Can I be transparent with you all for a moment...Have you ever been through something? I mean really been through something...I’m talking broken down, hurt, face to the ground, ugly cry, I don't know how I’m gonna get out of the bed in the morning something? Okay, Maybe YOU haven’t , but I have.Read More
If you stopped by anytime in the last year you may have noticed that I sort of abandoned my blog. Life got hectic, things started happening and my blog fell to the bottom of my long list of priorities. For me blogging was my ministry, it was my way of sharing my heart with those who stopped by to read my thoughts. Just as much, it has been a ministry to myself, as I write I learn more and more about who Saprina is and I hope along the way I manage to touch, inspire, motivate someone else. So, it makes me sad to think that I allowed life to get in the way of what I feel God has called me to do.
“How can we be faithful over much if we fail to be faithful over little”
If you stopped by anytime during the last two weeks you may have noticed that I have been a little MIA. Things have been seriously hectic lately, and if I can be completely transparent with you all, I was feeling a little weighed down in my spirit.
Lately, I had been feeling a lot more like Martha than Mary. Now for those of you who don't know the story of Mary and Martha....I imagine Martha was a real go-getter, a type A, no non-sense, get things done kind of woman. One day Jesus and his disciples came to her home. When they arrived Martha was so busy preparing a meal for them and trying to be a good hostess that she lost sight of the fact that she was in the presence of Jesus, she missed the opportunity to simply sit at the feet of the savior and enjoy being in his company. She got upset with her sister because while Martha was busy in the kitchen her sister Mary sat in the company of Jesus. Martha's heart was in the right place...sorta
The thing is, the Lord isn’t satisfied with “at least” and “sort of.” And He didn’t come to Martha’s house to eat (He is the son of God after all and, as evidenced by an incident with some loaves and fishes, He knows how to get some food if He wants some).
Jesus came to give the one thing that both Mary and Martha needed. (Luke 10:42, NIV)
Lately I had been feeling a lot like Martha, so busy with everything around me that I hadn't been taking time out to spend with my Father. A lot of the heart behind What Saprina Says is to share the love of Christ, inspire, uplift and motivate other woman and that is hard to do that when your heart is heavy. So I had to step away, take a little time to refocus my mind and my heart. And now I am back!
This month I will
Organize the Christmas decor
Write two letters
Find a new internet service provider
Meal prep lunches
Make Nic a dentist appointment
Call my grandmother more
Be intentional on how I spend my time
Instincts by T.D. Jakes (I've been working on this book a long time)
Proverbs 51 along with Nic
Content with now- content with how many things are not getting done, and not be discontent with the state of now... how the floor needs to be swept, or the clothes need to be put away, or the amount of work I have to do... it all fades in the light of who Jesus is, and how short my life is. Worrying about today is not where my heart should be. I want to live in and enjoy today, because tomorrow it will be gone.
What are your goals going into August?
Instagram is currently the fastest growing social media platform. What began as a small site for sharing photos among friends has quickly grown to a community of over 300 million users. I read some where that the average person spends thirty minutes a day scrolling an Instagram time feed. For businesses and bloggers, it simply doesn't make sense for you to not be using it.
Hands down Instagram is without a doubt my favorite platform, and drives the most traffic to my blog. I spend a good amount of my time everyday scrolling, liking, commenting, following and unfollowing Instagram accounts. Something about who I am loves to see what people are doing in their everyday lives, as a result I follow lots of people. I pretty much will follow back almost everyone who follows me. With that being said I am just as quick to unfollow an account!
Here's the top ten things you can do that will pretty much guarantee you'll get unfollowed...or in other words, ten things you should not be doing on Instagram!
1. Excessive selfies
One selfie, okay your cute, but after two, three and four it just becomes plan obnoxious! Please limit your selfie posting!
2. Poor quality photos
Please for the love of goodness exercise some restraint. If its grainy, out of focus or too dark don't post it! This is especially true if your a blogger or a business. Your Instagram feed is apart of your band, ask your self what is this poor quality photos saying about your brand?
3. No variety
I notice this especially with hairdressers and makeup artist, you post 9,900 photos of hairstyles or close ups of make-up looks. It's great to show your work, but add some variety to the mix, other wise it comes across as just spammy (is that a word)...Which brings me to the next no, no.
4. Spamming my timeline
So you entered a contest that gives you an extra entry for every time you re-post this picture, so you repost it 7,000 times in an hour... good for you....unfollow
6. Leaving generic comments in order to draw attention to your account
We've all seen it, you post a picture and some random guy comments with some generic comment like "nice" and you click on their account and of course they are selling something...unfollow and block
Leaving comments is a great way to build relationships and followers but only comment with genuine comments.
7.Back to Back posting
I never really understand why people do this but your posting ten selfies with slightly different facial expressions (which really goes back to #1). I completely understand that you liked them all and couldn't decide which one to post, we all share that struggle sometimes. But make a decision and delete the rest, make 'em your screen saver, send them to your ex, I don't know, but whatever you do don't share them with all with the Instagram world. Ten photos of your dog in various compromising positions isn't okay either. Its the same principal, one is okay nine is obnoxious.
8. Posting 4,000 consecutive photos of your baby
Please see number seven and replace "selfie" with little Johnny, it's the same principal.
This is especially true if this is your business or blog Instagram account!
10. Inappropriate/gross picture
Instagram doesn't currently have the level of censorship as other social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Which is what makes it so awesome. As a blogger I am able to reach a whole audience that due to Facebook's algorithm I could never reach. The downside is people can post almost whatever they want and it just might find its way onto your timeline...yuck!
By putting a little extra effort and thought into your Instagram account, you have the potential to reach a greater audience, foster engagement, and create a loyal following.
Are you active on Instagram? How have you created a more professional, cohesive Instagram feed for your blog or business?
I follow a lot of blogs on
Speaking of, you should probably follow mine!
Anyway, about once a week I’ll get a blog that’s something to the effect of: “Five Things to Learn About Yourself Before You Get Married.” Or, “Twenty Things That God Wants to Teach You Before You Meet Your Spouse.” Or “Three Things You Need To Start A Healthy Relationship.” Or “Thirty-Seven Voodoo Rituals That Will Get You Married in 2015.”
Just kidding about the last one...
I follow a lot of Christian Blogs and not all of them are even for single people. So that leads me to believe we might be a little overly obsessed with the whole “marriage” topic.
Now don’t get me wrong, I write about my singleness often.
So clearly I am tapping into the very intense (yet unprofitable) “I wish I was married and I don’t understand why I’m not” market. But somewhere along the lines getting married has become the destination as opposed to a chapter in our life stories. I think that’s what worries me about these blogs. When marriage is treated as the end all be all of our sanctification process, what happens after the marriage? Heather Lindsey says all the time “when you make an idol out of marriage then your husband becomes your God, and a husband makes a terrible God.”
I’m pretty sure no matter how holy I am (or think I am) before I get married, I’ll step into that relationship and suddenly figure out there was a whole slue of crap that I have to deal with about myself. And then, adding fuel to the fire, I now have to figure out those icky things about me in the context of a relationship. Which makes things twice as messy.
My problem is that I read those articles, and then think, “If I was just a little more holy, God would bring me my husband.”
Then, the next thing you know I’m waking up at 4:00 am so that I can translate the whole book of Leviticus from it’s original Hebrew into Greek and then into English and then into Quechua so I can spread the gospel to the unreached people of Ecuador, all before going to my job.
But then I just end up crabby, which is the opposite of holy, because while I am a morning person, 4 am is pushing it, pretty much no one likes reading the book of Leviticus and I don’t know Greek, Hebrew or Quechua.
And I got God all wrong.
See I’ve been guilty of negotiating with God, “if I do A, B and C, God will give me X, Y and Z.”
That sounds so dumb as a write it out. Because I know it doesn’t work like that.
Then why do I still do it?
Because, I like control.
I like to know what’s going on, and I like to have a plan. That’s probably why I still get sucked into reading those “Five Things To Do Before You Meet Your Spouse,” articles. I want to believe that if I do those 5 things, at the right time, generally at midnight the night of a full moon, my future spouse will pop out of the ground.
It never works like that.
Mostly, because people don’t pop out of the ground.
But, actually it’s because God and I are in a continual wrestling match for who gets to be in control over my life.
And guess what?
God always wins.
I mean he cheats a little because he’s God and he’s all “omnipotent” and crap …
But I’ll get over it.
And, he’s also God. Yes, I did repeat myself, but the fact that he’s God means that he is inherently good, he loves me, he knows me, he cares for me, he likes me and he wants the best for me.
Sounds like a great guy to give up control too.
During my quiet time this week I read a scripture in Luke that stuck out to me;
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
If God doesn’t forget about sparrows, he’s not going to forget about me. If he’s taking the time to count all the hairs on my head, which I don’t even have time for, then I’m pretty sure he’s going to know what’s best for my life.
And today, that doesn’t include a spouse.
It probably won’t include one tomorrow either.
Beyond that, I don’t know, but God does.
But today, I’m going to work on giving control to him.
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