Staying positive and feeling happy from the inside out is something that is hard to come by when we feel bored, lifeless, rejected, passionless, and the list goes on and on. You get the idea. Every day brings it’s craziness and trials and troubles. That’s a taste of life. But we don’t have to live in this zombie-like state. It is totally possible to live a powerful and meaningful life. The greatest joy you can ever have in life, is when Jesus is living in you and his love just wells up within and comes out in the most beautiful ways. Jesus is beautiful and makes you beautiful. He brings healing to the most intimate parts of your soul. That’s why it’s possible to be happy even in the worst circumstances (Believe me, I’ve almost tried it. 😉 ).
With Jesus living within us, we still have “those moments”. We’re human and completely capable of feeling grumpy and sad all over again. Circumstances can be overwhelming and it’s okay to cry. The best way to overcome pain, sadness, boredom or whatever have you, is to remind ourselves of what is the most important thing in life:
We live in freedom from the bondage of sin and death; free to live in the deepest and clearest love imaginable – Jesus’ love. Continue reading “21 Ways to Stay Positive”
Hey y’all! I’ve organized a survey all about music in today’s Christian circles. As a passionate musician and Christian, I thought it’d be good to find out what music Christians are listening to, and how it affects them and their Church. It is open to anyone in any denomination or nondenominational, Conservative, Liberal, or “other”.
I’m hoping for at least 100 participants to make the survey more accurate, so please share with your friends and on social media! The more the merrier! 🙂
I will be posting the results here on the blog (and linking on social media). So stay tuned! Continue reading “Survey: Music in the Modern Christian World”
Happy New Year, ya’ll! I’m super excited about 2018. I’m not much for ” new year resolutions” since I always fail them within three days. However this year, I’m doing something a little different. I’ve written down all my goals for 2018. Being able to look at the list as something to work towards rather than to change myself for is a much more inspiring focus! 🙂
2017 has been a great year over all. Yes, each year holds it’s own trials and troubles, but they dim when compared to all that we’ve learned, accomplished, and experienced. While I want to get on with the new year, I thought it’d be great to take a peak at the most loved blog posts of 2017. Which ones made it into the top 10? Check them out below! Continue reading “Top 10 Posts of 2017”
While today was supposed to be scheduled for another How to Draw episode, I thought it would be fun to interrupt with a sneak peak into what life looks like through my eyes and a “Quote of the Day”!
In addition to being a blogger, artist, singer/songwriter/composer/pianist, and the occasional dabbling with photography, I’m also a farm girl. Yes, I was born and raised on an organic pastured chicken farm. Quite the adventure! Like yesterday morning when I was milking the family cow, and she knocked the milker over and milk started spewing everywhere! 😛 Which brings us to the profound “Quote of the Day” that came to me after this particular incidence. 🙂
I’ve selected 10 semi random photos to share with ya’ll. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?! Continue reading “A Peek into My Life…”
Poetry used to really be a thing in my life. Okay, it still is. But it used to be a BIG part of my life. I would write different poems to express my feelings and thoughts. Some of them were written in very mysterious ways so that the if someone else were to read them, they wouldn’t understand the private message I was actually writing about. 😀 This particular poem today, is not a mysterious one though! I believe I wrote it in 2014 or 2015. The form of it was copied from my favorite young author at the time. The message stands true forever.
The Man who Pleases God
Who is the man who pleases God
On this world below?
It is not the one who has much
But he who needs it so
It is not the proud in heart Continue reading “The Man Who Pleases God”
I’m not the person to go around chewing on people. When I hurt other people, I feel it. But sometimes what stings more that a harsh word is silence. People begin to wonder if you think that they or what they do is boring, not good enough, or silly. I’ve certainly been in that spot. That feeling that no matter what I did, it went unnoticed. We’ve all been there at some point. And all we wanted was a word of encouragement, affirmation, or just a kind word that told us that we were thought of.
The One Word of Kindness Challenge
Okay, so since we all understand the feeling of being alone, hurt, or mistrusted, let’s turn that around. We can’t really change what other people say to us, but we can change what we say to others. Each word we speak is our own choice. Continue reading “The One Word of Kindness Challenge”
Today marks the one year anniversary of LoveNotes! I’m so excited with how far we’ve come, and how far we’ll go in this next year. I have learned so much through blogging. Being a steady blogger is certainly not for the faint of heart and I must admit that sticking to a schedule is something I try to accomplish but regularly fail doing.
If you were given the chance, what is the one thing you would improve, change, or love about this blog? I’m giving you the chance to say it! I would absolutely love to hear your opinions in the comment section below! While this blog is my outlet, it is ultimately for you guys and the glory of God.
You all are awesome for joining me throughout this first year of trial and error. I have many goals and dreams for this blog and only time will tell what happens. 😉
My quote for this year hits me right between the eyes every I time I read it. I tend to be a little too timid and afraid of what others will think.
“If you are doing it for the glory of God, then why are you hiding it in your drawer?”
For the past nine months, I have been working on writing the book, Journey to Love.
It’s about a young couple (Kirk and Julie) who find out what true love looks like. No, this is not a romance novel. Yes, it does have some romance in it. The reason is this: I see a huge selection of Christian romance novels on the market and they’re a big hit. The problem is that they go huge on romance, but barely mention God and Christianity. Romantic love is a wonderful, natural thing, but yet it is important to remember that it is so small compared to the kind of love it symbolizes. Continue reading “Journey to Love: Mid-Way”
When it comes to banana bread, there is one particular recipe that stands out from the rest. It is sooo delicious and you can’t go wrong. Continue reading “Valerie’s Banana Bread”