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Happy 4th!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJust wanted to pop in and say I hope all of you that live in the USA have a wonderful Fourth of July.

Take a moment to remember what we are celebrating today and thank God for it.

I’m so thankful to have freedom to choose how I spend my money, what job I chose, and be able to believe and publicly worship Jesus! Those are just a few of the freedoms we have been granted in America and I know I often forget about the cost for these freedoms.

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I just want to recognize those who have given their time, energy,  and some even their lives for this country! Thank you for all you have sacrificed for me.

Have a happy 4th!

-Rebekah

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My Summer Bink List 2017

The past at least two summer’s I have been doing this thing called a summer blink list. Basically, it is a summer bucket list (last year’s here). It’s called a ‘blink list’, because summer goes by so fast and so this list is things I want to accomplish before the ‘blink’ is over. Some of the things on my list I came up with and others I found on Pinterest (mine is here).

Keep reading to find out what is on my list!

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  1. This is always on my bucket list. Every. Single. Time. Watch a sunrise.

I have done it twice and I just get an exhilarated feeling watching the sun rise so I want to do it again!

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2. Witness the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

There is supposed to be a total solar eclipse this summer. I think that would be a really unique thing to experience, so I want to make sure I do that.

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3. Leave a note in a Library book.

I think this would be really fun to do. And what better time to do it then summer?

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4. This is so random…. but I really want to try fried Oreos.

I know I’m probably going to the beach a few times this summer so I will have an opportunity. I have no particular reason for doing this. They just seem interesting.

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5. Finish an entire coloring book.

I love coloring and will hopefully be able to complete this wild goal!

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6. Sew, Sew, Sew!

I love sewing and want to do more of it this summer. I have all the supplies and projects I want. I need to just start.

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7. Have a shopping day.

The mall is one of my favorite places (I sound way too much like a teenage girl…. but it is true). It would be so fun to spend a whole day there with my friends. Since there is more time in the summer that is a perfect excuse.

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8. Take more pictures.

I’m going to Florida this summer and also on a missions trip and I want to take a ton of pictures while I am on these trips. Plus, hopefully I will have more time to photograph my friends so I can build a portfolio and improve my skills.

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9. Bible Journal more!

I love Bible journaling, but I don’t do it as much as I would like. Because I want to make sure I do it more, I’ve made it one of the things on my blink list so I am reminded to do it.

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10. Enjoy the break!

I want some time to just kick my feet up, do a face mask, and swim at the pool. My summer is packed already. I’m looking for a few days to just relax.


What is one thing you want to do this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Have a beautiful day!

-Rebekah

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Having Joy Through Hardships

Right now, I’m sick. It is Good Friday. We have a program at our church but I’m home because I have a very low-grade fever and mainly just feel too tired to go.

About a week ago I began memorizing James 1:5, for a few days I was studying the surrounding passage. It is about having joy during trials and asking God for wisdom on how to be joyful in trials. I posted about joy a few months ago and here I am again. God must be showing me something 😉

Before I continue I want to make a disclaimer and say, yes, I am aware that getting sick is not considered a trial to everyone and definitely not as big as being persecuted for your faith or a family members death.

Right now, this is what I’m struggling with. It feels like a big deal to me because I love the traditions I have with my family at Easter and want to enjoy them. I also am planning on spending spring break at the beach with my friend for her birthday and have really been looking forward to that. None of this will happen if I’m sick, but God has taught me through this.

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In front of people I’ve had a lot more trouble trusting God than by myself. I’ve been praying James 1:5 and I keep giving my worries back to God. It has brought me closer to God. This is teaching me to trust God. He has a plan. He will redeem the bad things that happen in our lives for good.

Your trial is probably different from mine. We all get them at some point or another. God uses everything for His glory, even our mistakes or Satan’s schemes. You are right. I don’t know what you are going through. Yes, I’m sure it is hard not to question God or wonder why this is happening.

Try to give it to Him. I’ve spent more time with God the past few days then I have since the missions trip I went on maybe. It feels good. Spending time with God doesn’t just mean praying and scripture reading, though it can. I’ve been listening to an amazing Spotify playlist of praise music. I’ve been doing some Bible journaling as well. Something I have been praying is that God won’t let me waste this opportunity to serve him.

Whatever kind of struggle you are going through. Look at it as a way to practice joy and pray that God will not let you waste this wonderful opportunity.

Have a fun spring break!

-Rebekah

***UPDATE: I’m better and had a wonderful Easter and I’m at the beach right now.***

 

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Choosing Joy

It can be easy to be joyful around the Christmas season, summer vacation, or any other time where you are doing things you enjoy. But what about Monday mornings (personally, I love Monday’s but I know most people don’t) or weekends when you are sick and can’t hang out with your friends?

Joy is always being content with your situation and being happy in it. Paul is someone who demonstrates a crazy amount of joy.

Paul didn’t always have a lot to be joyful about. He was shipwrecked (multiple times!), persecuted, beaten, thrown in jail, on house arrest, and ultimately died painfully (1 Corinthians 11:23-33) . He chose to be joyful through all of that. He said,

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I wish I could be as joyful as Paul is. I find it very easy to be happy, especially when I’m around my friends. When I’m tired or stuck at home doing school work, it is a different story. How can we choose to always be happy (aka joyful) even through tough circumstances?

Jesus.

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Jesus is the only way we can ultimately have joy. We can’t find joy on our own. We need Him to help us along the way. In the Bible it mentions many times about doing incredible things through Christ. Christ can give us that strength to have joy if we ask him.

Whenever I really stop to think about what God has done for me it fills me with so much joy. I’m saved. I do not need to fear anything because God is there for me. He sent Jesus to die even though I do not deserve it. I am sinful and he was punished for it. It can be so hard to wrap my mind around but at the same time it fills me with a joy that is bubbling up

We have so much to be grateful for. I bet you can name five things right now. Do it (and tell me what they are below). Jesus has done so much for us.

So today, let us chose to have joy.

Have an awesome week!

-Rebekah

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Everlasting Love

For some, today is filled with gooey chocolates and sweet love notes while for others it is a day that reminds them about what all their “missing out”on. All around the world, people are looking for something to fill them up. Many people turn to relationships and another person.

Those who don’t have this can be reminded of it, especially on a day full of showing others how much you love them. They can feel lonely and unloved. Even if we reach what we think will bring us happiness: a job, a friend, a significant other, a certain amount of followers, etc. We will realize that it didn’t fill us up and we will just keep searching.There is a way to find something that will fill us completely, a love greater than you can imagine.

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You want to hear more about an everlasting love that is immeasurable and incomprehensible? Read the Bible. It is a book full of love letters for you from God, the one who made you and who holds the world in His hands. I want to show you one way that God shows us His awesome love.

God created us perfect. We decided to mess up and go our own way. God is holy and therefore, has no sin in Him. We can not be around Him because of our sin.

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As it says in the verse above, we sinned. Therefore what is the consequence? Death. You may be thinking, we all die, right? Yes, we all physically die. That doesn’t mean we have to spend eternity separated from God (in a place called hell).

Then there is the magic word, but. This isn’t the end of the story. Even after mankind disobeyed God the first time, [Genesis 3], He loved us and wanted to work out a way for us to be with Him.

The only way this would be possible is if we somehow became blameless and pure. If one man could be pure then he could take on everyone’s sin, dying, falsely accused.

Before it was time for God’s full plan to come into action the Jews [God’s chosen people] had to go every year to sacrifice a lamb in exchange for their sins. The blameless lamb took on their sins and died in their place. This was obviously not an ideal situation. God wanted something that could be for everyone and last forever.

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God sent his one and only son to die for us [Jesus]. Jesus became like the lamb, except through Him it could be once and for all.We weren’t perfect [or any where near it] when God sent His son. Jesus came in the middle of our rebellion.

What did we do to earn this gift? Nothing. Zap, nada, none. Even if we were trying, nothing we would do could ever come close. God showed His outstanding love for us in this.

Are you starting to see the theme? We messed up and fell short time and time again and God still loved us. He demonstrated this when He sent His son. No one can love you as much as God. We all fail and disappoint. God’s love is unfailing.

We have the chance to accept this free choice of spending an eternity with God and accepting His love. You know that feeling you receive when you mess up so badly and you feel worthless? God can take that away. He loves you so much and forgives you of all those crummy things you’ve done.

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Do you want to know how you can receive this free gift? In Romans 10:9 it says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

That isn’t very hard, is it? God forgives us each and every time we mess up. Most importantly, we don’t have to be perfect to believe in Him. So, what’s holding you back from accepting this radiant love that will never run out?

If you are feeling down today remember that there is a God out there that knows you by name and loves you.

-Rebekah

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A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

I’m so happy to finally share this post with you! I’ve watched plenty of day in the life videos but I’ve never seen a blog post about it or one from a homeschooler’s point of view. I thought that would be fun to share with you all. I hope you like it (if you do please leave me a comment 🙂 ).

Are you curious about what a homeschooler’s day is like? Just keep reading.

7:11 am

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I wake up. Usually I wake up at seven, but my alarm decided not to work this morning so, 7:11 it was.

When I first wake up I go to the bathroom and wash my face with freezing cold water to make myself more alert.

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Then, I go back to my room and do my devotions. Getting in a habit of spending time with God everyday is an awesome thing I think everyone should do. It has really helped me learn more about God, get me into His word, and pray.

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After about thirty minutes, I finish my devotions and make my bed.

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Next, I dressed and did my hair.

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Now my favorite part of my morning, breakfast! This morning I had one of my favorite smoothies, PB&J. I like smoothies for breakfast because you get lots of nutrients and they and easy to make. I found my recipe at Blogilates (link to the recipe here). When making shakes don’t be afraid to add some greens. It may not look as pretty but you won’t taste it and you’ll get all that fiber.

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While I’m eating– or in this case drinking my breakfast– I bullet journal out my goals for the day.

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After this I brushed my teeth. If you have braces, I recommend a water pick and electric toothbrush. They make braces so much easier!

On Tuesdays (which is what day it was), I do my laundry so I threw the first load of that in.

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We then had family devotions. We use the devotion Jesus Calling. It is really easy to read and I get a lot out of it.

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I started my day after that. I always begin by practicing piano.

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My mom was ready for us to do history after that, which is the only subject we all do together. We colored a map and label it while my mom reads from the book.

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Next, I did math because I like to get it out of the way.

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I completed my other books next. These are grammar, spelling, and English stuff.

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I then moved on to my co-op work. My co-op is on Wednesday and so I need to have all my homework done before that. We just finished up reading some Shakespeare (which was my first time ever reading it) in my literature class. It was so well written!

My mom checked my writing homework (She is my #1 editor!).

I stopped school to FaceTime my friend for a little bit. This is a nice benefit about homeschooling, you can take a break and do other things, though I usually like to get it done all at once.

At 12:45, I was finished with school. YAY! *dances around the room*

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I cooked myself lunch, which was some leftovers. So I didn’t technically cook….

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After that I read the posts in my reader and replied to comments.  I’ve been getting better at doing that lately, yay!

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I finished up my laundry and made my bed.

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This day I had a lot of extra time so I worked on my bullet journal for an hour.

I also filled out my application for Maine this day too. Last year I went on a missions trip to Maine. This year I am going back! I can’t wait. I posted about what it is like going on a missions trip here 😉

I did my other Tuesday chore which is cleaning the cat’s liter box.

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Next, I packed my swim bag, picked out an outfit for co-op, and got my co=op stuff together.

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I had found a healthy cookie recipe on Pintrest so I tried them (here is the link to the recipe). They were good but not as good as chocolate chip cookies. I will always love my chocolate chip cookies!

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I then made my lunch for co-op. I put in tons of veggies! I also helped my mom with dinner by making sweet potato fries. They are so delicious almost as tasty as normal fries.

At about 5:30 we left for swimming (we ate on the way). My brothers swim first so that is why we leave so early.

Then at 7pm I hopped in the pool for swim team. Our warm up was not fun AT ALL. We had to do 36 laps straight. Later we had to do a 400 IM (that is four laps each of all the different strokes). I definitely got an intense workout.  We finished at 8:30.

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I then took a shower, traveled back home, and got ready for bed.

Before I slept, I wrote in my journal. At 9:48 pm I turned off my light and went to bed.

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This obviously isn’t what everyday of mine is like. Some days I have less free time then this or I have more school work. It all depends. This also isn’t to say this is what all homeschoolers do. Each homeschooler is unique and their day is different. Just wanted to mention this!

What is your favorite part of your day?

-Rebekah

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5 Ways I Beat a Blogging Slump

If you have had a blog for a while then you have probably felt uninspired or you just don’t feel like blogging at least once before. This has happened to me quite often, so today I thought I would share five ways I beat a blogging slump.

1. Rest.

Sometimes you need a break from the blogging world. Don’t worry about your blog or if your followers will stay (because unless you are unheard from for months on end this isn’t going to happen), it will be fine. You are supposed to be enjoying this break. When you feel like you are ready just hop right back in to blogging. If you cannot spring right back into blogging, try the other five tips. During this break, you could also use the time to become organized with school work or other reasons that you are having less time for school work.

2. Be Inspired.

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When you don’t know what to post or you are just feeling lazy you need to be inspired. This might be through using Pintrest, reading someone’s blog, watching a YouTube video, or talking with other bloggers. I know whenever I talk to any of my blogging friends I am motivated to write. Pintrest group boards are also really great for collaborative ideas (link to my Pintrest here). I recommend writing down ten post ideas– they can be horrible— this is a sure-fire way to feel inspired. Take inspiration from your favorite posts to read and things you’ve seen recently in the community.

3. Become Organized.

You have lots of ideas but they are all in your head you can easily lose them. There is usually more pressure you will feel if you aren’t organized. Here are just a few organization ideas that make everything so much easier:

-Create a schedule, even if you decide not to follow it. It is always a safe idea to have an outline.

-Write out the theme of your blog. If your blog doesn’t have a purpose, then it will be harder to tailor ideas to use.

-Create goals. Goals will give you a point of which to work from. If you know what you want to do and when you can pin-point exactly how to accomplish them.

Hayley (Flourishingbyrestfulfalls) did a really great series about blogging that I really recommend. She had so many positive responses with it. Here is the link to the first part.

4. Try Something new.

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Starting with something that is fresh and new can jump start your productivity. Whether it is a new type of post, season change, blog theme, or a new way of taking photos doing something new will help get you excited about blogging. Find something new and challenging that you love. For me, this was experimenting more with photography especially through taking more vertical pictures (like the one above).

5. Start Small.

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Now that you have all these ideas and plans you may start to become overwhelmed. Take baby steps. With so many goals you may become frustrated about accomplishing it all. I think it is best to start with a few simple goals. For you that might be posting twice a week for a month, while for someone else it might be posting twice in a month. If you can easily accomplish the few minor goals you set, move on and slowly add more. If it doesn’t work, simplify your goals and try more minute.

Those are five of my tips to beat a blogging slump. Let me know your tips and suggestions by commenting. Also, I would love to know if you like this type of post and want more of them. Talk to you soon!

-Rebekah

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Dear BFFL

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Dear BFFL (Hayley),

It’s your birthday once again, you are another year older. This year, especially in this past month you’ve been going through a lot. I’ve been amazed at how you through the circumstances remained positive, joyful, and most importantly, faithfully rooted in your Savior. Even though, other would have gotten angry with God for what happened you didn’t. You trusted (and are trusting) him. You may not realize it but others are watching you and seeing how you have handled the situation with grace. I admire you so much and look up to you (despite the fact I’m older 😉 )

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You’ve always been there for me and you are one of the best listeners I know. You were the one who introduced me to WordPress and the reason I created a blog. Without your influence, I may never have found my love of writing and photography.

I love you to pieces! Thanks for showing me God’s love through how you live. I miss you so much, though I know your move helped us grow closer as friends.

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I’ll be thinking and praying for you today. I hope your birthday is everything you want it to be. Have fun in the snow!

Love your BFFL,

Rebekah

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Thanks, Mom.

Hey mom! I would like to give you a shout-out. You mean the world to me and I hope you know that. Have a super birthday today. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and you mean the world to me.

I know I can always go to you with any problem I’m facing. I trust you. Thank you for being a safe place to go to in times of trouble.

Thank you for modeling for me a healthy marriage, spiritual life and family. I can look up to you and see Christ in you.

Thank you for setting boundaries for me. Sometimes I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to do certain things, but looking back on some situations I realize why you set those rules. I trust that you have my best interest in mind. Thank you for taking time to care about my well-being.

Yes, you are amazing, but you aren’t perfect. Thank you for teaching me how to humbly apologize when you are in the wrong and show me to go to God with my faults. You point me to someone who will never let me down and loves me more then you ever could, my heavenly father.

Thank you for helping me when I made the decision to follow Christ and make him the Lord of my life!

Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. I love you so much! I hope this year is another wonderful year!

Love your daughter,

Rebekah

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A Real Blog Post

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas (a week early)! I decided to sit down today and just write out a post. I’m going to try not to have to edit this and make it sort of like a YouTube vlog except as a blog post because that’s what a blog is.

I know I’ve been MIA for a little bit. I definitely have a TON of blogging plans for the new year. I started to talk about them in this post. I’d start now (which I have been doing even though ya’ll can’t see) but I would rather not during the Christmas season because that is kind of abrupt and also the posts aren’t very Christmasy so I’m going to wait. I am so excited for the new content though 😀 I hope you will be able to see more of my personality through these post.

In other news, I lost my camera about 8 months ago but i found another random charger that woks for my camera. Unfortunately (wow! I spelled that right!), it’s for our kindle that broke. So, the charger was confiscated (big words, oooh) so that the Kindle could be fixed. This long-winded story’s point? My camera has a very low battery with no way of charging it.

I can’t believe 2016 is almost over! I’ve heard some people saying that 2016 has been a bad year, but for me it has been awesome. I’ve been able to try so many new things this year and grown in my faith. I don’t think I expected 2016 to be so great. I thought it would just be another year, but I’ve had so much fun this year and I’ve grown a lot. Just a year ago I felt so different. Anyway, this is a little taste of what I’ll be posting about in my New Years post probably 😉

I can’t wait for Christmas! I actually only have one more gift to wrap and then I’m done. I just received an email (about ten minutes ago) that the package has shipped. I feel so on top on Christmas presents this year.

I know that Christmas isn’t all about gifts-but I love giving them. I find it so fun and this year present wrapping has become an art form of mine 😀 😀

Well, I hope you are having a merry day and I’ll talk to you soon!

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THREE days until Christmas!!