10 Things I Idolize When All I Need Is One

10 Things I Idolize When All I Need Is One

Some of these may seem stupid to you or maybe you can relate to them, but either way I hope that after reading this you can see what an idol is in your life and pray that God can steer your eyes to what is important.

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In this world today, there are so many idols and distractions that the media portrays to be super important, which sometimes causes me to lose sight of what is really important in my life and prevents me from being my carefree self. The idol or distraction alone is not a bad thing, it is how we're deciding to incorporate it into our lives and the amount of time we spend focusing on it. I will be sharing 10 things in my life that I allow to consume my attention. These things distract me when I really should be focusing on one true power that should have all my attention.

Social Media

This is a pretty common idol in this day of age because technology is always improving, and it is a way of communication to my friends, family and anybody really. However, when Im on it too much or when I am having a bad day I get caught up in comparing myself to what others are posting and how my life is not as great as what theirs is.

Body Size

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My body is something that I am insecure about, and I'm sure that is how a lot of young women are too, but we shouldn't be. This ties in with social media and seeing pictures on Instagram or Facebook of other women and seeing how confident they look. I do not realize it sometimes but I do tear myself down because I don't look the way they do when I should be loving myself the way God made me.

My Grades

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School is important in my life, but sometimes I let perfection get the best of me. I always want to strive to do my best because who wants to settle for "meh" work? I have this problem especially when it's a subject that I'm passionate about. I know that I can not strive for perfection because that is unrealistic and the only perfect one is Jesus.

My Appearance

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Worrying about how my makeup looks and the type of clothing I get sounds so stereotypical for a girl, but I do find myself trying to make sure I look good for other people especially when taking pictures. Personally, it's not that big of an issue for me because I'm in college and cannot afford all those nice clothes that I wish to have, but for some of you it might be.

Money

I get very anxious when a lot of money has to be spent, so it's not that I am bragging about all the money I have because let's be real I don't have that much. It is more of the fact that I do not like having to spend it on things excessively.

What People Think of Me

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I am a people pleaser, and I sometimes let what others think of me get the best of me. I want to make sure that others like me, but when they don't I try to fix it any way I can. I have grown and allowed myself to not get caught up in that mess because of the pain that I have felt in the past, but it still comes to my mind. Also I try to hide who I am when I am around people that are not like me, but as I have learned I should not care what they think of me.

Amount of "Likes"/"Views"

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This is similar to Social Media but it's different because the first one was the act of being on social media and what it does to me. This is more about reaching a goal so that others will be impressed with the number of likes I have.

Food

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More specifically sweets. How can you resist the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies? It is hard to have the control to not eat what I do not need all the time.

Name Brand Items 

Having the newest and nicest things on the block is a definitely a status thing. I have items from Apple, North Face, Chaco and Lauren Conrad.

How I was Raised

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I was very blessed to have both my parents growing up, a family to celebrate holidays with and the values they instilled in my life. I occasionally become annoyed with people when I see them in a store, restaurant or even in class that do not act the way I was taught to. However, it is not my place to do so and I do not know what they may have been through when they were growing up.

All these things in my life are my decision, but with the help of God, He can show me a different perspective. He is my main idol and my relationship with Him is very important to me. He understands that this world has sin in it and that we are not perfect. When we allow him to come into our lives and be the hub of the wheel, He will move in us to be how he wants us to be and act. We will be able to see what his love looks like even in hard times. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 it states, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." This piece of scripture speaks out to me because it reminds me that all these items or ideas that I hold as an idol will not matter in the end; rather, it is God's love for his children and those that believe in him will have an eternal life with him.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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