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.


(Photo Credit: Imgur) 

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 

Eat. Sleep. Speak. Repeat.

Upon reading the title, many people will think about their everyday lives.  Well, yes, that can be applied to a regular day but I tend to think about my Public Speaking and Debate club (haha yes I’m a bit of a nerd).  

Now, according to many articles, most of the population in this country fears speaking in public more than death.  I can see why.  You have to get up in front of a crowd and be the only single person talking.  The pressure is on not to mess up, stutter, or get stage fright.  Yet, in spite of all this, I love it anyway.


The club I am with is a part of the NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communication Association).  We spend the first part of the school year preparing our speeches and debate arguements.  Speeches can be anything as long as they fit into the various categories (example: informative, persuasive, impromptu).  I did not do debate this past year but I am adding it on next year.

After Christmas passes, tournament season begins.  Maybe you are wondering: why would there be a tournament for public speaking?  Well the NCFCA hosts tournaments so its members can show all of the work they have put into their speeches and provides a competitive environment.  I went to two tournaments this past year and they were so much fun!  I met so many different people and did something I am passionate about; and that is public speaking. 

I love NCFCA and I have become a stronger speaker and come out of my shell this year because of it.  It definitely is not for everyone, but I feel like it is the right fit for me and I hope to do it as long as I possibly can.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

-Matthew 5:16

Poetry in Motion

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet” -Anonymous.
Upon reading this, many people think about their dogs and/or cats. Now, yes, I do have an adorable labradoodle named Piper, but I do not first think of dogs. Before I tell what animal I think of when reading this quote, I want you to think back to when you were around five (yes, five). Do you remember that one kid in preschool that was absolutely OBSESSED with all things horses? Well I was that kid (and still am to this day, even though I am a teenager).


If you haven’t guessed it already, I think of horses when I think of a perfect animal companion. Having been riding for a year and a half, I still have a lot to learn, but I am in love with these beautiful creatures.
Normally, I am your typical girl who does not enjoy getting dirty.  But from the moment I step out of the car and onto the ranch where I ride, all of the previous traits of my personality go out the window.  During my riding lessons I get muddy, wet, stepped on, bitten, and much more; but I love it anyway.  I could easily make a blog post super long about horses but I need to keep this one short and sweet.  So in conclusion, horses are my companions, my happy place, and true poetry in motion. 

“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend obviously never owned a horse”

-Anonymous 

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