Hello, my name is Madison Usry and this is my new blog. I’ve been on wordpress for a while now but with another account. That account really wasn’t benefitting me in any way more so I decided to start from scratch. I can’t wait to share with you my adventures! I have a wide variety of topics that everyone will have interest in. 

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IPSY March 2018 Beauty Box

  1. IPSY Bag – There 1st ever DIY bag that comes with two markers for you to create the look.

march 2018 bag

2. Royal & Langnickel Fan Brush

fan brush.jpg

3. Balm Dotcom by Glossier
Shades: Original, Rose, Mint,  Coconut


4. Twila True Beauty True Renewal Oil 


5. Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss by Aurora
Shade: Fairy


6. Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara
Shade: Carbon Black




Thank you for reading and I hope yall have a happy/great Tuesday! If you enjoy Beauty-like post like this one be sure to follow my blog and check out my IPSY February 2018 post. If you would like, please also go follow me on Pinterest. Thank you, see you again soon! 

Good Good Father

Day 1: Good Good Father
Luke 15:20 15 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Luke 15:28-3128 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
Matthew 10:29-31 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Romans 8:15 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

          The Bible is clear about what our relationship with God is. He is our Father; we are His children. In fact, God is identified as our Father 265 times in scripture. Most of those are found in the New Testament because through Christ, we have a new identity as an adopted child of God (Romans 8:15). The word “father” conjures up different images for people. For some, “father” is associated with warm memories and laughter. For others, absence or rejection. This is why it’s so important to understand that God is not only our Father, but He is a good Father. In scripture, we see a Father who embraces the prodigal son as well as the older brother (Luke 15). We see a Father who provides for us and cares about our needs, even more than the sparrows’ (Matthew 10). And we see a Father who goes after every one of His children, pursuing a relationship with them, just as a shepherd tirelessly searches for a lost sheep (Luke 15). The two truths that have the most transformative power in your life are that you are God’s child and God is a good Father. Choose to believe that today.


Day 2: The Tender Whisper of Love in the Dead of Night
Psalms 34:1818 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

         When a good father hears his child calling out to him in the night, what does he do? Does he stay in bed and decide the child can fend for himself? No. Fathers rush to their children’s side even, and especially, in the dead of night. It is the same for us. God is not distant during our difficult times. He is close. Scripture says that God is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). God doesn’t wait to show up once the struggle is over and we’re out of the valley. God is with us the entire time. He didn’t go anywhere when the day turned to night. And during the night, right in the middle of the pain and wrestling, He reveals himself to us in a new and real way so that when the struggle subsides, we come out of it with a deeper understanding of our Father and His love for us. Are you in the dead of night right now? Call out to the Father and listen. You will hear the whisper of love.


Day 3: Answers Only You Provide
John 4:14 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

A young child goes to her dad for answers. She wants answers to silly things like, “Why is the sky blue?” But she also goes to him, directly or indirectly, with questions like, “Am I loved? Am I accepted? Am I safe?” We are all asking these questions, aren’t we? No matter our age. It’s tempting—especially when our earthly fathers can’t provide answers—to go searching for answers from the people around us and from the world. To look to them for acceptance, love and fulfillment, but this is searching for answers that only God, our heavenly Father, can provide.God’s sent us the answer to all our questions and deepest needs in the form of His son. Jesus is our living water, the one who quenches every thirst (John 4:14). He fulfills our ultimate desires. In him, we are enough, forever accepted and loved by our Father. Dads can’t answer every question a child may have, as hard as they may try, but the Father has already done that. He has sent the answer, and it is the only answer we will ever need.

Day 4: Peace So Unexplainable
Psalms 1:33 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Philippians 4:77 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

A good father doesn’t let his child do whatever he wants. He sets up boundaries and rules for their safety and for their good. Our heavenly Father does the same for us and has been doing so since the beginning. Remember the Garden of Eden? We like to choose our own way over God’s because we believe it will bring us happiness or satisfaction. But when we do this, instead of feeling happy and satisfied, we feel anxious and restless. When we abide by the voice of our Father’s instruction, we have peace. Psalm 1 says that those who follow God are like a tree planted by a river, deeply rooted and flourishing, not tossed about by the wind. Instead, they have an underlying calm no matter their circumstances. That type of peace can only come from our Father. It surpasses understanding (Phil. 4:7). When we pursue Godly peace over earthly happiness, we are no longer at the mercy of the wind. We are trees planted firmly in the ground.


Day 5: As You Call Me Deeper Still
Psalms 139: 13 – 14 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Deuteronomy 7:99 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
2 Corinthians 3:1818 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

When you begin to view God as your Father, you start to see Him as not only the creator of the universe, but the creator of you. He intimately knows you (Psalm 139). He did not create us and walk away. He created us, sent His son to die for us and left the Holy Spirit to guide us. God consistently moves toward His children. In the Old Testament, He made covenants with His people of Israel. He forgave them when they rebelled and worked to restore His relationship with them (Deut. 7:9). Then, He sent His son as the ultimate act of restoration. Now in Christ, we have the Holy Spirit who leads us and teaches us, calling us deeper and deeper into relationship with our Father. That is the amazing thing about the Christian life. There is always more to learn about God and His character. There is always a new level of intimacy to be reached. We are constantly being transformed, from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18).


Febuary Favorites

Movie: Irreplaceable You
          – A stunning cancer diagnosis spurs Abbie to seeka future girlfriend for fiance and childhood sweetheart Sam, who’s clueless when it comes to dating. (Found on Netflix)
          – Before you watch this movie you will need to buy a pack of tissues cause, you’ll be drowning in tears when you’re done with this movie. But it’s SO good, it’s sad but heartwarming and makes you think. 

Show: The House of Small Cubes
          – With his town steadily being submerged, a widower keeps adding levels on the top of his house. Losing his pipe brings back his memories.
          – I caterizied this as a show because it’s 12 minutes long and that’s  not really a movie. This is a silent, colorful film that is painted using warm colors to tell the story. The music that is used in this short is wonderful and calming.  

Music: In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Suggestions: A Very Potter Musical Series 
          – I know I’ve mentioned this musical before,  but trust me it’s worth the mention. AVPM is a great, lovable musical with a great cast and hilarious moments. I had to pause it multiple times throughout me watching it due to me laughing for 5 minutes.

Monthly Obsession: My New Funko Pops
– If you can’t already tell, I LOVE Funko Pops, especially the Harry Potter ones. I recently went to BOOKS-A-MILLION and found The Marauders Map Harry Potter Figure; where his is holding his wand in one hand and the map in the other. Then we went to FYE and I found the Funko Pop I was really wanting, he’s my favorite Hogwarts professor; Remus Lupin. Yes I found Lupin and I was  So happy that i had found him.


Thank you for reading and sorry for the late post. Hope you enjoyed this months favorites. Hope you can stop by for March’s Favorites! While you’re here please take a minute to check out my Pinterest and follow me there. Bye!

IPSY February 2018 Beauty Box

  1. IPSY Bag – Pink with Black Lace around the Zipper

    ipsy bag

  2. Klorane Dry Shampoo


  3. Bye Bye Under-eye Anti-Aging, Waterproof Concealer by it
    Shade: Light


  4. Pacifica Beach Crystals Eyeshadow
    Shades: Faceted, Space Out, Prism, Raw Power, Mars.


  5. Luna Highlighter
    Shade: Electa


  6. OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
    Shade: Unzipped


Thank you for reading and I hope yall have a happy/great Tuesday! If you enjoy Beauty-like post like this one be sure to follow my blog and check out my IPSY January 2018 post. If you would like, please also go follow me on Pinterest. Thank you, see you again soon!

All Is Not Lost By The Brilliance

Day 1: Peacemaking
Matthew 5:9 – 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

“The pain of life I know it well; it knows me well. The road to peace I know is hell, I know it well. May the seeds of peace be scattered, birthing trees whose shade give us rest.” Peacemaking is one of the most desperately needed practices of the Christian faith today. How do we become peacemakers? Are we willing to actually step into darkness? Do we see the humanity and dignity of those in conflict? I think peacemaking starts with the ability to see and listen, tied with a vision of reconciliation. The darkness of humanity is a response to immeasurable pain and suffering. I have gone to Israel and Palestine three times on peacemaking pilgrimages with an organization called Telos, learning about the conflict that Israelis and Palestinians live in, and learning how to listen and engage in the stories of heartbreak and tragedy from both sides. I have learned on these pilgrimages to be Pro/Pro/Pro; Pro Israel, Pro Palestine, and Pro peace. One of the most important experiences I had was meeting members of the parent circle, a group of parents who have lost children in the conflict. To hear parent after parent sharing the story of their loss, their child; and then to witness the compassion they share at the stories of their “enemy’s” children whose lives have been lost. The pain and trauma somehow draws them together with hearts of forgiveness and peace. The heart of the peacemaker longs for reconciliation and knows the only path ahead is one of pain and forgiveness. Pope Francis once encouraged a group of ministers I was with to learn and practice the ministry of the ear. To learn how to listen to those you disagree with, even when it is excruciating. Do we actually know how to listen? My encouragement to you is to take a posture of humility to learn, love, and listen. Peacemakers are called children of God, because they see the humanity and dignity of all as children of God, and call us back into the vision of humanity where peace is possible. Today, think of someone that you are in conflict with. Can you learn to see their side of things? Perhaps with compassion, you can start a dialogue and walk towards the path of reconciliation. May you become an instrument of peace. It is the music of humanity that the children of God sing.

Day 2: Joy
1 John 4:16 – 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
John 15:10-11 – 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Morning comes with the light of Your Presence. What does it mean to love God? How does one love God? Read John 15:10-11. 1 John 4:16 “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” Abiding and remaining in God’s love gives birth to joy.  Divine JOY comes when we are united to God, and God to us.  When we abide, we are enabled by grace to experience the fullest and deepest joy. How does one abide, or remain in God’s love? By keeping God’s command.  So what is God’s command? John 15:10 “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:17 “This is my command: Love each other.” Love gives birth to Joy. John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” When we practice loving one another—charity—joy is birthed. Charity is God’s presence in the life of the wayfarer.  As Aquinas stated, “the necessary result of charity is joy, because every lover rejoices at being united to the beloved.” DIVINE JOY manifests itself in right relationship with others.  JOY has a corporate and theological quality, and is not just an individual, subjective state or emotion.  Joy is meant to be shared. Joy is relational.  “Joy is not only shared with others, and occasioned by relationships, but wells up from a sense of having received a gift from someone. In a relational context, joy emerges from a sense of resting on someone who gives; in such a context, having received—being a recipient—is not experienced as a debt but rather as the basis for joy.  In this way, joy seems inextricably linked to both gratitude and contentment as the baseline from which joyous revelations/epiphanies emerge.” – James K. A. Smith. Joy is linked with GRATITUDE AND CONTENTMENT. So what today brings you joy? Are you sharing that joy? Are you grateful for it? We rejoice in the gift of this day.

Day 3: Fear
1 John 4:16-18 – 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Luke 4:18 – 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Will we ever rise? Will we ever rise above the fear? Fear tears us apart. It is the root of all exclusion. When we think of judgment, we tend to think of who is in and who is out. We fear those who are unclean, those who are different, those who don’t fit into the systems in which we’re comfortable. We fear those who are different than us. Are you in friendship with anyone outside of your circle of belonging? We so easily exclude those outside of our social systems, often without a second thought. The homeless, the uneducated, the poor, the sick, the dying, the old, the disabled, the strange, the ugly, the weak; the list is unending. We objectify those whom we are afraid will threaten our systems of comfort and belonging. We fear the dissident or the one who seems to threaten our existing order or system. The one who threatens those with vested interest in money, power, and control.The gospel that Jesus shares in the book of Luke has a radical theme. Jesus brings a social revolution in which the previous systems and hierarchies of clean and unclean, sinner and saved, and up and down don’t mean what they did before. Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” Jesus was killed for being a dissident. Followers of Jesus were persecuted and killed for living out a life that threatened the systematic vision of the existing order. “The story of humanity is that of heroes and martyrs with a new vision for humanity regarded as dissidents by some, as prophets of freedom by others. Christians were thrown to wild beasts in the coliseum because Romans saw this new, strange religion as a threat to the existing order.” – Jean Vanier. We FEAR that if we actually try to break out of our system of exclusion, we may be excluded. And we fear the injustice in which we play a role. Our own injustice keeps us up at night. We cling to security, and we become obsessed with defending our way of thinking, refusing to loosen our grip on the systems that allow us to feel safe.  However, I think a lot of us are feeling that this isn’t a good, healthy, loving way to live, that there has to be a better way for us to live, to follow Jesus. “To be open is an enormously risky enterprise; you risk status, money, even friendship, the recognition and sense of belonging that we so prize; you risk the chaos of loneliness.” – Jean Vanier How is Jesus speaking to you in this moment in time? How is He showing you His way of love, of openness? We do this exercise at our church where we all sit up straight, hands open in front of us to receive, and we breathe. We take a deep breath and then we let it out, and we exhale all the fear and anxiety we’ve been carrying. And then we breathe in deeply, breathing in the love and peace of Christ. Take a moment out of the busyness and chaos and overwhelming noise that barrages us daily, and sit down and breathe. Then take the risk of friendship towards those you fear.

Day 4: Neighbor
Mark 12:28-31 – 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

“When I see you in the stranger, I’m no longer a slave.” The Greatest Commandment is found in Mark 12:28-31. Who is your neighbor? Who are the different? The strange? Karl Barth, the brilliant Swiss theologian who died in the 1960’s, wrote, “The strange, the different, the unintelligible, the subjective aspect of my neighbor, is the garment in which the one thing meets me [grace]. We discover respect for one another, not on this ground or that, [BUT] counter to every ground, simply because we are bidden to look at the one thing, which is grace. The claim my neighbor makes on me, on my patience, on my attention, on my consideration, on my love, is the claim on the one thing [grace].” The neighbor that Jesus talked about was anybody who is around us.  They are the people we like, and the people we don’t like.  They are people who could have a different cultural upbringing, race or ethnicity, a different language, or a different belief system. We fear those we don’t know and so we often avoid them. How much kinder we all would be if we could see that truly we are more alike than we are different. If we take the time to listen to the stories of our neighbors, to understand who they are and how they became who they are, we can offer a truer compassion and love, in the way of Jesus. Loving our neighbors is not treating those less fortunate than us as charity cases, but as wounded healers that we can learn from. Those who have experienced pain and loss are often the ones who can teach us the most about life. When we open our eyes and see the stranger, we see Jesus. “We refuse to be our brothers enemy, we will stand for all mankind.”

Day 5: Blessed are the Poor
Proverbs 31:8-9 – 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.such…: Heb. the sons of destruction
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

God sends rain on the righteous, the common, the rich, and the poor. Trinity dancing in darkness, God’s love gives hope evermore. Luke’s parable in chapter 16 provides the perfect narrative expression of his own beatitudes and woes. Luke 16:20 “Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Luke 16:24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” In the Gospel of Matthew the poor are spiritualized as follows: Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In Luke it is incredibly straightforward. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. The parable of Lazarus is a dramatic reversal of fortunes, and it can seem odd. Is he being punished just for being rich? Most of us have been conditioned to listen to scripture through a self-centered lens rather then a theological one. We like to ask, “How is that about me? How does this apply to my life?” Scripture always and everywhere primarily speaks about God; and then, secondarily, about us.  We must remember, as in all of the parables, God is always the Savior. We are the lost coin, the lost sheep, the one in the ditch, the prodigal; we are the ones in need of saving. With that in mind, we approach the parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-26. “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.  So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’” What separates the rich man from Lazarus?  It is the vast chasm of those who have, and those who have not. Who has the resources, the food, the money, the status? Who has their health, honor, and belonging? These people are the privileged. For many of us, it is uncomfortable to address issues like privilege because we feel like whatever we have, we have earned it. And when our own hard-earned life is questioned, we become hard of heart, defensive, and ultimately blind to our privilege. How are you privileged? Most of us would be content to remain in the dark about how unfair life can be for the poor. Once you are aware of and experience the trauma of the poor, of those on the underside of power, you now are held accountable for what you know. So most of us just don’t want to know, and often choose to remain blind to those on the underside of power. This parable also holds accountable those who may not know the true pain of the poor. This man had not only been rich and extravagant, he had been hard of heart. His wealth made him insensitive to the demands of the Law and the Prophets alike, that the covenant demands sharing goods with the poor. The Talmud has a saying that “whoever turns away his eyes from one who appeals for charity is considered as if he were serving idols.” In spite of the pharisees’ claim to uphold the Law, they reject the outcasts among the people just as the rich man has rejected Lazarus. And this great chasm, THE CHASM of the heart, it separated them in life and in Hades. There is still a chasm, a great abyss. The rich man just doesn’t understand it. Luke 16:24 – 28 “So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.  But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’” The rich man doesn’t understand the chasm. What is it the man wants in hell? He wants Lazarus to get him water. The rich man wants Lazarus to serve him. I once was on a flight where a man nearby snapped his fingers at a flight attendant to draw her attention, so that she would get him a drink.  In response to his snap, she said, “I am not your servant, please don’t snap at me.” In their previous life, the rich man saw himself as better than Lazarus, and now, in hell, the rich man still sees himself as above Lazarus. The rich man’s plea reveals his continuing arrogance – he wants Lazarus to cool his own tongue, as though he were a servant, and to be sent as a messenger to his brothers. The chasm is the rich man’s heart! It hasn’t changed, even in death and torment and agony. He’s still clinging to the old hierarchy. He still thinks he’s better. May our eyes be opened to the chasms within our own hearts. Give us the strength to not only face our own privilege and the suffering of the poor, but also to do our part to ease that suffering.

January Favorites

Movies: The Imitation Game
During World War Two, a gay mathematician leads a team  of cryptanalysts as they work feverishly to brave The German’s notorious Enigma Code.
Opinion: If you love anything to do with history, mysteries, and/or Benedict Cumberbatch (or even BBC’s Sherlock); you will love this movie. I kept guessing whether thy would succeed or not till the end of the movie.

TV Show: BBC’s Sherlock (Season 4)
So, I laid off watching Season 4 of Sherlock to watch Star Trek DS9, and before you get your pitchforks, let me finish; now I sorta regret it. Season 4 is short, sadly, but as always, It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing. Can’t wait where this show will go.

Music: Harry Potter Soundtracks Score
          OH MY GOODNESS! If you have not listened to these pieces, do it NOW! You will never regret it; y’all probably think I’m over-reacting but, I can’t explain how great these pieces are. If you are a fan of Jaws or Star Wars then you will be happy to know that much of these are by John Williams. My heart and soul smiles when I listen to this! I listened to it while typing this up.

Books: Harry Potter and the Philosophers/Sorcerer’s Stone & Prisoner of Azkaban
If you didn’t’ know, I started reading the Harry Potter books back in December 2017, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.; I am currently on Goblet of Fire. Now the decision was hard to choose because I love the one’s I’ve read so far and I can’t wait to reread them. But if I had to choose; I would have to go between The first book and the 3rd book/year. I loved the overall happiness of the first book but I just wanted to keep picking up the 3rd book all the time; more often then the first or second book (not meaning offense if any of those are you favorites.) So, I’d say it’s a draw


     Thank you for reading and sorry for the late post. Hope you enjoyed this months favorites. Hope you can stop by for February’s Favorites! While you’re here please take a minute to check out my Pinterest and follow me there. Bye!

Beginning of 2018 Spotify Playlist(s)

I’ll be doing this Spotify series at the beginning, middle, and end of this year. Some songs do appear on more than one playlist. I am not going to type every song and playlist because I’m not going to spend endless hours typing it up; plus I could not find a way to copy and paste it all. I’m just going to type my two most listened to; sorry for this inconvienence, if youre interested in the other playlists I’ll link them below.

  1. Jam – aka My Favorites
    The Sound – The 1975
    Girls – The 1975
    Sex – The 1975
    Revolution – Diplo, Faustix, Imanos, Kai
    Ghostbusters – WALK THE MOON
    WILD – Troye Sivan
    YOUTH – Troye Sivan
    Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
    Days In The Sun – Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
    Evermore – Dan Stevens
    Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
    Victorious – Panic! at the Disco
    Thunder – Imagine Dragons
    London’s Calling – PLVTINUM
    I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
    Like a Virgin – Madonna
    Everybody (Backstreets Back) – Backstreet Boys
    Silvertongue – Young the Giant
    Grow – Conan Gray
    Idle Town – Conan Gray
    Sweater Weather – The Neigbourhood
  2. 2018 – Basically, my aesthetically pleasing section.
    Killer – The Ready Set
    Roman Candles – Leach
    Light Outside – Absofacto
    Off She Goes – Bad Suns
    Wait – NoMBe
    Silvertongue – Young the Giant
    Grow – Conan Gray
    Idle Town – Conan Gray
    Disconnected – 5 Seconds of Summer
    Saw You In a Dream – The Japanese House
    Passenger Side – Smallpools
    NewYorkSoul – Jon Bellion
  3. British
  4. Star Wars
  5. Harry Potter

Rescued and Adored: Your Journey with God

I use the plan’s option in the Bible app for my personal use and to post these.

Do you ever feel like you need to have everything figured out in order to live well in the eyes of God?  Do you struggle with knowing who you can trust? God knows that you, his daughter, struggle and rescues you so that you no longer have to wonder if you disappoint him. He adores you. Start this five-day plan to begin your journey to the feeling of home in God.

DAY 1:
Psalms 18:19 – For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, the servant of Jehovah, who spake unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hands of Saul: and he said, “He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because he delighted in me.” 
Devotional:  I Come Again
          Holy daughter stand and claim your place, the one I’ve saved just for you. You are the resued one, the redeemed and beautiful one. Oh how I delight on you
O how I delight in you.
How I love to look and hold you. How I love to show you where I am and rescue you again. I have rescued you already but I love to show you how I rescued you again.
I come again and again, for you. I can’t get enough of you.
I have so much love for you it cannot be contained. I am unabashed in my joy and love for you. I hold nothing back. How can I hold anything back? It’s not who I am. I cannot change who I am.
And, my daughter, how you delight Me. How I love to be with you; I sing songs of joy and love for you. I created the music of your hearts — and to that, together, we dance. Let Me show you more of Me.
Let me take you further in, there is so much more to show you.
There is so much more — the two of us together, to see.

Day 2:
Colossians 1:13 – “Who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;”
Devotional: Why I Rescue
My darling, my delight, those birds that dance so high in the sky… I made and rescued them when danger falls.
I rescued you my darling
I rescued you from mediocrity, from hesitation, from doubt and stunted curiosity.
Imagine Me looking at you, before you, clearing the way to rescue, so that you can rescue.
I rescue you so that, with Me, you can rescue.
I had paid the price for you, and I would do it again. I would never stop resuing. But I did it one, and it was complete. So that yes, you can rescue now daughter.
I call you to imagine possibilities of hope so that now you can rescue. I carry my name with you — my heart beating in time with yours. Go forth into openness with Me. Bring fourth those daughters and sons who don’t know what rescue means.
I rescue you.
Now go tell them.

Day 3:
Isaiah 60:1 – “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee.”
Devotional: I Know What You Love
Oh daughter, what do you love?
I know what it is, you know.
    I know what it is you love.
There is a daughter who lifts her hands and wonders if I see her. There is a daughter who feels reckless with her heart, who is not sure if it is what she can trust. There is a girl who is afraid to call Me “home”.
One day you will be gathered. One day what you love will be made even more clear. One day all hands will be joined — not one hand forgotten. All hands raised. All voices lifted. All hearts opened. All souls rescued.
Oh girl, I rescue.
There will be praising any your glory will shine. Daughter, I know what you love. Ask Me. Search Me. Listen to Me. Your name is written — your character formed yet continuing to be made new.
Oh, My Delight, the daughter I rescue, let me show you more of Me. Let Me show you where I am and how I speak to you. Let Me grasp your hand. See Me beholding you. I show you what you love.
And then, daughter, do those things you love with Me. Wha I’ve given for you to love is my heart in you. Try it out. See more of Me. Hear Me more. Watch Me move in you. Come on now.
I’ve got you.
I’ve got you.
          Rescued one, you are redeemed. Beautiful one, you shine so brightly, with Me. You are here, here with Me. I gather you. I am for you.
You are My desire.

Day 4:
Song of Solomon –  Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death; Jealousy is cruel as Sheol; The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, A very flame of Jehovah.
Devotional: When You Wonder
          My girl, deep breath now. First of all, let Me tell you something: you don’t have to have this life all figured out to live it well. You can keep going, one day at a time, looking for Me, not looking for Me. . . Your actions show Me what you love. I know your heart already. And your actions can move your heart to respond to Me in ways you can’t, at the time, see.
Be encouraged: the moments of the going and the doing and the waiting and the longing. . . Couldn’t they be responses to my whispers in you? You worry that you will miss Me. You look back on your day and you wonder, “Was that enough? Was I present with You, Father? Is working and wondering and running here and there a way to be with You? Is this the life You planned for me? Am I doing this right?”
        Oh, girl, you don’t disappoint Me.
          My daughter, I could not love you more, no matter what you do. Can you imagine living from that place, of knowing I adore you? Can you imagine awakening in the morning and knowing, no matter what is in store, you are not alone? My lovely one, I smile on you. I have to catch my breath when I think about you.
          You captivate Me
          Daughter, remember you are rescued. Remember, you are free. Remember, you are white as snow; cast all cares upon Me. Remember I am your strength. Remember I am the rock who will always help you stand. Remember, I came, and I know weariness and temptation. I know pain and frustration. I know hunger and thirst and the pressures of eyes of this world. I went before. I carry you now.
Going forward (steady now) . . I am with you. No need to question where I am or if I love you or if you are doing a thing right. Your knowing my love for you is your guide.
My love, believe. That is how you measure a day.

Day 5:
1 Corinthians 1:9 – God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Devotional: Let Me Tell You A Story
          My daughter, where do I begin? Let me tell you a story. There once was a little girl, with eyes sparkling bright and lips that stretched toward round cheeks when she smiled. She liked to reach her hands up high, fingers outstretched, and the wind would brush back her hair. She knew she was delighted in, that she was magnetic, that when I looked at her, I was captivated.
She liked to run through forest where she had never been before. She felt safe. There was no place she couldn’t go where I wouldn’t be. So, she ran and jumped and laughed, and the music of her laughter made my heart swell. It was the music of her heart full and pure and beautiful.
She was rescued, and she didn’t know it. So, she felt free. Her feet were bare, her toes touching the soft textures of meadow grass and the smooth rocks collected at the side of streams. She was seen and known and loved. She ran freely, collecting different sizes of rocks and flowers, along the way.
She ran unencumbered, unhesitatingly, knowing where she was going but never knowing the way. I was with her, the two of us, keeping pace along the path. I would protect her off the path, and she fell sometimes. But she knew she was not alone, and she was not afraid.
This little girl grew, in strength and with words. She knew joy and contentment. She knew where to rest her head, and she knew that when a battle called her to stand and fight she could do it. For she knew I went with her.
This little girl heart is what is most beautiful about you. It is what lives within you. It is where I invite you to come in deeper, look for Me more, let Me come and rescue you again. And again. For you know now you have been rescued. You remember, I am the one who makes you free.
Oh, my darling girl, my rescued one, my girl in white who captivates Me and grows strong and ever more confident in how I love you. Raise your head now, dear one. The road has been long and hard, but still, you are my mighty, beautiful girl who holds my hand and likes to walk barefoot, in streams.


IPSY January 2018 Beauty Box

As part of my Christmas presents I got a 1-year prescription to IPSY; a makeup website where you take a quiz for them to find out what your makeup preferences are so they can send you items that you may like. My January Box came in on the 16th (typed this up on the same day) So let’s dive in!

  1. Bellapierre Cosmetics: StayPUT Brow Gel
  2. So Susan Cosmetics: Liquid Matte Long-Wear liquid Lipstick – Shade: Pumpkin
  3. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo (smells like Peppermint)
  4. MudMasky Sleep Repair Renewal Nourishing Mask & pH-Balanced
  5. The Balm Cosmetics: Mary Lou Manizer AKA “The Luminizer” Highlighter
  • All of this came in an electric blue, pink, & yellow bag.

Thank you for reading and happy Thursday! I hope everyone has a great week and is being/was safe if you were affected by the winter weather in Southern U.S.A.

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My Favorite Thing in My Bedroom

Warning: There may be spoilers due to the items I’ve collected.

This is probably going to sound like a weird post but bears with me. I’ve been wanting to share with you about this since I got it, and maybe this will inspire you. So a few weeks ago I installed a shelf in my room and I couldn’t wait to decorate it (I love decorating and repositioning furniture). I already had a small collection of Funk Pop Vynils and thought that the new shelf would be a great place to display them. To start it all off I bought the first year Harry Potter with the Front Train Car, next to Harry is first year Hermione with her train car, the second train car. I can tell exactly the scene the creators are making because Harry had tape on his glasses to hold the two halves together; before she even met the boys and fixed the glasses. Between the two is a keychain I got from a Harry Potter Keychain Mystery Box (couldn’t find online), I got the cursed ring that killed Dumbledore. The same day I got Hermione, (but at a different store) I got Tina and Queenie Goldstein; they had a 50% off sale on some of there Funko Pops so I racked up. Behind Queenie is a Hogwarts Card I got from a chocolate frog; I go Madam Hooch. Next to Queenie is a Stitch Mystery Figure. He has a grass skirt and is dancing. Stitch is accompanied by a Harry Potter Mystery Box Figure. I have gotten two of these type of mystery boxes. With the first box, I go Crookshanks, Hermione’s cat. The second time I got the box, I got Hermione which I hoped would happen. All of the items listed I’ve already mentioned stand in front of the two train carts.

Beside the second train car is a Jelly Belly candy dispenser. I happened to find it in my house near other items and I love it and I HAD to put it on the display! I don’t know if it still works, but it’s super cool! Sitting in the bottom of the dispenser is a Stitch Pin I got at Disney World, but the needle on his back is bent, so I put him in that cozy spot. Next to the candy dispenser is a Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers (gummy worms) Can O’ Worms. The only reasons why I kept it was:
1). I may use it for storage in the future.
2). Its designed like a tin can and the “pun” is Can O’ Worms.
My Olaf Funk Pop is directly in front of that can, while my Scooby-Doo Funko Pop sits on top of the can looking over my room like he’s on Pride Rock.

Now I’m moving onto the train compartments themselves; there are hollow openings in them where you can store the characters in. I personally like to see where the whole body so I leave them out of the train. In the 1st compartment (the smaller one) I put the jar I keep my paint brushes in and in the 2nd compartment I put three matching office supplies jars that contain magnets, pushpins, and binder clips. Above the office stationery, I leaned this Hufflepuff coaster my mom got me with a matching mug.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading. Tell me what you thought in the comments below! Hope to see you again, Bye!

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