Scripture and the Real World

Scripture and the Real World

A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me scripture that correlated perfectly to my life as a teenager and great reminders for school. I loved it so much that I searched for some great verses that backed up some important things to keep in mind heading into a new school year…

Love everyone no matter what. Something I’ve started to work on in myself is loving others even if they’re not in my friend group, if they’re that odd person, or not like me whatsoever. No matter the case, love them. I Corinthians 16:14- Do everything in love.

Be still. I’ve written a blog post related to this one, but I love it so why not throw it in here! School can be so chaotic, stressful, and filled with drama. Let the Lord carry your burdens and troubles. Make time to be still before the Lord and ask him for what you need help with for the day. Psalm 37:7- Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.

You are forever loved. If there’s ever a day where you feel alone, left out, unloved, or uncared for… read this verse. It’s truly incredible. Romans 8:38-39- For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Go rock this school year y’all!! I wrote these reminders for me to stick to this year too, not out of a mindset of “I’m so perfect.” I so needed these and hoped they lifted your day. Thank you so much for the sweet dms I get and every one of you that reads my blog. Thanks for being on this journey with me!

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

Conformed to this World

Conformed to this World

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2

For over a year I begged and begged my parents to let me make an instagram account. I felt left out of the circle of my peers who had one and less than them (as dramatic as that sounds it was true). My parents finally gave in, but under certain conditions, one of which was to stay true to myself. To not CONFORM to what everyone else was posting on social media (pictures in bikinis, them and their friends just to make people feel left out, and the list could go on). My very first picture posted was somthing that I love, ice cream. I stratigicly scopped vanilla ice cream into a cone and let it drip down my hand while outside for the perfect picture. As time went on, pictures of food that I made and photographed turned into posed pictures of me and my friends. I took notice of the number of likes and comments that increased on those pictures and continued with it. This is so silly and wrong, but I made sure not to post to offen to avoid being annoying, never to post pictures that are too “artsy” or else I’d be seen as a try hard, and to always be happy and cute in my pictures.

I never once took notice of my behavior on social media until a late night talk with my mom about being myself. I don’t enjoy hurting people’s feelings by posting a picture of me and my friends. I don’t like the same posed pictures over and over again. I absolutly hate the unspoken rule of not posting to offen. So here it is, I’ve been so fake and not myself for so long on social media just to be liked. I’m done faking it and I’m now headed towards finding the real Laura Finley I lost a year ago. Don’t get me wrong, posting a cute picture of you or you and your friends is not bad! It really isn’t, just think about your motives before you put something out there on social media. I know mine used to be “look at me and my friends and what we’re doing.”

Exhibit who you are and what you love on the internet, not a fake you acting like everyone else. Don’t be afraid to be different. I love every one of you so much (those of you I’ve met through this blog and those of you who are subscribed I’m so thankful for you!) Do not conform to be like everyone else, BE YOU!!! 🙂

 

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

Love Yourself (self care)

Love Yourself (self care)

Self care is a super important topic to me. Taking the time to tend to yourself and have a little YOU time (in my opinion) is more important than go go going and never stoping.

Give yourself a break to take a bath, light a candle, read a book, do a face mask, or whatever floats your boat! I personally love to pamper myself every Sunday night if not more days of the week. If a spa night isn’t your thing, do something you love or haven’t had the time to do. Slow down and relax for a bit. Take some time to treat yourself. I hope you have a wonderful and very relaxing day lovelies!!

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

The Lord will fight for you

The Lord will fight for you

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. -Exodus 14:14

In the midst of heartbreak, hopelessness, or even happiness, the Lord will fight for you. All you have to do is be still. Be still and know that the king is always for you, not against you. He will never give up on you and never leave you. He is ALWAYS on your side.

So go through every day knowing you constantly have the King of all kings fighting for you. Be still in the midst of your greatest battles because you are taken care of and being fought for.

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

 

 

Peace, Peace

Peace, Peace

“The Lord says, Peace, Peace.” -Isaiah 57:19

While spending time at the lake, I quickly realized how much of my life I spend speeding through it or constantly occupying myself. I rarely take a moment to thank God for what I have around me or to stop and simply breathe. I no longer can sit at a cafe by myself without my phone or go a day without checking social media. I’ve gotten so unconsciously obsessed with my phone and the lives of others online that I don’t live my life to its full potential. My phone is one issue, but another I came across in Europe, that is very common amongst Americans, is the inability to be patient. Most of us feel such a need to have everything ready to go and hurried. For example, fast food, coffee to go (instead of sitting in the coffee shop), and angry drivers when traffic gets backed up. When did life become such a rush?

I’m not saying phones and fast food is bad. It’s just the fact that we are all so caught up in the busyness of life that we never slow down. So take a moment…breath…thank the Lord…and take life as it comes, step by step with the Lord leading you because I promise life will be so much more peaceful!

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

p.s- I really needed this reminder and am trying to slow myself down, so let’s do this together!

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls have recently been my go to summer breakfast. They’ve been such a huge trend but tend to cost a lot. So here’s my favorite recipe that’s super easy to make!


Smoothie

-2 heaping cups frozen fruit

-1 fresh or frozen ripe banana

-1/2 cup coconut water or almond milk

Toppings

(toppings are optional and the amount depends on your liking)

-Unsweetened coconut chips

-Gogi berries

-Blueberries

-Banana

-Strawberries

-Unsweetened cacao nibs

-Granola

-Chia seeds


 

This recipe is super easy to tailor to your likings and SO yummy! Also…the smoothie doesn’t always have to be in a bowl. I’ve put it in a coconut half as well as a pineapple. So get creative with it and make it your own!

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Be You

Be You

BE YOU…because there’s only one you.

I wanted to sit down and write a short post about being you…so here it is! I’ve recently come to the realization that I spend far to much time worrying about the likes I get on social media, if I’ll be loved and accepted by others, and what everyone thinks of me. I constantly look to others to show me my worth and identity. Seriously…WHAT A WASTE OF TIME. Spending time trying to fit in the world’s standard of who you should be is simply stupid. BE YOU, knowing that you are loved and accepted for who you are. No one else can be you, so let’s just be who we really are.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2

 

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

 

Beginning my Blog

Beginning my Blog

Hello! Because this is my very first blog post (yay!!!), I thought I’d share a little bit about myself..

I’m originally a big city Texas girl, but I now live on a small farm in Franklin, Tennessee. A day doesn’t go by where I can survive without a lot Jesus in my life and a bit of creativity. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, testing out a Pinterest DIY, snagging my camera for a quick picture, or as simple as rearranging my room, I LOVE LOVE LOVE being creative. I’m a rising freshman ready to take on ANY and EVERY challenge high school has awaiting me, but in order to do that, I’m trying my best to give myself FREEDOM to be myself to the fullest. I want to do more of what I love and less of trying to be like everyone else. With that said, my ultimate goal for this blog is to share my creativity and any words God puts on my heart. I can’t wait to see where this blog goes!

Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank

 

Trust Him

Trust Him

As I was reading Jesus Calling, I realized that I often say “I trust in you Lord” without genuinely meaning it. I constantly fall into my humanly wants of having my own plan. I convince myself that I’m following Gods path yet I still rely on my own plan.

This is for me as well as you! Trust him with everything. Pour out your heart and concerns to the Lord. Surrender to Him and let Him lead you. Trust him completely and let go of the need to lead yourself and release the desire to be in control. Go forth trusting God completely and know that he always wants the best for you.

-Laura Finley Hasenbank