Getting Back to the Bible

Need help getting back into the Word of God? Have you found yourself distanced from that strong relationship you had with the Lord? If so, i’m here to help.

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I know what it’s like to have a lot going on and completely forget or procrastinate putting God first. There are so many distractions these days. For me, settling myself into adulthood has been so stressful. There’s a lot that nobody talks about or really helps you with in this transition…and a lot of older adults don’t understand exactly how difficult it is for us in 2015. It’s hard and feels impossible at times to get everything situated.

It’s these times that we need God the most. I (like many in their 20s) have not put God as a priority like I should. When I say ‘should’ I don’t mean it as it’s the way people in my life expect me to be. No disrespect, but it has nothing to do with anyone but myself and the Lord (sorry y’all…but it’s a personal relationship). I choose the way I want to live, and the way I want to live is with Jesus in my heart…because that is always the best me.

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Whenever I find myself distanced from the Godly lifestyle I notice things start to crumble. Problems start coming up. This has happened so many times for me.

I never know where to pick back up when i’ve gone weeks or months without opening my Bible. It’s sorta frustrating having the desire to study His Word, but not knowing where to start.

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As with anything, I looked online for help. I found a post here at Grace To You that had a 9-week Bible reading plan.

“The plan is simple but comprehensive—it alternates between the Old and New Testaments to keep the person of Jesus Christ prominent in your reading. The weekly rather than daily schedule eliminates the sense of pressure that comes if you miss an occasional day; you have room to flex with the natural ebb and flow of life. You don’t feel like you’re behind schedule, because you’re not. You can start whenever you want and then use the blanks to record your completion date and track your progress. I find a visual record of progress motivates me to keep going.”

____ 1. Mark ____ 2. Psalms 1-27 ____ 3. Luke 1-12
____ 4. Luke 13-24 ____ 5. Proverbs 1-15 ____ 6. Proverbs 16-31
____ 7. Romans ____ 8. John 1-11 ____ 9. John 12-21

So far this plan has been working well for me. I make it a goal to read at least a chapter a day. I’m still in Mark at the moment, but it has already helped me so much.

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I lack in the knowledge of Bible stories and scriptures (and how to minister and all that), however I have a very strong spiritual side and desire to love God. Being a Christian isn’t about how many scriptures you have memorized or how many times you go to church. It’s about your personal relationship with the Lord. So, no need to feel intimidated. If you’re just starting out or getting back into it, just focus on building the relationship and keeping hold of your love for Him.

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I don’t want to keep dragging this out. I just wanted to throw this out there. I’m not a close-minded, strict, judgmental Christian. I love all people and understand that everyone has their own way of thinking. Just because it’s not my view doesn’t mean i’m not going to be kind and talk to you. It also doesn’t mean i’m going to talk about you behind your back and list the ways you’re wrong. 🙂 Doing so, I expect the same in return.

❤ Maria Magdeline

Reading plan made by John MacArthur at Grace To You.

Copyright 2007, Grace to You. All rights reserved.  Used by permission.

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A Rainy Day at the Park

sept27 023.This weekend my nephew came over. It’s always nice when he visits because we have so much fun! We spent this afternoon at the park. I love this place because of the dock. It’s so calming…especially when it’s gloomy. That’s my favorite time to go. 🙂

We took a stroll along the shore whilst watching out for geese poop. There was a lot of “Watch out!” yelling as we looked out for each other. None of us wanted to smell doodoo on the way back home. Haha!

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I am really not too fond of geese. They just freak me out. I’m always afraid they’ll eat my legs or chase me. I mean, have you seen them when they feel threatened? Scary. To get on the dock we had to walk very slowly past one. I don’t think I was breathing the whole time. He was eyeballing us. Eeek!

The nervous 'i'm about to be tickled' smile
The nervous ‘i’m about to be tickled’ smile

My nephew wanted to go to the playground very badly, so we spent most of our time there. He played pirate, dumped sand, and cooked us apple pie and cookies (leaves and dirt). It was delicious.

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I had a very relaxing time sitting at the table. I listened to the squirrels drop acorns from high up above and almost had that freaky looking bug crawl on me. Well, the bug part wasn’t relaxing, but the rest was. Haha!

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Then we went back to the house and baked real cookies and ate dinner. 🙂 Most try to stay inside when it’s wet and gloomy, but you can still enjoy yourself outside when the sun is hiding.

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❤ Maria Magdeline

Fall Mood Board

Oh boy! This is my favorite season if you couldn’t already tell. Here are some things i’d like to do and some of my cherished features of autumn.

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  • I love the rain. Most people don’t because it makes them feel bleh…but I just think it’s so relaxing. It also calms and slows everyone around me down, which is a plus for my personality.
  • Acorns acorns acorns. The nuts of the oak trees. They always remind me of when I was in Kindergarten and my friends and I would collect grasshoppers and keep them in the caps of the acorns. You would never find me touching any type of bug these days. Hmmm…are acorns edible? *Googles it* Ok, wow they are…but you have to cook them well. Apparently, they were a staple in the diet of Native Americans. Fun fact!
  • Crunchy brightly colored leaves. I don’t even have to say anything about them. Everyone enjoys the leaves changing and falling. I have memories of being a kid and trying to catch them when they fell.

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  • I have never been on a train. I’ve been on many NY subway trains and the Metro in D.C. plenty of times…but never a “real” train. If I ever go on one I feel like the best time would be during fall. 🙂
  • Purchasing a bike has been on my to-do list for a while now. Riding a bike on a rainy autumn day sounds so lovely. Lord knows I need the exercise. Ha!
  • Yum! Blueberries! Love em. For like a year I ate blueberry muffins every Saturday morning. Scrumdidlyumptious! Blueberry season isn’t only in fall, but there was a red leaf in the photo so I decided to add it to the board. Why not?

What are your favorite things about this season? What don’t you like about it?

❤ Maria Magdeline

Simple Denim with Print

Hey y’all! 🙂 As you know it’s now Fall (Autumn, whatever you wanna call it). We aren’t deep into the season’s coolness yet here in Virginia since it’s just the beginning. So, it’s still a bit warm…but cool at the same time. I love when the seasons transition from Winter to Spring and from Summer to Fall. It’s the perfect temperature outside!

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Since it isn’t quite cold enough to be wearing long sleeves, jeans, and boots i’m getting a bit more use out of my summer skirts. I like wearing skirts because they’re so comfy! I know i’m not the only one. 🙂

I decided to pair a denim long sleeved shirt with a checker printed skirt that I got this summer. All I had to do was roll up the sleeves and I was good to go.

I’m not all about having my outfits look perfect, common, or matchy matchy. I think it’s cute when there’s a bit of dishevelment, yet you still look tailored. I didn’t try too hard to look good nor did I wear many accessories, and I don’t think I look too bad. Haha!

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I love reading articles on French style. Honestly, I feel like I was born in the wrong country…but that’s a whole nother topic. 🙂 I have read numerous times from writers who have lived/visited France(and I have talked with someone who was born, raised, and lives there), and they have said that they generally like to keep their attire very simple, neutral, and put together. They don’t try too hard, overthink their outfits, or bombard themselves with flashiness…it’s perfectly imperfect. I think that’s beautiful and it has definitely inspired my wardrobe…even though all of my clothes (in my years of being a teen and adult) have always been, and are, pretty basic.

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As with most of my outfits, I like to go on Pinterest to see if anyone has done the same thing as me…or before I put together an outfit, I look for ideas. I found some outfits that were similar to mine. They also paired denim with print. I think this makes such a great transition outfit between the warmer and colder months.

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I am honestly not into how bold the prints are…I know i’m boring, but they do look nice. As I said before, I gear towards more neutral clothing. The only time you might see me in a daring print is during the peak of the summer. Gosh, I sound so picky. LOL!

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So, what exactly am I wearing? I have on a pair of navy blue flats and a black and white checkered skirt from Forever 21. The denim shirt is from H&M. On my wrist is a silver bracelet from Tiffany & Co. and my bottomless pit bag is from Nordstrom. 🙂

I’m so glad you stopped by! If you have the time i’d love to hear if you prefer to wear more stylish, daring, and bold clothing or if you’re like me and like to keep it plain and effortless. Haha!

❤ Maria Magdeline

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Thank you to my loving Chris for his photography skills. I hope me helping you write and edit your English essay was a good enough payment. 😉

October Planner

I spent some time last night fixing up the October calendar page in my planner. On my last post I showed you the Autumn/Halloween items I bought. Here are the results. I’m hoping this will inspire those who like to plan and are also crafty. 🙂

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Some words were blurred for my privacy.

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Look at my cute lil’ monster dude!

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My days will fill in as time goes.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

❤ Maria Magdeline

Autumn Planner Stickers

planner 001.So, i’ve been seeing a lot of cute decorated planners online lately. They are filled with stickers and covered with washi tape. I got inspired! In late August I purchased a planner from Kate Spade. I almost got one from Erin Condren, but as with everything I intend on buying I did a lot of research. My choice was this nice simple striped agenda. I just walked into the store and purchased it. No paying for shipping or having to wait weeks for my customized order. Sounded like a plan to me…*badoom ching*

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It is now Autumn (and almost October)so that means it’s time to embellish a new month. Yay! I dropped by Walmart to pickup some yarn and came across some oh so lovely stickers! I can’t remember if I shrieked or not when I saw them. They were only 98 cents too! I may have gone a little crazy. There were tons of washi tape as well. So I picked up a few of them since they are an essential to planner decorating. 🙂

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There are also many cute planner stickers on Etsy. I haven’t gotten to ordering any yet, but I have found a lot that I like. So, be sure to check there too.

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I’m off to go prettify my planner, because making it more beautiful helps me get my tasks done.

Tootles ❤

About Me

Welcome to my blog! If you haven’t already guessed…my name is Maria. Do I remind you of the West Side Story? Maybe. Did you just meet me(a girl named Maria)? Yes. Do you know how to solve a problem like me? You might.

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I am a maker of many things. From sculpting, sketching, oil painting…to crocheting, embroidering, knitting, and sewing. If you walk into an art or craft store and ask me if I know how to do something…the answer will probably be yes. Will I need classes if i’m clueless…nope. I prefer to teach myself.

I have a loving boyfriend of nearly 2 years (on December 5, 2015). Being the youngest of 3 girls growing up was a lovely adventure. I would never change the birth order. Haha 😉

I am growing each day and learning a lot along the way. You can follow me on Instagram at Mmp2694 for post updates!

Check back often!

❤ Maria Magdeline