Happy Friday, friends! This feels like my first “real” blog post, so I should probably say WELCOME!
Today I am beginning a new series here and I hope you enjoy it! I thought it would be fun to share on Fridays five things I’m currently enjoying or pondering that might just inspire you to try something new!
- What I’m watching: A weekly video series on Lifeway’s blog that goes along with a six week study written by Lisa Jo Baker called “We Saved You a Seat: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships”. If you are interested in doing the study, you will need to purchase the book, but you can watch this weekly video discussion for free until October 1.
- What I’m reading: Every morning after I journal and pray, I read from my “Every Day with Jesus Daily Bible” for my devotional reading. Each day’s reading includes a passage from both the Old and New Testaments, a passage from the Psalms, and a passage from Proverbs. It’s followed by a short devotion written by Selwyn Hughes (all of which have been very good). *Additionally, I am still working my way through Lisa Whittle’s amazing book “Put Your Warrior Boots On: Walking Jesus Strong Once and for All”. (Highly recommend this!)
- Something I’m pondering: Being a lot more choosy about what I am entertained by. Every summer I watch the same reality tv show and every summer, I regret allowing myself to get hooked on it. Each episode is filled with lying, manipulating, gossiping, etc. Hurting others for the sake of winning the game is what it’s all about. No coincidence that as I was sort of examining my heart about watching this kind of behavior for “entertainment”, this passage in Romans came up in my morning devotional reading: “They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. Although they know God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.” (Romans 1:29-32) Immediately I was convicted. I thought of myself, cheering for certain players on this show who are modeling the sinful behavior discussed in this passage. I’m really sorry if I am stepping on anyone’s toes here, but I thought about Jesus suffering on a cross because of sin. And here I was, cheering on sinful behavior. Yuck. No more. As awkward as it can be, I’m truly grateful for Holy Spirit conviction.
- Something new I tried: cauliflower rice! Super quick and a yummy, healthy side dish!
- What I learned this week: Intercessory prayer is a vital part of ministry to others. I truly believe what the world needs SO MUCH MORE than another Christian book, blog post, or inspiring verse image to post on Instagram, is for more people to simply care enough to ask the people around them, “How may I pray for you?” and then commit to doing it! I invited friends to share their prayer requests with me recently and nearly 50 people responded. I heard story after story of deep, personal hurts and pleas for prayer. I thought about all the time I had spent working on my Instagram account and what I could do to grow my “ministry” and I felt sick. None of those things mattered much when I saw how grateful people were for someone to take the time to pause and commit to prayer. It gave them hope! I realized how VITAL prayer is in the life of a believer — and how much more of it I need to be doing.
What is something YOU have learned or enjoyed recently? Let me know in the comments!
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