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My Favorite Foods~Day 5 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 5 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today’s Topic: My Favorite Foods and Why


My Favorite Foods

I kind of consider myself a foodie, as I love to eat. I am a picky eater though. My stomach only tolerates bland foods, so some people may think my tastes are rather boring. These are five of the most interesting and tasty dishes that I love!

1. Breakfast Food

I have a thing for breakfast food–it’s almost like a romance really. I’m definitely not a morning person, and sometimes the thought of breakfast is the only motivation for me not to hit the snooze button! I love cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and muffins. I love french toast and bacon–especially at Cracker Barrel. And if I could,  I would live off of McDonald’s breakfast biscuits.

(Cracker Barrel is bae)

2. My Mom’s Meat Balls and Spaghetti 

I really wish I had a photo of my mom’s amazing cooking! You know it’s a holiday in my house when you wake up to the smell of sweet and sour meatballs in the crock pot. My mom’s spaghetti is also amazing and tangy–great comfort food on a cold winter night.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Inside of me is a southern girl trying to get out. Let’s face it, sweet potatoes are the candy of the vegetable world.

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4. Ice Cream

Although my IBS says no, my heart says pretty please (with sprinkles!). Ice cream is my food of choice all spring and summer. Cookies and cream is my favorite, but I also love Fruity Pebbles or vanilla with sprinkles.

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5. Subs

My obsession with sub sandwiches started with my digestive issues. Subs are bland (when they have no sauce), and contain all of the food groups you need. They are easy on my stomach and so delicious. I love trying new sub shops and putting chips on my sandwiches!

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Thanks for reading! What are your favorite foods? Tell me in the comments below!

Make sure to check out Courtney at 1Timothy4:12Girl as she partners with me in this challenge! I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 6 of the challenge 🙂

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Colorful Jackets + Life Updates!

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! Time for a (happy) medical update 🙂

The new medications I am on for my IBS are working! Finally, my digestive system is functioning more like a normal person. Now we just need to work on my blood pressure. Thank you so much for all of your prayers! I know I can feel all of your love and support.

Over the next two weeks I have guest bloggers lined up to take over for me. It’s finals time, so I’m swamped with work. I‘m also going down south for my brother’s wedding! It’s my first time being a bridesmaid, and I’m both nervous and excited.

Do you have any tips for a first time bridesmaid? It’s also my first time traveling by airplane, so if you have any advice, I will gladly take it!

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Today’s collage is all about colorful (faux) leather jackets! Although in a lot of states it’s getting too cold for a lighter jacket, sometimes you just need to tough it out to make a fashion statement.

Many people think of leather/faux leather jackets only in the color black or tan. This season, play with pastels, burgundy, or even winter white! Details like zippers and buckles will add an edge to whatever color you choose.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:3 NKJV). 


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Casual Friday Fashion + Prayer Request

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! I’ve been up to my elbows in exams and course work, but by God’s grace I am making it! I must admit it has been a struggle though. My IBS has been flaring up, and I am consulting with my specialists to try and figure out where to go from here. I think I need a whole regimen change, so please pray for direction and healing!  

Today’s post is about everyday casual fashion. Sometimes what a girl needs is a good pair of jeans, a comfy sweater, and a big mug of coffee or tea!

 

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I used a lot of gray for this collage because it’s my favorite neutral. And for all of my crazy cat ladies out there–check out those flats! The cat mug is also adorable.

I paired a comfy pullover with some boyfriend jeans for a casual, yet chic look. I also like taupe eye shadow to keep things casual and natural. Thankfully there are lots of affordable neutral palettes at drug stores.


I hope you liked this post! Please feel free to comment and share. I also want to thank you for keeping me in your prayers. I plan on doing another health update in the near future!

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Quote Challenge~Day 2 (James Dean)

Hello lovely readers and followers! It’s Day 2 of the Quote challenge–where I post my favorite quotes and nominate other bloggers for 3 days.

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Today’s quote is by the late Hollywood actor, James Dean. To be honest, I’ve never seen any of his movies. However, I always thought he was cute as a teen and still have a picture of him in my room with this quote!

When I first heard this quote, I loved how it encouraged me to dream impossible dreams. I am a dreamer at heart, and that’s probably why I love to write. But I want to be more than just a dreamer. I want to take my dreams and make them a reality.

Living as if you’ll die tomorrow is kind of a #yolo quote. When I was younger I thought it meant that I should be having fun, traveling the world, and doing crazy amazing things. While all of that is good and should be pursued to a degree, I’ve learned that there is so much more to living life to the fullest.

As someone who suffers from IBS and POTS, my life has roadblocks. Currently I can’t work  or drive, and that sucks. I am a full time student, youth leader, and blogger, but of course the perfectionist in me often won’t let that be enough.

I’m just so thankful that my God says it’s enough. There’s nothing I can do to make Him love me any more or less (Romans 8:38). The grace of Jesus Christ is enough to satisfy me even in my trials.

And you know what? My life is so full. Sure I might not be out traveling the world or partying like crazy, but I am making an impact for Christ. I am so blessed to be a youth leader and help students who inspire me everyday. I am so blessed to be able to write to you on this blog–pouring out my heart and giving encouragement.

I also have lots of family and friends who are always by my side, through good times and bad. I am having lots of fun with them this summer!

My point is this: Keep dreaming because that revives your soul. Always know that living a full life is more than what you can do, it’s about who you impact for good. If you want to live an awesome life, keep dreaming and seek God’s heart for others.

My Nominations for Day 2:
You are under no obligation to undertake this challenge, but it would be great fun if you do that.
Rules:
  1. 3 quotes, one a day or all 3 quotes on the same day.
  2. You have to nominate three bloggers to undertake this challenge for each quote posted.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform your nominees.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Day 3! As always, please feel free to comment and share 🙂 

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The Secret to Faith

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Life is hard. We all know it, and there’s no way of getting around it. Becoming a Christian is a not a “get out of the hard life free” card. In fact, it can seem like everything in the world is attacking when you dive deeper into a relationship with Jesus.

This post is running a day late because life got hard. I’m battling illnesses that cause me to be exhausted, dizzy, and in pain. No, I’m not trying to one-up anyone here. It’s not like I have some terminal illness or life threatening disease. But what I do have is complicated, uncommon, and really annoying because it is difficult to manage.

But this is life. We all have struggles, whether it be health-wise, financial, emotional, or relational (or sometimes a dreaded combination of these). These are the thorns of the flesh that Paul talked about in 2 Corinthians 12, and they either hinder our relationship with God or take us to new heights in our walk with Him.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV)

For the longest time my struggles hindered me. I grew depressed and hopeless, even when I became a Christian. And even though I still get beaten down, I find that I rise again–stronger than before. This isn’t because of anything I have learned or done, but by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

I am blessed to be surrounded by the prayers and encouragement of my family and friends. I serve a wonderful church that cares deeply about the well-being of others, and for this I am grateful.

Even though I tend to get sick of being sick, I am even thankful for my illness and the trials I have faced. Without them I might not have realized my need for God. I might not have become a youth leader. I might not even be a blogger!

I’ve been forced to slow down and spend more time with the Lord, writing for His glory. I know I depend on Him for my strength.

Beckie Lindsey, a wonderful woman of God and blogger at Spotlight, kindly allowed me to share with you a quote she made on one of her posts on prayer and faith.

No one escapes hardships. What’s important is how we respond to them. —Beckie Lindsey

This is the secret to faith. This is how we go through the hardships of life and come of them as more than conquerors. We can’t control everything that comes our way, but we can rest in the God who is in control of all things. We can rest in His promises that Jesus is with us always (Matthew 28:20).

We can count it all joy when we face our trials and temptations because it means that God is allowing us to grow. Lean on Him and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you. You may feel like everything in life is out of your control–but fear not–God’s got you.

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (James 1:2-3 NIV).

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