Trusting God with Everything

Trusting God is one of the most difficult things for me to do.

Because I’m imperfect, I desire to do everything within my own strength. However, I fail every time.

But the only was we can get through and do anything is by putting our in trust in Him.

Isn’t that rather hard to do though?

We think we know what’s best, but really, we don’t. And thus, we cannot depend on ourselves.

I’ll always remember when I participated in the National History Day competition earlier this year. It was one of the most awesome experiences I had ever had, yet most challenging as well.

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Not Part of the Plan Launch Team

Hello, friends!

If you follow the ministry Girl Defined, then you are well aware that they are releasing a new book next month. It’s called, Not Part of the Plan: Trusting God with the Twists and Turns of your Story.

Well, regarding that book, I have some exciting news.

A couple of days ago, I got accepted to be apart of their launch team for the book!

I am super excited because I enjoyed being apart of the team for Shine Bright so, so much. And I know that this book is going to encourage me in a lot of ways.

Trusting God in everything is the central focus of the book, which is something I struggle with, so I cannot wait to see what they have to say and share my thoughts about it with you all!

Whose excited for this book release!?

To God be the glory,

Recent Favorites

Hello, friends!

I am back with another favorites post. Since I was on a hiatus, I figured that I shared what I have enjoyed recently. I plan to do this monthly again starting in October, however, I’m excited to share what has encouraged me in almost the past 2 months. I hope that you find something that will encourage you!

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Getting Out of a Spiritual Slump

Raise your hand if you have been a spiritual slump.

I can assume that most of you have because we all deal with that. Let’s face it: since we are imperfect humans we cannot do anything perfectly, including making time for God.

I have been in a few spiritual slumps, and let’s just say that they aren’t fun. That is why I wanted to write this post about ways to get out of them.

If you’re currently in a spiritual slump, keep reading. And if you’re not, keep reading; there’s something for you too.

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My Bible Bee Testimony

Note: This is a pretty long post, so be prepared.

I began writing this testimony during the Summer Study. I wanted to document the whole journey, but after I didn’t qualify, I couldn’t bear to open the file. I was even tempted to delete it. However, I did not.

This summer was an interesting one for me, both spiritually and emotionally.

There were some thing that I experienced that I had never experienced before. Yet, it has all caused me to grow closer to the Lord.

I hope that this testimony of mines encourages you, especially fellow Bible Bee-ers.

Keep pressing on, my friends. Keep pressing on.

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I’m Back

Dear friends,

I never expected my hiatus to be so short. I also never expected myself to miss blogging so much.

To be honest, I was kind planning to not come back to blogging until at least December, but I guess the Lord changed my heart.

It seems as if after I wrote my hiatus post, a lot of blog post ideas began to run through my mind. And God has certainly been working in me the past couple of weeks.

I have some things planned, which I’m looking forward to and pray that you will be encouraged. 🙂

I just started back to school last Monday, so my posting definitely will be kind of sporadic since I am taking more advanced classes. However, I would like to know in the comments below if you have any post suggestions. I desire to not only encourage all of my followers as a whole, but also individually. So please let me know and I will try my best to write that post for you. 🙂

To God be the glory,

Blogging Hiatus

Hey friends,

Last night I found of the results of Bible Bee and unfortunately, I didn’t qualify again. It wasn’t a surprise because I had a feeling I probably didn’t do well, so it’s just another disappointment. And it really hurts this time because my study partner did qualify. I’m having such a hard time coping with this. Thus, I think I need to take a little break from blogging.

I have no idea how long it’ll last, but I may post occasionally. I just need to have time to process it all and get over it.

Thanks for understanding and I’ll hopefully be back sometime soon.

Perfectionism: What God Taught Me This Summer

I dislike being a perfectionist.

It affects how I complete tasks and my emotions. How annoying my thoughts can be sometimes as well.

I dealt with this flaw quite heavily during the duration of the National Bible Bee Summer Study. My desire to qualify for Nationals became very large and spiraled out of control quite fast. I wanted to do better than last year, but I put too much pressure on myself in the process.

This caused unnecessary stress, worry, and feeling overwhelmed. And it didn’t help that I was consumed with the past; dwelling on my rank from last year.

I eventually realized that my perfectionism had officially become worse.

I’ve always dealt with perfectionism since I was little, but it never really was a big deal. But since it was not dealt with, it’s just stuck with me and got bigger and bigger as I started doing more things.

This summer, I was frustrated with myself because of the thoughts I had and the toll it took on my emotions. Some days, I didn’t want to talk to anyone. On other days, my moods would change rapidly and suddenly.

Every part of me was obsessed with doing better, but I ended up just damaging myself. And I hated that.

I began to feel compressed on the inside, like a burden was holding me down. It felt like I couldn’t break free from it and I wanted to cry so much, but never let the tears come out.

So what did I do?

In the beginning, I prayed constantly. But as studying for Bible Bee seemed to become easier, I slacked off. I began to rely on myself instead of my Savior. But that’s WRONG.

God gives us the ability to do what we do, so technically we cannot do anything without Him. However, my mind kept saying, “You’re doing fine; keep pushing yourself.”

But we are weak, and we must accept that fact. We can never be perfect because were born with a sinful nature. That cannot be changed.

2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 teaches us to run to God in our weaknesses, so that we can be strong in His grace. We will always be weak without Him. Thus we need to run to ALWAYS run to Him.

I know that is hard, but dear friend, it must be done. Otherwise, we’ll feel miserable.

Run to God all the time because He cares.

We can cry to God all day long (Psalm 86:3) and He listens.

Cast your anxieties upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Pray instead of worrying (Philippians 4:6).

Do not neglect your Savior, but instead invite Him into your struggles.

You do not have to struggle alone.

I really wish I had cared to learn this earlier, but you know, I think this is the reason why God kept nudging me to not give up. There was something that He wanted me to learn, and if I had given up early on, I would have never learned this at the time I needed most.

Nothing will change if we keep hanging on. So let God be in control and find your peace in Him; He has grace to give.

Resources –

5 Ways to Let Go of Perfectionism and Embrace God’s Will

Wisdom for the Perfectionist

Good News for the Perfectionist

At the moment, the summer study is finally over. I took the qualifying test on Sunday and actually felt pretty good when I submitted it. But until I find out the results tomorrow, I’m leaving it in the Lord’s Hand. Whether I qualify or not, He’s going to be glorified in the end. And knowing that, I can be content with whatever the outcome is.