I promise you that this is a post about gratitude and how I practice it but first… … this particular story started back in 2015/6. I was still relatively new to blogging (who am I kidding, I’m still relatively new) and looking for some other Christian bloggers to...
At the start of this year, I decided to set myself a motto:
Less Regina, More Miranda
While I still adore Regina Mills, the
As is the case in culture today, the Bible (Old and New Testaments) uses the heart as a metaphor for two different things. Firstly, it is used to describe our emotions and how we relate to them. Secondly, the heart is talked about in relation to the things that we treasure and are invested in. Understanding these metaphors provides us with a stable foundation so that when our own emotions try to take control, we can instead give them over to God.
6 Questions With… is an opportunity for women and girls everywhere to share something about their passions and lives. (It’s also a fantastic excuse for me to be really nosey and learn more about the incredible women I admire.)
This week I’m putting Liza Proch (pronounced like ‘approach’) in the hot seat. The second Texan to be interviewed for 6 Questions With, Liza is an amazing artist both visually and musically. Her Instagram feed is filled with amazing artwork as well as timelapse videos showing the love and work that goes into each piece. When she’s not having fun with paint, she can be found creating music with her brothers. Ghosts was quite possibly my song of 2019! Liza’s vocals on it gave me chills! However, the most important thing about Liza is that she’s also open about her faith. When you have a following of over 5,000 people, that’s not a small thing to be open about. So, of course, we had to get her on FC. I’ll leave the rest of the introductions to Liza Proch…
Originally my Word of the Year (WotY) was ROMANTIC because I knew I wanted more positive ideals of love, beauty and truth. I’m a romantic at heart, following by natural inclination beliefs and thoughts and philosophies made famous by the Romantic Poets. It’s why I idealised Pocahontas as a child and why I love films like The Breakfast Club. If it speaks into the beauty and/or truth of a situation, I will probably like it.
That may also explain why I love country music quite so much.
The start of a new year always gets me feeling in the “goal-setting / reflection-writing / resolution-making” mood. Normally that carries over to planning the blog for the upcoming year over Christmas, from key events to blog about through to actually drafting some of them! Okay, so I’m not as prepared as those professional bloggers who actually do this as a career. No fully etched out social media schedules or pre-planned sponsored posts. At least I normally have a plan… and yes, I said normally because this year I (you best sit down) don’t!!!!
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus...
One person who really understands that joy, and the clearest demonstration of joy in the Nativity story, is Mary. The Magnificat is an absolutely beautiful exclamation of joy at the blessing that God gave Mary. Yet the joy that she is singing about is not directed towards herself and her good news. Instead, she sings about God, His mercy and His glory. By directing our focus back to God, she shows us who the true source of joy is. In fact, Mary mentions herself in only the first five lines before spending the rest of the song describing everything that God has done for Israel.
I remember being sat in a carol service when I was a student listening to one of those rare sermons that stays with you forever. The passage was Luke 2, about the Shepherds being visited by the Angels. But Mark didn’t focus on the Shepherds. Instead, he talked about how the Shepherds were faced with a HOST of Angels talking about peace.
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.Isaiah 2v4 It feels...