FAREWELL OCTOBER 🍁🍁🍁 • One of my favorite months of the year is slipping away like all the pretty leaves outside. 2019 feels like it will actually be REAL now. I always get a bittersweet feeling this time of year because it seems like everything is coming to an end—all the adventures of the year are coming to a close. • • But at the same time, autumn feels like HOPE to me. It represents the close of things like our lives and the world. Doesn’t the crazy show of color and swing from warmth to cold mirror the apparent chaos of Revelations? And what comes after that? • Heaven. God. Eternal reunion with Eternal Love. • • I always wonder if we’ll be sad to leave the things of this world that are beautiful and special, just like we’re sad to leave behind the adventures of this past year. But God has SUCH amazing plans for us. He’s working to draw us closer to Himself every minute, every day, every year. Even when things pass away, He’s still there, He’s still coming, He still loves us. • • “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 • “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3 • 🍁🍁🍁
Nineteen years circling a great big sphere of light, riding aboard a lush green-blue ball that floats in a sea of gleaming stars. Nineteen years inhaling countless breaths of oxygen and tasting millions of sweet drops of water. Nineteen years walking on the planet my God came down to when He died so I might walk with Him for eternity. • • Nineteen years. I don't need to think long to realize every single one was filled and overflowing with love. • • My life is a love story. It is a beautiful dance with a Divine Partner. It's a masterpiece being woven with billions of brightly hued colors in a gentle hand. It is a walk across a sea of storms and diamonds. • • It is not about me...but God and me. Together. • • Sometimes I look in the mirror and pause, surprised and baffled. Because how did I become this? How did the awkward, tomboyish little girl become a young woman with autumn-hued hair and eyes a mystical, laughing gray? But through those windows to the soul, I see more. I see fear melted to courage, awkwardness to grace, insecurity to confidence, and love multiplied by a thousand...and all still growing as I walk holding His hand. • • Then the realization is gone, and I am back to struggling to love my family, stay faithful to my work, and just remember God as I try to make sense of life. • • But I know I saw it, if only for a moment. Maybe seeing it for more would have ruined everything. Maybe had I pondered what I realized longer, it would have ceased to be so mystifying and captivating as I finally understood. • • I do not know what it is. Maybe change. Or time. Or the simple progression of life. Whatever it is, it cannot be put into adequate words; I can only experience it each time I look back to see the footprints I've left behind in the stars. • • - from a story I saw one day and may never write, but always ponder. Likely a contemporary? I don't know. But maybe one of you needed to hear these musings today ☺️🧡🍁🍂
Summer is often the season we think of as a time of travel, but I think fall is when a lot of journeys really begin. It's strange to BEGIN things when all the world around us is seemingly dying. * * But at the same time, it's fitting. If you think about it in story terms, the hero is often dying to some part of himself as he sets out on the journey that will change his life. * * Maybe whatever journey you're beginning this fall is going to change your life forever. Maybe you see the leaves draining of green and feel the cold whisking in and wish this journey wasn't necessary. * * But EVERYTHING is a journey: we are always going somewhere, even one step at a time. True, we most often cannot see around the bend, and most often, we're shocked, delighted, or terrified by what we find there...but the leader of our journey, our Gandalf the Grey with all his knowledge and magic, knows everything and is beyond time. He SEES where we are going. He knows where we are going. He genuinely cares about what happens to us and wants to lead us to where we will be happiest: with Him. And even if it seems like He's dropped our hands, stepped away, and now just watches us suffer...it's still part of His plan to bring us to eternal happiness. * * So whatever journey you're setting out on this year...take heart. He is with you. ❤️🧡💛🍁🍂
Happy September! Since a new season is about to begin ( my favorite season ever, btw), and I've gained a lot of new followers since January (*showers you in confetti and feathers*), I figured now's a great time to re-introduce myself.... • • Hello! My (pen) name is Audrey Caylin. I love stories -- the stories I read, the stories I write, and the story I live in. I mostly read classics or YA novels, and I try to write something in between with deep themes and ordinary but unique people finding redemption and hope, usually in a dystopia or fantasy world. Editing and outlining are my favorite parts of the writing process. Yes, you heard me right. ;) I love to edit so much that I critique other writers' novels in my spare time, and hope to be a freelance editor soon. • • The story of my life is my favorite story. The ups and downs God leads me through as He draws me closer to Him are truly amazing: God's the best author, and probably the only one I actually trust not to needlessly hurt characters XD • • My favorite things that DON'T involve words are knitting, embroidery, photography, guitar, and having thought-provoking conversations (that sometimes turn into blog posts) or fangirling about stories with friends. I also LOVE hiking and biking in the middle of nowhere: I always find God and inspiration for my stories there. And my day gets 10x better if it’s raining or breezy out or I’m wearing my Yosemite shirt. • • I incorporate a bit of everything above into this account: my love for nature, my love for writing, my love for God. You'll also quickly realize that I can be as enthusiastic as an extrovert but I really spend up to 6 hours a day in my room reading, writing, craft-ing, or “working” online. Or planning up torture for my characters. *coughs* I have a (semi) more cohesive bio on my blog (audreycaylin.com), and use fewer parenthesis there ;) • • Nice to meet you, if I haven't already 😁☺️💚
Summer is OFFICIALLY over for me as of tomorrow. I'm sad, as I am every year, but the adventures of this season always fill me up with enough energy to last until next summer. • • My favorite moments were: - REALM MAKERS CONFERENCE (and meeting so many of my friends there!) - Driving to St. Louis and back - Hiking for 7hrs in Yosemite - Camping in Yosemite - Being an honorable mention in the SE contest - a thousand other little moments watching the birds and the wind and hiking in the middle of nowhere. • • What were some of your favorite memories from this summer??
Why are we always rushing? We’re always doing a hundred things, focused on a billion things, looking for more, more, more things to do. But...why? Do we ever stop and really think about it? Are we doing just what we’ve been warned not to do: building up treasure on earth rather than in heaven? • • We don’t have to be busy all the time. Fruitful for God, yes, but not busy. • • We start up so many new commitments at the beginning of each school year. But this year...let’s ask ourselves if ALL of them are really necessary. Are they bringing us closer to God? Are we building up more treasure on earth than we really need with them? • • Something I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks. Have a wonderful weekend, friend 💚
Yesterday my dad and I hiked 14 miles to get one of the best views in Yosemite. I woke up today feeling ready to conquer the world. Maybe that’s the feeling “rest and recreation” is supposed to give me... but aside from prayer, the #1 way I’m “re-created” is by hiking. 💚 • • What re-creates you?
I've come to realize that there are only two things that make me remember a book forever. And they're not not theme or characters. They're emotion and insight. • • EMOTION: if a book makes me feel something deeply, if it seems like it's touching my soul...I'm hooked. I'm changed. I will never forget that book for years to come. It doesn't matter if the prose wasn't the best or the plot was confusing. The experience I had with that book is eternally in my mind. • INSIGHT: this most often applies to nonfiction, but I've witnessed it in fiction too, particularly in The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. If a story/book makes me realize something profound... I remember it. • • The hard thing about using both of these as a writer is that even when you put them into your stories, some people will still miss them and not be impacted by them. Why? Thinking back on my experiences with books that left me emotional or pondering over something profound, I realized that those books impacted me because of where I was in my life and what I was going through. God used those books to speak to me in a way the story alone couldn't have. But pair my experiences with the story and BAM that's powerful. • • What makes you remember stories? What are some books that have deeply impacted you?