the ones that we really don’t know what happened to our face right there. (honestly we sometimes wonder just what happened in some pictures). We can’t let our “social lives” define who we are. We aren’t the Facebook statues, we aren’t the inspiration tweet we just sent out, we aren’t the Snapchat GO tag, and we aren’t our Instagram themes. Don’t get me wrong I am all about the insta pics, and the pinterest, but it’s not me. Me is the person that hopes strangers see Christ in me, whether that’s through instragram our walking through the Target frozen food aisle. 

     It’s all a game, who are on Twitter is now taken as the person you are in real life. The tweets we post shouldn’t be something we wouldn’t want to say if Jesus was sitting right next to us, reading over our shoulders. If He were sitting besides us as we were scrolling through Instagram what would He see? Would He be pleased that we are wishing our lives looked a tiny little bit more like that person who gets hundreds of likes? I’m pretty sure He wouldnt. He’d be like “Yes, their life is really great for them, but I’ve got something AMAZING in store for you!” And wouldn’t He be so much happier if He sees the people we are surrounding ourselves with who are lifting us up just as we are lifting them up? If He saw that He’d say “You are growing because of them, and they are growing because of you.” 

I don’t really know where I am going with this post, I just had many thoughts on today’s world that can easily take control of us and change how we think our lives should be. 

Bottom line: insta, Twitter, Facebook, snap streaks, it’s all a game. It’s not who you are. Who you are is how you treat people in real life.  

Ok, now that I’ve rambled on I’ve got to go reheat my tea and get going with my day. 

My Fear Of The Unknown 

I have this fear, it’s a fear of the unknown. I think I’ve always had this, I always want to know what is going to happen, how it’s going to happen, who says what, what am I going to say, or when should I say this. I’m not sure if it’s a wonder of how things are going to play out or what, but I know it easily controls me.




 {It blows my mind that God created us with a perfect plan in mind knowing how much of a pain in the butt we can be}

    I want to know where I am going to be in a week, a month, a year, five years, ten years, you get what I’m saying, I’m controlling and I want to know how my life is going to turn out. I don’t want to just know the place I’ll be living, I want to know how my life will be, if I’ll be happy or sad, if I’m married, if I have a family. Yes, it’s all mostly future wonder but it is also a here and now fear of the unknown. The fear comes when you don’t feel like you really know what you are doing with your life, I don’t have it all figured out, I know God does and that’s what I need to rest in. 

  This fear of the unknown is the devil trying to get me, telling me “Hey, you’ve got no future, yeah, God may love you, but you have nothing to offer God so stop trying so hard.” And it frustrates me, because I do trust God, I just don’t see His plan. But that is the fear, striking again in all it’s glory *sarcasm*. Push the fear aside, let God arise and use you. 

So you know, you pray and ask God to put you in a certain place, because your pushing that fear away and trusting God. But then you don’t know what do to in that place He puts you in. Where and what does God want me to do. Where is this plan He has for me (It’s like a endless cycle of the unknown). I mean come on we all would love for God to just send us a quick little text like “Hey, my beloved, go do this for my kingdom”, but it doesn’t work like that unfortunately. We have to put our fear of the unknown aside and rest in His almighty plan. 

GODS PLAN > MY PLAN


I try not to fear the future, because I know it is great. His promise is clear, He’ll lead us to a place of prosperity and hope. The promise doesn’t include blueprints or a cheat sheet to every question we have for God. It doesn’t include the specific date to when we have our life together, because we probably never will have our lives together. When your future is flooded with uncertainty, pray and know that God is directing every step we take. 

So back to that pesky fear that seems to never go away, it probably will never go away. It’s worry, is the uncertainty, it is a mystery why I or anyone else fears the unknown. But to wake up, knowing that God is on my side, is enough. 
Xx. 

Passion 2017. 

June 5-9 I, and many others went to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Florida every morning and night. Middle schoolers, High schoolers, and adults all gathered in one arena to worship God and hear His word preached. One of my favorite things about the week was how many people were there in His name to grow. Some of them their parents might’ve forced them to go and some of them were determined to go. A lot of people left in awe of His sheer wonder and how powerful the name of Jesus is. So many things about this past week were amazing, but I wanted to share a few quotes from each speaker and my own thoughts… so… here you go! 


BEN STUART 


Jesus wasn’t walking around saying “Belive in yourself.” 
Now a days society is always telling us to believe in ourselves, but how can we as Christian believe in ourselves? We are all sick with sin,  Jesus in the only cure. Our flesh is of this world and if we go believing in ourselves we are believing that this worldly life is worth everything. We only need to believe in Jesus and His power, authority, and word. Otherwise our lives won’t look like Christ at all and that’s not how God intended His people to live.  He wants us to believe and trust in Him and not anything we are capable of doing for ourselves but only what our God is capable of doing through us for Him. 


BRAD JONES


By grace through faith. 



I realized this past week that Ephesians 2:1-10 are some of my favorite passages. It’s a stunning picture of our lives before and after we surrender our lives to Christ. It tells us of His wonderful grace which is a gift from God. We aren’t dead anymore when we surrender to His grace and mercy, instead we are alive in Him!! I don’t know about you, but to think about the breathtaking image of Christ making us alive is the most amazing picture that I could ever imagine. 



Louie Giglio


Created by Jesus for Jesus

First off I’ll just say I could listen to Louie preach all day long!! He brought down the house every time he preached! The first night he preached it was all about worship… why we were created… who we were created for… and our purpose. But really the simple answer for all of those is Jesus. Everything in this world was created for the sole purpose to show glory to God. That is exactly what we were created to do. The world tells us we were created for this and that and we are always stressing about what our purpose or plan is, but guys, in this world we are in our purpose is to bring glory to His name. In all we do we. 



9 WORDS 


Colossians 1:16 “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or  dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” 

Those last 9 simple words remind us of exactly why we are here. 



BRAD JONES 


If you want to live this life for God, make every effort. 


The world is watching. How you live reflects Jesus, the love you show reflects Jesus, the love you don’t show reflects Jesus. Since the world is watching we need to play our part in sharing His love and grace to others. That is worship to God, showing His love, and using our lives for His ultimate plan. Yeah sometimes that’s not easy to do. Sometimes you want to stay in your room and not show anyone love, because you feel like the devil is showing you that everything you are doing in life is wrong, but maybe really all you want is a warm chocolate chip cookie and that’ll make it all better, right? No, I’m kidding, yes maybe a chocolate chip cookie wouldn’t be so bad with some Bible and Jesus time. But that is definitely the devil trying to knock down the Lord’s army of believers. To stay strong in your faith and make that effort we have to be in His word, growing in our relationship with Christ daily (and throw in some chocolate chip cookies for good measure ;). 



LOUIE GIGLIO 


The wrath of God makes it possible for us to know His love. 

I used to always be confused about verses that talk about the wrath of God, but now I have a little more understanding of what it means. I always thought that God was angry at us, it never really clicked with me until last week that all the wrath is towards the sins and wrong doings. He made us alive, that is why we were created. To be alive in Him forever, but sin comes between us. Wrath comes between us and Christ. His wrath is against the sin not against us. The wrath of God had to be satisfied, and it was satisfied through the death of Jesus! How is God’s wrath going to be satisfied? It already is, that is the astounding thing! Not only was wrath caused by our sins but our sins are killed by that same wrath! That wrath of God killed our sins in Jesus’ body. 




I hope my thoughts on these maybe connect with you or encourages your own thoughts! Passion camp was amazing! 
Xx 

First Summer Picnic + 12 Things 

1. Summer picnics are so fun!! I want to have like hundreds of them!! 

2. People should have picnics more often, they are so relaxing! 

3. Summer is basically here so more picnics will definitely be happening! 

4. All of the photos above are from this summers first picnic! 

5. Our picnic was very last minute. We ran into town to get some cookies, fruit, and crackers for the food. It was all sooo good! Can you get much better then fruit and chocolate chip cookies?! 

6. We kept watching the weather because we knew it might rain, but we weren’t for sure if it was going to. 

7. The park was just about empty, so we set out our little blanket and food, then poured our lemonade, snacked and chatted! 

8. We took lots of pictures because we knew we’d regret not taking a lot of them. 

9. All of us wore summer dresses (the best!). 

10. We decided to pack up since it had started to thunder. So we had to lug it all back to the car, which wasn’t easy and wasn’t light! 

11. As soon as we got everything loaded into the car it POURED down rain!! It was so funny and perfect timing! 

12. More picnics mean more pictures to post on here 😉 

This Is What I Want To Be Known For. 

How do you want to be known?? Do you want to be known for your hard work at your weekday job? Do you want to be known for your eyes, smile, or hair? Do you want to be known for the things you have, or the things you post? Or do you never even think about what you’ll be known for? A lot of question marks are up above, and they should get you thinking “What am I known for?” Or “What will I be known for?” 

Me, personally, I want to be known for the love and kindness I show others, and not just kind to the people I know but to everyone I ever encounter. I know that I won’t be loving and kind to everyone I meet, there will be days when I’m not the sweetest person, or the kindest. That’s ok, I am flawed, but my God is not, and He will teach me to be like Him. He will teach me how to love, show kindness, be considerate, and guide me to the way He wants me to live my life. 
We are to love people just as Christ has loved ever single person, no matter if they are different than us, look different than us, or act different than us. 
I want to be like Christ. Something that has been on my mind and heart for a few weeks now is the strive to be like Him. Loving, caring, considerate, kind, sweet, gracious, tender hearted, and understanding, all of those and many more is what our Savior is. I’ve thought about these so much recently, how we are called to be like Christ because He is in us! 

I want to be known for being like Him! I don’t want to be known for my accomplishments, I want to be known for the way I loved, the way I show grace, even when it wasn’t easy. I want to be known for kindness and the consistent pursuit of being like Jesus in every aspect of life. Through the hard days and the easy days I want His love poured out through me! I know He will give me strength to be like Him

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasent words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” 

Being kind and using your words in love never hurt anyone, it makes you like Christ, and guides you to the path that He has made for you. 

So maybe still you want to be known for all the things I listened above, but add being known for being like Jesus, and make it your top priority. He calls us to be like Him, hear His words every time you speak, make sure they glorify Him and show His love to others. 

Xx. 

7 Of My Favorite Skin Care Tips

Have you ever heard someone say they regret taking such good care of their skin? Yeah, neither have I!! You only get this one face, so take care of it, nourish it, cleanse it, and treat it right. A lot of people don’t see how important it is to take care of their skin, but it’s something I really really enjoy and think is so important! I have made a few skincare posts, you can check them out here! 
I have 7 tips that I’ve gathered together for one big post of all things skin! 

1. Wash your face twice a day 

Seriously this is the most important one! In the mornings and at night you’ve got to get all the grossness from the day off of your skin! Washing  your skin in the morning gives your skin a fresh start and cleanses it from the dead skin you got in the night and takes the dirt off as well. And at night it’s really obvious but you’ve got to take the makeup off! Your skin can’t breath with all the makeup on. Even if you don’t wear makeup still you’ve got to cleanse it to get the dirt and oil off of your skin. 

2. Apply Ice 

This is something new for me but I really found it works awesome for really inflamed pimples. Put a cube of ice in a rag and keep it on a spot for 30+ minutes while you watch tv or scroll through your phone. 

3. Start a morning routine 

Get your skin care routine down to a T. Having a morning routine helps with that so eventually it will because natural to get up and cleanse your face. 

4. Take Vitamins 

I just take general women’s vitamins that help with skin, nails, hair, and just gives you most of the vitamins and minerals that we don’t get enough of every day. 

5. Drink TONS of water 

I read an article the other day that drinking water doesn’t help your skin, but I’m going to go against that. I can tell a complete difference in my skin if I haven’t drank enough water. It’s not as bright, it’s not as lifted, and I look drained. And drinking a ton of water just helps my skin look it’s best. 


6. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar 

Everyday I have a big mason jar with water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in it. I’ve been drinking it for a month and my skin is so much more glowing!!! I LOVE it!! Who wouldn’t want glowing skin?! 

7. Pat in lotion 

This one is kind of odd but your older self will thank me later. Don’t rub all those products, pat so so softly. Your skin is very delicate and is already being pulled by gravity so give it a rest. 

I hope these help you in your skin care endevors!! Xx 

This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live.” Amos 5:4