Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stress vs. Sleep in the Storm

Good morning, friends. :)

I forgot to schedule this post last night, and I woke up thinking about it. Now, having only been up about twenty minutes, I'm sitting on my bed to write.

And I'm thinking back over the past week. I don't always do this on weekends, but I like to. Reflection can be nice—to see what I've gotten accomplished and remember how God has worked in the past six or seven days.

This morning, I'm recalling that this week was kind of crazy. Several days found me stressing over all the things I needed to get done. The to-do list with reminders of homework, editing, blogging, writing. (And reading? I haven't read a book for the pure enjoyment of it in two weeks... O.o) Things going on in our family and church family. The science midterm that I'm still not sure how well I did on was the cause of much of this stress.

But even in the busy seasons of life, when we just can't seem to keep up, has God forgotten us? Left us to fend for ourselves?

No, of course not. He's right here with us—we only have to remember that. To reach out to Him. To call on His Name.

On Monday morning, I knew I had a lot to get done, so I didn't take the time to read my Bible first thing. And you know what? Monday was a terrible day.

On Wednesday morning, I overslept. But I still took the time to read my Bible before grabbing breakfast and dashing out the door to ceramics class. When I returned, I had lunch, took the chemistry test, and got ready for church.

Wednesday nights at the Potts house means prayer meeting/Bible study/youth group. (Last week, it also meant Chick-Fil-A and nearly being involved in a wreck, but that's a story for another time.) Our youth group was rehearsing for an Easter skit we're doing in a few weeks. And you know what? I don't know when I last laughed so hard. Although I'm several years older than most of them, that group of kids and teens are pretty awesome. And an hour spent with them was exactly what I needed halfway through a stressful week.

There is blessings in the chaos, y'all. Run to the One who offers sleep and rest in the storm. <3

In the midst of all this, I came across this song. I love Unspoken's music, but I had never heard this one before. It's a beautiful reminder and exactly what I needed this week. Give it a try and be blessed. <3

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pray With You. {Song Lyrics}

This song has really touched me lately, as I've prayed for a few different friends concerning different situations. When we say we'll pray for someone, how seriously as we really? Are our words as true and dear and loving as these lyrics? 

Check back next week for some more thoughts on prayer, but for now, enjoy this beautiful song. <3 

I know that You got the weight of the world, there on your shoulders
I know that you’re feeling your whole life is starting to crumble
Wish I had words, that didn't sound cheap
Wish I had answers, in times like these

But I will stay right here, through the tears you cry
And I'll hold you close while you ask "God, why?"
It might be the tallest mountain
But there is One who can make it move
Until the night becomes the day
Until He shows the way
I will pray with you

I know that it's hard to see but still, He's standing here with you
And you're not alone, no matter how deep a valley you walk through
Sometimes our pain can hide His face
But when you're down in that dark place

But I will stay right here, through the tears you cry
And I'll hold you close while you ask "God, why?"
It might be the tallest mountain
But there is One who can make it move
Until the night becomes the day
Until He shows the way
I will pray with you

When the burden gets too heavy
When the journey gets too hard
When the hardest thing to carry
Is your breaking heart
I will pound the door of heaven
When you don't have the strength
And I will beg the King of Mercy
For a miracle today
Wish I had words, that didn't sound cheap
Wish I had answers, in times like these

I will stay right here, through the tears you cry
And I'll hold you close while you ask "God, why?"
It might be the tallest mountain
But there is One who can make it move
Until the night becomes the day
Until He shows the way
I will pray with you

Yeah, I will pray with you

How can I pray for y'all? 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

I Don't Know Why, But I Know Who.

I've had some good, lengthy, deep talks with some dear friends in the last few months. Some thoughts from then, some things discussed, and some lessons God has been teaching me lately led me to write this. My prayer is that is touches someone's heart. <3 

I don't know why... 

I don't see the purpose in pain and trouble.

I don't know why good people have to experience pain and confusion.

I don't know why some people pray for years for a child of their own, while hundreds of thousands of innocent babies are aborted every year.

I don't understand why some people desire love and marriage so much, and others toss feelings aside like they're nothing.

I don't understand why it seems like some people have it so easy, and some have it so hard.

I don't know why some can see their futures so clearly, while others struggle years to find some direction.

I don't understand why some are called to wait, when they want to move, and some are called to move, when they want to wait.

I don't know why life has to be hard.

I don't know why I wrote this down at all, but I did, so here it is.

But I know who... 

I know Who is with us, in the pain and chaos.

I know Who comforts us in the midst of trouble and grief.

I know Who holds those parents with empty arms and those unwanted babes.

I know Who writes the love and life stories, of every person across the globe.

I know Who is strengthening each of us, in the seasons of trusting and waiting.

I know Who has a purpose for each person that He breathed life into.

I know Who is with us in the good times and the bad times and every moment in between.

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

Thoughts? What's He been teaching you recently? <33 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Meet My Boyfriend by Willowy Whisper {Book Review}

~ Description 

One accident. One man. One dance.

She'd never noticed Levi Grant. Not really. Everyone knew about him, though. Everyone remembered the accident, the tragedy. It was hard to forget. Especially since he had no arm.

She only said yes because of her soft-heart-syndrome. He'd never asked anyone to the dance. Never even had a girlfriend. How could she say no?

But at she's thrust into a whirlwind of misunderstandings and danger . . . the whole world seems to change. Will her heart change with it?

~ My Rating
5 stars 

~My Review 

This book left my heart in ruins, y'all. I stayed up too late, and then went to bed with stars in my eyes and an aching in my chest. I couldn't even consider reading anything else for days. It's that good. <3

I literally have no words to describe how darling this novella is. But, because most people prefer for reviews to have words instead of video footage of me flapping my hands and squealing over Levi... I'll attempt to be coherent.

Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to find some good, clean books with amputee characters. (It's research. I promise. Don't freak out.) I've found a couple good ones, and I have a list of books that I want to try out. But this one...this little, recently published novella that popped up in my Goodreads feed amidst my search...this is what I was looking for. This is the kind of stories I want. 

About the characters, let's start with Levi. He is such a dear! He's charming and adorable and missing an arm. He says "Hello, there," and calls her "girl," and has an ornery grin that I can literally imagine. He's a keeper. <3 

Levi and Claire make the perfect couple. She's sweet and relatable, soft-hearted and true. Payton got on my nerves sometimes, but she really did care about Claire—just didn't always choose the best ways to go about showing it. Reid utterly broke my heart, and that scene in the shelter, y'all.... *wipes tears* 

This book is pickup trucks and McDonalds drivethroughs. It's small-town universities and lunchrooms. It's smiles and winks and butterfly flutters. It's wide-open fields and fried chicken. It's homeless shelters and little old ladies. It's overbearing friends that love you to bits. 

I absolutely love this book, and I can't wait to get a paperback copy to pet and adore. *wink*

“I know I only have one arm, but I’d be proud to have you on it.”

**I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Highway Thoughts + My First Post on the Group Blog

A few days ago, I was going to a town about two hours away. While on the highway, my thoughts led me to contemplate how interstates compare to life.

I know that sounds a little odd, (you should have seen the look my mom gave me when I told her this. xD) but hang with me.

Think about the purpose of interstates. Chances are, if you're on one, you're not going to stay on it until it ends. You're going to travel it for a little while and then exit off. You're not there for the destination, you're there for the journey.

Now let's think about life. To a lot of people, it's about the outcome. Making all the money. Having the best job, biggest house, and nicest car. 'Climbing to the top'. In a sense, the destination.

But friends, joy isn't found it having it all. Joy is found in the journey. In the little, seemingly meaningless everyday occurrences that bring a smile to your face.

On the highway of life, we're not here for the destination. We're here for the journey.

What do you think about when you're cruising down the highway? 


On a different note, my first post on the group blog that I recently became part of went live this week!  Click on the graphic above to check it out. :) 

Hope y'all have a blessed week. <3

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Liebster Award 2018.

Happy Saturday, readers! :) I realized this morning that I had no idea what I was going to post here today, and I mildly freaked out. Thankfully, Ivie tagged me and rescued me from...peril? xD

// The Rules

~ Thank the person who nominated you.  Thanks, Ivie! :D
~ Answer the eleven questions they gave you.
~ Name eleven facts about yourself.
~ Nominate eleven bloggers for this and let them know.
~ Give them eleven questions.

// The Questions

1. Favorite candy?

*taps chin* Jolly Ranchers, LifeSavers, Sour Patch, Twix, Milk Duds... 

2. Favorite book? 

...really, Ivie?! Really?! Okay, fine. A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin is *A* favorite. 

3. Favorite author?

Sarah Sundin, Jesseca Wheaton, Willowy Whisper, Beverly Lewis...among others.... ;)

4. Would you rather have to publish your first draft or publish your third draft?

Third. Very few people who I legit trust with my life (read: my critique partner and sometimes Mom) are the only human beings who see the full first draft. *nods*

5. Favorite movie?

Beautiful Dreamer and anything Signed, Sealed, Delivered. *nods*

6. Favorite Gif?

...okay, confession. I do not like GIFs. I just don't. But because it's such a thing with others and I did post this one to my other blog this week, I'll go ahead and add it. 

7. How long have you been blogging?

Three years this spring. :D

8. Do you like candles?

Yes. Especially Christmas-y candles. 

9. Rainy day or sunshine?

Typically, I'd say rainy. Because I like rainy days. But lately? It seems like it's rained nonstop for ten years, and I NEED SUNSHINE. xD 

10. How long have you been writing seriously?

A little over a year, since like December of 2016. 

11. Reading or writing? (Yes, this is an evil question.)

Very evil! *sigh* I don't even know. Right now, writing sounds best though, so I'll go with that. 

// The Facts

1. I wear glasses most of the time. 
2. Coffee is epic. 
3. I'm eating guac as I write this. 
4. My screensaver is a picture of my dog. 
5. I have over 500 books. 
6. Saturdays are gold. 
7. I love Unspoken's music. 
8. I have a hard time thinking of facts about myself when put on the spot. 
9. I have better things to do than sit here and think of facts. 
10. Just this week, I have discovered that I LOVE outlining/brainstorming. (Yes, I've written three first drafts without really doing it. Sshh.)
11. Roses are aesthetic. 

// The Tagged 

Because I'm doing this kind of spur-of-the-moment, I'm going to cheat and not tag anyone... *ducks* But if you would like to do this, consider yourself tagged! ;) 

// The New Questions 

(We're gonna pass Ivie's questions on to y'all...sshhh....) 

1. Favorite candy?
2. Favorite book? 
3. Favorite author?
4. Would you rather have to publish your first draft or publish your third draft?
5. Favorite movie?
6. Favorite Gif?
7. How long have you been blogging?
8. Do you like candles?
9. Rainy day or sunshine?
10. How long have you been writing seriously?
11. Reading or writing? 

Thanks for reading, friends! :) 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sleeping Handsome // Blog Tour + Book Review

Hello friends! :) We're here today to celebrate the release of indie-author Rebekah Eddy's latest work, Sleeping Handsome.


    Minnie's goal was to have a fun, worry free vacation with her best friend Amy. A few weeks spent in their favorite far away place before they both went back to their respective colleges. A visit to the many famous sights across the British Isles has been on both their bucket lists for a very long time, after all.
    However, when a mysterious taxi driver mentions a legend that somehow concerns her ancestral heritage, she decides to dig deeper. After being accused of stealing the famous statue and tourist attraction known as Sleeping Handsome, Minnie and Amy are plunged into a world they would never have imagined existed.
    Prince Gregory, after being awakened from being frozen in stone for hundreds of years, finds himself searching for his true love in order to reverse the stone spell on his kingdom and awaken the rest of his people. With his faithful horse Brutis by his side, he sets out to destroy his greatest enemy, release his kingdom from the stone spell, and win the heart of his princess.

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    Minnie and Amy's European vacation is greatly interrupted when they're accused of stealing a statue...that they may or may not have accidentally awoken from a hundreds of years old curse.

    The twist on the tale of Sleeping Beauty was SO cool!! I never would have thought of this take on the traditional tale. It was very well done indeed. ;)

    I'm not really one for magic in stories. I'm not saying it's wrong to read/write magic, it's just not something I especially enjoy. Talking and flying horses, fire-breathing dragons, invisibility powers, and countries frozen in time for hundreds of years are all fine and dandy, just not my cup of tea. ;) However, I still found this story to be a cute and enjoyable read.

   All the way around, Sleeping Handsome was a comical and intriguing tale of old legends, true friendships, and finding one's true love. I greatly enjoyed taking the journey along with Minnie, Amy,  and Prince Gregory. And let's not forget Brutis. ;)

    I think readers of all age would find something to enjoy inside the pages of Sleeping Handsome. :D Four stars!

**I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Author Bio

    Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
    She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
    This nineteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

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Thoughts on the quotes? Think you'll nab a copy? And, seriously, aren't the graphics pretty? :D