“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”—Romans 12:10-12 NIV (via agirlchangingtheworld)
“If you were one of those people who are affected by someone thinking of you, you would have woken up with a start in the middle of the night; reading in bed in the morning the lines would have become blurred; at breakfast your eyes would have strayed beyond your coca and rolls, and even beyond your mother; the orchids you were taking to a new apartment would have petrified in your hand, and only now…would you be left in peace, for now I am not thinking of you, rather I am with you.”—Franz Kafka (via slekes)
“The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.”—Paulo Coelho
I took a couple of months off of Tumblr out of the blue. I’m opening with this only to let you guys see where this is coming from.
And here is what I discovered.
We let ourselves become consumed with petty things.
Tumblr is a great ministry tool. I’ve been blessed to meet friends through Tumblr, be prayed over through Tumblr, and I’ve formed an amazing support system here.
Still, Tumblr can be a great distraction. I am afraid that we allow ourselves to become immersed in this web culture and convince ourselves that reblogging artistic pictures overlayed with Scripture and typing up a spiritual post every once in a while is enough.
I don’t care how great your blog is, how many followers you have, or how Godly your posts sound. Can I just be real for a second because this applies to me as much as it applies to anyone else?
Nothing can replace your time with God. Not writing about Him, not posting pictures about Him, not even answering questions about Him. There’s nothing wrong with any of this - trust me. It’s completely beneficial.
But please, beloved. If this website - or any other website - ever becomes your focus, take a step back as I did and, for the love of God, remember what’s important. You’ll only reap the benefits of a prayer-filled life if you are in prayer. You’ll only reap the benefits of a Scripture focused life if you are constantly focused on Scripture.
This is real life. Wake up! The only way to beat the flesh is to immerse yourself in Him, not a cheap imitation. Please, take heed to what I am saying.
“Blogging about God is not the same as spending time with God. Don’t confuse the two.” Jon Acuff, Stuff Christians Like
“He does not want a girl who trifles with Christianity. He wants a woman who is radically given to Christ. He does not want a girl who prays tepid, lukewarm prayers. He wants a woman who lives in defiance of the powers of Hell. He does not want a girl who is self-adorning with the latest fashions and trends. He wants a woman who is adorned with the inner jewelry of Christ-given holiness. He does not want a girl who dishonors and belittles her parents. He wants a woman who honors the authorities God has placed in her life and serves them with charity and gladness. He does not want a girl whose Bible is an accessory to her wardrobe. He wants a woman whose hunger and thirst is to know the Lord, and who diligently feasts upon His Word. He does not want a girl whose tongue is a deceptive weapon of selfishness. He wants a woman whose words drip with the honey of the name of Jesus…”—“What a Godly guy wants (in a wife)” | Set Apart Girl Magazine (via thepurposedrivenlife)