reblog: should we, as christians, be drinking the pumpkin spice latte?


Not Exactly Subtle

GTY_pumpkin_spice_latte_jt_150817_12x5_1600It’s that time of year when the weather begins to turn, the leaves start to change color, and all across the nation the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back on the menu.

I would caution my brothers and sisters (let’s be honest, mostly sisters) to think before they drink.

Anytime something becomes this popular and accepted by society, we need to step back and ask if we’ve ceased merely being in the world and have, in fact, become part of it (Couldn’t find the chapter and verse, but I know it’s in the KJV).  Allow me to incredibly humbly suggest a couple of things we ought to meditate on and pray over before we imbibe the PSL.

1. A study of “Pumpkin Spice” in the original languages

When we break down the etymology of the name of Satan’s favorite drink, it shows how truly subversive the Tempter can be in trying…

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lit’rally just some tumblr laughs for you.

I’m about to leave for an out-of-state wedding and don’t want to leave you guys with nothing for a few days, so here’s literally just some of the funniest things that have come across my Tumblr feed over the past few days.  (Sue me.)

(Sorry about the wonky formatting.  I’m too tired to fix it, lol.)


this is the best thing that’s come out of the civil war premiere and if you don’t think so well fiGHT ME.


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this isn’t funny or anything i just love these two men so much


in the midst of all the SADNESS that happened this past week on GGF, THIS GEM HAPPENED.  mandy is a treasure.


look at these two derps.


srsly tho

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yes i made this.  i’ve suddenly become downton abbey trash and idk what to do with my life anymore. (except watch more downton abbey.  duh.)  (NO SPOILERS, GUYS.  I WILL SUE.)

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srsly tho.

gen hux

domhnall gleeson as general hux is my one weakness.

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Finally… this isn’t funny, but it’s two of my favorite things and just… G A H.

Okay, this was literally the easiest blog post I’ve ever done because it was just stealing other people’s stuff.  lolz.  Your regular posting will resume next week, including a GUEST POST!!!

how to be a christian instagram girl.

Here you go, ladies.  Be a blessing to our fellow Christians by posting pictures of your superior-in-every-way devotional time!  (Except Katie forgot the insanely detailed notes that everyone is supposed to do.  Shame on her, not having drawing skills like this.)

Follow me on Instagram.  Job 19:17.

Special thanks to my mom for showing me this video and to Naomi for directing me back to her channel with Katie’s courtship vs. dating video (which is fantastic and you guys should totally watch it).  Brownies for both of you.

the twenty-four hour internet outrage cycle {video}

I recently watched this video for the first time (I’m so behind on BlimeyCow) and it pertains so much to some things I’ve been thinking about lately.  We get so caught up in fighting against something new each day that we don’t think about the bigger picture.  And even when we’re mad about something for longer than a day, we still only listen to people whose opinions we share.  How messed up is that?  We’ll never grow as human beings unless we look at issues from every perspective instead of just our own.  *end unintentional rant*

(Note: I’m in this video.  See if you can find me!)

Also, here’s BlimeyCow’s most recent video, which is basically Part Two.

review: facing the giants | video

Facing the Giants is one of those movies I’ll always remember watching because it was one of my first low-budget Christian films.  (Now that I think about it, it was probably my very first movie like that.)  I’ve always known it’s had issues, but I never watched it to think critically and figure out what exactly was wrong with it.

However, the main issue I’ve always had in the back of my mind about it is that it promotes the idea of “praise God when we win, praise Him when we lose,” but then undermines that when it allows the team to win the game and everything eventually turns out alright for the main character.  Instead of making you walk away with a renewed sense of constantly praising God, it gives a subliminal message that, if you pray for it, God will give you everything you want.  And that’s just not right.

I was so excited when I found out that Kevin would review this movie and, once again, Kevin is completely right!  He talks about what I said above and other things that I’ve never thought about before (including that one line in the song ‘Voice of Truth’ that will now bug me for the rest of my life – thanks, Kev).

Do you agree with him or not?  Have you always loved Sherwood Pictures films or do you think they’re lame?  Watch the video and let me know what you think!


beware cyborg monday! {video}

A little late, but…

Also, I just want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who commented on my Thanksgiving post.  I try not to post when I’m “emotionally compromised,” but I needed to finish that post and I just wasn’t feeling it, so the whole purpose of the post got derailed.  (It went from just being thankful to being a little more depressing than it should have been, lol.)  I didn’t see your comments until Friday, as I was visiting my relatives all day on Thursday, but your comments made me feel so much better!  It’s easy for me to isolate myself when I’m feeling bad, but knowing you guys care about me was a huge encouragement.  I love you guys!!!  ❤

studio c | hunger games: mockingjay musical

Favorite line: “And she’s always been just like a sister to me – a hot sister I occasionally kiss.”  (Stephen’s awesome as Caesar in this one!)

Favorite line: Ghost Rue.  Stacy is AWESOME.  (Also, Mal’s got a GREAT voice!)

Favorite line: “Gurl, I got yo back, MMMM!”  And “Careful – there’s a force field back there. … What’s your favorite color? … Katniss, go.  Get out of here.  Go. … I watched you go home every day… every day.”  😀

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(aka random ramblings because I’m too tired to stay on topic)

So I’m in CollegePlus.  It’s amazing.  It’s time consuming.  It’s nerve-wracking.  And I love it.  One of the things I love about CP is the people.  (See my last post.)  The students are amazing.  Everyone has the same convictions, so it’s really easy to connect and have really deep friendships.

I’ve been listening to Rend Collective, a band I was introduced to, basically nonstop for a week.  *glares in the direction of a certain person*  It’s awesome.  Here’s one of my favorite songs.

I haven’t written anything in *checks* almost three weeks.  THREE. WEEKS.  The last thing I worked on was The Art of Letting Go, and I left Daniella in a REALLY tough place.  Unfortunately, I’ve been so swamped with school that I can’t find time to get her out of this really hard place.  Another thing that’s keeping me from working on TAoLG is the fact that I’m almost done with it.  I’m almost done writing it for the first time – the first draft.  As soon as I finish the first draft, it’s basically over.  The rest is editing.  I can’t discover things about these characters anymore.  And it’s really sad to think about.  😦  But I want to work on it more than I don’t want to work on it, so.  I’ll work on it soon.  Want the last few sentences I wrote, three weeks ago?  Of course you don’t.  Watch me push it on you anyway.  😀

A few weeks ago, I got a letter of acceptance to my first choice. I read it once, texted Dad about it, then stuffed it into a drawer in my desk, trying not to think about it. I still can’t really see myself at college without David right there beside me. We’d spent so many hours together, dreaming about what our life would be like in five, ten, fifteen years – how we’d spend our college years together, get married sometime during or after college, then start having children. It seemed like the American Dream. But I’ve been constantly hit with the stark reality that it was just that – a dream.

– The Art of Letting Go

(SNIFF.  I forgot about that part.)

On a slightly happier note – STUDIO C SEASON FIVE, ANYONE?!  So funny already.  My favorite sketch so far, I think, has been this one…

… followed closely by this one.

On another note, I was looking at pictures from the set of Unbroken earlier today and I started fangirling again.  Guys.  If Jolie ruins it – meaning, she doesn’t add in the Christian aspect of Zamperini’s testimony – I. Will. Sue.  Eva’s gonna join me.

Here’s the trailer again, in case you missed it the first dozen times I posted it.

“If You get me through this, I swear – I’ll dedicate my whole life to You.” (FISTPUMP)

Let’s see… what else should I talk about?  I know – my adorable younger siblings!  Earlier today, JellyBean was walking around, carrying a loaf of bread in its bag.  When I told her to put it back in the bread drawer, she stood there for, like, two minutes, trying to get the drawer open with her toes like her older siblings do.  (Heh.  Heh.)

And earlier today, my little brother watched Spy Kids 2 and was singing that song that Floop sings – something along the lines of, “You can dream my dream, you can dream my dream! And, if you follow me, you can all be free! Free! Free!” And JellyBean was copying his handmotions and singing, “Bee! Bee! Bee!” It. Was. Adorable. I’m telling you guys – they get cuter every day.

Well, it’s time for me to head to bed. Before, though, I’d like to tease a few things. (But only tease. MUAHAHA.) I have not one, but two VERY exciting blog posts coming up! One is the Very Special Announcement I told you guys about in my last post, and the other is something that has happened since I got back from the CPE3. Very exciting stuff. You won’t want to miss it!!!  And that’s all I’m going to say.  🙂

‘Hidden Pearls’ by Hayden Wand – Cover Reveal!

(Inserting a completely unrelated, totally random picture here so that you won’t see her cover on your bloggy dashboards and have to scroll down to see it in all its full glory below.)0a89934bec083a52c24fdb1a364249dcHello, my faithful readers!  Taking a break from my crazy life to participate in the cover reveal of the debut novel of my fellow blogger and Marvel-loving friend, Hayden!  Her novel, Hidden Pearls, is going to be amazing, you guys.  Just look at this amazing cover!!


Now, does that look awesome, or does that look awesome?!  So perfect.

The Synopsis –

For the wealthy and privileged in Regency England, life is filled with balls, beaux, and tea- and that’s no exception for Constance Steele and her large, unusual family.  But when an unexpected letter sends her on a voyage across the Atlantic, her experiences affect more people than she ever could have realized. From the love lives of her sister Margaret and cousin Jack, to the family dynamics of the prestigious Breckenridge clan to a band of notorious pirates, no one could have guessed how her adventure would change them all…

More About Hayden –

Hayden Wand is a Christian and homeschool graduate whose love of both Jane Austen and adventure stories inspired her to write Hidden Pearls. When she’s not writing, reading, or bribing her siblings to read the classics, you can find her baking, crafting  or watching her favorite shows on the BBC. She lives in South Carolina with her parents and four energetic younger siblings.

Hidden Pearls will be published through’s CreateSpace (who also published Amy Dashwood’s Only a Novel – so glad I know so many talented writers!!), hopefully sometime in the Fall.  I, for one, will be buying it the second it hits the virtual shelves.

Looking forward to reading it, Hayden!  (And, yeah, that picture was for you.)