Saturday, June 28, 2014

What ...

... ARE YOU READING?

I would love to know! Leave a Comment below! 

xo,
Brooklyn

At A Loss For Words

After I have been reading Kisses From Katie, I have now managed to wrap my family up into my journey with her story of living for God in Uganda. I personally feel that it is an incredible book to be shared in a household and even with friends!
When I see how much love she has for the Lord and desire to serve Him, and I see everything she is doing (and giving up) to fulfill His calling in her ... I can't help but feel so inadequate in what I have done (but mostly haven't done) to follow and love God; to give up myself. Questioning why God would care a thing of my self-loving life when she has done such remarkable, wonderful, glorifying things with hers? But He does. He loves me. HE LOVES me! And He LOVES you!
I have not accomplished anything in my life to deserve His unfailing, forgiving, and sweet love; not once. NOT ONCE. And yet He so freely showers me with His DAILY GRACE and LOVE and MERCY. 
I am found in God. 
And it is God that I long to please and live for.
Just as He revealed His perfect plan for Katie's life, I am eager to see His calling for my own; and I hope I have as much bravery and strength as Katie Davis to leap into the unknown and live life purely for His joy!

In His Love,

xo,
Brooklyn

Friday, June 27, 2014

Commence Book #1

     Upon ordering Kisses From Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, I was nothing short of impatient for the delivery truck to pull into my driveway and hand me a small yellow package. 
     Yesterday afternoon was just that day. I ran into the house holding said yellow package, sat on the floor by my puppy (who is laying on my knees as I type this), and began shredding the wrapping off until the 304 page paperback was within my fingertips. 
     With that much anticipation and excitement, you can already guess correctly that I would not be waiting until the following day to begin the book. A few seconds in to holding this beautiful book, and I was reading every single detail ... because that is how ready I was to read the book: the acknowledgments, foreword by Beth Clark, introduction... and then, the start of Chapter One. There was no chance that I could let a book with such an amazing story not be read word-by-word. And fully, every word
Katie Davis, the young girl behind this book, the writer and narrator, is widely gifted. Her passion to follow Christ, wherever He may call her, is beyond encouraging. Katie is an astounding writer and you want to read every word. 
You can nearly feel everything she went through to get to Uganda... Her longing to serve Christ fully... Her braveness to let go of all she was familiar with in her hometown, for a place she could only dream about beforehand. Her joy, that you can almost see the smile on her face, as you read her happiness throughout her journey there. Her love that she so freely gives to strangers and even calls them friends. Her gracious and kind care for sweet baby orphans. The list could go on for weeks.
     Katie is full of compassion, kindness, generosity, and most definitely unquestionable: God's Love. 
I believe every one grows up with the thoughts to "change the world" or "leave a legacy" ... And somehow let people know we were here. To make a difference. But the thing behind every motive is thought, and sometimes we are too afraid to do what we actually could, because of fear.
Katie is absolutely remarkable for although she had fear, she feared more than anything: not doing what God called for her life. Living "safely" and not reaching out in a country that she knew God had made her a home.

So she packed her bags and left home, for her new home, in a new place. That she somehow already realized God had been preparing her for for years. 

And I so want to quote every sentence, every thing Katie describes and conveys so magnificently ... 

Please, dear reader. Please, I beg of you to order this book if you haven't or borrow it from a friend or library, and read it. 

I may be in the very beginning of this book right now, but within the first 6 pages, I was given a very new perspective of what it means to be a Christian and a complete follower of God, and of full self-sacrifice and love for others. 

And I realize it's what life is about. Living for others.


So in closing, I leave you with this:

"The truth is, I saw myself in those little faces, I looked at them and felt this love that was unimaginable and knew that this is the way God sees me. The children would run to me with gifts of stones or dirt and I saw myself, filthy and broken, offering my life to the God of the universe and begging Him to make it into something beautiful. I sit here in a broken world, small and dirty at His feet, and He who sits so high chooses to commune with me, to love me anyway. He blinds Himself to my sin and my filth so that He can forge a relationship with me."

Now. If that small glimpse of her story does not leave you with chills and a heart so torn to read more ... Please get the book! I will continue writing on here as my journey with Katie in Uganda proceeds. 

xo,
Brooklyn

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I'm Now A Page-turner

YOU GUYS! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S BEEN TEN DAYS!!
I'm back for a tad and had to write a post.

                            • LET'S TALK BOOKS! •

Believe me, me, the girl who has never EVER EVER EVER cared to READ, is caring to read suddenly. The books that are required: no... Not my forte in genres. 
The books I personally pick, are well ... spellbinding page-turners. I totally lose track of time, day... and within T-one to two to rarely but maybe day three... the last page is turned.
And what a sweet and bittersweet feeling. 

This year, I have read two books. THAT IS A SAD SENTENCE, YOU GUYS. ONLY TWO BOOKS ---- IT'S NEARLY JULY.

A few days ago I was browsing Lauren Conrad's website and stumbled upon her section "read" ... So I clicked it and the new inner-reader side of me was very happy. Her personal list of 10 summer books to read (and her spring + fall list, too) was posted... I spent a little while ••• more like a few hours ••• looking the ones up that interested me and then browsing the books others' had bought after that one. It took a little while. But it was time well spent. : )

I now have a happy list of 23 books (that keeps growing) to cross off my list, hopefully, by the end of this year. ((Wish I would have started this list when school ended...  I could be on book #10 or so now. Lesson learned for next year!!))
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THIS WEEK I AM BEGINNING:

KISSES FROM KATIE: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

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2014 • BOOKS READ SO FAR:
The Help
The Fault In Our Stars

BOOKS I WANT TO READ • 2014-2015:
Kisses From Katie
No Greater Love
He Walks Among Us 
A Million Little Ways
The Hundred-Foot Journey
October Baby
The Language of Flowers
Something Borrowed
Something Blue
A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet
A Paris Apartment
Bella Fortuna
#GIRLBOSS
What Would Audrey Do
Girls In White Dresses
What Alice Forgot
The Best of Me
Me Before You
The Matchmaker
Southern Charm
- All of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- All of Nicholas Sparks' books





Sunday, June 15, 2014

Moments to Remember

• This post is being written as a diary for myself to look back on in 2015+ ...




Sometimes you meet people, and somehow know... your life will never be the same. (in a totally good way of course)

1 month and 6 days ago, I learned that very quickly. 

somehow, i get a feeling, this is not where it ends... 
and it makes me feel excited.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

June; 6 Months Into 2014

Sweet Readers,

       June has been an incredibly busy month, and time has been quickly passing by.

I haven't forgotten you. ;)

I'm so thrilled for your interest in reading my blog. Please grab some tea or coffee, sit back, and scroll through my posts. 

If you have any desired topic you would like me to write about, feel free to leave a comment, and I will do what I can!

xoxo,

Brooklyn