Friday, January 20, 2017

Ten Thousand Things

Hey y'all!

First off, I want to apologize for my slight disappearance lately... Life's been a little crazy!

I know, I really need to set a schedule for my posts and stick to it. ;P

Oh, and another thing! As of today, January 20th, Donald J. Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States! Whether you are thrilled, utterly disappointed, or somewhere in the middle, let's pray that God guides this new leader and does good through his presidency.

"He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning."
Daniel 2:21 (NIV)

Anyway, today I wanted to share some thoughts on a sermon I heard last week by Pastor Tim Delina. He spoke at our church's annual Nights of Revival, and I really enjoyed the message. It was about prayer.

Here are a couple of points he made:

"We come to God with our script and get ticked off when His is different."

This is very true. Many times when I pray, I find myself asking God to let this certain thing happen, or don't let this happen, or please let this happen. And when it does or doesn't, I get upset and sometimes even wonder if He cares about my requests. The truth is, He does! But when His will doesn't match ours, we are quick to get annoyed. We have to remember that His will is perfect, and even if we don't understand it, He knows what He's doing! ;)

"God will never give you something that you're not ready for."

A side note to this point was "Delay is not God's inability, it's your immaturity."

Sometimes we're not ready to receive what we ask for in prayer. Sometimes God needs to grow us before we can receive the blessings we want.

And a really great point (which I loved) was this:

"You pray one thing, God does ten thousand. (To bring that thing to pass.)"

Think about it. So many different things come into play when you ask something even as simple as, "Give me a word tonight." (The example he used.) Well, in order for that guest speaker to be there tonight, you have to go way back to when the church was founded (over 50 years ago). The exact right things had to happen to allow that church to be founded. Then the pastor had to hand it down to his son years later, who did the same with his son. Meanwhile, think of the hundreds of things had to happen to get that guest speaker where he is today as a pastor. On top of all of that, this speaker had to have met the pastor from the church and the church decide to ask him to come speak. All because one person asked for a word from God that night. (He went into more detail, but that was the basics.)

Kind of crazy, isn't it? Then I started thinking about all of my prayer requests and all of the things that would have to happen (or already have happened) in order for them to come to pass. 

And if that alone doesn't astound you, think of everyone else who at this very moment is asking God for something. He has to work everything together so that somehow, prayers are answered. I just find that so neat!

God, who is eternal, knows every single person's requests, and has been working things together from the very beginning. He is awesome!

Our prayer, then, should be,
"God, grow me, and do Your ten thousand things."

Pray for God to grow you and guide you. Let Him worry about the rest. :)

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Well, that's it for today! I hope that this blessed you and that you remember that God is always listening and working things together for your good! <3

Love this song!

~Livi Jane

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Bookish Recap Tag!

Happy Monday morning to y'all! Hope you're all doing well!

Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts was kind enough to tag me in the Bookish Recap Tag! Thanks so much, Kaitlyn!! :D

-Include the above button in your post
-Answer the 11 questions
-Use as many book covers as you'd like. (Yay!)
-Tag 5-10 people and notify them that they have been tagged

All righty, let's get on to the questions!!

Ye olde questions:
(Don't ask me why XD)

How many books did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
honestly, I have no idea... XD Maybe 60-ish? I reread a lot of books this year, rather than new ones.

Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it? 
Nah, I didn't. I just read when/what I felt like. :P

What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
Hm, good question. I think historical fiction was probably the most read. Least read? Um, sci-fi/fantasy. (Not sure if I read any of that genre at all...)

What's five of your favorite books from 2016? 
Just five??

Never by J. Grace Pennington
A friend recommended this story, since she knew I was a fan of westerns and mysteries. I enjoyed this book so very much! 

The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow
Of course, the Circle C books are always amazing!

I loved the movie Max, so I was elated when my sister bought me the book adaptation. It was just as enjoyable as the movie! :D

Legends of Laramie Series by Sigmund Brouwer
This series, recommended by my sister, were some of my favorites. They are geared more toward adults, and romance is included in a fairly large portion throughout, but it was written by a Christian author and it's all clean. :) I think I'd have to say Sun Dance was my favorite book.

All right, that was more than five, but who's counting? ;)

What's five of your least favorite books from 2016?
Hm... Honestly, I don't think I read any really awful books in 2016... Definitely not five that I could say I didn't enjoy. I'm seriously blanking on this question... XD

What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is 'new', but that they became new to you this year.)
David Barton. For school, we watched some of his DVD series for history (he's a historian). His books are on history and government, and they are all so interesting! I actually got one of his book for Christmas; The Bulletproof George Washington.

What's five of your favorite book covers from the year?
This is sorta a repeat from an earlier question:

How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.)
Um, not many. Maybe 4? (All of my bookshelves are already stuffed full, so I don't exactly have room for more.) ;P

What's the longest book you read in 2016? 
As far as I know, it was Never at 318 pages.

What's the shortest book you read in 2016?
Honestly don't know. XD Probably one of the TCDC books, which are all only around 60-ish pages. I'm sure I've read shorter books to my little brother.

What's your reading goal for 2017? 
I actually don't particularly have one. I have a list of books I want to read, but I don't have an actual goal, except for the fact that I plan to read through the entire bible this year. :D

...And that finishes it up! I know, a lot of my answers ended up being I-don't-knows, but I still had fun with this tag! XD Thank you again for tagging me, Kaitlyn!

So, just about everyone I know has already been tagged for this, so I'm gonna bend the rules a little and just say that if you're reading this, well...

You've been tagged!!!

Have a wonderful week!

~Livi Jane

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! + December Highlights


(I'm working on trying to change up my blog a bit, so if the background and such is different every time you visit, that's why!) ;P


Can y'all believe it's now 2017? I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that 2016 is over.

It was a year full of joys, sorrows, trials, experiences, and many other things. I pray you all had a wonderful year and have much to which to look forward this year!

December review:

Participated in the Twelve Days of Christmas linkup leading up to Christmas Day. I had so much fun during that time and was able to 'meet' many new bloggers!

My writing for December consisted mostly of editing the short stories written for NaNo in November, plus beta reading a short story for someone. I didn't have any particular word count goal in mind for December, but I did get some writing done, and am closing in on the home stretch of Sunlight and Shadows! Yippee! :D

December is always a busy month for everyone, and for our family it was no exception! :) Work, school (for the first half of December, anyway), hangouts with friends, Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, and Christmas itself kept me busy! I hope every one of you had an amazing Christmas, by the way! ;)

A couple of more major highlights from this past month:

Chick-fil-A Christmas party
Christmas Eve bonfires on the levee
Christmas Day/week (of course!) ;P

I have way too many highlights from the year to share them all, but I will mention one highlight of this year was starting my blog! I've had tons of fun with blogging so far, and I'm so thankful for all of you who have taken the time to follow and read and comment on my posts! :) <3

Goals for January:

  • Clean out my room (hopefully will be accomplished this week)
  • Start planning for Fine Arts 2017
  • Write at least 3,000 words and finish editing NaNo stories

Main Goals for 2017:

  • Graduate high school (I'm still half freaking out about the fact that by the end of the year (possibly sooner), I'll be done with school! Then it's onto college... :D)
  • Read through the One Year Bible and grow closer to the Lord
  • Compete in Fine Arts
  • Consistently exercise (at least three times a week)
  • Grow friendships
  • Journal every day (at least several times a week. I have a bad habit of saying I will and then not doing it.) ;P
And that wraps up my December highlights and goals for this year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

What are some of your goals for 2017?

~Livi Jane