liebster award

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Nominated by the incredible Iris from Country Girl’s Daybook (y’all should check her out. she is a gem.)

11 random facts about myself:

1) I’m really bad at describing myself to other people. (And listing facts about myself.)

2) I have a scar on my right pinky toe.

3) I sleep with my eyes crossed.

4) I can be really shy, (especially around the other gender), for some unbeknownst reason.

5) I don’t like potatoes.

6) I’ve never seen Star Wars or Star Trek. (Don’t judge.)

7) I drink my coffee as black as death.

8) I would never admit it, but I like Facebook.

9) I didn’t learn how to talk until I was 4.

10) I am a Disnerd. I can hold a conversation entirely made up of Disney quotes. Who knew, right?

11) When I wake up in the mornings, I am a fearsome thing to behold.

Questions!

1) Do you have a good habit that sometimes comes back to bite you?

I am a people-pleaser. This is not always a bad thing. In fact, sometimes it can help me. But, often times, it becomes a fear.

2)  What is the most delicious meal you have ever eaten?

Amazing breakfast, you know, the kind with eggs and bacon and pancakes and fruit and orange juice and all the good stuff? Uh-mazing.

3)  What single quality do you most admire in people?

Hmm, this is hard … can I list two? I’d say the most admirable qualities that really strike me are people who are really hard workers, but who are also humble. Does that make sense? I mean, like, crazy hard workers who aren’t arrogant about their accomplishments.

4) What is your craziest memory with your best friend?

One time, a friend of mine and I went into Maurices, put on outfits we could never pull off, and made a dance video in the dressing room. And also asking the clerk there to take a picture of us 🙂

5)  What is your dream job?

To marry my cowboy sweetheart and work on a ranch/farm til the day I die. That would be total bliss.

6.  What is your life motto?

“What you leave behind is not what is written on stone monuments, but what you have woven into the lives of others.” ~ Pericles

7) How do you define “freedom?”

I define freedom as being free from my guilt and my most crippling fears.

8. Er … did you skip 8, missy? 😛

9. What is your favorite book?

Hands down, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.

10.  Do you believe in miracles?

Depends on what kind of miracles we’re talking about 🙂

11.  What do you find to be most incredibly beautiful?

The fact that as a wretched, horrible sinner I am, no matter how much I fail and fall short, God still loves me. He loved me at my darkest. That’s what really strikes me. That I have done nothing to deserve it — nothing — and yet He still loves me more than any human being can ever fathom. It’s really hard to wrap my brain around it, but it’s seriously the most beautiful thing I have ever known.

The nominated: Abbey Noelle, Kathryn Fox, Raquel, Lizzie, and Tashia.

Answer me this …

1) What movie/book has impacted you the most, and why?

2) How old were you when you accepted the Lord into your life?

3) Tangled or Frozen?

4) Facebook or Pinterest?

5) Favorite song?

6) Who is your biggest role model, and why?

7) What is your dream?

8) If you could meet any historical figure over coffee, who would it be and what would you talk about?

9) If you could tell any young girls (ages 13-18) anything, what would it be?

10) If you could do one thing that greatly impacted the world, what would it be?

11) How did you get started blogging?

these inner groanings

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” … For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,

but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

{ romans 8:26 }

Slavery is not a thing of the past.

As Americans, we are pretty blessed. We live in a country where women are, overall, treated with respect and honor.

Most countries aren’t like that ….

In a nation that cares so much for women’s rights, we don’t take into consideration other women around the world who are not as blessed as we are. And children, as well.

Facts about modern slavery: {via god’s daughter blog}

  • There is an estimated 27 million humans being trafficked today.
  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  • The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the U.S. is 12-14 years old.
  • 80-90% of sexually exploited people have a history of being sexually abused as a child.
  • Pimps recruit children at malls, bus stops, parties, around schools, through other youth, and online.
  • Between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. per year.
  • Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind legal drugs and arms trafficking).
  • Every thirty seconds another person is forced into bondage.

“Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, and yet there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in our history.” {unknown}

This is something that’s been on my heart lately. These girls and children need help. Did you know our government is fighting against drugs permeating our country, but not human trafficking? It is easier to get away with buying a human being for as low as $5 (cost of child slave in Ivory Coast), than it is to purchase drugs. This is absolute horror.

Did you know that most of the chocolate we consume are from the Ivory Coast, where there is forced child labor?

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke 

And, as America, we’re not doing anything about it. You don’t see it on the news very often. You don’t see it in magazines. You don’t see a very big fight against it. There are girls, just like you and me, sitting in bus stops, walking through town, and some of them have been exploited for slavery use.

Let’s END IT.

Companies that use child labor:

Victoria Secret

Forever 21

Aeropostale

Toys ‘R’ Us

Urban Outfitters

Hershey’s

Marlboro

Primark

Puma

Samsung

Nestle

Monsanto

Nike

Hanes

Walmart

J.C.Penney

… and others

 

Check out:

The First Night of Freedom

End It

 

 

the ramblings of a hopeful romantic pt 2 — lessons in love

 

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Love … is a mysterious thing. At least for me. It’s not simple. Not easy to understand. Not … easy.

You see many definitions today, from people who claim to know what love really is. But they all seem to fall short, to miss the mark.

What is love?

This question pounding in my heart’s rhythm. I want to marry someday. I really do. But I know that, first, I need to understand what love really means, what “true love” is. Is it being there for them on a bad day? Is it that feeling when he holds you in his arms? Is it always seeing the good in them? Is it making him a sandwich, even if I don’t feel like it? 😉

God loved me at my darkest (Romans 5:6-8). This is something that I can’t comprehend. But yet, it is seriously the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. Not “you’re so pretty”. Not “you have a great personality”. He loved me at my darkest. Think about that.

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In today’s society, where love is defined as fireworks and red roses and diamond rings, sometimes I forget what love really is. As cliche as this might sound, love isn’t just there with the feelings, and the sunshine, and the good times. Love isn’t a valentine’s card, or a summer fling. Love isn’t just there when a person is lovable, when they say all the right things, when they do all the right things, when they say they’ll love you forever.

Love is a commitment — a choice — to put someone’s needs over ours, to sacrifice our comfort, ourselves, for them. Even when they don’t deserve it.

I see this in the movie Frozen, when Ana sacrificed her chance to live in order to save her sister, even though her sister hurt her.

I see this in Tangled, when Eugene sacrificed his only means to live for Rapunzel.

I see this in the book of Hosea, when God called him to marry a prostitute, and even though she ran away from him to go back to her old life, three times, Hosea pursued her and brought her back. Even though she forsook him, betrayed him, and probably hurt him, he still demonstrated Christ-like love.

And, to me, it seems like this kind of love stands out. Not the fast, cheap, flaky, Hollywood kind of love.

But the kind of love that Jesus has shown to me, and the church, His Bride. No matter how many times I fail Him, He still loves me, and I don’t understand why. I just … can’t wrap my mind around it.

His love never fails. Never gives up. Never runs out on me.

Even though I don’t deserve it.