Thursday, December 29, 2016

Peculiar on Purpose: The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Popularity is seriously over-rated. Peculiarity is where it's at.

Nevertheless, I thought this was a fitting post to put out there, heading into a new year. :)

My ten most popular posts from 2016. (Stats taken from post clicks/reads via Blogger analytics.)

See a title you missed? Been meaning to come back and re-read your favorite? Read the posts again by clicking the titles in bold (they double as links!).

10. One Last Missions Trip Post + Pictures

I really love this one! I posted chronological posts from my trip to Burma/Thailand, but this is just a plethora of extra pictures I just love and wanted to share. And stories to accompany the pictures. It's just beautiful, and it makes my heart happy.

9. Ten Qualities of a Great Friend

This post was more challenging to write than you might imagine. I definitely don't measure up to all of these ten things we should be striving for within our friendships, and God worked through this post to grow my spirit, too!

Monday, December 26, 2016

My 2017 To-Read List

Ach! Happy Boxing Day, Canadian friends! Please excuse me for being possibly the least festive blogger ever. I truly feel terribly about my recent absence from blogging, especially because I had multiple Christmas-themed posts I wanted to get out! Guess I'll just have to move onto New Year's posts. Oh well.

In 2016, my GoodReads reading goal was 40 books, but I only got through 33. I don't feel badly about that, though; I read so many great books! But moving into 2017, here are just 20 titles that I really should must read. Books I've been putting off. Books everybody and their cousin have recommended to me. Books I need to read to prepare for my GRE in Literature exam.

Let me know which you've already read and your thoughts, if you see something familiar, please!

[Caution: I neither have read, nor can wholly recommend anything on this list. If you would like to leave me a note via my Contact page concerning a certain book, I can let you know my thoughts on it after I read it.]

1. The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck. For GRE Literature Prep. Also, I've been wanting to read it, and they're showing a play of it in April here, so maybe if I like the book, I could go to the play...?

2. Catch .22

Heller. It's safe to say I know noting about this book, save only that it's important I read it before trying the GRE Lit. exam.

3. David Copperfield

Dickens. Ever since I was in sixth grade and had to write a report on 'Oliver Twist' and detested it, I thought I just didn't like Charles Dickens. But last month I read 'Great Expectations' as a part of the GRE Lit. Prep reading list (full GoodReads review coming soon), loved it, and  am really looking forward to reading more Dickens, now!

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's Been a Long Day

Yawning. That's what I'm currently up to. Also, now that my six little responsibilities, er, I mean, siblings, are in bed, all I really want to do is crack open my Charles Dickens and lose myself in a fictitious English fantasy. Or else, go brew a late night coffee with the Keurig. Coffee sounds good when I'm freezing. I'm freezing right now.

But it's Monday.

What can I post?

I'm just really thankful to have actually lived through this day; posting on the blog has been kind of entirely unimportant to me today.

For one thing, a certain un-named little sister locked us all out of the house. So much for a quick game of tag.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Most Powerful Prayer a Believer Can Pray

David Gibbs is one of my top three favorite preachers ever. We've listened to most of the YouTube videos featuring his sermons, and I've yet to hear a less-than-excellent one. He's even better in person, though, so if you ever get the chance to go somewhere where he'll be speaking, I would very highly recommend it.

One new sermon I heard from him a few weeks ago was on the "Most Powerful Prayer" a Believer can pray*. (So, it's the second most powerful prayer for anyone.)

It kind of blew my mind that I had never heard of this before.

The most powerful prayer I can pray?! Why isn't this highlighted in more sermons?!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Personal Devotional 12.02.16

Good morning, world!

It is indeed rare I type, edit, and publish a post all in the same morning, but God answered one of my prayers this morning, and I just had to share with you all how He used His own Word- the verses I have already memorized/hidden in my heart, actually- to unravel my problems into a simple path of trusting a obeying.

God is so good to us!!

First, let me give you vague explanations about what dilemma I was facing in my heart:

1) Continue. Nothing much new. Nothing much harder than it always has been. Actually, pretty easy. It would last indefinitely until I would choose another path. This is basically my life as it sits now.


2) Try something new. All new. All different. Hard. Right now. It could last just a couple months, and then back to option 1; it could change the entire trajectory of my life- I wouldn't know until I was already pretty far down the path.

It's a hard lot! To choose something hard and unfamiliar over the comfortable and controllable.

So my prayer was that God would settle my mind on this matter. Close the wrong doors, open the right doors, and continue leading me along the path of His perfect will. Grow my heart ever closer to His. Use me as a vessel to exalt His name and further His Kingdom.

It's been a matter pressing upon my heart for about a week and a half, now, and this morning, in he foggy stupor of waking and praying, He gave me direction.

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