Farewell 2019 – Word of the Year

 

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Enlighten

Verb

  1. to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to
  2. to shed light upon

It seems to me that most years just whisk by. People talk about what changed in the previous year, and its overall effect, but to me it feels like a blur. I’ve had ground-shaking moments and struggles throughout the years, but I never defined a whole year with one word.

But as this year was wrapping up, a single idea came to me. The idea of fresh understanding, illumination, or discovery:

Enlightenment.

I am always learning and growing, but this year especially, I feel that God has revealed so much to me that I hadn’t known before. At the beginning of this year, I was in the middle of my senior year of high school. Though by no means perfect, I was in my usual and beloved home, work, and church, with the friends, family, and environment I had known and loved for years. But by the end of this year, I was moved out and living on my own at college, with brand new friends and mentors that had transformed from complete strangers to close friends in just a few short months.

Throughout the year, God has opened doors and illuminated things that I had not understood before. I have found great rest in learning the truth, even the hardest truths, because the truth is light.

God is teaching me independence, and also dependence on Him. He has helped me to quiet my heart, to think critically, and to take ownership of what I believe, but also to give grace and trust Him with the things in life which have value but are not true breaking-points.

I have learned a lot, and I am so thankful for the things God has shed light on for me this year, but I also know that there is still so much that I don’t know. I still have plenty of times when I flounder and fear. So I simply have to go day by day, rejoicing in what God provides for me, and trusting God to make clear to me what I need to know, at the time in which I need to know it.

Enlighten

Psalm 131

1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.

 

Blessings,

Gracie

 

SPARK {My Book Launch + a Cozy Giveaway!}

Giveaway by Allison from A Farm Girl’s Life! She finished a beautiful, new poem book and is giving away a copy with other cozy goodies!

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Hello, dears!

AHHHHHH. I AM IMMENSELY EXCITED. Because guys - itโ€™s finally time to reveal my second poetry book! *happy dance* Iโ€™ve been working on this project for the past year, and Iโ€™m so ready to announce it officially. ๐Ÿ™‚

This year, the book launch will be accompanied by a small-ish blog tour and A GIVEAWAY! Eeep! Iโ€™m so excited for the giveaway too; I kind of want to keep everything myself. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, letโ€™s jump right in before I burst with excitement. ๐Ÿ˜€

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April Showers Bring May Flowers — Rain Photos + The Cat

Hello!

Yesterday we had some April showers! (It was actually more like inconsistent, light bursts of rain, but I’ve been wanting to use this title for at least a year now… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

When I saw that rain was beginning to fall, I grabbed my camera and took some photos.

Enjoy!

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Happy Easter 2019 – Christ is Risen!

Happy Resurrection Day!

I hope you all are having a blessed Easter. Today, remember to look beyond the bunnies, baskets, and candy to the true and glorious reason why we celebrate this holiday–that the Savior, Jesus Christ, died and then resurrected from the grave, victorious over sin and death!

I wanted to share the lyrics of “Behold the Lamb” by Sovereign Grace and some photos.

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Cameras – Old and New {Photoshoot}

Hello!

One of the classes I am taking this semester is a film photography class. It’s been a lot of fun learning how to use a film camera and how to process the photos in a darkroom.

Now, during the course of this one-semester class, I managed to go from two SLR cameras in my house to six (I don’t own them all)!

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2019 Goals-in-Progress

Also known as, “I Didn’t Post my Goals in January, so Here They Are Now!”

I was thinking about posting my 2019 goals at the start of the year, but then time flew, so I decided to make a late post where I show you my goals and where I’m at with them so far!

My method was inspired a lot by Hannah, from The Striped Plaid. She made a very helpful post with ideas for making and achieving your goals. You can check it out here!

 

My goal method included listing out the things I wanted to accomplish, and then placing them into a quarterly plan.

Let’s begin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Darkness in Secular Science – My Thoughts

[[In this post I will be sharing my thoughts on things I’ve observed from a Christian world view, according to what I strongly believe about the Bible and creation.]]ย 

Hello, everyone! Have you all started school? I just did yesterday!

My first class was Geology, and I look forward to learning interesting things about how the earth works!

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