Happy Sunday!

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Blessings for a great week!

xoxo,

Megan

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May Peace be with You

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Happy Sunday! I hope the day and week ahead are filled with peace. Whatever struggles you are facing, may God bring you strength and courage.

xoxo,

Megan

The Last Crusade

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Today, Dr. Billy Graham was laid to rest in Charlotte, NC. Beforehand, thousands of people gathered and participated in his “last crusade.” Dr. Graham is world-famous for his tent revivals and crusades that led many people to a life of faith. As I’m writing this post, I’m listening to one of his sermons on YouTube.

Watching and reading the news coverage this past week on Dr. Graham’s passing has made me think about the importance and meaning he gave to the world. Also, it has made me think about the message I want to give to the world. Is it a message of kindness? Acceptance? Gratefulness?

As we head into another weekend, take time and think about what will be your message to the world. Let it be one that reflects you and your good character.

Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Megan

Be a Snowflake

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At various times today, I’ve found myself staring out the window and watching snow fall from the sky. All day snow has fallen here in North Carolina and we are now up to about four plus inches. I can’t help, but think how peaceful, calm, and quiet the world seems right now. Also, there is something about a winter snow that brings out the 6-year-old in all of us and just makes you, well, happy.

From the texture, the coldness, and the beauty of it, snow just amazes me. One thing that is especially wonderful is the uniqueness of snowflakes. We can’t tell with the naked eye, but every single flake that falls from the sky is carefully created with its own design. No two snowflakes are identical.

Sound familiar?

No two humans are identical either. Every one of us were designed in our own special way. There is no one like you and that is a true sign of God’s love. Be proud of who you are, your personality, your style, etc. Everything about you is special and should be celebrated!

One time I saw a video on Facebook that showed snowflakes close up. The variety of the designs were beautiful; just like the variety of human beings in this world. Be a snowflake and be who God meant for you to be.

xoxo,

Megan

2017 Top Book Reviews

I’m always up for a good book and I’m always on the lookout for my next read. Each year, I keep a list of all the novels I’ve read and whether or not I liked them. However, I request the assistance of reviews to help me pick out a book. These reviews are helpful and give me insight into what the story is about. So, I decided to do the same with the top three books that I read in 2017.

Kid Carolina: R.J. Reynolds Jr., a Tobacco Fortune, and the Mysterious Death of a Souther Icon by Heidi Schnakenberg 

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My hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is greatly influenced by the legacy of R.J. Reynolds and his family. Reynolds helped build the town back in the early 20th century. I have a deep fascination for this family and the events that occurred in their lives. After reading The Gilded Leaf in 2016, I became interested in learning more about the life of R.J. Reynolds Jr.

The book Kid Carolina is a detailed biography of Dick Reynolds’ personal relationships and demons, careers in politics and business and his love for the sea and sky. Schnakenberg goes above and beyond in covering all aspects, from his childhood to his death, which still remains a mystery, and how he earned the nickname “Kid Carolina” as a teenager. If you are a historical nonfiction lover, you’ll definitely enjoy this read.

4.5 stars out of 5

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado 

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This book came into my life at just the right time. As many of you know, I have depression and anxiety. New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado put the words of God that I needed to hear into writing and has helped me create a better balance in my life. Lucado provides readers with a map of trusting in God to ease worries and promote a sense of thankfulness. If you are struggling with the stress of daily life or could use some calm in a chaotic world, this book is perfect for you. Plus, Proverbs 31 Ministries has a great Bible study to go along with your reading – I’m looking forward to completing it again!

5 stars out of 5

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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As I’m currently studying for my graduate certificate in middle grades education, I’m learning more about the lives and developmental needs of young adolescents. After seeing the trailers for the movie, I thought it would be a good decision to read the book, Wonder, to compliment my studies. This novel is centered around August Pullman, a boy with facial birth defects. August, also known as Auggie, is entering the fifth grade and a public school for the first time. Palacio gives an excellent description of Auggie’s life, his family and their challenges, and how Auggie teaches his fellow classmates respect and empathy for others. In addition, Wonder started the #ChooseKind campaign and has taught others to spread kindness to everyone around them (you know I’m all about spreading kindness in the world). Let’s just say I’ll definitely be teaching this book in my classroom.

4 stars out of 5

xoxo,

Megan

 

It is Well with My Soul

It. Is. Well. With. My. Soul.

These six words took me a long time to finally understand their true meaning and I still struggle with it daily. I have learned that pray and trusting in God can relieve some of my anxiety. My goal is to be able to pray about a concern and then quit worrying about it and let God take over. During this upcoming week, take those six words to heart and know that whatever happens, God is in control and knows the bigger picture.

xoxo,

Megan

Love Thy Neighbor

I, like most of the world, am trying to wrap my head around Tuesday’s horrific shooting of three students in Chapel Hill, NC. I just can’t fathom how someone can have so much anger and hatred to the point they take the lives of fellow humans.

Chapel Hill is no more than an hour away from me. I have friends who attend UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, and are Muslim. This scary situation has impacted them in ways I can’t imagine nor will be able to fully understand. As a female Caucasian Christian, the term “prejudice” is a little bit foreign to me. I know what prejudice is and the actions that comes with the word, but the only prejudice I have experienced is from being a woman.

You might be wondering where I’m going with this. Well, here we go:

No one, regardless of their gender, religion, or race, should be targeted and mistreated. Growing up, I was taught the golden rule “treat others as you would like to be treated.” Seems as if the world needs to be reminded of this rule.

If each of us within this world does one act of kindness each day, think about how many people would be impacted? There’s over seven billion people, meaning there would be over seven billion acts of kindness. Reach out to those you love and reach out to strangers on the street. Do whatever you would like, but make sure it’s positively impacting mankind.

All lives matter. All people deserve the best and to be treated fairly. Love thy neighbor.

xoxo,

Megan