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Happy Hiking Boots + What Should I Write??

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! Life is busy as usual, with many good things happening all around me (including my brother’s upcoming wedding!). Anyway, while life is running a mile a minute and I’m trying to edit my book, sometimes I get stuck on what to post for my blog.

I always let the Holy Spirit be my guide when it comes to writing posts about my faith, but that doesn’t mean I never get writer’s block! So I’m asking for your help.

What do you want me to write about?

Is there any life issue you’re facing or advice you think I can provide? Do you want me to post some creative fiction? Any current issues you want me to cover from a faith point of view? Something else?? Please let me know in the comments below or contact me here!

Thanks for your feedback 🙂 Now time to talk boots! I LOVE boots. They are my favorite type of shoe to wear (other than Converse). Although my style is kind of girly, I love a nice tomboy boot.

Hiking boots in particular are trending right now. I don’t really hike (unless walking around on campus counts lol), but I do love the cozy feel and slightly rugged look of these boots.


You can get a “duck boot” (top left) for an extra edgy appeal. You can also find boots with heels for a more girly vibe. There are also other colors besides traditional browns (like the navy pair on the bottom right). They go so well with any fall outfit and are perfect for chilly temperatures.


I actually have the duck boots from the collage above! They are Esprit brand, and I got them for a bargain at T.J. Maxx. I love wearing them with my burgundy cardigans or a chunky sweater and skinny jeans. I actually wore them to a cider mill last weekend, and let me tell you, I felt like I was in a fall advertisement.

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Like my fashion posts? See all of my collages and more on my Polyvore blog.

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(Note: I am not being paid by any brands listed above. All opinions are my own.)


No Fear in Love


It’s no secret that there is a lot of evil in this world. With all of the mass shootings in America and overseas, and the spread of evil terrorist groups, it seems that the world is falling into darkness.

The Bible said that this would happen. Evil has been in the world since the fall of Adam, and it will only continue until the Lord Jesus Christ comes back. Why do these things happen? People have all sorts of explanation–including blaming God. Just to be clear, God does not cause sin to happen, but He does allow it to happen here on earth (James 1:13).

As sons and daughters of God we will have to live in this fallen world until Jesus comes back to banish all evil and reign eternally. So where does this leave us right now? As we watch the news and see all of the reports of violence and immorality, where do we seek shelter? As we live among hatred and perversion, where can we find peace and love?

To be honest, I have been asking myself these questions over and over as anxiety sweeps over me. It’s even nerve wrecking just typing this post and thinking about all of the evil in the world. However, we don’t have to be afraid. Even though we live in a sinful world–and are sometimes still victims of sin–we can rise above it.We have the power and peace of the Most High God.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33 KJV).

Our peace is obviously not going to come from this world. The Bible does not promise us that life will be all roses and sugar once we come to know Christ. In fact, things can become harder as God cleanses us of our former selves. Our peace can’t come from our material items, our house, our family, or our loved ones. It can only come from one source that is eternal and never changing–Jesus.

We can’t always change our circumstances, however, we can change how we react to our life situation. 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). 

With the spirit of God residing in us, we do not have to live in fear and anxiety all the time. The Holy Spirit allows us to live with power from above. He also allows us to live a life of love and peace.

I found that in the midst of life’s greatest stresses and hardships, I sometimes find it hard to carve out the time to pray or read my Bible. I sometimes lose the will and energy to worship. Even though I feel the pull of my spirit to God’s, I sometimes fail to seek Him until I’m at my breaking point. 

This is the trick of the devil. He does not want us to draw close to God in our time of need, instead satan would rather leave us isolated in our anxiety or depression. We have to learn to fight this evil trick and seek God first each day–no matter what it brings. This is a practice, and I am getting better at it over time.

If there is only one thing you get from reading this post, I hope it’s that you know you’re not alone. Don’t let the enemy isolate you. If you are young and trying to find God’s calling for your life, then you are especially vulnerable. Trust God, because He will take care of you. He has a perfect plan that sometimes we can’t always see. 

Below I posted a song from Steffany Gretzinger called “No Fear in Love.” Steffany is an amazing artist who is so anointed by God, and this song has helped me through my anxiety tremendously. Please feel free to check it out!

 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18 NKJV).

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How to Live By God's Spirit


As Christians, there is a common scenario that is probably familiar to all of us: someone gets hurt or sick and we pray for them to be healed. However, that’s also when those feelings of doubt can come creeping in and we wonder, “what if they’re not healed?”

This has troubled me for quite some time. I have witnessed healings and miracles, and I fully believe in the active presence of the Holy Spirit. However, just like everyone else, even I have doubts. I get frustrated when my prayers aren’t answered right away, and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if it was because I didn’t pray hard enough.

Like I said before, we can all probably relate to these times of unanswered prayer. But we are missing something…This isn’t about us!

Once again, I find myself writing these words. This is the truth–it’s all about Jesus. We can’t make our prayers come true no matter how often or how hard we pray. We are not God, and I think that’s quite a relief! Even though we might not see all of our prayers answered right away, we have to understand that God will work everything out for our good and His glory in the end. 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 KJV).

You see, none of us can really view the whole picture from where we’re at right now; we’re only allowed tiny glimpses. I truly believe that in the end, when we are face to face with Jesus, we will see how our prayers affected not just our own lives–but the lives of those around us. 

Last Friday I was supposed to tell you about my new position as Youth Leader for the student ministry of my local church (and of course I forgot). I feel so honored to be a part of this ministry; It is truly amazing how God will use us if we ask and are willing to step outside our comfort zones!

While at one of our worship nights, I heard the youth pastor say something that really struck me: when we do things for others and step out in faith to pray for people, we are elevating Jesus above ourselves!

When we are truly living life for God, we begin to realize that we are not the ones to be glorified–Jesus is. 

 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:24-25 NIV). 

We are this kernel of wheat! Next time you find yourself stepping out in faith, whether it be through prayer, missions, a new career, or even just talking to somebody new–remember that your act of obedience and love is enough. Living by the Holy Spirit does not mean that we are responsible for miracles and saving the world. It is all about being obedient and stepping out in faith, trusting God to take care of the rest. 

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The Honest Prayer

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Prayer. As Christians, it’s something that we all do. Hopefully it is something that we all pursue to do more of. Prayer is our communication link to God–it is the way we talk and connect with Him. Here we can tell Him our thoughts and feelings, our worries and our needs, and also give praise and worship.

If God is all powerful and knows our thoughts and heart, then why do we need to express them out loud to Him? Why do we need to talk to God if He can hear our conscious thoughts? I guess the simplest answer to this question would be because God wants us.

God wants you–every part of you. He wants to be in every part of your life, the good and the bad. He wants to be your Father and your friend. He wants to talk with you and listen to you. He wants to help you and love you. He also wants to hear how much you love Him. We are God’s children, and like any good father, God will do anything to pursue a deeper relationship with us!

If anything would make me want to pray, that last sentence certainly does. Jesus is not only one with God, but He is one with us. When we talk to Him, we are only going deeper into our communion with His Holy spirit.

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:21 KJV).

Okay, so now we understand the importance and power of prayer, but how do we pray? Matthew 6:9-13 gives us the model prayer, which is a great structure for any prayer that you may have, but there is another verse in this chapter that I am interested in.

 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking (Matthew 6:7).

Have you ever found yourself falling into the habit of starting your prayers in the same way, saying the same things, and not even really being present in your own prayer? I have; and let me tell you, that does not impress God. Although we may be saying very Holy words and praying very nice prayers, God does not care about our show of words or “vain repetitions.” 

Praying is talking. When we pray to God, we have to remember that we are talking to Him. He already knows what’s going on in our hearts and minds anyway, so there is no point in trying to hide. If you are upset or distracted, then just tell Him! Once you are open and honest with God, the Holy Spirit is allowed to move in and guide your prayers. 

We need to come to God in respect and awe, asking for forgiveness for our sins. If there is anything bothering you then ask God to show you what needs to be dealt with. Then feel free to start ranting to God! Remember that Jesus is always interceding on your behalf, and you can say anything to the Lord. 

Whether you are talking more casually, or pouring your heart out through tears, God will always listen and be moved by your voice. If you aren’t praying in the Spirit then I urge you to seek the gift of tongues. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it feels to just let your spirit pour out to Jesus when you don’t know the words to pray (See Acts 1,2 and 1 Corinthians 14:2).

Even though we sometimes feel the pressure to pray a certain way in public, God wants us to just be ourselves! He will always be there to listen to you–all you have to do is call out His name!

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears (Psalm 18:6).

Sorry my last couple of posts were late! A lot has been happening around here lately (including getting ready for a craft show), and I wanted to make this a proper post ^_^ Thank you for your patience!

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Love, Emily <3

The Spirit of Freedom


Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV).

God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit of creation that makes miracles and saves, is what we receive upon salvation. That’s right–the very Spirit of our Lord resides within us, and in Him we find freedom and perfect love!

Before salvation our spirit was crushed and devastated by sin, but Jesus’ blood has cleansed us and made us pure. We are now free from the chains and bondage of sin. It does not matter what you went through or what lies ahead, because God is always there to guide you and comfort you in His Spirit. With God, anything is possible!

As you celebrate your Independence Day, I just want this Bible verse to be in your heart this weekend. Not only can you celebrate your patriotic freedom, but you can also celebrate the freedom the gospel of Jesus Christ brings!

Love, Emily <3

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