Father’s Day

God has blessed me in so many wonderful ways, but definitely one of the best ways is giving me a loving dad.

I am so fortunate to have grown up with a father who not only loves me, but loves the Lord also. He has set a good example for my siblings and I throughout our lives and has always been there to support and encourage us. I cannot even express how much I love the man who I call “dad” and will never be able to thank him enough for all that he has done for me. He has sacrificed for me, cared for me, and most of all, loved me through the ups and downs of life.

(picture credit: Pinterest)

But it is not only my amazing earthly father that I want to recognize this Father’s Day; I also want to talk about my Heavenly Father, who adores every single one of His children. He has blessed me with parents who have always pointed everything back to Him and placed me with a family of Christians. He has given me so much throughout my life, so I just wanted to thank and give Him glory this Father’s Day as well.

So here is a big shoutout to my dad, who I hoped had an amazing Father’s Day and a thank you to the Lord for loving me unconditionally and blessing me in so many ways.

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waiting…

“one day,

you will see,

God had a purpose,

for all of the waiting,

and not only for the future,

but also for the present,

where you would gather,

all the strength and courage you needed,

to prepare for the days to come.”

//morgan harper nichols//

I love this poem because it truly captures and describes how all of us have felt sometimes. We live in a world where you should always be doing something every minute of everyday. As Christians, sometimes we have to stop. Wait. Listen. It can be hard to wait sometimes, especially when it feels like God isn’t answering your prayers the way you want.

But just as the poem says, God has a purpose for our waiting.

He has a purpose for our pains that we are praying about.

He has a purpose for our lives that is greater than anything we could ever imagine.

We may not understand this purpose today, tomorrow, or anytime soon, but it is there; and one day, we will know what this purpose is. We will know what God has always had in store for our lives. He will reveal himself in ways you could never have thought possible in your lifetime as long as you wait on Him, be patient, and listen for the things He is calling you to do.

“for I know the plans that I have for your life,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, not to harm you. plans to give you a hope and a future.”

//jeremiah 29:11//

•breathe•

Do you ever just want to sit down and scream? Me too.

Why does this happen? What makes us so stressed? Why can’t we just relax sometimes? Well, everyone answers these questions differently. Many will say school, work, activities, and just life in general. Due to being constantly stressed, busy, and anxious about everything, we can forget to sit down and breathe

Why is taking a moment, gathering your thoughts, and just breathing so important in a crazy schedule? The answer to this question is because we can sometimes forget God’s plan and timing. We try and fix it all ourselves, sometimes even committing to too much. When we sit down and breathe a little bit, it clears our head and helps us remember that our loving and wonderful God is in control. My take-away for this is simple. Whenever you feel stressed, worried, or anxious, sit down and pray. Pray to your Father in heaven and ask Him for guidance. This won’t take much time, but it sure does benefit you in multiple ways.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”

~1 Peter 5:7

Walkin’ on Sunshine

What does it mean to “walk on sunshine”? Well, most people think about the very popular song (you know you sang the title in your head!). People also use this phrase when they are happy or just having a good day.

But what about when you are having a bad day? When things just don’t go your way and you want to give up? Well I have some good news for you! When we believe Jesus, HE and HE ALONE has a plan for you… an ultimate plan that may seem distant at this moment. Jeremiah 29:11 says “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope, and a future.'”

I am not saying that every day will be sunshine and roses, I’m asking you, if you are going through something rough or hard, to simply give it to God. He has a marvelous plan for YOUR life and soon you will be walkin’ on sunshine once again.

{Jeremiah 29:11}

Finding My Voice

They say everyone has a voice.  Everyone has a different way of thinking… a vision… a story.  In this post, I will share how I found my “voice” and how I want to impact others with it. 

Up until a few years ago, I was pretty shy.  I never had much to say during a regular conversation, kept to myself when in a social setting, and was terrified of ordering my own food at a restaurant.  Over the past few years two major components have helped me find my voice not only in a writing standpoint, but in confidence in front of others as well. 

The first is public speaking.  When I first started public speaking, I wasn’t as loud or capturing as the other speakers were.  I did the work I was required to do and not much more at first.  But when I really started to dive into my speeches and went to some tournaments (which were wayyyy out of my comfort zone) I really felt like I had come out of my shell and truly wanted to share my thoughts and feelings.  But there is more to that than just wanting to, I had to initiate and work hard to expand my knowledge of the Word of God and the world around me, which leads to my second component.

This blog has helped me in so many ways to not only build a voice in my writing, but to come closer in my relationship with Jesus.  Sharing my thoughts, feelings, and personal stories has helped me so much in becoming more confident in both my faith and in sharing the Good News.  

Finding your voice can be hard, especially if you don’t know how.  I encourage you, if you are trying to find a voice, to share something that is close to your heart either through writing or to a close friend.  Then once you get more confident, start sharing it with others and develop your own unique thoughts and worldview. 

I like to end with a verse that I really do think goes with this post and that I love very much 

“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for all belivers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, and in your purity.” 

-1 Timothy 4:12

Stressed VS Blessed

Hello! 

So I thought I would write a blog now that school is starting and many people are all feeling… What’s the word? Oh stressed.  Whether it be in public school, private school, or homeschool, everyone feels some sort of pressure and stress.  Why is that? Is it because we fear failing or doing something wrong? Is it the amount of work? Is it the drama between friends? Well I believe it can be a mixture of both. 


Whenever I feel these emotions, it is easy for me to become overwhelmed.  But when I go back to God’s Word and am reminded over and over in the scriptures that He is there, it significantly lowers my stress.  

Now I’m not saying that praying the night before a math test is due will automatically give you an A, but it knowing that our Heavenly Father is always with us is definitely reassuring and really helps get me through the year. 

“Do not fear: I am with you; Do not be anxious, I am your God.  I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

~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

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