We all know Facebook is a demon spawn come to earth to completely erase whatever productivity and focus we had left in a plot to take over the world by turning us all into people who are ADD-2-second-news-selfies-and-hashtags obsessed. I know that it takes away the time that I could be using for work, and instead puts it towards passive self-comparisons and bombardments from media and interest-based advertisements. I’m more than aware that it’s not really a way to keep up with my old friends, but rather a way to keep them at a distance under the excuse of “I know how they’re doing; I just read their status update.” However, I try not to think about whether or not just as many people use Facebook to stalk me as I use it to stalk them. Despite all the things I have done to try to reduce my Facebook time (without having to remove app from my phone or tablet so that I can at least see the newest status from my friends or quickly post one of my own), I return to Facebook because it sometimes rewards you. The same way a cat digs through the trash in order to find whether or not someone threw away something delectable today, I go past the overly political status updates and pointless buzzfeed articles for the chance that maybe I’ll find something worth seeing. There are days where, while falling for two hours down the bottomless News Feed, you find a gem. Like this one.
I’ve always been a blogger, and this morning I decided to go back to that good ol’ tumblr I used to keep back when I was junior in high school. What I found was something that made me wonder about how God answers prayers, and how it is important to remember what we bring before God so that we can witness His faithfulness. Continue reading
I think I mentioned how wonderful this blog is. This simple post pretty much takes the cake.
20 Little, Beautiful ThingsMAY. 15, 2013
1. Your favorite jeans.
2. Looking back and understanding why certain things happened the way they did.
3. Your favorite food, delivered to you by surprise by your favorite person.
4. Unprecedented peacefulness.
5. A hot shower.
6. A nap when you desperately need one.
7. Newborn animals.
8. When kids say they love you.
9. Running to greet someone you love at the train station.
10. When your parents tell you that you’ve made them proud, or that you inspire them (my dad actually told me that recently…).
11. Feeling attractive just as you are. Not because you’re dressed or made up a certain way.
12. Comfy clothes, a comfy bed and your favorite movie.
13. When you pay attention to your breathing and you’re able to calm yourself.
14. Swings at playgrounds.
15. The feeling of the sun on your back.
16. When your favorite song from childhood comes on the radio.
17. When a situation you were a mess over solves itself.
18. Books that wrap your mind in the story and the feeling you get after work or school when you realize you can go back to reading again.
19. Realizing how young you are.
20. Realizing how far you’ve come in such little time.
I’ve always wanted to, in fact I’m sure there’s a post somewhere in the not-so-deep depths of my archives that talks about this (whether on this blog or on the other four blogs I started in my youth (“in my youth.” Now there’s a funny phrase for someone my age to say)). Last January I went on a retreat that changed my outlook on my life, and confirmed for me that writing is going to be part of how God moves through me in my life.
Cool. So now what? Continue reading
An entry in my devotional that met me where I was, and brought me to the light. Jesus’ words spoke to my heart, and lifted me from the darkness. This is what I would like to share with you.
I AM WITH YOU. These four words are like a safety net, protecting you from falling into despair. Because you are human, you will always have ups and downs in your life experience. But the promise of My Presence limits how far down you can go. Sometimes you may feel as if you are in free fall, when people or things you had counted on let you down. yet as soon as you remember that I am with you, your perspective changes radically. Instead of bemoaning your circumstances, you can look to Me for help. You recall that not only am I with you, I am holding you by your right hand. I guide you with My counsel, and afterward I will take you into Glory. This is exactly the perspective you need: the reassurance of My Presence, and the glorious hope of heaven.
~Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 73:23-26
Jesus Calling, Sarah Young.
Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.”
It is easier to have joy when you do not look to the past or to the future; one which you cannot change and the other which you cannot know. For we are not God – our reach is only as far as our presence, and that only exists in the present.