Almost 200 Followers – and a Lucent Sylph Award!

I am SO proud of and excited for my friend, RJ! Lucent Sylph is one of my favorites that she’s written (and it’s FRE E on Kindle!) Check out her blog post and enter to win her entire collection! She’s written some incredible books.

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A Bottle of Glass Hearts!

I’m watching the snowfall today. What I thought was only going to be > 0.1″ actually turned into a winter wonderland. Needless to say, I’m happy to be home. I’m just trying to figure out what to do on this unexpected day off. 😉

My friend, RJ, is releasing yet another book! This time, a collection of five short stories. Check out her blog to read the descriptions of each one. (A Bottle of Glass Hearts!) Then come back and tell me which one is most intriguing to you! (Mine is Gem because Soleil is an ESFJ like me!) 😁

***If you absolutely cannot wait to read Lucent Sylph, you can download the kindle version for FREE here. (Read Lucent Sylph) It’s one of my favorites written by RJ.***

The Goodness of God

{Past}

It’s been a while. A long while since I saw him, or heard from him. And then, there he was. Smiling, staring at the ground with a girl by his side. Their faces frozen forever in a perfect little picture.

I shouldn’t have been stalking her. Now my heart hurts. It’s not broken. I remember what that feels like. It was so horrible. I felt shattered, crushed into a million pieces. I never felt so small and insignificant in my whole life. No, this time it’s a dull ache that burns in my chest. There’s regret. So much regret.

I’m relieved that it’s over. I finally have closure. But I also feel sad and disappointed that things didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I desperately wanted him notice me. I tried so hard and wasted so much time and energy trying to get him to like me. But it was all to no avail. He wasn’t the one for me.

Thank God.


{Present}

The past three years have been one heck of a ride. It’s amazing how far the Lord has brought me and just how much He’s done in my heart.

15. That was not very long ago. I was young and crazy and head over heels for one guy, and then another guy, and then another. (None of which liked me back the very least.)

I spent so much time and energy trying to make boys that just weren’t the ones for me, the right ones for me. I had tried so hard to give my heart to each one. Mom warned me about the consequences of doing that. It would hurt and it’s a waste of time and affection that is so very precious. I would regret it because there were so many other things I could pour my energy into other than boys. But I didn’t listen. I still gave my heart away and every single time, I got hurt.

I let myself go until I became someone I didn’t recognize. I was unhappy with my image, with my personality, with all of me because I felt like no one liked me for who I really was. I tried so hard to be someone else for a guy. A guy who didn’t care for me. I spent so much time and energy wishing, wanting, and trying way too hard to get him to like me. Every night, I prayed that he would be the one for me. I said, “God, please let him be the one!” when really I meant, “God, please make him the one!” I am so thankful God did not give me what I wanted!

Then I moved.

And then the healing began.

I came to face some really hard truths.

Truth is, I wasn’t ready to date. (And I’m still not ready to date.)

Truth is, I wasn’t ready for marriage. (And I’m still not ready for marriage.)

Truth is, every guy I really liked was actually a terrible match for me.

Truth is, the distance away from my friends and all the guys I knew has actually been really good for me.

Truth is, I really need to get to know my Savior first before I ever get to know any guy.

Truth is, I have a really good God who has protected my heart in so many ways, it makes me cry every time I really think about it.

For three years, God gave me acne. The kind of acne that you just can’t hide no matter how much makeup you put on. It was big, red, painful, and pretty much all over my face. I hated it so much, but now I’m pretty sure those mountains were what kept the boys from falling in love with me during a very vulnerable time.

You know how I know?

Three years ago, in the middle of my boy-craziness, my acne was just awful. Like I went to a dermatologist because it was so awful, and she said it was awful. (Okay, she said it was very severe, not awful.) It was bad. Up until the time I moved, it had stayed that way. But ever since I’ve been living here, my skin has healed! It’s unreal. As I have grown in the Lord and let Him heal my heart, He has healed my skin too. It’s so amazing.

Ever since I moved, I have not met a single guy who is remotely close to my age. (Okay, that’s not true. There are boys here but they’re young and wild.)

God gave me ladies like my mom and Mrs. Nancy. Ladies who love the Lord and who are the kind of wives that I want to be when it’s time.

God gave me a handful of good, Christian girlfriends who have encouraged me in my walk with Him.

God gave me such a good daddy (and mommy) who will guard my heart even when I won’t do it myself. And they will continue to guard it until God brings the man HE picked for me. I’m so thankful for my parents. They counseled me when I was heartbroken. Now they’re encouraging me to pour my energy and time into the people I love and the things I like to do. To be busy instead of sitting around wishing for a boyfriend. They reminded me to be myself and to love myself because God made me the way I am: Complete. Perfectly and wonderfully made. Exactly the way He wanted me to be. And God doesn’t make mistakes. And finally, they told me to wait on the Lord’s timing. For His timing is perfect, and He always, always, has my best interests in mind.

So that’s where I am now. Waiting and trusting in the Lord.

Book List of 2017

So one of my goals is to read at least 20 books this year.

Here’s what I’ve got.

 1. S.H.E. – Safe, Healthy, Empowered. (Rebecca St. James)
2. The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
3. The Sea of Monsters (Rick Riordan)
4. Love’s Pursuit (Siri Mitchell)
5. A Constant Heart (Siri Mitchell)
6. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan)
7. The Butterfly and the Violin (Kristy Cambron)
8. The Sparrow of Terezain (Kristy Cambron)
9. Love Comes Softly (Janette Oake)
10. Wait for Me. (Rebecca St. James)
11. Passion and Purity (Elisabeth Elliot)
12. Jesus > Religion (Jefferson Bethke)
13. A Red Herring Without Mustard (Alan Bradley)
14. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
15. Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
16. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (Joanne Weaver)
17. Dashwood Avenue (RJ Conte)
18. Crazy Love (Francis Chan)
19. Because He Loves Me (Elise Fitzpatrick)
20. Boundaries (Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)
21. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)
22. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
23. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Most of these are books I haven’t read before, but a couple of them will be rereads. Like The Butterfly and the Violin. Or Because He Loves Me. (I love those books so much. I can’t even tell you.)
I’ve already finished the first two books on my list. I think I’m going to try to read according to my list this year. Just so I stay organized. 😉
S.H.E. was an amazing encouragement for me. I highly recommend it for any lady, young or old, who is seeking to live a safe, healthy, empowered, and godly life.
SHE is every woman who seeks more from God and submits her life to His transforming work and a lifetime of being reborn into God’s original design.
I am enthralled with the Percy Jackson series. I love Annabeth. Greek mythology is one of my favorite topics and that series is really cleverly written and a rather easy read for me. I have a feeling I shall fly through those books. 🙂
I’m always looking for my next read. Any recommendations? What is one of your absolute favorites?

To Recommend and to Read

I’ve been reading quite a few books these past two weeks. In no particular order, here’s my list of the ones I finished!

Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan)
This is an allegory of the Christian life and so beautifully written! While I was reading, one of my little brothers actually started reading a simpler version and the Lord used it in a miraculous way. My brother just recently asked Jesus Christ into his heart and to be his Lord and Saviour. My brother is a Christian on his way to the Celestial City!

Heartsick (RJ Conte)
This romantic book was so good, I read it in two days! I couldn’t put it down! Heartsick has well developed characters, real struggles in relationships, good morals, exciting twists and very relatable feelings. RJ did a wonderful job of keeping this PG and giving the characters depth in their personalities. I found myself relating to Blessing and Shale quite a bit. You can purchase this book on kindle here. Or if you like tangible books, like me 😉, you can order a copy here.

The Hotline Girl (RJ Conte)
This is a terrific modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast! RJ self-published this last summer but just recently published it with Clean Reads and added a beautiful new cover and final chapter. It’s romantic, a quick read, the characters are sweet, and it’s Beauty and the Beast! Kindle download is here.

Do Hard Things (Alex and Brett Harris)
An inspirational, thought provoking, book for teens by teens. Join the rebellution: the rebellion against the low expectations that teenagers face in today’s day and age. Fun fact: They’re twins and younger brothers of Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye. (Which is also a good book.)

Messenger (Lois Lowry)
This is the third book out of the four part Giver series. I think this was my least favorite book out of the series. The Giver is still my absolute favorite.

When a Christian Sins (Dr. John R. Rice)
Christians sin. I am no exception. But where there is sin, there is so much more grace. Dr. Rice talks about the severity of sin, the importance of confessing sin and repenting, and how a Christian can live victoriously over sin.

He Touched Me (Rex Trogdon)
This is a devotional my pastor wrote. I enjoyed reading through the different accounts of Jesus’ healing touch, both to the body and the soul. I appreciate how he broke up each encounter with Jesus’ touch into four parts: the Scriptures, the story, the outline, then the sermon. Mr. Rex made it easy to follow his train of thought, feed on the Word, and consider how these accounts apply to me. You can read it on Kindle here.

So that’s seven books.

I have a growing stack to read on my nightstand as well as a list on my Kindle. 🙂

To Read:
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
Follow Me (David Platt)
Son (Lois Lowry)
Redwall (Brian Jacques)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Crazy Love (Francis Chan)
Vinegar Boy (Alberta Hawse)
Worlds Collide (Heidi Joelle)
•Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)