and therefore I have not been posting a lot. I had the conviction from the Lord that I spent too much time getting blog posts together and reading blogs. I have therefore come to the realization that my real life is more important ;meaning spending time with the Lord, family and friends matters more than blogging. Then our camera cord went missing, so I have not been able to even post pictures. I believe it was the Lord telling me to lay off on putting together sewing/fun posts for the blog. I believe I want to have my blog do a 90 degree turn and focus totally on spiritual matters and to encourage ladies to seek the Lord daily and to focus on what matters most our relationships with the Lord God of the universe.
I have found that by not reading blogs every single day I can spend more time in prayer and Bible reading, getting school done, and spending time with my family and friends. Building relationships in the real world, instead of building up my blog to please my readers is my new goal. I feel as though I always felt I had to impress others with my blog, but now I feel that blogging should not be my first priority. I have read many blogs lately where bloggers were also doing the same and stepping away from the blogs for a little bit or just not posting or not going online in general as often as they used to. I have found I too was addicted to the internet! Which is not cool! Instead of going to my Savior first thing in the morning I was going to the computer! This is not healthy. Ladies I was always a mess if I did not go to my Savior instead of the internet. I found no fulfillment and joy after spending more time on the internet than with my Savior!
I should want to be more and more in love with my Savior and not more and more in love with another bloggers life style or how many things they sew or how great their garden is. I should not set other bloggers up on a pedestal, but go to God first for encouragement and then to other people. I was going to blogs for encouragement instead of my Savior. So ladies I would challenge you to pray more than you read blogs, to read the Word more than spending time on Facebook, and spend more time talking to a friend in person about God than doing emails or texting. But I have to say I have made a lot of friends through blogging. So don't throw it out all together, just don't spend hours of each day wishing you were one of those bloggers with the beautiful home or that amazing home sewn garment. Spend your days improving your own relationships in your real life. Blogs were my way of escaping the troubles I had, but now I give up those troubles to Christ and He gives me much more comfort.
Now don't get me wrong I still sometimes spend too much time reading blogs or on facebook, but now that I am aware of this I am trying to make amends and fight the temptation to let real life slide and spend too much time in the virtual world.And for the record blogs can be a great source of encouragement, I have been reading two particular blogs more than other blogs because they focus on Christ. They are a source of spiritual encouragement for me. I also don't believe its bad to post about your daily life, such as gardening, sewing, etc. I just feel the need for myself to focus this blog on what I need most, God.
I still enjoy reading many sewing, life blogs, but feel the conviction for my blog to be a spiritual encouragement blog.
I have been pondering these words from the WORD since yesterday and they are a comfort.
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave  to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
I have found that when I spend a good long time in my closet with the WORD and my God I am convicted of so many things and comforted by his words to me. These words I bolded above about being free because of the truth really stuck out to me yesterday. It also says in verse 34 that if you are a slave to sin you will not remain forever, but if you are free in Christ you will be with the Son forever. Praise God Christ set us free from sin through the cross.
As I tried to study for my voice lesson yesterday and sing, I was having difficulty singing the new way my vocal teacher is teaching me to sing. My voice wanted to go back to the old way of singing with my chest voice instead of my head voice. This is a great picture of when we become free in Christ we sometimes are tempted to go back to the old way of sin, but praise God Christ helps us learn how to trust Him and learn a new way of living free from sin.
I will leave you all with this song which has been a favorite of mine for a while to listen to to get my heart right before studying the WORD. I am so thankful for the Lord convicting me recently even more that prayer is really so important, I have always prayed to the Lord, but many a time I did not pray for fellow believers. I have been really encouraged by others praying for me, so I would encourage you ladies to pray for others as well. Pray is so powerful! As it says in the WORD it is sharper than a two edged sword and can go through joint and marrow. It can peirce through even the cold heart of one who is still dead in their trespasses and sins. Pray for that friend who needs the Lord! The Lord loves to hear prayers from His children. If any of you need prayer or want to email me please do at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope this blog post is not harsh, this is my personal conviction that my blog should go in a different direction and that I should spend less time reading blogs and such. It has helped me to become closer to the Lord. Any thoughts on this would be great! Please comment if you have some strategies as to how to balance the internet with daily life or you were encouraged by this post.