Favorites Roundup: August ’18

Hello!

So…

It’s been a long time.

Since I last wrote, I packed up my entire life, moved 14 hours away from home, met a new roommate, moved into a new dorm, made some new friends, started some new classes, and basically started a whole new life.

And now I hope to be back to blogging for good! My life has settled into somewhat of a routine, and although it’s crazy busy, I’ll be trying to fit blog posts in every Saturday. Throughout the fall, I’ll be getting back to the Transitions series, so that you can come along with me on my college journey and hear what I’m learning as the weeks go by.

More on that later. For today, I want to share with you a belated list of some of my favorite things from August. Because I kept meaning to do this, and these are too good not to share.

Favorite Books

Image result for save the date morgan matson My first Morgan Matson book definitely lived up to the hype. Check out my full review here.

Image result for fawkes nadine brandes This book is full of incredibly powerful themes and issues. Brandes does something many authors fail to do, and fits her faith into a book in a deep and beautiful way without making it preachy. (And this book was written for the general market!)

Favorite Movies

Image result for newsies live I KNOW I’ve mentioned it on here before, but…a bunch of dorm friends and I rewatched it the other night, and I just have to say it again. Newsies Live is one of my favorite movies of all time. And it’s on Netflix, so there’s no excuse not to watch it!

Image result for the lion king Guess what?? I watched this for the VERY FIRST TIME. Amazing. Of course.

Favorite Articles/Blog Posts

Favorite Videos

Favorite Song

 

What’s the best movie you saw in August? Share in the comments!

love, grace

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August 2017 Month in Review

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” (Henry James)

Bloggings of the Month

liebster award.pngsome more random things about me (these tags get harder every time I do them…)

Image result for the gray havens highlighting one of my new very favorite bands

MY VERY FIRST GUEST POST!!!! The lovely Miriam from Crafted by Christ wrote a beautiful post on thriving right where we are. I loved hosting her! Be sure to read the post and check out her blog as well!

29949578 a review of one of my favorite summer reads

I celebrated my second blogiversary and did my very first giveaway!

My tips for reading more during the school year, plus recommendations

habits3 and finally…habits to cultivate this school year

Favorites of the Month

Thrive SeriesThe first post in Miriam’s new series came out! I was so excited for this, and the first post did not disappoint.

 I wish everyone in the world would read this post from Nadine Brandes and take it to heart.

Image result for warfare julie hallWarfare by Julie Hall (my review)

I WANT TO SCREAM FROM THE ROOFTOPS HOW MUCH I LOVE AND AGREE WITH THIS POST!!!

Katie Grace put everything I’m feeling about senior year into words.

This video is such an important reminder as us teenagers try to figure out what to do with our lives:

Image result for my lady janeMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (my review)

It Takes Trust in God to Rebel Against the Culture (1)I found this article about trusting God so helpful and practical!

I relate to this video so much and I’m sure many of you can too…

And finally, purely for fun:

Coming in September

I’ve put together my blogging schedule all the way through December and I’m so excited for it! In September, you can look forward to the beginning of a brand-new series that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, for which I will write periodic posts over the next few months. (Here’s a hint: reading the most important book!) I’m also going to review a movie this month, so if you have any movies you’d like to see a review for, let me know in the comments!

How was your August? Did you have any amazing summer adventures? What are you excited for this school year? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

Read more:

10 Verses to Encourage You This School Year

Remember…Take It One Step at a Time

5 Ways to Stay Grounded in Truth This School Year

August 2016 Month in Review

 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.

Notable verses:

“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.

Bloggings

blogiversary2 celebrating!

reviewing a popular series

Purposeful Pages Memethe second linkup

god in school2.jpgseeking God in school

books2.jpgthe purpose of stories

standing for truth2remembering truth

Image result for red queen glass swordreviewing another popular series

respect teachers2.jpga common problem

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:

Readings

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Watchings and Listenings

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Image result for harry potter and the chamber of secretsImage result for zootopia

  • 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! 

love, grace