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Life Lessons and Turning Thirty

“Turning thirty” try saying that five times fast! I struggle saying it once, too many T’s. As my thirtieth year drew near, I started noticing all the expectations I had set for myself for things I wanted to achieve before it came. The list goes like this:

• Finish school

• Get married

• Buy a house

• Have a career

• Own a car

• Own a dog

• Have a kid

And while I was able to achieve many, I felt disappointed in myself. I hadn’t completed them all, and it dawned on me that none of this matters. I mean, it does; having a family and the means to take care of it, do matter but the time frame for achieving these things does not. Of course, it would be preferred to have your finances sorted while you are young because that might help with an early retirement but all in all we shouldn’t burden ourselves with whether or not we were able to achieve big goals before a certain age. Here are a few other things I have learned in my twenties.

College and Trade School are both Great Options

I must admit, while I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was very smug. I was a young college student and ready to do what it takes to get my degree. I frowned upon those who decided to go to a trade school and I thought I was doing better by going to college. Well, turns out I got my degree but I didn’t necessarily need my degree to get to where I am today. I still think college is worth it but not an end all decision. If the options are go to college or go to trade school, I’d say do at least one. Either is better than not pursuing further education.

Don’t Rush Into Marriage

I personally know how annoying it is to have people invested in your personal life and feel the pressure to find a partner sooner rather than later but make sure you are doing this for the right reasons. Don’t marry just anyone to get people to stop asking “When are you going to get married?” Because guess what happens after you get married, they start to ask “When are you going to have kids?” And then you have a kid and the questions changes to “When are you going to have another one?” I will admit I’ve had to snap at a few people for asking these questions because they can be invasive and honestly it really isn’t any of their business. But to get back on topic (I can rant for days about people asking inappropriate questions so I’ll stop myself here) don’t rush into marriage.

If you find someone, make sure they are a good match. Find out about their past and how it has molded them. Now, I’m not saying go on a full blown investigation, but really vet them. After all, you will be spending the rest of your life with this person (hopefully). Marriage is a serious decision and should not be rushed. If something about the person rubs you the wrong way, don’t dismiss it.

Social Media is Overrated

There was a time when I would take a picture of my meals, because my friends and followers just had to know that I was eating good food. I had to document everywhere I went so that my life would seem exciting. I needed that rush of dopamine from likes to let me know I was doing good. After years of doing this, I got lazy, and didn’t feel like posting all the time. This turned out to be a blessing for me, because it made me realize that I don’t need to notify everyone of what I am doing or eating. Sometimes, the urge come back but I remind myself that I don’t need to prove myself to anyone online and I don’t owe anyone an explanation for what is going on in my life, and you don’t either. Unless you and an influencer, I guess.

Be Where Your Feet Are

Quoting Jason Mraz there, but seriously, be where your feet are. I have one huge bad habit and it’s that I can rarely ever be in the moment. As I write this I am on vacation and I can’t tell you how many times I have thought about what I need to do when I get back home. I have to actively remind myself to be in the moment. We can’t go back to the past and we can’t fast forward to the future so might as well enjoy the moment or at least be in it (for when the moment isn’t exactly a joyous one).

Be in the moment, is the last piece of advise I’ll give for this post. I hope this has helped give some perspective on a few things that really matter. I’ll leave you with a quote from Jason Mraz’ “Be Where Your Feet Are”

“If you’re lost, just relax

And be where your feet are”

“Be Where Your Feet Are” – Jason Mraz

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Blogging Journey, Blogging Life, Life

Three-Year Blogiversary!

As my three-year Blogiversary comes and goes, I decided to reflect on the past few months. I apologize for the lack of consistency. You’ll see soon why this was. I am thankful for those who have been following me throughout all this time. Thank you!!

The past three months have been hectic, to say the least. From apartment hunting to job hunting, I’ll admit there were many moments when I felt anxious and overwhelmed.
In this post, I want to share a bit of what these months looked like and give praise to God for getting us through them.

The first challenge came in June. My in-laws, who we rented from, were selling the house, and as the process progressed, my husband and I began our search for a new apartment. In the beginning, we viewed a few apartments in our neighborhood that we really liked, but when it came time to submit an application, they had rented it out. We were losing hope, and time was of the essence.

At this point, my husband took the wheel, and we set out to see a ton of apartments in one weekend (it was exhausting). We ventured out of our neighborhood after seeing there were no available apartments for us there. We eventually narrowed it down to two.

There was one we really wanted. It was massive, recently renovated, with tons of windows and three bedrooms. It would have come in really handy since I would be hosting family the following month. The second apartment was also newly renovated with lots of natural light but had two rooms. Either would be an upgrade from our studio apartment.

Although we really had our hearts set out for the first one, God had other plans. The first apartment didn’t work out, but the second one did. By God’s grace, we could even move in early at no extra charge. Looking back at this, my husband and I marveled at how the second apartment, although not our first choice, turned out to be exactly what we needed. It just goes to show, God always knows best.

After moving, the next challenge was unpacking before my family came. That was a rollercoaster. Luckily, our commute to work was now much shorter, buying us more time to work on the apartment. We had many nights of little sleep, but in the end, the apartment was mostly ready before my family came. This was probably the least burdensome task we had, but we are still grateful for God’s help in providing us the energy and time to do it all. It was a blessing to be able to host my family. I am very big on family, and was more than happy to have them around and sad to see them go.

The end of July came, and this became my breaking point at my job. I know many people have strong opinions about COVID and vaccines. I do too, but I let everyone do what they think is best for themselves, and I appreciate it when they do the same. My job had gotten to the point where they were putting very strict restrictions on unvaccinated employees.

I had expressed to my employers that I was not willing to get the vaccine at the moment because I would rather let my immune system do the work God has created it for and additionally provided a medical concern about why I did not want to get it. All of this went completely disregarded, and I was not jumping through hoops to keep my job simply because I decided on how I would handle my personal health.

I turned in my two weeks notice. At the time, I had a job offer but was hesitant to take it. I went back and forth for days until, ultimately, I decided against it. That same day, I went on another interview. I was offered the job and took it without hesitation. I’m not one for emotions and feelings, but something at this place felt “right.” I start working next week, but already I feel a sense of relief.

A lot has happened, as you can see, but God was there through it all. There were many moments of anxiety and helplessness, but in these moments, I was reminded that he is faithful regardless of my situation, and for that, I praise Him.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

SDG – “Soli Del Gloria”

Adulting, Life, Pilgrimage

Podcast Recommendation: Stop and Think About It

If you are looking for a Christian podcast that is theologically sound to add to your list, look no more. The podcast I am talking about is called Stop and Think About It and it is run by one of my pastors, Phil Sessa, and one of my closest friends and brother in Christ, Glenroy Clarke. I have known both Pastor Phil and Glen for many years. Both are very solid in the faith and I trust their judgment. 

Pastor Phil in addition to pastoring my church, and running this podcast, also has his own ministry called Soul Fishing Ministries created to help equip Christians with tools to better evangelize. You can find the website here

Glen is also a writer and actually co-wrote one of my first blog posts.

The podcast is in the style of a conversation. It gives the feel that you are at the table with Pastor Phil and Glen and they discuss various topics affecting the church in this day and age. Topics range from theological questions to cancel culture. They have, in my opinion, valuable information and input to what is happening in today’s culture that we as Christians, should be mindful of and ready to discuss at any given moment. 

Hope you enjoy it!

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Book Recommendations, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Free Books!

Crossway is currently giving away a few free books if you are willing to fill out a quick survey. One of the books is titled The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. I had heard my pastor’s wife speak highly of it and intended to purchase it at some point. It touches on the topic of hospitality and how God can use it to draw unsaved souls to Himself. I am very glad I was able to snag this ebook for free and look forward to reading it in the future. You can find the survey for this book here. It’s is quick and does not request much personal information aside from your email, gender, marital status, and parental status. 

The other four books that are currently also being offered in exchange for filling out an identical survey are Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin, Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney, Side by Side by Edward T. Welch, and Awe by Paul David Tripp. Although I had not heard about all of these, I figured why not get them while they are free. I am familiar with David Tripp and had heard about the one titled Praying the Bible and now I own them in ebook. Can’t complain that I got them for free. I like free things! You can find the survey for those books here.

Enjoy!

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

You Are Not Enough Book Review
Adulting, Book Recommendations, Life, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Book Review: You Are Not Enough, (and That’s Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

I had been listening to Allie Beth Stuckey’s podcast for a few months, maybe a year, when I heard, she was writing this book, and before I even knew what it was about or its title, I was excited. The book is titled “You Are Not Enough (and that’s okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love.” I knew it was going to be a good book, and I was right. Is it for everyone? I’d say so, but considering the topics, I’d say not everyone would agree. 

I say this because we currently live in a time where “self-love” and “self-care” are being pushed on us. We hear things like “you need to love yourself first,” “you need to take care of yourself and your feelings.” We hear people constantly say, “your emotions are valid” and countless other similar sayings, but these are not necessarily correct if we want to be biblical. Not to say you shouldn’t take good care of yourself, but you should not only focus on, well, you. There is more to life than bettering oneself, and as Christians, we are called to be Holy, for He is Holy; thus, the focus is not on us but Him. 

In this book, Allie covers the latest “self-care” trend and how we react to it as Christians, but she also touches on a few political matters and how we are to regard them through a biblical lens. She talks about “equality,” “social justice,” and many more. I put these words in quotation marks because although we hear them often, they tend to have different meanings based on who is speaking. “Equality” to a Christian is not the same as what “equality” is to the world. 

This is a book I would strongly recommend to my female friends and any bible believing woman. It is a much-needed book for the times we are in. I also recommend you check out a previous post of mine titled “You Will Never be Perfect (and that’s ok)” that touches on a few topics Allie discusses in her book, you can find that link here. I don’t want to give too much away but I will include some quotes below along with an Amazon link, in case you decide to purchase it. 

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect on the price you pay.*

“Without the Bible as our basis for justice, we get a system based on the only tool we have without a supreme moral Lawgiver: the self.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“The self isn’t enough—period. The answer to the purposelessness and hollowness we feel is found not in us but outside of us. The solutions to our problems and pain aren’t found in self-love, but in God’s love.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“When we follow Christ, we are never at risk of “losing ourselves,” because our identity is eternally found in him.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“Social justice is concerned not with equality of opportunity but equality of outcomes. In order to achieve this, it must hold back those who are ahead and push forward those who are behind. Equality of outcome is NEVER possible without government force.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“While it’s true that we have experiences and trauma that shape us, these things don’t equate to moral truths. They just happened. And maybe they were significant, and maybe they taught us something. But in order to know whether these lessons we learned are truths worth building our lives on, we have to compare them to the standard of truth, God’s Word.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Adulting, Health, Life

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs)

While I have been learning about how the female reproductive system works, I can’t help but be overcome with awe for God’s work. It is truly amazing what God has done. I am only aware of how a woman’s cycle can change throughout the month but can only imagine what else goes on in her body when a baby is growing. 

I learned that a woman’s bones around her hips expand to give room for the baby to pass through, and that is only one change that I have learned of. Can you imagine what else occurs in the woman’s body? Organs are relocated temporarily, the uterus is expanded, it’s quite miraculous when you think about it.

Now to lead this back to my previous post, during a menstrual cycle one of the many things that happens that can clue us into when we might be ovulating are hormonal changes. In specific the luteinizing hormone level rise. This happens as your ovaries are preparing to release the egg. The luteinizing hormone is also known as the “LH” rises as ovulation approaches. When ovulation is about to occur, the hormone level reaches a peak. Once you spot this peak, you can assume that the egg is to be released.

How can you detect this peak? You can purchase an Ovulation Prediction Kit, also known as “OPKs”. These tests detect the LH levels in your urine. Kind of like a pregnancy test but for LH levels instead. Based on the peak of the tests, some tests will tell you the egg will be released within the next 12-36 hours. It’s not exact math but I’d say that narrows it down quite a bit. But I wouldn’t solely rely on this method to keep track of ovulation.

It can happen that the test shows an LH peak but your body won’t release an egg making it inaccurate. The reason for this I am not sure, but it can happen. This is why you should take these tests in addition to taking your temperature and mentioned in my last post. Below you can find a few of the top-rated Ovulation Prediction Kits on Amazon.

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect on the price you pay.*

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Book Recommendations, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Free Resource for Christians: Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Here is a free Kindle book I was recently told of. I think it would be a great resource for any Christian who wants to dig into Christ’s Resurrection. Below is a brief description of the book and the link for download.

**As a disclaimer, any Amazon links are affiliate links, which means that if you order from the link, I get a small advertising fee at no extra cost to you.**

“This book provides an original and comprehensive assessment of the hypotheses concerning the origin of resurrection Christology. It fills a gap in the literature by addressing these issues using a transdisciplinary approach involving historical-critical study of the New Testament, theology, analytic philosophy, psychology and comparative religion.

Using a novel analytic framework, this book demonstrates that a logically exhaustive list of hypotheses concerning the claims of Jesus’ post-mortem appearances and the outcome of Jesus’ body can be formulated. It addresses these hypotheses in detail, including sophisticated combinations of hallucination hypothesis with cognitive dissonance; memory distortion; and confirmation bias. Addressing writings from both within and outside of Christianity, it also demonstrates how a comparative religion approach might further illuminate the origins of Christianity.

This is a thorough study of arguably the key event in the formation of the Christian faith. As such, it will be of keen interest to theologians, New Testament scholars, philosophers, and scholars of religious studies.”

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Adulting, Book Recommendations, Health

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: A Brief Look at Ovulation

As a disclaimer, this blog post if aimed at a mature audience.

You have sex and you get pregnant. Boom! Done and done. That is all it takes, or at least that is what they tell you in school. Technically, it’s only partly correct. You do need to have sex to get pregnant, but at the same time, a very specific event needs to be occurring in your body, and this is something I didn’t learn until I was in my mid-twenties. This event is called ovulation.

Just as a reminder, I am not a doctor, I am just a  girl who wanted to learn how the female reproductive system works so my descriptions won’t be super technical. 

Anyways, ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg to be fertilized. As I’m sure most of us know when the sperm meets the egg and the egg is fertilized, that is when life begins.

Ovulation typically occurs during the second week of a woman’s menstrual cycle but vary from woman to woman.

There are a few signs that we can look for to see if ovulation is occurring. The most common one is called the Fertility Awareness Method. This is when you keep track of your body’s temperature upon waking up and keep a chart of the changes. By doing this, you can see how the shifts in your body temperature reveal what part of your menstrual cycle you are in. By following this method you can identify when you are ovulating and when your period is due to return.

A menstrual cycle follows a particular trend. The month starts off and after a few days, when ovulation is occurring, the temperature dips. After the dip it will rise again confirming that ovulation occured. The temperatures look different for everyone but follow the same ovulation dip and after ovulation temperature rise pattern. When your period is coming back your temperature will drop significantly and it will be followed by Aunt Flo.

In order to monitor your temperature, you would need to monitor your Basal Body Temperature “BBT”. For this, you would need to buy a BBT thermometer and take your temperature every morning at around roughly the same time. Not only do you need to be consistent with the time you take your temperature but you must also take your temperature immediately after waking up before your body starts warming up. If you don’t do this, your temperatures will not be consistent and it is important that they be. For more specific information refer to the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, MPH. In this book, you can find detailed charts explaining what the temperature shifts during the menstrual cycle are.

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect to the price you pay.*

Ovulation usually lasts 24 hours, which is the optimal time to get busy in order to have a baby. And if you are trying to avoid pregnancy this is when you avoid “doing the deed” or are extra careful. In a nutshell this is how it works. You can only get pregnant during your ovulation period. After the egg is gone, the chances of pregnancy are very slim to none. This is why I made that first statement :).

Another way to track ovulation is with Ovulation Prediction Kits also known as “OPKs”, they are not as accurate but can help. I’ll discuss this more in the next post.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Pilgrimage

Reflecting on this Past Year

As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to take some time and reflect on what this year has been. Oh, and what a year it has been!!! I can’t even count all the disappointments and I won’t because nobody has time for that and it won’t change a thing.

Although it may not have been the year I expected it to be, it was still a year full of blessings and much joy. God has been faithful even through the negatives. 

The world was suddenly changed within a matter of weeks beginning in March. Most of us were forced to stay indoors, jobs were lost, the economy plummeted and rose. There was an insane election, also much death but through it all God was faithful. 

As much as I would like to hop on the bandwagon and bid 2020 “good riddance” I must admit that God was good to me and has been sovereign through all this. 

I ask that you too look on the bright side of this year and remember that, instead of the bad parts. 

Below I wanted to share a few Bible verses to help bring us hope for the new year. 

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭31:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Happy New Year!!!

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Adulting, Health

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Upon having a few conversations with friends, I have come to notice just how little women sometimes know about their bodies and how they work. I have discovered first hand how little we women are taught about our bodies. I, too, was once uninformed of so many things. The main reason I have come to gain knowledge of the female reproductive system is that prior to getting married, I decided that I did not want to take any sort of contraceptive. This left me no choice but to take to the interwebs and find a solution. What I came across were several posts talking about natural birth control. 

Curiously, I clicked and read many, but it was not enough. I finally found a post that mentioned the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, MPH. I found it and purchased it immediately. When it arrived, I saw it was about the size of a textbook, which could be a bit intimidating, but I was convinced I had to learn all that I could. And that is exactly what I did.

In the next couple of posts, I will be sharing what I have learned from his book with you guys so stay tuned.

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