So, this is what I’ve been listening to pretty much everyday for the past couple of weeks. It’s all so lovely and calming and sever...

Melodic Mondays: Most Breathtaking Contemporary Piano Pieces: Vol. 2

So, this is what I’ve been listening to pretty much everyday for the past couple of weeks.


It’s all so lovely and calming and several of the pieces are absolutely magnificent. I especially love Hope by Dyathon, starting at 56:09. It’s so simple, but the bittersweet emotions woven through it get me everytime. The whole mix is just gorgeous, splendid for studying, writing, whatever you really need, and currently (until the next song I hear and love, as is the way in my relationship with music) it is my new favorite thing. :)

So what have you been listening to lately? If you have a NaNo playlist, share it below! Can’t wait to hear from you all, and I’ll see you in the comment section.

In the Pages of a Dream Journal by Mariella Hunt . Some intriguing thoughts about dreams and the effects of recording them. :) Waiting...

Posts of the Week: 11.18.17 Edition: Dreams, Patience, and Answers to Questions: a collection of stories and interesting thoughts

In the Pages of a Dream Journal by Mariella Hunt. Some intriguing thoughts about dreams and the effects of recording them. :)

Waiting on the Lord by Faith. An oldie, but a goodie. Absolutely relatable and wonderful.

Word of the Week: Romance by Roseanna White. I just found this really interesting: it’s on the origin of the word "romance," which had quite a bit more to it than I originally thought.

Beautiful Books 2017: How’s the Writing Going? Silhouette by Victoria. HER NANO NOVEL SOUNDS SO UNIQUE, OKAY. CHECK IT OUT. I AM FASCINATED.

Blog Tour: There Was Always Laughter by Sarah Holman. As a fellow Christian homeschool graduate, this book sounds so good to me! I think these are stories me and my siblings would absolutely relate to, haha

I don’t have an answer by Taylor Bennett. I relate to this post so much, even now, after almost a year in college. I don’t have the answers for what my life’s gonna be. But I know God does and, together, we’ll rest in that. :)

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So, what did you think of the posts? Do you keep a dream journal? How's your NaNo novel going? Can't wait to hear from you all, and I'll see you in the comment section!


A couple weeks ago, I was reading a post by a blogger I don’t know very well and she was talking about a difficult time going on in her lif...

Why I Pray for You

A couple weeks ago, I was reading a post by a blogger I don’t know very well and she was talking about a difficult time going on in her life. When I got to the end, I was about to comment “I’m praying for you”—but just before I hit “publish,” I stopped. It occurred to me that I say that often, on Facebook, in blog comments, wherever it seems appropriate, that “I’m praying for you,” even if I don’t know the person very well, sometimes even if it’s our first interaction.

It simultaneously occurred to me that that was a little weird. After all, I didn’t really know her. This was maybe the third or fourth time I’d commented on one of her posts. Suddenly, something about praying for her seemed too close, too personal. I didn’t know her like that, to comment on her blog for one of the first times and say that I was praying for her and her situation.

I hesitated, wondering if I ought to post the comment after all, or perhaps just skitter away to the next blog post and pray for her in the privacy of my own thoughts. But I was going to pray, I realized, regardless of whether or not I told her, and I figured, we're family in Christ, right? This is what we're supposed to do, and it might help her to know that somebody really cared. So I went ahead and made the comment; I told her “I’m praying for you.”

I don't tell this story to sound like a “good Christian,” and I don’t know if anyone else has ever felt this way; I just know that that these are the thoughts that occurred to me, forcing me to linger several extra minutes before I could bring myself to make the comment. And in the days after, the incident got me thinking, forcing me to consider, until I figured out why I want to be comfortable telling others I'm praying for them, why I say it so often, and why I always mean it.

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It’s pretty straightforward actually: for the simple reason that we are family in Christ. And that makes us close enough. I don’t have to know all of your problems to know that we share a God and that, because of this, I want to support you in the midst of whatever you’re going through. You don’t have to tell me everything that’s going on (in many cases, it might even be better you don’t), but I promise I will still pray about it. Because we are family in Christ, you are a part of me and I am a part of you (1st Corinthians 12:12-14, 25-27. Galatians 3:26-29. Ephesians 4:15-16. John 17:20-23). You are important to me. Whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, you matter to Christ and you matter to me.

So, yes, I will pray for you.

And if you’re not a believer in Christ, does this exclude you? Absolutely not. See, I believe all people matter to Him, matter enough that He died for you and for me, before we were even born, knowing that we would start our lives in sin (Romans 5:6-11), knowing that we would spend much of our time rejecting Him, through our actions if not our words, knowing how we would hate Him and ignore Him and smear His very name. But He did it anyway, because He loves us, because He is love, because we are His creation, because all of us are important to Him. My God is love to all creation, and you, dear one, are a part of that. You are important to me. Whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, you matter to Christ and you matter to me.

So, yes, I will pray for you, too.

That said, I’d like to end this post by asking: is there anything I can pray for you today? You don’t have to tell me all the details, you can private message me if you need to, or you can just comment saying you’d like prayer, and I will gladly hop on that. You matter to Christ and you matter to me, and He loves to hear people call His name, to obey His command to pray, to hand their problems over to Him, and trust Him to handle the worst of it. It’s a way we can come together, in trust and in love, growing closer to Him and to each other.

Regardless of whether you comment or not, know that I’m praying. Know that I care. Know that you matter. To Christ and to me.

I have failed, rather epically lately, at getting these up on time, and for that I do apologize. To make up for it, I come bearing a song a...

POTW: 11.4.17 Edition + Melodic Mondays: Dracula, Writers' Block, and Everything in Between

I have failed, rather epically lately, at getting these up on time, and for that I do apologize. To make up for it, I come bearing a song as well! (never mind that it’s Monday, and I’m supposed to post a song anyway).

Hunting Prince Dracula (a review) by Skye. Not certain this series is for me, but it sounds really well-written, and the review's really good. Check it out. :)

Why I Said Yes by Talya. This is an older one from before she left, but I think the message is super important.

Living Grace by Esther Noe. I don’t really have words for this, but it is a beautiful and vital reminder of the difference between saved by grace and living in grace. Absolutely amazing.

Kindness by Faith. Amen and Amen. I simply share these as I go back and read them, lol.

Is it Writer’s Block? by Mariella. A good point and great to remember: don’t let perfectionism keep you from writing. :)

And now for the song! It’s really fun, really true, and really awesome.


Hope you all enjoyed! :D

I ’m honestly really pleased with myself for reading all of these in the past month. That is all. Also, covers link to goodreads and titles...

Mini Reviews: Time-Travel, Real-Time, and a Time to Crown

I’m honestly really pleased with myself for reading all of these in the past month. That is all. Also, covers link to goodreads and titles link to Amazon. :)


I wasn’t sure what to think going into this one. It started with incredible speed—but I had no idea what was going on, lol. Even still, as the story unfolded, it drew me in: I loved the timey-wimey, riveting, complex, and beautiful plot; I loved Etta and Nick, smart and resourceful, cute and complementary, balancing each other out brilliantly... even while they struggled to balance caring for each other with achieving their conflicting goals. Most of all, I loved the writing, giving me an immediate feeling of time, place, and character, creatively portraying this amazing ride. I could barely pull myself away, and I just hope that, whatever happens next for Nick and Etta, it’s something good. 😊

Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Content: language, instances of violence, implied sex scene


To me, this one felt different than many of Sarah Dessen’s. The whole “who’s going to end up with who” thing was pretty clear from the beginning, but at the same time, the romance was super lowkey. Like, they had a lot of interaction, but (at least from Louna’s side) the attraction was much sneakier, stealing up on her from behind while she was busy thinking she hated Ambrose. It was interesting to see the enemies-to-in-love plotline done so subtly—and while tying in the flashbacks from her former relationship. Don’t wanna give spoilers on that one, but the way the two stories were woven together was absolutely brilliant. Saint Anything is still my favorite, but this one is very well-written.

Rating: 3 ½ stars out of 5
Content: Instances of brief strong language; sex scene, undescribed.


The most interesting thing about this story was the complexities within the society and in the characters and how all of that was portrayed. It was basically the story of someone from the side of the oppressed suddenly joining the side of the elite; but it delved so deeply into the emotions that arise in both, from the obvious issues (like many of the Silvers seeing the Reds as basically worthless) to the less often considered (like Mare having to deal with her own prejudice against the Silvers, believing that all of them are the same evil... when many of them are as much people as the Reds are). All of the main characters—and even many of the sides—were deeply complicated individuals with pasts like dark forests full of a million twists and turns: they only got clearer as you took the courage to walk through them. I thought it was a very brave and meaningful take on such a society, and for that I do applaud the writer. While not my favorite, it was interesting and thought-provoking and that, I always enjoy.

Rating: 3 ½ stars out of 5.
Content: some language and instances of violence
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So have you read any of these? What did you think? What’s the last book you read and how did it relate to time? lol. Can’t wait to hear from you and I’ll see you in the comment section!


The other day, I was having a day where I really related to the first verse of this song. I had several things I needed to get done, and th...

Melodic Mondays: Strangely Dim by Francesca Battistelli

The other day, I was having a day where I really related to the first verse of this song. I had several things I needed to get done, and then I just wanted to have the rest of the day off after a long week, but things just were not working out the way I wanted them to. It wasn’t anything huge, just a couple of tiny things that crawled under my skin and itched at my brain until I was so absolutely done. And I knew none of these things were actually big enough to justify the emotional reaction I could feel on the rise (which only made the whole thing feel worse), so I was trying to hold it together... but the feelings were there anyway.

Then, as I was doing homework (one of the things that wasn’t going my way, haha), I decided to listen to Francesca Battistelli for the first time in ages. This song happened to come on... and it was exactly what I needed. :)


This whole story time just to say that if this happens to be a song you need today, if this meets you right where you are, I encourage you to seek His face. To remember all that He is, all that He’s already done, to be reminded that He has proven Himself worthy of your trust and that He is faithful to work even the tiny details out. He’s holding it all, and you’re never too insignificant, too little, or too annoying, because He loves you. He adores you. He wants you to seek His face, to not look around, and to watch everything else grow strangely dim. 😊

Have you ever had a song come on with just perfect timing? Tell me about the experience in the comments! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Digging Ditches in the Wilderness by Talya . T his is so encouraging; I especially love the part “God LOVED nothing, because from nothing, ...

Posts of the Week: 10.21.17 Edition: Christ in Reading and Real Life

Digging Ditches in the Wilderness by Talya. This is so encouraging; I especially love the part “God LOVED nothing, because from nothing, He created ALL.” Such a beautiful reminder.

Is Getting Fat Really the Worst Thing That Could Happen to You? by Ana Harris. In which she’s candid about her struggles with weight and how she’s no longer letting it control her life. The truth in this post is amazing.

When the Guy Saves the Girl by Faith. A little old, but I love where she took this post! The Christ comparison is lovely.

Rainbow Before Storm by Keturah. Touching on trust, hope, and strength, this post is absolutely amazing.

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Well, that’s it for this week! Hope you all enjoyed, and I will see you in the comment section! :)


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