My Favorite Things

Hello there! I reserve this page for a plethora of things. Still along the lines of hope, faith, and sickness, but with a bit more wiggle room. The main reason I want to list my favorite things is for your own enjoyment. They are all my suggestions for you. And not just all my suggestions in general, but all my favorite suggestions. 🙂


Recommended Reads

Mold, MCS, and Lyme related

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Back From The Edge by Lisa Petrison
  • When Chronic Pain & Illness Take Everything Away: How to Mourn Our Losses  by Esther Smith
  • When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story

Faith and Fun

  • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
  • Bruchko by Bruce Olson
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  • Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good
  • The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  • The Wars of the Realm series by Chuck Black
  • Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
  • Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Making Brother and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephan, and Grace Mally
  • My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • End of the Spear by Steve Saint
  • The Bible Jesus Read by Phillip Yancey
  • Sons of Encouragement series by Francine Rivers

…And many more. I tried to limit this to only my all time favorites, but as you see, that was hard. I have read so many good books over the years. I hope you enjoy these, though, as much as I have!

Suggested Songs

I am not very musically talented. However, I really enjoy listening to music. There was a time in my sickness that I mentally couldn’t handle music- the noise and such. And that was one of the hardest, most depressing things I had to deal with. Not being able to worship. Thankfully, I gained the ability to mentally handle it back, and I sure won’t take it for granted again! If you are in that place though, where you can’t handle music, hold in there. I know how desperately hard it is, but it won’t be forever. What will we spend eternity in Heaven doing? Worshiping.  Hopefully, though, if you get out of the toxins you are exposed to, there is a high chance that your mental strength will return, however unlikely that seems right now. And when it does,  I pray that you will enjoy these songs:

Favorite Sermons

  • This sermon by Brett Harris about trusting God in the midst of suffering
  • This sermon, ‘The Pineapple Story’, by missionary Otto Koning
  • This sermon by Levi Lusko, ‘Tornadoes and Potatoes’.

…and all my dad’s, but his are in my notebooks, rather than recorded. 😉

Encouraging Quotes

I hope these encourage you as much as they have me, and that they make you think!

“At times you may feel like David fighting Goliath- but remember, David did win! -Unknown

“Dear God, if today I lose my hope please remind me that your plans are better than my dream.” -Unknown

“Love care more about who’s hurting than who’s watching.” -Bob Goff

“We’ll know were growing when our love for people dwarfs our opinions about them.” -Bob Goff

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” -Unknown

“God often uses our deepest pain ad the launching pad of our greatest calling.” – Unknown

“Refuse self-pity. Refuse it absolutely. It is a deadly thing with power to destroy you. Turn your thoughts to Christ who has already carried our griefs and sorrows.” -Elisabeth Elliot

“I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. But I can change the world for one person. So I will keep loving one person at a time.” -Katie Davis

“There is no place so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” -Corrie ten Boom`

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.” – Corrie ten Boom

“God is more interested in your character than your comfort.” -Unknown

“So many girls want a guy to save them. A man did save you, 2,000 years ago, on the cross.” -Unknown

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Unknown

“Your mood should not dictate your manners.” -Unknown

“We must go on and take the adventure that comes to us.” -C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” -Unknown

“You have listened to fears, child. Come, let me breath on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?” -Aslan

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis

“Crying is alright in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you have to decide what to do.” -C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

“One man with God is a majority.” -Brother Andrew

“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days- when you heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great- and you turn to God alone.” -Rick Warren

“Time spent alone with God is never wasted.” -Unknown

“I am a princess, not because I have a prince, but because my Father is a King, and He is God.” -Unknown

“The fact that our heart yearns for something earth can’ t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.” -C.S. Lewis

“I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.” -Unknown

“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” -C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie ten Boom


Movies to watch when you’re stuck in bed

This is just a list of a wide variety of fun or encouraging movies. 🙂

  • War Room
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Facing the Giants
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Miracles From Heaven (Okay, I know I said fun movies… this one is one you should definitely watch, but be warned that I cried through it. And I don’t cry through many movies. I just related to it so much!)
  • Finding Dory
  • The Pacifier
  • Cheaper By The Dozen (1 and 2)
  • Enchanted
  • National Treasure (1 and 2)
  • Big Hero Six