Wednesday, February 24, 2021

GIVEAWAY // CELEBRATING 3 YEARS OF BLOGGING!

 

Wowsers! Three whole years of blogging? Is it just me or did the time just fly by!?? February 28, 2018 seems so far away, yet I remember writing my first post so clearly! 

Before we get on with the giveaway, I'd first like to do some reminiscing:

Two of my favorite posts in 2018: 

Sea Glass Treasures 

Be a Artist 

Two favorite posts in 2019: 

h e a l i n g 

ASI 2019 Meeting Jess

Favorite posts in 2020: 

Horses + Writing 

It Changes Things

Cover Design Tips 

It's going to be OKAY

College. When Life is Unpredictable 

Grand Canyon!

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Just looking back over these posts, I'm reminded of how much I've changed. My writing style has changed. Experiences I've gone through in the past three years has shaped my way of thinking. I've grown, and yet part of me is still that seventeen year old girl wondering what the next chapter will hold. Everyday, I feel blessed that God opened the door for me to start a blog because through this blog, my writing dream has expanded, I've met friends that have encouraged me and shown me that there are people out there who want to be there for me. I hope that I return the favor, but my online friends will never know what kind of positive impact they've made on me. 

This blog has been consistency in my life when everything else seemed unsure. These past years, there's been trials and this blog has given me a outlet to turn those trials into object lessons.

This blog is far from perfect. Hundreds of typos are hidden throughout my posts. Sometimes it's so cringe-y. But the thing is, it's all apart of my journey. 

So thank you. Thank you for reading my posts. Thank you for commenting. For your kind words. For just being you. I pray this blog is a blessing. 

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*drumroll* 

To celebrate... I think a GIVEAWAY is in order! 

(I'm so sorry to say that this giveaway is only for those living in the US. I have a small business, and know how expensive shipping can cost. Sorry international friends!) 

I will be giving away three (3) giveaway prizes! The catch is, they are MYSTERY prizes! The mystery prizes *may* include items such as the following list: bookmarks, painted pottery, key chains, books, magnets, signs, among other fun gifts! But- ALL three prizes will include one (1) mini bar of Creamy Unscented soap and three soap samples scents from Winds of Faith Co.!! (P.S. if I know the person who wins very well, I'll try to personalize the prize as best as I can!)

I'm making it super easy to enter, simply follow my blog and comment a Q&A question below! Comment with a question or questions (can be abt whatever!) and I’ll do a Q&A!! Giveaway ends March 1st and winners will be announced on the 3rd. 

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Comment below to be entered to get a chance to win one of the three mystery prizes!! 
What is your favorite post on my blog? When did you first start following Showers of Blessings? 
What's your favorite memory with me/the blog? Do you like mystery prizes? Do you have a question for the Q&A?

Many Blessings,
Brooklyne Elysse

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Scavenger Hunt Blog Party

Welcome to the Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt! I know, I know, this isn’t my usual posting day...but—

Today, I’m taking part in this SUPER fun event and giveaway to celebrate the release of Sarah Holman’s new book Fanny’s Hope Chest.

Here’s a picture of my hope chest that my Nannie and Papa gave me! 

Here’s how to play:

1.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and get the full list of items to search for and blogs taking part

2.     Find the hidden item on each blog

3.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and enter the giveaway with your completed list.

4.     Tell your friends about the scavenger hunt

5.     Watch to see if your name is drawn on February 16th for 1 of five


Okay, now let's see if you can find the item I’ve hidden in this picture! Each picture gets a little easier to spot! See if you can find the object(s) on all four pictures in the bookcase!




Did you find them? :) Go ahead and check it off the list of Hope Chest treasures! Also, who's craving something freshly baked? Me!

(Also, sorry if that was super too easy to spot! Lol, I overthought it...)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. There will be five winners!


And that's not all! Interested in Fanny’s Hope Chest? Grab it for $0.99 through the 14th (Price will go up to $2.99 after)

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How old is too old for a hope chest?

When Ellie starts a new job as a home health aid, she doesn't expect to meet a woman in her eighties looking for her hope chest, nor a house as messy as Ellie's own emotional state. But as she cleans up Fanny's house, she begins to wonder if Fanny's hope chest might hold the answers to her questions about disappointed dreams and holding on to hope.

That is, if she can face both the mess and her own heart.

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Find it on Amazon!

Doesn't that just sounds so awesome?! And isn't that cover so pretty!?!


Comment Below if you are going to add this book to your TBR pile! 


Many blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse




Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Waiting & Idle // My thoughts


Not becoming stagnant in life's waiting seasons. Finding Contentment.

Sometimes life becomes slow. We go though the motions and become so accustomed to mundane routines. We see others (accomplishing so much). We see friends go off to college. Siblings get married. Family members go on amazing vacations. Someone we know has a business take off. Another gets promoted. You name it.

We feel like everyone around us is in the fast lane and somehow, we are the only ones stuck behind a tractor on a oneway, dirt road.

We pray for God to lead us in His right path for us, but in the same breath, we tell Him how we think He should answer our prayer. As if we know best. 

NEWS FLASH: God knows best & His timing is best. 

God sees the big picture here, He knows what you and I need. And He does answer our prayers... only maybe not in the way WE think He should. But that doesn't mean He has abandoned us or has forgotten about our dreams.

So let's talk about being in a "season of waiting." I have a very strong conviction surrounding this phrase. A conviction that was SO HARD TO LEARN. This subject isn’t a easy one. 

When I think of waiting, I think of coming to a standstill while waiting for someone or something else to make a move. In waiting, there's time to catch your breath, to become comfortable with the standstill.

In my mind, God doesn't ask us to be idle. He may ask us to wait for His timing, but He never asks us to stop growing in the season we are in. His will doesn't involve becoming stagnant. 

He doesn't ask us to wait for the right guy to come sweeping in before our life can become content. He doesn't ask us to twiddle our thumbs while He lines up the perfect job. He doesn't ask us to become stuck in a rut while He miraculously makes our dreams come true. (Though, because God is amazing, He absolutely could do these things, but oftentimes it usually doesn’t work that way. Usually there are lessons to be learned in those seasons that could not have been learned if our dreams came handed to us on a silver platter out of thin air....) 

No.He doesn’t ask us to wait for the silver platter. He asks us to live life now. To be content now. Find purpose now. To trust Him in the here and now. 

Because, if we TRUST NOW, we don't need to worry about when God will bring people into our lives. If it is in His will, He'll make a way. He already knows the desires of our hearts. And if we sit back and wait, think of all the things we will miss out on in our lives. There are different callings for different seasons. 

Maybe you're life isn't going how you had planned, maybe you are stuck in a job you hate and all the burdens have weighed you down to the point where dragging yourself out of bed in the morning is a chore. Instead of filling yourself with bitterness towards all the people in your life who you compare yourself to, maybe it's time to get some perspective. 

If you are struggling with wearing so many hats and life is too complicated, maybe it’s time to get some perspective. 

If you are unsure of your future and feel like you need to have it more together, like that burden of “figuring it all out” sits solely on your shoulders, maybe it’s time to get some perspective.

Fact: you don't know the big picture. 
What if you are in this season for a specific purpose? Maybe there is someone you can reach despite your lousy job that you wouldn't normally be in contact with? Maybe you are in this seasons to learn a lesson on comparison? Maybe you are in this season of crazy busy schedules to learn that real, heavenly peace does not come from the world but from God? Maybe you are in this season of uncertainty to practice trust in Someone bigger?

 If God has lead you and if you are relying on His guidance, there IS A PURPOSE right where you are at!

Back to the fast lane analogy. While driving on that dirt road behind a tractor, maybe your purpose is to look around at all the beauty of the countryside. To really be grateful for the road you are on. Maybe your purpose is to have that deep conversation with that person next to you without the interruption of life zipping by. (Cultivating meaningful relationships with people in your life). Maybe your purpose in this season is to serve others and think less about your own ambitions? Maybe your purpose is simply to cling to Jesus in a time when you just feel really weak. 

Instead of waiting, how can we be proactive and act upon our faith?

We have to be continually praying. By praying for God's will and for our hearts to become opened to God's direction, we are able to trust God's bigger picture. We ought to trust that God will grow us in this seasons so that we can be better equipped for the seasons to come. And last, but surely not least, we have to learn to be CONTENT. 

It's so hard to be content when life right now isn't our own "ideal." But God's ideal is so much better. (When we align these two, think of how full our lives can be! Overflowing!)

Instead of always trying to have life "gettin' good" we should be realizing that life's "already good." Look at your season. (Don't look at other people's seasons.) How are ways you can enjoy where you are at? How are ways you can grow? Don't stop, look for ways to grow your character. Look for opened doors. Let God search your heart. Don't put off things for "someday." Live life NOW. 



Can you relate to anything in this post? What is something in your seasons now that you are grateful for? Comment below! 

Many Blessings,
Brooklyne Elysse

P.S. 
Go HERE to read a post from exactly a year ago!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Self-Care 101



I've done a post very similar to this back in May 2020. Read it HERE.

Many times we think of others before ourselves. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when you go go go without taking care of yourself, there will be a domino effect that will effect not only your own health, but others who you want to be there for. So today, I'll be talking about 10 ways to better care for yourself... 

There is a fine line when it comes to being "selfish" and just creating healthy boundaries. And I think it's different for each person depending on where they are in their walk. But for me, it's been hard to allow myself time to really care for my body. Caring for yourself is really important! 

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about stare-at-a-screen "me" time, or treating yourself to a second helping of dessert. You're telling me chocolate doesn't count as self care? lol, you wish.

How about this, have a square of chocolate when you complete one or two things off of this list a week! Chocolate isn't a self-care, but it makes for a great bribe! *winks*

Self-Care 101: 

  1. Sleep
  2. Health Foods 
  3. Workout
  4. Stay Hydrated 
  5. Read a book 
  6. Take a bath
  7. Manage a manageable todo list
  8. Spa night 
  9. Journal 
  10. Do something that brings you joy with no alternative reason for doing it.
Sleep

Sleep is one of the best ways to take care of your body! With the right amount of sleep/rest, you can tackle just about anything that will come your way in the morning. As simple as this is, it's extremely hard for many people to do. Average adults *should* be getting 7-9 hours of sleep. I shoot for 8 hours. Kids even longer. And I've heard it said that the sleep you get before midnight is where you can find the best rest. On an average weekday, I aim to go to bed by 9-10 and set my alarm for 5:30-6. Another pro tip I've heard said is that if you can go without screen time 30 minutes to an hour before you go to bed, that it can improve sleep and overall health! So don't sleep sabotage yourself by going to bed at 1am after a 2 hour movie or endless scrolling. Your body needs sleep and it's up to you to take care of it!

Health Foods 

*steps up to the mic* Ahem. Welcome, folks, to a topic that your hostess is very passionate about! This section could get it's own post. Or better yet, it's own blog! In other words, I hope to write a cookbook someday... But for real, what you put into your body is huge. Don't like yourself and want to feed the pain/stress in life? Junk food is your answer. Want to take care of your body and change your life? A whole foods, plant-based lifestyle is your answer! Care for yourself by fueling your body with food that fights disease, not with food that feeds it. Yes, I'm talking power greens, veggies, legumes, grains, and fruit (berries)! There is so many things in our lives that we can't control, but we *do* get a say in what we eat. *mic drop* *bows*

Workout 

I don't know about you, but when I workout, it does NOT feel likes self care. I mean, I'm sweating and my legs & arms turn to jello, not to mention the mental exhaustion of showing up and working hard! But ya know what? Afterwards, I feel great (after the soreness fades)! I feel very productive and like I've been a good steward of my body. Set some workout goals and don't let that fear or comparison get in the way. Workout because taking care of your body is a form of self-respect. And once you start this journey, it's hard to turn back. 

Stay Hydrated 

This fits in with the two above. But it needed it's own category because staying hydrated is *that* important! We need half of our body weight in ounces. I'm talking WATER. Not hot chocolate, coffee, pop, or some other favorite drink. H2O people.

Read a Book 

Reading a book is a great way to wind-down in the evenings, especially if you don't want to have screen time before bed! So pick out a book that grabs your attention and let the reading begin! No srsly, reading is really a form of self care because (1) you are doing it for yourself (2) you are creating habits that don't revolve around scrolling social media. And (3) you learn new things and expand your thinking!

Take a Bath

Take a bath and let yourself come down from a busy day. Breathe. Light a candle. Set the mood for REST. Because rest is important and rest doesn't always mean sleep. It can mean taking a bath with your favorite music and just chillin'. Try it sometime. 

Manage a Manageable todo list

Is it just me, or does todo lists have a way of getting out of hand to the point where they aren't helping anymore? Like, they are supposed to help organize your life, but instead, make it crazier? Yup, I feel ya. So, in order to care for your physical wellbeing and mental sanity... it's time to prioritize your todo list to make it more manageable. When you are mapping out your day or even week, take into account the most important tasks. Allot those to certain times in the day or days of the week depending on what type of todo list you are making. Don't make your todo list too long. Keep it to the point, and schedule fun things on that list as well! 

If you feel like you are drowning in things to do, remember that it's OK to say "no" to optional things on your plate. Nobody expects you to do it all. So you shouldn't put that pressure on yourself either. 

Spa Night 

Yeah, okay. It's hard to make time for yourself, let alone plan a whole spa night! But-- once in a blue moon, you should treat yourself to a face mask, hair mask, manicure, etc! Maybe even look up your own skincare recipes! 

Journal 

I've mentioned journaling before... But it's worth saying again. A huge part of self care is checking in. We check in on how friends are doing. So why don't we check in on ourselves. Write down what you are feeling. Did something big happen in your life that you want to record in a journal? Did something funny occur that made you smile? Was there some drama that you need to sift through fact/fiction? Do you have a decision that you need to make a pro and cons list?

Journaling helps a lot when you need to figure out life. 

Do something that brings you joy without an alternative reason for doing it

This last one is vague... But think about it. How many times do you find yourself allowing yourself to do something only when there is another alternative reason for you to be doing it? As a creative, I run into this a lot. Lets say, I want to do some painting. Well, I like painting, and I like finding ideas, making something pretty. But, usually I have a motive. I want to give the painting as a gift. I want to sell the painting. ETC. This self care tip is about painting because it brings me joy. It's about spending time with your horse not because you "have" to train, but to just enjoy your horse. It's about going on a walk in nature that leads nowhere except to find yourself. You name it.

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Welllll, that concludes the list! When was the last time you did something off of this list? Do you find it's easy to practice self-care or hard for you to do? Do you have any tips to add to this list? Comment Below!

Many Blessings,
Brooklyne Elysse 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

My Life in Books



I think I saw this as a tag somewhere & I thought it might be fun to do with my bookshelves! 

1. Find a book for each of your initials

B- I found four: Bound by Victoria Lynn, Beloved by Kaitlyn Krispense, Behold by Faith Potts, and Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills.
E-  I found three: (since I couldn't find any on my shelf, I looked through my TBR pile on Goodreads) Even in the Gray by Laura Guenot, Emmeline by Sarah Holman, and Encountering Our Wild God by Kim Meeder.
N- Never Say Goodbye by Sarah Grzy, Not by Sight by Kate Breslin, and No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer 

^^ I couldn't just pick one, so I chose as many as I could find.

2. Count your age along with your bookshelf: what book is it? 

Sand Castle Dreams by Taylor Bennett! I have read book one in the Tradewinds series, and will hopefully read this one soon! 

3. Pick a book set in your country
Love Finds You in Sundance Wyoming, Love Finds You in Victory Heights Washington, and Love Finds You in Silver City Idaho. These three books are set in the US of A! <3 

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to:

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott= The Grand Canyon! (Um, I wrote this post before our trip so this is actually A PLACE THAT I'VE BEEN TO!!)
& Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble= Hawaii would be super neat to go to!

5. Pick a book that has your favorite color on it

An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White has a deep blue color on it's spine! I love sky blue, and basically any shade of blue as long as it's earthy and not neon.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Circle C Adventures! I loved reading these books as a young teen! 

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

My biology book, lol. 

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it? 

When I finish The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White. Why? Because I have to read two other books in the series before this one since characters are mentioned.

9. Name a book where you share a hobby with the main character
Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson: Cooking and Baking.

10. What book are you currently reading? 
Question of Honor by Jessica Wheaton! 

What have you been reading lately? Any books that you have fond memories with? 
Comment Below! 

Also, how are you? Ever since starting my new posting schedule, I’ve kinda missed posting once a week. But in this time, I’ve been able to work on writing posts and scheduling them so I won’t feel rushed when school starts again on Monday. XD

Many Blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Life of Late // Letters // Happy New Year!

 


Howdy folks! 

It's about time for a wrap up post--of sorts. Honestly, it's about overdue...  

First, I'd like to wrap up December. Then, I'll talk a little bit about this year. For 2018/2019, I wrote THIS POST where I shared some letters. For 2019/2020, I wrote  THIS POST where I shared a poem and some letters also. Letters seem to be a trend for me to welcome the new year, so I'm keeping the tradition alive in this post! 

December Wrap-Up: 

~~~Snow~Animal chores while freezing~Soap orders~Made a soap graphic to help customers decide on scents~Pinterest quotes~Christmas movies~Watching Doc!!~Snow photoshoot~Spotify wrap-up ~Soap photoshoot~Animal chores after dark~Celebrated birthdays~Workout~Insanity workout program~Healthy meals~Bath salts~Lots of reading for school~Buying my sisters some surprise gifts~Pretty sunsets~Dehydrating orange slices for decoration!~Writing papers for school~Sabbath walks~S'mores brownie~Settlers of Catan~Making orange garland~Finishing Doc!!~Winter break~Memories from last year's beach trip~Hot chocolate~Trail ride gone wrong~Christmas lights~ColorStreet nails~Christmas program at church~Amazing music~Christmas Eve~Frisbee golf~Video game~Christmas Day~Nachos~Dance~Hallmarks~Building trusses~More Hot Chocolate~Grocery shopping~Workouts~~~ 

Still living, laughing, loving, and learning all the time!



Letters:

Dear 2020, 

Wow, what is there really to say? Covid was a major curve ball that none of us were expecting. A curve ball that seemed to have the snowball effect... in other words, this year was a tough one for many on many different levels! So hard. But, 2020 wasn't all bad, there were some crazy big milestones that occurred for me and my family. First, the year started out with a bang. I mean, zip lining in a cave anyone?! 
Other exciting happenings were planning (and re-planning) a trip to the Grand Canyon. Which was a BLAST! 
Helping plan, decorate for, and be there for my sister's wedding!!! <3 <3
Starting college. Whoop whoop!
And climbing Grandfather Mountain in NC. 
Among some other things, but those were the major highlights for sure! 
2020, was a year of hardships and self discoveries. My word "Wildflower" taught me a lot, and yet I wasn't ready for some of the things it brought up. When I choose wildflower, I hadn't realized a big part of flowers is "growing" out in the rough elements. Growing despite growing pains. Growing despite the rain. So in the coming year, I'm thinking my word is going to be either "thrive" or "revive." Why? Bc this poor wildflower needs to find the sunshine! 

2020, I'm not sad to see you end. But I know that the things won't magically go back to normal once 2020 is over...  I'm still looking forward to starting a new year. 2020 has taught me a lot. It's taught me to cherish the people close to me. It's taught me not to believe everything I hear. It's taught me that fear is real, but fear is not the end-all. It's taught me that plans change. And that's OK. It's taught me to step out of my comfort zone. It's taught me that Jesus is the only true source of comfort & peace in the times when the darkness is overwhelming. I'm so thankful for the people who helped me get through...

2020 was really good, and really bad all at once! A lot can change in a year... 

"Nice" knowing ya, 2020, 
Ben 

~*~

Dear 2021, 

Welcome, new year! I'm excited to see what wild rides are in store. My hope is that going into this year, I'll find peace. With where I'm at, with where I'm going. I also hope that I continue to fall in love with Jesus more and more. Because even in the pain and suffering of this world, the Hope of my Savior is enough. Even in the unknown, my trust in Jesus can be known. 

I honestly don't know what to expect from this new year. I'll continue with school. I'll continue with soap making. I'll continue with (slowly) writing that book that I keep wanting to publish. I'll continue to try new things. And who knows what amazing adventures I'll find myself getting into.

But whatever is in store, I'm grateful. For my family, for my friends in my corner. For my animals that make me smile. For my many blessings.

Welcome aboard, 2021,
Ben

~*~ 


Some things to expect here on the Blog in the coming year: 

~Posts every OTHER Wednesday. And I may be taking a hiatus once or twice to regroup. As you can see, I'm cutting back a little. I'll be trying this for the first quarter of the year. 
~Posts on topics such as the following: Hand-Lettering 101, Sisters Wedding Pictures, Poems, Short Stories, Advice, Books, Healthy Recipes, Etc! 
~A giveaway in February!!! (To celebrate 3 years of Blogging!!!!!!!!) 

Comment below if you have any blog post requests! I'd love to hear your ideas. 

With that said, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Each and every one of ya'll who interact here on the blog means a lot and reading your comments brightens my day! Thanks SO much for following along throughout 2020, and I hope you continue to read Showers of Blessings in 2021. What is a blog without those who read it?! So thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3 May you have a new year full of new opportunities and blessings + collect wonderful memories! God's bigger than anything that you might face in 2021, He will carry us through. Tell me down in the comments one lesson God has taught you during 2020. Do you have any new 2021 plans? Comment below! 

God Bless! 

Brooklyne 
Elysse 






Wednesday, December 23, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Blog Party // Why He Came

 


Today, I'm joining in on the fun! 

JI'm taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Party that Faith puts on each year. What a fun tradition! 

Anyway, you must be wondering what my post is going to be about. I bounced many ideas around in my head regarding this post. I was pondering Christmas recipes, Christmas songs, Christmas movies, Christmas books, writing a Christmas poem, talking about Christmas traditions, etc. But the thing was, I have already done Gift Ideas, Songs, and a Poem last year. I wanted something a little different. 

We celebrate the birth of Jesus this time of year. I'm not sure the exact date of Jesus's birth. I also think that the typical nativity story we hear around Christmas time has been changed along the way. But the reason for His birth and coming to the earth has never changed!

I decided to write a little piece of fiction. Fiction that hopefully portrays a small piece of the redemption story. Fiction laced with TRUTH, if you will. Yes, Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph. In the little town of Bethlehem. Yes, that is usually the nativity story told, but I want to share a different part of the story. A story that answers "why" baby Jesus was born. 

Honestly, this story is not in my typical genre. But I set down to write, and this is what came out. It's not the light and fluffy Christmas story that I set down to write... 

Why He Came // The Ultimate Agape (Love of God for Man) 

I shifted uncomfortably in my crouched position on the cold, stone floor. My limbs had fallen asleep hours ago, and their painful tingling was the only indication that my body was still fighting for its life. Let it fight, but for all I care, my life was already gone. Deflated. Dead. 

Justice had been served and I was found guilty. Prison was the last nail in my coffin. My life was over.

Sitting all alone in a dark cell will get a person to think about things. Things they wish they could have forgotten years ago. I deserved worse than these four walls. I deserved worse. Steel, cross-hatched bars--eleven to be exact--contained the lowest of lows. Me.

I craved darkness, but even I knew that the blessed heavy cloak would not even begin to cover my shame. It couldn't. For my sin was too large.

My lips were like dry fire kindling, splintered and desperate for anything to quench my thirst. My stomach slinked against my backbone in utter hunger, I couldn't remember when I ate last. I deserved this. 

I deserved even worse.

Time was my enemy as it kept ticking. Why couldn't it just run out already? Waiting to die was almost worse than the haunting memories that kept me company. 

The sound of the jail cell door opening came to my ears. It's screeching was deafening against the otherwise, silent room. 

A moment later, He came in. His light, a stark contrast to the walls around me. When was the last time I had seen a kind face? Had I ever? Probably not. I most certainly had never seen this man before. I was blinded by His presence. I felt my heartbeat go from near stillness to full on thudding as I crumpled closer to my dark corner. Maybe I could hide my shame, He hadn't seen me yet... had He? 

My eyes slammed shut and I willed Him to leave. Light was on time's side. Light exposed my darkness. Time delayed the inevitable. Both were my enemy. I deserved this.

A strong yet gentle hand was placed on my bony shoulder. He called me by my name. For a quickened moment, I wanted to open my eyes. I wanted, truly wanted, to see the face of the Man who would even dare step foot inside my dark world. I wanted to see--oh but who was I kidding? This was only a hallucination. No one would ever come near the likes of me. 

Only... Someone did. Beside my crouched form, He sat down despite my filthy living quarters. For a moment, my eyes slitted open. I saw His eyes staring back at me and I braced for the condemnation that I knew I deserved. Instead, I saw a combination of sadness and something else. Was it grace? Or mercy? Could it be, love? My eyes widened further and the blurriness faded until I could focus on His hand. The same hand that had touched my shoulder now was reaching out to me.

His pierced hand was reaching out to me?

My dry throat couldn't form the word, but my heart asked, "Why?" Why was He here, of all places? Why was He here in my prison cell? Why would He stoop to my low world and my sorry state? Why was He reaching out to me, a sinner like me? 

A moment ago, I had welcomed death, wishing for it even. But now? Could there possibly be another way?

His pierced hand was reaching out to me. 

So I took it. I took His hand. And He lifted me up, steadying my weak, filthy body.

He paid the ransom for my life. He brought me out of my chains and took my place. I don't deserve this. I don't deserve this kind of grace. I don't deserve this kind of mercy. And I surely don't deserve this kind of love. 

I guess they call it Agape Love. For it was still at my lowest and darkest place where my Savior called me. He came down to my dark world. He paid the ransom for my sin. He took my sin upon Himself. He called me His own. He died my death, and then He rose victorious. He made a way for the likes of me to have life. He loved me enough to do all that and more.

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Merry Christmas ya'll! When we celebrate this year, I hope you are reminded of why Jesus came to this world as a baby. <3 He came for you and for me.

Now, be sure to check out the others participating in this blog party, posts ranging from December 13-25th: 

An Attempt at Authenticity (Scarlett) 

Angela Watts 

Faith on the Farm 

Farm Life: Autumn’s Adventures 

Gabrielle E. 

God’s Path (Hannah) 

Life of Heritage (Ryana) 

Little Blossoms for Jesus (Katja) 

Maidens for Modesty (Kaitlyn)  

Novels, Dragons, & Wardrobe Doors (Abigail) 

Qadash - Set Apart, for Him (Molly) 

Read Review Rejoice (Abigail H.) 

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Showers of Blessings (Brooklyne) You are HERE :)

Soldier Girl Stories (Kassie) 

Sundrop Girls (Sawyer)  

Tower in the Plains (Tara)  

Whimsical Writings for His Glory (Jesseca) 


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And that's a wrap, y'all! I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Have a merry merry Christmas this year, and stay safe! <3 

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Many Blessings,
Brooklyne Elysse