the greatest oxymoron.

I used to go to a church where we had communion every Sunday.  I didn’t understand why at first.  Then I worried that it would become rote, with a weekly occurrence robbing it of its sacredness.  But after a few months, my family and I embraced it.  It brought us closer as a family because there were always recent events that we needed to apologize to one another – instead of trying to wrack our brains once a month for stuff to say sorry for.

The same can be said for the Easter story – all of the events surrounding the crucifixion, the burial, and the resurrection.

If you’ve grown up in the church, you’ve heard this story.  A lot.  You’ve been to multiple services on Easter weekend, all touching on some aspect of the story, and maybe you’ve even been to Passion City Church’s Good Friday service with Louis Giglio (which, if you haven’t, is a must because it’s unparalleled).

Easter, in a sense, can also become rote – obvious and dull for all of us who have grown up listening to this story over and over since it’s so essential to the Gospel.  In the midst of meals with extended family members, egg hunts with small children, and making sure your outfit is finished by Easter morning, it can even be forgotten.  This same struggle happens around Christmastime, when the true meaning for all of the celebrations is pushed aside by the chaos and distractions.

This is true for me.  In the past, I’ve had to repent for focusing more on traveling to see family members than on Jesus’s precious gift to me.

That’s one thing I never want to lose sight of.  It’s the greatest oxymoron I’ve ever known – that by His wounds, He gave me healing.  I’ll never get over that.

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

This Easter, spend time with your family members and enjoy the egg hunt (it’s perfectly fine to be scared of the Easter bunny, though it’s too big why I don’t understand), but take the time to get alone with God.  Sit in your room or take a walk in the woods or drive on a random road in the mountains – whatever it takes to get rid of all of the distractions and outside chaos.  Think about what He did for you, and thank Him for it.  I know I’ll be doing it, because I’ve been awestruck by His grace and love – the love that saved my soul.

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love week | some fanvids of my favorite ships.

Hello all!  Welcome to the week of Valentine’s Day, which usually finds me and my single friends eating chocolate and watching sappy movies.  (The same can probably be said of you, too, if you’re single – don’t even try to lie to me.)  This week, I’m going to be indulging in all things romantic, because even if I’m not in a relationship, I can at least enjoy the fictional people who are, right?

Literally just like the title says.  Warning: Probably spoilers.

focal point | sherlolly {sherlock}

I’ve been shipping this since Season One, guys.  And it was worth it.  It’s always been worth it.

the last time | literati {gilmore girls}

Y’all know I didn’t like Jess.  But then he grew on me after I wrote that post, and, by the time A Year in the Life came around, he was (imho) the best of the three for Rory.  So here I sit, still holding my opinion of angsty teenage Jess, but having an entirely new opinion of AYitL Jess.  (And yes of course I’m planning Literati fanfiction.)

this is for the lonely | peter + wendy {peter pan}

Yes, I do ship small children.

i should have saved you | mileven {stranger things}

I will never get over this video, just like I will never get over this ship.  I’ll be sobbing over it ’til Season Two premieres in October.  (And this is the saddest video in this bunch, so I’m sorry.)

this | tim + mary {about time}

Current favorite movie (About Time) and current favorite actor (Domhnall Gleeson).  I love this so much.

tenerife sea | mondler {f.r.i.e.n.d.s}

I sobbed after Chandler proposed to Monica and then sobbed all over again when I found this video.  They’re my absolute favorite ship from this show, and I love them both dearly.

it’s you and me forever | cory + shawn {boy meets world}

Now, I don’t ship these two (I’m a hardcore Copanga and Shawngela shipper), but I love their bromance, their friendship, and how they’re always there for one another.  I love the love they have for one another.  Period.

teenage dream | copanga {boy meets world}

THIS is my main Boy Meets World ship.  Literal goals.

saturn | steggy {captain america}

Now, I don’t know who the crap allowed this, but I know I love it.  So bittersweet.  It perfectly encapsulates their story.

please don’t say you love me | knighthouse {emma}

Okay so the thing I love about this video is that it’s not just Emma Approved – it’s all the favorites!  Clueless (hello, Paul Rudd), the ’09 version (practically perfect in every way), and that other version that people like for some reason.  Love it.

Well, this concludes Love Week, as I’ll be at a cabin in Tennessee for the rest of the weekend with some of my very bestest friends.  What are some of your favorite fanvids?  What did you think about Love Week as a whole?  (Because I do love feedback & knowing that you guys like what I blog about.)

happy, free, confused, & lonely in the best way.

22, baby.  it’s been a ride.  and i can literally say that everything in this song personally connects with me in one way or another.  figures.

here’s to another year of ditching the whole scene and ending up… okay, dreaming and sleeping.  and hoping everything will be alright.

{ps: i love taylor.  if you hate on taylor, i will hate on you and that’s just the way it’ll go.}

songs that make me happy.

We all have those days when you just feel like hiding under a rock and crying until you die.

I’m the worst at handling Those Days.  I get angry, snap at my siblings, and make poor choices.  But in the last few months, I’ve learned how to cope in a slightly healthier manner.

One way is to listen to music that makes me happy.  Music does wonders for my mood, sometimes helping it (and sometimes hindering it like when i started sobbing over a fanvid the other day but we won’t talk about that).  But mostly helping it.

Anyway, here are a few songs I listen to when I’m sad or just want to feel happier.

This is such a good song.  I discovered it when watching Easy A (which has just the bEST SOUNDTRACK OF EVER), and have since listened to it on repeat… repeatedly.  *wink*

I first found this song on a Verily article about kinda sad music that makes you feel kinda happy, and it was the only one on the list that I’d never heard.  I’ve since memorized the song… and the rest of the album.

I have literally no idea why this song makes me so happy.  Maybe it’s because I love Dodie’s cover of it, or maybe it’s because I wanna sing it to a guy someday… or maybe just because it’s happy.  I DUNNO.

I don’t even know why I like this song.  I forget about it every now and then, and when I remember it, it’s like remembering an old friend.

This is from {500} Days of Summer, which my friend Thea recommended to me a few years ago and I’ve been in love ever since.  (I also FRIKKIN LOVE Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s version in the movie.)

This song was on repeat while I studied for a hard test, and it made the super-long study sessions so much happier.  : )  And it’s even CUTER when you find out that they’re MARRIED and they wrote it FOR THEIR WEDDING.  GAH.

There are quite a few songs by Sleeping at Last that make me happy, and this is one of them.  (Plus it inspired a crucial part in my novel… *wink*)

This one sounds like a Disney song, which is why I like it so much.  There’s also a piano version, but this one’s my favorite because of the winds and strings.

This one’s from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (WHICH IS A GREAT MOVIE – DO NOT DISS THAT MOVIE), and I fell in love with it the second I heard it.  Just ignore what it’s about.  😛

This one’s just a classic.  (Also, I can play it on the uke.)

Gosh, I love this song.  It makes me wanna get up and dance!

Trying to put very few “romantic” songs on here because of obvious reasons, butttt… I love this one too much to not add it.  If you’ve seen About Time, watch this version.  (And then let me know because I seriously love that movie.)

This is the only song here with a bad word but love it too much to not include.

I love Taylor Swift.  No shame.  I may not agree with every decision she makes, but who agrees with every decision I make?  I have the utmost respect for her, and think she’s an incredible young woman.  And this is one of my favorite TSwift songs.

This is a newer favorite, but it always makes me want to jump around and dance (even though it’s about depression – “this one’s a contradiction because of how happy it sounds… but the lyrics are so down”).

Whelp.  That’s about it.  I’ve made a handy dandy playlist for you, if you want to listen to all of these but don’t want to keep coming back here to click on another video.  You’re welcome.

Have you heard any of these?  Any new ones?  What are some of your happy songs?