Is God Really Enough? Where Christianity and Consumerism Collide

Is God Really Enough

It’s all around us. Television, radio, social media and the stores we shop in. People and products yelling at us to “buy this!” or “you need that!”

You go to your instagram account and up pops an image of someone telling you about the latest, greatest hair product or makeup brand or clothing store. 

We’re being told that buying it will fulfill our happiness. 

But then, when we buy it, while we’re happy for a fleeting moment, that feeling of emptiness always seems to come back. So, what do we do? We go out and buy something else that we’re told will fulfill us.

The millennial generation has become addicted to the high we get when we purchase something new. 

You go onto YouTube and see vlogs of people telling you about their latest “haul” of stuff they bought. And after a watching a few of those, you’re convinced that you absolutely have to have that stuff!

I know, I’ve been there myself. I used to watch one vlogger in particular, but eventually had to quit because I would start becoming dissatisfied with the my life and what I had. 

“Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” ” Luke 12:15

When we start to think that the only way we’ll be happy is if we are buying something new, we are basically saying that God isn’t enough to satisfy and fulfill us. Yes, it might give you a temporary feeling of happiness, but here’s the thing happiness is based solely off of happenings. 

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What we really want is joy-because joy isn’t that fleeting. Joy is that hope inside you that flickers when you are at a rough spot in your journey It’s that thing that tells you to “just look up” because the dawn is on its way. It’s that thing that tells you to keep holding on, because God’s got this-even though you might not understand what “this” is.

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”

Matthew 6:19-20

Ladies, we are called to live a higher standard. 

The sin isn’t in desiring something-whether it’s a new body lotion, makeup, or maybe even a relationship, the sin is when we obsess over it so much that we believe that it is the only thing that will fulfill our heart’s and joy.

“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5

I want to challenge, next time you see something that you really want, pray about it. Surrender it to God. 

It could be as simple as saying “Lord, you know how much I want this (fill in the blank). I give this desire to you. Help me trust that you know what I need and don’t need. And help me remember, that you are always with me and that you have only the very best for me in mind. Amen.” 

So, Is God Really Enough? YES!

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

XoXo,

~Kristen~

 

Does Your Social Media Testify that You’re Set Apart for God?

Does Your Social Media Testify that God Had Set Apart-

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It has helped my keep in touch with far off family and friends, but it is also one of the biggest anxiety makers as well.

Recently, I’ve been noticing something that has, to be quite frank, disturbed me.

And, unfortunately, it’s something I’ve witnessed countless numbers of times over the last coupe of years. You see, I watch as people profess to being a Christian and then turn around and quite willingly cuss-some even cuss in the same post as they profess Christ’s goodness, or writing (more like bragging, actually) about how they got (or are currently) incredibly drunk.

Before you start indignantly saying, “Um…except nobody’s perfect,” hear me out.

I’m not talking about new Christians who are still in the early stages of learning these things, I’m talking about people who, for many years, have been professing to be a set apart young person.

I believe that one of the biggest difficulties of modern society is that, in an effort to try to stay relevant, we are forgetting that God has called us to live set apart. To live, speak and act different from the rest of the world.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)

While it is important to stay up-to-date so you can relate to people, it’s also necessary to remember that if you act so much like non-Christians, it’s inevitable that eventually, people will end up looking at how you’re acting and start to question and think “why do I need to “get saved” if they act the same way I do now?”

Here’s a bit about what the Bible says:

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

Ephesians 4:17-24 (NLT) (Emphasis Added)

It burdens my heart to watch young people say one thing and then act the other. How are you speaking? Are the words you’re using-and the topics speaking of-going to bring honor and glory to God and be a testament that he has transformed you and set you apart, or are they going to confuse people who see you write one thing one moment, but then say or be something completely the next?

“You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.” Leviticus 20:26

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

Let me present this thought to you; Speaking encouragement isn’t just about speaking kind words to uplift someone. Speaking encouragement is also about speaking in such a manner that it encourages unbelievers to desire to know what it is that makes you want to speak in such a pure way.

Speaking encouragement

I want to challenge you to take a few minutes and prayerfully go through your social media-whether it be  Facebook, Instagram, a Blog you have, Twitter, Tumblr, Snap Chat…etc… and let God convict you of the things that could be/are causing harm to your testament of Faith and belief in Christ; the things (words, statements, actions…etc) that make people wonder if what you say about believing in Jesus is really real.

No, people aren’t perfect, but, as Christians, we need to let God transform us. We need to heed his word so that when we testify about our faith, people won’t question it.

So, let God transform you from the inside out. Remember, that is where Unfading Beauty originates in our spirit, heart and mind. For, what is in the heart, will flow out into every aspect of our lives-so let Christ and his word be what you are putting into your heart, it’s the best thing that a person could ever do-for them self, for others and most importantly, so that the Glory of God will be seen in and through you!

XoXo

~Kristen~

Four!

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Four. That’s how many years Unfading Beauty Ministries has been operating! FOUR!

Yep, today is Unfading Beauty Ministries’ birthday, and I am so excited about it! 

Last year, on our third birthday, I gave you the back story of Unfading Beauty Ministries. This year, I’m going to reflect on this past year-more specifically, the last 10 months.

As many of you know, I went to Montana for an internship this last summer. One of the big things that God was speaking into my life about is about taking Faith-Steps. 

So, in September, I decided to take that faith-step I had been getting nudged about. I changed the name from Unfading Beauty to Unfading Beauty Ministries and then upgraded the blog address and started to become more serious about everything. I created an Instagram account, Facebook account and YouTube channel for the ministry.

I then embarked upon writing the Unfading Beauty Book and started planning the Heart of Modesty project (more to come on that within the net month!)

In my personal life, I’ve been getting ready to head to college in the Autumn-which is both exciting and a little scary! 

All in all, I can’t believe it’s been four years

This ministry started as such a little thing-and I truly never thought it would grow to what it has! 

As I write, there is a Bible verse that comes to mind:

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones…” Luke 16:10

So, as we celebrate this milestone, I would like to encourage all of you, no matter how little the task God has given you seems, do well in it. Give it your all! If you aren’t a faithful steward of the little bit God has given you, how can you be faithful in the much?

Finally, to celebrate, let me know how Unfading Beauty Ministries has touched your life! 

XoXo,

~Kristen~

Willingly Watching the Glorification of Cheating

One of my most favorite things to do in my down-time is grab a bowl of popcorn and watch a chick-flick. 

I mean, who doesn’t like a good ole romance about a damsel in distress being swept off her feet by a knight and shining armor? Or, even better yet, the damsel saving the knight!?

Unfortunately, there is one incredibly unfortunate theme I have watched take place over and over again in this film genre.

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What is the one thing that makes a good chick-flick? The leading male and female falling in love despite the odds. Unfortunately, all too often, while the leading couple is falling in love (often unbeknownst to them) they have the person they are actually dating left in the background foundering.

The most unfortunate part of it all is that we, as the willing viewers, condone this by saying “Well, he doesn’t treat her right” or “he’s controlling and abusive” or “She is way too prissy and mean”. 

Now, I want to make it clear, I DO NOT in any way, shape or form support any kind of abuse, but if a person is in an abusive relationship, they need to seek help from a family member, pastor, counselor or even the authorities, not through an extra relationship with another person.

It’s so super-duper easy to dismiss the events we’re watching because “it’s only a movie” and that’s just it, it is just a movie. The movies make it look so innocent that we, the viewers, start to make excuses for this behavior by thinking, “Well, they’re not actually dating. They’re just friends who fall in love…” I would like to counter that by arguing that while they may not be physically “dating”, they are most certainly emotionally dating.

Look at the way the leading lady and her knight are always in constant emotional turmoil over themselves, their real boyfriend/girlfriend and each other. 

These youthful, lustful desires that are displayed are not only going to lead to immense pain for one-or all-involved, but it’s also morally wrong. The movies might make it look like fun. A rush of emotion here, a stolen kiss there, but what we are failing to see is that in amongst these rushes, are lies woven into lies. The leading lady lies to herself that there isn’t anything going on-thought there clearly is-lying to her boyfriend that there isn’t anything going on and making excuses for what’s going on like “it’s just work” or “he’s helping me with (fill in the blank)…”

Ladies, in reality, we are called to a much higher standard. We are called, not only to walk away from these desires, but to flee from them;

 “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:1-17

Emotions are fickle and change from day to day-even from moment to moment-and we can’t be led by them. Following our emotions can lead us into all sorts of bad places and/or situations.

I can follow my emotions and eat a big piece of chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream everyday, but that doesn’t make it right or good for me. Doing something like that can lead to being not just over weight and unfit, but could lead to worse circumstances like diabetes. 

God created our emotions to be used in tandem with the leading of his spirit. Through prayer and seeking, we can see if what we feel in our emotions is from him, or if it’s a fleshly desire that will lead to ruin.

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The glorification of cheating and adultery that is so willingly watched is, quite frankly, frightening. So many young women watch this take place over and over and over again and eventually start to think that this is the way life really is. That it’s okay to be dating one guy until they find another guy they like better, and then sneak around and become emotionally and, unfortunately, sometimes physically, involved with someone they aren’t already in a committed relationship with. No amount of ‘buts’ and ‘what if’s’ can change the fact that this is in fact cheating-and the fact that we as christian women stand by and so willingly watch this-and even start to condone this kind of behavior is appalling. 

Ladies, we are called to a higher standard. Not only in action, but also in what we put into our minds and hearts. These movies may be fun and entertaining, but when a person starts to watch these movies for an extended period of time, it starts to transform the way they think and act and conduct them-self.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Proverbs 4:23

Ever hear the old term “what goes in, must come out”? This is what happens, when we start to glorify-or even just condone-this type of behavior. Eventually-in some form-those thoughts and ideologies are going to start to seep through into our everyday lives.

Dear sister, you are called to be set apart from the world, and sometimes that means having to give up-or at least start to clearly review and vet-what we are putting into our hearts and minds.

“You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 14:2

There are so many good movies for us to watch without having to sacrifice.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Princess Cut- A story about a young woman trusting and waiting for God’s timing to bring the right man into her life.
  2. Old Fashioned- A story about a young man and woman overcoming their personal thoughts and pains about/from dating to embark upon a good old-fashioned courtship.
  3. One Night with The King- The story of Queen Esther, with the twist that each contestant gets to spend “one night with the king” (in actuality it’s either an afternoon or evening), to test their compatibility. Esther (obviously) wins the Kings heart and they marry and then Esther saves the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of Haman.
  4. Love Comes Softly- The story of Marty, a young pioneer woman whose husband dies, and she soon-after must marry a young widower with a young daughter with the so that she has a place to live over the harsh prairie winter with the agreement that if she is a sort-of mother to the young girl-teaching her how to read and just letting her be a kid rather than having to help look after the farm-that he’ll pay for her to make her way home back east on the wagon train in the spring. Over the course of the winter, they fall in love…I’ll leave the rest of what happens a mystery! 

 

Well, that’s all for now, lovelies!

XoXo

~Kristen~