what I learned from 10 months off social media

Posted in lifestyle

This post is where it all started. 2017, the year of no internet posting.

Then I added blogging back.

Why am I cutting the year a month short?

I confess it isn’t because I’m dying without Instagram. It’s not even that I miss knowing things about people or when something big happens.

The real truth is that I am a communicator bursting with desire and passion and love for Jesus, and I want to declare Him everywhere.

Cultural has deemed social media a place to be evaluated, affirmed, critiqued. Sin makes it a battlefield of comparison, pride, and me-centered opinions against freedom, humility, and wisdom.

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do less. make it mean more.

Posted in creative, inspiration

I am a sucker for a lovely art print or book or desktop wallpaper. True sucker.

What used to be Naptime Diaries is now All Good Things Co. Sweet women striving to share the message of Jesus and hope with the world through beautiful artwork and inspirational prints.

Last year I purchased a few of their Advent resources and greatly enjoyed them. They recently shared the Advent 2017 Collection. Devotionals, banners, prints, and more.

I am really digging the theme of this year’s resources: do less. make it mean more. 

How freeing and inspirational does that sound? Doesn’t it make you crave simplicity? Doesn’t it strengthen you to be more intentional with your choices as holiday months approach?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Help us, Lord.

 

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I’m curious… do you and your family celebrate Advent? How? What works for you or your crowd?

interrupt anxiety with praise

Posted in faith

Sometimes the wonder of Jesus Christ wells up in me so strongly I want to cartwheel and weep at the same time.

Does that ever happen to you?

It wasn’t until the gospel of Jesus entirely captured my mind and conquered my Pharisaical heart that I began to understand fighting lies with praise.

It wasn’t until the lavish, freeing love of God filled in the cracks of my lack did I begin to comprehend the strength and hope to be found.

It wasn’t until I wholeheartedly believed in the perfect guidance, and constant companionship, of Holy Spirit that I discovered peace in the unknown and uncertain.

Worship of God is the rope to pull you from anxiety’s enveloping quicksand.

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A few books on my ‘to read’ list

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Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan

And then God gave me insight: this was winter. It would end, in time, but not by my own doing. My responsibility was simply to know the season, and match my actions and inactions to it. It was to learn the slow hard discipline of waiting. It was my season to believe in spite of—to believe in the absence of evidence or emotion, when there’s nothing, no bud, no color, no light, no birdsong, to validate belief. It was my time to walk without sight.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.

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Believe God THIS Moment

Posted in faith

Can we all admit it can be difficult to see every detail or a situation? 

Silly question, we’re human and limited. Sometimes it can be challenging to even understand our own hearts. But God knows everything about everything.

Can we all confess we get stuck in the mud of insecurity, self-doubt, fear, discontentment, comparison, or anger sometimes?

I know I do. But God doesn’t.

In almost every moment, we are bombarded by cultural pressure, temptations in our sinful nature, lies from the enemy of our soul. 

Would you agree that it is vital for us to know our God, to communicate with Him intimately and frequently, to trust Him immediately when we’re battling? 

Do you know the personality and nature of your God?

God is:*

Wise: He knows what is best
Generous: He gives what is best
Loving: He does what is best
Good: He is what is best
Unchanging: He never changes
Creator: He made everything
Provider: He meets the needs of His children
Holy: He is completely perfect
Just: He is right to punish sin
Glorious: He shows his glory and greatness
Sovereign: He has the right, will, and power to do as He pleases
Compassionate: He sees, cares, and acts when His children are in need
Merciful: He does not give what His children deserve
Attentive: He hears and responds to His children
Worthy: He deserves all glory
Deliverer: He saves His children from wrath
Refuge: He provides places of safety for His children
Almighty: Nothing is too hard for God

God is El Roi, God Who Sees, El Elyon, God Most High, Adonai, our Lord… among so many other incredible names.

It should be of greatest comfort to you that Almighty God’s loving, caring eyes are on you at all times.

 


 

“It’s difficult to love what you do not know.”

I heard this idea from Jen Wilkin a few months ago, and it stuck to my mind like peanut butter and jelly.

In my own experience, it is also difficult to trust and believe Someone you do not know. Amen?

 


 

It can also seem intimidating to feel that your trust needs to be Hulk strong and Flash quick every single time.

Maybe this can be a new way for us: Believe Him for THIS moment. 

Believe what He says about THIS fear I’m feeling. Believe His nature when I’m tempted to dwell on THIS lie that just flew through my mind. Believe His Words for THIS instance, for THIS problem. Believe His Spirit’s help for THIS weakness.

One moment at a time will become the backbone of our lives, the framework for our living by faith and not by sight.

What difference does it make in your life to realize that God is sovereign, that He is ruler over all, and that nothing can happen without the ultimate sanction or permission of God? Kay Arthur

*found on blog Sayable