Friday, August 18, 2017

Unfinished

Photo Credit: Unsplash.com 

Unfinished 
Like an abandoned house 
People were ready to move in 
They were so eager 
About what was to come 
But then it struck 
It was so unexpected 
But they just couldn’t stand 
To move into that house 
So they left it 
Never to be touched again 
Saying goodbye 
Not only to the house 
But to the dream 
And really 
There is nothing quite as painful 
As leaving something you loved 
Unfinished


Monday, August 14, 2017

Plane Tickets and Packing





















Well, guys, tomorrow I leave on my first plane trip. I've got my ticket printed, my bags *cough* (we won't talk about how not packed they are), and I am ready to go. Actually as I type this I have about twenty things undone on my to-do list that must be done before I leave. No one ever said I was good at getting work done ahead of time. 

I've got a couple post's scheduled on here for while I'm gone, and any comments left will be replied to when I get back! If you want to follow along with my trip's progress, the best way would be to view my Instagram account here: Mikaylatheordinarygirl  Its a public account, and even if you aren't on Instagram you can view it. 

I am so excited for this adventure to start, but I am trying to enjoy every minute I have at home with my family till I leave. I would appreciate prayers for safety on the way there and back. You can expect a huge post on it when I get back, including our Q&A video!

See you in a little bit!



Getting déjà vu with the photos? They were accidentally published on Saturday, but I decided to enlarge them and share them in my proper posts anyway.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Refining


I was reading this in my Bible last week and it really struck me. It's Isaiah talking about the coming Christ. I wanted to share it with y'all. 



Isaiah 43:2-12


There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
    nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly,
    yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
    he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
    that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
    for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
    and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
    he was put in a rich man’s grave.
But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
    and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
    he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
    and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
    he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
    my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.
I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
    because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
    He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.




Monday, August 7, 2017

July Highlights


It was an amazing month, super jammed with more things then I have room to share here, but I'm going to try!






I did CampNaNoWriMo in July and managed to get 10k in. I wrote a short story called Healing Rain about a girl who's recently lost her brother. This is one of my saddest story's I've written, but it was also an amazing challenge for me, which I loved. 

I turned 18, so me, my family and some friends all went to San Antonio for the day. We ate at the worlds best Tx-Mex restaurant (Alamo Cafe), walked a lot of the River Walk, visited the purple store (one of my favorites for obvious reasons), I got to have my first warm donuts from Krispi Kream, and my best friend called me in the middle of her hectic day. Honestly, it was my favorite birthday I've ever had not just because of what we did, but that I got to hang out with some super awesome people 


Me and Abigayle Claire


I had the pleasure of having Abigayle Claire over for the day! We figured out we only lived an hour apart, so we arranged for a meeting, and she drove out to my house. This girl is even more awesome then her books (If that's possible). Her first book is Martin Hospitality, and she just came out with Andora's Folly, which I did a review of. I would highly recommend both.

I booked my first ever flight, and did a lot of prep for that trip. My amazing mom and I teamed up and we found a suitcase and a backpack that are the right dimensions. So now its coming up crazy fast, and I'm trying to get a lot done so I can just relax on the trip!

We had sunshine rain. It was beautiful. 




I got to meet my favorite author; Jessica Greyson. She is an amazing writer, but shes even more fun to hang out with! 

My sister Rebekkah turned twenty. My super awesome, twin at heart sister just get more awesome as time goes on. I put trick candles on her cake, so it took her five minutes to blow them out. She's the best sport ever, and just laughed every time that candle came back to life. Also we may or may not have let her spray the whipped cream right into her mouth, but no one's going to confirm this one. ;)

Worked on editing Flight From Kelar. I wrote most of this back in November, finished writing it earlier this year, and now I'm almost done editing it!!


Yes, I'm one of 'those' crazy cat owners who dresses my cat with scarfs. 

My siblings and I started attending our churches Ultimate Frisbee meet up after church and it is awesome! 

I bought a new set of Sharpies. I know, thrilling right, but apparently you have to be carded to buy them, so my mom ended up doing it because I didn't have my permit yet. I'm trying to figure out what they expect me to do with Sharpies, but I'm over eighteen, so I'm allowed. 





I took my permit test. Six hours of fun... not. But, I passed with a score of 85 and I received my permit in the mail not to long ago.

We went to our friends bay house, and generally had a great time. We relaxed a lot, I got to do bible time while looking over the water, which was awesome.






I'm trying not to cringe at how few books I read, because it just wasn't a priority this month. 

Andora's Folly, Grace Triumphant, and Control Girl were all my favorite. Forge was probably my least favorite, but it was still pretty good!




Why You Ache Twilight to Dawn

Dreams and Callings  Audrey Caylin 

Sixteen Going On Seventeen Totally Graced 

Hiking Fragrance Lake Whimsical Thoughts


Life Lately || Q+A is Coming Adventure Beyond the Horizon 


Also Micaiah and I are doing a Q&A, so we would love some questions from ya'll! You can either comment on her post, listed above, or mine here: Q&A

July was so amazing, I honestly don't know why God decided to give me so many blessings in a row. Like every month, I had bad days, I was a mess sometimes, but overall I really felt God's hand in everything. Isn't He awesome?

How was your July?


Friday, August 4, 2017

Goodnight to the Moon || Knock Me Down


Hey, I've got two poems today that I wanted to share. Neither is very profound, or deep, but I love them.



I wave goodnight to the moon
I say goodnight to God 
I lay my head down 
Then jerk up again 
I twist to see my prayer card 
Sitting in the window sill 
A moonbeam lying 
Right on the answered plea 
As if God’s smiling at me

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Knock me down
I dare you
Do your best
Try and kill me
You’ll only make me stronger
You only make me turn
To my Lord
You’ll only make me
Grow closer to Him
So knock me down
Make my day
I dare you