It’s wonderful. But it’s also damaging.
social media has great uses….it allows us to connect with friends, family and acquaintances. it allows us to promote our businesses. it allows us to promote our blogs. It allows us to reach people and audiences.
But in many ways it can be so damaging. yes, damaging.
Follow along for a second. you go out to dinner or a movie, maybe even bowling or a concert.
How often do you check your phone to type a status?
take a photo of your food before you enjoy it?
How often do you require a photo be taken for Facebook?
How often are you at a meal looking at your phone?
When was the last time you told someone something serious in person?
Do you take photos of your “healthy” meal constantly?
Do you write statuses wanting likes and get disappointed when there are none?
Let me be real. I do the majority of those things. and I’m sure many of you do as well.
When was the last time we went to a meal and didn’t look at our phones or social media? When was the last time we made a Facebook status and didn’t care about the “likes”? When was the last time we had fun, laughed, enjoyed each other’s company without blasting it on social media? When was the last time your food came and you enjoyed it before taking that perfect picture for Instagram(and while we are being real. we all know that photo was edited a few 100 times).
My point is: when was the last time we were real? When was the last time we were authentic? When was the last time we didn’t judge or depend on the likes or followers?
Let’s all be a little more real. Let’s wave bye to our social media. Let’s stop giving it control over us.
Maybe enjoy that burger and fries. No photo.
Maybe go out with family and friends and don’t write a status about it.
Maybe put down that phone and talk to your next door neighbor or mailman.
Maybe the next time a status get 0-1 likes, keep it up.
Let’s all be a little more real. A little more authentic.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the type of people who I would like to surround myself with in life and who I have surrounded myself with. it has made me think. “What exactly should we look for in people who we want to be surrounded with?” and “how do we go about deciding the people who should make up that tribe?”. the people who we are surrounded by have a bigger purpose than to just be there when we want to hang out and have fun. they end up impacting our lives, for better or even sometimes for worse(if you aren’t careful). when finding YOUR own tribe, try to factor in a few of these points.
the people that we surround ourselves with end up influencing our lives. i am sure at one point or another we’ve all heard the saying, “You become who you hang out with”. that’s true to a point. if we are surrounded by people who are constantly serving and helping others, we will be pushed to do the same. if you can’t stand them or you have any kind of doubt in your mind about how they will affect your life, maybe take a little more time to get to know them before deciding to surround yourself with them.
2. the third thing about a “tribe” is that usually we seek out people with mutual shared interests. maybe they share the same values. maybe they share the same interests in books. or maybe they share a love for art museums and sipping glasses of wine.
3. the people who we surround ourselves with also become family. we look to these people as a “second” family. they help to lift us up when we are sad or angry. they’re there for us when we just want to celebrate. they are there for those 2 am phones calls(no matter how tired they may be). or maybe they know when you need to be left alone and have “you” time. the point is, our “tribe” becomes like our family.
4. Your tribe can be found anywhere. in almost any person. DO NOT limit yourself. these are just a few bullet points of what I’ve learned over the years on finding your own “tribe” or family.
We all crave desserts. Sometimes we go on Pinterest and pin these delicious recipes that we want to make but sometimes never get around to.
this recipe is courtesy of Young Living Essential Oils. for more ingredients and products from them click here and plug in my ID code: 11577392
For the Cinnamon-Apple Filling:
3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.
3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality.
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
2-3 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Pinch of salt
For the Crumble Topping:
2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Oats
Pinch of Salt
1 Stick(4 ounces unsalted butter)
For Vanilla Wolfberry Caramel Sauce
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or half-and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Young Living dried wolfberries
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the Apple Filling:
In a small bowl, toss the apple slices with the Lemon Vitality, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and set aside.
To make the Crumble Topping:
In another small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt with a fork until uniform.
In a baking dish, melt the butter in the microwave until about half melts. About 10-15 seconds on high.
Pour the butter into the flour mixture and mix with a fork.
Leaving the excess butter in the baking dish, arrange the apple slices in the dish.
Top with the flour-oat mixture.
Bake until the apples are cooked through and the topping is golden.
About 45 minutes.
To make the Vanilla-Wolfberry Caramel Sauce:
In a medium sized sauce pan, mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
Allow the mixture to boil, without stirring, but you may need to swirl the pan to avoid burning or sticking.
Boil until the sugar mixture is a light golden brown for about 7 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stirring vigorously while adding butter and cream.
The mixture will bubble.
Add the wolfberries and stir to incorporate.
Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a boil and then remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract and strain the sauce before drizzling over the crumble.
I’m sure we are all familiar with John 4:1-26 the story about the woman at the well.
Jesus had been traveling and of course when you travel for extended periods of time, you get thirsty. so he stops at a well and asks this woman there to get him a drink. now this woman goes, “uhm, excuse me. we aren’t supposed to associate”. I can just imagine her looking stunned and perplexed that Jesus is speaking to her. you see, she was a samaritan, and men were not usually supposed to address women unless they were accompanied by a husband.
You see, this woman, she was more focused on living by the law. she was more focused on living by the book. i am sure we all know someone like that. perhaps even you are like that. jesus however, he was focused on love and grace.
We are all the woman at the well that Jesus wasn’t supposed to be talking to. we all sin. and sin separate us from god.
whether its drinking underage, or sex before marriage, adultery, or even cursing or holding on to anger. we all deal with sin. we all have it
it’s easy for us to point fingers at others and judge those whose sin may be more public and known. it’s easy yes, but it causes isolation. it prevents us from taking the gospel to people who may need it.
As Jesus stated in John 8:7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
friends, lets put down those stones and realize that we are all the woman at the well. we are all that woman that doesn’t deserve the grace given to us by God. we are all the woman at the well who society would say we shouldn’t be talking to Jesus. we are all that woman.
In some way or another society has given us labels. Friends, can we stop?
When we label others, we are giving them a title. we are isolating them and excluding them. when we label others, we are not seeing them as they were made in christ.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
God has created each one of us. He has given us immense value in that we are created in HIS image. When we use those labels as insults, or in a way that prevents us from seeing other people as being created in the image of God it becomes a problem.
Instead of seeing each other through the lenses of labels given to us by society, how about we start appreciating and praising the wonder things about one another? Let us not allow the labels to prevent us from loving on others. Let us not be so blinded by these labels that we forget to view each other as being created by the same God we were.
Let’s all spread a little more joy, peace and love and stop with the labels.
I’ve grown up in a home around essential oils my whole life. My mom has a bucket of a variety of essential oils in her bathroom(thieves, orange, lemon, lavender, etc). You name it and she probably has it.
A few weeks ago I was visiting my good friend, Julianna who threw a Lavender Lip balm Essential Oils party at her apartment. Since then I’ve been interested in joining the Young Living family. As with any decision comes back and forth, “Should I do this?”, “This looks interesting, let me look into it”, “What’s stopping me from putting both feet forward?”
A few days ago I finally decided to jump in full throttle! And I’m so excited about what God has in store for me and how He plans to use me through this!
And, if you’re like me and you’ve grown up around essential oils and you’re interested in selling them you can sign up here: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/login (it’s also great to get 24%off of all your oils!)
If you have any additional questions, or you want to know more about essential oils feel free to e-mail me at: Elizabeth.Louise@holyyoga.net.
You wake up. Maybe hit snooze on your alarm once or twice. Get showered and dressed. Brush your teeth and head out the door to work or school. Add or minus a few things.
You get in your car and then you make it to your destination. Right?
Or so we want to think that’s usually the case. For me however, a year ago my life got turned upside down. I mean that in the very real sense.
I took a left hand turn and got hit on the rear passenger side. The car flipped twice. All I remember was waking up upside down and hanging from my seatbelt. Thank God for seat belts. Seriously. As I regained consciousness I started to look around at the broken glass everywhere, eventually I began panicking and began trying to figure out how in the heck I would get out of the car and get myself standing right side up. Somehow I managed to get out of the car. I remember someone helping me, after that I’m not sure. It’s all a blur.
I spent the night in the hospital due to a concussion and bleeding to the brain. For weeks afterwards I was sore to the point where I could hardly move. I remember feeling like a truck and train had simultaneously run me over. I began to attend yoga classes at a local gym daily. Sometimes even twice a day.
I would get on my mat and start using that time to talk with God. “God I am so beyond frustrated. I don’t understand what you are doing in my life or the purpose you’ve given me.” Sometimes I would actually go into child’s pose and cry while talking to God. Yoga didn’t just help me lose weight or provide with me fitness hour. It helped me find purpose in all the anxiety and frustrations of life. At a moment in life when I was questioning what God had in store for my life and why He had kept me alive, yoga provided me with a time to worship Him and talk to Him.
I realized that sometimes in the midst of all the chaos in life, God turns our lives upside down to re-direct us down the path He intends for us. Sometimes God turns us upside down to grab our attention and re-center our lives and tell us that we’ve been driving down the wrong side of the road.
Friends and family, figuratively speaking let’s let God turn our lives upside down and lead us down the road He has planned for us. Let’s meet God on the mat or wherever He may call us to experience His daily grace and love. Let’s seek Him out daily even in the midst of the chaos.
After reading it I had to laugh at God’s sense of humor. After weeks of worrying whether or not I would hear back from churches about whether or not they wanted Holy Yoga classes, here it was. The e-mail that made me laugh. And of course smile.
The e-mailed simply stated was from a local church in the area expressing an interest in having about two-four yoga classes a week there.
I had to sit there and appreciate the timing. I’ve been so worried and scared. I’ve been wondering what God’s plan was for me. I have made list upon list upon list writing down all the churches I was thinking of calling and talking to. I think I have a few new grey hairs. It got me thinking though. Why do we doubt God? Why do we struggle with waiting on God’s timing? Why do we struggle with trusting God?
There are many ways to answer this but I believe one of the best ways to begin to answer this is to start by understanding the basic need inside of us that we all desire to be in control. We like to know how our lives will turn out. We want to know what job we will have, where we will live, who we will marry. We want to know when we have to be at events and at what time. We like to be the ones planning our life out.
It scares us when we are not in control and have to rely on God. It scares us that there are things in life that we need help from God on or cannot do on our own. It scares us just thinking about the possibility that maybe our plans to be a Doctor or a NFL player may not be what God wants for us, and instead He may want us to open our own restaurant or open an orphanage.
One of my favorite bible verses is the following: Jeremiah 29:11 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 hope and a future.
GOD is sovereign. GOD is all-knowing. GOD is all-powerful. GOD knows everything we will ever say or have said. GOD knows what we will do and all that we have done. GOD is the very meaning of love. GOD is omnipresent.
Just to list a few of the characteristics of God.
We all struggle with letting go of the reins and handing them over to God. Especially when we know that His plans for our life far exceed our expectations or any plans we could want for ourselves. We all struggle with handing the reins over to God, and instead we worry.
This year lets start handing those reins over to God and allowing Him to lead us through whatever life may hand us or throw at us. Let’s not worry when it may take a month to hear a response from a job, or find an apartment or finally get that new car you’ve always wanted.