Social media is a pretty neat thing. We’re able to connect with so many people on a daily basis. People who live in our city, people who live in a different state, people who live in a different time zone, or people who live halfway across the world. We have easy, easy access to literally millions of people. I’ve been overwhelmed by social media on more than one occasion. It’s easy to let it become a big distraction and it’s easy to start the comparison game. But, I love that despite the negatives there are incredibly huge positives. Like sharing the gospel. To tons of people. That you don’t even know. Think about how huge of an opportunity this is for us. Think about the disciples and about Paul and what they would think if they knew how easy it is for us to proclaim the gospel to the entire World Wide Web. It really is incredible!
I took a month off from all social media in August of this year. It was sweet and refreshing and really got me thinking about how best to use it. For me, that meant saying goodbye to twitter at least for a season. And it meant unfollowing a lot of Instagram accounts. I want to follow more people who encourage me to love Jesus and read my bible and share the gospel. I want to keep my mind free of gossip and slander and coveting this or that. One of my absolute favorite instagrammers (is that a word?) this year is Gretchen from Life Lived Beautifully. She has a beautiful shop and is always sharing her heart through her blog and her instagram posts. She’s become a huge encouragement to me and I am so thankful to have found her! Her shop is incredible. So many products that point to Jesus and help us to become better disciples. Tyler ordered (okay, it was me!) the Live Life Beautifully journal for me for Christmas and I am DYING to tear into it. I know it’s going to be an incredible resource in 2015! I also ordered the Give Me Jesus 90 Day journal that I ordered with my spending money so it doesn’t have to hide until Christmas day. ;) I’m already IN LOVE with how Gretchen has laid out this journal. This journal is designed to be an aid in studying scripture and she even has several “steps” to walk through before you begin so your heart is in the right place! A friend ordered one too so we had been talking about what we would study and we decided we would study something together. Our community groups at church will be going through Romans in the new year so we thought that would be a great place to start! I really wanted to devote the entire 90 days to one book. I wanted to really pour over it and soak it in. So, I came up with a little plan that would help break up each chapter of Romans. I made it into a little bookmark so that I could have easy access to my plan each day!
If you’re interested in studying Romans, HERE is the link to download the bookmark. I’m so excited for January 1st to roll around so that I can begin! Every Sunday of the 90 days says “Selah”. I wanted to add in a few days of rest and reflection throughout the book. And a little bit of grace if I happen to fall behind. :) Now, do me a favor and go follow Gretchen! She’s the sweetest and such an encouragement to me. I know you’ll love her too!
**I printed the bookmark at 75% scaled. I wanted it to be a little smaller. But you could print it at 100% and it would still be fine! **