Keeping the Peace

Keeping the Peace

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Hey, y’all! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday! I know that some of us will be going back to school after Thanksgiving break soon, so I wanted us to check on our peace today. How are we doing and feeling today? In all things, we need to make sure that we have peace.

Having peace is good for our mental, physical, and spiritual health. God gives us an inner peace, that differs from the peace that the world may offer. Of course, sometimes we will go through trials and tribulations, and this is exactly why we need to make sure that we have a good relationship with our Heavenly Father.

God always answers our prayers, even if it is in a way that is unexpected. All we have to do is cast our cares on Him, and He will answer us. We should ask God for peace to remain in our hearts, minds, bodies, homes, and in our everyday lives.

There are several ways that we can have the peace of Christ, including;

  • Keep a healthy relationship with the Lord.
  • Forgiving others and yourself.
  • Studying the Bible and scriptures about peace and our mental health.
  • Laughing and smiling more often.
  • Not walking in hate, but in love.

There are many ways that we can choose to maintain peace in our lives, and how we want to do so is our choice. Just remember to try to walk in the Love of God, and do things that will be productive for good health, inside and out.

Have a peaceful day, everyone! ✨

5 Reasons Why You Should Read More Often (Reblog)

Hello, again, beautiful people! I hope you all are having an amazing and wonderful day, night, or whatever time you are reading this. Alright, everyone. I don’t know about you, but for me, school is going to be starting extremely soon! And, I’m pretty excited about it. However, I also know that there is one particular thing that most kids aren’t fond of: reading. ✨

Well, it’s for this reason that I wanted to give you 5 Reason Why You Should Read More Often!

You might not know this, but reading actually has many benefits for your health and overall mood. I’ve loved to read and write books ever since I was in preschool, and, hopefully, after you check out these awesome tips, you will, too!

So, let’s get into it! 

  1. Reading increases your memory. ✨

By reading a book, it becomes a responsibility to remember all of its elements. You need to remember the plot, the characters, the settings, and many other details that help you to understand the story, as a whole. When your brain creates a new memory, it creates new brain channels and strengthens existing ones, therefore improving memory.

2. Reading can boost your focus and concentration. ✨

Have you ever been distracted once or twice during school? If so, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s probably happened to everyone at least once in their life. You might not realize this, but, when reading, you are putting all of your attention, or focus, on the story. You are taking in all of those elements and details. Therefore, you are increasing your ability to concentrate on what you are doing. Don’t believe me? Try reading for at least 10-15 minutes before you have to get ready for school. See how much better you can focus on your classes.

3. Reading reduces stress.

It doesn’t matter how tough your day at school is. It’s easy to forget about everything else that’s on your mind when you become lost in a great story. Reverting back to the last fact, reading causes you to focus on the story. Therefore, when you read a book, it gives you a greater opportunity to relax.

4. Reading increases your vocabulary.

While reading, especially YA (Young Adult) novels, you are discovering lots of new words and phrases. Because of this, you will be able to use these words and phrases when doing everyday things. Plus, you have to admit, using long words that your friends don’t know the meaning to can make for a pretty good laugh, don’t you think?

5. Reading is a great source of entertainment.

Whether you are just a little bored or you’re grounded and can’t spend most of your time watching YouTube videos, reading is a wonderful way to spend your time. Once you get lost in a really good book, it is just as entertaining as any other activity as the author lures you into an amazing adventure!

Alright, everyone! I really hope that you enjoyed those 5 Reasons Why You Should Read More Often! ✨

You might think it’s boring now, but, once you get your hands on a great story and dive deep into the characters and their journey, it’s really a wonderful feeling! Not only that, but, as proven above, you can get many other benefits from reading, as well!

Have a wonderful, beautiful, and educational day, my beautiful viewers! ✨

Book Review 2 – Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

by Eleanor Coerr

Today, I will be doing a second book review. This time, it will be discussing the short story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.

This is a true story about a 10-year-old Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, who was diagnosed with luekemia as a result of an atom bomb that the U.S. dropped on a town called Hiroshima in an attempt to end a World War. After discovering her sickness, Sadako is determined to make 1000 paper cranes, which, in Japanese tradition, will heal her so that she can be on the running team, as she has always wanted.

I will admit, the story was very bittersweet. I really love Sadako’s courage and determination, as well as her effort to remain optomistic during such a tough time.

Her family and friends are very supportive of Sadako, her best friend, Mitsue, being the one who told her about the paper cranes, a good luck charm, even though she didn’t believe in them, herself. In the story, Sadako never made all 1000 cranes, but her friends from school came through, in the end.

Sadako even has her own monument to honor all those who died from luekemia as a result of the atom bomb.

Overall, I think that this story is very short-and-sweet. I enjoyed how the book can teach you a little more about Japanese culture, including learning how to create paper cranes (a community service project that I am participating in for book club.)

These were the first paper cranes, and pieces of origami, that I’ve ever made. I think that I did a pretty good job!

Me, other club members, and my school plans to send the cranes to homeless or less-fortunate children to let them know that we care! I haven’t participated in many community service projects, but I’m glad that we’re using our knowledge and hobbies to help those in need.

I hope you all enjoyed this book review! Every 1 to 3 months, I will likely be making a new one, so be on the lookout!

Have a beautiful day everyone! ✨

Book Review 1 – Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind

by Sharon M. Draper

Hey y’all! Today, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done on my blog before…a book review of the amazing book, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper!

So, if you’re wondering what this book is about, it centers around a 10-year-old girl named Melody, who has cerebral palsy. In 5th grade, her class of special needs students move into school with kids without special needs. Melody struggles to communicate with and be accepted among her peers, and she gets into some conflict when she gets included into her class’ team for the spelling bee.

This story was really inspirational. The most intriguing part was probably the fact that it was from Melody’s point of view. Despite the fact that she cannot verbally talk, she is such an intelligent character, and, for a large amount of the story, people underestimated how smart she really was.

It’s extremely family-oriented, and it includes many unexpected plot twists that can really mess with your emotions. I loved every second of reading this. I would go so far to say that this is one of the best novels that I’ve read so far, and trust me, I read a lot!

So, overall, I really hope you enjoyed this book review! If you are interested in buying this book for yourself, you may do so at a lot of common online stores, or on Apple Books, which is where I purchased it.

As well, the wonderful author, Sharon M. Draper, just published the sequel to this book, Out of my Heart, which I haven’t had the opportunity to read, yet. If you have read it, please tell me what you think about the book overall. Just no spoilers, please! :>

Have a fantastic day everyone! ✨