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Book Update — Thank you.

A21Fundraiser

I’m beyond amazed between the softball tournament and More than a Savior that you guys give the way that you do.  Also, my computer for some reason wouldn’t let me crop this on WordPress and I wasn’t feeling editing any further today so I’m sorry you have to look at my whole computer screen to see the whole total.

That being said, there have been about 150 copies of More than a Savior sold thus far.   All (that’s 100%) of the proceeds have gone to A21 for those books.   From here on out, 50% of the proceeds will go to A21.  I will still be doing events where all proceeds will be donated to A21. However, in order to continue writing, I do need to have an income stream.  🙂

I am going to be doing my absolute best to be getting the book into bookstores.  However, it’s not the easiest thing in the world.  Also, the book is on Amazon for those of you who like your two-day shipping. 🙂

As well, I will be figuring out how to post the book right here on Grace Unbroken. So I just wanted to give you a quick update on what’s going on, as well as to say a huge thank you. 

If you know anyone who wants a book or you yourself want a book, feel free to message me on Facebook or shoot me an email (amanda@graceunbroken.com).  Both my mom and I have copies of the book. 🙂  (Facebook would be significantly faster.)

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No Answer IS An Answer

“Sometimes looking for answers only leads to more questions. And sometimes you’re betting off not knowing.”-Gossip Girl, “The Fugitives” (5.23)

There are a lot of things in life that happen and we’ll never know why. A family member passes away; someone close to us commits suicide; someone stops being our friend.

But why? Why do we never get these answers? Why do we never receive the closure we’re looking for?

What I’ve come to find is that some questions are better left unanswered. The best thing we can do is move on. Yes, it is easier said than done, but you’ll find that when done, a huge weight will be lifted off of your shoulders. It’s hard to tell yourself that you’ll never know the answer to this question, but the best way to look at it is that God doesn’t want us to know this answer. We’re not meant to know this answer. It’s not that we’re deserving of it. It’s just that God is protecting us. This answer could hurt us if we knew or cause us many sleepless nights or stress that just isn’t worth it.

Not getting a text back from someone who you thought was your friend is your sign that you’re not meant to be friends. You may want to know why, but God doesn’t want you to. You can’t change the situation, so it’s best just to move on.

But if you’re still not convinced, think about this: Is this answer you so desperately want to know one that you’ll be able to handle? Is this something you really want to know? Despite your desperate pleas to know, is answering this question going to stop your sleepless nights and anxiety and questioning, or will it just lead to more questions you’ll never know the answers to?

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Live Every Day As If It’s Your Last

I haven’t been writing much lately because there’s just so much going on in this crazy brain that to boil it down to a single 300-600 word blog post is near impossible.  I’m just going to start off telling you a little about what’s on my brain today and we’ll go from there.   When I started writing this, I had no idea where it was going … enjoy. 🙂  

LiveEveryDayAsIfItsYourLast

So, the title of this post is “Live Each Day as if it’s Your Last.” Take this one with a grain of salt.  (Please, Lord, don’t let anyone do anything ridiculous as a result of this post.)  I’m not telling you to go jump off a bridge because you could die today anyways.  Now that we have that straightened out, we can continue with the rest of the post.  Knowing that you need to prepare to live tomorrow while you also could die today, what would you do?   Would you love those around you more?  Would you go for some crazy adventure that you wouldn’t otherwise?  Every day can be an adventure.   I’m not talking expensive adventures.  Life can be simple and adventurous at the same time.  Would you help someone you’d never met?  

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 ESV). 

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1 ESV).  

 

These verses, as well as others that specifically address this topic, put into practice clearly address the need for Christians to focus on living each day independent of one another rather than living for the next day.  I’m kinda in love with Garth Brooks, so I’ll just be over here singing “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”   But, seriously, why would you live for a day that is not guaranteed?  Get what you need to get done today done if today’s the last day that God gives you. Whatever (within responsible means) that looks like for you.   

(Hopefully) this mindset will encourage you to spend a little less time on your phone and computer.  Yes, I know that affects how much you spend how much time you spend here.  I’m worried about you.  

High school and college students, stop losing sleep to study and do homework.  Your health is more important than your grades.  It’s not often that people tell you that, because everyone wants you to do so well that they just assume that all-nighters are a part of college.  They’re not. They don’t have to be.  Stop it.  Go to bed.  You’re not going to remember what you’re studying anyway.  Better that you get a solid 8 (or 10, for me) hours of sleep.   

Sidenote: did I just admit that I sleep 10 hours every night on the internet?  

Don’t stress so much about what you have to do for tomorrow that you lose sleep tonight or joy today.