Dear Social Media, I like you but I can’t keep up with you

I can’t keep up with the online world. It moves too fast. And that rushed, hurried vibe I get when I try isn’t my favorite. So it appears I have slowly dwindled off the social media grid. I’m not anti-social media. I actually really like it. I just can’t keep up with it.

 

dear social media

 

The other day I was thinking about Jesus. Always a good idea. And I was thinking about how He had 12 close friends. Twelve men that He did life beside. Twelve men that He poured into on deep levels. Yes, He ministered to, healed, taught, and perfectly loved thousands. He’s Jesus. But His day-in-day-out, time-invested relationships while He walked on this earth were with 12 men. And that thought caused me to breathe in relief.

Because twelve I can pour into. Twelve I can pray for on intimate levels. Twelve I can share my heart and struggles with. Twelve I can know.

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…” ~Jesus
John 14:27a

 

There’s this pulse of anxiety that I feel when I try to keep up with the constant streams of information. And maybe it’s because we’re not designed to keep up with the constant streams. Maybe God actually designed us for intimate, deep relationships with…twelve. Imagine that.

I still like social media. Instagram is my online BFF. I still like it, but for sanity sake, I have to reject the idea that I can keep up with it. And maybe — radical thought — we’re not supposed to.

 
Fill me, Lord…

How do you guard your heart against the rushed, ever-moving, continuum of social media?
 

GIVEAWAY hosted by Work of Worth {don’t miss this}

It’s that time of the year…if you’re a planner. Me? I usually do the thing where I’m frantically shopping two weeks before Christmas trying to find the perfect gift. And it often flops. Or if it doesn’t flop it’s highly and terribly stressful…and people are pushing and grabbing. Namely me. So, this is where I get to swoop in with an imaginary cape and save the day for all of us.

 

work of worth

 

Long story short, a friend of mine, Kristi Griem, is now the COO of an amazing organization called Work of Worth (WoW). Basically, Work of Worth is an import and distribution company, “empowering ethically-motivated, indigenous entrepreneurs by connecting their business to the global market.” In layman’s terms, Work of Worth tells us about things we can buy so that we’re actually making a difference in the world by helping to free oppressed families, in Jesus name.

Kristi contacted me a few months back asking if I’d consider being a voice for WoW by curating a collection of their products. And because I adore Kristi and love her heart for the world, I was honored.

So here’s my curated collection. And for the record, using the word “curated” makes me feel very professional.

 

work of worth collection

 

Bottom line, you and I are going to buy more stuff in coming months. And we could actually buy stuff that makes a difference — items that bring literal freedom to oppressed families all over the world.

 

“We want to value their work so that they may create a more valuable future for their families and future generations.” ~ Work of Worth

 

Awesomely, Kristi and Work of Worth has generously offered to giveaway one of the Rings of Hope bracelets to one of my readers. And I’ve decided to follow their lead and also giveaway one of their Sari Infinity Scarves. TWO giveaways! Fun times.

To enter simply hop over to their website and then come back here and comment below telling me two of your favorite items from their shop. (Then maybe consider buying one of your favorites for your sister or mom or grandma or friend or neighbor or kids’ teachers or cousin or dogwalker or coworker or me.)

So there you have it. Wise choices for this coming Christmas season and TWO giveaways. I know. I said the “C” word in October. Please forgive me.

 

Enter the Giveaway:

1. Click here to visit Work of Worth’s website.
2. Come back here and comment below telling me two of your favorite items from their shop. One comment per person please.

One commenter will be randomly selected to win a Rings of Hope bracelet. Another will be randomly selected to win a Sari Infinity Scarf.

Deadline for entry is Sunday, October 5th. Two winners will be announced on Monday, October 6th.

UPDATE: Winners are Sharon for the Rings of Hope bracelet and Sarah for the scarf! Yay! I will be emailing you today for more information.

 

Many thanks to and prayers for Kristi and Work of Worth for their obedience to God’s call in this amazing ministry. They are seeing captives be set free.

fellow mamas, press on in hope

Y’all. The most precious thing ever happened to my mama-heart the other night. If you’ve been around these here parts for a while you may have heard me talk about my sweet middle son and how God has used him, and continues to use him, to crucify my flesh. A-hem. Meaning, I question my parenting abilities continually when in his presence. And we’re not even to the teen years yet! Lord, help me.

Anyway, the other night my daughter came running to get me with, “Mom, you have to come hear Bryson in the shower!” I quickly followed her down the hall, stopping at the slightly opened door of the bathroom.

He was preaching to himself, with inflection and passion and conviction. And I crumbled.

 

hope

 

“…(mid-sermon) I don’t know how to think that! But GOD! God can think ahead. Like…what if I was one of the disciples, and God knew ahead. And God — Mom always told me that God is bigger — and God knew ahead that Penny (our dog) would bite me. And He knew ahead that I would hit Penny…” I recorded it.

He was preaching God’s omniscient sovereignty to himself — without the big theology terms. And seriously. I crumbled in the hallway. Especially when I heard him say, “Mom always told me…” Mom always told me.

Sometimes I grow weary in this mothering thing. Because I say something 8 gazillion trillion times and it seems like nothing is sinking in. Like I’m that Charlie Brown teacher, “wah wah wah wah wah.” Then moments like this happen. God graces me with a glimpse into my child’s soul where I get to see my boy process the depths of God. And I’m inspired to keep on. I’m inspired to keep on sowing seeds with hope of a one-day harvest.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
(Romans 15:13)

 

Jesus has something to say to our weariness, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:8-10)

This passage isn’t exactly talking about motherhood, but the principles apply. We as moms sow seeds of truth — seeds to the Spirit — day in and day out. We sow and sow, often without seeing any harvest. But I believe that God wants to speak straight to our mama-heart, that we not grow weary in “doing good” — in teaching and training in the things of God — but that we press on with hope in Him, one step, then the next step, and then the next.

Weariness is rooted in hopelessness. And hopelessness isn’t our inheritance in Christ. God is our hope. He is the hope for our children. And He is good. So let’s not give up. When weariness presses down today, let’s preach true things to our souls — in due season we will reap the things we’ve sown to the Spirit. In Jesus name.

Oh and awesome side note, two days later, all three of my kids went through believer’s baptism! A long, amazing, unexpected story for another day.

Press on, fellow mama. Press on.

 
Fill me, Lord…

How have you seen hopelessness steal from you?
What truths are you going to think about today when weariness presses down?

 

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