Prayer #1: April 9, 2017

Dear Heavenly Father,

I confess to You, Father, that I have lived as if I was an atheist for far too long. I know Your desire is for me to be in your family of faith, and I have not been willing to act like I am in that role for a really long time. Erase the desire to live like an atheist from my heart completely. I repent of my attitude of living like an atheist when I am not one at all.┬áI confess also that I have become really good at being extremely┬ájudgmental about the way that other people live their lives. While I recognize that knowing right from wrong is a good thing, in terms of lifestyle choices, but I ask You to totally delete this judgmental attitude in my mind and heart currently. It’s hateful, and if it’s not from You then I don’t want it, Father. I repent of having a judgmental attitude. I confess to You, dear Father, that I am an overly angry girl. I get mad about the most simple things, and I completely blow up over them. I don’t blow up outwardly, Father. I self-mutilate by cutting myself over and over again as a way to transfer my emotional pain to physical pain. Physical pain has always been easier for me to deal with, Father, so I prefer it. I repent of my anger turned inwards, my rage filled heart, and the way I treat the body You knit together when I was in my mother’s womb.

Thank You for waking me up today so that I could use this day to recharge and rejuvenate! I loved the perk of warm weather in my area today, and I liked that it was so warm that I didn’t need a coat. Thank You also for the gift of a shower not interrupted by a fire alarm. Father, my dorm building is notorious for fire alarms, and there is always someone left behind in the shower or other awkward moments at those times. Thank You for not letting that happen to me. Thank You also, Father, for the food options on campus today. I love pasta, and tonight as You know, there was bowtie pasta with delicious marinara sauce at dinner, which I greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

Father, as You know, my brother is a two-time survivor of cancer and is under the age of 21 years old. I ask you to send a fleet of angel armies to protect him, watch over him, and keep him healthy and safe from harm or danger. I don’t know what I’d do without this younger brother of mine in my life, and moreover I don’t know what I did to deserve such a loving and loyal brother as him. I feel honored that You gifted me with him. Thank You. I’d also like to bring up a not as pleasant topic, Father. My boss has a nephew who just lost his mom and is really angry at the world. His idea of playing video games until 1 am and then going to high school during the day doesn’t meet the standards of what others who care about him think. Protect this young man and guard his heart from the Evil One. Anger sometimes triggers the Evil One to act violently and try to take over these kinds of people, but let the power of the Holy Spirit bleed through every pore of this young man’s body and ooze out from every inch of his soul. Let him know that it’s okay to be sad but also not to live like he’s dead just because his mom is. Let him feel Your holy presence in every aspect of his life. Help him. Also Father I would like to ask your blessing on the Phil’s Friends Walk for Hope at the end of April. I would like to ask that You open the hearts of those we reach out to as students, so that we can reap the prayerfully considered financial harvest that Phil’s Friends needs to operate as a nonprofit. I know the impact of Phil’s Friends on cancer patients and their families, since they send cards to my brother all the time as a way to support him through his journey. It is a wonderful organization and I would love to support them any way I can.

I would like to ask at this time for Your blessing to pursue a career with Disney by starting out in the fall and applying to the Disney College Program. I know I’ve done this program before, but this time I want it to be different. I want to succeed at what I do, and I want to create the magic for so many other Guests like it was always created for me. I would like you to help me be patient with myself in finding new jar crafts to learn for the campus craft fair. I am a really huge perfectionist, and that tends to get in the way of things, especially when I’m expected to be patient. I also would love to have You help me be actively involved in making a laundry schedule and sticking to it. If I’m going to live in Florida for the Disney College Program, I’m going to need to do laundry. I need to practice, Father, so please nudge me along in the right path to do so.

In Your Son’s holy name, I pray,

Amen

30 Day Bookstagram Challenge 2017

Even though I’m not that new to Instagram, it was only recently that I discovered the aspect of being a bookstagrammer through what I post on Instagram. What I kept seeing when I researched this on Google and Pinterest, all I saw were either photos of books or lists of what kind of books to take pictures of. I fell in love early on with this idea, and have been doing my first bookstagram challenge for about 3 days now.

I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to post pictures of books on Instagram that fit into random categories, like what I was finding in my research. I compiled a list, based on other lists of what I was seeing, and came up with a 30 day challenge to use for myself and whoever else wants to join me in my journey as a new bookstagrammer. Feel free to use the list below to fuel your own process as a reader on social media.

“Brooklyn’s 30 Day Bookstagram Challenge 2017”

Post a photo of…

  1. a book I’m currently reading
  2. a To Be Read (TBR) book
  3. a book I checked out from the library
  4. a book I own
  5. a favorite book
  6. a Young Adult (YA) book
  7. an LGBT+ romance book
  8. a sci-fi book
  9. a sequel
  10. a book that’s been turned into a movie
  11. another book that I’m currently reading
  12. a pile of TBR books
  13. the last book I finished reading
  14. a classic novel
  15. your choice/create your own prompt
  16. a memoir
  17. a dystopian novel
  18. a steampunk novel
  19. a fantasy novel
  20. a book on writing that has helped me
  21. a book that has a story set somewhere I want to go on vacation
  22. a book that’s written by an author of color
  23. a favorite book from my childhood
  24. a poetry collection
  25. a self-help book that I like
  26. a favorite play script
  27. a book told from the point of view (POV) of an animal
  28. a book about near-death experiences
  29. a book published by one of my favorite celebrities
  30. a book I would highly recommend

The next step for me, since I want to be a more regular reader, is to go back and read (or, in some cases, re-read) the books that I am going to document on my Instagram in photos. I want to read regularly, and thankfully it’s the weekend right now. Weekends are something that I look forward to because then I can catch up on my reading.

Happy reading!

Prayerfully yours,

Brooklyn Wegnerpile-of-books-open_books