Saturday, February 16, 2013

Selfisness

We live in a culture saturated by self. 

We self protect. We live for self. We have messages that bombard us saying, "Care for self! No one else will!" Me, Me, Me!

We say we have to create our own identities. We have to make time for self. We have to protect self.

We say that if someone is offended by you, it's their problem because self is protected. 

The thing about these messages is there's an element of truth. But we've gone to far!

As a follower of Christ we are commanded to give away self, to die to self, and to lay self aside. We can not serve both self and Christ! We must choose. 

Self needs to die. 

Selfishness gets bumped into all day long! How do you respond? Does Christ spill out of you? Or does self rear it's ugly head?

Oh friends, lay self aside. Seek to serve Christ and be the hands, feet, and heart of Christ to those around you. Seek your identity in Him and in Him alone. Ask for wisdom to see the lies the culture sells! You will have joy like you have never experienced before. 

This is my prayer for my own heart and for yours as well!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Daily Bible Challenge

I had the awesome privilege of sharing my testimony on Revive our Hearts last month. Last year I took the "daily bible reading challenge" and I share how reading the bible every day in 2012 changed my life!

Take a listen: Your Personal Bible Reading Challenge

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I am guilty!

Yesterday I posted about "noise" and you know what: I am guilty of adding noise into your life!

So I have to ask, "Am I pointing people to Jesus Christ and Him crucified or am I pointing you to my thoughts and advice?" "Am I pointing people to repentance and faith in Jesus or am I a loud gong?" "Do I balance love and truth?"

If I am bringing attention to myself, then I am noise. Forgive me!

If I am bringing glory to God, then I pray I encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and admonish the idle. (1 Thess. 5:14)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Noise

Have you ever taken one day to pay attention to the noise around you?

Podcasts, pandora, Wii, movies, websites, radio, restaurant music, mall music, kids, coworkers, traffic, and sirens blare! Then social media, blogs, pinterest, email, and text message provide more mental noise, advice, and static (at times). 

We stay distracted, busy, and always peering into the lives of other people. 

During my Facebook break I have realized how overly saturated I've been with noise. Noise that invades space. Noise that invades peace. 

Seeking the One thing that brings lasting peace and joy can be hard to "hear" in all the noise. 

Before I took the plunge and de-activated my Facebook page, I prayed that God would revel anything that was keeping me distracted from Him. This break has been good and I feel like I have more processing to do before I re-join the social media world of Facebook. 

I want the noise and advice of the world to be quiet, so I can hear, more clearly the voice of my Beloved Savior. 


Monday, February 4, 2013

Facebook Break

Here I just post for you to find me on Facebook and Saturday I decided I needed to de-activate my account and take a break.

This break was a couple weeks, maybe a couple of months, okay, maybe a couple of years in the making.

At times I find myself wrapped up in drama by what is posted on Facebook. I see posts from people who I think, "Don't they know better." "Don't they see how they are being entertained by worthless noise!?"

Then I feel judgmental and I don't want to be prideful. 

So I have unsubscribed to so many people to just avoid that critical heart which comes way too easily for me. (Yes, it's my issues to work on!)

But last week a photo was circulated that was just "worthless chaff", but it seemed I was alone in thinking the picture was not funny at all. 

My heart just broke as this picture was shared by many and people just "LOL" at it. 

This picture was not God-glorifying, but glorified self. It was a slam on male/female relationships and it did, in no way lead people to the cross, but to self. 

But I felt like I was being too sensitive, perhaps. 

So I took a Facebook break to re-calibrate my heart. To decided if I am "in a Christian bubble" or if I am "guarding my heart"?

I desire deeply to be a "tree firmly planted" that is guided and directed soloing by the Word of God. I want the smile of God on my face. I want to please Him. 

I am still tweeting, I find twitter to be a bit safer and not filled with as much useless posts: https://twitter.com/HeatherArnel

I'd love your thoughts! Really! Share away!