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Instagram and #hashtags

Instagram and #hashtags

 

 

I have had an Instagram account for a couple of years. I really like Instagram and find it can be very encouraging and a great way to keep connected. However, I have a few “younger” friends that I follow and to be perfectly honest, I am worried. Many of these young ladies are posting pictures that often surprise me. I am not sure if they are really doing what they are posting or if they are just trying to be hip, cool or popular, but as Christians, they should really take this verse to heart…

 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  ~ Romans 12:2

One of the “fun” things about using Instagram is using #hastags. You see that when you put up a #hashtag you are linking it to other posts that have the same #hashtag. But, ladies you need to be very careful! I often check the #hashtags some of my younger friends post and have often been shocked at what they are linked to. If I see something that concerns me, I will make contact with these young ladies privately and ask them it they were aware of what they were linked to. Many times they are shocked and embarrassed as to what they see when they click on the #hastags!

 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.

Use this verse as a guide. Unfortunately, many times I do not see things posted on Instagram accounts that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely (from God’s perspective, not the worlds) of good report, of any virtue, or praiseworthy. These are the things we should be meditating on…and posting on social media! Is what you are posting proclaiming  your faith to the world? Are you using this opportunity to advance the Gospel or are you conforming to the world?

Ladies, please be careful. Don’t get caught up in the trends of the day only to find out you are literally linking yourself to things that are of the world. We are to be different!

 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light ~ 1 Peter 2:9

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Daughters of Decision

Daughters of Decision

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logograyOur family attended a conference in Texas last summer and on one the vendor tables I picked up this Quiet Time Journal. A few months later when I started using it, I noticed a website listed on the book so I decided to check it out. That’s when I discovered the Daughters of Decision Website. Wow!

The Thomsen Family has created a treasure. This ministry  “desires to help daughters know Christ and grow in their personal relationship with Him, focusing on five key decisions for growth, and offering practical resources to help daughters put these decisions into practice.”

I am encouraged every time I visit this website. I am definitely past the age they are targeting, but it blesses me to know that they are so commented to sharing the gospel and encouraging young (and not so young) ladies. They also have an academy that students can take music and art lessons via Skype.  I encourage you to check it out.

“Set Your Mind on Things Above”

“Set Your Mind on Things Above”

Computers are amazing machines. I use mine for email, accounting, and shopping. These applications are such time savers and make things much easier. I also have a couple Blogs and I use a few social networking websites. Social networking websites and Blogs can be a wonderful tools as well. They are a great way to connect and encourage others. You can easily share your life with old and new friends with just a few clicks. The technology is amazing.

But lately, I have noticed a few things that concern me. It seems that many young adults just don’t seem to understand that what they post on social networking websites are out there for EVERYONE to see. (Do not be deceived in thinking that just your “friends” can see what you post.) In fact, you are creating a snapshot of your life for the whole world to see!

As I look at some of the things you are posting, I can not help but wonder, is this really what you are all about? Do you really watch the movies you are talking about and post quotes from? Are the books you read helping you to “set your mind on things above”? Are you creating an appetite for “things” that you really should not desire?  How does this really honor the Lord?

This is an incredible time in your life. Use these years to serve the Lord! Their is so much you can do! The technology of the day can help you do this as you “post” about what you are doing and how God is working in your life!

Please understand that you are creating an image of yourself. Does this image honor God or is it an image that you may regret in the future?

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” 
Colossians 3:1-4
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Pinterest and Reclaiming Beauty

Pinterest and Reclaiming Beauty

 

I have had a Pinterest account for a couple of years now. It sure is fun to “pin” lovely things on my “boards”. I have been so inspired by the creative ideas and how easily these ideas can be shared, but I have noticed something that worries me. Many young ladies I know are pinning dream homes, wedding ideas, lovely clothes and party ideas. But some of the “pins” are surprising such as fashion, makeup and movies that I hope they are not really considering watching or wearing. I am not sure that they really understand that what they are “pinning” is telling a story about who they are.

The following verses come to mind…

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” ~1 John 2:15 ~


 “likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 

~1 Timothy 2:9 ~

Ladies, please be careful what you are looking at. Do not feed an appreciation for styles and trends that you should not wear or movies with characters that are of the “world”. Make sure your goal is to desire the things that are pleasing to the Lord.

Reclaiming Beauty Project

I would like to suggest that you check out the Reclaiming Beauty webinar. The Botkin sisters have done an excellent job defining true beauty with great tools and tips to figure out your personal style without compromising to the “worlds” standard. You can preview the first session for free!

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