• Thoughts on Books

    Audiobooks and How I Reach My Reading Goals

    I have always been an avid reader. In fact, I have no recollection of not being able to read. By the time I was four I could read picture books with ease and by the time I was six I was visiting the library daily. When I was 14 years old, I dislocated my elbow and I was unable to hold up a book. During that time, someone was kind enough to recommend the free audiobook service Librivox to me. Librivox is an audiobook service for books in the public domain. I listened to Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Jack and Jill, Little Women, Pollyanna, Pollyanna Grows Up, Sense and…

  • Thoughts on Writing

    Just Keep Writing

    When I was a little girl I dreamed of reaching the world with my writing. At the time I wasn’t necessarily thinking about reaching them with the Gospel, that came later, I just wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling or Enid Blyton or Roald Dahl. When I was 16 I started moving towards that goal. I started a blog (that I have since discontinued), I wrote newsletters for my family and friends, I wrote articles that I submitted to big Christian sites, and I dabbled in writing devotionals. At the same time I never felt like non-fiction was the thing that I wanted to pursue. I wanted to write…

  • Thoughts on Life

    Life’s Juggling Act

    Recently life has felt somewhat crazy. Between work, ministry, family and studying I sometimes feel like I don’t have enough time to get everything done. Prioritising has been difficult but necessary and so I have unfortunately let my writing slip and I haven’t published on this blog on over three months. In the juggling act that is life, the ball that I allowed to drop was my writing. This is not the first time that I have allowed my writing to take a back seat and last time it happened I didn’t write for close to a year. I don’t want that to happen again as writing is important. In…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Why I Serve at Youth Group

    Every Friday night I volunteer at my church’s youth group. This involves a few different jobs. I help with the general admin for the youth. I also help them track their quiet times and memory verses so that they can earn their scholarships for Word of Life Camp at the end of the year. On top of this, I lead a small group of girls whom I try and help apply the weekly lesson to their daily lives. I talk to teenagers and make a fool of myself, plan games or ice breakers. While doing all these things I try to have the biggest possible impact on their lives that…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Love Like Jesus Loves

    I just want to remind you that Jesus loves you more than you can begin to comprehend. Your worth is found in Him. He is shaping you and making you stronger (even if you feel weak right now). You are so valued by Him that He died for you while you were still His enemy and He made you His child. I also want to remind you to help others know they are loved and cherished. Don’t be afraid to message that friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while and remind them that you value their friendship. Life is short and only the Word of God and the…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Where’s the Reset Button?

    Do you ever wish that life came with a reset button? Even if it was just one. Like when you’re little you learn that everyone gets a reset, it’s useful for an up to six month redo allowing you to go back to exactly the same place you were six months ago; but with all the knowledge of living those six months already. I have felt like that so many times before. Honestly, if life were to come with a reset button, I probably would have pushed it way too early in life and missed a really good opportunity. Maybe when I was 10 or 11 and thought my life…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Why I Haven’t Given Up on Christ, Christianity and the Church

    I was just reading an article on The Gospel Coalition called The Perils of Falling for a ‘Fyre’-Style Faith. Personally I know nothing about the Fyre Festival or its documentary on Netflix. I would never have clicked on this post, I just happened to read it because I follow TGC on on Feedly and so it was the next article in my feed. The article discussed how we as Christians sometimes try and oversell Christianity and a fantasy faith. This often results in a bunch of so called “conversions” to Christianity and then a bunch of new converts who feel that they haven’t received what they were promised (like the…

  • Thoughts on Writing

    Learning as a New Writer

    Today is another day where I really don’t feel like writing. This is often the case for me. I go several days of feeling pumped to write and then several days (or weeks or months) feeling like I have nothing to say and not feeling up to trying. This month I made a goal to try and write every single day and to publish more often on my blog. While sitting here thinking “I really don’t feel like writing right now”, and knowing that if I don’t write I definitely won’t have anything to publish, I made the decision to ask one of my writing friends to sprint with me.…

  • Thoughts on Life

    Setting Goals

    Setting goals for myself is one of my favorite things to do. I love to make new years resolutions, monthly goals, weekly goals, spiritual goals, September resolutions, last week of the year goals… you get the picture. At the beginning of the year I made the goal to read 100 books in 2019 and make at least 1/3 of them non-fiction and also to finally read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Unfortunately, I have only read seven books so far, and so according to Goodreads I am ten books behind (but that’s okau, I plan to keep making my goal 100 books until one day I make it, even…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    What Am I Called to Today?

    Over the last year, a lot in my life has changed. Things that I was planning on suddenly came to an end and I was left in a place at the end of January where I realized that I had to, in a sense, start my life from the beginning again. Now the truth is that I am young and a lot of people would say that I haven’t even begun my life at 22 years old so I should stop panicking. But for me, things were different. As a teenager I did my best to build my life and know where I wanted to go and work hard to…