All posts tagged: Christian Blogger

I need to write about Jarrid Wilson.

It felt like we all lost. Like the entire community of us, those who have been fighting it for years, decades and those who are recently discovering themselves and how to cope with it, it felt like we all lost the fight. That’s how I felt at least, when I heard the news about Jarrid Wilson: pastor, father, husband and mental health advocate, taking his own life. It’s….unpleasant in general for many reasons…and by unpleasant I mean tragic, terribly sad and disturbing. The extremely haunting truth about his death…the part of it that sent me down a roller coaster of difficult emotions last night….emotions that were stronger than they should have been for someone I didn’t know was this: he was fighting the same thing I and many others fight everyday. He was doing the right things. Sharing. Talking. Helping other people through his struggle. He was a pastor. He loved Jesus. He loved people. People loved him. He wasn’t alone. And it still over took him. For the rest of us. Those of us …

Why I Blog

This is my first consistent year of blogging. The first time I’ve had an actual calendar of posts, footage in stock and mapped out when and what I would post about. Because this is my first year of taking blogging seriously, I still have a lot to learn. I plan on learning all of those things in the upcoming year, but this year my focus was simply on having the discipline to be consistent. I think I’ve done a pretty decent job at that. So, what drove me to start a blog anyway? A lot of things actually! Let’s take a look at them below: I love writing – That’s definitely a BIG part of the reason I started blogging. I really enjoy writing and I always have. The desire to share – I’ve always had the desire to share information and things that I’ve learned in life with others. I want to share life discoveries, tips and tricks, strategies and share experiences with people all over the world. Community – The writer community is …

Practically in Love 1:3

Hey Friends! Thanks for popping in. This is part 3 of a little series that I’ve been doing. If you’d like to know what the series is about and it’s purpose check out my intro to the series Practically in Love here. Alright, part 3 here we go! Boundary setting is an act of love. For yourself yes, but also for others.  Why is it so important to set personal boundaries? Because it gives you space to think and to grow. Without proper boundaries, you open yourself up to distractions and to stressors that in the end tangle you up and can affect your ability to grow. Obviously some stressors are relatively unavoidable, but if we look closely at our lives and the things that leave us feeling  overly stretched and stressed, most of those things come from the inability to set boundaries around our time, commitments and involvement. Lets talk about gardening for a moment. Random? Not quite. There are plenty of people who are amazing at gardening. I, for one, am not one of …

Practically in Love : Intro

Love one another It wasn’t a suggestion. It wasn’t prefaced with “You should probably..” or followed up with “If you feel like it.” It was a command that was actually followed up with “as I have loved you.” Who is the speaker? Jesus. What did he want us to do? Love each other as he had loved us. It seems simple enough, until you think about what that actually means. I feel like our society has corrupted the idea of love. We think love is that thing we’re feeling when someone special makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside or that showing love is saying “I love you” at the close of a phone conversation. I have reason to believe that this is nowhere near the kind of love that Jesus was talking about. I think Jesus was talking about the messy kind of love. The kind of love we avoid because it takes too much time or makes us too uncomfortable. Why do I think that that’s the kind of love that Jesus was talking …

Validation

Validation: The recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile. As people we love to be validated. We love to know that someone out there thinks that we matter. We love validation in our work places. We want the boss to know that they need us, we want our co workers to know that we’re adding benefit to the workplace. We love validation in our schools. We want our teachers to think we’re intelligent. We want to be told “Great job!” on our papers or projects, or get excellent grades so that we avoid disapproval from those around us. We crave validation in our friend groups. We want our friends to value us. We hurt when a friend doesn’t talk to us for a few days or when our snap streak is broken. We want validation from people who aren’t even our friends. How do we know this? Because most of us (not all of us) spend far too much time trying to find out why certain people …