Thursday, June 21, 2012

She Reads Truth

One of my goals this summer was to find a way to spend time with the Lord every single day. I had attempted to read the Bible this year and throughout the school year finding time every day to read the daily section (which usually wasn't incredibly inspiring) was hard for me to encourage myself to do. With that in mind, I wanted a program that was do-able, which the Once-A-Day Bible was not. 

About a week ago I was on Instagram and saw a #shereadstruth hash-tag and was wondering what it was referring to. I followed the tag and found tons of pictures from women who were spending daily time with the Lord, reflecting about it, then posting it on Instagram. I was inspired. There were thousands of pictures and I was looking at them all, I didn't look at Twitter or Facebook on my iPhone for days. I knew I'd found something good!

I logged on to my computer and found SheReadsTruth.com, a community of women reading His truth daily. I'd found exactly what I needed! I was late to find their site so their devotional was already 3/4 of the way through but I started it anyways. I loved it. We're using the YouVersion Bible app and the first devotional we started with was Soul Detox

I found it inspiring and felt God working inside of me after reading it every day. I started to build my relationship with Him and it was beginning to turn in to the relationship that I desire with the Lord. I've found myself questioning my actions and realizing bits and pieces of scripture that I'm beginning to remember. I've been changed and challenged throughout the ten days of this study so far and today could not have been a better day for me to share this with y'all. 

Yesterday was the day that the Soul Detox devotional finished and today they started a new devotional titled Living the Surrendered Life. Many are still working with Soul Detox (I know I am!) and it is such an inspiring devotional to work with and I hope you to start one of these devotionals today.

Why? Because there is an entire community of women ready to support you in this journey. There are many social media sites that are bringing us all together to show us that we are not alone in our journey with Christ. I hope that all of you who find my blog realize God working through me and that this little spot on the Internet is a testament to Him.

I know a year ago I would never have thought that I'd be writing this post. My nerves are still present with sharing my relationship with Christ and my faith. But I am comforted by knowing that I have a community around me that supports me and believes what I do. I encourage you to find time today to spend with the Lord, because he treasures each and every one of us. I hope your path to finding Christ is one that grows and shows you what a joyful life that you can have with Him in it!

The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people of his treasured possession,
out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 7:6

PS. You can share your journey on Twitter and Instagram by using the hash-tag #SheReadsTruth, Facebook or their blog

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lovely Weekend

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend, mine was fantastic!

I started off sleeping in on Saturday, it's nice to be able to have a weekend with no school work to worry about! I cannot wait for many more of these this summer. The rest of the day was spent lounging and reading before my mom and I went off to get mani-pedi's! It had been way too long and it was very needed after a rough finals week. 
I started off my day with church on Sunday and the message was such a fantastic way to start my day. We walked the dogs and then I was off to my grades bonfire! Half of my grade went to Alki beach and we burned papers from last year and made s'mores! It was such a fun night and I cannot wait for more memories like this as we move forward into our senior year! This night made me appreciate my grade and all the incredible people that I am surrounded with!
Yesterday was a gorgeous day and after spending the night JNC's house after the bonfire we had an incredible breakfast in bed and chatted before I had to head home. I then spent the rest of the day reading by the pool, summer in Seattle cannot be beat on days like yesterday!
Today I found an incredible new site called She Reads Truth and it is an incredible resource. I've started the Soul Detox program and cannot wait to spend time with the Lord every day. It has been something on my heart over the last few weeks and with a new journal in hand I cannot wait to start! 

Have a great week!

Friday, June 8, 2012

I survived Junior year.

I cannot believe that the last day of school has come and gone, that I will not step foot on campus until August!

Today we moved seats in our gym, the symbolic "moving-up" tradition at my school, and I'm officially a senior. I've made it through Junior year!

This did not come without its challenges. Junior year is the hardest year academically and by far one of the most important years of high school. I got my finals back today and it was a humbling experience, History and Pre-Calculus went well but Biology was a hard experience. I have struggled with this class all year long and had roller coaster test scores as I called them. I'd do poorly, do well, do poorly first semester and second semester I only did poorly on one test. Biology has come full circle for me and I ended the year as I started. This year has been an incredible experience learning how I learn and overcoming challenges that made this year so difficult. The struggles that I have faced have provided me with the strength I need to get through the challenges throughout my senior year.

Just thinking about what life will be like a year from now is terrifying! I'll have taken the ACT for the last time, have (hopefully) gotten in to college, and will be spending my last summer at home before I head off to college in August! 

Next year is going to fly by and I cannot wait for my Senior class to bond and grow!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Getting Through It

Right now I am studying for my biology final and doing this I have found these videos!

Crash Course is such a fantastic resource for me while studying for my final! I only wish I would have found it sooner!

What did you find was most helpful for studying for your finals, biology especially? They have a History channel as well so make sure to go check it out!

Thankfully I have biology tomorrow and pre-calculus on Thursday and then I'm done! The end is so close!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer To-Dos

I have completed my first final and thankfully only have 2.5 finals to go! Summer is very, very close at this point and the brainstorming begins for the Summer Bucket List of 2012! 
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What's on your list for this summer?

I'll be sharing mine soon!


PS: Have you seen this? Incredibly beautiful.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

'Twas the Night Before Finals

I've spent the day focusing on my finals and I'm finally feeling a bit more prepared for the exams that I face tomorrow. It was Graduation Sunday at church this morning and I cannot believe that I'll be up there next year! They said a prayer for everyone who has finals this week and it was the perfect way to start my day. Prayer is such a powerful thing and it is something that I truly cherish at my church. Education is truly a privilege and it's something that is easily forgotten during stressful times during finals season. I made a quick stop at the Farmer's Market today and got new peonies for this week! They add such a fun burst of color to my desk while I study! Tonight I'm reading my History booklet and watching Miss USA, I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Delancey

I have named this weekend "Review Weekend" because nothing is more important than studying to prepare for my finals. I woke up and took a trip to one of my favorite Seattle bakeries, Macrina, today. This is a trip that my dad and I usually take on our weekends together, but we haven't for months. Turns out Macrina had remodeled their space and it was absolutely gorgeous! The pastries that we brought home and had for breakfast were incredible, a fantastic start to the day!
After Macrina I hit the books, or the laptop if we want to be completely accurate. I edited all my study guides for every History test I took this semester and had all the holes filled. Hours later when I had completed this task I ventured out to get it bound together in a book at Kinkos--or technically FedEx Office, but Kinkos is ingrained in my brain because it's took unique not to be. Having my study guide bound is such a motivator to study, it makes all the information I have to know for Monday more interesting and organized. My OCD tendencies love it! I cannot wait to do the same for my biology study guides, it will be beautiful having two this semester.
Once I had had enough of studying and binding of study guides, which took two Kinkos locations, I was off to dinner with my dad! We went to Delancey which is right in our backyard and it was fantastic. Their pizza is the best I have ever had. After discovering this restaurant mere months ago I've been hooked. I could not believe that I had lived here my whole life with this incredible restaurant hidden five minutes away. If you are ever in Seattle I recommend this restaurant with no hesitation, I've been twice and both times I've found myself eating all six slices! Tonight I added arugula and garlic scapes to my margarita pizza and every bite was life-changing. It was the perfect way to end this study filled day, time to breathe is always necessary on Review Weekend and I'm so glad I got to spend this time eating magnificent food.

Friday, June 1, 2012

My Bookshelf: May

 I love getting invested in a good book that I cannot put down, it is one of the best feelings on earth. Unfortunately life gets in the way of always having time for these moments, May was one of those months. I tried to pick up a book and get one finished, but time just wasn't on my side. I cannot wait for summer, which starts Friday (beyond comprehension at this point), when I will have the ability to read and have minimal other concerns. Hallelujah! The two books I found myself reading this month were Mere Christianity and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I cannot wait to get enough time to finish The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, so far it is absolutely fantastic! As this month approaches I hope to post daily, we'll see how this goes!