• Christians, It's Okay to Grieve
    faith,  Grief

    Christians, It’s Okay to Grieve

    Christians can be some of the most encouraging, helpful people on earth. But when it comes to grief, we have a lot of work to do. Since my grandma died last summer, I find myself stumbling across Christian blog posts and advice about “overcoming grief” or “finding joy” instead of pain. It can be very tempting to encourage others to fly past their grief. Believe me, I know. But it does more harm than good. I don’t want to blame my fellow Christians here though. I think American culture has ingrained a tough, busy exterior in us that doesn’t really allow the process of grief. But did you know that…

  • depression,  faith,  Jesus

    When You Feel Far From God

    When I was a sophomore in high school, I got into a huge fight with my best childhood friend. We didn’t speak for a month, but one day, near the end of the school year, I broke down and sent her a text asking her to meet me by “the wall.” I stood alone at our usual social spot, biting my nails and trying to think of something to say–maybe even to make her feel bad. However, I couldn’t even remember what our fight had really been about. When I saw her walking toward me, something in my heart melted. This was my friend–my sister. I dropped my bag and…

  • awards,  Random

    Mystery Blogger Award!

    Hello lovely readers and followers! Today is a great day because I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the creative, funny, and wise blogger,  Dainty M. I love getting these awards, as it shows just how strong the bonds are between writers in the blogging community. Though they may require effort, they are also a blast. So let’s get started! This award was first initiated by the wonderful Okoto Enigma, and I think it’s a great way to meet other like-minded bloggers and make new friends. Here are the rules of the award Display the award logo on your blog. List the Rules. Thank the blogger who…

  • blog challenge,  travel

    Dreamer of Oceans and Safaris

    Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! Today is Day 16 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge. Today’s Topic: Dream Travel Destination I’ll admit that I’ve had limited travel experience in my life. The first time I left my home state was last year, when I flew to South Carolina. It was also my first plane ride, which has now sparked my addiction to flying. I loved South Carolina, but since  I went for my brother’s wedding, I wasn’t able to go to the beach. We were near the mountains though, which were fascinating from the view of the plane! I guess my dream travel destination would be Myrtle Beach. I’ve…

  • Bible study,  devotional,  faith,  Firstfruits,  the Gospel

    FirstFruits~Why You Were Created

    Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome to Part 3 of the FirstFruits series, where we continue to explore the concepts of James 1. James 1 focuses on the Christian under trials. Most of us know what it’s like to experience trials and losses, and it doesn’t make us feel very special. It doesn’t always make us feel very loved. Yup, I went there. It’s hard to feel loved by God when your whole world is falling apart. After all, where is God when all of these awful things are happening–when we’re persecuted, grieving, or fighting a battle? Why is He letting these things happen to us?  Do not be deceived,…