I know I hide it well in public, but I’ve always had a knack for losing my patience. I remain pretty calm around friends – I store my annoyance inside and remain quiet and chill on the outside. With my family, however, it’s a different case.
I’ve been home-schooled since the fourth grade. That means that I’ve practically been living in the same space as my family, all day, for almost seven years now. With constant interaction and contact with one another, we’ve become pretty close. Yet the closer you get to someone, the easier it is to get mad at them.
“What will they say about me? I bet they won’t like me.”
“Ugh, I just wish I had better hair, a better body, a better
*insert desire here*. Then I’d be pretty and valuable.”
Insecurity & the fear of what others think is a nasty battle in the mind that puts you in a dangerous trap. Dear sister, I want you to know that there is freedom in Christ from all insecurities and fearing what others think. In today’s post, I want to share a few tips for dealing with these struggles.
I don’t know about you, but whenever a small trial occurs in my life, I tend to have the worst attitude.
If I feel under the weather, or I don’t get my way, or if something goes a *little bit* wrong, I will start whining and complaining. I can’t even seem to have joy in the smallest and most menial of trials. Can you relate?
God’s Word encourages us to count it all joy and endure trials with a God-honoring attitude and praise to Him. This makes us stronger as believers, but it definitely isn’t easy to endure tough times with the right attitude. In today’s post I want to share some encouragement for when we face tough times and trials.
If I’m being honest,I have had a hard time writing this blog post up until this second. It was like writers’ block mixed with “life happens” moments. Sometimes I have to pray for God to help me push through even the tiniest of things, like writing a blog post – not because I don’t want to blog, in fact, I usually REALLY want to write a blog post. Yet, things like awkward moments, imperfection, not seeing immediate fruit for my labor, or just the plain irritating “I-have-nothing-to-say-syndrome” makes me want to shelf my blog. I share this because I thought that maybe you needed to hear this too. I’ve compiled some confessions of things I struggle with that I hope will encourage you to know you’re not alone in your struggles.
In the early stages of creating my e-magazine, Bold Girl Magazine, I had decided I would love to include book reviews. Once the reviews were done, I needed to ask permissions from the books’ publishing companies. I called the first publishing company and the guy wasn’t available, so I began leaving a voicemail and all was going well. THEN, I FORGOT MY PHONE NUMBER. (Facepalm) I patched up the voicemail the best I could, with my mom yelling my number across the room. That should have been it.
I explored on the site a little bit more and realized they DID NOT want people calling for permissions, “email instead,” they said. YIKES. So, then I sent three emails, one to each publisher. I was finally on a roll…or so I thought. I get an email back within the hour from one of the publishers and I was like, “EUREKA!!” Yeah, no. Turns out I had sent the same title request to two separate publishers. Well…I fixed that up. I got permissions for all three books AND an offer to receive books to review in the future- not a bad ending after all!
All that to say, I realized that awkward moments grew me and my ministry. This was one LOOONNG awkward moment that got me a step closer to getting that digital magazine done. James 1:2-3: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
My “Perfectly Imperfect” Branding
I used to have this cupcake and light blue girly theme for my Bold Girl Ministry because I couldn’t figure out how to brand it. The brand kept developing and made my Instagram feed look confused. This stressed me out and I had no idea how to fix it. I wanted my brand to be perfect. However, I started learning, although it’s still not perfect, but the colors and branding are developing and that actually makes me happy! Progress, not perfection.
Spammy Comments Stink
On my blog I don’t really get a lot of comments and the comments I do get are spam. Usually the spam comments are falsified praise. While I have tried to let it not annoy me, I admit I usually feel like I have no fruit in return for my labor. I share this because I believe there may be some of you who deal with the same thing. If I looked at it logically, I would realize a few things:
There are spammers no matter how big or small your blog (we do live in a fallen world)
There are readers that don’t comment (I read TONS of blog posts without commenting, probably should comment more)
Blogging isn’t overnight success
I haven’t implemented very many reasons for previous readers to continue reading on my blog. (Some blogs like marketing I tend to jump around, a life-style blog I might read one maybe two before decided what value I gained and what I would come away with)
My blog is a specific audience
It is best to eat chocolate covered strawberries after writing a post (that way I can have the fruit of my labor after writing, lol)
*If you are dealing with spam
report it, delete it, and if possible, block account.
Sometimes I have Nothing to
A blog needs content to be a blog. For a while, I felt I was required to write a certain number of blog posts monthly. If I missed the amount of posts, I felt disappointed in myself. I’ve realized that sometimes I have nothing to say, and that is okay – it took me a while to figure that out.
In moments of having nothing to say I need to BE STILL and spend time with God. (Here is Why Seeking God First is so Important and 5 Tips for Seeking God First from Caitlyn). When I’m not doing that and still have nothing to say I usually need to refresh by doodling fun stuff and experimenting with my latte-not-quite-art-yet.
So yeah, there are some confessions from me as a blogger…but I’ll wrap up with why I still push through. As a blogger I’m putting out a light for maybe one to see – someONE that might really need to hear what I’m sharing, even if they don’t comment on my blog. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14) Whether you are a blogger or not, you are called to be salt & light for Jesus. In whatever we do we need to do with all our might and for God’s glory, as 1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” One person is important enough to push through and be a light for. May our focus in all we do be to glorify God and to proclaim the gospel!
Let us know in the comments below – what are some struggles you have had to push through in life to keep living for Jesus and doing what He’s called you to do?
Phone addiction, laziness, pride, selfishness, and idolatry are sins that I personally struggle with. Although I don’t like the fact that I’m not perfect, it’s true, and I daily struggle against my flesh and the sin that tries to invade my life. I have found that it can be so easy for me to slip into sinful habits and let them take over my life & the good habits I once had.
Sin can feel grappling, like it has a hold on our hearts, and we can never be free. The question is, how do we walk in victory over sin? In today’s post, I want to discuss four practical ways that we can fight against sin. I am not without sin, and this is something I am definitely still learning about; so please know that I haven’t yet arrived, and SO need more of Jesus. With that said, let’s get into the post.
Recently I got my first official job, and I have realized – as I’m working with others who I don’t know if they are Christians or not – how I struggle with talking about my faith around non-believers. It can be awkward to fully follow Jesus and talk about Christianity, even in the simplest conversations, because I worry about what others will think and say.
When we are Christ’s, we become part a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and a peculiar people. We have been adopted into His family and, let’s face it, we are just plain different as followers of Christ. We can’t escape the fact that we are going to look pretty odd to the world. In today’s post, I want to discuss what it means for us, as Christian girls and young women, to truly take up our crosses and fully follow Christ, and how we can overcome the fear of doing so, to encourage myself just as much as you to commit to following Jesus.
Real, deep, lasting joy. We all want it, don’t we?
However, many of us don’t often experience real joy in our daily lives – as life goes up and down, our mood tends to do the same.
Something I have been learning lately is how God offers us real and lastingjoy, every single day of our lives. If you long to know real joy in Christ, please stick around for the rest of this post as we dig into that topic.
I was recently thinking how, as teen girls, we can truly make a difference for Christ right where we are! I have been called to be a missionary someday (I’m not sure whether that is long-term or short-term, but God does!). I have realized, even though God might call us to do things later on in life, no teen needs to wait to serve God in future years – we can give God our all right where He has placed us.
What does the Bible say about how we should spend our teen years? Let’s look at several passages that tell us how we are to live.
Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Jenny for winning! 🙂
Tomorrow will be Salt & Light Blog’s THIRD BIRTHDAY!!!
It amazes me to think of how far God has brought me and this ministry in the past 3 years. This blog started off when I realized I loved blog-style writing and wanted to share God’s word through it. I also loved to encourage others, so the two went together. I finally decided to start a blog, and Salt & Light was born.
Psalm 115:1 says: Not to us, Yahweh, not to us, but to your name give glory, for your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake. Jesus is the reason I am doing all of this. If it weren’t for Him, I wouldn’t even be here today. His mercy and grace are truly amazing and I’m so thankful that He has set me free so I can live! His Word and His Spirit are my guide, and I pray He keeps me humble and continues to work in and on my heart. It’s only then that I can be a light and encourage others – when I am seeking God and letting Him change me.
God always knows what He’s doing with our lives. Sharing God’s Word and encouragement through Salt & Light is a huge passion of mine now, and I am so thankful for each & every one of you who has followed along with this blog for the past three years, two years, year, and even last month! I know it sounds cliché, but I mean it – you girls (and the few guys who read my blog) are AWESOME, so thank you!
Now, onto what many of you are here for…
Because of this fun occasion, I’m doing a giveaway!
The prizes are:
Paperback ESV Bible
Proverbs 3:5 Journal
Floral Magnetic Bookmarks
4-Pack Liquid Highlighters
I’m calling it a “Bible study pack” – you get a Bible, plus extra fun things for your Bible study, or whatever else you’d like to use them for!
There will only be one winner, and the rules are:
U.S. citizens only
You may only enter this giveaway 1 time. Entering with more than one email address is not allowed.
That’s it! I’m so excited for whichever one of you girls wins the giveaway! It will be open for two weeks, August 23rd – September 6th. The giveaway winner will be announced in this post, as well as in my email newsletter on September 10th. I will contact them via email for their contact info and all of that! If you’d like to enter the giveaway, you can do so below!
Thank you all so much for your support in this ministry! I am grateful for Yahweh and how He has and is using this for His glory. All glory, praise, and honor be to Him alone.
I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you. I will extol your name forever and ever.Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! His greatness is unsearchable. – Psalm 145:3
I am praying for you all and hope you have a blessed week!