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Music Monday!

I’m back for another Music Monday! (Insert clapping here) Yes, I’m still alive and well! College is keeping me busy y’all! I had an amazing Fall Break, which I will hopefully get to share with y’all soon!

This song by Hollyn has been in my head for the past few days. I’m loving the powerful message of it. He is coming soon to fight for us, He is our strength when we are weak, and He is always there to rescue us! We have hope!


Today I Choose Joy

I choose joy!
Such a powerful reminder that Jesus is our joy!
❤ Mandie

Daughter of Grace

Today I choose joy when school is pushing anxiety;

Today I choose joy when people can be rude;

Today I choose joy when I don’t feel healthy enough;

Today I choose joy when life is hard and isn’t going my way;

Today I choose joy when the devil is trying his hardest to depress me;

Today I choose joy when I’m scared of change;

Today I choose joy when I keep on stumbling;

Today I choose joy when my friends reject God’s love;

Today I choose joy because I pray God will send me again;

Today I choose joy because I know there is hope for the future;

Today I choose joy because I’m desperate for God’s help;

Today I choose joy because I am child of God;

Today I choose joy because that grade is not going to matter 5 years from now;

Today I choose joy for myself;

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My heart is heavy…

My thoughts today…

My heart is heavy,

I don’t know where to begin,

Another tragedy,

What is this world coming to?

Precious lives taken,

Our shattered world shaken,

Will there be an end?

Let Your light shine 

Into this dark land.

Turn this world’s eyes back to you,

Renew our hope for heaven, Lord.

Please be in prayer for everyone who was effected by the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Love y’all!

❤ Mandie



I don’t want to be a backseat driver!

I have heard this song so many times but never really listened completely to the words. A while back I stopped myself from singing along and just listened. Here are the lyrics:

Backseat Driver
Silly me, silly me, aye
Revertin’ back to my old ways
Them got to be in control days jump before I pray yo, I’m headed out the doorway
But I want your way, yahweh
From dirt roads to highways
You’re showin’ me a beautiful view from this backseat
But there’s lots of room and I never would have seen it if I wasn’t rolling with you
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver
I don’t wanna navigate, (don’t wanna, uh), won’t you take it over (take it over)
I don’t wanna ever doubt you, I’m lost without you lord
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver
You got the wheel, take me where you wanna go
My heart is your’s, no matter where we roll
Been backseat my whole life now I turned sixteen so it’s time to drive
Buckle up, tru behind the wheel
Got my Iphone bumping like (dom da dom)
GPS locked and the map was set
Thought I had it all right till the road went left
Spinning outta control in this coupe de ville
Now I’m sittin’ shotgun, Jesus take the wheel
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver
I don’t wanna navigate, (don’t wanna, uh), won’t you take it over (take it over)
I don’t wanna ever doubt you, I’m lost without you lord
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver
No backseat driver, yeah
No backseat driver
I’m putting my trust in you, putting my trust in you
It’s a little bit overdue, but I’m putting my trust in you
I’m putting my trust in you, putting my trust in you
It’s a little bit overdue, but I’m putting my trust in you
I’m putting my trust in you, putting my trust in you
It’s a little bit overdue, but I’m putting my trust in you
It’s a whole new journey, a brand new path
And I’mma fix my eyes so I won’t look back
Tame this beating heart in my chest
‘Cause everything in my wants to jump ahead
So light it up, up don’t let it fade
Light it up, up show me the way
Light it up Lord, just like you do
No second guessin’, I’mma move with you
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be no) no backseat driver
I don’t wanna navigate, (don’t wanna, uh), won’t you take it over (take it over)
I don’t wanna ever doubt you, I’m lost without you
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver
I don’t wanna be no (don’t wanna be no) no backseat driver
I don’t wanna be no (uh) won’t you take it over
I don’t wanna ever doubt you, I’m lost without you Lord
I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver
Wow! That’s all I can say after reading these lyrics. But here is what really hit me.
I truly believe that God speaks through music, and many times again and again has he spoken to me through music. 2017 has truly been one of the best years yet. Yes I had struggles, my valleys, but I also learned so much! One thing that I have faced a lot this past year was trusting. I struggled so much with trusting people, and more importantly God. Funny thing is I heard this song SO MANY times while struggling with this, but I never took the time to really hear what God was telling me, and apply it to my life!
The first line was a punch in the gut! So many times have I reverted back to my old ways! How silly! The next line…YES, YES! I don’t want to be in control, because every time I’m in control it ends in disaster! I want your way Yahweh, and only your way!
When we ride in the backseat God turns our dusty roads into highways and our view into the most beautiful destination. We see things, and know things that we never would have seen or known without Him! I don’t want to be a back seat driver, I want God to navigate the way, and take EVERYTHING over. I don’t want to doubt you Lord, I want to Trust!
And then we have the bridge of the song….oh, boy! This part really got to me. I sang these words so many times. BUT I NEVER FOLLOWED THROUGH! I’m putting my trust in You, its a little bit overdue, but I’m putting my trust in you!
And this is my prayer for myself: Lord, fix my eyes on you and help me not to look back. Help me to stay on YOUR path and not mine. Lord, please tame this beating heart inside my chest. Help me to stay when you say to stay, and move when you say to move. Help me to trust You Lord, with everything I have in me, and not to fear when things seem scary. Light up my path Lord, and help me not to second guess Your plan. My ultimate prayer is to fully trust you Lord. Please help me to FULLY TRUST you in every situation. I can only accomplish this with You! AMEN!
I hope this post encourages y’all today. Please share y’all’s comments below about what this song means to you!
❤ Mandie

Music Monday!

GOOD MORNING!!!!!! I don’t know why today I am just so pumped! Anyway, we have a song from Brandon Heath called Whole Heart. I want to love Jesus with my whole heart! He will show us what healing do can, how kindness moves, and He will open up our whole hearts. ❤ Don’t be afraid to show all of yourself!

Take a moment to listen to the bridge of the song a few times, or until it really sinks in. (at 1:55)

‘The less I trust you the less I grow,

The more you love me the more I know,

I don’t have to be afraid to show

All of me.’

I pray this song will encourage someone today! (I own nothing! All right and credit goes to Brandon Heath and producers!)

Music Monday!

Here is Starlight by Bethel Music and Amanda Cook! This song was recommended by my friend Shelby! ❤ I had not listened to this song before she mentioned it, but I REALLY enjoyed it! Jesus is our starlight, our every breath, He is with us in every moment, and is always close to us. My favorite lyrics of the whole song are “You are closer than the very oxygen I’m breathing in.” Every breath we breathe is because of Him, and it is such a great reminder that He is so close to us. (I don’t own anything! All rights and credit goes to Bethel Music, Amanda Cook and producers!)

Please pray…

Hi everyone! Today I just have one request. Please pray for Texas and Louisiana and anyone who may be effected by hurricane Harvey. There has already been major flooding and devastation in many areas across Texas and Louisiana. Please take a moment out of your day and ask a prayer on behalf of families who are losing properties, vehicles, and person possessions. Let’s also pray for the spiritual, and mental conditions those families may be facing. If you are in Texas or Louisiana, please stay safe, and know you are in my prayers.

❤ Mandie


The Mystery Blogger Award!

Thank you to Phoenix at God is Awesome and At Work for passing this award on to me!

Note for the nominees: To accept this award, tell us all three things about yourself, answer the questions, and share three of your favorite posts written by fellow bloggers! Then pass it on to other bloggers by giving them some new questions to answer.

Here are 3 things about myself:

  1. I am now a freshman in college.
  2. I love hamburgers.
  3. My life verse is Psalm 118:24.

Now on the questions!

1. What’s your favorite dessert? I love ice cream! A close second would be cheesecake…
2. How many siblings do you have? I have one amazing older sister! Check out her blogs here and here! ❤
3. What’s your favorite childhood memory? This is a hard one. Probably our fun trips we took. We went up the east coast one time, and some mid-west states another time! Those were a blast! Or probably baking with my grandma, sister, cousin and aunt.
4. Who’s your favorite singer? My favorite singer is Danny Gokey!
5. When did you last go to the cinemas? Wow. I don’t even remember…oh, actually it was probably June 13th. My dad took me to see the K-love Fan Awards in the theatre! It was amazing!
6. What is your favorite thing about school (or homeschool)? Well, my favorite thing about homeschooling was probably being able to go at my own pace. If I didn’t understand something I could take more time with it if need be. Also having a flexible schedule too! Now I am in college. My favorite thing here is it is impossible not to get connected and involved! There are so many opportunities for everyone, no matter what you like or where you have come from! Also all my new friends! ❤
7. What is your most listened to song? Either, Known by Tauren Wells, Oceans by Hillsong, or the worship mashups by Caleb + Kelsey.
8. Who is your role model in the blogging community? I don’t really know, honestly. I love everyone I follow!

I can’t pick! I love everyone’s posts, so keep it up y’all! 🙂

Now for y’all’s questions! (Beware, these are so random! LOL)

  1. If you bought a boat, what would you name it?
  2. Are you a messy person, or a tidy person?
  3. Has there ever been a time when you got injured in an embarrassing way?
  4. What is the last song you listened to, or what song are you listening to right now?
  5. Are you better at cooking or painting?
  6. What is the most unique name you have encountered in real life?
  7. What are your ideal pizza toppings?
  8. What was your first car, or what is your dream car?

Anyone who wants to do this award…you have been awarded! Congratulations! 😀

Thank you for reading!

❤ Mandie

The Unique Blogger Award!


Thank you so much Anne from A Country Girl’s Life for nominating me for this award!

1.) Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
2.) Answer the questions.
3.) In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
4.) Ask them 3 questions.

Here are her three questions for me:

  1. Would you rather have a whipped cream pie in the face or a bucket of freezing cold water dumped on you? Definitely a pie to the face! I dislike cold things very much.
  2. If you could go out on a date with anyone you wanted, would you go out with your favorite celebrity or your crush? I guess this one is kind of cheating on my part, because I don’t HAVE a crush…so I’d pick favorite celebrity.
  3. If you had two wishes that could come true, what would they be? Okay this one is the hardest for sure. I don’t know really. Maybe that I would never grow tired. EVER. Physically, mentally, spiritually. Or maybe actually be able to teleport, so I would never be late…

Here are my nominees!

C.B. Cook at

Allison at

Etain at

Dainty M. at

Cat at

Julie at

Aundrea at

Olivia at

Anna at

Here are my questions for y’all:

1. Would you rather live alone in a mansion or a tiny home?

2. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

3. Share a moment when God answered one of your prayers. (Technically this isn’t a question,but I’ll take it!)

I hope y’all enjoy this award, and Congratulations! Have fun with it, and let me know what you think in the comments!

❤ Mandie

Music Monday!

Happy sunrise everyone! Today I am pleased to share with y’all one of my favorite song mashups! Two of my favorite worship songs are Oceans by Hillsong, and You Make Me Brave by Amanda Cook with Bethel Music. Caleb (from Anthem Lights) and his wife Kelsey (from 1Girl Nation) mashed these two songs together. The very first time I heard this I got the chills it is so good! Plus, I can sing my two favorite worship songs at the same time and not get in trouble! LOL I hope y’all enjoy this! (I own nothing! All rights go to Caleb and Kelsey Grimm and producers!)

❤ Mandie