Grow with God • When I don’t really have time..

Hello Everybody!

I hope you’re all doing great this week and if you are in school that you are staying ahead! Personally, I have a larger course load than I have had in several years so balancing it with work, church, bf, and family has been interesting so far, but I am doing it! There is a cheesy tumblr post that says, “I run. I’m slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run!!” Which is how I feel about school, and life, at times TBH. AND though I never plan my intros, (Which is evident by how much I babble in them if you look at previous posts. Haha.) this funnily enough kind of ties in with my topic today.

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 ANYWAY, around a year ago and the beginning time of this blog of mine, I was carrying a similar course load as I am this semester in school, yet while being just as busy I was probably the closest that I have EVER been with God.  (Not that I am not close to Him now, but we can always improve and strive harder to be close to Him.) At the time, I had a reader reach out to me who was from Brisbane, Australia. Obviously, I was stoked that she reached out to me, but what got me more excited was her questions about God and our relationships with Him. She expressed in her email that she was a high school student and a Christian but she was “finding it hard to FOCUS on God because [she] did not have many Christian friends or influences around [her] and that [she] was pretty busy with [her] school schedule.” She then asked my tips for growing a relationship with God when you can’t really find that much time in your schedule. I obviously did not want to bombard her with a bunch of stuff all at once; I mean, How do you climb Mount Everest? One step at a time. So I decided to start off SLOW and give a few tips at a time. This is why for the first time ever, I am going to do a series on this blog page.  Because there will always be more that we can do as we learn more and grow more. I’m super excited about it, are you? *I’m imagining a crowd screaming “YESSSSSSS!” right now, not gonna lie.*

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Let’s dive on in!

Step 1: The first step is simple, though many people don’t actually do it and that is: spending time with Him (in the Word and in prayer.) It is just like a relationship with anyone else in your life; it takes time and effort. Can you imagine your BFF and you being as close still if you never talk or see each other? So when you feel a strain (like you aren’t as close as you want), start with that. Now, let’s talk how this can be a PRACTICAL application to our lives. Realistically, it would start with reading the Bible every day (just 1 chapter a day) & 15 min of prayer. At least. So if that means waking up 15 minutes earlier to spend time with Him, then so be it. In my opinion,  it’s better in the morning to do this; nobody else is awake and He has your full attention. Throw on some worship music and just talk to Him as though he were sitting across from you. Do this every day and then, when you get used to it, increase it to 30 min or an hour or however much you feel.  Odds are, when you get in the groove, the time will fly by and you will crave more time with him. 

Step 2: This one helped me A LOT and I never even thought it would. I don’t know if you drive or not, but when you are in the car, try to cut out secular music (aka anything not Christian.)  I’m not saying forever, I still love me some Go-Country 105. But at least as far as “car time” goes for a while, try to dedicate this time to Him. To be completely honest, this is an area that I need to work on again (This goes to show that it takes constant effort to maintain a strong relationship). Previously, I made that change and continued for 4-6  months and noticed it totally improved my overall mood. I wasn’t getting “road rage” or upset. It also helped calm me down when I felt an attitude coming on or when I was feeling anxious or upset. Spending time in His presence helps you, so you might as well get in as much time as you can. *warning: some worship songs are not suitable for driving because they cause tears and sobbing* Lol! All jokes aside though, I truly want you to take this #CarpoolWorshipSesh challenge. (and keep an eye out for one of my upcoming post-series where I am going to do my top 5 Praise Songs and then my Top 5 Worship songs. Until that comes out, you can check out my friend Kristen’s youtube video where she discusses the topic! I’ll link it below!)

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There are so many other things that could help, but seriously, just start with these and see how it improves your walk with Christ. Let me know how these work for you on my Instagram DM’s or by email! And if you want more tips, keep an eye out for the next post in this series.

Until next time, I’m signing off with a Graceful Soul and a Grateful heart.

xo, Leah Grace

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Want to read the bible, but don’t know where to start? My church has a plan that follows the one chapter a day! here is the link for a free download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5HegXgDdEYMMlVhNGx1emlROEE/view
Kristen’s Video!! https://youtu.be/7r2mkxpDGX4
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Dreams (or should I say Hope?) into Plans

Hey Guys!

I promised myself I would only post a couple times a week in order to not completely bombard your feed; however, surprisingly enough that has turned into something that is difficult to do. Not in the way you would expect of course. Everything I encounter I have a quick thought in my head like, “I COULD TOTALLY BLOG THIS.” It’s strange but I like it. Anyway, hi! Today I am going to talk about my Hope Chest. If you are a planner like me, then you might already know what this is, if not lemme’ explain. A Hope Chest is basically a chest that young women can use to buy stuff in preparation for marriage, moving out on your own, or even college. The first option is most traditional, but I’ve even seen it as a graduation gift for someone starting off in a college apartment.  When you’re young and want a gorgeously decorated modern home, but you don’t have the funds to do that; What is a twenty-something year old planner to do? If you are a planner like me, trust me when I say, this is every planner’s dream!

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STEP 1: Find A Chest (Better Quality solid wood will last longest!)

 I know it sounds like I am oversimplifying but really it all depends on your taste. I am super blessed because my Nana has a chest that my Tata gave her before their marriage (OVER 40 YEARS AGO)! Talk about sentimental value. The cool part about it is that you can use it as a coffee table, at the foot of your bed, storage, filing. So many options. My personal one is going to be upholstered with foam underneath for the foot of my bed and storage;  I want it comfortable enough to sit on. I’m also getting it a tufted style. Very chic. LOL.

 STEP 2: Fill it!

This can be with anything that you want! Find your own taste and roll with it! I want mine to be preppy and girly, but also keeping in mind that I am going to have a husband so as much as I want, I can’t have pure Lilly Pullitzer and Kate Spade (a girl can dream). Haha. Now, lets talk bargains! The main purpose is so that you can have the home of your dreams without breaking the bank/hurting your wallet badddd. Wouldn’t you rather spend a few bucks here and there than to move out and have nothing? Starting from scratch trying to decorate an apartment could cost thousands. So start little by little.  Also, if this is prepping for the married life, don’t waste money on things that you can easily just register for or on appliances. A blender may be the cute color you want or it may be on sale, but they easily become outdated just sitting in your chest.  So instead buy decorations, wall art, linens, storage, serving dishes. Gadgets and Gizmos that you would otherwise not register for. But be careful, once you get in the decorating zone, you’ll be tempted to buy more and more to complete each room. tumblr_ndiax4B95W1qm2s94o2_r1_500.gif

**Don’t Count out Discount Stores!** I have found the cutest things at Marshalls, Ross and TJ MAXX. Of course I will also go to my home planet Target, but these discount stores surprisingly have some diamonds hidden in the rough. My game plan is to spend $20-$35 dollars every few paychecks until I have the basics to cover everything. So find a chest and the world is your oyster. I never knew I would like interior decorating as much as I do. There is just so much joy that I take in planning so this is a project that I am so excited for. I will keep you updated every couple months to give an update on what I’m scoring on! Make a plan/vision, keep an eye out for deals, buy little by little and enjoy planning your future home! The wonderful and wise Pumba from the Lion King said, “Home is where your rump rests.” So make that home stylish and totally you! If you end up doing something similar to this let me know! I would love to see your hope chest progress! Tag me on Instagram: @xoLeahGrace ! I want to see the whole journey.

Until next time, I am signing off with a Graceful Soul and a Grateful Heart!

xo, Leah Grace