How To Start a Bible Time Routine as a Teenager

Hello, friends! I hope you’re all doing well (: It’s been a while since I’ve posted, hasn’t it? I mean, a lot’s happened. I finished 9th grade (which is so weird to think through), I got 33k words into my current WIP (which you can now find on Goodreads here), and spent a week at Joni & Friends. June is almost done, and that’s so weird to think through. I can’t believe that we’re already halfway done with the year; it feels like we just started 2022.

I developed a steady bible routine about a year and a half ago, and it’s been so therapeutic. My morning time with Jesus is like a calm in the middle of a storm; it prepares me for the day ahead of me, and overall just leaves me feeling refreshed. I honestly think that getting a consistent bible time routine is key to growing in your faith. Which is precisely why I’m posting on this topic. Please note that this is just my advice; you don’t have to follow what this post says to “be a good christian”, these are just some ideas to help you guys grow closer to the Lord.


How To Start A Bible Time Routine

  1. Choose a specific time of the day to have your bible time

I cannot stress this enough. Carve out a time each day, where you can be free from distractions, and set aside that time to be your Jesus time. For me, I like to have this time be in the morning, right after I eat breakfast. I want to get in the habit of doing an evening bible time as well though. Please keep in mind that there is no specific “best time” for doing your bible time; whenever you’re free is the best time, k?

  1. Start out with connecting with God

Before I spend time in His word, I always try to make a point of connecting with the Lord, whether it’s through prayer or music. Sometimes I say a prayer, and sometimes I just play some worship music and try to meditate on His goodness. I highly recommend trying out something along the lines of that; it makes reading the bible feel so much more personal.

  1. Choose a bible reading plan (or bible reading method)

As tempting as it may be to just turn to a random page in your bible, I highly recommend having a method for what you read. Little Faith Blog has some lovely bible plans that I just can’t recommend enough (: 

  1. Read a chapter or 2 of a christian book

For me, once I finish doing my bible reading, I like to read a bit of whatever christian book I’m going through at the moment. Currently, I’m reading through Gentle & Lowly and Lies Young Women Believe. Reading through a christian book after doing my bible reading really helps me to focus on God a little more.

  1. Add in a few other things that help you to praise the Lord

I also have quite a few things I like to add on to my bible time, to keep it from getting boring. It’s so easy to fall into a rut, and to have your bible time feel like a chore, which is precisely why I like to change things up on a regular basis. Some of my little things I like to add on include singing a hymn from my hymn book, crying out to Jesus, journaling, saying a prayer from my prayer book, worshiping God, and more. Mind you, I only do one or two of these things each day, but still… they’re really helpful for me to connect with my King.

  1. Incorperate God throughout your day

A lot of christians tend to just do their bible time, and then proceed to go about their day without giving God any more attention. That works, I guess, if your relationship with God is just a chore and a religion. But, here’s the thing; being a christian isn’t just a religion. It’s a relationship. It’s a constant sort of thing, that requires daily sacrifice. Which is precisely why your time with God doesn’t end after your bible time. It’s an all day everyday sort of thing. I’m not saying you need to be legalistic about it, but I am saying that I would advise staying focused on God throughout your day, whether it’s through worship music, or whispered prayers throughout the day.

  1. It’s okay if you end up not doing your bible time everyday

I get it; you get busy. You forget. Instagram is far more interesting than your bible. Sometimes it’s just not possible to fit in bible time. And that’s okay. Our God is not a legalistic overbearing “you need to do this or I will fail to forgive you” kind of god. He is an understanding, loving sort of god. He understands that you are only human, and that you mess up. If you didn’t get your bible time in today, please don’t feel guilty or hate yourself. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. There’s always tomorrow ❤


Thank you so so much for reading! *Hugs* If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to like, follow, and leave a comment. I hope you have a wonderful day ❤ Stay focused on Christ!

What does your bible time look like? Let me know in the comments below (:

/ Ad Gloriam Dei /

the blooming diaries. volume 1. | learning to nourish my body, soul, and mind

*trigger warning: i do discuss eating disorders and mental illness a bit in this post

hello, friends! i hope you’re all doing well on this gorgeous spring day ❤ i’m not sure if any of you remember, but a while ago, i started something called the blooming project. shockingly, that little project has morphed into a mindset for me. everyday, i try to focus on blooming. and it’s been very therapeutic. i’ve learned so much about myself in the last few months, and i’ve become more and more like the person i want to become. 

because blooming is a continual process, though, i figured i’d start a new blog series about my blooming journey. i’ll be keeping you all updated on the little changes i’m making in my life. i hope this is a bit of an inspiration for you to start your own blooming journey (:


the last month or so, i’ve been making various decisions that have been changing, and improving, my lifestyle. some are small, such as attempting to lower my screen time (recently i’ve been failing at this, but it’s okay. there’s always tomorrow to try again). others are fairly significant, such as cutting out some of my friends who have been toxic for my faith. and some have been incredibly difficult, such as finally choosing to try to recover from my eating disorder (it’s still in the early stages, so i’m hoping my “diy recovery” will work). 

i’ve been attempting to be more gentle with myself, and have been paying attention to what my body and mind are telling me. i chose to not go to sleepaway camp this year, due to my mental health. i chose to be okay with sleeping in later, because of how bad my insomnia has gotten. i’ve unsubscribed to youtubers who i don’t want in my mind. i’ve made the decision to get a puppy, and to train it to eventually be my phyciatric service dog (currently the puppy is unborn :p but i’ll keep you all updated on it once it’s born). i’ve made the choice to take a test next year, that if i pass, would allow me to graduate high school at 16, and move on to other things i’m passionate about. i’ve been writing more of my novel (we’re at 22k words!). i’ve been doing more art, because i’ve found it to be therapeutic. 

something i’ve been reminding myself of lately, is that a caterpillar does not become a butterfly overnight. similarly, i’m not going to achieve my dream self overnight. it’s a continual process. despite what tiktok may lead you to believe, it’s not an overnight process to become “that girl”. also being “that girl” just isn’t the end goal for me. being someone who is gentle and loves the lord and takes care of herself is my end goal. 

a question that i’m working on asking myself daily is the question of “what today can i do to nourish my body? what can i do to nourish my soul? what can i do to nourish my mind?” ways i nourish my body are eating enough food (ie: not denying my body what it needs), doing skincare, and doing gentle workouts that don’t push my body too far. ways i nourish my soul are doing bible time, listening to worship music, and spending time with the lord. and ways i nourish my mind are doing art, watching studio ghibli films (ryan elizabeth and mya got me into them), and other forms of self care.

overall, i’m far from perfect. my self care methods are far from perfect. but i’m learning. i’m learning to become more like the person i want to be. 13 year old rue would admire me. 11 year old rue would admire me. and i just know that 70 year old rue is proud of me.


how have you been blooming lately? how are you all genuinely doing? let me know in the comments ❤

/ ad gloriam dei /

How To Bloom Where You’re Planted | Musings About Self Improvement & Finding Contentment In Imperfection

Hello, dears! I hope you’re all doing well on this wonderful Saturday. It’s the day before Easter, and I can’t help but smile. I’m listening to a lovely worship playlist, and I’m feeling better then I have in a few days. I had a really horrific autistic meltdown a few days ago, and it’s taken me a while to recover from it, but I think I’m finally mostly over it. How are you all doing? Let me know in the comments below ❤

I’ve been seeing quite a few blog posts and YouTube videos about improving your life, and those definitely inspired this blog post. However, I’m going to be doing a different sort of spin on those posts. Instead of telling you a bunch of (unachievable) ways to change your life, I’m going to be giving you a list of ways to gently enjoy life this Spring. 

10 Ways To Make Life Just A Little More Wonderful This Spring

(Please note that you do not need to do any of these to achieve a fulfilling life. Life is what you make of it, and I understand that these ideas may not work for everyone. I’m just giving the things that have made life a little bit better)

  1. Look for blessings in everything

Life can be pretty rotten, can’t it? And sometimes it can drag us down so much that we just feel like we’re drowning and there’s no way to find joy in anything. Trust me, I get it. I’ve been going through a particularly difficult depressive patch recently. And yet, despite that, there’s still little pinpricks of light. You just have to look for them. Did you know that in prison, Paul found excuses to sing? And dance? And be joyful? You too can find joy, no matter your circumstances. Maybe you’ll have to look a little harder, but there is joy. I can promise you that. Something I’d recommend is writing down the days blessings at the end of the day. It really changes your perspective ❤

  1. Do some gentle stretching/yoga outside

Look out your window. It’s so incredibly gorgeous outside. Doesn’t putting a blanket on the ground in your backyard, and doing some gentle stretching/yoga sound just lovely? Need I say more? You can get in a workout, while enjoying that crisp Spring air. Just a few friendly reminders, be sure to put on sunscreen beforehand, and don’t push yourself too hard. Your body is a temple to God, and as important moving it is, pushing it too hard isn’t what the Lord wants for you. Take care of yourself, and pay attention to your boundaries, okay? 

  1. Plant a garden

Ahh I’ve been slowly preparing a garden the last few weeks, and it has been such a therapeutic experience. You see, my dad built a garden a few years ago. Then he let it get overgrown. And now I’m uprooting the weeds and taking over the garden hehe. I…I highly recommend starting a garden. Even if you’re living in a tiny apartment, you can start one. Just use some yogurt cups as pots, and plant some indoor plants. See? Simple and thrifty.

  1. Spend time in God’s word, soaking it up and hiding it in your heart

I have to admit, I’ve been struggling to motivate myself to read His word lately. But that’s beside the point. One thing I’ve noticed is that when I spend time in God’s word, I feel energized and joyful. There’s something so incredible and refreshing about reading the bible. I promise you, it’s not a waste of time. My moments spent reading my bible are moments well spent, and moments that I adore. They’re some of the best moments of my day (:

  1. Listen to more worship music, and listen to less secular music

Let’s be honest. How does secular music make you feel? Probably, if you’re like me, angsty and angry. And somehow that feeling feels good. There’s a sort of high that comes with Olivia Rodrigo music. But…is it healthy? It’s not. The bible tells us to think on what’s true, right, and lovely. Does most secular music help you to think on that? I know how difficult detoxing from secular music can be, but I also know how rewarding it can be. Christian music isn’t always the easiest choice, but I’ve found that it’s the music that leaves me feeling the most uplifted and edified. 

  1. Read some lovely books

Jane Austen novels make me feel british and feminine. Enough said XD. Okay but in all seriousness, there are so many wonderful books that are perfect for Springtime, that will leave you feeling happy and almost like a pixie. Some books I would recommend include Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott; All Along You Were Blooming, by Morgan Harper Nicholes; The Main Street series, by Ann M Martin; and Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. 

  1. Try out a new creative hobby

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time doing watercolors, and friends, they’re so therapeutic. There’s something so satisfying about mixing water…and colors…and making a masterpiece. I’m still a beginner, and I mostly paint flowers, but it’s still so fun. Obviously, you don’t have to do watercolors. Maybe try knitting, sewing, drawing, poetry, writing, making flower crowns, bullet journaling, or blogging. Any of these hobbies will be exceedingly rewarding and fun. (:

  1. Romantisize every aspect of your life

I see so much stuff everyday about how to romantisize your life, and I know it seems so cheesy, but it actually works. A week ago, I sat in my backyard, listening to a Jane Austen soundtrack, and reading an Anne Of Green Gables novel. I felt like a magical cottage fairy, and it was so incredible. But that’s off topic. What I mean by romantisizing your life, is listening to lilting harp music when doing school, putting self care first, and finding ways to make life more then just existing. Maybe I’ll do a blog post about this soon. We’ll see.

  1. Go thrifting 

I love thrifting so much. Lately, I’ve been thrifting through ThredUp. It’s affordable, high quality, and sustainable. I’ve found so many cute vintage finds through ThredUp, and I’m always so satisfied with my purchases. 

  1. Find contentment in where God has planted you, and dare to bloom there

Lately, something I’ve been having a hard time with finding contentment. I keep telling myself that “once I buy this skirt” “once I buy these pens” “once I do this” then I’ll finally be happy. And every single time, I’m left disappointed. Because these things can’t satisfy me. They just leave me longing for more. And I just find myself more and more discontent. I want to live somewhere more vintage and Cottagecore. I want a boyfriend. I want to be prettier. And quite frankly, this isn’t healthy. And it’s certainly not what God wants for me. He placed me here, with a purpose and a plan for why I’m here. And something I’ve been learning, is that He’s all that can satisfy me. The world can’t satisfy. It says it can. But it can’t. Only Jesus can satisfy. Because of Him, I’m slowly learning how to bloom where I’m planted. He put me here for a reason. And I’m willing to embrace that reason.


I hope you all have a wonderful day after reading this post! *Hugs* What are some of your prayer requests? Let me know in the comments below (:

/ Ad Gloriam Dei /

it’s world autism acceptence day | 7 things i wish allistics understood about autism

hello, friends! i hope you’re all having a wonderful day (: so, as many of you are aware, it’s autism acceptence day (technically it’s autism awarness day, but, to quote chloe hayden in this video, “autism isn’t something we need awarness about. we already have awarness about it. it’s something we need acceptence about.”) yes i know that’s a paraphrasing of her original quote. i had actually forgotten today was autism acceptence day until q’zion posted something about it. and, as an autistic person, i thought i would share my thoughts on this day. hopefully throughout this entire month (april is autism acceptence month), i’ll be able to get around to posting various articles about autism. 

i know you guys almost never see me fired up and angry, but uh…i’m exeedingly passionate about autism…so, apologies for if i seem,,, annoyed or something.

as a quick note before we begin, i am only one autistic person. take what i am saying with a grain of salt. every autistic person is different, and every autistic person has different perspectives on various things i’ll be talking about in this post. i’m only sharing my personal experience ❤


7 things i wish allistics understood about autism

*allistic means a person who is not autistic. they can be neurodivergent, but they’re not autistic.

  1. autism’s not a disease.

oh. my. word. this is a huge pet peeve of mine. an example of this is how anti-vaxxers will say that they won’t vaccinate their children because their children could get autism, and yet they’re okay if their kids die from the disease that they should have been vaccinated against. i know people who think this way, and it makes me so mad. you’d rather have your kids die then get autism? i’m sorry, but that’s twisted.

  1. for heavens sake, stop using the puzzle piece

when people think of autism, they think of the puzzle piece. *muffled screaming* i don’t like the puzzle piece. at all. why? well, while i don’t think that it says autistic people are missing a piece of themselves (although, if you’re autistic and think it’s saying that, that’s completely valid. i just don’t really get that vibe from it <3), i do dislike it because of what it evokes in my mind. in my mind, it makes me think of autism speaks, and just…the whole “neurotypicals speaking for autistic people” culture. i’m not mad if you’ve used that symbol in the past, for the record. i myself, before i was diagnosed with autism, would use the puzzle piece proudly in support of my younger brother who is also autistic. i get it, ok. i do. but at the same time…if you can avoid using the puzzle piece, please do. use the infinity sign instead. that’s one that’s widely approved by the autism community.

  1. listen to autistic people’s voices

have you ever googled stuff about autism? i think most of us have. i know i have. and the thing is, most of the information that pops up is from neurotypical people who have only studied autism, and are essentially speaking for the autism community. i’ve found that these people tend to have a warped and cliche view of autism, and that it usually doesn’t fit what autism actually is. so please, when doing research about autism, try to pay more attention to autistic people’s voices, instead of allistic’s voices. chloe hayden is one of my favorite youtubers, and she’s autistic. i would highly recommend her if you’re wanting to learn more about autism.

  1. please don’t be a part of the “my child has autism. woe is me.” trope

just…no. using your autistic child as a way to elevate yourself and make yourself seem like a superhero is just wrong. it’s one thing to acnoledge the struggles of raising an autistic child. trust me, i get that it’s not easy. it’s a whole other thing to use it to get attention. 

  1. saying “you don’t seem autistic” is not a compliment

i’ve talked about this quite a few times on my blog, so i won’t elaborate more on this (check out this post for more information), but just…yeah. autism’s a spectrum you can’t “seem” autistic. i know you think it’s a compliment to tell someone they don’t seem autistic, but it’s not. trust me, as someone who gets told this all the time, i’m so sick of it. 

  1. autism’s not caused by vaccines

friends, science has already disproved this. multiple times. and still, anti vaxxers say that autism is caused by vaccines. it’s so absurd. also, even if autism was caused by vaccines (which, it isn’t), would that be a good reason to not vaccinate your child? would you rather they die, or get autism? see the fallacies in that argument?

  1. autism has a beautiful side

autism isn’t a hideous terrifying disease. it’s beautiful. because of my autism, i’m incredibly creative, i have so many things that bring me joy, and i’m unique. god made me autistic, and i honestly think that it brought him joy to make me autistic. he’s such a wonderful and creative god, so clearly, autism is just another thing that he’s using to show us how incredible he is. i think, at the end of the day, autism is just a different way of thinking, and in heaven, i’m going to be freed from the painful parts of autism, and will instead just have a special way of looking at the world. isn’t that lovely to think about?


thank you all so so much for reading this post! i hope you all enjoyed it, and have a wonderful day today. *hugs* don’t forget to click like, leave a comment, and subscribe. i hope you all learned something new about autism ❤

what did you learn about autism from this post? let me know in the comments (:

/ad gloriam dei/

my april 2022 bullet journal spreads / feat. an attempt at being less of a perfectionist

*not sponsored

hello, friends! it’s been a while, hasn’t it? i’ve been super busy with school, writing, and my mental health, and haven’t had much motivation for blogging as a result. however, hopefully now that things are calming down a bit, i’ll be blogging more regularly.

when i first started bullet journaling in april 2020, it was fun and easy, and was honestly just a creative outlet. but recently, it’s become less of a hobby, and more of a perfectionistic attempt and being pinterest-y and aesthetic. and it was reaching a point where it was no fun and was honestly kinda a chore. which is why, yesterday, i challenged myself to set up my april bullet journal spreads with minimal online help, and with just my own original doodle ideas. 

i will admit that it was…difficult, to say the least. i kept feeling like it wasn’t “pretty enough” or “aesthetic enough” or “perfect enough”, and i really wanted to start over and make a perfect april bullet journal. but, i kept pushing through. and i’m so glad i did, because as a result of pushing through, i got some wonderful spreads that were unique and special. there’s a certain kind of peace that i found in being less of a perfectionist. 

the spreads

opening page

i love this spread so much. the aesthetics are very spring-y and happy and vintage, and it just makes me so happy to look at. i was worried i had drawn too many flowers, but i honestly think they work really well.

to be read 

this page was inspired by abigail’s cup of tea’s to be read page in this video. i really like how it turned out, and i like how it has He is risen on it, as a little reminder that Christ is risen (in honor of easter).

habits

i don’t entirely like how this looks. the circles are too shaky, and my handwriting is…not it’s best. but, since i’m working on accepting and embracing my bullet journal imperfections, i guess i have to be happy with it. or at least, i have to not be hateful towards this page (especially since i spent…a lot of time on it).

content

this page is mostly just for planning out blog posts and youtube videos (i’m planning to release a yt channel at some point next month). i guess it turned out alright? it could be better, but it also could be worse.

prayer

this is just a page where i’m going to put prayer requests throughout the month, so that when i’m flipping through my bullet journal, i can remember to pray for certain things.

you are loved dutch door quote

fun fact about this, on the other side, there’s a gratitude page dutch door. sadly, i did the gratitude page upside down *facepalm*, so i’m only showing this dutch door haha.

quotes & memories

i guess i like how these turned out. i mean…the “quotes” looks more like “puotes”, but it’s ok. one of these days i’ll learn how to do a cursive q, right?

pens i used for these spreads

i actually kept the pens that i used pretty minimal! i only used a micron 01, micron 005, tombow 772 duel brush pen, and 2 crayola supertips.

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thank you so much for reading this post! i hope you all enjoyed it <3. if you had fun reading this post, please don’t forget to click like, subscribe, and leave a comment. i hope you all have a wonderful day, and remember to keep your eyes on Jesus. *hugs* see you all soon (:

do you bullet journal? if so, what theme did you choose for your april bullet journal spreads? let me know in the comments!

/ ad gloriam dei /