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 /

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 /

He Is Near To The Brokenhearted…Even In The Holiday Season

Hello, dears! I hope that you are all doing well, especially now that we are nearing the holiday season. I know that this is a difficult time of year for some, and I want to be mindful of that. I myself tend to struggle during this season, I get over excited and my anxiety skyrockets. It’s not the same as, say, dealing with PTSD or grief, but I can definitely sympathize. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who are struggling. You are all in my prayers. 

This post is mostly just a letter to those of you who are struggling with the onset of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I pray that the Lord will use my words to encourage someone who needs to hear them <3.

Dear Girl Who Is Struggling During The Holiday Season,

I’m not sure how to start this letter. I thought I would know how to, and then I didn’t. Truth be told, I’m scared of saying the wrong thing and hurting you even more. I am praying that the Lord would give me the right words to put on this page to encourage you.

The holidays are fast approaching, and with those most likely comes a sense of dread for you. The rest of the world is caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, and you’re just wishing you could hide from it all. Maybe you’ve been just having a bad year, or maybe this time of year reminds you of one you lost. Maybe you’re breaking inside and don’t know how you can manage to paste a smile on your face for even another day, let alone an entire holiday season. Maybe you’re just up numb. Trust me, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to be breaking when everyone else seems to be happy. 

It sucks.

I want you to understand something about Christmas. We humans have added a lot on to it. It started out as the birthday of a King who chose to humbly be born in a manger. A filthy feeding trough that animals ate out of. And then we chose to add on all this other stuff (Santa Claus, Christmas trees, twinkly lights, gifts, etc). That is not the essence of Christmas. Jesus is the essence of Christmas. And He doesn’t want anything more from you except your heart.

If you’re wondering if you can even hold on for another day, I want you to stop and take a deep breath. You don’t have to take part in all the extra stuff. You can just spend this holiday season focusing on Jesus. Maybe this is small, such as choosing to pray to Him throughout the day, or maybe it’s big, such as completely flipping your life around for Him. Cry out to Him, He will listen, and He cares. He is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18), He loves you with love that we cannot even begin to fathom. You don’t have to pretend with Him. You can come as you are, broken and lost, slowly dying inside. He won’t turn you away. He created you and looks at you with infinite love, He wants to help you and is calling out to you. Listen to Him. He adores you. 

My challenge for you this holiday season is to do just a few simple things. Break them up into little chunks if you need to. First, read the Christmas story and study it. There are plenty of free Bible reading plans online for this. Or, you can just read it without a plan. You can find the Christmas story in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2. Second, focus on gratitude. Just write down something you’re grateful for each day. One thing. Third, listen to Christmas music that focuses more on Jesus and less on holidays. That’s it, three things. You can do that, okay?

There’s a song that was the inspiration for this blog post. It’s called Somewhere In Your Silent Night and it’s by Casting Crowns. It’s one of my favorite Christmas songs because it so accurately acknowledges the pain that so many of us are feeling at this time of year. To close this post out, I’m going to share the lyrics of it with you.

Somewhere In Your Silent Night

All is calm and all is bright

Everywhere but in your heart tonight

They’re singing carols of joy and peace

But you feel too far gone and too far out of reach

Somewhere in your silent night

Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried

Hope is here, just lift your head

For love has come to find you

Somewhere in your silent night

From heaven’s height to manger low

There is no distance the Prince of Peace won’t go

From manger low to Calvary’s hill

When your pain runs deep

His love runs deeper still

He has always loved you, child

And He always will

Somewhere in your silent night

Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried

Hope is here, just lift your head

For love has come to find you

Somewhere in your silent night

Lift your head

Lift your heart

Emmanuel will meet you where you are

He knows your hurt

He knows your name

And you’re the very reason that He came

Somewhere in your silent night

Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried

Hope is here, just lift your head

For love has come to find you

Somewhere in your silent night

Love will find you

Love will find you

Love will find you

You can find the audio version of it on YouTube here. I am praying dearly that this post was able to bring encouragement to someone out there. God loves you and won’t ever leave you. Take care this holiday season <3.

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Blogmas Day 13 / The True Meaning Of Christmas Guest Post

Hello, dears! I’m so so sorry about how late this post is. I’ve been fairly emotionally exhausted. I’m going to try to post more regularly now that I’m on winter break. Thank you all for understanding <33. Today we have a guest post from Allie about the true meaning of Christmas. Be sure to check out her blog when you finish this post!

Hello my lovelies! My name is Allie and I run the blog The art of blooming here on wordpress! I’m basically an everything blogger with huge creative roots in Jesus! 

When I saw that liesl was looking for guest posters for blogmas I was so excited! I love her blog, and that she would be so kind to give me an opportunity to post here with you lovely people! So enough talking from me lets get onto the post! 

Now Christmas is one of the best holidays of the year in my opinion! The atmosphere is pure joy that just builds more and more until the day of Christmas; The family gathered around the tree, the presents, baking Christmas cookies for Santa (and sneaking a few off his plate ;), and after Christmas dinner everyone sits around with full bellies and even fuller spirits! 

Now if you were to make a list of your top five favorite things in order about Christmas how would it go? 

I’m sure mine would look a little like this: 

  1. Spending time with Family!
  2. Waking up to see the stockings filled and all the presents stacked neatly under the tree!
  3. Opening said presents 😉 
  4. Talking to my friends about all we got that day! 
  5. And oh yeah the birth of Jesus! 

How many of your lists look like mine? All the fun stuff that comes with Christmas Day, and then oh there’s also that Jesus guy.

So much of our holidays are spent busy busy busy, between shopping for gifts, cooking the food, and trying to survive family. We so often forget what Christmas is all about, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ! 

Now everyone knows the story right? Even those who aren’t a Christian have probably gone to at least on Christmas service or maybe they remember it from Sunday school. But the point is this, everyone knows what Christmas is about but does everyone know

Have we really taken the time to pick it apart and see the goodness and provision God gave us through the birth of his son? 

Let’s spend a moment really diving into the true meaning of Christmas shall we?

Jesus is and will forever be the reason for the season, just the circumstances of his birth are enough to truly recognize him as the messiah! He was born to a virgin mother and on the day of his birth a choir of angels sang and rejoiced and he took his first breaths! Just the power alone in that statement! A choir of angels sang and rejoiced as our king of kings, prince of peace, Christ Jesus has breath set in his lungs! 

Why aren’t we doing that this Christmas season? 

And have we ever looked into why Jesus has taken the back burner in our holiday tidings? 

I think society has a huge roll to play; so many people want to take part in the festivities of Christmas, but also want to ignore what it is all about. And we see that a lot reflected in our daily life’s; through TV shows, shopping in big brand name stores who benefit from how much we spend, and even sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall. 

I really want to challenge you all to really pick apart why you celebrate Christmas this year! And if you’re a little bit like me and Jesus has kinda taken the back burner in your seasons tidings I challenge you to think on what you can do to get him right back front and center! 

Maybe volunteer at your local soup kitchen? Or hand out presents to kids in the hospital? Or even just read the story again of how God provided Jesus to us so that we could be saved! And really apply all the goodness from the story to your life and especially to your holiday cheer! 

Jesus is the true star of this holiday season my darlings! (Heh heh see what I did there? True starrrrr? Okay I’m sorry) 

And if you don’t even know the story of the birth of Christ; or you don’t even know who he is but you want to, don’t ever be afraid to reach out! Jesus is so good and he is such a light in all the darkest of times and a joy in the best ❤ You can always contact me, and I’m sure liesl as well and we would absolutely love to help you and tell you a little bit about our amazing Jesus 💛

When you see that star atop the tree remember the star that led the wise men to our savior, when you see that angel floating around the decorations at school remember how they praised and praise him too!, When you have the opportunity to honor Jesus in some way during the holidays and honestly every day take it! It is so worth it! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! And thank you so so so much liesl for letting me guest post here on your lovely blog! I hope you all have an amazing day! And merry blogmas to you all! ❤️🎄

Blogmas Day Five / Make Room For Him

Hello dears! It is the fifth day of Blogmas (I started late due to school keeping me busy) and seeing as Christmas has a tendency to be frenzied and full, I thought I’d focus on a topic we all need to hear. We need to make room in our hearts this season for the entire reason for Christmas. Jesus. 

He is that little baby born in a barn and placed in a feeding trough. He was born to a mere teenager, who couldn’t have been much older than me (she might have even been younger than me). He was the son of the Most High and was the Most High. He humbled Himself enough to be born as a baby in the body of the species He had created. The species was sinful and broken. And to finish it all off, He allowed Himself to be nailed onto a cross by the very people He had created. He was naked and publically shamed as He died. He died on that very cross for every single person’s sins. And then on the third day He rose again. 

And still we have the audacity to ignore all this and focus on the more secular aspects of Christmas. Yeah sure, on Sunday we say, “It’s all so great, I am in wonder.” But when Sunday ends (or rather, when church ends), we forget all about that until next Sunday. 

My dear readers, this is not right. We need a revival. We need one right now. 

It is only the fifth day of December and the eighth day of Advent, there is still time to change. Please don’t read this post as if I am condemning you. I am not. There is grace in Christ if you have been losing the true meaning of Christmas. You are not too far gone; this is a trap that is so incredibly easy to fall into. I am not saying that you should ignore all secular Christmas. I mean, if you feel strongly convicted about this then by all means focus solely on Jesus and nothing else this season. But if you’re feeling like you’re comfortable taking part in secular Christmas traditions, then please don’t feel like you need to completely throw away all non-Jesus focused plans. 

You can still focus on Jesus while partaking in secular Christmas. It’s difficult, but it is possible. The main ways to keep this up is to first off evaluate your holiday media. Avoid Christmas media with swearing, sexual content, and violent meanings. Try to stay away from things that may hurt your soul. For me personally I have to avoid anything overly negative (in other words, Olivia Rodrigo). I also have to watch how many romances I’m letting in (including love songs!). I have a tendency to be a hopeless romantic and recently have been feeling convicted about that. I can’t stay true to my future husband if I’m obsessing over a new boy every five seconds. I also can’t stay focused on God if I’m simply thinking about boys all the time. Which is why I’ve been lately avoiding a lot of romances and only letting myself focus on certain ones. I’ve actually been listening to a lot more Christian music, and when I’m in a Christmas mood I listen to Advent music (most of the time). 

Another way to keep Jesus at the heart of Christmas is to partake in Advent. I’m doing it and while yes, it’s been difficult, it’s been feeding my soul greatly. I do my bible time in the morning (I’ve actually been waking up earlier for this purpose) and I keep my mind on the waiting. I think it’s one of the things keeping me from getting caught up in all the Christmas insanity. 

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Stay focused on Jesus, dears!