Smoothie Bowl Dump

Hey, hello, sweet friends! How are you doing today! I can’t believe it’s still only Wednesday, how is your week going?

Here in London, spring has definitely arrived- it’s a lot milder outside and the cherry trees are just beginning to blossom! With the change in weather has come a change in other things too- fewer winter clothes, more outdoor activities and different foods- most namely breakfast! The winter just seemed a little too cold for smoothies and refrigerated food first thing in the morning, but now spring is here smoothie bowls are back on the table (literally)!

Continue reading “Smoothie Bowl Dump”

Follow pt. 2

Simon Peter. Andrew. James. John. Philip. Bartholomew. Thomas. Matthew. James. Thaddeus. Simon. Matthias. 12 ordinary men who gave up their lives; their homes; their everyday-normal at another man’s call to ‘come follow me’. 12 boring, normal, not-extra-special, sinful men who were called to be the closest earthly friends of the extraordinary Jesus Christ.

What I love about the calling of all of Jesus’ disciples it that Jesus barely bats an eyelid at how ‘normal’ they are. He called Levi (Matthew)- a tax collector; the lowest of the low. He called Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John- fishermen; people who caught fish and cleaned nets for a living. None of the 12 He called were particularly special. None of them were rich or famous. None of them were royalty or nobility- the kinds of people you’d expect a King to spend his time with. No, instead, Jesus called tax collectors and fishermen and sinners.

And you know what’s awesome?! He calls us too!

Like we talked about in part 1 of this post, we live in an age full of this ‘following culture’- a culture where we are surrounded by people to follow; people who inevitably influence us in some way or another. It’s practically impossible to avoid the pull of the ‘follow’ button, and before we know it, we’ve added another influencer to our list of people who influence us through what they say, do, post, write and wear.

And even though it’s not always bad to be influenced by other people, it can become bad when we begin to get led in the wrong direction… away from Jesus; away from the cross.

So whilst it’s okay to follow other people, we need to make sure we’re following Jesus first and foremost. It can be tough, but every single day we need to choose Jesus… we need to reject other people and follow Jesus before we even think about following anyone else.

In order to put Jesus first, we need to be wise and discerning. Set boundaries and limitations. If you feel someone is leading you away from Jesus, unfollow! It’s really that simple. Just hit the unfollow button, and don’t look back. If you find it difficult to get in the Word before you check Instagram or even your WordPress reader, then set boundaries. Don’t go on your phone/laptop before, say, 9 am. Only check your WordPress reader 5 days out of 7. No Instagram on Sundays. It’s precautionary measures like these that help us stay on track to following Jesus, not other people.

The truth is, it breaks Jesus’ heart when we follow other people before we follow Him.

The was a time in my life a few years ago where I thought I had to ‘have it all together’ before I could be a Christian. I thought that until I could ‘be less sinful’, I didn’t have to read my Bible or pay attention in Church. I thought I had to better; more disciplined, before I could get baptised. But, friends, this is NOT the case! Jesus calls us to follow Him right here, right NOW! He doesn’t want us to waste a second… it doesn’t matter how sinful we are or how messy our lives are. We do NOT have to clean ourselves up before we turn to the Father, he wants us just as we are!

That is the kind of love that Jesus has for us, shown in Romans 5:8- ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’

WHILST WE WERE STILL SINNERS, He loved us. He loves us. And he calls us, just like that, to follow Him.

Just as Jesus called to these men ‘come follow me’, He calls to us too. And just as Jesus didn’t care that these men were poor and sinful, He doesn’t care that we are. When we respond to His call of ‘come follow me’, He takes what little we have and rejoices.

Weekly Inspo + Art Dump

Hey there, sweet friend! How are you doing today? How has your week gotten off to a start?

Last week I had the week off school and it’s never very fun going back to school after a break, but here we are! One upside to the misery that is school is the weather- it’s been really lovely (especially for February) the past few days! The sun has been out and I’ve been outside without a coat or jacket plenty of times! Last Sunday I went for a walk with my dad and my pup- the sun was shining and little purple and white flowers were pushing their way out of the ground under the trees- spring is most definitely on the way, and my heart leaps with that knowledge!

I don’t have an awful lot for you today, but I thought it might be fun to share some encouraging quotes and artwork I’ve designed recently… I’m sure I’m not the only one of us who loves a little bit of midweek encouragement!

I hope you find something here to encourage or inspire you, sweet friend!

And let’s chat in the comments below! I love love love hearing what you’ve been up to or how you’re doing, or even if there is anything I can be praying about for you! Tell me something exciting, or let me know how the weather is by you! What have you baked recently? What are you listening too at the moment? Whatever it is, I love hearing from you!!

Follow pt. 1

Have you ever thought about how many people you follow?

The dictionary has lots of definitions for the word ‘follow’. It can mean to trace the movement or direction of something/someone. It can mean to conform to, or to act according to someone’s directions. It can mean to pay close attention to. But the definition I like most is that it can mean to copy what something/someone does.

Continue reading “Follow pt. 1”

Liebster Award

Hello, sweet friends! How are you all doing today? How has your week been?

Today’s post is slightly different to normal… I got nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Makayla, so I’ve got a bunch of questions to answer, and some for you too!

Continue reading “Liebster Award”

2021 Bucket List

2021 is going to be a year I won’t forget. I decided that right at the beginning of January when I picked out my word for the year and set myself some goals to work towards. 2020 might not have been quite the year which we had expected, and I let that throw me off. However, I decided I’m going to make this year better.

Continue reading “2021 Bucket List”

Bible Study Resources: A Haul

Hello there, sweet friends! It’s finally Sunday… this week has felt so long! The weather in England has been a little less cold this week which has been so lovely, although that said, it was chucking it down with rain when I woke up yesterday morning! At least we’re headed towards spring (and then summer) now!

Today I’ve got a super fun little post for y’all… something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! I recently invested in a bunch of new Bible study resources (and I got a new Bible with big margins for Christmas) so I thought it would be super fun to share my Bible journaling process and do a lil’ haul of the stationary I use, just for fun!

Continue reading “Bible Study Resources: A Haul”

Home School and Lockdown: My Daily Routine

We’re into week four (or is it five now?) of home school/ lockdown here in the UK, so life is beginning to feel somewhat ‘normal’ again- at least to the degree that I’m used to this by now. Of course, lockdown can never feel normal. Not going to school can never feel normal. Not seeing friends every day can never feel normal. But you get into a rhythm, and you keep going.

Continue reading “Home School and Lockdown: My Daily Routine”

Dear Girl: A Letter

This post has been a long time coming… I wrote it in my notebook late one night a couple of months ago when I couldn’t sleep. Since then, it’s been sitting in my drafts, waiting for the right time to be published. I really feel passionate about this- it’s something that’s been on my heart for ever so long. So finally, here it is!

Dear Girl,

How are you today? How are you feeling? How is your heart?

I have something to tell you, which is why I decided to write this letter. This something has been heavy on my heart for a long while, and you may think it’s a load of rubbish or that you’ve heard it all before, but all I ask is that you stick with me. Read until the end and then, if you still think what I’ve written is nonsense, that’s fine.

Okay, here’s what I’ve got to tell you. Here’s the secret.

You’re special.

Did you know that? Well, you might have. Someone might have said to you before, ‘ you are very special to me’ or ‘I love you very much’. And maybe that really sunk in, but maybe it didn’t. You might have thanked them for their words but then later wondered how special you actually were… how much they really meant what they had said.

But it’s true. You are special. In fact, you are very special. I wonder if you know exactly how special you are.

So let me tell you. You, darling girl, are more special than all of the birds in the sky. You are more special than all the fish in the sea. And you are more special than all the animals on the land. Why? Because you are the daughter of a King.

You are the daughter of the Most High King. A King who breathed creation into existence and who knew you before you were born. This King created you in His image, lovingly knitting you together in your mother’s womb, handcrafting with the utmost care you like He is the potter, and you are His clay. He has your name engraved on the palm of His hand, He knows every hair on your head and everything about you. He loves you, and you are HIS.

You are His, and nothing can ever, ever change that. No matter how broken or messed up you may feel, no matter how much you’re hurting or how far you’ve run and regardless of anything you’ve been through or absolutely anything you’ve done, He loves you more than you could possibly imagine. No good or bad or in-between thing could ever, ever change in the slightest how much this King loves you.

This very King has concerned the grave and destroyed death so that he can have a relationship with you. He died an agonising and humiliating death on a cross for YOU. He did this, even though He was perfect, so you would know how loved you are and so that you could be His daughter and be with Him for eternity. This great sacrifice was the greatest act of love ever, and it was for you… for you and for me.

So you see, you, darling girl, are very, very special. A sinless King died on a cross for you- the greatest act of love known to man. And then he created you. He formed you in the womb, knew you before you were born and has a magnificent plan for your life.

You are so, so special.

You are loved beyond measure.

You are beautiful, a masterpiece.

You are royalty.

Royalty, because you are the daughter of a King.

The one and only King.

King Jesus.