Friday Favorites: In Honor of Thanksgiving!

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So it’s time for my #FridayFavorites! I will be sharing some things that are not only my favorites, but also that I’m very thankful for (and yes, some of them will be very silly!)

  1. I’m thankful for cookbooks! My family has a cookbook that has been in my kitchen for as long as I can remember. We reference it to cook our very favorite recipes, like Crunchy Punch and Chocolate Éclair cake :) it’s just fun to have around during the holidays!  Here’s a picture of all of the cookbooks we have in our apartment.cookbooks
  2. Yummy candles that remind me of the holidays! We have recently lit Mainstays Aromabeads Pumpkin Spice!  (This is not a sponsored post.) My roommate bought it for only $5 at Walmart and is graciously letting us use it on our hearth in our living room so it fills the whole house with a great scent! IMG_4439
  3. Donation centers! My sorority (Sigma Phi Lambda for all of you about to head off to college! Great Christian organization I suggest you get involved with! Check them out HERE!) recently had a bonfire at our house and the admission ticket was a canned food item! We were able to donate the cans to a local donation center so they can get distributed to people in the area who might not have a Thanksgiving meal otherwise! I suggest checking out donation centers in your area and find out their needs. Typically they need low priced items like toothbrushes and socks that you can pick up at the dollar store. And most canned items can be found at grocery stores for under $1! Think about how you can help those less fortunate than you this holiday season! IMG_4440
  4.  Friendsgiving! If you’ve never heard of Friendsgiving, you are about to be super excited! It’s a time for you to gather with your FRIENDS and celebrate THANKSGIVING! Some of you may be thinking, I gather with my friends on Thanksgiving, why would I choose a different day to celebrate it on? Well, the way I spend my holiday is specifically with my family, so I celebrate Friendsgiving usually a week before with my friends at college! It’s a fun way to celebrate time together showing how thankful you are for each other’s friendships! Here is a picture of our feast from last year: IMG_4441
  5.  Family! I know such a typical “favorite” thing, but it’s true! I’m thankful for people who support and encourage me!

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So these are my #FridayFavorites! What are some of your favorite things that you’re reminded to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving holidays? Comment below and let me know! Have a great weekend!



Throwback Thursday: Isaiah 52 & 53

So each week on Thursdays I will be picking Scripture from the Old Testament! I know what you’re thinking… Ugh, how boring! BUT absolutely NOT TRUE! The OT has some crazy awesome meat to it and I’m pumped to talk about it!

So this #ThrowbackThursday we’ll be checking out Isaiah 52:13- 53:12.

See, my servant will act wisely;
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
    his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

Does this sound similar to something you may have heard before? Try the entire Gospel in the New Testament! Isaiah was prophesizing exactly what would happen when Jesus would be put on the cross to die for our sins, and his prophesy came true as we all know. Crazy how a prophesy made almost 700 years before Christ was born would prove to be so accurate and true! Check out any version of the Gospel for references to this. We’re painted the picture of the crucifixion in both Isaiah and the Gospel.

Take time today to think about the beauty of the Old Testament promises we find every time we flip through those pages. Everything the Bible says is true!

It sure makes me feel confident knowing the Word stays true then, now, and forever! How does knowing this promise came true make you feel? Comment below and let’s talk about it!

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Wisdom Wednesday: JAMES- Trials are Not in Vain

Good morning!

It’s #WisdomWednesday and as I have done many times before, today I’m posting a sermon from my church here in Fayetteville, AR! We recently did a study on James and I loved it so much I decided to share it with you!

I strongly suggest taking notes during this series! So many good chunks of Biblical truth you won’t want to forget! My favorite quote is,

“In temporary pain, we can’t lose sight of eternal promises.”

A warming reminder that no trial is in vain!

Comment below and tell me what your favorite part is! And don’t forget to subscribe! :)  just enter your email and let the computer do the rest of the work for you!

Relationships Part 4: Marriage Panel VIDEO and NOTES

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Here is the last week of the Relationships Series!  This week our pastor brought up couples from the church with different ages, backgrounds, and years of marriage all to share their story and answer any questions we may have had. It was a fun night, but it was also full of information about the realties of relationships and marriage!

Thanks for the feedback on this series! And as always, if any of you have any questions about salvation or need prayer, don’t hesitate to comment or message me. I would love to help!

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God bless!

Relationships Part 3: Sexual Morality VIDEO and NOTES

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The average person will witness 14,000 sexual references year.
9.4 million girls watch pornography a year.
60% of girls struggle with lust.
It’s not just men, it’s ladies too.

Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” If you love things in the dark more than you love the Father, you need to check your heart. Pray to God about what your heart truly loves.