Outfit inspiration for the “Lisa” magenta quartz necklace!
Peridot is a stunning, translucent, lime green gem and this month’s birthstone! Can we all take a moment to appreciate how beautiful and calming the color of living, thriving plant life is…
These are fun to make y’all! My new favorite thing! 🙂
Do you ever feel haunted by a sense that you might have taken a wrong turn earlier in life? Like this wasn’t the road you’d expected to walk?
My birthday was this month. I turned 27. I blog about my birthday every year. And every year I panic a little because my expectations for my twenties haven’t been met.
My idea of what I should have done in my twenties has always been a bit extreme. 16 year-old me was sure that by this age, I would have flown all over the world, gotten married, had a child, published a novel, and been in the middle of my incredibly successful career as an entrepreneur/fashion designer/author/screenwriter whilst preparing to homeschool.
None of that has happened…and now I wonder what the heck I was thinking in the first place.
It’s great to have dreams and goals and to take action to fulfill them. But having expectations like that is insane and sets you up to undervalue the life you wind up with. I have spent most of my twenties comparing my actual life with my expectations, worrying that I haven’t pushed myself hard enough, and fearing that I’ve gone off-script somehow.
But, the only thing that’s truly gone wrong and the biggest mistake I have made is not appreciating what has happened. Truth be told, life is great! The only way my twenties will have been wasted is if I get through them without feeling ecstatic about all the blessings God has flooded my life with and forgetting that everything has played out exactly the way that He intended.
“Gratitude” is what I’m talking about. If I come out of my twenties with gratitude and joy over my lot, in spite of my expectations, this decade will have been a success. 🙂
Tomorrow is “Embrace Your Geekness Day”!! (Who comes up with these?!) You may not know this, although I haven’t made any attempts to hide it, but there are plenty of things I could “geek out” about! I started to write about them all, and it got a little ridiculous. There was a particularly long paragraph about The Lord of the Rings.
What is “geekness,” though? I think it’s when you can’t contain excitement over a particular (often cerebral) interest, making you look uncool. People who say they don’t have any of these moments or interests are lying to you, and stifling them is so not the best way to live. In “embracing our geekness,” can we just say that we’re going to allow ourselves to thoroughly enjoy what we love, even if other people don’t?
I marvel at our capacity to enjoy things. Our ultimate enjoyment is only found in God, but he also created everything on Earth for us to enjoy. (It says so right here: 1 Timothy 6:17)
There are two quotes from C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters regarding this topic that I love. Remember, that these “letters” are the communication between two demons trying to keep the “patient” (human soul) away from the “Enemy” (God.)
“Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours.”
“The deepest likings and impulses of any man are the raw material, the starting point, with which the Enemy has furnished Him… I would make it a rule to eradicate from my patient any strong personal taste which is not actually a sin, even if it is something quite trivial such as a fondness for county cricket or collecting stamps or drinking cocoa. Such things, I grant you, have nothing of virtue in them; but there is a sort of innocence and humility and self-forgetfulness about them which I distrust. The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring twopence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forearmed against some of our subtlest modes of attack.”
If you get excited going to a planetarium or museum, get excited. If you have fun watching sci-fi tv shows, have fun. If you enjoy playing strategy board games with your family, do it. Harmless interests and hobbies like these, in their proper place, make us who we are, which is apparently what God had in mind all along.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
They brought me rubies from the mine,
And held them to the sun;
I said, they are drops of frozen wine
From Eden’s vats that run.
I looked again, — I thought them hearts
Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighboring life
Are locked in sparkling stone.
But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
To break enchanted ice,
And give love’s scarlet tides to flow, —
When shall that sun arise?
One of my favorite stones! I am considering making this a monthly collage series to celebrate each birthstone.
What do you think?
I visited the South last week. It was such a blessed time on the family property with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother. My parents, sister, and I had not been there in two years, and I got a little nostalgic walking the property and snapping photos of things that stick out in my memory. Having always gone back there no matter where I’ve lived, it’s like a second home. Here are a few images I captured, including a mini-photo shoot with my aunt’s new puppy because…puppy!
I usually put a song at the end, but for this, I’m putting it at the beginning so you can listen as you scroll! 🙂
Short, sweet, to the point: How often do you value ENJOYMENT over ACCOMPLISHMENT?
If you’re like me, your head space is so full of thoughts that bemoan not getting more done that you have no room to contemplate the joy of what you’re actually doing.
I don’t want to live this way.
Enjoyment over Accomplishment – can this be the mantra for the rest of my life?
Because, if I’m not enjoying it, what’s the point?
I could tell you that I haven’t written because I had no time for blogging during the holidays, and early this year my blog had technical issues. Those things did actually happen. But the real reason for my silence is that I have had something to say for months now but haven’t been able to find the words.
A lot has changed in the country since I last wrote, and it probably sounds like old news for me to bring up the election, but that’s what I’m going to do. For this blog post, though, I won’t be expressing my own personal feelings around the candidates because if I did, it would be hard for some of you to hear what I have to say…
It may seem like America is falling down around our ears, and it is difficult to tune out the celebrities’ commentaries on the last few months and the news anchors’ prophecies on the next four years, but I feel like all those extraneous voices are a distraction from a far more serious problem within the church.
Christians, we have to face the facts: a huge number of believers voted for one candidate, and a huge number of believers voted for the other candidate. And, after the election was over, the church became a very divided body.
As I watched the aftermath of the election blowing up on social media, I was dumbfounded, astonished and confused by the words being hurled back and forth…by believers. It scared me. So much bitterness and anger and spite. So little trusting in God.
There are a number of people that I love and respect who voted differently than me. Believers who voted their conscience by spending time praying that God would show them how to vote, and then voting accordingly.
We were praying to the same Jesus Christ, weren’t we? We have the same Holy Spirit living inside of us, don’t we? So why did we vote so differently? Why are so many of us divided politically?
I don’t have answers to those questions, but I do believe I have reached a conclusion as to how I should respond. And, it’s not with hateful words of dissension.
Y’all, we must respect the Holy Spirit in our brothers and sisters; believers who were asking for the Lord’s leading when they stepped into their local polling place. We have to believe that He has a path for them to walk, and that it’s okay for it to look differently than our own. We have to acknowledge that their issues of concern are legitimate and real, and that we should try to understand them better. But, above all, we must respect the Holy Spirit within them.
Right before He left earth, the disciples were questioning Jesus about the fates that lay ahead for each of them. Peter saw John and said, ‘”Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!'” (John 21: 20-22)
I have thought of that Bible verse a lot during this season, and recognized it as an appropriate position to take when we question why Christ leads a fellow Christian differently…It doesn’t matter what Christ intends for someone else, we should focus on our own path! Granted, this could get sticky if I don’t state the obvious: When we sin, Christ is not the one leading us to do so. But we’re not talking about committing sin, we’re talking about voting based on our understanding of political issues.
Christ also said to His followers, “‘By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) We could have an abundance of love for non-believers, the poor, the needy, and the homeless, but if we are bad-mouthing our fellow Christians, we are not representing Christ as we should.
Now, to anyone thinking, “But, what about the issues,” we don’t have to surrender our positions on the issues, but we can’t let them distract us from our duty as Christians to honor our brothers and sisters. The world is watching our country right now. This is a chance for the world to look at the church in America and see a group of imperfect people choosing to love each other because we share a bond in Christ, not people whose faith wasn’t strong enough to unify them in their differences. What do you want them to see?
I, for one, would rather people look away during the next four years if we can’t figure out how to love each other well.
God has a purpose and a plan for these events, and it will all be for good. He is still in control, and He’s the only one holding all the cards. We can trust Him. Let’s not waste this opportunity to demonstrate our trust. Let’s choose to live calmly in the midst of the world’s chaos, and peacefully in the midst of dissension. We are a family. No matter what.
I used to regularly write blog posts that were a mishmash of random thoughts and links. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, so here you go!
-I was looking up easy ways to make a little extra money (the legal ones), and I stumbled upon a website called slicethepie.com where you can review music tracks from up and coming artists and earn money doing so. Has anyone heard of this and used it? Is the money proportionate to the amount of time spent writing, I wonder?
-Recently, I started hearing that most lipstick contains harmful chemicals, sometimes as harmful as lead. And, hello, we eat that stuff whenever we put it on our mouths! I picked up some Burt’s Bees lipstick last week, and I LOVE it! It’s way more hydrating than anything else I’ve used. If you’re worried that it won’t last as long as regular kinds, it pretty much does what all lipstick does: it comes off when you eat. But, be warned, if you’re going for “long lasting,” that’s the type of lipstick that contains lead…
-Last month, I wrote this post on my shop blog, selroseshop.com, about how God laid the issue of sex trafficking on my heart and how Sel Rosé has now joined the fight by donating 20% of all purchases from the retail shop to A21.
–This article about redefining success really spoke to my heart.
-I have been utilizing the workout videos on this Youtube channel for a while now and have definitely seen results!
–Here’s a book that has changed my entire outlook on life and business!
-I sincerely hope that all of you are praying praying praying about the election. I can’t say that I’m praying anything more specific than that the Lord will overwhelm His church with a sense of His presence and the mandate to step up and be loving, truth speaking representatives of His son. There’s so much for us to do, and I feel like our hearts need to seek Him about it right now!
-A song that’s been on my heart a lot lately.
-Oh, and this song, that basically makes me feel like crying every time I hear it.
-Finally, did you know you can subscribe to Anna Seay Writes, so that every time I publish a post, it gets delivered to your inbox?? You can do it by entering your email address in that little “stay updated” box on the right hand side under my picture. I promise to keep it safe!
That’s all, friends! Tonight, I’m headed to a women’s conference with my mom and sister that I’m very excited about. I might even blog about it.