Get to Know Me

Hello! Today I am going to be participating in the “50 Random Get to Know Me Tag Questions.”  Due to this being my first blog post I decided to do something where you can learn a little bit more about me! I hope you enjoy, let’s get started!

  1. What’s your name? My first name is Madison and my middle name is Grace.
  2. What does your name mean? Madison is derived from the English names Matthew and Matilda. Matthew means ‘gift of God’ and Matilda means ‘strong fighter.’ I like to believe that I am both! Grace is also an English name derived from Latin. Grace means ‘God’s favor.’
  3. Where are you from? I am from a small town in North Carolina.
  4. Where do you live? In the same small town that I am from!
  5. What do you do for a living? I am currently a high school student.
  6. What is your favorite color? Well… this is a tricky question for me. I love gray so much but my favorite ‘color’ would probably be mint blue!
  7. What is your star sign? I am a Pisces.
  8. What is your favorite music genre? I love many types of music but my favorites have to be contemporary Christian and pop but I also enjoy country music.
  9. Who is your favorite musician? I have to be really basic for a minute… Taylor Swift!
  10. Favorite Food? Filet Mignon with a side of potato soup and asparagus!
  11. Favorite Drink? I’m from the South so obviously Sweet Tea!
  12. Favorite Snack? Popcorn gimme, gimme!
  13. Favorite Holiday? Christmas duh! “Santa I know him!”
  14. Favorite Pastime? I love spending time with my friends but I also love to bake!
  15. Favorite Sport? Over the years I have played many sports. My favorite sport to participate in is competitive swimming but my favorite sport to watch is baseball!
  16. What is something you are talented at? I like to think that my talent is public speaking. I am able to talk in front of others without being nervous.
  17. What is something you wish you were talented at? I wish that I could sing!
  18. Are you competitive? When it comes to sports I am not a competitive person but if it comes to an academic competition I get very competitive!
  19. Describe yourself in a single sentence? A simple hot mess.
  20. What is the best compliment that you’ve received? Someone once told me that ‘when I walked into a room everything lit up around me!’
  21. What are some of your bad habits? I have a bad habit that I have recently overcome but I used to struggle with an eating disorder which I guess counts as a habit.
  22. What is your favorite thing about yourself? My laugh!
  23. What is top on your bucket list? I don’t believe in having a bucket list I like to live in the moment.
  24. What are three long term goals? 1) Graduate High School with Honors. 2) Go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 3) Become an intellectual property attorney.
  25. What are three short term goals? 1) Study my Bible more. 2) Become consistent with posting on my blog. 3) Give more compliments to others.
  26. What are you doing today to help achieve these goals? I am taking online classes over the summer to help me academically. I have started a daily devotion book and I am constantly trying to push myself to be better.
  27. What is your biggest accomplishment? I am a rising Sophomore and I have always had straight A’s.
  28. What is an ideal first date for you? My ideal first date would be dinner and some sort of entertainment like a movie or play.
  29. What is something you look for in a partner? Someone who loves the Lord with all their heart, mind, and strength.
  30. Who is your role model? My mother and the Children’s Minister at my church. They are both incredibly strong women who love the Lord.
  31. Which of your parents are you more like? I am a spitting version of my Dad I look and act like him.
  32. Which of your parents are you closest to? It’s hard to say because I go to them for different reasons.
  33. What is the last book you read? Emma by Jane Austen.
  34. What is your favorite fairy tale? Cinderella!
  35. What is your favorite quote? “She believed she could so she did.”
  36. Favorite subject in school? History is my absolute favorite!
  37. Subject you were best at? History!
  38. Favorite teacher? My fourth grade teacher she was kind and loads of fun!
  39. Do you have a best friend, if so who? I am not going to name them but they are both amazing young women and I cannot wait to see what God has in plan for them!
  40. Who has left the most impact on your life? Jesus duh!
  41. What app do you use the most? Probably a tie between Snapchat and Netflix!
  42. What piece of technology can you not live without? My IPhone because it is the “keeper of all things.”
  43. What countries have you visited? The Bahamas is the only country outside of America that I have visited.
  44. What countries would you like to visit? Greece, Australia, England and Ireland.
  45. What is on the top of your bucket list? Again, I don’t believe in these.
  46. Best memory you have? Sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch of a cabin at camp laughing with my youth group!
  47. Most embarrassing memory? Dropping my pad out of my pocket in seventh grade and everyone laughing.
  48. How many relationships have you been in? None, unless you count one with the Lord! I believe I should strengthen my relationship with the Lord before I become romantically involved with another person.
  49. If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be? Don’t stress the little stuff.
  50. One thing you know now that you wish you did as a kid? Some friendships are only supposed to last a season and that is okay.

Well, that was 50 random facts about me! I hope you enjoyed!

With Love,
Madison Grace

My Favorite Psalm

This morning I was doing my quiet time and God brought me to my favorite Psalm. I am doing a devotion book that was provided for me from the camp I recently attended. If you would like to read more about my camp click here. Anyways, I finished my devotion and I just wanted to read more but I didn’t know what to read. So I went onto my handy dandy Bible App (which I LOVE!) and the verse of the day was from my favorite Psalm, Psalm 139! I knew that this was God speaking to me.

I adore Psalm 139 because it packs so much information into one short Psalm. You can find anything in this Psalm from the amazingness of God and verses for self-worth and self-esteem. I always know that if I am in need and I don’t know where to turn to always turn to Psalm 139. Let’s break down these verses to really unpack all that David has shared in this verse. The subtitle I have in my Bible underneath the chapter says “God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man.”

V. 1-6: In the introduction of this Psalm David shares how much/how vast God’s knowledge of each individual is. We learn that God knows when you are sitting, standing, what you are thinking, and saying. God knows you better than you know yourself. I God when I read these 6 verses. It is humbling to learn how great and powerful God is.

V. 7-12: These verses show that God is omnipresent. He is with you and everywhere all at the same time. This is often hard to understand because we as humans cannot be everywhere at once. Even though sometimes we wish we could be! This is saying he is always with you and everyone all the time. This is comforting for me because I know that whenever I need (which is more often than not lol.) He is there. It also says that God is light even in darkness it is light around you because of God. This helps me know that God will always be the lamp beneath my feet and lead me out of the trials and temptations that we endure every day.

V. 13-16: These set of verses are probably my favorite in this Psalm. In 13 and 14 we learn that God made you! How awesome is that? He created you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Those verses bring me so much JOY! “Marvelous are Your works,” y’all we are one of His works! God created us to be marvelous creatures! God created you and had a plan for you when you were being made! He knows all of your days and what you are going to do in your life before you were even created! How AWESOME?!?

V. 17-18: These verses are praising God for his awesomeness! It shares that God’s thoughts are so precious and we get to be apart of them! He thinks of you all the time, he thinks about them more than the number of grains of sand! He loves you and thinks about you all the time!

V. 19-22: These verses are asking God to keep all of the enemies of God away from you. They are proclaiming that they are on God’s side and no one else.

V. 23-24: In the closing of this Psalm David is telling God to know him and if there is any evil to help him overcome the evil. He is asking God to help test him and help him give all of his worries to the Lord. He is asking him to be washed clean by the grace of God and to lead him to Heaven where he can be with the Lord forever.

With Love, Madison Grace

Top 8 Bible Verses Against Temptation

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Hello! Today I am going be writing about temptation. Everyone who has ever walked upon this planet has struggled with temptation. I know that I have, even Jesus did! The problem that we as humans have with temptation is not facing temptation, but rather how we deal with the temptation that is before us.  Before I share my top 8 verses when I deal with temptation let’s define what temptation actually is.  According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, a temptation is “a cause or an occasion of enticement.” Evil creates temptation. God is good and he is perfect therefore he does not create temptation.

Throughout the Bible we see many people struggle with temptation. I have created a list of some who have struggled but I can go into larger detail upon each of these in a later post.

  • Adam and Eve – Genesis 3
  • King David – 2 Samuel 11
  • Jesus – Matthew 4: 1-11

See even Christ struggled with temptation. Below I have listed my top 8 verses that help me overcome temptation. They are in no particular order. My verses are coming from the NKJV.

  1. James 1: 13-18 “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of his own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”
  2. Matthew 6:13 “And do not lead us into temptation,”
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
  4. 1 Corinthians 16: 13 “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”
  5. Proverbs 7:25-26 “Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men.”
  6. 1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.”
  7. 1 Thessalonians 3:15 “For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.”
  8. 1 Timothy 6:9 “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

Those are some verses that help me when I fall to the struggle of temptation. I hope that they will also help you. God bless you!

With Love, Madison Grace

Camp Caswell 2017

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Hello! I hope you are doing well! This past Saturday I came home from my favorite place… Camp Caswell! Camp Caswell is located on Oak Island, North Carolina. The camp used to be a military fort in the 19th century. I love camp because of all the memories it brings back from years past. This was my third year going to camp at Fort Caswell.

Camp Caswell is a camp that is part of the North Carolina Baptist Association. It is a beautiful piece of property on the beach that has cabins, barracks, cafeteria, pool, auditorium, pier, and old forts to explore. It is a camp for youth students to come and grow in their faith with the Lord. Youth groups from all across the state come to gather and worship!

Each day a camp varies depending on the activities that are taking place. Here is a look at our schedule each day.

  • 7:30 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Large Group (We sing songs and her a mini sermon)
  • 10:10 – Small Group (You are divided by age and gender. In here you go into more detail of what was taught in Large Group.)
  • 11:15 – Celebration (Skits are performed, play games, and jump for joy!)
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • Afternoon – Free time (This is when you go to the beach, pool, track time, or take some classes that help strengthen your relationship with the Lord.)
  • 5:30 – Dinner
  • 7:00 – Worship Service
  • 10:00 – Church Devotion (You discuss what was learned that day with your youth group.)
  • 11:45 – Lights Out

That was just a general overview of each day. In our free time, the members of my youth group normally sat in the rocking chairs on the porch of our cabin and laughed until we wet our pants.

This years theme was ‘Way. Truth. Life.’ We were taught how Christ is the way to heaven, the truth to live our life by, and we are supposed to live like him because of His life that He gave for us. Camp this year was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I love camp so much as wish that I could live there. One day I would love to work at Fort Caswell to share the joy of Christ with others!

With Love, Madison Grace