Blogtober Day 12 // Trust in Him & Be Found

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hola, readers! Remember that surprise I was talking about? Well here it is: a guest post from the one and only Madilyn Davis, my best friend and fellow blogger! Madilyn always encourages me to run to God and trust in Him, because, believe me, I have major trust issues. And today she wants to encourage y'all to do the same thing. I'll link her social accounts below; feel free to give her a follow there!

Trust is the solid foundation of any relationship a person has with someone else, but when that trust is broken, so is the relationship with that person and the relationship will never be the same again.  Well, it’s different when it comes to God.  In fact, it is one hundred percent positive He will never lead you astray and break His promises.  We are only humans, and we all need God every living day.  All we do is sin, and we need the One who died for our sins to save us from our sins, and when we let Him do just that, it is a huge leap of faith we take.  We are trusting in God with our lives.  

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

God will never leave you, and that is a promise you can trust.  He will be there for you through everything, good and bad times, and He will get you through those times if you trust the fact that He can get you through rough waters so you can live for Him.  Life isn’t easy, y’all, but God is always good.  Just like the verse said in Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged”, God will comfort you and He will guide you – if you trust Him.  Without your trust in God, your plans God has lain out for you would be hopeless; my plans would be hopeless if I wasn’t trusting in God with my all.  This world is fading away from God’s commands, which is one of the saddest things to think about.  Do you have any idea why?  Society isn’t trusting God.  They aren’t putting God before themselves, and they’re letting themselves become lost in the world’s ways.  This is why it is so incredibly important to trust God with your life, because when your soul is in God’s hands, it is in the safest place it could possibly be.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 
“Trust in God” is all I can tell you to do and it is up to you whether or not you commit to Him and let Him guide you.  Yesterday I had the experience of a lifetime and was able to ride in a hot air balloon.  The view was beautiful, but I’m petrified of heights and was miserably claustrophobic and would have not been able to do what I did without trusting that God would keep my family and me safe on the ride.   I run into situations every day when I have to trust in the Lord, and it is a wonderful feeling knowing that the One who forgave me for my sins has my back through everything – big and small, hard and easy.  Know one thing – God loves you, even when you betray Him.  He keeps His Word, even when you don’t keep yours.  That’s an amazing type of love and security our Savior gives us and I wouldn’t trade it for a thing in the world.

Wasn't that just great?! Like I said before, y'all should go check out her personal blog, and her social media is linked below:

Blogtober Day 8 // Fall Bucket List

Thursday, October 8, 2015

(This was taken during the flooding here in SC. Most everyone in our area was fine, but families in the lower part of the state weren't so fortunate. Keep them in your prayers.)

I know, I know, I said I was going to post more often this month. *face palm* And I’m so terribly sorry that I haven’t stood up to my word. As usual, as soon as I made the commitment, my school schedule decided to go crazy on me. Lately, I’ve needed a little extra grace, but you know what? That’s okay, because God gives grace unmeasured, full, and free.

As I’ve already made a point to say about ten thousand times in the last few posts, it’s fall! And not only fall, but also October, which is one of the greatest months around. Today for Blogtober, I’d like to share a fall bucket list because I absolutely love fall and all its good vibes.

1. Go apple picking.
2. Visit a corn maze.
3. PSL (pumpkin spice latte) is obligatory.
4. Have a fall photo shoot. (Photo shoots in my case)
5. Buy/make/think of a Halloween costume (homemade ones are always fun. And contrary to what everyone says, you’re never too old to trick-or-treat)
6. Jump in a pile of leaves (you know you want to)
7. Watch lots and lots of football. (I’m cheering for Clemson in my head as I write this)
8. Bake everything pumpkin. you can think of
9. Go to the mountains. (I’m doing this in November for Thanksgiving break!)
10. Have/go to a bon fire (I shall never tire of bon fires and friends and hot dogs and coffee. Just thinking about it makes me smile)
11. Fall clothes are actually the best. Enjoy those while they last J
12. Make s’mores (See number 10 – they go perfectly together)


Isn’t fall great?! Comment below what y’all plan to do this fall! I hope that through these series of posts  y'all can get to know the girl behind the blog a little better. And stay tuned because I’ve got a surprise post coming on Monday! 

Blogtober Day 2 & 3 // Fall Essentials & To Be Read

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hello, Readers!

I've been a terrible blogger lately. As I write this, I have a terrible cold, and South Carolina has turned into a rain forest. (so much rain) It has proven hard to keep up with blogging when it's as dreary as it is. 

I've decided to take on Noor's Blogtober challenge. I think it will be just the thing to get me back into blogging this month. I won't be posting every day and doing every challenge, but I'll at least be doing some of them. I was going to completely skip day one and two, but I absolutely loved the idea of fall essentials, so I had to at least combine days two and three! 

Fall Essentials:

1. Bean Boots

Number one on the list (and in my heart) are L.L. Bean's duck boots, better known as Bean Boots. They can go with anything from an over-sized t-shirt or flannel to a vest, and they keep you warm at the same time! (That's a plus.)  They have already been on my instagram feed numerous times, and I've worn them whenever I could. They aren't the cheapest, but they are completely worth it. They're hand made, and if they're backordered, L.L Bean sends you the cutest little mini-bean-boot key chain. Free of charge.

2. Flannels / Over-sized t-shirts and sweaters:


Adorable handwoven oversize sweater and long neck boots for fall Fun and Fashion Blog:

Flannels are one of those things that you can dress up and dress down. If you're feeling lazy, wear a flannel. If you're feeling cute, put a vest over a flannel and pair it with some boots. If you're feeling hipster, tie a flannel around your waist over a cute t-shirt and pair it with some converse. Seriously, anything is possible. Over-sized sweatshirts, t-shirts, and sweaters are the same way, and they're actually magical, if you were wondering.

3. Leggings

Leggings are such a true blessing because somebody somewhere decided that they looked cute with over-sized sweaters and flannels. (thank you, whoever you are) And hey, you could also throw in some bean boots with them and BAM, you've officially put together three of Mary Shelley's fall essentials. They're just really great, and I think I can leave it at that. (Disclaimer: Please wear a longer shirt with these for the sake of modesty.)

4. Scarves

Thrilled that they brought these waffle knit circle scarves back this season! One of my favorites from last year!:

Scarves go with anything (I'm really sorry I've said that about everything, but this is the second time I've typed this out because I lost everything the first time I typed it. Very frustrating.). Seriously though, if you're not feeling like wearing your hair down, just put it up in a cute bun and wear a scarf. Instant cute outfit.

5. Boots

These are absolutely necessary in the fall, for the sake of keeping warm and for the sake of style. You can seriously pair all of the above with these. They can go with jeans, leggings shirts, and dresses. They're altogether amazing in general, and there are so many different styles to fit your taste.
6. Last and definitely not least (in fact, I saved the best for last), Jesus:
I actually hate that the above are called fall essentials, because the only fall essential is Jesus, and maybe, just maybe, coffee. If you have a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus, you will be more than okay.

So, that's it for the essentials. Here are the books I'm planning to read this month:

To Be Read:

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley : How could I not read Frankenstein when I wrote it? Just kidding, but I'm actually related to the writer of Frankenstein. (Basically famous, right?) 

2. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks: The main character's back story is a little rough, but other than that, it's a good book so far. I have always loved Nicholas Sparks's writing, and I'm really excited about this book.

3. Memories of a Dirt Road by Stephen Bly: I was excited when I randomly grabbed this from a shelf in the library. It's a Christian book, I think, so I think I'll enjoy it.

4. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: Go Teen Writers, a blog I follow, references this novel all the time. It's apparently very well written, and I can't wait to start it.

5. (Not pictured) The New Testament: I'm currently in Mark, and I hope to finish John by the end of the month. Like I said, Coffee and Jesus are the only real fall essentials.

I sincerely hope I didn't bore you out of your mind. Again, I had to type this twice and I'm running low on coffee, so I apologize if I sound terribly unenthusiastic. Stay tuned for more blogtober posts, and let me know if you liked this one!