books, daily life, faith life, prayer

An Undivided Heart

A friend and I are working our way through Tony Reinke’s “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You“. We started two weeks ago and the conviction has hit hard and fast. But I don’t want to be only convicted; I want to change. I know I am on my phone too much; I waste time on Twitter and Words with Friends. I do some texting but not a lot. I don’t have Facebook or Messenger on it, but I do have Instagram, which often turns a few minutes to “just check it” into many, many minutes of mindless scrolling.

After each of our sessions, I have purposed to make one change. Last week it was to use my phone less. According to Screen Time I was down 11%. I hope to continue that downward trend. At the end of Chapter One are ten diagnostic questions we can ask ourselves in the digital age. This week I am going to pray through and answer each of those questions. Tony Reinke says, “The questions sting, and they touch every area of life–God, spouse, family, friends, work, leisure, and self-projection. But this sting can lead us to make healthy changes.” (pg. 52)

Tony says, “Let’s be honest: our digital addictions….are welcomed addictions. The key is to move from being distracted on purpose to being less and less distracted with an eternal purpose.” (pg. 52)

My prayer is like David’s in Psalm 86: “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.” (v11)

And I ask that with the Lord’s empowering grace He will do this: “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Jeremiah 32:39)

faith life, missions

The Gospel Changes Lives

I came across this short film on Tim Challies’ blog and wanted to share it with you all. It will be a blessing to you. “Hearing His Voice documents the story of what happened when a people group just like this encountered God’s Word for the first time. They were forgotten by the world in the jungles of Asia-Pacific until 20 years ago when a Christian pilot spotted them in the foliage below.”

You can watch the film here: https://accesstruth.com/media/hearing-his-voice-a-short-film

crafts, faith life, prayer, snail mail

Bible Journaling

I like the idea of Bible journaling…only not in my Bible.  I do write in my Bible (it’s a wide margin) and underline but I don’t want to do art work in it.  For the longest time I’ve kept a commonplace book; basically just a place to write down quotes that I have come across and want to keep.  Last year I started a prayer journal.  This isn’t a journal of prayer and praises (I have another for that) but a journal of quotes, Scripture, articles, etc., all having to do with prayer.

I am new to the world of mixed media but I thought my prayer journal would be the perfect place to try it.

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I also tried my hand at mail art.  I’ve done some before but mainly I use washi or just create an envelope out of scrapbook paper or old calendars.  Here’s a recent creation:

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I had fun putting it together.  The images are from an old calendar and then I used some stamps that I had.  I like the way it turned out!

And finally a birthday card and envelope that is heading out today:

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faith life

Kindness

For months now whenever I get on Facebook, I would feel agitated.  I didn’t know why but because of it I’ve really cut back on social media.  Yesterday, I finally figured it out.  Kindness!

No one (well, not every one!) seems to be kind any more or give people the benefit of the doubt.  Earlier in the week Meryl Streep made some comments at the Golden Globe Awards about Donald Trump.  This unleashed such harsh words from friends on Facebook, either from themselves or postings that they shared.

So she said some things that people don’t like.  Is that an excuse to call her names like “idiot” and “stupid”?  I saw several posts saying that she didn’t have a real job because she was an actress.  Really?  How is acting not a real job?  Isn’t going to work every day and getting paid what constitutes a job?

I can remember when people would disagree on a topic but still be civil and kind to each other; they would have respect for the other’s opinion but I fear that that time is long gone.

I was reading today in Proverbs 31:26, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  I thought that while I can’t control if others are kind, I can clothe myself with kindness (Col. 3:12) and allow the Spirit to work in me to show kindness to others.