Believe :: Filling our Minds

What consumes our mind

I was doing my routine check of Pinterest during my coffee break and this little quote came up on my feed. It was something I needed to hear but something so simple that put everything into perspective for me.

How often do we let out minds be consumed with anything but God? How often do we think of the future, our worries, our questions and our fears; or even just thinking about unholy things, watching movies or shows that are not wholesome or reading things that don’t honour God? I will often be thinking and questioning why I am single, why I am struggling to find work as a designer, why I struggle with anxiety. But by doing this I am allowing my mind to be consumed by my desires and my worries instead of filling it with love and passion for God. We quickly get caught up in life; filling our time with daily tasks, going to bed so tired that devotions seem futile, barely making time all day to spend quality time with God. And then we question why we feel like we are lacking spiritually or are not feel growth in faith and knowledge. We wonder why we feel distant from God or have less joy in our lives.

But I can tell you this, if we spend our days thinking of God, talking about Him, talking to Him and doing our tasks for Him, we will feel our faith grow and we will feel closer to Him. We will feel less anxious and more willing to accept what God has set on our path. So I encourage you today and every day to think positively and to consume your mind with God.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

Roslyn x

Tears :: God’s Gift

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Over the last year I have cried many tears, to the point that sometimes I can’t imagine there could be any more.

I’ve at times been embarrassed as I seem to be crying ‘yet again’. However, recently I read something which made me realise my tears are a gift from God!  

We can have tears of anger, hurt, grief, and mercifully: also tears of joy at times. Amazingly, studies have shown tears may be the body’s mechanism for flushing away harmful chemicals produced during stress. I’m not sure on the validity,  but I do know there is therapeutic value in having a ‘good old cry’! You don’t have to just grin and bear it!

Tears are God’s gift to us, His children. When we cry, we allow our bodies to function according to God’s design and it is one of the ‘perks’ He offers to relieve our stress.

It has been said that God will accept a broken heart, but He must have all the pieces. As he stitches those pieces together the moisture of tears softens and makes flexible his strong thread of healing in our lives. Sometimes people who weep unashamedly are the same ones who live and love with their whole heart and soul.

Some may find it hard to feel happy or sad, perhaps needing to remain ‘stoic’. Sometimes letting yourself cry is the scariest thing you’ll ever do. And the bravest. It takes courage to face the facts, stare loss in the face, bare your heart and let it bleed. But it can help cleanse your wounds and prepare them for healing. God will take care of the rest.  Tears can create streams in our deserts. Yes, its okay to cry!

Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth in weeping, bearing seed for sowing. Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing.  Psalm 126:5,6

Anonymous x

Social Media Thursday :: Seductive Selfies

Add subtitle textWould you let all the people that follow you on your Instagram, Facebook and other social media forums into your bedroom with you?

When you have a party and that boy is there, would you let him into the bathroom with you?

When you try on a new dress in the change rooms at Myer, would you invite everyone who follows you on SM into that room with you?

Then why do you welcome them in every time you post that selfie?

When you meet a friend on the street, at school or after church do you pucker up the fish lips, poke out the chest and shove a hand on the hip?

Then why do you do it every time you post that selfie?

Those photos cry out :

Look at me! Tell me I’m beautiful. Tell me I’m pretty. Tell me I’m enough.

You are enough without those photos*. They tell such a small part of who you really are and what your destiny will be.

We know that God delights in beauty – but does He delight in His children being seductive?

No. That’s the plain answer, and I’m giving it to you straight.

We must be imitators of Christ. We must swim against the tide of what is popular and socially accepted.

We are called to be holy. Set aside, set apart.

We must hold each other accountable. Don’t like a seductive photo just to stay in the ‘in crowd’. Tell each other when the boundaries are crossed. Delete those selfies that yell out ‘me, me, me’.

Before you post that photo, ask yourself these questions:

Is this honouring God? 

Am I posting this photo to get attention and feedback?

Is this a photo I’d like Mum to hang on the fridge? (yeah, good one hey?)

Am I happy for this photo to be plastered all over the Interweb and beyond? 

More reading here**

Girl Defined – Why Christian Girls post seductive selfies

Set Apart Girl – Imperishable Beauty

*Selfies in themselves are not bad.. and don’t think that you can’t post a selfie! It’s the ones that cross the line and are outright seductive are the ones we should be avoiding.

**External links and I do not endorse or exclaim the virtues and values of these websites. These links however do cover this topic well and so I include them!

 

Natasha O x

Hymn 48 :: Our guide to feeling at peace

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Have you looked at Hymn 48 lately? Have you sung it? It is truly an eye opening song, with a lot of comfort and grace poured into it. It is such a good reminder to us daily, and I challenge you to pick up your Book of Praise and have a look at it. Take in those words and take it upon yourself to heed the advice given.

I am an anxious person, it is something that I have come to realize and work on constantly to trust more in God. But this hymn, especially verse 2, highlights why we must not be anxious; why we would be far better off if we stop our worrying and instead trust in God. When was the last time you felt more calm when you were anxious? See what I mean, anxiousness is the opposite of calm, so how could it make you feel better to worry? But if we put our worries aside and have faith in Him, God will comfort and calm us for He “will never those disown who put their trust in Him alone.” (Hymn 48:4)

Let go of your worries, and trust God and His plan for you.

Love Roslyn x

Book Review :: How to be a best friend forever

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If there is one book you need to read about friendships, this is it.

John Townsend gives sound biblical examples on what makes a good friendship as well as addressing the social issues of today.

It’s easy to read, and I think over one weekend you could devour the whole book!

Townsend talks about why it isn’t good to have ‘one best best friend’, the implications of social media on friendships, telling the truth and how to be honest while still building up and much more.

More from Amazon:

Our world has diluted the meaning of friendship, but the reality is, there’s nothing like the sustaining strength of true-blue, forever friends. Still, many people are convinced that they ll never find such lifelong connections or that they don t need them. In this encouraging audio book, best-selling author and psychologist John Townsend delivers hope and help for making these relationships a reality and for making them even better if you ve already got a bestie. His eight principles for building the very best kind of friendship, along with his shared experiences within his own friendships (including mistakes he’s made), will move every listener to aspire to deeper connections and to stay the course when challenges arise. Townsend’s simple but profound concepts are sure to transform listeners relationships and keep them from missing out on one of life’s greatest and most essential joys: the joy of having a best friend.

You can buy this book from Koorong here.

Buy it for your Kindle here.

Buy it as an audio book here and listen to it on the train! 

There is even a great study guide at the back of the book. Why not get together with a few of your peers and do a study on friendships.

Proverbs 27:

Tash O

Social Media Thursday :: Self Control App

Add subtitle textI have a problem with procrastination. There you go, I’ve said it ! Yes, adults have things that they struggle with too, even though because of our age, we should know better.

I spend a lot of time on the computer. My blog, doing graphic design and compiling ebooks for a lady who writes cookbooks, running social media for the family business, as well as just being on the computer or leisure time  – pinterest, answering emails, facebook, the news etcetera, etcetera and etcetera.

There are some days when I need to be focussed and the procrastination could get in the way of a deadline. This is where my friend Mr Self Control App comes in handy.

It’s a Mac based application (you can find other alternatives here) that I have installed on my desktop (it works on laptops as well) that I can use to BLOCK any access to sites that I think might distract me from the task at hand. Ie I can block pinterest, youtube, facebook, ebay 😉

So, you might be thinking, how can this help me?

If you do have a problem with self-control and just NEED to go pin a few pins, or like a few status updates (or obsessively check your fb account every three minutes) while you should be doing some study or homework – this app is for you.

Once you have plugged in the sites that you want to block , you set a timer for the amount of time that you want it blocked for. Click ok and get some work done! (Go ahead and try to change the setting.. I did and it won’t let you! Once you make the decision and click ok, there is no going back!

Titus 1:8  But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

You can go here to get the app.