Unplugged...

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Unplugged… (How Social Media Almost Ruined My Self-Esteem and my Relationship with Christ)

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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Log Out. Tap. Hold. Delete. Repeat


Unplug. Disconnect. Delete. Log Out.

Oh what joy to unplug from the things that so easily distract us. Snapchat & Instagram had ultimately become the things that consumed so much of my time.
It amazes me how social media had become my go to when boredom would strike. But eventually it was the first thing I did once I opened my eyes. I would immediately roll over and reach for my phone, turn the brightness down and start checking my notifications.
Those red icons had to be cleared before leaving my bed. I discovered I had a problem when I would be more concerned with checking the number of "likes, views and screenshots" I received rather than reading the verse of the day.
I realized my issue with social media could easily be traced back to the validation I expected to receive from others. Social media kept me occupied when I was bored & it helped me procrastinate when I needed to complete a project.
It was something about those likes and the amount of views I received that would ultimately determine if that photo was good enough. But see the thing about it is that no matter how many filters I threw on my photos or snapchat story, if I didn't love myself or have confidence who I was it never really mattered.
Social media became the way I would stay updated on the gossip sites, sports, entertainment issues and  the news and before I realized it, days would pass before I opened my bible.

But life has a way of getting your attention! God used my "social media distraction" to show me how meaningless the "outside opinion" really was. I was challenged to log out and delete every app that was causing me to lose focus.
I started with Instagram and later moved on to Snapchat. During my "unplugged" season I began to carve out time in my schedule to spend with God. I dug deep within myself and dealt with the reasons behind my distraction. Through prayer and reading the word I discovered that if I didn't speak words of affirmation over myself then I would begin to seek it from outside sources.
I began to love the world and everything it had to offer me. I would go to social media before I would get on my knees and pray to God. It was becoming my idol; it was becoming the thing that would numb the pain. Social media gave me the attention that I was craving, it was my platform, and it was my way of bragging when deep down inside I was miserable. When you stand in the mirror and look at yourself you don’t see the comments, the likes, the views, you simply see yourself. I had to find what it was about me that I loved. What the world saw was only the things I decided to post, it wasn’t the true authentic me it was the projection of who I wanted people to see. The real me was broken, hurt, distracted, tired, overwhelmed and ultimately running from the one things God called me to do. The real me wasn’t pleased with how I had idolized social media and that alone caused me to regain focus on Christ.
 I wish I could say that I never get distracted by social media anymore but that would be a lie. I instead reprogrammed myself & I have to constantly remind myself that not everything needs to be broadcasted. The world doesn't need a sneak peek of my devotional routine; and I no longer stage the perfect photo or try to get the best angle.

Unplugging from social media was the best thing I could've done.

I challenge you to take a look at your life & start dealing with those hidden issues. No amount of likes, views, screenshots or comments are going to fill the void that is in your heart. . Eliminate the distraction & focus on the creator.







Devotional : It's Just Enough....

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."-2 Corinthians 12:9


Sufficient: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end (Webster)


In life we are pulled in soo many directions we become exhausted, tired and stressed. And no matter how many times we try to recharge or take a moment for ourselves we still never have enough. Then here comes the enemy messing things up.. It feels like you just cant catch a break... In 2 Corinthians Christ reminds Paul that his grace is sufficient enough for any situation, circumstance or trail..  Often times we forget that Christ would never put more on us than we can bare and that his strength is made perfect in our weakness. Basically we can't do this thing on our own, we can't continue to fight this battle on our own.. If we were designed to do it on our own we wouldn't need Christs' grace/ strength. See Christ knows that eventually we will all need his grace and strength to endure the problems that arise (he still wants to be your superman) 
        I know for me it's a struggle not having control in certain situations and I battle that in my spiritual life as well. I like to put my hands on it first before seeking Christ, I want to fix it up and show him that I can handle it. But God has a way of getting my attention, he quickly reminds me that, "Trice, this situation wasn't meant for you to touch.. you should depend on me, right now you're not strong enough to battle this..." And time and time again I fall flat on my face (you would think I would learn my lesson... right?) At some point we should get tired of trying fix things on our own, these circumstances and trails were designed so that you could seek Christ FIRST..  I would rather rely on Christs' strength and grace than do this by myself! When I would "fix" things by myself I messed everything up and things would get worse or they would get out of control and then I would run to Christ asking him to fix it and because he loved me soo much he did. Now that Im older and have matured I have learned that when I give it over to God I am showing him that I trust him and that his grace is enough for me... I no longer worry about "proving" myself to anyone anymore.. If I cant handle it I have no problem handing it over to God, because his strength is made perfect in my weakness... 
 
Just give it to God, even if you feel like you have it all under control. He's waiting on you to give it over it him... His grace is sufficient, its just enough for you...
Photography By: Trice C


 

My #1 Buddy 💛

Dad,

There are so many things I could say about you. You have taught me so many lessons about life & how important it is to know WHO I am & WHOSE I am. Every since I can remember you have always been my number one buddy. We did everything together! From riding to church on Sundays to going to get donuts before the football games. I could always depend on you to not only offer me words of wisdom, but unconditional love. 
You never truly know how much of an impact your parents made until you are on your own out in the real world. And I am truly thankful for the life lessons, the long talks & the prayers you prayed over me. I am where I am today because of your prayers.
Thank you for being a man of your word & a man after Gods own heart. I could always depend on you, no matter where I am you are just a phone call away. Your ability to push me, inspires me to reach for the stars. You are constantly speaking life & encouraging me to grow. 

I love you Dad!

-Always & Forever 💛