9.27.2016

50th Post + Announcement + Tag

Hello and Happy Tuesday to my readers!
This post is a special post as it's my 50th! I honestly can't believe that and I've grown a lot in all my 50 posts. :) A huge thank you to my readers for reading my blog thus far!! I am blessed to have so many amazing people reading my blog each week. The announcement part of this post is a little sad. :) I was planning on posting my vlog in this post, but plans change and I still have not got it filmed so I'm going to have to say that it could still be a few more weeks. It should definitely be posted in October though! :) I love all the questions I received and it should be quite fun! Now the next part of this rambling post is a tag. I was tagged by Rebekah for the "Pray for People and Country Tag". Thank you so much Rebekah!!! I'm not going to be doing many tags any more, but this is a tag that actually has the power to impact people and so I definitely wanted to do it. =) Anyway, here it is...


The Rules:
//Thank the blogger who tagged you//
//Copy and paste the rules//
//Pledge to pray for one person and one country or city every day for two weeks//
//Tag two bloggers//
//Have fun!//

So I'm going to pledge to try and pray for my Compassion child, Liceli, and the United States every day for two weeks. 
I tag:

9.24.2016

I Need You: A Guest Post

I'm so excited for this post!
I'm having my first guest post!!! I get to host the amazing, beautiful Megan from Pen and Ink. I recently found her beautiful blog and started following it. Megan is amazing with words as you'll soon find out. :) So anyway without further ado...



I am so grateful that Hannah asked me to do this post! I have always loved reading her blog, and it's super special for me to get to post on it! Thank you, Hannah!! ♥

I want to be brave. I think I can do it myself. I think I can get through this trial on my own. I am hurting, but headstrong, and I don't want to let myself or anybody else down, so I try again
and again
and again.

I foolishly ignore my King who offers to carry my burdens and I stomp my stubborn feet and insist on lugging them by myself. I constantly go in circles because maybe I can do it this time. Maybe this will be my day. 
Maybe I am strong enough.
Brave enough.
Good enough.
But I'm not. 

The truth is, no matter how hard I try, I can't do this thing alone. It takes so much more than I could ever hope to have. I can't change myself, I can't make myself better, I can't save myself. I realize that I am destitute and broken on my own. My soul longs for Him to empty my hands and root the pride and selfishness out of me, and as I cry to Him, He brings me to a place of sweet surrender, where I can finally see that I truly need Him more than anything that I have ever needed before. I can't do it, but I know that He can. I know that through Him, I don't have to worry about how I will get the strength to last through this next hard day, this heartache, or this problem, because He is my Strength. And when my rebel heart finally comes back to His loving arms, He covers me in His beautiful, mind-blowing grace and whispers to my soul to let it go.

And with every beat of my heart, I can feel it pulsing through me:

I need You. 

I need You.

Oh, Lord, I need You.

9.17.2016

Impacting Christian Books

Happy Saturday!
I hope you all are having an amazing start to your weekend. Today's blog post is on one of my favorite topics...books. You can never have enough posts on your favorite books, can you? ;) I shared this a little in last Saturday's post, but recently I've really been thinking about how I don't just want to read meaningless, fun, sweet, or good stories, but I want to use my time to read books that actually impact my life and draw me closer to Jesus. In light of that, today's post is on "Impacting Christian Books". I'm going to share some of my favorite Fiction and Non-Fiction books that have impacted my life in some way. And after I post this I'm going to add a page to my blog called Impacting (or Impactful) Books and then you can look at this list whenever you want and I'll regularly add to it as I read more impacting books. :) Anyway, on with the post...


| Fiction |


All these books have completely impacted my life and I have to say they're my favorite books of all time. This series is unique so that there's a bunch of series within the series. So I linked to Martha Finley (the author) where you can check out all the different series. These are amazing books! 


This book is by Janette Oke and I read it a while back, but it did impact me! I remember it helped me see how we all are different and we can't be just like another person and we have to accept that God isn't going to write the same story for all of us. Plus the story line is wonderful! :)


These books really did impact me! They taught me so much about history and the Jewish faith. There is quite a bit of violence so depending on what you're comfortable you might want to think about that before you read them. My mom is reading them to me and my brother and so she takes out the really gruesome parts, but they are such good books!

04. A Penny Parcel

This book was so amazing! It is extremely thick so beware, but it definitely impacted my life. It kept me captivated through the whole thing and showed lessons on giving up your reputation, loving when there's no response, and how Jesus can heal us from whatever we've experienced in the past. 

05. Counted Worthy 

This book is also incredible! It is full of excitement and made me cry at the end. It really impacted my life and taught me how precious our faith should be.

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| Non-Fiction |

01. Don't Waste Your Life

Ok, so I actually have not finished this whole book, but I know from others in my family that it is an extremely good book. I think every christian should read it!

02. Beautiful Girlhood

This book is a little "old fashioned" if you will, but still an extremely good book! It taught me much about living life in relatable ways.

03. Authentic Beauty

This book has impacted my life so much! It teaches you on living the Christian life pursuing and falling in love with Jesus!

04. It's (Not That) Complicated

This book impacted me a lot in the area of purity and relationships. It is very practical which I loved and although I wouldn't say that I agreed 100% with everything they said most of it was really good!

05. Before You Meet Prince Charming

This book is so good! It really challenged me also in the area of purity and saving everything for one person and not freely giving away feelings and emotions.

06. The Lost Art of True Beauty

Another incredible book by Leslie Ludy! It shared really practical advice on how to be a woman of virtue and beauty. It shared advice on treating people, dressing, acting, and just really, really good advice that completely changed and challenged me.

07. Lady in Waiting

Another excellent book on purity! I really, really, appreciated how this book was all on shaping your own character while you wait for the right person as a lot of the books I've read are all about what the guy's character should be and not on yourself. One note though. The author is very open about different subjects and issues regarding purity and so if you don't know a lot about this area a lot of things would be really shocking.

08. Get Lost

Get Lost is a fabulous book! It guides you through 10  love feasts just to feast on Jesus love and get lost in Him. Plus I named my blog after this book. ;)

09.  Do Hard Things

Last, but definitely not least is Brett Harris' book "Do Hard Things". I read it a long time ago, but I remember it was extremely challenging on getting out of your comfort zone and "doing hard things". Every teen should read this book!

010. 

I have a few blanks as I couldn't think of any more books that had really impacted me, but as I find more amazing books I'll be adding to this list. =)

Now, I want to know...what 3 books have impacted your life the most? (other than the Bible) I really, really want recommendations so I would love to hear your thoughts!! :)

9.13.2016

"Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal" Review

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale's Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal is a small, fun, coloring book! Each page is filled with places to color as well as short things to read and areas to journal. There's prayers, challenges, and more in this small hardback coloring book. If you like to color and journal I'm sure you would enjoy this book. :) What else do I say in reviewing a coloring book? :) I think that's it! =)

**I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of this review**

9.10.2016

An Undivided Heart

Happy Saturday!
As you probably have noticed, I got a new design! It's actually technically the same one as was on "Radiant", but I added a header and some different pages so it looks a bit different. I like it a lot and I hope you'll enjoy it as well! :) One thing I want to mention is that I'm having some trouble with my new blog showing up on your blogger feed, but you can fix that by just unfollowing and re-following the blog. Just wanted to let you know! :) Oh! And if you didn't get this post through your email (if you're subscribed that way) I'm working on transferring the blog feed and it should be good by my next post. A lot to learn, but I'm so excited! :) And the name "Becoming Lost" comes from the book "Get Lost". I loved that book so much and it really showed me how we should get completely lost in God. It was a book for single girls, but I think it applies to anyone at any stage of life.  Being lost in God is something we should all strive to become. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new changes and looks! :) Now, before I jump into this post I want to say that this post and this vision for living came from one of Leslie Ludy's teachings called an Undivided Heart. All of this is my words (except what is quoted), but it is based off those teachings. Another things I would like to say is I do not have an undivided heart. That is my goal and something that I'm sharing with you all, but I have certainly not reached this and am still working through in my own life what this really looks like. But I hope you are encouraged by this post and catch the vision of living life with an undivided heart!


The cross of Jesus Christ should transform every area of our daily life. 
Should influence our every thought and decision. 
Should keep us captured with him.
-Leslie Ludy

Isn't that your desire? I would think a lot of Christians would say that is their goal. To be forever transformed and influenced in every decision by Jesus. To be completely captured with Him. And yet how many of us could say the cross has really done that? Sure, when we became a Christian we were transformed, but every day of our life. Every decision?

In this day and age there are a lot of distractions. I mean everywhere you look. Phone calls, texts, emails, Pinterest, Facebook, movies, books, friendships, social engagements, personal ambitions and desires. These are not all bad things and yet they can get out of control.The world tells us we need to keep up with everything. Take a break, be entertained. The world tells us to follow ours hearts, pursue our dreams. It tells us we can't be happy until we have friends, are in a relationship, and all our dreams are fulfilled. 

So...what is the solution?

 I think it's found in Psalms. 


Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
Psalm 86:11


Give me an undivided heart. That is the theme of this post. But what really is an undivided heart? I think an undivided heart is "a heart united towards a singular purpose; focused on a singular point; undistracted" To get an undivided heart we must turn our eyes from other things and fix them on something.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, 
let us strip off every weight that slows us down, 
especially the sin that so easily trips us up. 
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1


How many times have I heard this verse? A lot of times. ;) And yet I never really noticed the part of the verse that says "strip off every weight that slows us down". What does that really mean? I think it means that we take away everything that is slowing us down from running the race. From fixing our eyes on Jesus. But you're probably thinking "does that mean I should throw away my computer and phone and go live in a wilderness where there's no people and "just focus my gaze on Jesus". Haha. ;) Nope. I don't feel that would be the right thing to do. Another thing that you may be thinking is "Okay. I know I should read my Bible and pray more and so I'm just going to do an hour of bible reading and an hour of prayer. That should "focus my gaze on Jesus". Welll...that probably won't work. Because what about every hour that you're not reading the Bible and praying. Wouldn't that be filled with distractions that cause your gaze to stray? So what's the answer?

Replace trivial things with eternal things

What if instead of just having a movie night we had prayer nights? Or watched really impacting movies and not just a "sweet" or "good" movie?

What if we spent extremely limited time on internet and when we were on did things that actually glorified God? And with all the time that we used to spend on the internet we used it to be studying the Bible or serving others?

What if instead of writing blog posts that pointed to ourselves and patted ourselves on the back or just talked about us we instead tried to write posts that completely pointed to Him?

What if instead of reading "good" or "nice" stories we read amazing Christian books that impact our lives?

What if we lived the life we talk about living?

How different our lives would be! How much deeper do you think we would fall in love with Jesus and focus our gaze on Him each and every day when we exchanged trivial things for eternal things?

Now don't misread this as me telling you it's wrong to watch a "sweet" movie or read a "good" book. I'm not saying that this is completely wrong, but how much more could we walk in Jesus' steps if we didn't spend most of our time on trivial things even if they're not bad. We still have to do school, we still have to do chores, and we still have to do some things on the internet, but what if we cut out everything we possibly could so that we can focus on Jesus more? How radically changed our lives would be?


 You make known to me the path of life;

    in your presence there is fullness of joy;

    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11


Are we willing to let him prove that in His presence is fullness of joy?


It is worthwhile living for the world to come.
C.T. Studd 

And how many times do we forget that...

Facebook will not last...
Popularity will not last...
Pinterest will not last...
Goodreads will not last...
Blogging will not last...
Email will not last...
Books will not last...
Movies will not last...

So what will last? The life that is lived with eternity in mind. The life that has impacted tons of people by the love that they showed. The life that has served tons of people. The life that was focused on Jesus every day and every moment. That is the life that will last.

An undivided heart says there is no sacrifice too great for the one who
gave everything for me.
-Leslie Ludy

9.06.2016

"Where Hope Prevails" Book Review + Vlog Questions

Hello again!
Here's my first book review in a little while. :) I got to review the new Janette Oke book which I was so excited about!!! It was a wonderful book and the setting and everyone...*happy sigh* After the book review there's another little section you might want to check out. ;)



When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. 

But the town's rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education--one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond. 

At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?



When I first started "Where Hope Prevails" I expected it to take me at least a week to read...I should have known better! In 2 days I knocked out this amazing book. "Where Hope Prevails" is the sequel to the 2 other books in the "Return to the Canadian West" series. I enjoyed the first 2 books a lot from what I can remember, but I'm pretty sure this was my favorite of them all! I loved the setting, Coal Valley, a small quaint little mining town with a small church and schoolhouse. Beth, the main character, was sweet and kind, but she also made quite a few mistakes in the book, which I appreciated that the author didn't portray her as the "perfect westerner". :) Her romance with Jarrick and <slight spoiler> engagement <end of spoiler> are super sweet and very clean which I really, really appreciated as some authors I've read books by have romance that can make you uncomfortable. Janette Oke has never been like that that I can remember!  So, anyway, this book was really good and although there wasn't a ton of excitement (like in the book before it), the setting, characters, and everything about it was so fun to read about and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

*I receive this book from Bethany House publishers for the purpose of this review*

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Did you notice the heading?? I'm going a vlog! Welll...sometime. ;) Hopefully this month and I'm going to do the link up with Ivy Rose. But I want to give you guys plenty of time to ask questions so here is a contact form and you may ask whatever questions you want. I'm not going to require your name so if you would like to remain anonymous feel free. =) My only request is that you don't ask me how old I am, where I live, or any really personal questions like that for privacy reasons. =) But other than that, ask away, and I will do my very best to answer every question! Have fun!


9.03.2016

Prayer: An Unused Yet Powerful Weapon

A huge welcome back to all my readers!!!
I missed you all and am very excited to get back to blogging! I had a wonderful trip with my family though and am loving getting back to routine + school. :)

 I have one important announcement before I jump into this post though. I'm changing my blog name and design! That is something that I've thought on and wanted to do for a little while and so it should be changed by next Saturday. You might have noticed that I've changed some things on here and that's just for now until my new blog design is published. (yeah my colors don't coordinate very well, do they?;) So here is my new address (as of 9.10.16:) - becoming-lost.blogspot.com. Make sure to write that down so next time you want to look at my blog you won't go to the wrong one. :) But, for a few weeks I will have my new blog address on this blog (the design and all will automatically move. It's not a new blog, just a name change. But I will get this blog address back and have my new address on that page. Oh! And for all you who have signed up through email and followed through Google you will be automatically moved to the new address. Am I making sense?:)  So...that's the news and I'll be explaining the new name, design, etc on my next post!


Anyway...let's dig into this Saturdays post:





Prayer. It's something we all need. It's something we hear a lot about. It's something we're told to do. It's something we're commanded to do. It's something that we struggle to find important.


Maybe two months ago I was really struggling with this area of prayer. I knew God commanded it. I had sure heard a lot of people say I should do it. And I had seen a lot of miracles through it. But it just seemed confusing. I mean if God already knows our every thought and need why do we have to tell Him? Why would it matter? Isn't it a waste of our time?


Not too long after I started struggling with this I found a passage in the Bible that really helped me. 



Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

(Luke 18:1-8)

I think it is really hard to know how prayer effects things, but the fact is we don't know how things are in the spiritual realm. We're fighting a battle when we pray and we don't know how it effects things. I think this is really important to think about when prayer seems like it just doesn't matter. Some things (like prayer) we have to trust God that He knows why. We do it because he told us to and he knows.

Nevertheless, a few days ago I read a chapter on prayer in a book I'm going through that I thought had some really good points. I'll share them here:
  • ** God does not want us to pray so that he can find out what we need. Jesus says "Your father knows what you need before you ask" (Matt. 6:8)
  • Instead God wants us to pray so our dependance on Him increases. When we come to him in prayer about something we express a trust in him, a trust that he will hear and answer our prayers. 
  • He also desires that (through prayer) our love for him and our relationship with him will deepen and grow...this is something that God delights in and brings him glory. 
  • When we ask for things in prayer, God often responds to those prayers...our failure to ask God for things is often the reason we do not receive what he delights to give us. James says " You do not have, because you do not ask" (James 4:2)
  • Scripture gives many examples of God responding, even changing the way he acts, in response to the prayers of individuals. For example, the Lord told Moses he would destroy the people of Israel for their sin, Moses responded with the following prayer "Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people". In response, "the Lord, relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people" (Ex. 32:14)
  • Praying according to Gods will often requires humility on our part, for it requires that we pray not simply for what we desire but instead for what God desires.
  • When our prayers aren't answered, we join the company of men like Jesus and Paul whose prayers were not answered. Even Jesus, before he was crucified, asked his Father to "remove this cup" from him. But his humility and submission to God's will our evident in the second part of his prayer: "Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done" (Luke 22:42) **
These are a little jumbled, but I think they really help me to understand prayer better and why we do it. I hope you feel the same way! Prayer is a hard topic because we honestly don't know how everything works, but it's so important in living for Jesus!

I hope you were encouraged by this post, as I was by writing it, and you have a new passion for prayer!

**These quotes are taken from the book "Christian Beliefs" by Wayne A. Grudem**