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 /

Introducing The Blooming Project

Ahhh this project is something I am super excited for. Basically ack how do I even begin to explain this? Okay so. This project was inspired by Morgan Harper Nicholes’s book, All Along You Were Blooming and it was also inspired by the whole toxic glow up culture. So often, I see girls pinning glow up stuff on pinterest. and a lot of it is very diet culture-y and ‘instant fixes’ and honestly it’s not very healthy. It’s harmful for your mental health, and quite frankly some of the ideas are straight up dangerous. But also, what else are you supposed to do? You want to improve your life and achieve a better healthier lifestyle. 

This is where the blooming project comes in.

Instead of focusing on a harsh glow up that will be hard to stick to and might even be dangerous, we’re focusing on a gentle ‘blooming’ that will slowly change your life and be a lot easier to stick to. It’s actually backed up by science (yay!!), so you know these methods work. The best part is, if you guys enjoy this challenge, I might try doing mini blooming challenges every couple of months.

Here’s how the blooming project is gonna work. For the next 2 months (I know, I know, that’s a long time…but that’s how long this project takes), you’re all gonna be following a customizable schedule that you put together for yourself, modeled after my personal schedule. I’ll even be doing this schedule alongside you all! 

Just a quick remember, don’t let this project affect your health in any way. Modify the schedule as needed, and don’t push yourself too hard. Your health is far more important *hugs*. Love you all ❤

How To Do The Blooming Project

  1. The first (and, in my opinion, most important step) is to pray before beginning this project. Find out what God wants for you, and keep Him at the center of this project. The goal is not to be the skinniest or prettiest or best. The goal is to learn how to live this incredible life that we have been given to the fullest. 
  2. Evaluate your life in these 5 categories: Spiritual (your relationship with God, how you’re doing religeon-wise), Mental (how your mental health is), Physical (how your body is), Intellectual (all academia related activities), and Lifestyle (how you live life). Rate yourself in each category, and make a list of how you can improve each category (basically make a glow up list…look up glow ups on Pinterest if you need some ideas).
  3. Set at least 3 overall goals for this project. They can be anything from ‘bake a cookie cake’ to ‘write a 50k word novel’. I know that my personal goals are gonna be to write a 60k word novel, get fully prepared to start my Etsy shop, read 2 classic novels, get in shape, and get more involved in Ydubs. Make sure your goals follow the SMART goals outline, or else the chance of you succeeding at them is…very slim (sorry to burst your bubble).
  4. Make a step by step outline for how to achieve those goals.
  5. Make a copy of this document, and put up to 3 assignments in each category, per week. You can see my personal plan for myself here.
  6. Now the fun part! Sitting back and enjoying the rest of this week, because when next week comes, you’re gonna start blooming, and your current lifestyle is gonna go away completely 😂 
  7. While you’re waiting, you can make a vision board for this project!

I hope that this has been a helpful guide! I can’t wait for you all to begin blooming alongside me *hugs*. You guys can do this, and I am so proud of you all for taking this big first step! Don’t forget to click like and follow me for similar content. ❤

What are some ways you’re hoping to bloom in the next two months? Are there any questions you have for me, on the topic of blooming? Let me know in the comments! (:

/ Ad Gloriam Dei /

It’s My One Year Blogiversary!! + Changes ♡

Hello, dears! Welcome back to Full of Grace, my cozy corner of the internet. A year ago today, a 13 year old with almost no knowledge of how websites work started this little blog. She was confused and unsure about everything, and had it in her mind that blogging was just a fun little quirk or hobby. She also had it in her mind that she would instantly gain followers. I was so innocent back then 😂.

I’ve been on this blogging journey for a year, and I still can’t believe that it’s been a year. I’ve changed a lot since starting this blog, and I’ve learned so much about life and myself through this blog. I’ve made friends through blogging. I started this blog as a way to get more attention for myself (I mean, I would never have said it, but we all know that that was my motive). Now? I still struggle with wanting to use it to bring glory to myself, but I’m also learning to use it to bring glory to God. To Him goes all the glory. Prayers that I could be able to give Him the glory of this blog would be appreciated <3.

As you may have observed, things have changed a bit around here. My about page has changed completely. I also have finally decided to start going by my real name on here. So, from now on, instead of being Liesl Robbins (my alias), I am now Rue. I’m also going to change my url to be non wordpress.com soon (once I figure out how to do that…) Oh! and I’m going to be ending my posts now with Ad Gloriam Dei, which means For The Glory Of God in Latin. Thank you all for putting up with all of these changes.

The content of my posts will also be changing. I’m going to be posting more faith focused posts, and the ones that are not super faith focused (book reviews, WIP updates, lifestyle advice, etc) will still have God at the center of them. This is all for His glory.

Thank you all so much for following me on this journey. Remember to keep your eyes on Jesus. ♡

/ ad gloriam dei /

A Week Away Movie Review

(There might be spoilers in this review, beware <3)

I recently watched the new Netflix movie, A Week Away. A Week Away is a Christian camp musical and it was shockingly enjoyable. I’ve been listening to the music on repeat. I cried during the God Only Knows scene (that song has always meant a lot to me). Overall it was a lovely movie. 

A Week Away Basic Details

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s rated: PG

My age rating that I give it: 8+

My personal rating: 4/5 stars

Genres: Romance, Religious, Musical, Drama, Family

Iffy Content: A brief kiss, it’s mentioned that one character has done various illegal things (stealing a cop car, trying to sell his school on EBAY, etc), one character says Jesus Freaks as a derogatory term, one character runs away, one character finds out another character’s secrets and uses these to try to hurt the character, some light romance, some mildly immodest outfits were shown, light flirting

Potential Triggers: One character’s mom is dead, one character is a foster child, tense scenes

What I Liked

It felt semi-realistic (I mean,, there was some unrealistic stuff, but it was realistic for the most part)

The music was INCREDIBLE

It was fairly encouraging (not as encouraging as I Still Believe though)

The actors were really good

Christianity was shown realistically

As someone who has been to a Church Camp, I can say that it definitely felt like a Church Camp

The characters were flawed

It had a sweet ending

It was very clean

There was a diverse cast

What I Did Not Like

Some characters wore mildly immodest clothing 

It was not clear whether Will became a Christian or not at the end

It ended a little too quickly

There was some stuff that would NOT have been allowed at a real church camp (such as the boys cabins being right across from the girls cabins)

It felt cliched and cheesy at times

Overall I found it enjoyable, although I would have liked a bit more clarity as to whether or not Will became a Christian in the end. 

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Have you seen A Week Away? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

Liesl ♡

Lifestyle Tips + Ideas For Christian Teenage Girls

Hello all!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I did. I went to church (in person, safely of course. Complete with masks and social distancing outside and far too much hand sanitizer :P). I got a lot done (cleaned my room, caught up on my math homework, and watched way too much tv haha). Overall, my weekend was nice!! 

Anyways!! I got a little sidetracked with that haha, so let’s get on to the blog post for today. Today’s post is a ✨ lifestyle advice post ✨, which I’ve seen a lot on the internet lately.  

Since Covid began, self help posts have become increasingly popular, most likely because people are wanting to become better versions of themselves. I will admit that I am a absolute sucker for advice posts. I’ve seen a lot of these online, but not a lot for Christian teens, so I figured I’d try to do a post to fill that ’empty space’ on the internet. I’m literally so excited for this post. But, enough of my rambling, let’s get into the post!! 

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Lifestyle Tips + Ideas 

Try to get into bible journaling!! 

I highly recommend it, it’s so fun and rewarding. You can find really cute ideas on Pinterest or just the internet in general. Maybe you could do your daily devotionals, and then journal one of the verses into your bible, while meditating on it! This bible journal is my favorite, it’s so gorgeous. I also saw these bible tabs on Etsy and thought they looked cute. I don’t own them, but I really want them ahhh.

Add a sermon notes spread to your bullet journal

This will be so helpful for you!! It really helps with focusing on church. I’d also recommend getting a pretty notebook, and using that for sermon notes. This journal is really cute and would be good for that.

Put the names of different people from your church or school (or you can do prayer requests) in a mason jar. Every morning, pull out one of the slips of paper and pray for whatever’s on it.

I made one of these recently, and while I have not been super great about remembering to do it, I’ve definitely found it to be super helpful. I also really like to just put the slip of paper that I chose for the day in my pocket, and to pray for that person throughout the day. 

Buy a bible verse of the day calendar

My mom got me one of these for Christmas, and not gonna lie, it’s been so helpful and encouraging. I look forward to flipping the page every day. 

Subscribe to a Christian teen magazine like Brio

I LOVE BRIO SO. MUCH. Brio is such an incredible magazine, and if you’re not yet subscribed to it, you’re really missing out. It’s a lot like most teen girl magazines, except for the fact that it’s more appropriate and is a lot more focused on building your faith.

Print out bible verses that you like, and put them around your bedroom.

I swear, half of my bedroom decor is bible verse based. It’s actually really nice to look around, and see constant reminders that God loves me. I feel like I’m more,,, focused on Christ when my room is.  

Download The Bible App and subscribe to devotionals through it

Guys, this one is literally so helpful. I do about five or six devotionals per day through the The Bible App. It’s made daily bible reading a habit of mine, and it’s so fun. I used to hate devotionals, but now they’re actually enjoyable. Also! I don’t know if this is a plus or a downside, but The Bible App can act like social media (you can like posts, comment on them, and friend people). 

Make Sundays Christian media only days

I have not yet started doing this (although, that might be because it’s Lenten and Sundays are my only non-christian books and music days haha), but I think it would be very helpful and great. 

Watch one Christian film weekly

I really want to try doing this. I will say that while it’s hard to find good Christian movies, they do exist. I Still Believe was a really good one, so was Breakthrough, and Soul Surfer. A Week Away comes out on Netflix in a few days, and hopefully that one’ll be good. 

Try to read some Christian books

I’ve been doing this a lot lately and it’s been so incredibly helpful for my spiritual life. I recently finished Girl Defined, by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird and it was a very good read, and also extremely eye opening. 

Listen to Christian music while cleaning your room

YES, this one is so important (I actually got this idea from Brio!), it builds your faith and keeps you moving? Like,, yes. That’s the best package ever ahhh. 

Write down bible verses, and leave them inside of books that you’re returning to the library

I really need to get around to doing this. You can encourage someone and potentially make someone look into Christianity!!  

Participate in Take Your Bible To School day and other events like that

Yep! I don’t have much to say about this (because it’s pretty self explanatory) other then Lenten is also a good event to participate in. 

Pray one decade of the rosary each night if you’re Catholic

Since the Rosary is really long and (at least for me) is hard to pay attention to, I recommend trying to pray a decade of the Rosary. I love the Rosary so much. One of my online friends from a teen writers site (I’m not in contact with him anymore, and I miss him) is a super strong Catholic and inspired me to try to pray the Rosary frequently.  

Get involved in your church or youth group

I would recommend trying to volunteer in the children’s ministry, it’s such a rewarding experience and I adore all the little kiddos. Youth group is also fun, and a great way to meet other Christian teens.

Subscribe to blogs that encourage you in your faith

I recommend Little Faith Blog, The Striped Plaid, Ainsley Beth, and other blogs like that. You probably already spend a lot of time online, why not spend some of it being encouraged in your faith?

I hope that you found these tips to be helpful!! I really enjoyed writing this post. I’ll be praying for all of those who read this post <3.

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XOXO,

Liesl ♡