What does it mean to be “blessed?”

This week, I am going to take a break from the Summer Boredom Busters. If you do want to check out those posts, go to categories and click “Livin’ the Life of LibLou.” Instead, I am going to talk about something that I think is pretty serious. What does it mean to be “blessed?”

A-lot of people on social media use the #blessed, or they say something along the lines of “I am blessed because….”Β What they may not realize is that when they use the word blessed, it is normally in context of having good fortunes. As if God favors someone simply by giving them a great life. However, I do not believe that this is what being blessed means.

Let us consider this quote from Matthew 5:3-12.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus says blessed are the people who are poor, mourn, meek, and hunger and thirst for righteousness because God will come to them in their need .

But I believe everybody is blessed. We are all made in God’s image, whether we believe it or not. Being made in the image of God, who is perfect, should be enough of a blessing.

Knowing that our God will love every single one of us, no matter what; God’s unconditional love is a great blessing.

The fact that we are even alive is a blessing.

If you have all the good things in life or not, this does not define whether you are blessed. These simple things: being made in the image of God, being alive, and knowing God’s unconditional love are what make us all blessed.

You, my friend, are blessed.

With great love,

LibLou ❀ ❀

Boredom Buster #4: DIY Room Decor

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Something that you see on Pinterest, Tublur, Instagram, etc. are pictures of DIY room decor. I have always looked at these and thought that I wish my room could look like that. But in the end, buying the having to gather the materials and then make it is a little time consuming. Here is boredom buster number 4. Make an easy DIY room decor. It can be one you have seen online or something you can come up with on your own. Today, I am going to share with you how to make a cute and easy decor for your room.

This decor is really easy. All you have to do is gather materials and then assemble. I went to Target and CVS to buy the things I need.

First, you will need some streamer party decor. For example:

I found mine in the party section of Target. I believe that you can make this at home as well. You will need a long piece of string, streamers or tissues paper. I think the the streamers will probably work better. Β Cut several foot (about 30.5 centimeters) long strands of streamer or tissues paper. If you are using tissue paper make the paper 1.75 inches or 4.45 centimeters wide. Next, fold the pieces of paper over the string, and tie it up into a knot leaving a little bit of room for the paper to slide along the string. If the paper rips, you could probably use glue/hot glue to get the two together. Lastly, grab a pair of scissors and cut the paper hanging down into even more little strings. Repeat these steps, and now, yours should look similar to mine.

Next, you will need pictures to hang up. I ordered mine on the CVS website. You could also print off some inspiring pictures or pictures you might have of you and your friends.

Lastly, I got some of these adorable miniature clothes pins. I am not clear about where I previously got them, but I am almost positive you can find these at Target or a crafts store.

I taped the streamer decor onto the wall, but you can use something else. Then, I clipped on my pictures and voila!

Voila! An easy, affordable, and cute room decor is completed. What makes this better, is I found all of these things around the house. I hope that you enjoyed this boredom buster as much as I did!

Love,

LibLou ❀

 

Boredom Buster #3: Jigsaw Puzzle

Summer Boredom BustersWhen I was little, I had a Curious George puzzle. I also had a 100 piece that was a picture of a cat with a tiara on in a light pink purse. I’ve always been pretty good at solving these. I think after you finish one, there is that feeling of accomplishment. Around our house, puzzles have been a way for us as a family to come together.

So, boredom buster number 3: Solve a jigsaw puzzle. Recently, I got a new 1,500 piece one at Target. It is a picture of ice cream, because who doesn’t like colorful food? I’m almost done with it! What is great about this puzzle, is that the back of the pieces are a certain color. This means there are different sections. For example, I did the “Purple section” first.

Not only are puzzles fun but they are a great way to challenge your brain during the Summer. My mom is pretty strict about keeping our brains active and healthy. What I consider a plus as well is that these things could last you a few days. This means it isn’t just a one day activity.

This is a pretty short post, but look forward to next weeks boredom buster! Also, follow alibloulife on instagram @alibloulife This way you will know what’s being uploaded!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Boredom Buster #2: “First & Then”

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Throughout the 8th grade school year, I lost my passion for reading. I had this pretty hard Language Arts teacher, who would make us read certain books or a certain amount of books. Personally, being forced to read does not make me want to read.

Recently, I gained that passion back by reading the book First & Then. This book is written by Emma Mills and is a teen romance. However my mother is not a teen and loved this book as well. πŸ˜‰

So, boredom buster 2: Find a good book and read it. How might I find a book? I am going to share with you First & Then. (Without spoiling, of course) But you can read whatever you want. I’m just sharing for those who might be interested in this book.

First & Then is narrated by a girl named Devon Tennyson. Devon is in her 12th grade year at Temple Sterling High School. She is best friends with a guy named Cas, and happens to be silently crushing on him. All was well until Devon realized that she doesn’t have a serious plan for college. To make matters worse, she has to deal with her cousin Foster suddenly coming into her life. When Foster’s surprising talent causes him to no longer be a social outlier, the popular and attractive Ezra comes into play whether Devon likes it or not.

This book has many twist and turns to keep you reading. I think a book must have some closure at the end, if it is not a series. The story of Devon’s last year in high school does have nice closure. I 100% recommend this book and I hope you read and enjoy this book.

Love,

LibLou ❀

Boredom Buster #1: How to Make the Perfect Glitter Slime

Summer Boredom BustersDo you get bored during the Summertime and need something to do?

Well I have the answer! You can make this glitter slime in 3 simple steps. Or so the recipe said. This slime was much more complicated than I had originally thought. But through experience, I will share my tips about how to make the perfect slime. It is sure to keep you or your kid busy.


The only things you will need for this glitter slime are:

Clear Glue

Baking Soda

Glitter or glitter glue

Contact Lens Solution

Tablespoon measure

Bowl

Spoon or Spatula

First, you will need to empty your clear glue into a bowl. I had a 9 oz bottle, so I only did about half. I wanted to use the clear glue originally because I thought my slime would be perfectly clear. Well that did not happen. When you add the 1 table spoon of baking soda, which is the next step, the solution is not clear. This is what my slime looked like after the baking soda was added and mixed:

What I would say is that the difference between the clear glue and the regular glue is that the clear glue makes it shiny. You can use regular glue as well. πŸ™‚

Next, you will need to add your glitter. I used red and silver, so my slime ended up being a little pink. I just sprinkled some in and mixed that up.

After you have mixed in the glitter, you need to add 2 and 1/2 a tablespoons of contact solution. I ended up adding 11 tablespoons… (crickets chirp)(awkward pause) Yeah… I thought the contact solution would make the slime thicker and more mold-able. Once I did 11 tablespoons, my slime was still sticky as can be and pretty much in its liquid form Then, my younger brother comes and tells me. “You need to add baking soda. That will make it thicker.” He was right. Here is a tip: Add more baking soda if your slime is too runny. The recipe said add the 2 and 1/2 tablespoon of solution or until it becomes harder to mix. In the end, add the correct amount of contact solution and more baking soda if you want it to be thicker. The final result is:

I hope that the tips I have shared on how to make the perfect slime are helpful. I also hope this slime​ busts your boredom! πŸ™‚

Love,

LibLou ❀

Camp Mikell

Recently, I just got back from an Episcopalian camp called Camp Mikell. To check out their website click here. This place truly makes you feel the #mikellmagic and is a place full of fun and worship of God. It is a great way to discover new friends and build relationships with the old. I would most defiantly recommend this camp!!

2016 was the first time I went to the Performing Arts (PA) session at camp Mikell. When I got in the car, on the way home, I could not stop talking about it. This year was my second year and sadly the last year I can attend PA camp. But, fear not, there are many other camps that you/I can attend. At PA camp, you are divided into 3 different main acts. With in those 3 acts are music, dance, and of course, the acting groups. For example, this year I was in music, act 1. Once all of these groups are put together, you have a show! And a star is born! πŸ˜‰


Above is a picture of the cross. I had to hike up to it for nature period. Let me give you one piece of advice: don’t hike up to it in flip-flops, like I made the mistake of doing. πŸ˜‰

When I was first told about this camp, I was a little skeptical to go. I had never been away from home, independently for an entire week. But after the first couple of hours, I made friends and could not wait to come back. My mom was a little scared to leave me alone as well but you can send mail to your daughter/son and packages! Camp Mikell is truly a great experience and I would like to share with you a day in the life.

A day at Camp Mikell:

You wake up to the beautiful birds chirping and take a shower (if you didn’t take one at night). They ring the bell at 7:30 to get dressed for the day and walk down for breakfast. Oh, and by the way, the girls cabins and boys cabins are on two different hills. After breakfast, you walk all the way back up to your cabin for CC (Cabin cleanup). This is when you make your bed, sweep, clean toilets and showers, and make everything look nice and neat. Additionally, you can make a theme and decorate the room to win banner points. For each camp session there is a group on boys hill and a group on girls hill that will win banner. Basically, whichever name they have chosen will be put on the banner. To win this, you receive points by winning activities such as CC.

Next, you go to the ODH (Old Dining Hall) and have morning singing. These songs help you wake you up and get you excited for the day. πŸ™‚ You then proceed to divide into the groups for play practice. After a good couple hours of hard work, the bell will ring telling you to come back into the ODH to share what you did during the practice session. Next, you go to get lunch! The food at Camp Mikell is very, very, very good and will not let you down. Now, the best part of the day… for some… REST PERIOD!!! You have good hour to chill or sleep. My friends and I would normally talk quietly.

Change into your bathing suits because it’s time for afternoon activities! You have 3 periods where you either have pool, nature center, WREC, or art. You pretty much have pool at least once a day. At the nature center you can see snakes, turtles, etc. or you hike up to the cross. The cross is place pretty high up in the mountains so, you get exercise. Just don’t make the mistake of wearing flip flops, like I did. WREC is basically PE and art is where you enjoy fun diy crafts. After your second period you have snack time, which is called canteen. This is also when the kids check to see if they got mail or care packages. Off to third period and then back up to the cabin to get ready for dinner. After dinner you either have four square time or the activity of the night… which will remain a surprise until you go. After the super fun activity, you have nightly singing. However, this singing is meant to calm you down and get you sleepy. During the singing, you are called by cabin to get one more snack and some water (water is given any time you get food) To end the wonderful day, you have compline and then head up to take showers and go to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

This is a day at the awesome, fantastic, camp mikell performing arts session. This year the play was about the prayers of the people. So each act had a few different prayers to share.

Even though phones are taken for the week, you make new relationships that last. You even see some of the people you saw the previous year! I 100% recommend this camp to you. You will not regret it! To check out the other camp sessions and for more details about camp mikell, click here.

Love,

LibLou ❀