My Cara Box!

This was my first time participating in Cara Box and I had SO much fun. I was paired with Erika at Reviews Until You Drop, and Rebekah at Creatively Beloved. You can see the box I sent to Rebekah here. The theme this month was stages of life, so both girls are college aged. Our assignment was to send a box based upon what we learned about the other, of things they would love. I loved the flexibility of this theme! Here is the box Erika sent to me. I loved how unexpected the things in it were! It was so fun!


Erika sent me some maple chocolate from Canada (SO good!), a super pretty little dish that is perfect for holding bobby pins that are normally everywhere, a pretty nailpolish in a little chevron bag, hair chalks, and a shower gel from bath and body that isn’t in the picture because I couldn’t wait to use it and it was in the shower! It smells SO great. Erika, I so appreciate your thoughtfulness with the box! You’re a sweetheart!

Aside from the box, I loved getting to know both ladies. Cara box is pretty amazing. You should sign up!



You Couldn’t Handle the Guilt.


Growing up in a Christian home meant that while I always knew I was a sinner, my ‘good little Christian girl’ behavior often made it hard for me to really see myself that way.

As I grew older, and my understanding of both myself and the gospel deepened, I came to understand that while I was good at avoiding the obvious, visible sins, in my heart, I was no better than anyone else. I understood this, but I often struggled to really feel it; instead of wrestling with guilt, I’ve wrestled with not feeling guilty enough.

I’ve prayed through this many times, grappling with the paradoxical desire to fully comprehend my sinfulness (which would hopefully enable me to more completely experience God’s graciousness) while at the same time recognizing that the cross has done away with my sin and I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

I was struggling…

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No One Cares.

No one cares about your life as much as you do.

I don’t mean that nobody loves you or thinks about you.

But when you think EVERYONE can see the pimple on your chin and the stain on your shirt, and the guilt on your face, just remember that in that thought, you are being self absorbed.

Everyone else has their own bad hair day, or ripped jeans, or tiredness or problems  that THEY are focused on. Their world doesn’t revolve around you. They are more worried about their own stuff than about yours.

So get over it!

Booksneeze and a Bonus Blog Review!

Good afternoon, readers!

I hope you’re getting some good rest before college starts again in full swing. I know I’m loving being able to spend a few days doing exactly what I want to do….which, lately, has been working on blog stuff!

I review for BookSneeze®

I recently joined an awesome review site called Booksneeze. If you post at least once a week and have at least 30 followers, you can get books sent to you for free! You just have to write a review of each book before you can get a new one. I requested Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl and I can’t wait for it to get here! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. Be on the lookout for that review once I get it!

On a related note, my husband is one follower away from getting free books too! His blog is Dorm Room Pulpit
I’ll keep my commentary on his blog short, because I know I am biased, but I think it’s worth checking out! His writing is simple, clear, and to the point, and I learn something every time he posts. I tend to overclutter (is that a word?) my thinking about God, and forget really important fundamentals. I love that he takes the time to explore those, and I think there is frequently more wisdom in his conciseness than in my rambling. Go take a look, follow him, and leave nice comments! Feel free to tell me what you think here too. For your viewing pleasure, here is an awesome picture of my awesome husband! Now seriously, go read his blog.



Let me know if you end up joining Booksneeze! I’d love to read your book reviews!


Music Recommendation Monday! Regina Spektor

Hey readers! I’d like to try another weekly feature! Music Recommendation Monday! Today I’d like to turn your attention to Regina Spektor. She has the voice of an angel! I normally am not a fan of acoustic/vocal stuff, but she’s an exception. I love the violin in a lot of her songs. My current favorites are Folding Chair, and The Call. The latter you may recognize from the end of Prince Caspian.

Regina Spektor also has impeccable style!

Take a listen and tell me what you think!

My heart is breaking right now, and it’s nothing to do with me. In my little bubble, things are pretty good. But when people I interact with are going through so much, it makes my heart so, so heavy, and there’s not a thing I can do. I’m much more likely to shed tears over someone else’s sorrow than my own. I KNOW there is nothing i can do other than bring them in prayer before my loving God, but seeing the things people are going through still hurts so badly.

Is that a problem? What do I do about it? How do I keep from being completely exhausted by the emotional turmoil of people I know and people I love? I’m still trying to figure that out.