Monthly Archives: February 2017

5 day song quote challenge!

Here it is, day 2 of the 5 day song quote challenge! Here are the rules once again.

-Post a different song quote for 5 consecutive days

-Post what the song quote means to you (optional)

-Post the song from which the quote is from

-Nominate 2 new bloggers every day of the challenge

-Have fun! ūüôā

Here we go!

My second quote is from Chris August’s song Pieces.

“You don’t give Your heart in pieces. You don’t hide Yourself to tease us.”

What this lyric means to me: God gives us His all. He does not gradually give His heart to us, He gives it to us in full. And although we are known to hide from God, He will never hide himself from us. He cares for us, he will not tease us by hiding from us. He will always be with us!

Here are the next two nominees!

1-Sarah at Forever Aspiring Writer

2-Anne&Brooke at A+B blog

‚̧ Mandie

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5 day song quote challenge

I have made up a challenge! I love music, I love quotes, and I love challenges so I mashed them all together. Here are the rules:

-Post a different song quote for 5 consecutive days

-Post what the song quote means to you (optional)

-Post the song from which the quote is from

-Nominate 2 new bloggers every day of the challenge

-Have fun! ūüôā

Let’s get started!

My first quote is from Danny Gokey’s song Chasing.

“I’ve been chasing things, but all this time Lord you’ve been chasing me.”

What this lyric means to me: Sometimes I get to caught up in chasing my dreams, or things that I want materially, that I forget about God. I should be chasing God more than anything in the whole world. In the end, if I chase God and only God, He will provide and my dreams will become His plans.

Here are my first 2 nominees!

1-Courtney from 1Timothy412girl

2-Etain from A Homeschooling Life

‚̧ Mandie

100 followers!!!

100 Follows!
Congratulations on getting 100 total follows on mandiesworld!

I am so ecstatic right now! No words can explain the joy I have received in the past minute. THANK Y’ALL! ALL of y’all. From my very first follower, to my most recent, to all of y’all in between. I literally¬†never thought 100 people would follow my blog. When I started blogging 4 1/2 years ago I literally was like, “Who is going to follow my blog?¬†I’m just a¬†14 year old shy girl, who doesn’t like to write but¬†decided to get a blog because her sister and close friend got blogs.” Anyway. I love every single one of y’all. Y’all are the reason I am blogging. If y’all weren’t¬†here I wouldn’t be here either. This blog would not exist. Thank y’all for sticking with me through the ups and downs. And especially for staying with me in the midst of my absence. I am so excited for all of the fun adventures we will have together in the future! Let’s keep going strong!

To infinity and beyond!!!!!!

‚̧ Mandie

Happiness Tag!

I found this tag when I was browsing through WordPress looking for fun tags to do. Here are the rules.

Name 5 things that make you happy.

Name 5 songs that make you happy.

Nominate 5 bloggers to continue the tag.

Let’s get started!

1-Jesus

2-Music

3-Friends and Family

4-Babies (human and animal babies!)

5-Flowers

Now for the 5 songs…

1-Pieces by Chris August

2-Today is the Day by Lincoln Brewster

3-Masterpiece by Danny Gokey

4-Happy Day by Tim Hughes

5-Priceless by For King and Country

And lastly the 5 nominees!

1-Etain at A homeschooling life

2-Courtney at 1Timothy412girl

3-Anne & Brooke at Anne&Brookeblog

4-Dainty M at Dainty M

5-Juni Desiree at JD’s Journals

Don’t feel obligated to do this tag, but I would love to see what makes y’all happy. Anyone else who would like to tackle this¬†tag feel free!

‚̧ Mandie

 

Let’s be real…

(This was not a planned post, this post was written on the way to my first college audition this past week.)

I need to be real with y’all. I hide behind my blog. I post happy and uplifting posts, but sometimes I’m not happy when I type them. Just because y’all don’t know me in life, I feel like I can fake it and I feel safe. And even the few who actually know me, I hide from y’all.¬†When I’m blogging and people like my post, comment, or follow me I feel confident, strong and brave. But¬†y’all don’t see the real me, the me the struggles. I’m not confident. In fact, I lack self confidence. I’m not strong in my faith, and I am definitely NOT BRAVE.

I’m afraid. But what am I afraid of?¬†¬†Afraid of the unknown. Afraid of being rejected. Afraid of failing. Afraid of being judged. Afraid of the future. Maybe even afraid of fear itself.¬†I don’t want to be afraid! Some of my favorite songs are songs about letting go of fear or trusting God in every situation, but I still fear. I sing about being free, but I’m not. I’m held captive by fear.¬†¬†As I start flipping the pages to start a new chapter in my life, I fear. I fear people laughing at me, or worse…doubting me. I fear that my plans won’t be His plans. I fear going with the flow. I WANT to stand out in the crowd, I want to stand out for Jesus.

I don’t want to hide any more. I don’t want to hide behind my blog, but I don’t want to hide in life either. I’ve gotten so good at hiding it’s like I don’t realize I’m hiding. I don’t know what it’s like NOT to hide. I hold all my struggles and emotions inside to make others happy, to not weigh down on them. But I’m not happy, I’M weighed down. Why do I always feel like running when I can’t see what’s ahead. My heart tells me to stay, but my mind tells me to run. It’s a constant battle. I know we’ve all dealt with fear and hiding from something, then why do I feel like no one understands? When everyone says “you’ll do great”, or “you’ll do fine”, I’m over here shaking in my boots!

I know¬†His Word is filled with many truths and verses about trusting Him and that I ‘m not alone. (Joshua 1:9) I know¬†He is with me, but the fear still remains. I yell at my fear and my doubts, but they never seem to go away. I think to myself, “it’s hopeless, I will always be afraid”, those words haunt me day and night. They say I’ll be¬†fine, but they don’t see what’s inside. All the fear, anxiety, and doubts all bottled up inside waiting to burst out. I’m ready to explode! I say I’m okay, but I’m not. My stomach is tied up in knots. Everyone believes in me except me…

I know what I need. I need peace. Not just any peace though, the peace that can only be found in Jesus. Because Jesus is peace. He tells us not to be afraid, and He leaves us His peace. (John 14:25-27) Then why am I still afraid, and why do I not have peace? I’ve felt this peace before. I remember the moment I found this peace. Beach trip waking up early in the morning, sitting outside on the deck, talking with God. Out in the cold, my mind racing, my heart stressed and weak, longing for peace and comfort. I opened the Word and found peace. A peace that comforts and calms.

I open the Word now and I can’t find peace for my soul. Was it the environment? Or is it me? Is it my heart? This stubborn hardened heart? But I’m willing and I’m crying out for peace Lord! Do you hear me? I ask. My fears, my nerves, they overwhelm my peace and my strength. You say to trust you Lord, and I try but fear surrounds my soul. It overtakes me. It swallows me whole. Everywhere I go, there it is. I try to be confident in You, but sometimes I just can’t find the strength to do it. I cower when I should stand up and shout. I need Your strength so I can fulfill what You have in store for me. (Philippians 4:13; Psalm 119:28)

While saying all this song comes to mind. “I have confidence” from The Sound of Music, I would change this to I DON’T have confidence. Here’s what it says, with me editing it:

I (DON’T) have confidence in the sunshine,
I (DON’T) have confidence in the rain,
I (DON’T) have confidence that the spring will come again!
Besides what you see I (DON’T) have confidence in me.

I’m supposed to have confidence. Confidence in Christ. But I fear, I worry, I lack self confidence, I lack true strength. God’s Word has answers for all of these. Fear not! He says in His Word. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Do not worry about anything. (Matthew 6:34) He tells us to be confident in Him (Jeremiah 17:7) He will give you true strength (Psalm 46:1) We are supposed to rejoice in every situation, but sometimes I don’t feel like rejoicing. In His Word this is what God says in Philippians 4:4-9:

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned from Me, or seen in Me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.’

What does this mean? Does it mean we can just fake it all the time and act happy? NO! It means SO much more than that. (This is my understanding of this set of verses. It could mean something completely different to y’all) To me this verse means that everything I just wrote down means nothing. NOTHING. I’m free because Jesus died for me. I don’t need to worry my brains out about what will happen. If I do start to worry (which I will still do because I am human) I need to pray and bring my fears to God. He will give me peace. The peace that calms, comforts, and restores. Even more, I¬†need to guard my heart and mind from all evil things. Finally, I need to put all of this into practice, but not just what this verse says, what the whole¬†Bible says.

Once I put all of this into practice, with God’s help,¬†I will be FEARLESS, CONFIDENT, STRONG, FREE.

Afraid by Tenth Avenue North: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WohcTuNRBFE

No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TkUMJtK5k

This one is now my life song. It reminds me that I can be Fearless with God by my side. Fearless by Jasmine Murray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h-kQkcrOok

(I own none of this music! All rights go to the artists and producers)

‚̧ Mandie

 

 

 

Music Monday!

So apparently the Music Monday last week had technical difficulties and did not post. So let’s try this again! ūüėÄ I am so excited that Colton Dixon will be coming out with a new album soon. Here is his new song called “All That Matters”. (I own nothing! All rights go to Colton Dixon and producers) Enjoy my sweet friends!

‚̧ Mandie

 

30 Song Challenge!

I have not been nominated to do this challenge…as far as I know. I discovered this challenge on Forever Aspiring Writer, (check out her post here). Y’all know I love music, so I could not resist this challenge. So here we are! ūüôā

1 My Favorite Song- I cannot choose a favorite song!!!! I have way too many…

2 My Least Favorite Song- Let it Go! I’m assuming Disney songs count…

3 A Song That Makes Me Happy-Priceless or Shoulders by For King and Country, Party Like a Princess by Jamie Grace, and Girls Night Out by Britt Nicole

4 A Song That Makes Me Sad-Without You by For King and Country, Amazing Love by Chris Tomlin

5 A Song That Reminds Me Of Someone-I Am by Crowder reminds me of my mom, Pretty Beautiful reminds me of my youth pastors wife, The Light In Me by Brandon Heath reminds me of Bethany Hamilton…don’t ask why, it just does.

6 A Song That Reminds Me Of Someplace-Rejoice by Dustin¬†Kensrue, We Are The Free by Matt Redman, and Party People by Derick Minor all remind me of summer camp with my youth group. Awe sweet, sweet memories…

7 A Song That Reminds Me Of A Certain Event-Lava (the Disney short film song) will forever remind me of this past weekend when my friends and I went to the movies and were singing that in the car. In The Light by D.C. Talk reminds me of my first time leading worship in my youth group.

8 A Song That I Know All The Words To-Thy Will by Hillary Scott

9 A Song That¬†I Can Dance To-All The Money by Britt Nicole, Unspeakable Joy by Mandisa, Symptoms by Danny Gokey, Love With Your Life by Hollyn, Feel it by Tobymac ft. Mr. Talkbox, okay I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there. By the way you don’t want to SEE me dance. ūüėČ

10 A Song That I Can Fall Asleep To-Kari Jobe songs will usually help me fall asleep or a Hillsong United playlist.

11 A Song From My Favorite Band-Either Shoulders by For King and Country, or You Are More by Tenth Avenue North

12 A Song That Is A Guilty Pleasure-Umm…I can’t think of one for this.

13 A Song From A Band I Dislike-I don’t really have a band I don’t like. Not that I like all the bands in the world or anything, but nothing comes to mind.

14 A Song Nobody Would Expect Me To Like-Every Time You Run by Manafest

15 A Song That Describes Me-Every Bit of Lovely by Jamie Grace, or White Boots by Jamie Grace

16 A Song I Used To Love But Now Dislike-Let it Go?…

17 A Song I Hear Often On The Radio-I Have This Hope by Tenth Avenue North, love this one!

18 A Song I Wish I Heard On The Radio-Any of Jamie Grace’s songs.

19 A Song From My Favorite Album-Masterpiece from Danny Gokey’s CD ‘Rise’ or Better from Britt Nicole’s CD Britt Nicole, at least that is the only name I found.

20 A Song I Listen To When I’m Angry-Not really sure about this one…

21 A Song I Listen To When I’m Happy-Girl’s Night Out or Gold by Britt Nicole

22 A Song I Listen To When I’m Sad-Just Cry by Mandisa

23 A Song I Want To Play At My Wedding- Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood

24 A Song I Want To Play At My Funeral-I have never really thought about this one…but I would want a happy song, not a sad song.

25 A Song That Makes Me Laugh-Good Morning by Mandisa

26 A Song That I Can Play On An Instrument-Fur Elise on multiple instruments

27 A Song I Wish I Could Play- I wish I could play Oceans by Hillsong, but I wasn’t able to. Maybe in the future though! Never say never…

28 A Song In A Foreign Language I Like-How Great is Our God (World Edition) by Chris Tomlin

29 A Song From My Childhood-Come to Jesus by Chris Rice, and You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

30 My Favorite Song At This Time Last Year (2016)-Not really sure about this but maybe Little Ole Me by Jamie Grace

Thank y’all for reading! I nominate anyone who has not done this challenge!

‚̧ Mandie

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentines Day! ‚̧ Y’all shall be seeing many hearts in this post… ūüôā Many people do not like Valentines Day. Why? Because they are single, and it reminds them of their “aloneness”. I put aloneness in parentheses because you are never alone. No matter how alone you may feel, God is still with you. You are His bride,¬†remember this on Valentine’s Day this year! ‚̧ Love God, Love others. Love your friends! And I love y’all so much! ‚̧ Thank y’all for the lovely support over the past few years. ‚̧

‚̧ Mandie

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