In September I was struggling with my thoughts and going from happy highs to deep down lows in my emotions. I struggled to see things as they were and be patient in God’s timing, but instead allowed my thoughts (not truthful things) to plagued my mind. I started a reading plan that I am now only two days away from completing.
If you have ever struggled with depression or anxiety and are looking to the bible for answers, I recommend reading the psalms and proverbs.
If you have a smart phone, download the Bible App and commit to the 181 day daily reading plan: Healing of Depression through the Psalms.
While I had my ups and downs during the plan, I have in fact grown in my love for God and my trust in Him. I’m not saying this plan will free you from depression, but it will keep your focus on what’s true instead of the false thoughts that run your mind. Spend time with the Lord reading His word and be constant in prayer and your life will transform!
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)
Be blessed, my friends!
Link to reading plan
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From time to time on this blog I ask for prayer requests. As a Christian I believe prayer is an essential part of my growing relationship with the Lord.
I am looking to embark on some very big journeys.
A lot of readings and sermons I have been consuming have convicted me of my need to keep praying to grow and not fall into my old ways.
James 1 talks about trials. Verse 12 always helped me when I was in college. It says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. “(ESV)
Please pray I would follow this example as embarking on new spiritual journeys always causes trials (many of which are just vain thoughts in my mind). Help me to get through it trusting God and not letting my mind go all over the place as I tend to do.
I have some things I really need answers to and people in my life who really need a touch from the Lord! Please pray with and for me!
You are all greatly appreciated! If you have been reading my blog for a while I would really appreciate your prayers! I know I’m being vague right now about what I’m up to…but after these unspoken requests are answered I will let you all know how He did it!
To God be the glory!!!
My dear readers. I must ask that you please keep me in prayer. Earlier this week my right middle finger began to get rather irritated and inflamed. I may have left an ingrown nail or some skin at the corner after I cut my nails. Currently it is itchy and full of pus and getting very big. I’ve been putting antibiotic ointment on it. I’ll spare you a picture image because it does look rather disgusting.
I have tried going to urgent care but since it is late, I have not been able to see a doctor. Medical insurance problems (late mail) have also made things difficult, but I won’t go into politics here. There’s no way I can see a doctor now at a local hospital without having to pay a huge co pay. Please, please pray my finger gets better! Please pray that it would heal and I won’t have to deal with the pain.
I’m feeling so angry and irritated right now because I’m in so much pain.
James 1:19-20 says, Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (ESV)
I’m really trying, but it’s hard.
Please pray for healing, my friends.
Thank you so much!
The following morning I went to urgent care and got it taken care of. It hurt a little and I’m still kind of dizzy, but I have antibiotics and my finger is bandaged up. I am feeling much better and much more patient and calm today.
Thank you for your prayers, my friends!
Hi, all! Just a quick beauty post to say that I finally used my Essie Matte About You top coat on a shade I’m happy with.
In my January Favorites post (link at the end of this post) I said that I was not a big fan of the matte nail color look. I’ve always liked nail polish. The shinier, the better. Classic colors like red appealed best to me.
But today I decided to try out my Covergirl glosstini Polish in AfterDark. It looked great shiny, but I thought I would experiment with the matte top coat.
You probably won’t be able to tell that much in the picture, but the color is completely shine free. I really like it….at least with this color. I may not dare wear my classic reds, pink, and purples in matte, but for a fun shade like this one it looks great! If I do decide to wear any other colors in matte I’ll be sure to post about it!
Have you tried matte top coat? Let me know what you think of it and tell me what your favorite brands and colors are to use with it! I would love to give them a try.
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Matte About You
Hi, all! I hope you have had a wonderful February. Can you believe it’s March already? I can’t!
I’ve had a great month. Although in my January Favorites post I said I had doubts I would be posting any favorites for February because I tend to stick to the same products, I actually have found a few things to share.
Here they are:
I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s. It was the first place I went to after being invited to a Valentine’s Day party with some friends. It was a potluck and we were all supposed to bring something for everyone to share. I thought, “Well, it’s Valentine’s Day, so why not bring chocolate?” That’s when I found this Pound Plus milk chocolate almond bar. Not only was it incredibly tasty, it was a hit at the party! It weighed just a little more than a pound…that’s a lot of chocolate…even for five 20-something year old women! I’ll be sure to find another excuse to buy it, even if it’s just for myself.
Next is Max Tea Tarikk (pictured in the yellow pouch and over ice and stirred in a glass). My aunt brought a giant package of individual pouches-meant to be used one pouch per cup- from Singapore during a layover from her recent trip to the Philippines. I tried it first as a hot drink and enjoyed it. But I wondered how it would taste cold. I find I like it best when cold. ‘Teh Tarik is a milk tea beverage popular in Singapore and Malaysia.
It is a sweet, refreshing drink, a more flavorful alternative to plain iced tea, in my opinion.
A friend of mine who is also obsessed with tea bought me Jasmine Green Tea from Trader Joe’s. And yes, she too is obsessed with Trader Joe’s. In fact, she is the person I go there with all the time. I hadn’t had Jasmine Green Tea in a while. I have plenty of plain green tea at home, so she bought me the jasmine. It is very flavorful, but the jamine taste does not overpower the green. The flavor blends together just right after two minutes of steeping and there is no weird after taste like some green teas have.
Finally, I have here a picture of the lotion I’ve been using from Bath and Body Works. It is called Amber Blush.
It leaves my skin moisturized for hours and gives off a pleasant, clean, girly scent that could work as a perfume. Putting this on I don’t have to wonder if I should put perfume on, especially if I’m going out. I just can’t describe how wonderful the smell is. Click the link to the official page for Amber Blush below and read for yourself.
And there you have it! Thank you for reading! God Bless you!
Jasmine Green Tea
Max Tea Tarikk
Pound Plus Chocolate
Trader Joe’s Haul
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Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Two summers ago I was beginning to see people for who they truly were. My eyes were opened to the fact that although some people claimed to be Christian, their words and behaviors did not back up their claims. Many were being led by false teachers and therefore deceived (see Matthew 7:16-20).
It was a harsh reality because many of these people were very close to me. I even looked up to them. My final year of college kept me from seeing these people much after the summer. Now being home almost a year after college I feel as if my eyes are re-opening.
How could I be so careless back in December and take advice from them when they are clearly misled? I reaped the consequences of that decision to follow advice and have since kept from being too personal.
It’s hard when you look up to someone as a leader only to find they are not what you thought they were. Something I wrote that summer came to mind recently and I thought I would share it again. I will set up a link below.
I love these people so much, but I hate the things they believe in: false facts about the gospel, misguided views on subject matters, thoughts on topics in the Bible taken completely out of context, etc.
I’m not saying that I am always right, but I know I am truly in the faith because I do my best to follow Christ and not make excuses for my behaviors. When I sin, I own up to it, not cover up.
I’m so tired of seeing people I love here in Los Angeles being deceived by the glamour of Hollywood and show business and denying Christ despite claiming to love Him prior to fame and fortune.
It is time for me to stand up for what I believe in and be truthful with people. I don’t want to see anymore people deceived by false teachings.
Brothers and sisters in the faith, will you pray with me?
Letter to the Former
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You may have heard stories of young Christian girls between the ages of 13 and 16 being given purity rings by their parents to be worn so that their inward convictions on abstinence would be seen outwardly. Or they purchased a ring on their own in high school. The ring is to be worn everyday to remind themselves when they look at it that they are waiting for the one God has for them and will not have sex until they are married.
I didn’t get a ring as a teenager because I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I got saved in high school, but the idea of getting a purity ring just seemed cheesy to me.
It wasn’t really until around 2012 that I started wearing one. I switched between different rings as each became loose or rusty.
This is the one I currently wear.
I wear one of course as an outward sign of my inward convictions on abstinence and devotion to God by being pure, but there is also another reason why I wear it and why it is worn on my ring finger.
When I get engaged someday, Lord willing, I hope to look into the eyes of my fiancée and smile as I remove the ring from my finger and place it in his hand. He can then put the engagement ring in its place. My purity ring will now be his to keep as a token of my thanks to him for waiting for me and a way for me to symbolically tell him I waited for him too.
Most unwed women in their 20s stop wearing their rings, but I intend to wear one for as long as I feel I should. I don’t know what God will do with me and if or when I will get married, but I do know whatever happens will be the best thing for me.
God Bless you guys!
Thank you for reading!
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