A quick update before we start…
Since my schedule for the school year is going to be insanely busy, I will only be posting once per week, on Saturdays, starting next week. I think it will be so much better for my stress levels and it’s much better for me to consistently post once a week then to promise two posts a week and never deliver. So posts will be coming on Saturdays during the school year; there may be an occasional “surprise” post on days I have off or something, but most of the time it will just be once a week.
This Month’s Devotions
Lately I’ve been reading in the New Testament, through Romans, 1 Corinthians, and I’ve just started 2 Corinthians. I highlighted so much in Romans…it was sometimes hard to understand, but I still got a lot out of it and hopefully I’ll go back and do a deeper study of it sometime.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” -Romans 1:16
That is the attitude I want to have about the gospel, especially around unbelievers.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:1-2
One of my life motto verses.
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” -Romans 16:20
Encouraging to know.
I also added a What I Believe page under the “About” label. Check it out if you haven’t!
Posts and videos I enjoyed this month:
- How Katie Grace did this, I don’t know
- agh, this piece is just…so good. Summarizes my views on feminism etc. PERFECTLY
- As someone who hasn’t seen many popular movies and stuff, I wholeheartedly agree
- If you didn’t see this Olympic thing that happened you should go watch it
- Absurd things that have happened to Cait
- Read this for an interesting alternate perspective on Divergent
- Why people should vote
- Whenever Katie Grace writes a post about editing, you know I have to love it
- My favorite Studio C sketches of the month: Middle School Kid Ruins the News, Library Fine Crime, and My Dad Could Beat Up Your Dad
- From Blimey Cow, The 12 Types of Homeschool Moms and Social Media Roast 2016
- As a bookworm, of course I loved these book suggestions
- Two beautiful songs
- And finally, Katie Grace and Liz also celebrated blogiversaries this month! (I hate trying to spell that word.)
- Don’t Waste Your Life: Four stars. An inspiring and challenging call to all Christians.
- The Scarlet Letter: Five stars. Emotional book that explores important themes. Read my review on Goodreads for more.
- Keep a Quiet Heart: Five stars. Such a wonderful encouragement to me. I reviewed this one on Goodreads as well.
- Revision and Self-Editing for Publication: Four stars. Super helpful. Goodreads review.
- Glass Sword: Three stars. I enjoyed it, but did have some problems with it. Read my review of the series.
Watchings and Listenings
- The Olympics: well, obviously.
- Sherlock: This show is so good. It’s mostly clean (I did skip one episode b/c I heard it was a bit inappropriate), so well-done, the plot is great, the actors are INCREDIBLE, and the character development is SO, SO, SO GOOD! It’s creepy and intense but not so much that it bothers me, which is great. It’s a perfect balance of thrill vs. actually scaring me. This is my new favorite TV show!!
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 3 stars. Good, but I definitely liked the book better.
- Zootopia: Four stars. A cute movie with a really important message.
I discovered Lauren Daigle recently, a Christian artist with some great music. Here are some of my favorites:
Coming in September
- A review of Sherlock
- I promise, you don’t have to do it all
- Are our works guilt offerings or thank offerings to God?
What do you think? Did you have a good August? Are you excited for September? Share your favorite summer memories in the comments below!