Things I've Been Loving Lately

Monday, August 3, 2015

(Everybody on blogger seems to be doing these, and I've never done one, so I figured I'd try.)

+The raw, unmistakable beauty of God's creation
(Two of my siblings, some church friends and I went adventuring at Blue Hole Falls near Walhalla, SC on Sunday afternoon. It is absolutely beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice. My brother had gotten baptized at church, but we were all washed clean by the murky water of this falls. A note to all: life can get busy, but adventuring is important, and every once in a while, absolutely necessary.)

+My internship with Tim Challies
( I've learned so much about my God, His word, and the worldview that is necessary to live an effective Christian life to the glory of God. We're called to be different, completely different. We can't slack off and be half-Christians. So what if they call you weird? You're a redeemed child of God! "Weird" is so worth it!)

+ Refreshing myself in the book of Mark
 (1:19- Immediately they left their nets and followed [Jesus]. Immediately means immediately. I know how many times I've hesitantly left my net to follow Jesus. Let's start following Him immediately.)

+ Again, loving God's creation
 ("Once in a blue moon" happened the other night, and it was spectacular. My grandmother reminded me that the next time it happens I'll be eighteen and in college. eek-kind of weird to think about.)

+Just now (literally) realizing that Robin Jones Gunn's new Christy and Todd: The Married Years book, One More Wish, is
 coming out August 15th
 (I'm finishing this section before I start freaking out. She is literally AMAZING and I love her books)

+ Rejoicing that my best friend got a car
 (because she can drive me around in it. I really hope she's reading this right now.)
- it looks like this, I think. Maybe. I got this off google -

+ Loving my new journaling Bible
 (It's so worth it to get one, although the text is very small. I hope to start a little typography soon.)

+Squad days
(squad days are the best days, after all. I admit, I am ready for high school and college football season, but these school-less days really are the bomb.)

- okay, aren't they adorable?! -

+ Remembering back to camp
(Oh, the days. I can't wait to go back in November for teen adventure weekend)
- this is my normal laughing face (on far right) -

- and this is my favorite view. I don't think I can ever forget those whispering pines. -

+ Seeing four people get baptized
(my brother included. It was a glorious time, giving all glory to God.)

+ Late night movies with fam
(Okay, Hallmark movies are a little repetitive and very predictable, but sometimes necessary.)

+ Late night swimming with fam.
(These are the days I'll look back on with a sigh, remembering their greatness.)

+ Good news from a friend
(One of my friends accepted Christ at camp. His warmth filled her soul, and I am oh so happy for her.)

+ realizing that sometimes, I'm a total introvert
(and you know what? that's okay. I don't have to be ashamed of the way God made me. And I know that when I'm outgoing, it's by His strength.)

+ write. write. write.
(I think this is what I was made do to. I hope that I'll do it forever.)

+ Getting a new dress and shoes
(I have to constantly remind myself how blessed I am. I am so so so so blessed.)

+ loving that I've got another Back To School post coming up
(but not ready for actual back to school. be ready, readers.)

+ finally, loving that you lovely people are reading this
(Sometimes this blog isn't really worthy of reading, but y'all read it anyway. Thank you, my twenty followers, and anybody else who stops by to read this.)
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  1. Cute photos! Looks like life has been good <3

    1. Yes, Jordy, it has :) Thanks for your (always) kind words and stopping by to read!


  2. I am having a fun summer photo contest over at my blog! to enter click here:

    -elly <3

  3. Mwahh...this is beautiful <3

  4. Mary, all of those are oh so wonderful. Things to remember, as you said.
    I love the concept of holding on to pieces of the present and how everyone is doing these 'thankful for' and 'current' posts. It's cool to think we can look back on them in the past.

    Also, I love how you always talk about Jesus. He is incredible, and you (Like me) want everyone to know it.

    -T. x

    1. Tane, I know what you mean. I think it's good to write posts like these because if you go through a hard time, you can go back and see the things that God uses to encourage you.

      And I don't think I could not talk about Jesus. Lately, He has always slipped into my writing and my conversations. He's is truly too amazing to ignore. If I could just make even one person see that, maybe I could make a difference.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tane!


  5. Those photographs of the moon are stunning! Are the originals? :)

    Emily // Lynde Avenue

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! Thanks to google, I knew what settings to use :)

    2. Oh, and yes, they are the originals :)


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