Interview With Author & Blogger Livy Jarmusch

Today on Salt & Light Blog we have a special treat. Livy Jarmusch, YA author, blogger, singer, Youtube-er, and a super sweet human being answered some questions for a fun interview!

I heard about Livy almost 3 years ago through her website, Crown of Beauty Magazine. Since then, I’ve been part of numerous blog tours & book teams with her. It has been so much fun to work with this girl, read her many amazing books, and get to know her awesome self along the way!

Recently, Livy released a blogging course called Fire Starter. I was privileged to be able to preview the course before it came out. I wasn’t able to get through all of it in time for this post, but what I did go through was amazing. I’ve blogged for 2 going on 3 years now, but her tips and tricks were so helpful & inspiring! Livy offers amazing advice & encouragement.

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The Key to True Faith in God

Faith is something that is talked about a lot amongst Christians. We tend to say things like,

“Have faith.”

“Hold onto your faith.”

What does it really mean to have faith, and how can we practically hold onto our faith in all seasons?

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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