4 Tips for Battling Temptation

Temptation is something that all of us face. James 1:13-15 gives us some insight as to where temptation comes from:

Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God can’t be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, produces death.

This passages shows us that temptation comes from lust (NKJV says desires), and lust then turns into sin. Death comes from following those temptations & being enticed by our lusts. We might then wonder, where does lust come from? I believe that it comes from the enemy. Lust is part of our sinful nature; when we become Christ’s and die to our sinful nature, the enemy still tries to creep in with sinful thoughts.

Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” What I’m getting at is that our enemy, the devil, wants to steal, kill, and destroy us. He will oftentimes do so through our thoughts, and temptation.

Again, temptation is something we all face. Lustful and sinful thoughts, it happens to us all, including ME. We aren’t perfect, because the enemy often will try to plant these thoughts in our head. If we aren’t careful, and end up following our temptation, this will lead to death. I don’t say this to scare you, but to make you more aware & to help you fight the fight of faith.

Because temptation is real & comes from thoughts from the enemy, today I want to share a few tips to help you battle temptation.

Seek God FIRST & Arm Yourself with His Truth

Seeking God first is so vitally important in our relationship with Him and battling temptation. When we daily set aside time to get in the Word and in prayer & worship, our mind becomes focused on what truly matters.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. It’s super important to have a designated time to pray & read the Word every day, as well as to pray/worship/meditate on God’s Word throughout the day. This will help us keep our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2), and cast our cares on Him.

We need to daily be arming ourselves with truth and the WHOLE armor of God (found in Ephesians 6:10-20),by getting in His presence daily. I hope and pray you will designate a time of day to spend time with the Lord, as well as strive to set your mind on Him throughout the day.
Seeking Him first & setting your mind on Him is the first step in having victory over temptation.

John 8:31-32 // Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, andthe truth shall make you free.”

Check out my quiet time routine on Youtube for inspiration for your time with God!

Establish Boundaries

Without boundaries, we will more likely do things we know are wrong. Think about this example: if a girl hangs out with guys in God-honoring group settings and makes a point not to be in one-on-one/tempting situations with guys, she will be protecting herself from giving into temptation as well as protecting her purity and that of her guy friends.

Boundaries can apply to various temptations you might face – temptations to be on your phone all day, to eat junk food, to be lazy, etc. Strive to set boundaries from what you will and won’t do, and stick to them by God’s strength. Obviously, we will still mess up; but we can always come to God and repent and turn from sin and start again.

Setting boundaries means nothing unless we daily look to Him for strength. He is the strength in your weakness; surrender all to Him, look to the Lord for the power to resist temptation. Don’t live in guilt when you mess up; genuinely repent and start again.

2 Corinthians 12:9 // And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 // Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong! 

Be Alert – Fight the Enemy & Claim Victory

We have an enemy and he wants to knock us down; he wants to steal, kill, and destroy our souls (see John 10:10). I’m not saying this to scare you, friends, but to remind you to be on guard.

1 Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Just because someone is a Christian and sets Godly boundaries, doesn’t mean they won’t still face temptation. I have, and still do, face tempting thoughts at times and things that I know are from the enemy. It happens to everyone, which is why we must fight and claim victory in Jesus’ Name.

We have the power through Jesus to rebuke and reject the enemy and tell him to leave our minds and our lives. Lately I’ve been doing this daily as I face any thoughts that aren’t of God, and it has helped me greatly. I encourage you to vocally command the enemy to leave you alone in the Name of Jesus and to claim victory, as well as pray throughout the day – praising God, giving Him your struggles and sinful thoughts, etc.

Romans 8:11 // But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Politely Decline Others When You Need To

When others are telling and tempting you to do something you KNOW is wrong, you need to flee. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is leave. Politely decline others when you need to. Just say NO. Even if it means looking weird in the eyes of others, it is worth it to protect yourself from sin.

We should befriend and love on and show Jesus to unbelievers, but make sure they aren’t your best friends who influence you. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says: “Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Know that it’s okay to distance yourself from friends who aren’t saved who are dragging you away from righteousness. In some occasions, if you have friends who consistently try to drag you away from righteousness, you may need to break up with those friends. Prayerfully evaluate your friendships and learn to say no when you need to.

I hope these tips encourage you in your battle over temptation & the devil. In Jesus you have victory. ❤

Fun Announcement!

I’m so blessed to be on the book launch team for Taylor Bennett’s upcoming book, Sand Castle dreams! Look how gorgeous the cover is!

The book releases on April 1st, and I’m so excited! I read the first book in the series, Porch Swing Girl (read my review here) and I know this book will be amazing as well. Go check it out! I recommend this series to all teen girls & young women out there; it is all pure and Bible based (there is some romance and a couple kisses on the cheek, but that’s the only thing I found that some people might be concerned by), and the story is so fun and inspiring. The characters are so sweet and relatable! 🙂

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3 Tips for Finding Contentment in Christ Alone (Purity Series pt. 5)

For the other posts in this series, click here.

Contentment in God alone can be tough to focus on in your daily life, ya feel me? We have so many distractions, and guys can easily be one of them. It’s easy for us girls to be so focused on guys or things of this world, that we place our hope and contentment in things other than the Lord.

The truth is, only God can satisfy our hearts. When we place our hope in other things, we’ll always be dissatisfied.

Have you ever found yourself jealous of other girls who have boyfriends or are getting married?

Have you ever found yourself placing your hope and joy in the ONE DAY when you’ll meet “the one?”

These thoughts are completely normal for us girls to face, so please don’t think you have a problem if you’ve thought these things. The problem is when we let these thoughts consume our minds, and we place our contentment in whether/not we have a guy, or even in other things like friends and social events, etc.

The question is, HOW do we find our contentment in Christ alone, when we so easily place it in other places? I want to share a few ways with you girls today.

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5 Tips for Having God-Honoring Friendships with Guys (Purity Series pt. 3)

For the first 2 posts in this series, click here.

Guy friendships can be complicated – it can be tough to know how far into the friendship we can go before travelling down a road that could lead us to having unwanted feelings for each other/being in sinful or tempting situations.

I believe guy friendships are wonderful & important. However, I also believe there’s a balance that we, as Christian girls and young women, need to strive for. We shouldn’t refrain from guy friendships altogether because they’re too complicated, and we shouldn’t have super tight-knit guy friendships who we share everything with, because that can lead to intimacy that neither of us intended for.

What is this balance? Well, it’s different for everyone, and please don’t think I’m trying to force you to legalistically follow these boundaries. In this post, I want to dig into a few ways to have God-honoring friendships with guys. Let’s go!

Hang out With Guys in Groups

It can be easier for feelings to develop for a young fella when we hang out with them one-on-one. Personally, I believe that it’s super important that we focus on hanging out with guys in group settings, where there is a good mix of guys and girls. This will help keep unwanted feelings and tempting/sinful situations from arising.

Evaluate the situations you’re in with guys – are you together alone? Are you both in places where you would be tempted to sin? Strive to promote purity for yourself and for the guys you know. Hanging out with guys in groups  helps to keep temptation as well as thoughts/feelings deeper than friendship at bay. No, it won’t necessarily rid us of all temptation and feelings, but it’s an important way to promote your own purity and the purity of your guy friends.

Colossians 3:5-6 // Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 6for which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 

Don’t Flirt

When you’re with guys it can be tempting to be flirtatious to get their attention. However, we are called to honor God in all we do, and flirting puts the attention on us rather than God. Read & think about the following scripture:

Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him. – Colossians 3:17 (emphasis mine)

Take a moment to ponder about & evaluate how you are acting around guys – is it the same that you act around your girl friends/family? It might be different in some ways, and that’s ok. But are you always trying to get guys’ attention by being flirtatious, even in subtle ways? I know it’s easy to want attention from guys, as well as to unknowingly flirt. That is why, in every conversation, we must be careful that we are drawing attention to God, not to ourselves.

Philippians 2:3-4 gives us some encouraging truth: “doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.” (emphasis mine) We are called to do nothing out of vanity, but to look at others interests before our own. I encourage you to strive to point the guys around you to Christ, not to yourself. Be intentional in all your interactions to honor God.

Don’t Treat Guy Friends Like Your Girl Friends

The dynamics of guy-girl friendships are different from girl-girl friendships. We can tell our close girlfriends everything, and text them everyday without it being weird. However, with guy friends, we must be careful – doing these kinds of things can easily make it seem like we have feelings for a guy, and can create a deeper & unwanted attraction/connection.

When we hang out or communicate with a certain guy often, it communicates that we like them. Evaluate how much you communicate with guy friends. Texting and chatting is totally ok, but be careful. Are you always texting him first? Do you text each other every day? In group settings, do you two always talk together by yourselves? Spur him on to godliness, even if it means communicating less.

Hebrews 10:24 // Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, 

Surrender All Guys & See Them as Brothers

Sometimes when you’re friends with a guy, feelings develop. You think this guy is super awesome, but don’t know what to do because he seems to only see you as a friend, or hasn’t made “a move.”

I encourage you to surrender all the guys you know to the Lord in prayer, even if you don’t have feelings for them. Give them wholly to the Lord, and ask Him to help you see them as brothers. 1 Timothy 5:1-2 says: Don’t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

When you surrender guys to God in prayer, it helps you have the right mindset – you’ll remember that you’re both in God’s hands, and that if any guy is meant to be more than a friend, that will happen according to God’s perfect plan.

Encourage Them

In a world where guys are put down when they behave like true men, all guys need encouragement. When a guy holds the door open for you or offers to carry something for you, genuinely thank him. Encourage the guys around you to be men, inspiring them with the word of God & words of life.

Proverbs 27:17 says: Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance. Strive to sharpen your guy friends, and encourage them in godliness. This is so important and needed!

I hope & pray that this post has been an encouragement to you in navigating guy friendships. Strive to honor God first & foremost in all you do, and uplift the people around you! We are called to be salt & light. 😉

Let’s chat!

What’re some things you’ve struggled with concerning guy friendships?

Which of these tips was most encouraging to you, and why?

How will you promote godliness to the guys around you?

For my blog post on tips for when you have a crush, click here.

3 Things to Remember When You’re Grieving

What do you do when grief comes in, when it feels like everything comes crashing down around you?

We all face grief at some point in our lives. The question is, how do we find joy and hope in Jesus when darkness comes in and seems to steal our joy?

It can be so easy to wallow in our grief and hopelessness. It can even seem like the “right” thing to do. However, God does not want His children to live in sadness. Grieving for a little while is okay, but living in it is entirely different. Let’s dig into a few simple ways to get over grief.

Know that it is ok to grieve for a little while

Grieving is a natural and normal part of life. Even Jesus wept. Give yourself some time to grieve as well as to deal with the emotions invading your heart. However, don’t only grieve, cry, and be sad. Come to the One who knows your heart. Don’t simply cry – cry out to the Lord. He hears when you cry, and knows how to mend your broken heart. Let yourself grieve, and come to Jesus for healing.

One of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 34, says: The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Yahweh delivers him out of them all. (v. 17-19)

Another great passage is Psalm 55:16-17: As for me, I will call on God. Yahweh will save me. Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice. (emphasis mine)

Remember the life, love, joy, and hope found in Jesus

I know that grief seems rough and things seem tough. However, there is so much hope. You don’t have to grieve forever. There’s a difference between allowing yourself to filter through the emotions in your heart, taking extra time to spend with Jesus and giving all your emotions to Him, and living in sadness and letting it overtake you.

There is so much love, life, and joy- it is all in the One who died to save you. He is the hope in the tunnel, the light in the darkness. He is the joy in the sadness, the sunshine on any and every cloudy day.

When you focus on the grief, the sadness, and the hopelessness, things will look bleak and dark. However, when you focus on Jesus, everything else becomes strangely dim. The sadness becomes smaller. The hopelessness fades away in light of the goodness of the Messiah. We have a living hope that won’t fade away. Look to God, and your grief will become strangely dim in light of His goodness and power.

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When you’ve grieved for a decent amount of time, then learn to walk away and start hoping and doing life again. Memorize and meditate on His promises found in Scripture. When thoughts of grief start to invade your mind again, push them away with Truth. Here are a few Scriptures to remind yourself of when facing sadness:

Psalm 30:5 // Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 55:22 // Cast your burden on Yahweh, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

Joshua 1:9 // Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 5:4 // Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Romans 8:28; 38-39 // We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Look for ways to bless others

Oftentimes we can get so caught up in our problems, that we forget about others. Don’t let grief blind you to the needs of those around you and the multiple ways you can pour out God’s love to them.

Even though you might be hurting, there are other people who are hurting too. I know it’s hard, but oftentimes one reason God lets us walk through the valley is so we can encourage others through our testimony We all have hard times, and those testimonies can be used to bless and build up others. Plus, helping others helps us feel better! It brings us a joy that is so wonderful when we help and bring joy to someone else.

Oftentimes one reason God lets us walk through the valley is so we can encourage others through our testimony..png

I encourage you to intentionally look for ways you can be a blessing to those around you. Ask your friends and family how you can be praying for them. Reach out to the person you know who’s hurting, or who is sitting alone. Open your eyes up to the needs of others, and you will see that you are not alone and can be an encouragement to those around you.

I hope that this post has been an encouragement to you today, in whatever season of life you find yourself in. Know that God is with you, in the good and bad, the mountains and the valleys. When you place ALL your hope and trust in Him, you will never be let down. He never lets go. //

Other posts on this topic:

Why Jesus is More Than the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Encouragement for Those Who Struggle with Depression

// 5 Ways to Overcome Fear, Doubt, and Worry //

Why Suicide is NEVER the Answer

 

What I’ve Learned From Keeping the Sabbath {With Testimonies from Others}

Whenever the topic of keeping the Sabbath, aka Shabbat, on Saturday comes up, many people will say that it’s legalistic. It’s a very controversial thing in the church, and many think that we should be able to choose our Sabbath day, or that Jesus is our Sabbath. However, these things aren’t Biblical, and I have found such rest and joy keeping the Sabbath.

Today I want to share with you a few things I’ve learned from keeping the Sabbath, as well as share some testimonies from some good friends of mine who keep Shabbat. Thanks to them for sharing their answers with me!!

My family started keeping the Sabbath in 2014/2015 or so. For the first few years, I admit, I just kept Shabbat because it’s what we did. However, over time I have started to truly keep Shabbat and spend extra time doing restful things and spending time with God.

Since I’ve started to understand what the Sabbath means for myself and not simply keep it, I’ve begun to look forward to it and truly enjoy it! It has taught me that all of God’s commands are for our good and His glory, and that rest is a beautiful thing. We honor Him by keeping the Sabbath and by obeying His commands, as a son obeys his father and thus honors him. Furthermore, we are also immensely benefited by keeping this day.

God’s ways are so perfect and planned out, and bring true joy! I have found that I don’t have to force myself each week to keep the Sabbath, but rather, it’s something that I want to do and do joyfully. I’ve even made challah bread some weeks to usher in the Sabbath.

I’m not obligated to keep the Sabbath, nor is it my duty. Rather, I do it because I know God gave us the Sabbath for a reason and that it’s an amazing gift.

Now that I’ve shared a bit of what Shabbat has taught me, I’m going to share some testimonies from friends! Thank you all SOOO much for sharing your wisdom and thoughts for my post!

Busby Family

(been keeping the Sabbath for 6 + 1/2 years)

“We’ve learned that remembering the sabbath shows obedience to God, living a life more like His, resting, setting it apart and always tying it back to the Father is really good.

“It all comes back to God saying that we, as His hard working children need rest. He has known what we needed since the beginning of time. Ever since day one, He set that day for us to rest on. Since God knew that we needed rest and since He gave us this rest we have to wonder, what other areas is He taking care of us in? Also, resting in Him and resting in your relationship with Him is where the true peace and joy come from.

“One of the commandments says “remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.” Holy means set apart and that is a different meaning for everyone. One thing that it has taught us is when we take this one day off, it refreshes us to be more productive when that new week comes. God stopped working after six days not because He got tired, but because He knew we would need rest. So, you are obeying God, following His command and being more like God by doing this. You are aligning yourself to Him.

“The whole foundation of the sabbath is: we need rest. But it goes beyond that. Even Erev Shabbat (Friday night) is special. The thanks we have given, showing our appreciation for each other, speaking blessings over each other has brought our family through a lot of hard things.

“We are thankful for Saturday’s where we are all together as a family. We try to set this day apart by not working, cooking, cleaning and keeping it different from the other days. We want to live in obedience. We don’t have to do this but we get to do this. It brings rest and refreshment.

We have learned to follow the Father in deeper ways by doing this. He wants to give us good gifts and we believe this is one of the gifts He has given us/invited us to partake in. It’s a beautiful and refreshing thing and we have loved walking on this path. We have learned more about God, love, and joy through keeping the sabbath.”

We have learned more about God, love, and joy through keeping the Sabbath.

Preston Scott

(been keeping the Sabbath since around March of 2017)

“In keeping the Sabbath, there are many spiritual lessons to be learned. One of the most frequent I encounter is that of trust. In our work oriented world where we hardly slow down to “smell the roses,” doing no work for small chunks of time (much more 24 hours) can seem pointless and even foolish; especially when we have deadlines fast approaching. We might have something we feel can’t wait or else, “how is it going to get done?!”

“Meanwhile God is calling us to take a leap of faith and know that He’s got it in His hands. Perhaps it’s Friday and you have a test on Monday that you’ve hardly studied for and you just know you’re going to have to study all weekend to learn what you need. Well, Sabbath rolls around Friday evening and you realize that if you’re going to honor God’s instructions for this day that you’re not going to be studying until Saturday evening or even Sunday. That can be hard.

“But what it does is that it teaches us to trust God that He’ll provide enough manna. And maybe you get the highest score in your class. How’d that happen? Well, in the natural it can be explained something like this: since you decided to rest, your brain was not on overload from constant work, but rather more ready to learn what you needed; both faster and more efficiently. Therefore, you attain the highest score. In the supernatural it can explained in this way: God honors those who honor Him. (1 Samuel 2:30) Seriously though, God said there are “blessings and curses” (Deuteronomy 11:26-29; 28; 30:19) that come with His commands. Blessings when we obey and curses when we rebel.

“In conclusion: Yes, the Sabbath does require trust if you’re going to keep it, but the rewards reaped in that trust are so amazing and the fruit it produces displays so much growth spiritually that it is totally worth it. I have experienced it firsthand!”

Olivia Scott

(been keeping the Sabbath for about a year)

The Biblical Sabbath has for years quickly been labeled as “bondage” by many, but I have found quite the opposite to be true: it’s a huge blessing! Instead of trying to rest my way on my schedule when it’s convenient for me, I have made the choice to intentionally rest and set apart the time that our Creator Himself has called set apart, the time that He’s resting. And in making that choice, I have experienced only joy and greater intimacy in my relationship with Him.

The Sabbath to me is a just another representation of God’s infinite love for us. First of all, He knows our limits as human beings and so He, in His all-knowing wisdom, gave us a day to rest.

Second of all, He gave us a whole day to spend time with Him…the Lover of our soul! I try to remember it as a “date” with Jesus. I anticipate that time with Him each week and I know He’s anticipating that time with me, too. Can you believe it?! What an awesome God. It’s like having a weekly party.

Aimee Morrison

(been keeping the Sabbath for 12 years)

“Since I was 7 my family has been keeping Shabbat. As the years have gone on, Abba has shown us more and more and deepened our knowledge and love for keeping this beloved, but often forgotten, 4th commandment. Now that I am nearing 19, I can’t imagine living without it. Yeah, when I was younger I didn’t take it seriously, but He has increased my understanding of the importance of keeping His Day kadosh, or set-apart.

“First off, Shabbat is a sign. When you biblically keep His Sabbath day, it is showing your dedication to Him… “if you love me you will keep My commandments..” (see John 14:15) This also proves that you are His because you are putting aside the will of your own flesh to obey. Just like a child does to a beloved Father.

More recently, I have realized what a breath of fresh air it is. I began a job working at a juice bar a few weeks ago, and after all the work and hustle, it’s so refreshing to have a day to rest and enjoy the day with like-minded believers. Not only is keeping Shabbat something we need to do because He told us to, but it’s something we are blessed with. A day where we can relax, spend time in His presence, grow in Him, and be refreshed from the work week. Shabbat is a blessing. A gift. And the more we cherish this gift, the more we are able to know Him.”

We have learned more about God, love, and joy through keeping the Sabbath. (1)

I hope this post has been an encouragement to you! The Sabbath is such a wonderful gift from the Father, and I pray you wouldn’t just take our word for it, but study out the Word of God yourself.

To read my post on why I keep the Sabbath on Saturday, click here.

Let’s chat!

  • Do you keep the Sabbath, and if so, on what day?
  • Have you heard about or studied keeping Shabbat?
  • Which one of the testimonies in this post stood out to you, and why?

How to Gain Control Over Your Phone

I always saw these teens on their phones and would think, that’s such a waste of time.

I heard about people checking their phones in the morning before Bible time and thought, that’s so wrong.

Then I got a phone, and I understood. I’ve done both of theose things – spend too much time on my phone and look at it before I opened the Bible for private time and prayer.

Phones are a huge temptation and one that likely 99.9% of the people reading this post struggle with in some way or another…even in the smallest way.

Maybe you are addicted to social media.

Maybe you feel left out and sad because of comparison from social media.

Maybe you go on your phone too much, just to fill time or when you’re bored.

Maybe you love your phone more than God, even if you don’t want to admit it.

I want to encourage and challenge you today, to control your phone, rather than let it control you. I will admit, I am seriously so bad at this, but I wanted to challenge all of us to a new standard, and to honor God in our phone and social media worlds. By God’s grace, I’m getting better at it, and so can you. Here are some tips…

  • Keep your phone in another room at night

This is literally SUCH a simple thing, but it’s effective and very helpful! Turn off your phone at night, preferably an hour or two before you go to bed (I don’t do this, but I should), and leave it in another room. Then, in the morning, you can have your quiet time with the Lord before you check all your notifications and are swept into the world of your phone.

  • Don’t look at your phone while you’re out with friends/family

When you’re out with friends and/or family and are looking at your phone, this can make them feel like you don’t care about them. Furthermore, the strangers around you will likely see you and think you’re like everyone else – addicted and consumed by your phone.

However, if you choose to leave your phone in your lap, bag, or on the table, and focus on those you are with, this helps you invest in those around you and be present in the moment. It also shows those around you, those you know and those who you don’t, that you genuinely care about others. You could miss some amazing opportunities by always being on your phone!

  • Take regular social media breaks, and extended ones when needed

Last summer, I left Instagram for the whole month of August, and it was tough. But you know what? It was also amazing! I was able to think less about my phone, and more about those around me and life. I also took a break through most of December which was good as well. The first time doing it was for sure harder, but it was rewarding!

My friends Abby + Abigail have this awesome ministry (sorry guys, it’s for girls) that encourages people to seek God over social media. They take monthly breaks and have group chats for those who are taking the breaks to text in. I’ve never been in the group chats, but I usually take the breaks every month, and it’s been great! It’s nice to have that one week a month to be off social media.

At first I thought a month+ long break was crazy, and monthly breaks were a bit over the top, but I believe they have helped me. I encourage you to take regular social media or even phone breaks to refresh and recharge and help remind yourself what really matters. Also, to sometimes take extended breaks to refresh and refocus. I believe you will benefit in amazing ways from these times away from social media/your phone.

If you’re not on social media, you could take a phone break, and/or delete other distracting apps off your phone, such as games or such.

  • Remember what will matter in light of eternity

This might sound brutal, but when you die, what will matter – what posts you liked/shared, or what you did for the Lord? When you strive to keep the right perspective on life, it helps everything else work better.

Strive to post Godly things on your social media (for more on this topic, see this awesome guest post on my blog), and, more than anything, use your phone in moderation. I know the struggle of being on your phone too much…which is why I love the simple options on my phone of being able to turn off wifi and the phone itself. Obviously, this is so simple, but it can help. Stepping away from your phone and living is something we must all strive to do daily.

Stepping away from your phone and living is something we all must strive to do daily.

I hope and pray these words have encouraged you today. If you struggle with phone or social media addiction or other issues, please go to God daily in prayer. I know that He will help you overcome by His strength and for HIS glory. //

Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

– C.T. Studd

Only one life, 'twill soon be past.

James 4:14 // Whereas you don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.

Ephesians 5:15-16 // Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5 //  Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Let’s chat!

  • Do you struggle with phone addiction, comparison, or any other issues regarding your phone?
  • Which of the three points stuck out to you?
  • How will you start walking in victory and gain control over your phone? What changes will you make and steps will you take?

More posts about phones/social media:

5 Ways to Use Social Media for the Glory of God (guest post by Zachary Pierpont)

The Good + Bad Sides of Social Media

The Truth Behind Selfies

My Thoughts on Ant-Man and the Wasp

*If you haven’t seen Ant-Man and the Wasp and don’t want spoilers, read with caution*

In July I saw the Marvel movie called Ant-Man and the Wasp. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you might know that I have said I don’t watch Marvel movies. This is because, after getting somewhat into them in 2016, I realized the violence, language and overall profanity was too much for me and I felt convicted about watching them.

However, some friends were going to see Ant-Man and the Wasp, so after watching the trailer and looking at Christian reviews, I decided to try it. To my surprise, it was one of the best movies I have ever seen, and by far the best Marvel movie that I have seen.

This movie definitely exceeded my expectations. If you have ever seen Marvel movies, you know they are full of violence. I cannot watch violence personally, and felt God convict me about it. In Captain America: Winter Solider, a character is tortured and brain washed, becoming a slave to the “bad guys,” and in other movies, there is much war and blood.

However, Ant-Man and the Wasp was different. The movie was about how the wife of the man who created Ant-Man’s suit (Hank) is stuck in this place called the Quantam Realm and now they must save her. After years of creating, Hank has created a way of going in and rescuing his wife.

However, there is a man who turns his back on Hank and his daughter and decides he wants to steal their invention and get into the Quantam Realm. There is also a villain named “Ghost” who wants to steal it too.

At first I thought the villain was kinda creepy, but then they explained her back story and I was super intrigued. When “Ghost” was younger, there was an explosion which killed her father and left her with a weird disease. This disease caused her cells to be broken apart and thus, she could walk through walls and disappear much like a ghost. However, this disease also caused her much pain and she was dying, which is why she wanted so badly to get into the Quantam Realm to find a cure to her illness.

Unlike other Marvel movies, this movie was focused on unity and family. I especially liked how the villain in this movie wasn’t your typical villain. She was simply a girl who was struggling and was dying and needs a solution. She is desperate, and that is why she is evil. In the end of the movie, she finds a solution to her problem and seems to become good, which rarely happens in movies, especially Marvel.

The humor in this movie was HYSTERICAL. Oh, my, word. My friends and I were laughing a lot. It was also clean, which is pretty amazing to see in a mainstream movie.

The only issue I have with this movie is that there was language. It was words you could easily hear by going to school/grocery store/etc, but still, I feel it was not needed. It’s kind of sad to me that this movie was so great otherwise, but they had to add something that truly wasn’t necessary.

Rather than leaving this movie and feeling saddened by the violence and disturbed, I left feeling like I had spent my time well by watching this movie. I laughed a lot and (surprisingly) genuinely enjoyed this movie without having any huge issues with it.

I’m not saying I don’t think language is wrong, and I don’t watch many things with language in it. However, since that was the only issue I could see, Biblical;y, along with a divorce & some romance things and some slight violence, I think the movie was a good one.

I would definitely recommend this movie to those who are over the age of 12. I don’t normally do movie reviews here on Salt and Light, but I wanted to share my thoughts today because this movie truly surprised me.

Let’s chat!

Have you seen Ant Man and the Wasp? What did you think?