8 WAYS TO BLESS YOUr FRIENDS TODAY {a Friendship day collab with anna}

Hello, my friends!

In honor of Friendship Day tomorrow, my dear friend, Anna, asked if I would like to do a collab with her. Anna and I have been friends for almost a year now, and it seemed perfect to do a collab.

You can read Anna’s post here, and for my part of the collab, I’m going to be sharing 8 ways you can bless your friends today. Most of these are small things that won’t take a lot of time but will show your friends that someone does care about them. ❤

Send them a letter

I love receiving snail mail, notes, cards, and anything else in the mail from my friends – It really does brighten my day. Writing a letter doesn’t take long at all, and even short notes can make a person smile.

Check-in with them and see how they’re doing

This is one of the most important things that you can do. ❤ Asking someone ‘How are you?’ and honestly wanting to know can mean a lot to someone, just knowing that someone really does care about how you are doing means so much.

Do something for them

There are tons of ways you can help someone who will bless them — Make sure you ask about something specific that’s going on in their life because they will be more inclined to say yes, and that way you can actually bless them.

Make a treat for them

Making a simple batch of brownies (or cheesecake. ;)) is a lovely way to bless someone else that takes a bit more effort than the other ideas, but it’s still simple and sweet.

Give them flowers

Flowers can really brighten up someone’s day, just by seeing them in the room. Especially if you know that they were given to you by a friend, and that friend truly cares, seeing them out and being so bright and beautiful can be a reminder that they’re not alone and that someone does care.

Just Listen

Listening is one of the best ways to bless your friends, and even to be a friend. It doesn’t need any special supplies, just you being willing to listen and talk to your friends means so much. ❤

Pray for them

This, in my opinion, is the best thing that you ever can do to bless someone else, especially your friends. ❤ Make sure you ask your friends “How can I pray for you?” to see if there is a specific request they would like you to pray for, and check in with them and see how they are doing and how they request that they mentioned is. I have a specific section on my prayer list for my friend’s requests and for them specifically, it helps remind me to pray for them, and check-in.

Before we close, I just want to thank you all for being wonderful friends and people who support me. It means a lot to me that you chose to come read this blog, and for those of you who followed, commented, and liked my posts, that means even more. Thank you. ❤

How do you bless your friends and show them that you care? What is your favorite idea from this post?

Dandelion cROWNS AND pRESSED FLOWERS {bONUS POST}

Hello, friends!

Today, I have the honor to share a lovely bonus post with a snippet of writing written by my wonderful friend, Joanne. It’s a beautiful bit of writing and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Dandelion cROWNS AND pRESSED FLOWERS {bONUS POST}

The sun shone brightly in the sky, blinding Ji-Yu. She took a fan out of her pocket and covered her eyes with it, looking out into the field. 

A small hand tugged at her jacket. “Ji-Yu eonni, can we go and play in the flowers?” 

Ji-Yu looked down at the little girl, Ha-Eun, and smiled. “Does your brother want to go?” 

Ha-Eun opened her mouth to answer, and then closed it again, pouting.“I don’t know.” 

Ji-Yu laughed, then pointed at her brother who was playing football with the other boys. “Go ask them, and if he says yes, then we can go.” 

Ha-Eun brightened, and she ran off to her older brother. Ji-Yun shook her head, smiling to herself as she watched. That little girl was a ball of sunshine, and there was no doubt that her brother would succumb to her request. 

As expected, Ha-Eun came back with a triumphant smile on her face. “He said yes! Can we go now? Please please please?” 

Ji-Yun pretended to think about it. “Well, we do have to go home soon.” 

Ha-Eun deflated, and Ji-Yun ruffled her hair, laughing. “Of course we can go. I was just teasing you. Come on, Ha-Eun! Let’s go.” 

Ha-Eun ran off and Ha-Joon, her brother, looked back, raising his eyebrows. Ji-Yu nodded, and Ha-Joon picked Ha-Eun up, running with her to the flowers. 

Ji-Yu packed everything up and followed them, taking her time. It was her job to look after them, but she trusted Ha-Joon. He didn’t need to have a full-on babysitter, but his parents had insisted. 

And Ji-Yu had selfishly obliged. Two charges meant more money, and Ji-Yu needed money. Her father was in a coma, and her mother was at home, mourning as if he was already dead. 

So Ji-Yu had no other choice but to move to America and start making money herself. She worked in a coffee shop in the mornings and babysat Ha-Eun and Ha-Joon in the afternoon. 

She barely scraped by herself, but because of her parents, she needed more money. So she worked as a dishwasher at night in a bar. 

Ji-Yu arrived at the flowers and saw Ha-Joon helping Ha-Eun make a flower crown. She smiled unconsciously and layed down the picnic mat on the grass. Sitting down, she took out her bookmark, starting where she had left off. 

“Ji-Yu noona? We have a gift for you.” Ha-Joon’s voice said, lifting me out of the world of the book. 

“Hmm?” Ji-Yu said, looking up to Ha-Joon with a flower, and Ha-Eun with a flower crown. She gasped, putting her book down. “Oh, you guys. It’s so pretty.” 

They looked at each other, smiling. Ha-Eun placed the flower crown on my head, and Ha-Joon gave me the flower. 

Ji-Yu hugged them both. “Thank you, no, really. These are so pretty. I will wear the crown the whole day, Ha-Eun, I promise.” Ha-Eun burst into a smile. 

“And Ha-Joon, I’ll press this flower, and then make it into a bookmark. When I’m done, I’ll show you, okay?” He nodded, his eyes twinkling. 

Ji-Yu hugged them again, feeling her eyes tear up a little. “Now go play, alright? Ooh, how about you make Ha-Yoon a flower crown?” 

They both grinned, liking the idea of making their eldest sister a flower crown. Together, they ran off, and Ji-Yu fingered the flower crown in her hair. 

Life was bleak at times and full of struggles. There were so many mountains to climb, too many to count. And yet this was why she kept going. 

Because of little moments like these, where God showed her that He was still with her. Where God showed her that she was still loved.

Wasn’t that wonderful? Thank you all so much for reading and may you have a beautiful day!

ABOUT JOANNE

Joanne Shin is a writer and a daughter of God, living as a missionary in Europe. She loves writing, painting, dancing, laughing, and spending time with her friends and family.

Photography Challenge: collab with Alicia

Hello, my friends!

For today’s post, I have a collab I am super excited about! A few weeks ago, I asked Alicia @ Alicia Marentette if she wanted to do a collab, and she agreed – We decided on doing a photography challenge where come up with a list of things to photograph, and share the photos! So that’s what I will be sharing today.

To get started, here’s a list of all the things we took photos of.

Time for the real photos now.

1. Spring

To be honest, I had a really hard time finding a photo in this category. Spring is not here yet; it’s been in the 30s all week, and it was hard finding something springy. But then, one of my younger siblings found this little bird’s nest on the ground. I definitely think of seeing birds building their nests as part of spring.

2. fLOWERs

Ooh, I love these flowers! It’s actually an old photo because as I mentioned above, we do not have any flowers blooming yet. It’s so pretty though!


3. Sunset

Mmm, this sunset is gorgeous. Sunsets are some of my favorite things as you have probably already figured out by now – I love the clouds in this one.

4. morning SKY

This is honestly one of my absolute favorite photos ever. ❤ It was such a beautiful (And early) morning to be out on the beach to see the sunrise. And the trees too.

5. Animal

This is from one of trips to Lutsen a few years ago. It was really neat being able to go that close to this seagull so we could get a picture. He was just sitting there on the railing while we were up looking at the view, and I just snapped a photo.

6. Colorful

I wasn’t sure what to use for this one; then my Mom had the idea to take the kids out to our monkey line that we all got our birthdays last summer and get a picture there. I love how it turned out, and it is definitely very colorful.

7. Clouds

I always love looking at clouds – One of my favorite things to do is just to lay down in the grass and stare up at the clouds. (When the grass is dry, and there are no siblings with soccer balls nearby that is.)

8. Books

I just got some new books from the library, and they were perfect to grab a picture of! Have you read any of these books?

9. RAIN

I’m not sure if this one counts. . .I realized too late that I didn’t have any photos of rain, so this was the closest I could come. It’s a mud puddle from when all of the snow melted and it rained, so I think it counts?

10. Roads

Ahh, I love this one! These two roads are glorious in the morning when the sun’s shining, and that morning was no different. I love the shadows especially.

12. Peaceful

Kook at water droplets coming off the wave. And even though I’ve said this multiple times about the photos in this post, I love this – Especially the icy/crystal look to the wave.

13. Artsy

I had a really hard time deciding what to use for this – Finally, after coming up with a bunch of ideas, but none of them seeming like they would fit, I decided to look up some inspiration. I found this photo of the ice on our creek melting, and it seemed to the fit the “artsy” look. What do you think? Is it artsy?

14. Water

I have so many favorite pictures of water that it took me a while to decide. But I picked this one because I love the lighthouse and the bridge.

15. Indoor

I LOVE the shadows and the light here.. One afternoon I noticed the hydrangeas shadows from the outside shining through the window, it was so pretty! This is probably my favorite indoor photo I’ve taken.

And that’s it for the day! Did you enjoy seeing all of these different photos? Which one was your favorite?

Before you go, make sure to check out Alicia’s post here.

Have a beautiful day, friends!

Beauty from the Ashes: A Guest Post by Rebekah

Hello, my friends!

Today, one of my dear friends and fellow writers, Rebekah, is guest posting. I am thrilled to have her posting today, and I am sure you all will enjoy her post too. ❤

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. 

Romans 8:28

       Do you know how diamonds are formed? Deep in the earth, diamonds are created under conditions of extreme heat and pressure. How about gold? Gold is refined and purified by fire. In both cases, diamonds and gold have to endure difficult processes before their true beauty is revealed. In life, we all go through these same painful processes.

      We’ve all gone through hard times. We’ve all felt pain. We’ve all had experiences we wish we could forget or wish had never happened in the first place. 

      And we often wonder, why did we have to experience all of that pain? We can’t see why those things happened to us; why we lost our loved one, or why our dreams never really worked out the way we wanted them to. But there is a purpose for your pain. God has a purpose for your pain. 

      Yes, I already know what some of you might argue. God doesn’t care; if He did, He wouldn’t have let me go through this. If God was really good, He wouldn’t allow suffering. How can this be a part of God’s plan for me? How can any good come from this?

      I know exactly how you feel. But God does have a plan. There is a purpose for your pain. Goodwill comes from what you’ve experienced. 

      You know how I know? God promises in His Word that He’ll work all things out for the good of His children. And our Heavenly Father never breaks His promises to us. When He says something, we know for sure that it’s true. So when He tells you He has a plan for your life and He’s going to bring beauty from the pain, listen because what He says is always true.

      In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” God can see the whole picture. He knows your past and He knows your future. He knows what’s best for you in the long run. And because your Heavenly Father loves you with an unimaginable, unconditional love, He will always do what’s best for you, even though, to you, it might not seem like it at the time. 

      Like a good father, God will stop you before you unknowingly do something that may bring harm to yourself or others. To you, this might feel unfair, seem unpleasant, or even painful when God does what’s best for you. But God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what is best for His children and will always do what’s best for you, because He loves you.

     It will be difficult, even painful at times. But you can trust your Heavenly Father because He always has your best interests in mind. Whatever you’re going through right now, God is with you (Joshua 1:9). He’s standing next to you, ready to take your hand, or even pick you up and carry you. He’s right by your side, helping you every step of the way. 

     God also allows us to experience trials to grow us into who we’re meant to be so that we can better glorify Him. Our purpose in life is to bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father. The hardships we go through help us become more like Jesus and allow us to be able to bring glory to God through our stories. 

     God uses hard times to shape us into who we are meant to be (James 1:2-4). So when it feels like the flames are too hot and you’ll never be able to escape, remember that these hard times are refining you into who God has called you to be. And when the pressure seems to be more than you can bear, remember that this isn’t the end; you’ll endure these trials and you’ll come out on the other side, strong and beautiful. 

     God will bring good from the trials, gold from the fire, diamonds from the pressure, and beauty from the ashes.

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post! Thank you so much for reading!

       

About the Author

Rebekah has always enjoyed reading and, now, she has a passion for writing. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading, spending time with her family, and playing music. As a writer, she spends hours exploring her own fantasy worlds, befriending her characters, and most importantly, aims to glorify God and encourage others with her work.