Thursday, February 11, 2016

joy comes in the morning - Formerly List


"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." -Psalm 30:5b

These last two months have been decently rough for me. All the normal unfortunates of being a full-time college student with full-time jobs, such as little to no sleep, not much of a social life, stress, exhaustion, and ... well, you get the picture. But on top of it, I was faced with a few challenges that really stretched and grew me as an individual. Challenges that, while I was going through them, I couldn't see an end to. The kind of dark tunnels you can't see the light at the end of. There were times that felt like hell, and times I absolutely hated myself because I failed or made a mistake. But through the dark and the utter despair, God was teaching me things about Himself and about His love and grace. And when my dark nights were over, the sun at last shone bright. 

I'm currently pulling an all-nighter as I type this out. And I have to open Chick-fil-A in less than an hour. But even with no sleep behind me, and the daunting prospect of a 10 hour shift surrounded by people ahead of me ... I have much peace and joy in what will come. For even though I'll be surrounded by people and be pushed out of my comfort zone, I look forward to brightening someone's day or making someone smile because I have the privilege of serving them dang good chicken.

Your pain, your sorrow, your despair or depression may seem to last for nights and nights. But I promise you that joy will come in the morning. He hasn't forgotten about you. You are precious in His sight.

|| FORMERLY LIST ||


SONGS I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO
Trust in You by Lauren Daigle
Dangerously by Charlie Puth
You Are So Beautiful by The Tenors
Bird Set Free by Sia
Everything Works Out in the End by Kodaline
Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

BOOKS I AM READING
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem (Kevin DeYoung)
The Man in the Queue (Josephine Tey)
The Art of Intelligence (Henry A. Crumpton)

TO DO THIS WEEK
take 2 quizzes and one exam
potentially sleep
make valentines for the Hand Made Valentine Exchange
write out a more rigorous workout schedule
go to joshua bell concert
organize my room, because organizing is always a good idea
go on a galentine's date with my girls

WHAT I READ ON THE INTERNET

TITLES OF FUTURE BLOG POSTS
RISE and SHINE
Thine not mine
Verity Vareé | sharing the truth about beauty through your story
THE LAST LION || Churchill's Undaunted Determination 


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

to expand the mind | The Books of 2015


I had originally set an ambitious goal of reading 50 books in the year 2015. Well, I ended up only reading 20. Not quite half of my goal, but certainly more than I thought based on the busyness of my year. I do hate being too busy to read books. One simply can't be too busy to read books. That shouldn't ever be a thing.

Regardless, it happened to me last year (the busy part, that is). But I am thankful to have read as many books as I did. And for the record, I started a fair amount of really interesting books throughout the year but just never got around to finishing them (2016 goal!). 

Below is a list of the various books I read throughout the year of 2015. There's a mix of textbooks, biographies, inspirational pieces and mysteries, all organized in alphabetical order by category and then by title:



BIOGRAPHIES
Assignment Churchill (Walter Henry Thompson)
Churchill (Roy Jenkins)
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life (Gretchen Rubin)
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam (Bảo Ninh)
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) (Chinua Achebe)

TEXTBOOK
Principles of Comparative Politics (Gregory S. Mahler)
Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues (Thomas Magstadt)

MYSTERY
Black Coffee (Agatha Christie)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (Oscar Wilde)
Partners in Crime (Agatha Christie)
Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple, #13) (Agatha Christie)
The Black Abbot (Edgar Wallace)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dorothy L. Sayers)

THEOLOGICAL/PHILOSOPHICAL/ANALYTICAL
Inquiring After God: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Charry) 
The Abolition of Man (C.S. Lewis)
The Lost Tools of Learning (Dorothy L. Sayers)
Thinking. Loving. Doing.: A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind (John Piper)

HISTORICAL FICTION/FICTION
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) (C.S. Lewis)

You can tell I have an affinity for books of the mystery genre. I am excited for the books to be read this new year.

What are some of the books you read in 2015? Have any books you are looking forward to reading this year?

CHECK OUT my Goodreads account for the various books and essays I'll be reading this year.


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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

My Travels in the City of Quebec || PART I



It's unfortunate. I had all these great plans for Christmasy/holiday posts this season. It was my intention to get back into a semi-regular posting schedule on the blog. Alas, life decided I had better things to do. It is now December 11, and I don't have a single Christmas/holiday post in the Que. So it goes.


But despite not having any holiday posts pre-planned, I will be posting a few posts of my time here in Quebec (which are decently holiday themed because Canada does Christmas pretty darn well). I am here in this pleasant, but chilly, European city as a kind of mini vacation (even though I still have school and work to do). So the photos below are a few of my travelings and sightseeing thus far. And it is my sincere intention to get a few more photo/descriptive posts of Quebec up in the next few days. 




For any European (and specifically French) lovers, Quebec is a great city to visit. It's decidedly European with it's old, Gothic architecture and it's quaint little shops and homemade treats. It's also very Maine-ish, with it's Maple everything and it's numerous options of plaids, boots, scarves, hats 'n such.


Also, did you know that Canadians here in Quebec legitimately speak MOSTLY French. I mean I know Canada has a huge French influence, but most everything here is in French. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I like a good challenge, and I like the feeling that I am in Europe. But if I had known, I could have at least brushed up a little on my French or even have brought a small French/English dictionary with me. My over-planning side is yelling at me right now. Ah well. Tis grand to be here, French communication barrier 'n all.


Au Revoir!

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