Faith, Guest Post, List

21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years {Guest Post by Isabella Morganthal}

bellapost

When I was fourteen, I thought I had my whole life figured out. I mean, life couldn’t be that complicated. And seriously, those orange patterned pants with the orange tank top I wore all summer were totally the “in” thing at the time.

But I was wrong. I didn’t have anything figured out and life was so much more complicated than I thought it would be.

I am now twenty-one years old and over these last twenty-one years of my life I have learned a lot. Of course, I don’t claim to know it all and I certainly don’t have life figured out. (But thankfully, my fashion taste has matured a lot since then. Can I get an amen?)

So here is a simple list of 21 things that I have learned in the last 21 years of my life. Not all of these lessons were easy…most of them still aren’t. But I’m learning and I’m growing. And I hope by reading this that you’ll learn and grow along with me.

Disappointment is inevitable. Don’t let it stop you from dreaming anyway. The greatest gift I would ever receive was the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Every year I learn more about what it means to embrace this matchless, life-giving gift.

Everything that God does is good. Not easy. Good.

Don’t worry about what people think of you. Their opinion really doesn’t matter in the end. If you want to dance and sing in the grocery store produce aisle, go for it. (Coming from the almost twenty-one year old who did this yesterday.)

Life really is short. Dance in the rain (I like to dance, can you tell?). Take a drive just to roll the windows down and feel the wind in your face. Watch the sunset.

Life is also crazy busy. I’ve learned this so much as the years go by. Don’t get so caught up in the crazy that you miss the moments you love.

There’s a 98% chance your mom was right.

Don’t complain about work or chores. This past year I have battled chronic illness intensely. I have learned to appreciate the good health days. Especially the days where I have the energy to go to work or clean the house.

Your siblings are going to be your best friends. Yeah, they’re going to annoy you. And yes, they’re most likely going to make you very angry on occasion. But they really can be the best friends you’ve ever had.

Pray “Thy will be done” every day. This prayer has broken my heart and if I’m honest, I’d say it could break your heart too. When Jesus prayed it, He was so upset He sweat blood. It’s not easy, but it’s going to be good.

Jesus weeps through the pain with you (John 11:34-35). This past year, I have definitely cried my share of tears. But I do believe I have never wept alone.

Keep in touch with your friends. Don’t let distance separate you. Put effort into the
relationship. Invite them to lunch, FaceTime them, write a letter.

Memorize Scripture. It’ll change your life.

Never miss the opportunity to tell someone how much you love them. Sometimes it can be awkward to get all mushy and tell friends and family how you feel. Do it anyway while you can.

Humble yourself and apologize. You’re not right all the time. Be strong enough to admit it.

Never despise the day of small beginnings. Your time is coming. For now, keep serving where God has you. Keep dreaming and reaching for the stars.

Always keep dreaming. No matter how many people tell you it’s silly. No matter how hard it gets. Do. Not. Stop. Dreaming.

Stop making life a competition. Your success, your beauty, your hurt, and your dreams are not in competition with anyone else. God does not say “I have a plan for you as long as she doesn’t get the promotion first.” Nope. He says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans that are good and give you hope.” (see Jeremiah 29:11) Start supporting and stop competing.

Give generously. Give of your time, money, talents, resources. We’ve been blessed to be
blessings. Go bless someone.

Don’t let pain make you someone that you are not. Sometimes life just hurts. And sometimes it hurts so deeply that it changes us. You are a survivor, not a victim. The Lord is the God who heals you. Let the pain hurt. And then let Him heal it.

Jesus Christ is worth it all. Following Jesus isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s downright difficult. But He’s worth it. He’s worth every hurt, every sacrifice, every painful choice. He is worth it all.

Life really is beautiful.

Cherish every moment.

AuthorBellaIsabella Morganthal is a writer, dreamer, and child of God. She has published five books by His grace and blogs regularly over at her personal space on the internet: Worth it All blog. To God be the glory.

Advertisements
Christian Songs, List

3 Christian Bands

bands

Hello, lovely ladies! I hope you’re all doing well.

Today I’ll be sharing with you three Christian bands/singers that I love. It’s so hard to find good music now, just like it’s so hard to find clean books and magazines.

Let’s get started!

1. TobyMac

You might have heard of TobyMac before, but if you haven’t, I highly recommend you go check his music out!

My favorite songs of his are Love Broke Through and I Just Need U.

2. MercyMe

MercyMe might just be one of my favorite bands ever. Their song, Happy Dance, is awesome and it’s so encouraging on bad days. I first heard in on K-Love on a day when i was really depressed, and it helped so much.

3. Casting Crowns

Okay, so I just recently started getting in Casting Crowns. I’ve listened to it before on K-Love, and I never looked up the band before now. But it’s so good!

Well, those are my three bands!

But before I go, I want to say that you should feel free to contact us here at YLFC if you ever need prayer. And if you ever need someone to talk to, I’d be happy to listen and help the best I can.

Love you!

chloe signoff

 

 

Christian Songs, List

Christian Song List

Christian Song List

Looking for some good Christian music? Try these!

  • Hard Love – NEEDTOBREATHE ft. Lauren Daigle
  • Live it well – Switchfoot
  • Steady Me – Hollyn
  • City on a hill – Toby Mac
  • My Everything – Owl City
  • Through all of it – Colton Dixon
  • Even if – MercyMe
  • Testify – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Chainbreaker  – Zach Williams
  • Ever Be – Aaron Shust
  • Priceless – For King and Country
  • Bulletproof – Citizen Way
  • When We Pray – Tauren Wells
  • First – Lauren Daigle
  • Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle

I know those are a lot of songs, but I hope you’ll take the time to check them out. They’re really great. 😉 Have a nice day!

Maris Rose signoff

DIY, List

Spring Fun

Spring Fun

Hi ladies! Today, I am going to share a few things that are fun to do in spring.

  1. Press flowers– There are SO many lovely wildflowers in spring. We have a greenbelt behind our house where there are LOTS of wildflowers. I (or my brothers) gather a few and then I press them in a big notebook. Any notebook is fine, but I like the composition notebooks that stores sell in the school section. Once you get your flowers, just arrange them in the middle of the book, and put something really heavy on top. Leave them there for about a month.
  2. Sketch- I am not a very good artist, but it is kinda relaxing to go sit outside and draw.
  3. Riding horses/Biking– If you bike, or ride horses, spring is wonderful time to do it because it is not as hot. Now, this doesn’t go for Texas, where I live, but it is still fun.

Hope you enjoy these activities! Have a great day!

emmaline's signoff

Books, List, Your Walk With God

Walking on God’s Path: 7 MORE Books for God’s Daughters

7-more-books-for-gods-daughters

Hello, Ladies! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! You girls like my last post, so I decided to share 7 more books for God’s Daughters. Enjoy!

The Betsy-Tacy series

By Maud Hart Lovelace

I love this series!

Winnie The Pooh

By A.A Milne

OK, so this may be for younger kids. Who cares? I love this book anyways!

The Mysterious Benedict Society

By  Trenton Lee Stewart

I am reading the series right now, and I love it!

The Adventures Of Lily Lapp

By Mary Ann Kinsolver

Lily is Amish, and it was very interesting to read about her life!

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

By Margaret Sidney

This has always been one of my favorites! I love rereading the Five little Peppers series over and over and OVER.

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

The Complete Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter

Who doesn’t love this classic?

I hope you girls enjoyed this post! Have you read any of these books?

Have a wonderful week!

In Christ,

chloe signoff

Books, List

Walking on God’s Path: 6 Books for God’s Daughters

6-books-for-gods-daughters

Hullo, Ladies! Today I have a list of books for God’s Daughters.

Nowadays, I find it so hard to find books that contain no inappropriate content, books that don’t misuse God’s name, and so on.

When I see the new books nowadays, I don’t usually get past the summary or first couple of pages. If you will pardon me saying, there is so much trash floating around the world. And sometimes I find it hard to stay on God’s path, because I am tempted to read books that I know I should not. (I’ve read every good book I can get my hands on.)

This world is so full of things that distract us from walking God’s path.

But, we can start by reading good books. So, here, without further ado, 6 Books for God’s Daughters.

The Redwall Series

By Brian Jacques

Mr. Jacques passed away in 2011, so, unfortunately, there are only 21 or 22 books, instead of one more. There is a bit of violence, but it takes place in war times. There are also many character deaths.

The Mistmantle Chronicles

By M.I McAllister

There are five Mistmantle books. There is also a bit of violence, and two or three character deaths. DON’T GET ATTACHED TO A CERTAIN SOMEONE.

God’s Smuggler

By Brother Andrew

I was reluctant to read this book at first, don’t ask why, but when I started, I could not put it down!

The Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S Lewis

I am actually reading the series right now, and it’s awesome!

The Melendy Quarter

By Elizabeth Enright

It may also be referred to as the Four Story Mistake series. The books are called: (In order)

The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spider Web For Two.

The Mary Poppins series

By P. L Travers

An extraordinary Nanny, four young children, named Banks, what else could you want?!

Did you like this post? Would you like a list of MORE books for God’s Daughters?

In Christ,

chloe signoff

Hymns, List

Ten of My Favorite Hymns

ten-of-my-favorite-hymns

Hello, ladies! Today I will be sharing ten of my favorite hymns, but not with links. However, I will tell you the exact title of each hymn as the channel has it.

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

What can I say about this hymn? Umm. I LOVE IT.

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus with lyrics

Praise to the Lord the Almighty

Praise to the Lord the Almighty – Jill Phillips

He who would Valiant Be

This is probably my favorite hymn of all time!!! ❤

He who would Valiant Be – John Bunyan
Come Ye Sinners
Again, ❤
Fernando Ortega -Come Ye Sinners (Lyrics Onscreen)
Take My Life
This hymn helps me on the hardest days, just by humming it.
Take My Life (And Let It Be) Chris Tomlin [Lyrics]
Hallelujah, What a Savior
This version is sung by kids!!!
Hallelujah, What a Savior with Lyrics
Jesus Loves Me
This version is also by kids, and I’m sure you’ll agree when I say they are ADORABLE!!!
Cedarmont Kids – Jesus Loves Me
Count Your Blessings
Count Your Blessings by St John’s Children’s Choir
You Raise Me Up
So true. God does raise us up! ❤
you raise me up – josh groban with lyrics
We Gather Together
I learn this at Thanksgiving every year, or at least listen to it. It is strictly a Thanksgiving hymn for us, but I really should change that. This version is ALSO sung by kids.
Songs of America – We Gather Together [with lyrics]
And that concludes today’s post!
In Christ,
chloe signoff
DIY, List

Ways to Keep Warm

ways-to-keep-warm

Hey, girls! Where I live, it is snowing!  I don’t know if it is snowing where you live, but most likely it is cold at this time of year. That is why I thought it would be a good fit to tell you some good ways to keep warm.

download (1).jpg

#1. Drink Hot Drinks

This always helps me keep warm in the winter. You could drink hot chocolate,                          warm cider, hot tea, coffee, or anything else warm.

clothes

#2. Layer Your Clothes

This really works, especially if you are going outside.

images (4).jpg

#3. Wear Socks

This might seem weird, but it helps! Especially fuzzy socks. 🙂

download-2

#4. Wear a Winter Hat

If you keep your head warm, your whole body will be warmer than it was before.

light-person-woman-fire

#5. Make Rice Heat Pockets

Heat Pockets really keep your hands warm and are easy to make. You just take some rice, sew it up in old fabric, and heat it in a microwave. You then can put it in your pockets, and stick your hands in.

I hope you girls liked these ideas! Stay warm!

Maris Rose signoff