Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dear Social Media

Dear Social Media,

I love you. And I hate you.

I love that you allow me to stay connected to people I don't see often enough.
I hate that you bring out comparison in my heart.
I love that you give me a platform to share issues I hold dear to my heart.
I hate that you don't share my tone or the sincerity of my heart.
I love that I can post highlights from my life.
I hate how misleading those highlights can be--it leaves me feeling unknown.
I love the sharing of God's Word I see on my newsfeeds.
I hate the bullying and hate you so often provoke.
I love that a quick swipe down my newsfeed allows me to see what's going on in the world, from the comfort of my home.
I hate that you are too often used for politics.
I love seeing my friends use you to promote their small businesses.
I hate that you haven't figured out how to prevent hacking of accounts.
I love how you have connected me with other young moms, even some many miles away.
I hate how addicting you are!

I love you. And I hate you.

An avid user

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello, 2017.

Whirlwind. That's how I would describe most of my days. There are few moments of calm, quiet, and rest. With two teeny girls, my only hope for calm, quiet, or rest is what I call NAP OVERLAP or as seen on my Instagram #twonappinggirls. I have learned not to expect it, but to be thankful for it and use it wisely when I get it!

January is quickly coming to an end and here I am, with my New Years post. Yep. Whirlwind.

Each year, I commit to praying a verse or passage from Scripture for Tyler and myself. This year, I also decided to prayerfully select verses for the girls, too. This year, I will be praying...

For myself :: "Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways." -Psalm 119:35
Oh how I long to seek God above all else and find life in Him alone. It is so much easier said than done with a sinful heart and in a fallen world. So I'll pray.

For Tyler :: "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." - Romans 13:14
Walking in the Spirit is hard when exhaustion is a key player. My husband serves our family well and works HARD. I know that while he is on the "front lines" so to speak, Satan will not waste an opportunity. So I'll pray, for protection and strength.

For Peighton :: "Keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you...write them on the tablet of your heart." - Proverbs 7:1-3
What a joy it is to hear my biggest little talk about Jesus! My prayer is that His words would be engraved on her young heart.

For Brylee :: "You are precious in my eyes and honored, and I love you." - Isaiah 43:4
Sweet baby Brylee. I hope that as she catches glimpses of just how much she is loved by God!

I'm hopeful for the year ahead. Anxious for rest (sleep Brylee, sleep!). Excited for the adventures God has for our family. Eager to deepen and develop friendships. And thankful for another year of growing in the Lord. 2017, let's go!