Community Feature – carpe_mia

 

One of my new initiatives is to hear from my followers in a way that directly meets them on their journeys.

On Instagram I encourage you to tag your posts with #UnfilteredChristianWomen so I can see what everyone is up to and feature topics that they are currently thinking about or needing feedback on.

My goal will always be to write a blog post each month on a topic from my own heart BUT I also want to make room for another post that same month directly addressing a topic found via Instagram using the community hashtag.

This month I am featuring a post from: @carpe_mia *

“If Jesus saw the importance of prayer time, if He NEEDED it, then how much more do I need it? How much more should I be prioritizing my prayer life?”

I love this reminder. So often we can all get so busy going about our day that we can totally forget to set aside time to pray. This is still something that I can struggle to make time for. For instance, I talk to Jesus in my head all day. #SorryNotSorry #HeyJesus

But sometimes I wonder if I’m not praying enough. Like, I’m sure Jesus talked in his head all the time to God, but he also retreated to pray.

I see two examples in the Bible that address both sides of this:

  1. Pray continually -1 Thessalonians 5:17
  2. Retreat to pray – Matthew 6:6 and really every scene with Jesus leaving alone to pray

Which one of these do you find yourself doing? Do you think there is a benefit to doing both, or prayer is a personal thing and you think it’s okay to do either one? Is there a wrong method? Is praying throughout the day “cheating” yourself out of the isolated method of praying that Jesus so often did?

Comment below.

* Original post here: http://bit.ly/2lg2ix9

Jesscbnyc Recommends: First Things First

Christine Caine is generally an all around awesome lady. I’ve read most of her books and I have heard her speak a handful of times. So when there was a free devotional circling around the internet I jumped on it.

Why I recommend it:

  • It’s short and easy to read
  • It comes to your e-mail box
  • It includes a Bible verse for reference
  • It’s from Christine Caine
  • She’s the best

To opt in fill out your details here.

 

Bee Real: Sold Out

“Sold Out” – A Project by Texas Tribune⠀

Article: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/17/when-it-comes-helping-sex-trafficking-victims-success-elusive/⠀

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Texas Tribune is doing an amazing job of highlighting the issue of Sex Trafficking through their project called “Sold Out”. According to the website “More than a decade’s worth of initiatives — empty laws and hollow programs — have failed to protect Texas’ most vulnerable youth from being trafficked for sex. Today, The Texas Tribune launches Sold Out — an investigative project that explores how the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind.”

In this article it addresses the real issue many victims face, where they return to their pimps after being rescued, usually numerous times.

The issue really is that many of these girls feel like they have a bond with their pimps and in a way, can miss the stability and relationship they have with that person. They don’t know much else.

One solution exists: Freedom Place. “Freedom Place, a rare facility that has raised enough private dollars to care for up to 20 of the state’s estimated 80,000 child sex-trafficking victims at any given time.”

I find that astonishing. 20 girls out of 80,000.

But rather than be overwhelmed with the need, I think it’s important to support and grow what exists.

I plan on looking into ways to support them. Will you?

  1. Donation form
  2. Contact form

 

Is there anything you can do to look for ways to support places like this in your own community?

Comment below.

 

SOAP 2.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:18 NIV 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Observation: The Lord will always rescue you.⠀

Application: When life is hard, when people abandon you, when all sorts of evil seems to prevail it can be hard to keep the faith. Meaning, you don’t abandon your faith, but it can dwindle. The scripture reminds us that God will always rescue us day in and day out and one day we will be fully protected in the arms of our Father in Heaven.

Prayer: God please help me not to question your presence or protection even if I am going through pain.

Comment below with your O, A, or P!⠀

 

Bone-weary

For the past month I’ve been feeling really really tired. Regardless of how long I sleep, regardless of how I try not to over-exert, regardless of the fact that I exercise and drink 100 oz of water a day. It has been perplexing to me.

I wondered the past week if I was feeling a little depressed. This wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. But we all have ups and downs, right?

Yesterday morning I read from the Jesus Calling devotional and it met me, right where I was at, as it has done over the past 5 years that I’ve owned it.

The first paragraph for February 7th’s entry was:

Come to me for rest and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you, and you are bone-weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life.

Later on the devotional says weariness comes from the battle against: the world, the flesh, and the devil. I think that’s true because we forget. We think we just need to sleep more, or eat better, or take a step back and while all of these things are true and valid, sometimes it’s deeper than that.

If I think about it, I can name at least one thing in each category that can make me weary if I dwell on it:

  • The world: News about unrest in America and the findings at Saydnaya military prison
  • The flesh: The longing to be married and to have a successful career
  • The devil: Dwelling on mistakes in my writing and feeling moments of failure

Rather than allow these things to weigh you down, what are things you can do to recognize your weariness?

Comment below.