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}

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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

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

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