Life. — 07/14

I’ve been wanting to do a life-update post for a long time, but haven’t gotten around to it until now. So, here it is, finally!

Life these days has been good… lots of rest, which my tired body needs to heal. Lots of time outside in the country, away from the city for a while. (I love the city, but sometimes you just need to get away into nature a bit and get a change of pace.) Lots of sun (I’m starting to get a tan.) Lots of time in my hammock. Lots of time alone… sometimes it’s nice, but I’ve recently been seeing the need to be intentional about being with people more—being alone for long periods of time is never a good thing. A couple of walks, during which I would enjoy the trees, the flowers, the grassy plains, the clouds, the butterflies that would leave me when I would try to get near enough to get a picture of them…

Other than all of this, I’ve been doing a cleaning job on the weekends. It’s been a pretty okay job… it’s great when you have music to listen to. Last week I was cleaning a shower, and my arm accidentally bumped the faucet handle, and it sprayed water all over me. Thankfully I had enough time for it to mostly evaporate before people would see me all wet. Haha.

I’ve recently discovered this song, and it’s literally been on repeat until I started to grow tired of it. I think it’s pretty fun:

These days I’ve been feeling rather distracted, as I talked about a couple of posts ago. I want to wholeheartedly seek the LORD, but I so often get sidetracked, trying to find satisfaction in other things. Not that these other things are bad in and of themselves—they are good gifts created by God for us to enjoy—but when I start to put my hope in or base my identity upon these things, that’s idolatry. My constant prayer is that I would love the LORD with my whole heart, soul, and mind, and learn to enjoy His gifts rightly, enjoying Him ultimately. God is the Source of all good, truth and beauty; therefore, I should find my refreshment from the Source, not the stale, stagnant pool to which it leads. (That may be a cliché analogy, but it totally makes sense to me, so I’ll use it.) Ad Fontes! (Latin: “To the fount!”)

This gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, egg-free, happiness-free (just kidding… sort of) diet has been good, kind of hard, and very helpful. Although I REALLY miss cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter, cutting out dairy was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I feel a lot better. I’ve been trying to eat things that don’t ferment very much in the gut (I have this list of foods that do and don’t), so yes, my diet is rather limited. However, I’m doing this so I can heal. Once my gut has healed well enough, I can start re-introducing things like brown rice and sweet potatoes (I am REALLY looking forward to that day).

What have you been up to these days?

-Maddie

#myriadsofblessings 06/18

  • Flowers.
  • Grilled vegetables (I’ve forgotten how good things are grilled.)
  • Adventures with friends.
  • Visiting new places.
  • The beach. I got to go to a real beach for the first time since I was 16, and it was wonderful.
  • Finding people who enjoy what I enjoy.
  • Enjoying something with someone else.
  • People who make me laugh.
  • God’s Word.
  • Corporate worship.
  • Drawing.
  • Freedom.
  • Having all the time in the world to get back to doing art again.  #summer
  • God’s faithfulness and mercy.
  • Blueberries.
  • Homemade blueberry lemonade.
  • Cute shoes. (Sounds shallow, but I don’t mean to be)
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Potted succulents. (I’ve always wanted one, and now I finally got one. Let’s if I succeed in not killing it.)
  • The color pink. (To be specific, very pale pink. Almost white. Not bubblegum or neon pink.)
  • Running water.
  • Not feeling nearly as unhealthy as I did about a month ago.
  • Pineapple.
  • Mangoes.
  • Social media to keep in touch with faraway friends.
  • New (pleasant) experiences.

What are some blessings in your life?

#MonthlyMusicPost—June

1.) You Make Me New – The Royal Royal

 

2.) Rest In You – All Sons & Daughters

 

3.) Kids – Citizens & Saints

 

4.) Celebrate – Jason Gray

 

5.) Dance – Tim Halperin

 

6.) Running – Tyler Batts

 

7.) First (Deluxe Sessions) – Lauren Daigle

 

8.) Float – Switchfoot

 

9.) Diamonds & Gold – The Gray Havens

 

10.) Ireland – Liza Anne

 

What are you listening to these days?

#MonthlyMusicPost—April

I haven’t done the #monthlymusicpost in a while, so here’s April’s—10 songs I enjoy.

  1. Pave – Britt Nicole. This one’s fun.

 

2. Love With Your Life – Hollyn.

 

3. Every Giant Will Fall – Rend Collective.

 

4. Exalted Over All – Vertical Church Band. We sing this song in church, and sometimes in chapel, and I love it so much.

 

5. An Ending – Runaway Symphony. I recently saw this guy in concert, and was blown away by his music—it’s so beautifully poetic.

 

6. Bonners Ferry – Runaway Symphony.

 

7. Lift High The Name Of Jesus – Keith & Kristyn Getty. I love the fiddle in this song.

 

8. Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue. We sing this one at church as well.

 

9. Multiplied – NEEDTOBREATHE

 

10. Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw) – NEEDTOBREATHE

 

What are some of your favorite songs?

School Excitement, Life Lessons & Music

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Winter Break is coming to a close.  Overall, it was really good.  I spent precious time with my family.  I got to sleep in most days (a luxury!), make smoothies whenever I wanted (I don’t own a blender, but my mom does), and draw, take pictures, write and do exegesis (in layman’s terms, study the Bible) to my heart’s content.   Then the past couple days were spent with the freshmen that are currently in the area: going out to eat, playing hilarious games like Quelf and “Dreams”, and having conversations about things like Calvinism versus Arminianism (typical of Bible college students… but really, theological conversations are the best).  Good times!  Anyway, I feel well rested and ready to start a new semester.  I’m currently in the process of packing up and moving my stuff back to my dorm.  I’m also reading for our first lesson this Wednesday, about the Greeks, Romans and Persians during 400-300 BC (i.e. Alexander the Great, Xerxes, the Peloponnesian Wars, the rising and falling of Rome, etc).  Very interesting.  I’m very excited about this semester.  We’ll be studying Greek philosophy, literature, culture and mythology, and go through the New Testament.  I. AM. PUMPED.  Beyond words.  =)  I’m especially looking forward to going through the Epistles.  Paul, John and Peter’s letters are FANTASTIC.

It’ll be good to be back home again, living with my roommates again, cooking my own food, having friends over, and sleeping in my own bed, in “the batcave” (my loft/closet, which needs a better name, haha).  =)

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These past few weeks, this is what God has been teaching me:

– Words can tear down, or they can build up.  Be careful how you use them.

– God is gracious, even when I am not.  I hate to admit that some days I was tempted to feel easily irritated about things.  Then I would stop and think, “Where did this attitude come from?  This is not right!”

– “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him” (Psalm 42:11).  There are those days when I’m just not feeling the weight of the glory of the Gospel–I believe it, but I feel like it’s more in my head than my heart, and I’m not really seeing it for what it truly is, in depth… and I have to ask God for eyes to see it.  Sometimes during those days my natural response is to worry:  “Oh no!  Does this mean I’m not believing it?”  Not always.  Somedays it’s harder to see clearly than others, but keep choosing to believe God’s Word; keep persevering!  Psalm 42:11 fits this sort of scenario perfectly:

Why are you cast down, O my soul, 

and why are you in turmoil within me?  

Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him,

my salvation and my God.

“Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him.”  I love this verse.  God knows my heart.  He knows that even though I’m not “feeling it” that day, my heart is longing to be in that fellowship with Him.  And soon He will give me eyes to see again–more fully, in more detail–the beauty of the Gospel.  So I press on, preaching to myself of the mercy and grace of God through Christ, and keep fixing my mind on the Word, and pretty soon… WOW.  I once again realize how beautiful Christ is.  And my heart is once again overwhelmed by His sacrificial love.

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A couple days ago I treated myself to the luxury of Spotify Premium, so that’s been pretty fun.  Current favorites:

Amazing Life – Britt Nicole

This Is My Year (Matoma Remix) – Family Force 5

Energy – Hillsong Young & Free

Tell The World – Eric Hutchinson

Holy Light – Phil Wickham

Trololo Song – Eduard Khil (aka “Mr. Trololo”).  Yes, I’m serious… it’s been stuck in my head all week.  Though it’s been an internet meme for quite a while, I was completely unaware of its existence until a friend showed it to me a month ago.  The song was written by Eduard Khil, titled (in Russian) “I Am Glad, Because I’m Finally Returning Home”, and it’s essentially about a cowboy coming home to his wife.  However, according to wikipedia (yes, I research these sorts of things), he never published his lyrics, but decided to sing the tune anyway, I guess.  It’s a cool tune, I suppose, but why all the “lololololo”? haha  =)

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God bless,

Madeline

My Thoughts on “Annie”

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On Christmas Day I got to see the new Annie movie.  Since seeing the preview back in late spring, I thought it looked like it could either be really cute or super cheesy, and was curious to see how it would be.  I actually loved it!  Despite just a few slightly cheesy moments, it was so cute!  I loved the new renditions of the songs and some of the added ones, and the girl who played Annie was perfect.  They didn’t completely stick to the plotline of the original Annie (for example, “Daddy Warbucks” is a guy running for mayor named “Will Stacks”, and Annie is a foster kid rather than an orphan), but I liked the changes they made.  It’s definitely a must-see in my opinion.  :)

Favorite songs from the movie:

These Days – 08/31

So ever since I got back from Colorado, this is what has been going on in my life:

I purchased a very awesome but generic backpack.  It looks like this:

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I feel quite hipster owning it, to be honest.  ;)  The funny thing though, is that its brand is a complete knockoff of the Levi’s brand.  The logo is that familiar Levi’s shape, but instead of saying what you’d expect – Levi Strauss & Co – it says “AUGUR Strauss & Co”.  What on earth?!  Plagiarism!  Haha.  Thankfully that logo was on a tag on the inside, which was easily able to be seamripped off.

I recently got myself an Olloclip.  It’s so cool!  If you don’t know what that is, it’s a 4-in-1 lens clip set for the iPhone.  The lenses are 10x macro, 15x macro, wide angle and fisheye.  I’ve been experiencing with the macro lenses, and I just love them!  It brings my photography potential to a whole new level.  :)

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About a week ago was the start of a new season of life for me.  A season that at times can be hard and exhausting, yet so awesome, beautiful and oh SO worth it.  I started attending a really amazing Bible college.  I’m learning so much – every day God just blows my mind with new things to know about His power; His might, His glory.  I’m growing in knowledge of the supremacy and beauty of Christ.  I’m establishing so many wonderful new relationships that mean the world to me – when you get a good number of my classmates together, that’s when the fun and awesome fellowship happens.  (A couple nights ago several of us went to a park at night to play ultimate frisbee, then went for a walk through the city to find a Starbucks.  Sadly, it was closed when we got there, but I don’t regret the walk.)  :)

Yesterday I went to my very first urban farmer’s market.  Until now I’d only been to little ones held in a small town.  I decided to go all experimental and buy things I either never have had before, or have not had in a long time.  So I bought myself some purple green beans, elderberries, and a honeycomb.  I also bought a few things I was familiar with, too, like rainbow chard, a cucumber and some chamomile blend tea.

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Current songs on repeat:

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United

To Leave It All Behind – Moriah Peters

I’ll Wait For You – Moriah Peters (anything by Moriah, really)

Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective

When The Crazy Kicks In – Francesca Battistelli

Fix My Eyes – for King & Country

It’s Not Over Yet – for King & Country

Love Take Me Over – Steven Curtis Chapman

 

Have a good, restful sunday!

God bless,

Madeline

 

Things I Fancy – 05/31

Happy last day of May, everyone!  These days it has been really, really hot, and the house in which I reside does not have proper A/C.  But with a couple of fans, one can get by.  Anyway, here’s a list of things I have been liking these days.

The Book Thief.  This movie is seriously one of my new favorites.  If you have not seen it yet, GO SEE IT.  It inspired me to learn a bit of German. :)

Love + Toast’s honey coconut perfume.  It smells like sugar cookies baking, and I have detected notes of something that resembles vanilla.  It’s amazing.  And it’s gluten free!

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EOS lip balm.  I have the “Honeysuckle Honeydew” and “Summer Fruit” flavors.  They’re mostly natural, and also gluten free. They would have to be, or I wouldn’t be using them.  :)

As far as music goes, I haven’t been listening to anything new.  Mostly Hillsong Young & Free and Rend Collective.  Looking forward to seeing Rend Collective in concert soon, along with Moriah Peters, God willing. :)

Drawing.  The last two I drew today.

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Writing.  I’ve been dabbling a bit in poetry, and making little short stories.  Words are fun to play with.  :)  I started a new tumblr account just as a showcase for my photos, art and literature.  You can check it out if you like.

http://roseandranunculus.tumblr.com/

Reading.  Not much of a reader, other than the Bible.  But once in a while I like to pick up the good old classics, and by that I mean things like Pride & Prejudice, The Wind in the Willows, and almost anything by Louisa May Alcott.  Right now I started her book An Old-Fashioned Girl, and am in the middle of Jack and Jill.

Photography.  Oh, do I love photography.  It just takes my breath away.  I can get lost on Pinterest and Tumblr, it’s kind of sad.  Anyway, I like photos of objects, scenes, and non-posed moments.  Here are a few favorites grabbed from pinterest:

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What have you been fancying these days?

 

These Days – 05/17

Hello everybody!  It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted.  I haven’t found much to write about these days.  But a lot has happened in the past couple of weeks.  So here’s an update on my life.

During the past few weeks, I have learned so much about our amazing and great God.

I spent a few days out in the country, and got to enjoy the open space and fresh air.  Also I enjoyed being able to see the entire sky without obstructions (like buildings, etc.)!  You can’t do that in the city.  I saw some of the most amazing clouds.

I saw Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart series.  Now, I think Hallmark’s shows are super cheesy.  However, despite the cheese and unrealistic plot, I rather enjoyed it.  Does anyone else think that Jack sort of looked like Bear Grylls?  Haha :)

I took a few pictures.  Check my VSCO Grid or Instagram.

Started tweeting a lot.  Don’t worry, it’s for a good purpose.  :)  I started actually using my Twitter account for my other blog, Girls Who Glow (a blog for Christian girls), and I have been using it to encourage other girls, and have gotten encouragement myself.  Social networking is awesome!

Moriah Peters did a drawing for her painted boom box used in her video, and I entered to win it.  I don’t think I won, though.  The drawing ended yesterday, and I heard nothing.  Oh well.  ;)  Her new album is coming out on the 20th!  So excited!!!!

Remember when I had a very small (and sadly unsuccessful) design shop called Sparkel Works?  It’s long gone, but I think I might start it up again soon, God willing.

And last but not least, I am SO pumped and excited for this summer.

What’s going on with you these days?

 

Sketches, Music & Flowers

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Today so far was a pretty good day.

I woke up and immediately thought, I want to draw something.  So I did.

I swept the kitchen floor.

I listened to music.  (This morning I’ve had “We Are Brave” by Shawn McDonald on repeat.  Such a good song.)

I ate some frozen blueberries and stained my fingers purple.

I had a chance to go outside today, and it was very sunny and melty out.

I made a flower wreath and took some pictures.

I think I’m going to go have my read my Bible now and then draw some more, or continue the novella I’m working on.

How are you spending today?

These Days – 03/01

Happy first day of March!  I’m hoping that the temperatures will rise and that spring will come quite soon.  Last year it snowed until May!  I’m very excited to start enjoying warm weather and not having to bundle up before going out.  You guys, I’ve got the spring fever.  And summer fever.  I’m excited to start wearing short sleeved shirts, shorts and flip flops; to be able to go outside more often; to have more things to take pictures of; to enjoy lemonade, cool summer evenings, jet ski rides, making flower crowns… I can’t wait.

I spent a good portion of this morning making bouquets and taking pictures of flowers.  Here are two of the results.

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About a week ago I discovered the awesomeness of VSCO Grid, and made a profile for myself to showcase some of my favorite photos.  You can check it out if you so desire.  ;)   http://thefloralberry.vsco.co/

I’ve been teaching myself piano again.  So far I know the first part of “All Day” by Cody Simpson (hahaha I know, right), and the first part of the Man of Steel theme, along with some others.

Did you know that if you google the word “tilt” (or “askew”), the webpage will tilt?  Try it.

Happy weekend!

These Days – 01/31

Hello, everyone!  Wow, this month flew by quickly, didn’t it?

Over the course of these past couple weeks…

I finished my entire Rosetta Stone Polish course.  Wow.  However, I’ve been reviewing bits of it, because I’ve forgotten much of what I’ve learned. :)

I’ve been experimenting with photography and flowers a bit.

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I’m enjoying the occasional sunny days, and looking forward to sunnier, warmer weather.

I was spending time in the Psalms last night, and wow… God is so good – powerful, but merciful to those who love Him.  He is amazing.

Anticipating the release of Moriah Peter’s new album.  All I know is that the release date is sometime this spring.  Can’t wait!

Bought about half of Jamie Grace’s new album, and that’s basically all I’ve been listening to.  “Do Life Big” is one of my new favorites of hers:

O T H E R  M U S I C  R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S :

I Know  –  Meaghan Smith

Little Ol’ Me  –  Jamie Grace

My First Love  –  Jamie Grace

Run  –  Charmaine

 

Happy February tomorrow!

Things I Fancy – 11/24

1.  BOOK by FiftyThree & Moleskine

This is pretty cool.  I love Paper; it’s such an awesome, clean sketchbook app.  But the ability to have your Paper sketchbooks printed into moleskine books?  That’s really awesome.

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2.  Tayasui Sketches

Another awesome sketch app; pretty similar to Paper.  However, Paper is only available for the iPad, and I have an iPod Touch.  So when I found this app, I was excited.  The only problem is that the eraser is not the same color as the “paper”.  This isn’t much of a problem though, if you just undo your mistakes.

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3.  Bonlook

Bonlook is an awesome website that sells really cute, retro and hipster glasses and sunglasses.  It’s about time I got new glasses, so I think my next ones will be from Bonlook.  These are a few of my favorites:

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I just love this last pair! :)

What things take your fancy these days?