How I Study the Bible

Heyo sweet friend! I hope you’re doing so well!

Today’s post is one I have been SO excited about for SO long now… it just took me forever to get my act together and put it to paper! Anyway, I thought it would be so fun to do a post about how I like to study the Word… so here you have it!

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I’m Back! + Little Life Update

Friends, I’m back! After taking a rather spontaneous and unplanned break from blogging and social media as school suddenly got super busy, I have finally returned to blogging!

I’ve been gone the best part of a month, and oh my stars, it’s June now! My, we have a lot of catching up to do! I’ll go first and give you a little life update, but it’s my favourite thing to hear what you have been up to, so make sure to update me on what’s been going on with you in the comments below!!

Wow, where to start? I’ve been so busy recently but finally school has finished and it’s officially summer! End of school preparations and celebrations were so busy- they started with having to resit a ton of English assessments in the LAST WEEK but finished with a BBQ with all of my sweet friends and classmates which was a precious way to end the year.

It’s been a week since school got out now and the weather has been absolutely glorious- all sun and no showers! Start of summer celebrations with friends have been so fun too… picnics, shopping trips, walks, hanging with the family and tons more- all in the first week!

Oh, and I though y’all might like a little update on my babies (my sunflowers… for anyone wondering). They’re doing so well, I finally planted them outdoors this past week and it makes me so happy to see they bright green leaves soaking up the sun like their lives depend on it (which they kinda do actually…)

From left to right: Beatrice, Sebastian, Ella, Abigail, Finnegan, Nancy, Hosea, Margot. Not pictured: Judah, Rusby.

My blogging break has been jam packed with busyness, but it wasn’t all fun and rainbows. In fact, that’s something I wanted to remind you of, sweet friend. On social media and in the blogging world, people tend only to show the parts of their life that they’re most comfortable in or that are most enviable. I think it’s super important to remember this always so that we don’t get caught up looking at the ‘perfectness’ or ‘prettiness’ of other peoples lives when 100% of the time this isn’t the only side to their life.

So yes, whilst part of my blogging break was because I have been so busy, another part was because I wasn’t feeling as inspired to write as I normally do, or as confident that I could be writing from a spiritually secure place either. I was in a little bit of a ‘blip’ shall we say. So many days I put things like spending time in the Word further down my priority list, and that left me feeling wobbly.

I think it’s important for me to share things like this with you guys just to remind you that what’s presented online isn’t always the whole truth. And just like the name of my blog says, I’m human… you’re human… we’re all human and that makes us definitely NOT SO PERFECT!

So, that brings me to the end of my little life update, but tell me sweet friend, how has your May been? What have you been up to? What have the highs and the lows of your past few weeks been? And most importantly, how can be I praying for you as we head into this new month?


So now, a little blog update!

I may not have been active on the blog recently, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my mind! I’ve been coming up with a bunch of ideas for the next month or two including a brand new series!! (You’ll have to stay tuned for that though…)

Often, I write whatever is on my heart but I also want to write for you guys and write what you want to read. So another thing I’d love is for you to drop any post suggestions down below… anything you’d love to read or any ideas you have for me!

Friend, that’s about it for now, but let’s chat in the comments! You don’t know how happy I am to be back and I’m so pumped to hear from you! Have the sweetest day, friend!

Jesus Cares About Your Mental Health

This week is mental health awareness week and in England, 1 in 4 people suffer with mental health conditions each year. Friend, that is a lot of people. It could be the man next to you on the bus; the woman who bagged your groceries; your sibling or you friend. For so, so many people, mental health is a real and raw struggle- it is painful and heavy and exhausting.

Someone once told me that the greater the pain you are addressing, the fewer words you use. And this was in my mind as I set out to write this- what words could I possibly use to lighten the burden of so great a pain? The answer? Probably none.

The truth is, there is nothing I could say to make it any easier for someone struggling with a mental condition. There are no words I could use that would speak to the heart of someone weary and worn out from a constant battle with their mental health. But although there’s nothing I can say, there might be something Jesus can say.

I’m not saying His words will make the struggle easier. I’m not telling you that Christians don’t have battles with their mental health (because they certainly do). I’m not suggesting that reading these verses will make your fight against mental illness go away. But maybe… just maybe the words of the Maker of the moon might touch your heart. They might make the pain sting a little less, even if just for a moment. They might give you a second of peace during a day where everything feels just a little too much. Or maybe, they’ll remind just how loved and precious you really truly are.

So friend, if you have a moment, look through the images and let the words of the One who loves you more that words can tell speak to your soul.

Friend, the truth is, Jesus cares about your mental health. Like, He really cares. He cares about every part of you, and whether or not any one has ever told you this before, that includes your mental health.

I think sometimes, as Christians, we worry about how we would look if we admit to struggling with out mental health. It’s kind of like, ‘I’m a follower of Jesus so won’t it make me look bad if I admit to struggling with anxiety?’ (or depression or an eating disorder or whatever it is that you struggle with). But friend, the answer is NO. Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee us an easy life. It doesn’t guarantee us a pain free life. It doesn’t guarantee a life without mental health struggles.

So friend, know this. Jesus sees you. He sees every part of you, including your struggles with mental health. He sees those struggles, and they are valid.

50 Things To Do This Spring

Friends, there is no doubt about it: spring is most certainly in full swing here in London! Trees everywhere are blossoming into pastel shades of pink and white. Bluebells and tulips are pushing their way up out of the ground and into the light. The sun rises early and shines over the early-morning dew on the grass, making everything look golden. And it’s beginning to get just a little bit warmer too!

Spring is undoubtedly the most colourful season- what with blossom and tulips and bluebells and daffodils and every other flower that opens its colours for the first time since winter- and I love it for that!

I am SO excited for summer, but I’ve been trying to make the most of the spring months too. Before I know it, school will be out and I’ll be enjoying what will feel like and endless summer, so while I can I’ve been trying to have as much fun in the present season as I can.

I thought it would be fun to share a handful (50 to be precise) of ideas of things to do this Spring to help you bask in the current season and not rush forward to the next! So, sweet friend, here you have it! 50 things to do this spring!

  1. Bluebell walks
  2. Make blueberry muffins for breakfast
  3. Pick wildflowers
  4. Make iced tea
  5. Wake up early every day for a week
  6. Go for a run or a walk first thing in the morning
  7. Make fruit smoothies
  8. Get Starbucks and drink it outdoors
  9. Press blossom flowers
  10. Plants seeds
  11. Watch Spring films
  12. Make pastel fairy cakes
  13. Do yoga/ stretching outdoors
  14. Grow and avocado tree
  15. Explore a forest
  16. Eat a meal outdoors
  17. Read Pride and Prejudice
  18. Do a photoshoot under a blossom tree
  19. Make fresh fruit juice
  20. Climb a tree
  21. Make friendship bracelets
  22. Go to a farmers market
  23. Make blueberry pie
  24. Pick fruit when it comes into season
  25. Walk through overgrown fields
  26. Shop for winter clothes on clearance
  27. Take polaroids/ photos of spring flowers
  28. Read The Secret Garden
  29. Paint your nails a light colour
  30. Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers
  31. Have a painting-picnic with friends
  32. Make candles with pressed flowers
  33. Scrapbook!
  34. Go on a spontaneous bike adventure
  35. Take and evening walk
  36. Braid you hair with flowers in it
  37. Read outdoors
  38. Have a firepit and drink hot chocolate
  39. Fly a kite
  40. Bake strawberry shortcake
  41. Go to a farm to see the new born animals
  42. Do a photoshoot in a field
  43. Have a board games night outdoors
  44. Paint rocks
  45. Make afternoon tea for you family
  46. Make a pressed flower journal/ scrapbook
  47. Make a spring themed playlist
  48. Fill your water bottle with cucumber and lime and leave in the fridge overnight
  49. Design a spring theme in your bullet journal
  50. Have a spring picnic

Friend, that’s it for this post, but tell me, what will you be doing this spring? What are your favourite things to do in this beautiful season? I’d love some ideas from you guys of what I can add to my spring bucket list!

Happy Springing,

Life Update + Photo Dump

Hey, hello and howdy, friends! How are you all doing today? How are you enjoying the beginnings of spring? How have you been doing?

Personally, I’ve been ever so busy with school these past couple of months. These next five or so weeks before I get done for the summer (unusually early this year) and going to be very busy and tiring but I’ve been wanting to do a lil’ life update so I found a spare everything to get to it!

Gosh, where do I even start? Things are very slowly beginning to return to a little bit of ‘normal’ which has been SO wonderful. My family and I have been able to have friends and family into our garden for meals and bonfires which has been just heavenly! I’ve been able to see some friends too, and I’ve been making the absolute most of the gloriously fresh spring feeling in the air!

We had spring/ Easter break for a couple weeks after Easter, and whilst I was busy studying over a lot of it, I managed to see some friends, and my grandparents too! Seeing friends involved lots of Starbucks, lots of lovely walks and some sushi too… (yum!!)

As for the weather, well here in London it’s starting to get quite beautiful! It does keep changing- today had been cold, but the sun has been out and the sky has been blue. Blossom trees are in full bloom or else exploding into vibrant bushes of green. The buttery colours of the daffodils are being replaced by the brighter hues of tulips- purples, reds, yellows… they’re just beautiful! And as for the sunsets… they’ve been just heavenly!

School started back from the break last Monday (despite my fervent hoping it would be pushed to Tuesday, but nope- it was still Monday!), and it has been so nice to sit under the bright, bright sun and enjoy lunch with my friends. I have been treasuring the little moments with my precious friends lately: the laughs; the inside jokes; the trips to the outdoor sinks to wash our hands; the buying ‘sad cake’ at lunch time; the walking to lessons together and giggling all the way; and absolutely everything in between. After this summer lots of us will be at different schools so I’m determined to make these last five weeks ones I’ll never forget!

And something else that started back just today was my band rehearsals! I’ve had zoom band meetings over the past year and a bit, and on a few occasions we’ve even been able to have very small gatherings of everyone of the same instrument. But today was a proper (very small, but still proper) band rehearsal and it was so much fun!

Blogging has been going pretty good too… I’ve pretty much been living off draft posts for the past few weeks because I’ve been so busy with school (you fellow bloggers know how it is, haha) but I feel I’ve managed to keep up with it recently! And a blog highlight from this past weekend was having the awesome Leah from her blog Faith Filled You guest post here! If you haven’t read her post, drop everything and go check it out now… it is so good! Other than that though, I don’t have much news! Make sure to stay tuned for exciting posts coming up as school slows down in a few weeks time and summer arrives! (Oh, and if you want to hear from me once more than you already do every month, go join my mailing list- find the sign up on the bottom of the home page!)

That’s about it from me, sweet friend, but tell me, how about you? How have you been? What have you been up to? What have you been listening to? Watching? Reading? Eating? Enjoying? Let me know down below- let’s chat!!

So now I’ve shared all my news, a lil’ photo dump for you! I’ve collected a few favourites from the past couple of weeks, so here you have it: my life in pictures!

a spring break highlight: starbucks with a lovely friend
and a last day of school highlight from before the break: sushi and doritos in the park with my friends! (enjoy the doritos pic- i had to crop out our school uniforms!)
the sunsets in spring are beautiful
like i said… beautiful!
did a little photo shoot in the park with some sweet friends; here it is gone wrong…
… and here it is gone right (+ edited!)
i thought it was about time i introduced my precious puppy to y’all on the blog: this is Cooper T.D. (The Dog) perching casually in the bluebells the day before his 1st birthday! i’m a proud mama!
a beautiful spring field we stumbled across on a walk
admiring the same field with my lil’ sis
drew this cuties on my chalk wall and then look who came shining through the window!
planted sunflowers! you can see beatrice (bea for short) sprouting in the purple pot! this photo was a couple of days ago and they;re all doing really good now!

So there you have it, friends! A little life update and lil’ photo dump! I hope you enjoyed… this was such a fun post to put together! Don’t forget to chat with me in the comments, I always love to hear from you!

Much love, sweet friend!

Trusting God With Our Futures- A Guest Post by Leah

Sweet Friends! Oh my, I have been excited about this post for oh-so long now, and it’s finally here! The brilliant Leah has written for us about trusting God with all aspects of our futures as teenagers- this is a post you DO NOT want to miss! And once you’ve read this post, go give Leah’s blog, Faith Filled You, some love! You can also find her on Pinterest and Instagram, so be sure to check out her pages there too!


When I was younger I had my entire life mapped out – I wanted to go to college, graduate, start teaching (my dream job!) right when I graduated, get married a year or two after, travel the world during the summers off, and start a family by age 28. It’s a lot, I know. But in a way, I think most of us have some idea of what we want our life to look like in the future. Our “dream life,” as many of us call it.

I’ve had this idea embedded in my mind for so long that sometimes I fear it changing. Have you ever felt this way? However, if there’s anything I’ve learned in the past few years, it’s that life is constantly changing and it’s very unpredictable. And as I’ve grown older, especially in my late teen years, I’ve had a growing feeling of uncertainty – Will I really get into my dream school? Is this the job I really want to spend my life doing? What if I get married and start a family sooner/later? Or what if God leads me down a completely different path?

So what happens when life starts changing and we are slowly turned away from the plans that we have always imagined? And how can we trust God through it all? And what are things in our future that we can just put in God’s hands?

Friend, this post is going to be straight from the heart, from me to you. This is something most of us will ponder during our lives, and it’s something that I’ve found myself thinking about a lot lately. However, I’ve grown to find peace and comfort when it comes to the future, and I want to share how with you!

Putting Things In His Hands

In the midst of an ever-changing world, where can we turn? God. 

I think that trusting God and putting things in His hands go hand-in-hand. By “putting things in His hands,” I simply mean just giving it up to Him. I mean surrendering your control, and acknowledging and submitting our future to God’s control. 

This can be hard – it’s natural for us to want control. When I find myself struggling with this, I often try to think about these things:

No matter what my plans are, it’s God’s plan that will come to fruition.

God knows everything – He knows the things happening behind closed doors that I will never see.

I will get where God wants me to go.

There will be struggles, but each difficulty provides an opportunity to show dependence on God and to grow a deeper relationship with Him.

When I began fully submitting my future to God, I found comfort and peace in it because I knew that God was directing my steps. Even if it was not completely in control, I realized that I am not alone. I have God – the endlessly loving, caring, powerful, and knowledgeable Father by my side. I find that pretty peaceful and comforting!

Here are two Bible verses that I also find comforting:

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Things We Can Put In God’s Hands

We can trust God with everything about our future, but here’s a list of a few large things that often bring people stress and anxiety. By putting these parts of our future in His hands and trusting Him, we can be confident that we will get exactly where He wants us to be!

School – Grades/College

Oh wow have I struggled with this one! I have always felt a pressure to perform well in school. I’ve always wanted to do good so when it came to college, I’d be prepared and hopefully receive some financial aid. It got to the point where I’d stress myself out so badly that my mental health would deteriorate – I’d spend all my time doing school work (and stopped hanging out with friends), obsessing over the numbers I’d receive, and it consumed my life. I was making my grades a higher priority than God because I was trying so hard to construct the future that I wanted.

However, as many people do, I hit a point where I couldn’t do it anymore. I slowly came to realize that I needed to rethink my priorities, and I gained the mentality that I was going to try my absolute best and trust God with it and where I’d go in the future. I began trying to make God my number one priority again, yet still trying my absolute best. 

This has helped me so much academically and spiritually, especially when I receive a bad mark because I think to myself, I tried my best, and I’ll still get where God wants me to go.

Career

As I mentioned before, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. In all honesty, I’ve always felt called to it – I love teaching others and I felt I could make a difference. However, I definitely had my times of doubt, and those times terrified me. I’d been preparing all my life and designing my future around this career, and then I would suddenly feel like it wasn’t for me, which sometimes makes me very nervous!

Through all this, I’ve come to realize that God is going to place me in the career that He thinks will be best for me and where I can make the largest impact. Even if my career ends up being the complete opposite of what I’ve planned, I know that God is placing me there for a reason. When I think of my career, I think of not only how I can serve others and my family financially, I think of how I can serve God. And no one knows the greatest way to serve God other than God Himself. Although I’m still moving forward with the idea I’ve always had, I’ve come to be more than open to change if that is God’s will.

Family

I feel like family is one of the things that is most in God’s control. Of course I can’t speak too much on this – I’m not married, I’ve never had kids, and I don’t think I’m too close to that right now! But what I can speak on is how I’ve seen God work through other families.

The truth is, God knows best. So when it comes to God’s decisions and God’s plan, we have to trust that they are the best for us in a greater good, even if at the time they are confusing or hard. 

How many times have you seen God working through families? I’ve seen the most random and unexpected yet beautiful love stories, I’ve seen couples surprisingly have a baby and saying that it was the best thing to happen to them, and I’ve seen incredible adoption stories. I’ve seen so many amazing and good works through God, and although I’ve seen some difficult things as well, again, those help us to grow closer to Christ and often lead to a greater good.

Friend, you just have to trust God. Oftentimes, this one is out of our hands completely and in His hands completely.

Money

Again, I don’t have a career or a home or a family to provide for, so this one is tough for me to write about. But again, I’m going to give the same piece of advice again – trust God.

I know someone who used to be extremely poor and was struggling to make it day by day. This person, however, told me that when he prayed, God always helped him. Every time that he was on his last few dollars, He would pray to God and this person would find a way to make a few more dollars. Fast forward to now, and he is living comfortably and making a difference. 

I pray that no one has to endure hardships such as this, but that story always stands as a reminder to me that God will not abandon us and that His plan will always follow through.

Advice

Now, I want to remind you that it is good to plan for the future – there is nothing wrong with it! Planning is natural and it’s good to have an idea of what to do in the future. However, you have to be open to God correcting or redirecting your path. Sometimes God will bring us to the same destination but using a completely different route than we imagined. Or sometimes He will bring us a completely different outcome or destination than we expected. However, if we have faith and hope, we trust that God is bringing us to the place that is best for us and that He knows is best.

If it is God’s will, it will be. 

(There is a great passage from the Bible, James 4:13-17, that is a great reminder that although we may make plans, everything is truly in His control and His plan will prevail.)

To my fellow teens and those enduring hardships, obstacles, and changes, I want to provide you some advice that I have personally found so helpful in the midst of change and trusting God.

  1. Don’t ignore God speaking to you, and keep your eyes and mind open to the opportunities he brings. 
  2. Don’t fear change. Many of us find comfort in our “dream life” because it seems certain and set in stone. We feel like we control it. It can be scary to surrender your control, but God knows best. 
  3. Let go of wanting your complete control, and let God take control.
  4. Never stop praying. Have faith and hope, and lean on God for guidance and help. He will never leave your side. Let Him direct your path.

I recently wrote a post on my Instagram (@faithfilledyou) where I talked about keeping hope and trust in God. In that, I mentioned that we have no idea when God is opening doors for us or when He will open up new doors for us. He could be in the midst of that right now! Personally, I think that’s something to be excited about!

We must remember that His plan is greater than our own, and at the end of the day, “our story is His story for us.”

Reflecting on the Past

Friends, I have seen the most beautiful stories fold out of people simply trusting God and His plan. How have you seen God working through your life or through others’ lives?

I encourage you to think about a plan in your life that you (or someone else) originally had that didn’t align with God’s plan, and how it was better than the plan you imagined. Here’s mine:

Since I had started elementary school, I had always imagined that I’d attend my town’s high school with all of my friends. However, God had different plans. Almost a month before my 8th grade school year ended, I looked into a private, religious school that one of my childhood friends attended, and on a whim, randomly decided to go there for high school without knowing many people. It ended up being the best journey of my life. At my new school, I met the most amazing people, I grew my faith so much, and I met my boyfriend of 2 years. God’s plan was so much better than my own!

When we are able to see and reflect upon God’s working goodness in our lives or others’ lives, it can make it so much easier to trust Him with our future.

There are times in our lives where we won’t always understand God’s plan or why a certain thing happens. We won’t always see the good right away. In the first semester at my new school, I was convinced that I wanted to leave. But eventually, after sticking it through, I had found a close-knit group of incredible people that made me never want to leave. Sometimes we don’t see the good behind God’s plans until later on.

Thank you for taking the time to read my guest post today. I hope this post equipped you with everything you needed to trust God with your future and how to fully submit to Him! I pray that each one of you is able to find abundant love and joy in the future and constantly deepen your relationship with Christ. May God bless you moving forward!

To The Girl

To the girl.

To the girl who lays awake at night wondering if things will ever get better, you are seen.

To the girl who stares at her shoes during gym class, hoping that this time she won’t get picked last, you are seen.

To the girl who tries to shrink into the shadows, you are seen.

To the girl who waits for her phone screen to light up with a message, even though she doubts it will, you are seen.

To the girl who can’t understand why she isn’t good enough for her parents, you are seen.

To the girl who doesn’t wear shorts- even in summer- so no one will see her awkward legs, you are seen.

To the girl who doesn’t know why nobody wants to be friends with her, you are seen.

To the girl who looks at her reflection in the mirror and tears up at what she sees, you are seen.

To the girl who eats lunch by herself every day, you are seen.

To the girl who doesn’t invite friends over because she’s afraid of what she’ll find each time she unlocks the door, you are seen.

To the girl who doesn’t know if she’ll be able to get out of bed the next morning, you are seen.

To the girl who feels like there isn’t a soul in the world who cares about her, you are seen.

To the girl who surrounds herself with people and makes loud jokes so that no one sees how lonely she is, you are seen.

To the girl who looks at her empty bank account and knows there’s no way she’ll be able to afford college next year, you are seen.

To the girl who makes plans after school just so that she doesn’t have to go home, you are seen.

To the girl who is crushed because once again, she didn’t make the team, you are seen.

To the girl working two jobs after school just to make sure her brothers and sisters have enough to eat, you are seen.

To the girl who plasters on a smile so that no one sees how she feels inside, you are seen.

To the girl who wears long sleeves year-round to cover up her scars, you are seen.

To the girl who feels like a piece of her heart is missing, you are seen.

To the girl who tells her friends ‘I ate earlier’ so that they don’t catch on to the fact she hasn’t been eating, you are seen.

To the girl who doesn’t know if she can hold on much longer, you are seen.

To the girl who tried and tried again to end it all, you are so, so seen.

To the girl, YOU ARE SEEN.

You are seen, and you are loved. You are loved by the God of the universe. The God who created the stars and flung them into position. The God who knit you together, strand by strand, in your mother’s womb and filled you with intention and purpose. The God who has your name engraved on His hand and who has a beautifully woven plan for your life. He loves you, and you are His.

You may not believe me. You may think that the God I believe in is just a fairy tale; a fantasy. But whether you think that or not, I pray with every single fibre of my being that you, sweet, gorgeous, precious girl know that you are loved.

You are loved beyond measure.

A Life-Giving Kind of Life

There must be something more than this.

Have you ever thought that to yourself?

Have you ever thought that there must be something… anything, more than this half-hearted life you’re existing in? Something more exciting than the mundane 9-to-5 routine that you follow, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year? Something more adventurous than the route you walk to school or work every day? Something more meaningful than the state in which you’re existing?

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Leftover Smoothies

Friend, I am SO excited about today’s post… I’ve been working on it for absolutely ages and finally, I can bring you the … (drumroll please)

LEFTOVER SMOOTHIE!

If you’ve followed along with me on my blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I honestly can’t get enough smoothies! They are just SO GOOD!

In fact, if I could have access to every fruit in the world and experiment with different blended combinations of them every single breakfast, I 100% would! But, somewhat ironically, today’s post is about exactly the opposite!

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The Lost And The Found

There’s this story in the Bible, about a boy who leaves home. It can be found in the book of Luke, in chapter 15, verses 11 through 32. You might have heard it before- or not, but I’m going to tell it to you now!

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