Sep 1, 2014

ON PURPOSEFULLY PRAYING.

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Nearly a month ago, I started out on an unplanned prayer project. I'd heard of people doing 30 day prayer challenges but never really put much thought into starting one because I had a prayer journal and I was comfortable with my daily routine.

But I found myself changing it up without even thinking about it. I've seen God do so much work in my life and in the work of others and knew that my relationship with Him could only be better and stronger than what it was and is today. I was challenged in a blog post or devotional to really dig into the Bible, to spend more time with God, to really take my relationship with Him on a new level.

So I decided to do the complete opposite of what I've done with singleness lately. Instead of completely putting it on the backburner, I made it something I would intentionally pray about and journal about every single day for a month.

I went into it thinking that it would only make things worse, but God had other plans for me. He worked in me and let me just pour out every thought, every worry, every doubt I've had in terms of my appearance, my self-worth, my trust issues, my patience, and so much more. I let tears pour out, I let my fears come out from the bottom of my heart, and I let Him work in me.

I didn't go into it thinking that I would grow, but I'm finding that I am and have. I'm no where near perfect, but it's a challenge and one that I know has helped me in more ways than one.

So what are your thoughts on prayer? Have you ever completed a 30 day prayer challenge? Or prayed with a theme or purpose (for lack of a better word)?

Aug 29, 2014

BITS AND PIECES.

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It seems like just yesterday I was lamenting for summer to hurry up and arrive. And just like that, it's time to go back to work and start prepping for a new school year. I'm excited for a fresh start and new class of eager kiddos, but equally (or even more so?) sad that summertime is drawing to an end.

I'm thinking some new school supplies might help...

Anyway, have a splendid weekend and happy link-hopping, or whatever you call this!

One bookcase, three ways. I'd tell you which one I like best, but I really like them all!

5 pretty uses for latte bowls.

Honest slogans always make me smile.

I want this to be my wedding. And I know I say this a lot, but everything about this wedding is exactly what I want in mine!

Super cute fonts to download (for free!).

On living simply (and smaller). As someone who's always wanted more space in her bedroom, this was the perfect reminder that less really can be more.

Some super pretty clay jewelry dishes to make this weekend. 

This video. Oh goodness, there were SO many tears. 

I love this DIY wedding and I have a feeling you will, too.

I pretty much pinned something from all of their photoshoots.

This carrot cake has my name written all over it. I mean, browned butter frosting? 

Some amazing (and easy!) ways you can update your blog design. 

Is this for real? I mean, spending the night in IKEA is pretty much a dream come true for this girl over here.

This sweet engagement session. Can't you tell love is in the air?

How to layer your necklaces.

A cute way to dress up your notebooks.

And the perfect summer picnic.

Have a great one!

Aug 27, 2014

BLOG TALK: PREVENTING BLOGGER'S BLOCK.

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Do you ever get blogger's block? I mention it here and there on my blog and definitely suffer from it every now and then. I'll have streaks of good blog post ideas and find myself cranking them out like there's no tomorrow. Normally I blog in batches, writing up to five posts at once and then scheduling them for the upcoming week or so. But I'll also have blog droughts, where I cannot for the life of me get a blog post written and then force myself to create a post because I like to stick to my schedule (it's the organizer in me).

But I've always wondered where people get their ideas to blog. I mean, how do those bloggers come up with those amazing posts that I wish I'd written? How do they come up with content? And how do they do it without running dry?

When it comes to my blog, I tend to come up with posts from real life and then I'll throw in some wishlists, fiction, and other fun stuff here and there, too. But for the most part, I get my blog post ideas from life--the experiences I have, the people I meet, the thoughts that run through my mind, or even the sermons and songs that I hear. I'll come up with ideas when I'm shopping, about to go to bed (thank goodness for post-its!), or even walking my dog. And then I'll sit down, type them up, and schedule them to publish.

If I'm really running dry, I'll occasionally look into my archives and will also turn to Pinterest for a few blog post ideas. I'll also try and keep up with my blog post series and pull out my camera and just snap away, too. Sometimes, just clearing my mind and getting away from the blogging scene helps, too. 

Coming up with blog posts is a weird process, especially when you want to create original content. But it's a good challenge for the writer in me and preventing blogger's block is something I'm always interested in doing.

So where do you get your inspiration and blog content from? Do you get it from other bloggers, creating copycat posts? Or do you get it from real life and the everyday moments that you live? How do you prevent blogger's block?

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