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A Little Pinspiration For You

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So recently I've shared about how I'm trying to cut back on Social Media and I'd be lying if I told you that I've done really well. But I've definitely improved! Deleting my Facebook app was very helpful -- however there is more I could be doing to help simplify my life. And just in the past couple of days, I feel like the Lord has laid an idea on my heart to help me when I get a little too infatuated on Pinterest. Which happens basically every time I get on Pinterest. The idea is so simple, but extremely helpful!

If you have a Pinterest you most likely know that the last three boards you pinned something to are saved at the top of the list of your boards when you go to pin something. It's such a useful tool when you've searched for something specific and want to keep pinning to a particular board for awhile. I have SO many boards that it's kind of ridiculous so I almost have endless opportunities when I am pinning {for hours on end}.

So in trying to come up with a way to make sure my time spent browsing on Pinterest is balanced, I have a new rule that my "BLESS THE LORD" board has to stay within my top three most recently used boards. It sounds tricky, but it's really not -- especially if you already follow a lot of people who pin a lot of spiritual//religious things. Plus you have a little leeway; if you're researching something for a project you want to start you can pin away to one board for awhile, and since you're most likely only pinning to one board, your spiritual board will still stay in the top three!

Some of you might say, "Seriously?! It's just Pinterest!" And I understand my idea sounds a little extreme at first. But first off, I've noticed since applying this concept to my pinning habits it hasn't been too hard. I already pin so many things related to Jesus. But more than anything I just want to keep in the forefront of my mind at all times that I was put on this earth to worship and magnify the name of the Lord. There is nothing else that matters as much as Him -- everything on Pinterest will fade away, but Jesus will remain throughout eternity! Plus it's kind of catchy to say that you're "pinning for Jesus," right? I can almost envision it becoming a little movement on Pinterest of women {and maybe some men} who want to keep Christ at the center of every single thing they do in life.

What are things that you do on any social media platform to help you stay focused on Jesus?

An Endlessly Misinterpreted Scripture

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About a week or so ago I read this post by Lori over at Always Learning. She was talking about contentment and spending less because materials goods have no value -- eternally speaking. She mentioned a verse that I constantly see on Pinterest, that is sometimes posted on Facebook when someone is going through a trial, and is quoted by many in the Christian world. The problem is that people always quote the NIV {this post is not intended to debate which version is the best} instead of the KJV. I've always been taught that the KJV is closer to the original translation and I often use the Strong's KJV concordance while studying to really help me understand a verse better since some of the vocabulary is rarely used anymore or used differently in this day and age.

The verse is Jeremiah 29:11 -- you have probably heard it quoted this way many times:

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'"

However Lori quoted it from the KJV Bible and it takes on an entirely different feeling and meaning:

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

{I'm sure I've read this scripture a dozen or so times in the KJV Bible, but it never really struck me until today.}

Now I didn't mean to be super harsh by crossing out the first version of this scripture, but the world tends to interpret this verse very incorrectly when read from this version. They believe that God has a very specific plan for them filled with only good things; they will never be harmed and no matter what they will always have a hope for eternity.

First off -- this scripture is about the Israelites as a whole, it's definitely not directed towards one specific individual, but rather a large nation. People today take it is a promise that God will specifically make sure no harm comes their way as an individual. But by reading more of the Bible we know that trials are going to come our way. Just because we are going through a trial does not mean God has forsaken us! Psalm 34:19 tells us that "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them ALL!" {Emphasis mine.}

I feel like to continue this post I'm going to have to mention the concept of predestination >> Personally I believe that God predestines certain events, certain jobs for certain people, etc. But I do not believe that He predestines every aspect of every person's life. If He did it seems to me that we would not have free will, or the ability to make choices. My two main "arguments" are that first of all, God has given us the ability to make choices because we have the ability to sin. But if God predestined every single decision we made, then when we did sin would it be God's fault? I think we know the answer. It definitely would not be God's fault. Secondly, if God knew the outcome of everything then praying would be pointless. In Mark 7:25-30, the Syrophoenician Woman changed the mind of God by asking Jesus a second question in order to have the demon driven out of her daughter. If it were predestined that Jesus would not heal her daughter, then her asking a second question and persisting that her daughter be healed wouldn't have changed anything.

Something else that we need to consider is the fall of mankind -- we failed. Therefore we have a curse on this earth which explains much of the evil and sickness that we must endure. If we had not fallen, death would not be a fear of humans because we were not made to die. But mankind decided to sin; it was a decision, and now we have to live with the consequences.

Taking all of this into consideration will tell you that, yes, Christians along with everyone else in the world will go through trials and suffer at some point, but we also have a hope that the rest of the world doesn't have -- That if we continue to walk with God while we're being tested we will come forth as gold! (Job 23:10)

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" // Romans 8:1-3

Jesus made us free! He suffered to make us free. He suffered. He sinlessly suffered to make sinners free. {There is no greater love!} But this means we will also suffer, but we will suffer for Christ's sake! Suffering for Jesus seems like the least I could do since he did everything for me and yet I feel unworthy even to suffer in his name let alone be blessed.

And even though this scripture doesn't mean what so many believers think it means, it doesn't take any of the glory from our God! He does know you personally, after all He created you. He formed you. He is YOUR {personal, loving, all-knowing, amazing, graceful, merciful} GOD!