13.2.18

why I'm going to college

  I'm a few years away from college, more or less. But nevertheless, I still think it's important for me,
personally, to have my educational goals in mind.
  A lot of people tell me that it's okay to not plan ahead (which I do. I do and I always will be planning ahead.) They say to take it easy, and to not pressure myself. Nevertheless, I do all of that anyway (for the reasons I'm going to talk about in point A - C.) And I do push myself, but not too much, just the right amount for a student. Because it's important. Not just for college, but for life! I HAVE to plan ahead to correctly use my time and efforts to be capable of bettering my education.

This post is sort of a rant on the basic +'s of College. Simply put, I'm defending my plans of attending college. If you're not in favor of young adults attending Higher Education, I hope I can change you're mind on that through this post. And if you're young and thinking about college, I hope this will encourage you!

So, let's get into it! Here are some of the many reasons why I plan on attending college.

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preparing ahead:
Preparing ahead isn't RUSHING my childhood. It's putting the things I already have to do to better use. 
A) I can take certain classes in high school that will help me meet the standards of my college of choice. 

B) This sort of coressponds with the first reason, I can know which classes I don't have to do, say, foreign language. (This gives me more time for other, more important, classes.)

C) I can keep in mind that certain extracredit classes will be useful.


It's okay to go to college
It's not a sin to attend higher eductation, under the respect that a, I'll be getting a degree, but not putting it in use unless necessary. The reason being, I believe that women are created to be mothers and should be at HOME with their kids. And b, it's a Christian school. Because I do think that going to a secular school isn't healthy for young Christians, certainly due to this day and age being one of constant secular agenda. So, no, I don't think it's a bad thing to go to college. In fact, having a degree is a good safety net, which brings me to my next point. :)

it'll get me a degree under my belt
Like I said a second ago, it's really good to have a degree to fall back on if something happens in life that just wasn't predictable. Let's use this [futuristic] example; My husband (we can call him Bob,) and I both have aquired degrees. Bob, like the majority of middle-class husbands, (rather, middle-class husbands sixty years ago) works to provide for our family. My degree, however, is not in use. Instead, I'm at home taking care of my growing family. Now, one day, Bob gets injured! He no longer can work. What do we do?! Someone has to keep providing money enough to survive, right? Well, because I went to college, I have a degree that I can use to make a temperary living for my family (or permanate, if need be). Now, let's say, six months later, Bob gets better and can return to work. I can stop working, and go back to caring for my family at home. And all is well again. That's why I think it's really important to have a degree! It's a backup plan that can't really go wrong.

it's going to be fun
(Now, onto the more joyful aspects of my little speech.) Chances are, college is going to be a lot of fun. I'm really excited! Friends, classes, growing deeper in the Lord, the Christian University experience. :) It's something to look forward to, for sure. People warn me all the time that college is hard work. And I'm fully prepared for that! In fact, that's what I'm looking forward to! But, for sure, there is fun aside from stress. In fact, today I talked to a lady from our church about college. She was  the one who introduced me to the university I'm looking forward to attending. Anyway, I was talking to her today and my mom asked her what her experience was like at this University, and she told me that it's just as fun as you make it. This really assured me, somehow, in a weird way, that this WAS going to be a great experience. Basically, if you make it fun for yourself, (signing up for classes you LOVE, enrolling in on-campus activities that you'll love, etc.) it'll be fun. It's a mindset that brings it to a whole new level.

it'll continue to teach me respect for adults/rules
I'm assuming, using much common sense, that, if I want to succeed in attaining good grades, I should  [well, work hard and study, but also] respect my teachers. In a time where friends could lead me astray, a time where I could excercise my "freedom" aka rebellious side, there will be people who will expect me to: be on time to class, turn my homework in, give them respect in and out of class, and so on. The teachers are also highly interested in your faith. (I'm not promising this for all campuses, of course.) So, they probably WON'T be ignoring you and letting you break the rules, anyway. Plus, I won't be FREE from responsibilities! So, yes! It will continue to teach me to respect adults, and to follow the rules.

it'll deepen my relationship with the LORD


This has to be one of the things I'm MOST excited for. Church on Sunday mornings and a bible study at brunch with some of my close friends. Daily devotion, privately in my dorm and publicly at church in the Santuary every day. A time where I can either be alone and focus on God on my own, or come together with friends! And also, a new time in my life, where living, rising, working, and resting, will require faith.











it'll be a good easing-in to adulthood
What better way to adjust to living on my own and being incharge of myself than college? It provides a safe enviroment, too. I've met a few of the teachers at the college I'm looking into, and, to be honest, I wouldn't have a problem with going to them with any questions, prayer requests, etc. (They're really nice. ;) ) 




it's a good possibility that i'll meet my future husband there

On a deeper note, college is where a lot of women from my church have met and married a Christian
man from their college. And, why not? They've LITERALLY rounded up a whole bunch of Christian young men in one little sanctuary. Likely, they're somewhat mature, because they care enough to attend college, aquire a degree and be capable of providing for their future family. And they probably hold strong values, if they went out of their way to choose a Christian campus over another. And of COURSE I'm generalizing/assuming/other things. But it makes sense to me.









it's a very good way to meet christian friends

You know what ELSE college is SUPER great for? Friends! If I don't find a husband at college, I'll DEFINITLY find some Christian friends. The odds are in my favor! Roomates, girls and boys in my classes... basically anyone on campus, is an opportunity for a friend. Chances are, they're probably a Christian. And if they don't share many of my same hobbies, I can guantee that they share my interest in COLLEGE and GOD, at least. And after four years, we'll also share the memories that were our college years together!







it'll be an experience that I'll always remember 

Who attends college and forgets it? Most women I talk to say that it was one of the best times of their life. My mom tells me all the time that it was the best time ever. So why wouldn't it be for me? She'll never forget it! I don't think I will, either.

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Thoughts on College? I'd like to hear them!

With love, Allie Taylor

22.11.17

when your strengths and weaknesses are drawing you away from God

I'm Mary and I'm Martha all at the same time;
I'm sitting at his feet yet I'm dying to be recognized.
I am a picture of contentment and I am dissatisfied
why is it easier to work and harder to rest someitmes?

- Lament by Audrey Assad

It's impossible to take a little time off from the "go go go" of the society... at least, it is when your one of eight and you're typically a very driven and obsessive person.
Maybe I've already let go of the illusion of perfection... but I'm still fighting for close to that. 
And that's just it. Fighting the mess with all the push I have in me. This has never, in the history of EVER left me completely awake and ready to continue on with the week. 
And not that this isn't what I look forward to doing in my own family one day, because I totally want this! Homemaking. 
But sometimes it doesn't feel like homemaking.
Sometimes there's chaos. Sometimes there's a mess. Living like Martha feels like the only option.
But it's not! It's a temperary storm, that's all. Because later, the candle will be lit and the kitchen will be clean. 

But honestly? You probably know that already...

What I really came to you today to say is what I've experience this week. 

Is focussing on solving my problems and keeping up with life drawing me away from God?

My strength (and weakness) in life is my overacheiving personality. I want this done and this done and this done. And I'm doing it myself. And I'll get it done NOW. 

I never thought of it this way, but are my strengths and weaknesses drawing me away from God?

I love cleaning. And organizing... and just minimalism in general. 

And a lot of the time I mix this love with my overacheiving-ness...

but... it's a toxic mix in certain situations.

Maybe all along I thought the real acheivment would be in just working away at a chore and then seeing it complete, when I'm realizing that the Bible is ACTUALLY TRULY COMPLETELY telling me that it's never been that way. 

The actual acheivment? Here's what I'm JUST learning...

  Acknoleging the mess and chaos, dropping your mop and wet rag, and ditching it for God.
Stopping what we see and know is urgent, and, instead, going to what is always important... God. 

I know, this is going to be a super short post. But it's nothing extravegant I'm explaining! It's so simple. 

The prize isn't the effect your work has made on your home... it's the effect your rest has made on your relationship with God. 

The real challenge isn't facing the mess... it's letting it go, just for now, and making God your first priority.

With love, Allie

16.11.17

Solve by Christmas by Amber Shamel - book review

I know it's been an awfully long time since I wrote something here, but I'm not disappointed. Things
haven't been busy or stressful for me at all, and I really intend to keep it that way. I'm trying to not overload myself, and focus on the most important things. I write about not wasting your time and focussing on the Lord... and it's even more important that I live that way.

Along with not overbooking myself comes lounging late into the night with Solve by Christmas, by Amber Shamel. (To visit her Goodreads or twitter profile, blog, or Solve by Christmas's page on Goodreads, just click the links provided in the text.)

To begin the review, I would like to snatch Author Amber Shamel by the shoulders and shake her so very much in thanks for the brilliant work which is Solve by Christmas. It never failed to entertain me, and it always, always, ALWAYS made me think. I've highlighted many paragraphs just to be able to reference the smooth easing into and out of a scene, and the delicacy and detail it's written in.




I received Solve by Christmas on October 16th, directly from the author herself. (She even sweetly signed it for me!) Immediately, I started reading and haven't put it down since.

I finished it today, November 16th. My thoughts? Below!

Solve by Christmas is about detective Jasper Hollock, set in the beginning of the 20th century. Hollock is given a case by his close friend, an elderly man, Gustov Rudin. The case? Change Rudin's mind about killing himself.

I'm going to make this short and, honest. Sweet, if possible;

It was very well-written in certain parts but obviously had its flaws in others. I felt like there was a boring spot towards the end of the book, around chapters 9 - 11. I didn't feel the author's presence there and it was more like a first draft than a final. I felt that there should have been more activity.
  I liked the characters, but I did feel that at times there were too many. They could have been better developed, too. Ms. Leslie annoyed me, partly because of the slight cliché in her character arc. Mr. Stosch was interesting to me but could have been improved. I liked Denny and felt that Shamel completely gave him the boot at the end of the book. Jasper was annoying at points, and I didn't like him a WHOLE lot. It was just too much for me to handle as Jasper was never calm or relaxed even for ONE scene, as he was constantly in a hurry.  However, I LOVED Mrs. Rudin. Everything about her was perfectly written and the marriage issues seemed very real. Mr. Rudin was decently written, compared to Mrs. Rudin. I really liked the Mirrors, and I wish there were more scenes with them! I thought that it was a super creative idea.

And, Amber, if you are reading this, my thought: I think it wasn't written to be a standalone, and it really would be a good idea to turn it into a series.

In summary, it was a piece of writing that wasn't perfect, one that certainly could have used some improvement, but was overall really enjoyable and I recommend you read it! If I had to rate it, on the scale of one to ten, I'd give it a seven. Out of five stars, I'd say it was worthy of a 3.5.

Shoutout to Amber for sending me this amazng copy, and I hope my review was helpful! I really did enjoy this book, and I REALLY hope you write more like it. :)

With love, Allie




1.11.17

The Daily Habit, Priority, and Command of Reading your Bible

The first thing I do in the morning, after getting ready for the day, is read my Bible. The main reasons for why I choose the morning to do so are simple and straight to the point.


"Prayer is the key in the morning
             And the lock at night."

Reading my Bible, praying, (focussing on GOD in general) in the morning really helps me move softly & adjust into the day... almost completely eliminating any woke-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed feelings (i.e. grumpiness). And lastly, it's a really great opportunity to get the Word in my head, thus giving me the WHOLE rest of the day to think on it; analyze it.

What's the motivation? 

Psalms 119:9, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word." 

I desire to keep a heart completely focussed on God, and to walk the way Jesus wants me to. This verse is very clear about how to acheive this. Which is by guarding it ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD. Thus, how can we "guard" our hearts "according to [the] Word" if we know not of what it reads? 

By reading His word, we're obeying Him. And by not, we're disobeying. So, obediance to God is a really good motivation.

By reading His word, we gain understanding of the Biblical theology. Without this understanding, how can we defend our faith? 

Read 1 Peter 3:15: "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,[...]"

Finally, by reading His word, we're becoming FAITHFUL to God. Because we're coming before Him EVERY DAY to focus only on Him. Devotion and dedication. Too busy? I should say not! Just cut out the amount of hours you spend on social media and you'll actually accomplish things like this. :) 
  (Also, this could technically be a point, but if I gave it it's own little paragraph, it would become big-headed and would totally screw up my 3-point perfection. But, by being faithful, I've really noticed the effects it has taken on my life and just being able to look back on that, I'd say it CERTAINLY qualifies as motivation.)

Tools? 

  1. I use colorful pens to underline what I've read. It's a way to kind of see where I left off, and it's also encouraging to see HOW MUCH I'VE READ! 
  2.  Obviously, I use my great big, blue and brown, King James Version Bible. 
  3.  Somewhere comfy to study your Bible! I sit in the livingroom next to a big lamp. But, all cards on the table, it can be distracting if you havn't already mastered the skill. You get people trying to talk to you, people screaming, people jumping on you... and it's just a lot. Honestly, I DON'T recommend your livingroom if you have a big family. But me? I'm immune to them. :) 
  4. And probably most important, an open, and listening, heart! If you aren't READING and taking in the full power of the Bible, you might as well just not read it. (And I wouldn't opt for that.)


Next-- creating a habit. How can you do this? Mainly, repetition along with dedication. If you REALLY want to make a habit out of this, read your Bible every day, as much as possible. Make a mental note that GOD SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PRIORITY. Second, ACTION. You can't accomplish a habit without pursuit. Take ACTION. And lastly, PRAY about it. Pray that God will give you the strength to deny the pull of distractions, and that, instead, you read His Word. 



Hello! Thanks for reading, have a great weekend, and worship God. Seriously, life is but a fleeting moment. God is eternal. 

With love, Allie

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4.10.17

6 Tips for an Undisturbed Bible Study

It's so easy to get distracted, let alone adding in technology and constant communication. Thoughts stray. Attention is stolen by the TV or a ding from their phone. It's the most unbearable when they distract us from important and/or urgent things, right?! But, unfortunately, we can't help it.



Oh, wait...



You can.


Even though it seems hard, it's not impossible to limit these distractions. I feel as though the distractions are most present when I'm trying to do my Bible Study. Most likely, your struggles are as mine! So here are a few tips for limiting these distractions for an undisturbed Bible Study.


1. Make it Your FIRST Priority, SET YOUR MIND TO IT
If you really want it, set your mind to it! It'll get done. By making it your VERY VERY VERY first priority, there will ALWAYS be a way. 

2. Go to a quiet room
By leaving the noise and distractions (especially if you have a large family), the best solution is really just leaving outside or going into a quiet room. It helps A LOT.

3. Put earphones in, play soft quiet music 
(hymns, classical, a calm soundtrack all work great. I recommend this soundtrack) Music is definitly a good idea. And I specify earphones, because they really take you out of the world, and dim the sound of anyone else.

4. Keep your Bible Study tools in a special spot or in the room you study in
By doing this, it becomes a habit to go to that room and study... + they're easily found. It's just a really good idea in general.

5. Put your phone downstairs, in a different room, or power it off, or turn off ALL notifications in the settings
I'm serious. I guarantee that, if you have it, your social media is LITERALLY 99% of the distraction. Either put your phone away from you or GET RID OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA. Also, ask yourself this question: "What is the ratio of time spent on my phone v. in my Bible?" Answer yourself that, and decide if you're making a god of Social Media for yourself. 

6. And honestly, in the long run, it's better to get rid of the majority of social media because it's literally mental clutter
If you can mentally handle it, I recommend that you just get rid of most of your social media. Do people need to DAILY see a picture of you? Do you have to DAILY see of picture of them and their lives? Are you focussing WAY TOO MUCH on things that won't matter in the end? 

 And that's all. :) You know what, you should go and do a Bible Study right now. Be spontaneous! Go, live for the LORD!

With love, Allie ;)


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20.9.17

10 little things to peace, rest, joy, and no stress

We live in a day and age where people are moving, constantly. It's in the commercials, the lifestyles around us, and unfortunately, it's just the culture.
  I get stressed out pretty easily. On top of that, I'm a high introvert. And on top of all of that, I'm a minimalist. Which makes me want to strive for simplicity in EVERYTHING.
  I've been collecting verses and reminders for myself in my journal, and I thought that it would be a really good idea to put them together for you. :)


So, here are 10 little things to peace, rest, joy, and no stress. :)




1} John 16:33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

2} don't overschedule yourself
Take time to yourself, rest at home. 

3} Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

4} get things done, but in good time
You can get the kitchen clean, and work on a project that's been a burden on the back of your mind, but don't rush. Take your time.

5} Exodus 33:14 
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

6} early to bed, early to rise
Go to bed at a reasonable hour, get up before the sun. Go for a walk, drink something warm. And start your day strong and restful.

7} 1 Peter 5:7 
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

8} music
I like to keep music on all day long. Classical, Christian Hymns, and instrumental soundtracks. It's really relaxing and just helps in general.

9} 1 Peter 3:4
 “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

10} pray without ceasing
It may really seem hard, but pray. Always pray. When you're feeling anxious, when things are getting hard to handle, when the house seems at constant disarray... pray.

I hope you have a really amazing fall, as it's just the most beautiful season. And also, if you didn't see that Melani from Reflections of the Heart wrote a guest post for me, I highly recommend you take a peek at it. :) Again, have an amazing autumn, and drink lots of Pumpkin Spice Mochas. :)

Wih love, Allie ;)



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19.9.17

what every Christian girl needs to know about real friendships

Hey guys! My name is Melani and I blog about modesty, lifestyle, relationships, and girly advice over at Reflections of the Heart.  It was super nice of Allie to invite me to guest post on her lovely blog! Thanks so much, Allie!

  So... every girl needs friends, right? A few close girls to stick by you and encourage you in your walk with the Lord. If you're a kind and friendly person, it's easy to make friends! Unfortunately, it can be just as easy to make bad friends... When I was a preteen and a little younger, I tended to make friends with people that were known as the "popular girls." I did have other friends that weren't labeled as "popular," but I did work hard at getting on the good side of girls that weren't always the nicest. They were cool, and I wanted to be cool, too, so they were the girls to hang out with, right?  Not exactly the best idea.





A few things that EVERY Christian girl should know about friendships: 


1. Judging friendships based on popularity really is shallow. I thought it was important to be liked and accepted. It's really not. It's much better to find a few sweet and friendly girls that may not be the "popular girls" then seek friendships with girls that are popular and rude. Popularity, as defined in our culture, is very superficial, anyway. As God's daughters, we can definitely do better!  

2. Good friends will bring you up, not down. It's really important to be an encouragement to your friends. Be someone that will always do their very best to be helpful and uplifting. Also, if one of your friends consistently behaves immorally, you might need to distance yourself a little bit. Of course, it's ALWAYS good to be a godly example in someone's life! But you have to know whether you're influencing them or they're influencing you. 

3. Don't turn into a clique. Sometimes close friends will unintentionally shut themselves off from all the other girls. While it's natural to have girls you're closer to, it is still important to be welcoming to everyone. If you're having a conversation that you don't feel comfortable with everyone hearing, then it needs to be done later. Speaking behind hands and whispering really is rude. The same thing goes with making plans in front of people when it doesn't involve them. Thoughtfulness and politeness can go a long way. 

4. Make friends that are kind and friendly to everyone. If you know someone that is standoffish and aloof to some people yet friendly and sweet to others, this probably isn't the girl you want to be best friends with. Of course, you should be nice to her! But don't initiate a close friendship with girls that are selective in their friendship choices. And by selective I mean when popularity, appearance, and personality are factors. 

5. Good friendships will be centered around God. It's really awesome to be able to have spiritual conversations with your friends. Several of my friends and I will send Bible verses or encouraging articles back and forth. Plus it definitely is a blessing to have godly girls to talk to. When your friends aren't believers, they really will not understand your mission and purpose as a Christian girl because they don't have the same.  

Thanks again, Allie, for having me! Many blessings to her readers!

31.8.17

5 ways to balance efficiency & rest daily

  In Luke 10, there is a parable that each of us has read or should have read. It's the parable of the sisters, Mary and Martha.  
 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

  These verses explain that we are constantly troubled with so much to do, and while I may get something accomplished, it's most likely far from what God wants of me-- to be a Mary and SIT before the Lord.

  And maybe if Jesus came to my home I WOULD. But the truth is, Jesus does come to my home. He's there every day, in my soul and on my shelf in the Bible. And I ignore him.*
*rather, I used to.

But of course, I can't just drop my whole life and the things I must care to, either. So, obviously, I have to find a balance.

The problem:

There's a lot to do every day, and even though I think I can handle it and survive, I'm not handling it with care + is the point to survive the fight, or come out victorious because Christ already did?

I went over this problem on my own a week ago and came up with a solution. I followed through with my plans and came out feeling pretty good; while becoming a faithful servant. My results? Here are 5 ways to balance efficiency and rest daily.



I. pray with FAITH

This is the first thing I knew I had to do. I was hurrying and overwhelmed-- then I stopped in my tracks. I realized I was being a Martha, and it was only getting worse as I continued my blissful ignorance... which really wasn't that "blissful".
  Pray with Faith, I should add. Pray for it, then prepare for it! Because that's what FAITH is! Whether you prepare your heart full of joy because you may now consider it OK, or prepare for what you prayed for my physically preparing, you TRUST that the LORD is answering your prayer. 

Have faith and say, LORD, I give these problems, this chaos, the anxiety, and fear and hurt, etc. to YOU! I'm forwarding these issues to YOU and YOU have control over them. 


II. plan your day out on paper

  After I got off my knees, I went right to what I felt was needed to be next. Lists. 
  I made an organized day starting from 5:15 am, when I wake up and continuing on till 9 when I TRY to get in bed.*

*I'm totally kidding. 9? with a family of eight, who make messes all day long and leave them for me to take care of in the evening? Yeah right. Nine... pff.

I scheduled my day the way I wanted it to go. This included the following, for specification in case you think that I ditch school when I want "good days".
- cleaning
- homeschool
- homeschooling the younger kids
-eating/cleaning up the lunch, breakfast, dinner

And because we had just remodeled, we had lots of our home packed away into the garage / Uhaul / so on. And the garage was a disaster area, so... yep. Anyway, because we had so much mess tucked away, (that was the majority of my stress) I put down different chores on my "plan". NOTE: instead of listing entire chores/projects, I divided them into two days and spent only twenty minutes here and twenty minutes there every day. By the time the weekend was over and Monday came, the garage was completely clean and the whole house was back to normal... even better. 

III. timebox your day

I know I just mentioned this, but it's a huge thing when it comes to our topic, and for those of you who might be taking notes, I want to make sure you get this part down in BIG. LETTERS. Okay?

When you want to get something done, put your task into a timebox.  Like a box with a lid, a timebox also has a lid on it, so you have to stop on that particular task when the time period is done.   Don't work until it's "all done."  Then you move on to your next timebox.  So if your task is a large one, you may only be able to get 15 minutes to an hour of it done.  But that's okay because you can work on it again the next day.

  The tasks will never, ever end. So if you don't timebox your day, you'll spin out of control with a whirlwind of things to get done. Take time throughout the day to focus on tasks that NEED to be done, not all of the piddly things. (Different point: Do those when the most important things are done; you'll feel less pressured and stressed.)

So timebox your tasks, and, by taking it slowly, one timebox at a time, you'll get a lot done and walk out with twice the energy. 

IV. set specific time slots for rest/time with God

Just like you would take a break to watch t.v., take a break to read your Bible, pray, and even just take a rest for twenty or thirty minutes every few hours before or after working on #3. Make SURE you do this. It will keep you relaxed and peaceful, and have it on your plan for the day, it forces you to rest consistently, and for when you finish your rest, you leave with God's words in your head, and you can meditate around it ALL. DAY. LONG.

V. RIGHT when you wake up, take an hour to focus on GOD

Okay. You may have to leave your house in the morning to go to school. You may not, like me. But either way, no matter if you attend a public school or can stay in the comfort of your own home, you can still rise before the sun, before your family, and before life kicks in, and FOCUS ON GOD. I get up at five. And I get roughly an hour and a half before I have to get my sisters and brothers ready for the day and start homeschooling with them. And yes, this will mean sacrificing late nights and "fun", but it's worth it, and so much healthier. Not to mention much more efficient. Rising early will help you work and focus on God without feeling slow or lazy. So after you get dressed and ready for school or the day, sit down in a designated spot and focus on GOD by maybe doing a Bible Study, reading your daily proverbs, or just praying.

(The reason why I choose not to get dressed BEFORE my morning Bible study, is because when I get dressed, I'm tempted to start my day. And if I start my day, it'll be ten times harder to drop everything I'm doing to read my Bible. Thus, not having started anything yet, I'll be more pulled to read my Bible. But there's definitely debate about this between my mom and I... She feels that she has to get the morning basics of getting dressed done BEFORE Bible, and I feel the opposite. Again, this is just MY opinion, it's really just whatever works for you.)

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And that's 5 ways to balance efficiency and rest in your every-day life. This is working REALLY well for me, and the past few days have been AMAZING because of it. If you decide to try this out, let me know! And if you already do this, or have a suggestion or even a tip about it, PLEASE let me know down below.


Allie


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11.8.17

a pleasant little surprise

  Happy Friday! It's been a long week here, but a... well, an efficient one. There's been a lot of work going on, construction wise, so it's been busy. But somehow I've found moments to write to you, friend. 


  So, today I found a pleasant little surprise in my inbox. Thank you so much, Esther, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This made me super happy considering that I really do like making people happy and happiness is sunshine and for her to nominate for being a little ray of sunshine, than yes, that means wildflowers to me. Thank you so much, E!


Esther gave me questions to answer, and after I do, I make up new questions for those that I nominate. I'll spare you the bullet list of rules. 



Here are my answers. :)

What song were you listening to last?
I'm actually listening to music right now! I havn't really listened to his music lately, but I'm listening to Talk of The Town, by Jack Johnson. It calms me down when I'm stressed. (Which I'm not currently, but I was, well, before I turned the music on. :) )

Who was the last person you spoke to?
My little sisters. She was about to grab a wet paint roller. Two and four, the four-year-old is very responsible and made sure I knew what the two-year-old was doing. All while the eleven-year-old is konked out of the floor, getting trampled by the two, sleeping. 

What was the last word you spoke, backwards?
It was a mix between "NO!" and "If mom and dad found out--"... so... on and tuo dnuof dad dna mom fi.

Who is the last person you said Thank You to?

My mom and dad. They just left to get gallons of paint for the kitchen and my room. :)

When was the last time a stranger did something nice for you?
Well, when I was walking through the store, looking for pain samples, I told a woman my parent's age (who was in front of me) that she had BEAUTIFUL red hair, and that it looked amazing with her outfit. She started to tear up a little and told me that that made her day, and that of course, made my day. Other than that, Evangeline and RubixCube commented on my last post and that really encouraged me. :)

Who last made you smile?
  With all honesty, I havn't smiled in a long time. Things have been so hectic these peast few days, and I've just been surviving it. So, actually, God was the last one. I was praying this afternoon when everything seemed to be going wrong... and then I just felt better because I knew He would take care of me. So I smiled. Because I KNEW it was going to get better.

What was the last thing you drank?
  A candle-turned-glass-jar-used-for-a-cup full of cold water. :)

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE BLOGGER?
  If I want encouragment in the Lord, Leigh Anne and Melani are my favorite.



And here are my questions. ;)

  • What gives you the most joy?
  • What is your favorite type of tea/coffee?
  • Who was the last person you made laugh?
  • Define yourself in ten words or less!
  • Which of the following are you: soft and happy and light in coloring and clothing, OR soft and flowy and relaxed in clothing and coloring, OR sharp and warm-colored and textured in clothing and coloring, OR strictly bold in coloring and very black and white for clothing. 
  • What are your favorite things?
  • What is the most beautiful thing you can imagine?
  • Your perfect (real or not real) place? i.e. a coffee shop, a cool, ventilated room, a fresh hotel room, the kitchen, a magical realm that doesn't exist (in that case, describe it!). Whatever it is, describe it.
And I nominate Melani and Anika Joy. Melani, you're blog is such a blessing to me, you're very encouraging. Anika, you're so amazing and grown-up, and you're just so kind and fun. The world needs more of both of you. :) You both are just the best. 

Thank you, again, Esther, for nominating me for this. It made me happy, putting me in that little place of mind that is quiet, relaxed, and real.

I hope you all have an AMAZING weekend, and please pray that we get our Home Projects done, and that God gives my parents peace and keep them relaxed since my mom has to stay away with the kids because, you know, little ones around paint rollers, as I mentioned earlier. ;)

With love, Allie :)




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8.8.17

thoughts on passion in a God-pursuing life...

I found assurance of my faith about three weeks ago. A week later, I finished writing my mission statement. This week, after I read over it, I realized something had changed. Hopes and dreams had altered towards (completely, now) homemaking and respecting and honoring my parents and later my husband. Like I said, my dreams and goals were changing. I know why! My dedication to the Lord had expanded rapidly, and now it was everywhere. I didn't have to look for it, it was literally everywhere. In every goal, every dream, every friendship, and every hope. All of it was coming back to God. Because all of it had started with God, and what He calls women be.

After a week, I started to notice how those around me had far different hopes from mine. Here's my analysis on why.



  First of all, what is passion? Passion is a longing, an urge, to do something (and in the context I'm speaking in), something GREAT for the Lord. Here is the calling that God calls (most) women to;
 Creating a peaceful, joyful, loving, and God-pursuing home. Nurturing and loving her children. Loving, respecting, (and nurturing, too) and honoring her husband. And, first and foremost, obeying, loving, and building her relationship with GOD.
  How do you differentiate between God-given passion and worldly passion? The Bible makes it clear what a woman's job is.
1. To obey, love, and build her relationship with GOD.
2. To love, respect, and obey her husband.
3. To nurture, love, and care for her children and home.


What is a God-pursuing life? What does one look like? A woman who is fulfilling a God-pursuing life, she is obeying God in what she does and seeking Him out daily. What does God-pursuing mean? It means, exactly what is says, pursuing Him daily, consistently. Searching out and doing what He commands. And where is a God-pursuing life found? It's found in the Bible, God's Word. It's everywhere, spread throughout the text. But specifically, we can find wisdom on the subject in Proverbs 31. How do you differentiate between a God-pursuing life and a worldly, selfish, self-honoring life? God makes it very clear what he commands of young ladies and women, and He makes it clear what He commands AGAINST. God calls the woman to stay home with her children, to respect and honor her husband (and parents, alike), and to nourish her relationship with the Lord, honoring Him in all she does. But a woman of the World will focus on herself and what she can build up for herself. The difference: God, and His effect on her heart.



So what should daughters of the Lord look for in Life? I think that as a child, it should be obeying and loving and building her relationship with God. Then Honoring, loving, and respecting her parents. Third, being a loving witness and example to the children younger than her. And uninhibitedly training for her future husband by respecting and honoring and obeying her parents.
  As a woman, her God-given commands will be obeying, loving, and building her relationship with GOD. Honoring, loving, and respecting her husband. Loving and caring for her children. And training up her children in the way they should go.

Unfortunatly, the truth of the matter is that [most] daughters aren't hopeing nor trying for any of this.
As a child, she's being taught to want independence and self-righteousness. She's being taught to think that she doesn't need a husband when she becomes a woman and that she can take care of herself. She's being taught that her parents shouldn't control her life. She's learning that she should be who she wants, sinful or not.
  And it only is exaggerated into adulthood. Because nothing changes, the only difference is, if she gets married, old habits are being resurfaced as she is faced with questions concerning and doubting if she should even TRY to respect, love, and honor him.

But why is this? Most likely because she didn't have a mom worthy to look up to, and not being taught correctly how to live for the Lord, and being influenced by the media and their opinions, which often stray from God's Word



So, what truly is REAL passion?

Her hopes and dreams should intersect with what God wants, not what the World teaches. Then, this is a passion that can be realized while obeying Jesus Christ's command for us to live a life after God's own heart, becoming WOMEN after God's own heart.


I hope you guys have a really great week, and please enjoy the remainder of the summer! It's fading fast.

With love, Allie


the featured image used in this post is not my own. I found it on Pinterest and it solely belongs to it's original uploader. I, however, applied the text on the image, but the photohgraph itself is not mine. I am in no means trying to claim it as my own and/or steal it.