Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


All You Have to do is Believe

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I love that commercial where the three ladies are talking and the one has hung pictures all over her wall and other friend points to them and says, “I like that one” and the other friend looks bewildered and says, “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.” It seriously cracks me up every time I see it on TV. I think because it shows a basic truth about human nature: sometimes we make things more complicated than they have to be.

I’ve heard people say they’ll accept Christ after they fix this or that in their lives or that they’re going to Heaven because they’re basically good people. Well, that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works. First and foremost, we can’t “fix” ourselves. Nor does God want us to. If we could, then the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ wouldn’t have been necessary. The fact is that God loves us despite our flaws {Romans 5:8} and because of that love He sent His son that we may have eternal life through faith in Him {John 3:16}.

And just as we can’t fix ourselves, we can’t “buy” our way in either {Romans 6:23 and Titus 3:5}. God doesn’t have a set number of good deeds you have to perform in order to make it to Heaven; eternal life is a gift that has been given freely to us by a loving  and merciful God. All you have to do is believe…

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 20 to Day 24

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I never noticed how dark my house is or how loud my street is until this past week. I’ve finally decided that it might be time to do something with that YouTube channel I have that’s been languishing in the land of nothing… Well, recording a video is easier said than done. But I finally got a welcome video posted and have started making plans to really build up my channel.

I was inspired to jump start my blog by the lovely and oh~so~talented LeSha B. at The Lovely Photog. She was able to find a way to connect with her fans and share her interests in a way that shows her personality. I love love love this… And, gosh, being able to talk? That’s something that I do well.

I plan to post my Coffee Talks on YouTube on Thursdays and product reviews whenever I have them. For now those seem to be the two things I most want to focus on for videos and it makes sense. So if you watch videos, give me a yell, and feel free to subscribe.

And now on to the pictures for this week…

Day 24: {X is for…}

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Is there a treasure buried in this tree? One can only hope.

Day 23: {W is for…}

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Pretty white flowers.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 22: {V is for…}

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There is victory in Jesus Christ.

Day 21: {U is for…}

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Can you believe I’m under caffeinated? How’s that even possible?

Day 20: {T is for…}

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Squeekerz does this a lot. I’m starting to take it personal.

Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and, now YouTube. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Happy Fist Bump Friday: A New Project

Happy #FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that I get to work on a project at work that will benefit students in our community who have different learning/physical/emotional/social disabilities. It seems like just when I’ve reached the end of my rope and I don’t see any rewards from my job, a project gift like this is given to me and I’m incredibly thankful for that.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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