Saturday, January 17, 2015

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Friday, January 9, 2015

101 things I will teach my daughters

1. Chocolate is only a temporary fix
2. Celebrate small achievements 
3. Eat the extra slice of pizza
4. Seek beauty in all things
5. Try with all your might to keep in contact with far-away friends
6. Walk with your head up
7. Never bite your nails
8. Learn from your mistakes
9. It's okay to cry
10. Drink tea
11. Wear perfume, but never too much
12. Laugh until you can't breathe with your friends
13. Exercise to be strong and healthy
14. There is no shame in hoping for love
15. Read the books I recommend to you. They just might change your life
16. Listen to classical music occasionally
17. Carbs are not the enemy
18. Take baths
19. You are capable of much more than you realize
20. Don't smile if you don't mean it
21. I am always, always listening
22. Travel
23. Come home dirty, tired, and with a good story
24. Well-fitting and modest is ALWAYS more attractive than too small and tight
25. Learn how to apply eyeliner properly
26. Baking is very therapeutic
27. Be gentle with your skin
28. There is no substitute for fresh air
29. Salad is never tastier than pasta
30. Learn to love vegetables
31. People will let you down
32. But God will NEVER let you down
33. Give thoughtful gifts
34. If it's worth fighting for, fight fiercely
35. Take pictures, but not too many
36. Chocolate ice cream, however, might just be a permanent fix
37. Learn to dance in the rain
38. It's okay to be rendered useless when you have a book hangover
39. Remember the past and learn from it
40. Your good friend knows all your stories, but a best friend helped you write them
41. "To defeat the darkness out there, you must first defeat the darkness in yourself"
42. Listen to sad songs when you're sad. It helps
43. Get lost
44. Make a bucket list and check things off it
45. Avoid ugly footwear at all costs
46. Don't be late in writing thank-you cards
47. Being flexible is great for stress relief and general well-being
48. Take the last piece
49. Learn how to cook delicious food
50. It's okay if you don't want to go to college, really
51. Learn to be resourceful
52. Make a big deal out of birthdays
53. Sometimes you just need to watch a sad movie 
54. Do something that scares you
55. Learn how to swim well
56. Don't wear things you hate wearing
57. Stay organized
58. A smile always wins
59. It hurt because it mattered
60. The power of prayer will never leave you even in the darkest of times
61. You are of great worth and God has a plan for your life
62. You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time
63. Find the library first thing
64. Don't lose your sense of wonder
65. Find joy in the simplest, most mundane things
66. Set high standards
67. Avoid ill-fitting pants
68. Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end
69. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live
70. Find a devotional and stick to it, along with daily Bible reading
71. God shines through the cracks of broken people
72. A man without God is a man you can live without
73. Don't let others despise you for your youth
74. All great changes are preceded by chaos
75. If today was the worst day ever, then tomorrow can't be worse than that
76. Music is a gift that can be enjoyed all throughout life
77. Socks and hats make a huge difference when you're trying to keep warm
78. Be honest, always
79. Learn how to do things yourself
80. $100 is not a lot of money in the adult world
81. Forgive and let go
82. It's okay if you don't like coffee
83. Eighteen isn't a magic number or anything
84. Be kind to yourself
85. Ironing is a great skill which is far too often taken for granted
86. Don't let the world make you hard
87. Think before you speak
88. Dark chocolate may be healthier, but milk chocolate is just plain delicious
89. Books are always better than the internet
90. Read a lot
91. Children have the answers
92. Peppermint oil cures headaches
93. Drinking milk eases cramps
94. Build up your library and always have a stack of things to read
95. It's okay to not like pink
96. Take a stand for what is right
97. Love wins
98. Learn to laugh at yourself
99. Crying during a sad movie is a great release
100. Collect moments, not things
101. The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried

Saturday, January 3, 2015

If book nerds ran the world

If Book Nerds Ran the World

1. Release dates: national holidays
2. Waterproof books
3. Book trailers
4. 24-hour bookstores
5. "Book days" = the new sick days