Things I learned in 2016

Things I learned in 2016

Hey it’s 2017. Like duh it has been for a while Ellie. But anywho, I wanted to share some things I learned in 2016. Hope you like 😀


1. There is ALWYAYS something to be thankful for.

Yes, I know there are hard times where we really need something, but we need to always stay thankful. God has blessed us so much. Firstly, it’s a blessing we’re even alive. Then, we have our family and friends and so many other things.

2. Prayer is powerful.

I’ve prayed so much this year and God has answered my prayers. Even if the result wasn’t exactly what I wanted, I was satisfied and I knew God had a plan which leads me to say…

3. God always has a plan.

This year I gained an interest for gymnastics. I have a dream that someday it could become my career. That seems totally impossible though because of how old I am. But when I feel inspired to become a gymnast and I doubt myself, I remember God has a plan. No matter how impossible it might seem, if that is God’s plan for my life, then it isn’t impossible. If it isn’t, his plan for me to become a gymnast, it’s okay. I know his plan is better than mine.

4. Always be yourself.

This blogging year has been hard for me because I read so many blogs and they’re all interested in writing and reading. That really isn’t me though. I’m different. And sometimes I try to think of posts that will please the crowd, but I have to remember to be myself. Not to compare myself to others. But to be me. To be unique.

5. Correctly others always won’t help them.

There are some people that I try to correct, but I’ve learned this year, it’s not helping. We need to be a light to them. We need to love them. All they need is encouragement. When you correct someone that tears them down, but when you love someone that builds them up. That encourages them to be better. So love others.

bouncing in to say bye,



New Year, New You

New Year, New You

I am once again posting a day early.

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New year, New you!  I was thinking about that common saying the other day and actually pondered what it meant.  If you think about it, do you really want a new you?  I mean, the start of the year is a great way to start afresh, set new goals.  But, you can also use the new year to ponder back on those things that you had accomplished and and learned from, making you a better person.  What about those goals that you set last year?  Did you accomplish them? If so, did they make you a better person?  Are you going to continue to keep those same goals that you set the year before?  Instead of setting completely new goals and trying to become a completely new you, how about we take the things that we learned and set from the old year and bring them into the new year, ALONG with our new goals.

Just something I had been thinking about.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


I know this was a short post, so I thought I would also put down my own little schedule for this blog.  I have the first and last Friday of the month.  I thought I could use the first Friday of the month to blog on inspirational posts, thinking posts (like today’s), and different posts like that.  The last Friday of the month I thought I could use to do routines, some of my own little stories, diy’s, and to show some of my favorite recipes.

What do you think?

Tell me what kind of post you would like to see the end of this month. 🙂

Happy New Year once again!



Mirror, Mirror~ What Lies Within

Mirror, Mirror~ What Lies Within


Hey friends! I am not an official contributor to Girls Living for God’s Glory, but today I am guest posting. My name is Melani and I blog over at Reflections of the Heart. Maddy, the one who began this blog, is one of my sisters. : )

I find it funny how so often we let a piece of glass define who we are. Yuck, not a great hair day. I wish I were as tall as her. Do I look okay? What will my friends think of this outfit?

Does this sound familiar? If you grew up watching Disney, I’m pretty sure that you know this next quote.

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall- who’s the fairest one of all?”

How often do we look in a mirror and wonder the same thing? Well, maybe not the exact same thing, but pretty close. Our reflection is what determines whether or not we feel comfortable with ourselves for the day. The glass decides. And to a point it has control over us.

The Evil Queen was absolutely obsessed with her appearance. To the point that she would kill to be the prettiest. You know the story. Snow White runs into the forest, meets the seven dwarves, and- never mind. I’m getting carried away. ; P

Why don’t we spend more time dying to self and worrying about something more important? The world has plenty of problems on its own. We don’t have to add our own petty issues.

I really like the lyrics to a song by Barlow Girl. Don’t worry, I’m not going to sit here and type the entire song, but here is a small portion:

Mirror, mirror on the wall, have I got it?

‘Cause Mirror you’ve always told me who I am.

I’m finding it’s not easy to be perfect.

So sorry, you don’t define me.

Focus on ways to build inner beauty. What truly matters, not what the mirror hanging in your bedroom shows you. Jesus gave the perfect example of a life of service. Goodness, He wasn’t even too proud to wash feet! How much more should we be willing to give our time? Time that could be spent putting on makeup, trying on outfits, or fixing your hair. That won’t last. That won’t matter.

It won’t bring fulfillment, either. I know that the less I think of myself the more joyful I am. Isn’t that funny? Thinking about yourself doesn’t make you happy. It only makes you more miserable. Instead, focus on other people’s needs. Find ways to serve. You could…

*Make a meal for your family.

*Read a book to your little siblings.

*Start an email prayer or Bible study group.

*Find ways to serve outside of the home that is appropriate for your age. I go to a crisis pregnancy center on Mondays, and this is a huge blessing to me!

*Help out around the house.

*Pray for strangers.

*The list is endless!

Thank y’all for visiting today!

The Importance of Family

The Importance of Family

Sometimes I wonder how girls my age can spend all day away from home, barely see their family, and feel fine about it. I spend most of my evenings dancing, and my public school friends pretty much go to school, go to dance, and go to bed. Oh, and don’t forget the hours of homework awaiting them!

They really don’t see their families very much. Their schedules just don’t allow it. They will come into class straight from school and start talking about how they haven’t seen their parents in days. I know that I could never do that. Your family is very important. Friends, they will come and go. But your family will always be there for you.

It really makes me value my life more. I am so blessed to be able to have the family that I do. They do so much for me and I appreciate them so much.

“The love of a family makes life beautiful”

We have this quote hanging up on our wall, and I really love it. Sometimes the most satisfying thing in life is getting to spend time with your family. Even if it’s something as little as just all being together. Those are the moments that I love and treasure. So guys, really just treasure your family and know how blessed you are to have them. Your family is one of the most important thing you have.

God Is Forgiving And Mericful

God Is Forgiving And Mericful

So, I’m going to use this post to complete a school assignment.  My assignment was to pick five bible verses on God’s mercy and forgiveness and write down what those verses mean to me.

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God’s forgiveness is a great example for us to forgive each other.  We have no right to God’s forgiveness and love, but he still loves us more than we can imagine!

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The Lord is always there for us, he is always ready to forgive and wipe our slate clean.  All we need to do is hand him our mess ups and ask for his forgiveness.

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When Jesus died for us he gave mercy and forgiveness.  When he died for us, Jesus showed that he loved us, even when we don’t deserve it.

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God having mercy on us is a great example to us.  He is telling us in this verse to have mercy on others just like he had mercy on us.

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This is God talking to Moses about how patient he had been with the Israelites.  No matter what we do God always has mercy for us.  We have a God slow to anger and abounding in love.  I’m so glad for my sake!


And, that is all five verses.  Whew!  What did some of these verses mean to you?  Please let me and other readers know in comments below. 🙂


Girl’s Living For God’s Glory – Episode 2

Girl’s Living For God’s Glory – Episode 2

You can view episode 1 >>>HERE<<<

Last week, we talked about a quick overview of what a girl living for God’s glory is. It was mostly a summery of her trust in Christ. Today, I have something a little different planned.

A girl who is living for God’s glory looks like three things. One, she shows compassion to all. Two, she dresses appropriately; honoring both God, and her future husband. And three, her actions say so. All of these things are traits of a girl living for God’s glory. And this is what my point is for today.

If you have not read the last article, you are more than welcome to jump right in here, or go back and read the introduction first. For those of you who have not read the most recent article, this is a series focusing on the girl who is living for her Majesty’s glory. This series will hopefully open the eyes of many woman, young and old.

Let’s begin talking about the first trait I mentioned; showing compassion to all. What does that mean? Most likely, if someone has wronged you, you would want revenge. You might do something terrible, like hit them, cut their hair and mess it up, thrash their belongings, or something much more severe. Let me just say this- does revenge reflect Jesus Christ? No, surely not. He died for our sins, and He took it all on Himself.  They teased, beat, and mocked Him, but He didn’t seek revenge- He let the Lord handle it. And I believe that that is what a girl who is truly living for God’s glory should do.

The second one is of big importance to a young, growing girl, dressing appropriately; honoring both God, and her future husband. How do I go into more detail? Let me just say this- would a daughter of the Lord of hosts, child of the King of kings, wear clothes that make men- not her husband- think evil thoughts? No, no no no. Not only is it dishonoring God, but it’s invaliding your husband/future husband’s gift, given by God to the man you are meant to be with. What I mean by dressing appropriately, is not revealing too much, where it leaves major, well, you know what I am trying to say. Dress like God would want you to dress- not how Hollywood would want you to dress.

And finally, the third, which is something that there is absolutely NO escape from- actions. Something so slight, as a roll of the eyes, can set off the feeling that God isn’t living and shining through her. Maybe it’s something bigger, like the way you interact with someone you don’t want to be talking with. Or maybe something like your “enthusiasm” for a boy. I mean, if your not going CRAZY when your praying, but your going absolutely BONKERS for some boy, than there is something wrong- In other words, that boy is becoming a God. Bad action, caught! #1 commandment- Do not make any God’s before Him. These are all actions, disobedience, being a big doozy.

We’ve talked about showing compassion to all, dressing appropriately, and actions. These things should be clear, aside from me noting them. Compassion can be shown when your brother breaks your favorite necklace; dressing appropriately can be featured when your at the store or something, hopefully all day; and actions, well, those are sins, and sins can’t be avoided… but you can sure try. Practice makes perfect, you know.😉

A. Taylor

Girl’s Living For God’s Glory – Episode I

Girl’s Living For God’s Glory – Episode I

Who is a girl living for God’s glory?

A girl living for her Savior’s glory is a child of God who is doing exactly what God wants her to do with her life, A daughter of the Lord who worships Him; through good and bad, A girl who trusts her savior with her life. 

Lets talk about the first one, doing exactly what God wants her to do with her life. What does that mean? What exactly does it mean to do exactly what God wants you to do with your life? Well, first off, I guess you could say that it means not doing things that bring shame and disgrace on the name of the Lord. Things like using His name in vane, doing stuff outside of marriage, behavior that doesn’t reflect the Lord, and so on. But it can be hard to avoid, because sin is apart of us- sin is what makes us separate from God. It’s a shame to be sinful- especially when you know the difference between good and evil.

Now let’s talk about the second one, worship Him; through good and bad. Rejoicing is easy when times are easy. But what happens when things are bad? Should we lose sight of the Lord? Fear? Run, maybe? Or should we stay rooted in the the Lord? Have joy, no matter what? Trust, no matter what? I think that the second option is a much better choice. A girl who is living for the glory of God is a girl who should be happy in the Lord, no matter the circumstance. Our joy will shine through the heart of God’s child, and that’s how we all should strive to try and be like. Even though it can be hard, really hard.

And- the third one. Trusting your savior with your LIFE. Now, what does it mean to trust God with your life? This one, I will never completely be able to grasp the full strength and power. It’s really hard to live fearlessly, knowing that your only protection is God. But at the same time, it’s so reassuring. But sometimes we wonder, what if the Lord won’t protect me today? Well, that’s when you realize that something is wrong with your faith. And most likely, it’s because your doubting the Lord. Whatever the reason is, there is one. How to fix it is completely up to you and God- and you and God alone. That’s what trusting Him is about- knowing that you can fall, and He will catch you.

The Lord has His hand over your life, he will protect you, and he will guide you.