Awards and Tags

Light of the World Award

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I am excited to announce that I was nominated for the Light of the World Award! I was actually nominated by T.R., of Inside Cup this May and I am just now getting to it. It’s a bit embarrassing but…well lets just quit dilly-dallying and get to it 😄

I am relatively new to posting about my faith, and as this blog covers several topics I was somewhat surprised by the nomination. But make no mistake, I am very honored to accept and to humbly share the posts God places on my heart.

 

More About Who Nominated Me

So T.R. nominated me, and she blogs over at Inside Cup, which is a great site and resource for the community of believers.

T.R. has very much made her blog about reaching out to and connecting the body of believers. One of the categories of her blog that I love is her section on Bible study. (I read through the portion on Numbers recently as I was studying the book.) Fantastic resource T.R ☺

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Who Created the Award?

Joe, from Light House Devotion is the blogger who created the award. I love his focus on lighthouses and the symbolism of believers shining as lighthouses (with God’s help) for all to see. I reccomend checking out his blog, particularly the post “Even the Broken Can Shine!

 

Rules

For the rules of the award, you can check out this page on Joe’s blog.

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Questions

  1. What three words would you use to describe your blog? I would use the words unassuming, gentle and honest.
  2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ? One way that I can think of is described in Matthew 25:14-30. Here Jesus illustrates The Parable of the Talents. I’ve come to see this passage more as using the gifts He has given us (not necessarily monetary) and using them the best we know how, to glorify Him. For me, this looks like sharing my writing with others, with the intention to help, educate and encourage. Sometimes with a great bit of prodding *chuckles to self*.
  3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a lost and dark world? “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
  4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link, if available. I chose the song “Chasing the Daylight, by Phillip Larue. It came out in 2009, but it’s the first song that came to mind. To me, this song describes what it really feels like to be a believer. It isn’t always all roses, and sometimes others will not understand our faith. Sometimes darkness, in whatever form, comes into our life. But we have to chase the daylight, keep running after Him.

 

 

(Or, if difficulties arise, you can view the video here.)

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Nominations

Here are 5 uplifting blogs that I am nominating for the Light of the World Award. You guys are wonderful! Thank-you for sharing your light with the world.

 

Love Joy Balance

 

Abigail, @Whatever Happens…Rejoice

 

Damaris, @ The Believer’s Triumph

 

Dori, @ Celebrate His Love

 

Callie, @ hi there, fellow sapling

 

Guys, there is no pressure to accept and if you do, don’t worry about timing. (It took me 6 months!)

Know that what you are doing is valuable to others and most importantly, to God!

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Reflections

The Debilitating Nature of Depression {part 1 in a series of poems}

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Today I would like to open up and talk a little about a topic I don’t normally discuss here on the blog.

Mental illness.

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Because May is Mental Health Awareness month, I wanted to devote a few posts to the topic.

So many people have had good things to say and share about the topic. Here on WordPress, Facebook and other places on the world wide web.

I admire their courage. I admire their strength.

It takes courage to live with mental illness, but just about as much to share that you struggle with it.

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Today I would like to shed some light on the mental illness that is depression.

More specifically, I have sought to describe how depression can both make a person feel like time is standing still and yet going on forever. You can feel stuck. In life, in your day, in a moment.

If you are one of the many who struggle with depression, I hope that this poem can be an encouragement to you and a gentle reminder to get back to the you that you know.

Depression is a real struggle. There is hope. You are not alone.

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You Can’t Stay In Forever

You can’t stay in forever

If ever,

You know.

You can’t fight the pace

That’s slowing

You down.

Forever

Is never

a’ changin’.

And change

Oh change

Is

Good.

I crave forever

When I’m feeling

Down.

But forever

Is heavy.

Forever’s a trap.

Don’t let

“I’m never changing ever”

Spin you out of

Control.

 

Bring you back.

 

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This poem is my own.

All pictures are from pixabay. Photo 1 and 2 are my design.

Books, Celebrated Authors

Remembering Louisa May Alcott with Favorite Quotes from “Little Women”

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Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott! She was born 185 years ago *today, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She was the second oldest of four daughters. Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth and Abigail were the four girls born to Amos and Abigail Alcott.

Louisa May Alcott wrote quite a few books and short stories in her lifetime. Little Women is the most well known of her works and is followed by the books Little Men and Jo’s Boys.

Her contemporaries were such authors as Charles Dickens (1812-70), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), Alexandre Dumas (1802-70) and Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-81). One of my favorite time periods for literature for sure.

Since I posted an in-depth e-book review on The Courtship of Jo March last week, I thought it would be fun to write up a simpler post full of my favorite quotes from Little Women.

Enjoy!

Favorite Quotes from Little Women

From Part 1 (Chapters 1-23)

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“Meg’s high heeled slippers were very tight and hurt her, though she would not own it, and Jo’s nineteen hairpins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but dear me, let us be elegant or die!”

-from Chapter 3


You don’t look a bit like yourself, but you are very nice.”

-from Chapter 9, Sallie to Meg.


I don’t like fuss and feathers.”

-from Chapter 9, Laurie to Meg.

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You’d have nothing but horses, inkstands and novels in yours,” answered Meg petulantly.

Wouldn’t I, though? I’d have a stable full of Arabian steeds, rooms piled high with books, and I’d write out of a magic inkstand, so that my works should be as famous as Laurie’s music. I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle-something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all some day.”

-from Chapter 13


From Part 2 (Chapters 24-47)

“By-and-by Jo roamed away upstairs, for it was rainy, and she could not walk. A restless spirit possessed her, and the old feeling came again, not bitter as it once was, but a sorrowfully patient wonder why one sister should have all she asked, the other nothing.”

-from Chapter 42

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“The boy early developed a mechanical genius which delighted his father and distracted his mother, for he tried to imitate every machine he saw, and kept the nursery in a chaotic condition, with his “sewin-sheen”-a mysterious structure of string, chairs, clothespins, and spools, for wheels to go “wound and wound”; also a basket hung over the back of a chair, in which he vainly tried to hoist his too confiding sister, who, with feminine devotion, allowed her little head to be bumped till rescued, when the young inventor indignantly remarked, “Why, Marmar, dat’s my lellywaiter, and me’s trying to pull her up.”

-from Chapter 45 (the antics of John and Meg’s twin children Daisy and Demi).


 

Have you read any books by or about Louisa May Alcott lately? Which novel is your favorite? I’d love to hear about it 😊

~Rachel

*For some reason, WordPress marked my post as 11/30, when I wrote it at 8pm on 11/29, which is Louisa May Alcott’s birthday. Not the 30th.

Reflections

“Light Will Come Bursting In” (Plus Pictures of a Few Hatian Souvenirs)

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I am long overdue for this promised post. On June 16th, I mentioned in my post Where Dirt Meets Light and Love that I was walking into a difficult week. That day seems like a lifetime ago. That Friday was the day my husband left to go on a long journey to a far away place. He was 6 days in the country of Haiti.

What was he doing there? He was part of a team from our church that built 5 houses for 5 separate Hatian families.

It was an interesting time. For me and for him as well, but in a different way of course. I meditated on Psalm 112, especially verses 4-7.

Verse 4a says that…

“When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in.” (NLT)

As a person who struggles with depression and anxiety, this verse was particularly meaningful to me. Situations of stress and sadness can amplify those issues and so I knew it was important to cling to positivity. And hope.

“They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.” (verse 7, NLT)

So yes, the days were long and the evenings difficult. But my sleep was sound.

Nothing compares to the ache of missing the one you love. But such joy in being reunited. Such peace and sweet relief.

I wanted to share some pics of a few things that my husband brought home from Haiti.

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Pikliz, mother and baby figurine (I adore it), bracelet, wooden bowl, vanilla.

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The vanilla I have not tried yet but it smells amazing. Some of it leaked into the gallon ziplock during travel. The label says it is a vanilla concentrate. I’ve been running low on vanilla so I will have to add some to a recipe soon.

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Close up of the Pikliz.

Ingredients: Vinaigre, Choux, Piment, Poivron Rouge, Carote, Sel, Echalote

I thought this was Creole but google translator translated it better when I selected “French” as the language although some of the words were spelled a bit differently.

Therefore: Vinegar, Cabbages, Pepper, Red Pepper, Carrot, Salt, Shallot are the ingredients.

The best way that I can describe the Pikliz is “a spicy coleslaw without the creamy sauce”. I haven’t been adventurous enough to try it yet but my husband did and said it was super-spicy (even for him). He said they had it on everything during super in Haiti. But the stuff they had there was milder in flavor.

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50 HTG (Haitian Gourde). US $1 is equivalent to 62.7106 HTG)

 

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When my husband gave me this rock he said, “Here, this is the most precious thing that I can give you from Haiti”. And yes it is special. But its not the most precious thing that he brought back from Haiti.

The most precious thing was not a thing. It was himself.

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~Rachel

Note: First picture is of Melbourne, Australia. Source: Pixabay.