Living is a Blessing – Words of Wisdom #18

Ecclesiastes 6:9 -- New Living Translation (NLT)
Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

You know, a lot of people say to be thankful for the “simple things.” Like the fact that we have food to eat, that our bodies are functioning properly, and that we woke up this morning. Those events that occur everyday that some people take for granted. And while we should be thankful for every blessing in our lives, I think we should find another word to describe these everyday events; because the thing is, each of them are anything but simple.

Think about it; our house could have set on fire last night, turning all of our food into ashes, but it didn’t. We could have had a heart attack at any moment, but we didn’t. We could have died in our sleep last night or any night before it, but we didn’t.

When we really sit down and think about how quickly blessings can be taken away from us, it’s easier to understand just how miraculous every second of life truly is. And it’s all thanks to our Heavenly Father who keeps us safe in the palm of his hands.

So, you may be wondering what the purpose is behind this message. I have several responses to answer just that.

  • The things that do (and don’t) occur everyday are not simple; instead, they are miracles.
  • It’s easy to take everyday aspects of life for granted until they are stripped away.
  • Enjoy each of life’s miracles, because no second on this Earth is promised.

In short, just about everything around us (and NOT around us) is a blessing in one way or another. God has been good to us in an uncountable amount of ways. And if we take the time to look, they aren’t hard to find. Even though it has it’s joys and trials, life in itself is a miracle. That’s why I thank God every morning for letting me see a new day.

After all, we never know which one will be our last.

Have a blessed day everybody! See y’all later! ♡

Summer Solstice | A Haiku in Honor of Summer

First day of summer 
Sun sits lofty aloft 
The glistening sea
-- A Haiku "Summer Solstice" written on June 21, 2022 by Princess Q'Zion. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome, everyone to the first–and longest–day of summer! Although a majority of us have already been enjoying the “summer experience” after another school year ended, today is the beginning of the real summer fun.

Today the Earth orbits the Sun at a specific angle, making the large star appear at the lowest or highest point in the sky. Not only is it really beautiful–making it the perfect opportunity for selfies–but its also the start of road trips, family gatherings, visits to the beach, leisurely bike rides, county fairs, and all the other amazing elements of the season of summer.

So I wanted to ask you guys, what are your plans for this spectacular time of year? Traveling across the world? Writing a novel? Eating some hot dogs with your family? Sleeping in at home? There are so many things to do–the list is pretty much never-ending. Feel free to share some of your goals for this summer and/or some things on your summer bucket list in the comments. I would love to hear from everybody!

Thank you so much for reading, and I will see you all next time! Have a happy summer solstice! ♡

Have you ever had an ice cream soda?

As I stated in an earlier post, ice cream is one of the best desserts to have in the summer. But, what about beverages? While water or an energy drink like Gatorade are the best options, soda is one of the most well-known drinks for summer gatherings or road trips around town.

A scoop of ice cream or a can of soda can make for an occasional sweet treat underneath the rays of the sun . . . so could you imagine what they would taste like together? Ice cream sodas, also dubbed ice cream floats, are just the right mix of sweet and savory—perfect for summer time. And National Ice Cream Soda Day is the perfect opportunity to try one if you never have before.

Here is a “Fanta Ice Cream Float” made of orange Fanta soda and vanilla ice cream. You can check out the recipe and make it yourself by clicking on the image.

I remember drinking a root beer float (Root Beer soda with vanilla ice cream) once back in early elementary school while I went to school in person, and I remember really liking the different yet delectable combination. While vanilla is the standard flavor of ice cream to infuse with soda, there are so many ways to be creative with this dessert–no soda is off limits!

Fun, fresh and bursting with variety, an ice cream float is the perfect way to indulge in a little something sweet during scorching summer days.

LET’S CHAT~I’m curious, have you ever tasted (or heard of) an ice cream soda? If you have, what’s your favorite flavor of soda to incorporate in your floats? And if not, what flavor would you like to try, in the future (if any)?

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! ♡

5 Fun (Yet Practical) Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

For many people, June is the hottest month of the year. The sun is blazing like nobody’s business, and although we all need some vitamin D, there comes a point where we need to find ways to stay cool in the heat of summer. But the thing is, for many of us its summer break. Not only do we want to find ways to get relief from the sun, but we want to have fun while doing it.

Therefore, today I have listed 5 fun (and practical) methods for staying cool in the summer.

Create a Slip and Slide in Your Backyard

Just in case you don’t have a pool, but you still want to have some fun with water, why not set up a slip and slide. Not only do they give the entire family a chance to get the “water slide” experience, but you can also choose between buying a slip and slide from a store or making one of your own. All you need is a plastic sheet, some anchor pins to hold it in place, water, and a little bit of soap, making this activity both fun and affordable.

Treat Yourself to a Cool Dessert

One of the best ways to get a break from the blazing sun is by treating yourself to a refreshing ice pop, scoop of ice cream, fruit smoothie, slushy, frozen yogurt, peach cobbler . . . you name it! Besides, it’s hard to stay hot when you’re indulging in an ice cold sweet treat.

Go to Your Local Library

A library might seem like a far fetched idea on this list, but let me explain why it’s actually really clever. If your AC is busted or your 90+ temperature is making your house humid, a good idea is to go to a library and/or or another public place that offers cooler air. This way, you can stay out of reach from the sun’s rays and find a few good books, while your at it.

Visit a Waterpark

Let’s be real, no matter how much we try to improvise in our backyards, nothing compares to a visit to an actual waterpark. This idea is perfect for anyone looking for ways to cool off with their family and friends. As you all run through sprinklers, slide down water slides, and lounge in innertubes, you are sure to feel refreshed as the heat melts away.

Have a Water Balloon Battle

The ultimate backyard summer party is an epic balloon fight. With some water balloons, some water, and all the people you love, this activity could serve for hours of entertainment and laughter. All the more helpful for distracting you from the heat of summer.


There are so many ways to have fun in the sun during the season of summer, many of which I listed today. I truly hope they helped ignite some creative ideas of your own, to fill your break with cool, loving, and everlasting memories.

LET’S CHAT~What’s your favorite way to stay cool during summer?

God bless you all and I’ll see you next time! Peace in! ✨

Answering Your Assumptions About Me ♡

Hey, hey, everybody! Happy Monday! ♡

As you can tell by the title, today I will be answering your amazing assumptions about me in celebration of reaching 100 followers and 1,000 likes on The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen. I want to thank all of my supporters, especially my family and friends, for helping me reach this important milestone; I couldn’t have done it without any of you.

I have been super excited to answering all of your responses! So without further ado, let’s get started!

Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings‘s Questions

1. You traveled out of your country

I have traveled to another state before (a couple of times, actually) but never outside of my country. To be honest, I haven’t even flew in an airplane before lol. But I really love traveling with my family, especially during breaks from school. If I could go to any country outside of my own, it would be either Italy, Spain, India, Canada, and/or Jamaica.

2. You are great at talking with people

Right off the bat, I’m not the type of person to have a long conversation with someone who I don’t know. However, the more I get to know people who I take a liking to, the more I open up to them. In short, I’m not the most talkative around strangers, but I do like to socialize. I have had many pleasant conversations with people, even in larger quantities–therefore, I would say that I communicate extremely well.

3. You have a bookshelf in your room

I sure do! I can see why you would assume this, since I express my love for reading so often in my writing. My 3-tier bookshelf holds about 150 books–about 75% of my collection–most of which I obtained in my early elementary school years. Although I’m not a super sentimental person, the thought of giving them all away doesn’t sit well with me lol. A majority of the books that I read now (novels and graphic novels) are on additional shelving and storage spots that I have in my room. Eventually, I’ll need some more space as my book collection continues to grow, so I’ll probably donate to Goodwill or another nonprofit in a couple years to give me some much-needed space.

4. Your favorite color is red/blue

When people ask me the question “What is your favorite color?” my answer is always a little complicated. My reason? Every color is beautiful and unique, and the spectrum wouldn’t be the same if any one of them were absent. However, I will say that my favorite color right now is purple. I like pink and blue a lot, and purple has a bit of resemblance to both. So I’ll give you 5/10 points for that one. 😉


Thank you so much for your response, Evin! I absolutely loved all of your assumptions–they were so much fun to answer!

Hopefully, this post helped you all get to know me a little better, and maybe even confirm some of the things that you’d assumed about me, too. If you have questions (or assumptions) about me–and I haven’t gotten any from you, so far–feel free to share them in the comments. I would be more than happy to write a PART 2 of this post!

Thanks again for your support! I’ll see you all next time! ♡

Never Have I Ever: Bookworm Edition

While I was brainstorming some more blog post ideas, a Never have I Ever post popped in my head. If you don’t know what this game is, Never Have I Ever is a party game where you list several experiences, and you have to say whether or not you have done it. Except, this time it includes some of the common experiences of bookworms.

Although it was a really random idea, it’s something fun that I’ve never done before. So, why not give it a shot? You get 1 point for each thing that you have never done. Feel free to follow along and answer the questions with me.

1) Smelled a new book….

Absolutely. In fact, I do this whenever I get a new book. Especially graphic novels. They have this distinct smell that I love, for some reason. It’s just like a piece of paper that just came out of the print

2) Took a picture with an author…

Although I’m a little sad to say it, I have not. Though I’d really like to meet Sharon M. Draper one day. She’s a really great children’s book author. If poet Maya Angelou was still with us, I would want to meet her, too.

3) Named a pet after a book character…

Never. I’ve had several betta fish in my life…Peace, Easter and Joyus. Two boys and one girl. But we’ve named them based on their personalities and words that we like. Never a character.

4) Joined a book club…

I was in my school’s book club for 8th grade–which I have now graduated from–and I plan to join again for the next school year.

5) Hugged or kissed a book…

I do this all the time. Hug my books, at least. Especially my favorites.

6) Cried while reading…

I’m not that much of an emotional person. Like all people, I cry sometimes, but that alone is very rare. I’ve been on the verge of crying if there is a really sad or heartwarming part, but I don’t think it’s ever gotten to the point where I actually cried.

7) Attended a book signing…

Unfortunately, no I have not. But I hope that I’ll be able to go to one someday–and host a few of my own when I become a NY Times Bestselling author.

8) Fell asleep while reading...

Never. I’ve definitely read while I was tired before, but I always put my book away when I know that it’s time to go to sleep. I take my beauty rest seriously, lol.

9) Bought an eBook…

I’m not the biggest fan of reading books that I can’t physically hold, even though it’s kind of old school. However, I do have about 3 books in which I purchased on my iPad, so the answer is yes.

10) Laughed out loud while reading…

All the time. I love to laugh, and hence I love reading books that have lots of humor, even in the most intense moments. In my opinion, an author that has the ability to make readers laugh has one of the best secret weapons for writing there is.


I scored a total of 5 points, meaning that there were 5 things on this list that I have never done. Pretty good, if you ask me. Overall, these questions were a lot of fun to answer. It really let me reflect on my many years of loving literature.

LET’S CHAT~Now I’m curious. How many points did you get? Don’t be afraid to comment your score, as well as the numbers that you haven’t done below in the comments.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

A day at the bookstore + book haul | Go Out With Me #4

Hey, everybody! Happy wonderful Wednesday! ♡

You guys probably already know that I’ve been wanting to go to a bookstore for the LONGEST of time. However, on most days Goodmommy had to work, I was too tired, or we just felt like staying at home (since we’re major homebodies lol.)

But since Goodmommy didn’t have to work today and we were already out of the house so that I could complete my last end of the year test, Goodmommy figured that it would be the perfect day to stop by–and I completely agreed.

As soon as we stepped inside, I was absolutely in awe…it felt like I was in a book paradise. What I really like about Barnes and Nobles is their variety in the selections. They have all genres that vary from classic Fiction to Romance, Sci-Fi, Manga, Autobiographies, Graphic Novels and more! Seriously though, you name a genre, I’m 98.5% sure that they’ve got it!

I really loved how much they had to accommodate all types of readers, regardless of their preferred genre or age. At some point, it can be hard to choose the actual book that you want with so many choices. But hey, I’m not complaining.

What made me even more excited is that they had so much more inventory than just books. There were also a wide collection of board games and jigsaw puzzles. Since I absolutely adore solving puzzles, I was extremely tempted to get one for myself. But I held off from it…for today, at least.

Pretty close by was this section called “Book Annex” which seemed to be a lot of notebooks, journals, or “daily devotion” books about prayer, sermons, or self care. Me and Goodmommy both really liked this section, and I ended up purchasing one for each of us, since I was able to afford it with my gift card. I’ll show you which two those were at the end.

And get this, they even had a buttload of art supplies, from pencils, to pens–both for calligraphy and basic notetaking–to paints. As an artist, seeing all the beautiful supplies on the shelves got me really excited.

Eventually we went into the “Young Readers Section” just to see what they had in that decent-sized section of the bookstore. I was pleasantly surprised to be met with many of the books that had a substantial part in shaping my love for reading, including Junie B. Jones, Amelia Bedelia, Magic Treehouse, Nancy Clancy, etc. Overall, I got a lot of elementary school nostalgia.

Although I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite childhood characters, I eventually went into the more age-appropriate section of chapter books and graphic novels. Overall, I found so many great reads–some of which I already have in my collection.

I honestly think that there were so many great books that I didn’t look at today, but this was an absolutely stellar–and very well anticipated–trip to Barnes and Nobles, and I am so thankful to God, and to Goodmommy, for allowing us to look around and have some fun together. Hopefully we’ll be able to come again once or twice throughout summer break.

Oh, and you know that I had to take a picture of my outfit, one we got home. Selfies are always mandatory.

Okay, so I obviously didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. It’s time to show you what I actually bought. Considering that it’s been a little while since I added some more literature to my large collection, I am extremely blessed to be able to purchase these for me and my Goodmommy to enjoy. Let’s get into the haul!

I don’t know if I ever gave you all an update, but I read Little Women in December, and I absolutely loved it! Therefore, as soon as I saw the names Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on the cover of this graphic novel, I knew that I had to have it. I really appreciated the added diversity. It’s basically a modernized version of the original novel, and so far it looks really awesome!
You guys know that I’m a huge lover of MG (middle grade) fantasy novels. The beautiful art on this cover (and the description) both looked really promising. Right after I checked the online reviews–which were filled with positive feedback–I decided to give this chapter book a try. And I’m super glad I did. From the short excerpt I read, it seems like such a fun adventure that I can’t wait to dive into! Get ready for some upcoming book reviews.
I’m a very huge fan of writing, both digitally and on paper. So, I ended up choosing this simple purple journal with this minimalistic–but super cute–cover art. I did say that I wanted to begin journaling, this summer, so I’m quite sure this will help me check that off of my bucket list.
Finally, here is the journal that I got for Goodmommy. And I’m super glad that I was able to, since not only does she do so much for me, but this book has her name all over it! Each two pages have different sections for notetaking during church sermons. It has a section to list the speaker, the main points of the teaching, your takeaways, a prayer, and what you are grateful for, with several Bible verses sprinkled in between. If there was more than one of these at the bookstore, I may have gotten one for myself. But, I know that this one was meant for Goodmommy.

As you can tell by this post, me and Goodmommy had such an awesome time, today. I’m super excited to make many more everlasting memories with my family over the next couple months; I know that much fun is up ahead. I truly am very blessed.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! ♡

Sweet Inspiration | 4 Quotes and Bible Verses to Inspire You

I was browsing some of my oldest posts on my blog, and I stumbled upon this one. Not only was the post super underrated, but I wanted to give my followers (new and old) a chance to gain some inspiration with these 4 Quotes and Bible verses. Hopefully they will make you smile, today. Let’s get started! ♡

Quote 1: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Always remember that nobody else can be you, and therefore, you cannot be anyone else. Embrace who you are, and see the beauty in your authentic self. You are original, beautiful, and one of a kind.

Verse 1: Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 

I really admire this Bible verse. It tells us how it’s important that, in all the darkness of the world, we stand out, and be the light. Blending in with the crowd isn’t always the best thing. Therefore, it is best to do things that make you stand out, in a positive way!

Quote 2: “You are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. – A. A. Milne 

This quote can be very much true in some situations. Sometimes, we don’t see the potential that we really have, and how amazing we really are. However, we are brave, strong, and smart individuals, even if the world cannot see that.

Verse 2: 1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 

The Lord says to us, that just because we are young, doesn’t mean that we should be looked down upon by adults. God gives us the will to set an example to others through our actions in love, faith, and purity! Therefore, don’t be afraid to spread God’s word! We are all his children!

Quote 3: Making mistakes is better than faking perfections. – Assan Jallow 

A lot of us have probably felt the pressure to be perfect. However, let’s be honest: this is unrealistic for anyone except God. Therefore, it is okay to make mistakes sometimes. Our mistakes are part of what make us who we are. Just be yourself, and don’t sweat it when you make a mistake! Your effort is what matters most!

Verse 3: Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

We can be easily tempted to do wrong things in times of trouble. However, always remember to do what is right in the Lord’s eyes. If we do, then we will “reap a harvest,” or benefit from our actions, afterward.

Quote 4: You are enough, just as you are. – Megan Markle 

Although this quote is very simple, it holds a lot of truth. Whenever you feel as though you are not enough for a position, a person, or a task, remember that you are enough. You are worthy. As long as you tried your best, you did not fail.

Verse 4: Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

If you ever feel intimidated by someone, such as people from school, remember that God is always with you, and he will protect us and take care of us! He never leaves our side, even if we cannot see him as we can each other.


I really hope that you enjoyed these 4 Inspirational Quotes and Bible Verses! Always remember to be yourself and trust in the Lord. He will not give us more then we can handle, and who we show up as in the world should be a light in all of the darkness.

LET’S CHAT~Do you have a favorite quote and/or Bible verse? Feel free to share in the comments.

Have a fantastic day, y’all! See you next time!✨

Help, Help, Help!!! ♡

Now that I have your attention, let me elaborate on the title. Right now, we have a whopping total of 93 followers!!! YAYY! We are getting so close to reaching 100–and I have a feeling that we will reach that goal much sooner than later.

The last time that I celebrated a follower milestone was at 75 subscribers. For those of you who never saw that post, I did an ABC, All About Me Tag–and you can view that HERE— where I told you all a little bit more about myself. It was a lot of fun to thank you all for your support with such a fun post!

My idea for celebrating 100 followers is something pretty similar to that. Maybe a Q&A (where you guys ask me questions that I answer), or some assumptions about me. I know that I want to do something to help you guys become more familiar with who I am, but I want to see what your ideas are, too.

Feel free to share your thoughts for an 100 follower special, down below.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everyone! God bless you all! ✨

26 Simple Things that Make Me Happy ♡

Happy Saturday everyone! ♡

Everyday of our lives may not go exactly how we expected. But even when this happens, there tends to be some of the small things–the everyday gems that some can take for granted–that never fail to put a smile on your face. Believe it or not, it’s the little things in life that can make the most memorable, joyful, and brightest days of all. Here’s some of my everyday gems that never cease to make me happy.

1. Laughing with the ones I love.

2. The soothing sound of rain. It’s perfect for naps.

3. An unexpected hug.

4. Art. Whether I’m making it or viewing someone else’s it always makes me happy.

5. Matching my entire outfit. From my jewelry, to my socks, to my hair.

6. Hot chocolate. Especially on a cold or rainy afternoon.

7. Reading the Bible in the morning–there’s no better way to start my day.

8. Spending time with Goodmommy (a.k.a. my grandmother). She’s my best friend.

9. My betta fish, Peace; he’s like the baby of the house.

10. Singing. I can be a little shy when it comes to doing it in front of others, but I still love it.

11. A hot, long bath, particularly after a really busy day.

12. Binging my judge shows–and cooking competitions, too.

13. Helping and inspiring others.

14. Milkshakes.

15. Staying up late on the weekends.

16. Seeing people be kind to one another, regardless of their differences.

17. Taking naps

18. Roller coasters, even though I haven’t rode one in FOREVER due to COVID.

19. Organization. If you can’t already tell, I’m a perfectionist ;).

20. Writing and blogging.

21. Good music.

22. Chocolate. Boy, do I love chocolate.

23. Reading novels on the couch in my living room.

24. Rainbows, but especially when they are super vibrant.

25. The feeling of being early.

26. Pop Tarts–strawberry is my favorite.


Believe it or not, thankful people are some of the happiest people in the world. I truly hope that this was a reminder to you all that it’s important that we never take the little things in life for granted. Making a list of the things that make you smile is a great way to practice being thankful for all of life’s small (but valuable) treasures.

LET’S CHAT~What are the top 5 things that make you feel happy?

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! God bless you all and I’ll see you next time! ♡