~Coffee~

Like many other teenage girls, I have a strange obsession with… you guessed it… coffee.  Maybe it’s the way it looks, maybe it’s just really aesthetically pleasing, but most of all, maybe it’s the way it tastes!  

Many people will think that I am referring to Starbucks (what teenage girl wouldn’t? lol just kidding), but I have actually found that I prefer the local coffee shops around my house.  I love trying different types of coffee (maybe snapping a picture or two, which you can see on the light_in_his_grace Instagram page) and enjoy seeing how each one is created. 

(Saved from Royallypink.com) 

Now, I don’t drink it 24/7 or every day, but I do think it’s rather nice to have once in a while.  Well, that’s basically my blog post all about coffee and I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I do (even if you don’t, you gotta admit that coffee art in the picture is pretty cool!).

A New Chapter

My heart races.  Millions of thoughts run through my mind. No no no! This can’t be happening!  There is no way around this and I am forced to face this problem.

School starts tomorrow. (NOOOO GIVE ME BACK SUMMER!)

Now even though I’m not a fan of school, I am excited to begin a new chapter in my school life known as high school.  I’ll still be taking classes at the same place, so not much will change.  Starting high school will not only make things more serious, but it will bring new opportunities for the future. I know that it will be stressful some days and maybe I’ll just feel like quitting but I know that God’s plan will all work out in the end.   


I hope to make my faith stronger this year and learn how to defend my beliefs.  I want to reflect Jesus in my every day life, even if I am in school.   Starting school will definitely have its challenges and drama, but if I can remember that my Savior is always with me, it will give me the motivation I need to conquer this year. 

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”

-Isaiah 43:2

Insta! 

Hello everyone!  I have created an Instagram profile for this blog!  I would really appreciate if you guys would follow it. 

This account will notify of new blog posts as well as give devotions and/or scripture.  Thank you so much! 

The Instagram account name is light_in_his_grace

“I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love, for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”

-Psalms 59:16

My Favorite Quote

This is a rather short blog post but I do think that this one quote deserves its own post.  I am not sure who the author of this quote is, but I think it is truly profound and shows how incredible our God really is…

“How cool is it that the same God that created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.” 

-Anonymous 

Picture Perfect 

“Imagine if you prayed as much as you got on Instagram.” (Anonymous) 

We live in a world that is consumed with Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram etc. We live in a society that cares more about likes and themes than what really goes on in people’s lives.  
I’d like to go back to the quote above.  My New Testament teacher used this quote in her lectures a few times.  It really puts it in perspective how much we are involved with social media (sometimes without even meaning to!). 

Yes, I do have an Instagram.  Yes, I do struggle with trying to place its worth on how many “likes” my photos get.  Heck, I even advertise for this blog on my Insta.  Social media can be a great and wonderful thing for people, the problems start when people obsess and put all of their self esteem into how many followers they have. 


(Source: La nuit blanche) 

Taking artsy pictures and selfies is fun to do and post.  I do it as well as many others.  Going back to my original statement, it’s fine to take pictures, as long as you don’t let social media control your life. 

I’m going to end with one more quote that I think goes with and explains this post.

“It doesn’t matter how many “followers” you have.  Hitler had millions.  Jesus had 12.”

-Anonymous 

Let’s Go Natural!

In this post I am going to explain my personal makeup routine.  Now, if you couldn’t tell from the title, I tend to go for the natural look for casual use.  I do not use makeup everyday, even when I go to co-op (I would rather shock people when I put it on, rather then when I take it off… cliche, I know).  I only use it when I am going to a nicer event or just randomly if I feel like I need to look a little more awake (*cough* early morning classes *cough*).


(Source: Twitter)

Now let’s launch into this list of makeup that I will typically use:

1.) Clinique Pep-Start Moisturizer– This is a good product to start with because it helps prevent acne from makeup use.  I have also found that it gives my face a natural glow.  I will sometimes use concealer, but not regularly.  Only when I look tired or have a breakout. 

2.) bareMinerals Original Foundation– I personally love the brand bareMinerals because it doesn’t do as much harm to your face (i.e. Acne problems) as other brands do and have many different shades for different skin tones. 

3.) bareMinerals Blush Powder– Having a natural blush, I don’t need to use much of this unless I want my face to look like a tomato lol!  But for someone who doesn’t, this will definitely work for them. 

4.) COVERGIRL Mascara- This brand works well with my eyelashes, which are naturally long.  It helps lengthen and darken as a regular mascara should.  I am also going to include that I use a clear mascara on my eyebrows to keep them… in place… you could say, because they are also naturally thick.  (The clear mascara can be found at any drugstore) 

5.) Lipstick–  I did not give a specific brand here because I use a variety of different brands ranging from Urban Decay to e.l.f.  I use different colors depending on the outfit and theme I am using that day. 

I do not use as much makeup as some other people I know because, again, I want to look like the girl that God created me to be. Makeup is nice and fun to use in moderation, not over the top and crazy like some people use it. I do not use makeup to please people or to impress my friends.  I use it to enhance my natural features. 

I’d like to end this post with a Bible verse that I think supports what I am saying.

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?  Or am I trying to please man?  If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

-Galatians 1:10

The Skies Proclaim…

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”            -Psalms 19:1

I have known about this verse for a long time, but never got around to deciphering what the meaning behind it was.  I mean really… How could the skies proclaim the work of God?  They can’t communicate!

Wrong.


The picture above is one I took myself.  Take time and study the picture!  Look at all the detail from the light clouds, to the bright sun, to the beautiful skies. 

You can’t possibly tell me that it isn’t its own work of art created by the Father. Let’s go back to the phrase “skies proclaim the work of His hands“.   Although the sky may not talk, it still shows God’s amazing creation; and I, personally, think that is pretty astounding:)

High Functioning Sociopath

When reading the title, many people may think of a crazy, out of control person who roams the streets.  But there is another group of people who know exactly who I am talking about when they read the title.  Before I reveal who it is, I would like to clarify that I am referring to the TV series, and not the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

Any guesses on who this high functioning sociopath is? 

Well, I’m talking about Sherlock Holmes, my dear readers.


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Produced by BBC, this rather humorous British series has never failed to make me laugh, cry, and fall in love with the beloved Sherlock.  

I highly recommend this show for those of you who are looking for something new and exciting to watch.  The fast paced mysteries in each episode keep you on the edge of your seat; while the British humor keeps you laughing all throughout the show. 

I have fallen in love with this show and hope to see season five if (and when) it comes out.  Become a “Sherlockian” today!  I promise, you won’t regret watching this wonderful show! 

“Bored!”

-Sherlock Holmes

Drip Drop

I sit on my bed reading a nice book (well, in reality I’m doing a summer reading project).  A dull noise gently begins outside my window.  Could it be? Is that what I think it is?  I run to my window and look outside.  Yessssssss! It’s raining!


Now some of you may be confused.  Why would I be so happy about rain?  Well, the answer is simple: I love the rain!  I’m not quite sure why but I always have.  Here, I’ll put it in a new perspective if you are still confused.

Imagine laying down in a soft bed with a gentle drip drop from the outside rain that soothes you to sleep.  Or being wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa reading a good book.  Orrrrr if you are really bored and don’t mind getting wet, playing in rain is always the way to go (unless it’s like a cyclone or something).


I encourage you: think of different ways and add to my list of things to do when it’s raining!  Even if you don’t like the rain now, just sitting and listening to the rain can be very therapeutic to some people (including me!).   I would like to end this post with a quote I love by Shakespeare…

“The earth has music for those who listen.”

-Shakespeare 

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