#NoFilter

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)

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So this year I finally decided to enter the world of social media. I know what you’re thinking, it is pretty funny, considering the fact my grandmother was posting selfies before me. Don’t judge me…lol. I hid out for a while because I know how easily distracted I can get, and wasn’t sure if I was quite ready for it. 🙂 However, now that I have joined, it has become my new favorite tool for connecting with others and sharing encouraging messages.

One of the first platforms I joined was Instagram. A friend recommended it would be a good start because I had more control over what I wanted to see and could follow people with similar interests.  She signed me up and just like that, I was ready for my first post. Ready. Set. Share.

Now upon posting I didn’t realize that I would be given the option of applying several different filters to the photo I was going to upload.  What I had originally intended to show could now be altered with the swipe of a finger. Later on I discovered that this was not just something unique to the Instagram world. SnapChat, other apps, and even my camera were equipped with this lovely feature. Just like that I could add a twinkle to my eyes, brighten a dark image, or make my face look flawless!

I like filters and think they’re pretty cool, but unfortunately when applied they don’t depict a true picture of the real thing.

And then there was: #NOFILTER.

I learned typically people use this hashtag when posting “unaltered images.” It basically lets us know that what “you’re seeing is exactly what they were seeing.”

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Spring Forward!

But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead.(Phil. 3:13)

 

Today we officially spring forward. And although I’m going to miss that one extra hour of sleep, I’m eagerly awaiting the days of more sunshine, because for me getting dark so early can be quite depressing. 🙂

Luckily we live in an age where most of our phones, tablets, and computers will automatically update the time for us. Cause let me tell you it’s nothing like waking up the next morning and realizing you forgot to do it.

As I thought about daylight savings time this week, it’s really deeper than just turning our clocks ahead. Just as we would be at a disadvantage or miss out on important opportunities if we kept our clocks set behind when the rest of the world is ahead, this concept also translates into our spiritual lives. There are times when God calls us to move forward in a certain area, but fear, disobedience, or just our need for being comfortable causes us to stay stuck.

When God instructs us to press ahead, we need to take heed. He knows what He is doing-even when we don’t understand.

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The Fine Print

 

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:12 (ESV)

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I remember a few years ago my co-worker brought in one of those car dealership flyers you receive in the mail that read if his symbol matched the one on the scratch off, he would win a prize of $100,000. You know the type you probably just toss to the side with the rest of the junk mail. To his surprise however, the symbols did match! Now let me tell you, he is not one to get excited about this type of stuff. He is very analytical and takes the time to read over everything. Simply put…you can’t get much past him. So surely he thought “This is too good to be true.”   I watched him go through the office at the end of the day as he asked others to read over the flyer. They all agreed- based on what they could see, it appeared that he in fact did win. Most of us know the odds of winning these types of prizes are pretty slim, but maybe this was his lucky day!

Finally, he came into my office. I could see both the fluster and excitement in his face. I carefully read over the flyer several times and even checked out the website.

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