Today I get to share with you all about "Anything", a brand new book that released April 26th, 2021. I am honored to be apart of their book tour - so please enjoy reading about it below!
"He was willing to do anything.
Talk about anything, they said.
She hadn’t ever done anything.
You can do anything.
In this heartwarming collection, thirteen Christian authors weave tales both historical and contemporary in a variety of imaginative settings. Anything features characters stretched to their limits: a pencil and a crayon who are best friends, a Tea-Dragon with a mischievous and mysterious habit, a terminally ill child with a lovely wish. In these pages, you’ll discover an eccentric gentleman who never stops reading, a foster boy who makes up in appetite what he lacks in conversational skills, and a single mother with a fault-finding mother-in-law and five rambunctious children who haven’t learned respect for a living room.
Watch as a couple sacrificially prays for a lost and dying sister-in-law, a young lady tearfully talks her best friend through a coma, a courageous brother offers to lay down himself for others, a camera-shy teenager faces her greatest fear, and a music camp applicant struggles mightily with writing an interesting bio. Warmth, hope, and encouragement pervade the pages, echoing the theme of “anything” from a refreshing variety of angles both insightful and entertaining, spiritually profound and eternally valuable. These short pieces will delight and encourage the whole family."
About the Authors:
Rebekah Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author, and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
Connect with Rebekah here.
An avid reader and incurable story-spinner, Angie Thompson also enjoys volunteering in her church’s children’s program and starting (but not always finishing) various kinds of craft projects. She currently lives in central Virginia near most of her incredible family, including two parents, six brothers, one sister, and five siblings-in-law—plus four nieces, six nephews, and several assorted pets!
Connect with Angie here.
Jaybird Summers lives in a rural town in Southern Tennessee. She enjoys reading, baking, and writing stories that bring joy to others. When not spending time with her friends or reading, she is most likely to be found in her tree where she comes up with all her good (and sometimes not so good) ideas!
Connect with Jaybird here.
Jae Fisher currently lives in Upstate South Carolina with her family. She likes to read and write in her free time. She hopes to publish her novel series, The Dares Chronicles.
Connect with Jae here.
Courtenay Burden is a homeschool graduate, an unconquerable bookworm, and a Victorian enthusiast. She is passionate about good and great literature—writing that embodies both literary and spiritual excellence. She believes that good and great books are a powerful tool in Christ’s kingdom and she seeks to use that tool for His glory in her vintage-style fiction.
Connect with Courtenay here.
Tiffany Michele fell in love with the written word at a young age. Following God and this passion, the next thing she knew she was writing a book! And another and another. Working from home in the lovely state of Oklahoma, Tiffany is surrounded by three dogs, a flock of chickens, and a small pride of cats. She can be found writing or doing some form of art with a dog at her feet and a blanket or two on her lap.
Connect with Tiffany here.
Brianna Burden is a homeschool graduate, graphic designer, part-time teacher, and on-the-side writer. She loves all things musical, and her hobbies focus themselves around friends, singing, chocolate, and creating beautiful things. You’re sure to find a smile on her face if all her hobbies have a chance to converge in one event!
Connect with Brianna here.
Chelsea Burden is a homeschool graduate, a first-generation Anabaptist, and a passionate word-lover who enjoys dabbling in etymology (not entomology!) and routinely adds bona fide words to spellcheck. She loves books, people, and Jesus—and chickadees, hymns, snowflakes, and having a good time with friends. She lives in Canada and spends her days writing and doing whatever else comes to hand in her three-generational home.
Connect with Chelsea here.
Hannah Foster has enjoyed journaling and blogging since her teen years and discovered a love for penning her own stories in her mid-twenties. Hannah’s desire is that the words she writes would bring hope, joy, and light in a dark world. If you don’t find her reading or writing, you will probably find Hannah in the kitchen baking.
Connect with Hannah here.
Sarah Susanna Rhomberg (Our very own columnist!) is a young writer who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children—always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him.
Connect with Sarah here.
Erika Mathews writes Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of God in ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. The author of the kingdom adventure fiction series Truth from Taerna, she’s passionate about encouraging others to intimately know Jesus. She enjoys playing with her children, editing, anything outdoors, being organized, autumn, apple crisp, and sunrises.
Connect with Erika here.
Born and raised in Texas, Andrea Renee Cox turned her fascination with reading into a career of two varieties: writing and editing. Her articles have been published on her blog, Writing to Inspire, and My Book Therapy’s Weekly Spark, and she’s copyedited for award-winning authors and several publishing companies. Additional short stories may be found on her website.
Connect with Andrea here.
Mary Polyakov is an extroverted book devourer whose childhood adventures in milking goats, growing whatever fit in a handy container, picking nettles, getting lost in forests and books, and exploring with her siblings gave her a love of story and adventure, which led to a combination of the two. She strives to write what honors God and celebrates the things about sibling relationships and friendship that build up instead of tear down.
Connect with Mary here.
13 Christian women. 13 short pieces. 1 book. You’re in for a treat! Release date: April 26, 2021 #AnythingKDWC
Coming to a retailer near you! Anything, a King’s Daughters’ Story Collection - you don't want to miss it!
Find it on Amazon by clicking here!
Also find it wherever books are sold!
Hope. What do you think of when you hear that word? We all say it probably several times each day – about anything and everything. I hope I win that writing contest…I hope I feel better tomorrow…I hope she won’t be mad at me…I hope mom lets me help her with dinner…I hope I get to see my friend this week…We say it literally about everything. However, in reality, what does hope truly mean?
A quick internet search brings up several different definitions of the word, such as “Hope is an optimistic
state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.” I think that probably sums up our usual thought when we think of hope.
But where does hope come from? Where is it found? Where does it originate?
Let’s start with the first question. Where does hope come from? Well, in Romans 15:13, we read, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Read the beginning again. “The God of hope…”, if God is the God of hope then that informs us that hope comes from God. He has given us the beautiful emotion and thought process that we all call hope.
In the original language of the New Testament, Greek, we find hope in the form of the word, “elpis”. “Elpis” is defined as, “expectation of good, hope in the Christian sense, joyful and confident expectation of eternal
Where is hope found? It is found in our Savior Jesus Christ. Hope outside of Jesus is short lived and disappointing. It’s so sad when we look out at the world and see so many people searching for something to fill them, hoping repeatedly in different things – and never finding the satisfaction and true hope they so desperately search for.
Where does hope originate? It originates with our Creator. He created it, and bestowed it upon each of us. What a beautiful gift! Can you imagine your life; minus the emotion/thought process, we call hope? I certainly cannot!
However, what do we do with hope? How can we share it? If our hope is found in Jesus, then as we read in Romans, He will fill us with all joy and peace in believing in Him so that we may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Abounding in hope can be so many things, much more than just a positive outlook on life. It’s knowing where your soul lies in eternity, and looking into the world and seeing the people who
don’t have that assurance. It’s reaching out and sharing that hope with those people. It’s living for Jesus every single day. It’s one day hearing those beautiful words at heavens gates, “Well done, thou good and faithful
servant. Enter into the joy of your Father.”
How do we share our hope? Hope expresses itself in many ways, such as joy, confidence, kindness, caring for others…and so much more. When hope in Jesus is at the center of our lives, everything we do flows from it. From helping an elderly neighbor, to smiling at a random stranger, to sending a card to a friend, to washing the dishes for your sibling, to paying for the person behind you's order at a coffee shop, to just lifting your hands in worship to our Creator as the sun shines down on you from above. When hope is at the center of everything we do, our entire world changes. Kindness rules. God’s Word is spread to every corner of the world. Why?
Because this hope is impossible to keep to yourself. It is physically impossible to suppress it. When we ask Jesus into our lives, His hope takes over and never let’s go. No matter what happens, even when things bring us down, that hope never fails. Because everything passes, except hope. Hope will never fail. Shine your God given hope to everyone you meet and lets change this world together.
I hope you’ll join me.
I’m a walker. I love a good walk, preferably in nature. Even though I live in a city, there are some fields near my house where I can walk, and for a while I did so almost every day. As I walk, I like doing something. Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I work on memorizing Scripture. Often, I listen to podcasts. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Have You Heard?
I only recently discovered this podcast, which is hosted by Emma Mae Jenkins. Let me tell you: it’s amazing! Emma is such a ray of sunshine – just listening to her brightens my day. She has so much of the Bible hidden away in her heart that it naturally flows into what she says. This podcast covers anything in the Christian, from memorizing scripture to managing time. I think my favorite episode is on that topic, titled “Saying ‘Yes’ to Too Many Things”. The name of this podcast comes from Romans 10:17, where it says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (ESV)
2. Age of Minority
If you enjoy some playful banter, this podcast is for you. Father and daughter duo, Sean and Jaquelle, are professional banterers. Or, at least they are the best banterers I have ever heard. After a good ten minutes of back-and-forth, they transition into their weekly topic. This podcast is targeted towards teens, as well as youth workers or the parents of teens.
3. Ask Pastor John
In Ask Pastor John, listeners send in questions, which John Piper answers – one in each episode. These questions can be about anything from theology to current events. I may not agree with every single tiny thing John Piper says, but his answers to the questions are very helpful and are biblically based. I love learning from him. These podcast episodes are especially practical because they are all short, most of them about 10 to 15 minutes. Perfect for a quick walk!
4. The Girl Defined Show
This is a new podcast; it was started a few weeks ago. I have been blessed before by Girl Defined Ministries, especially through their website and their books. Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal speak all about what God’s design is for women, for femininity. Their message is that since God was the one to design us, he too should be the one to define us. Not every episode is for everyone and for every age and every person in every season of life, but the episode titles give a good description of the content and help you evaluate if it is for you.
5. Set Apart Girl
The Set Apart Girl podcast is another one specifically for ladies. Leslie Ludy, the host, has so much wisdom, which she shares bi-weekly. Recently, she has been doing a series on prayer, which I have enjoyed very much and can definitely recommend.
Tell Me Below
Are you a walker or a runner? Do you know any of these podcasts? What podcasts do you like listening to?
PS: The Spring 100 Challenge is a yearly walking or running challenge and it is starting soon! The goal is to walk or run 100 miles in spring. Be sure to read about and think about signing up here.
***As always, seek God's will first in what He would have you listening to and if you are younger, please ask your parents permission before listening to any of these podcasts.
~ Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a writer for CLM, who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children – always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her through her email list here.
Thankfulness. What are some things that come to your mind when you think on that word? My train of thought leads me towards things like saying thank you to people when they do something for me, having a heart of thankfulness towards God, not having an attitude of entitlement, and living a life of gratefulness.
Those all sound like nice things in our minds, but when put to practice they can actually be pretty hard! Why? Because as part of our fallen nature, we are naturally inclined to ungratefulness and dissatisfaction.
But as Christians, we have the power through Christ to live lives that reflect Him, which means our lives are different from the worlds. The world lives for, “What’s next?”, never being satisfied with what they have. We as Christians should look at what we have and say, “What can I GIVE?”. See the difference there? We have a heavenly mindset, whereas they have an earthly mindset. That’s not to say our mindset can’t slip away from heavenly things and onto earthly, it’s happened to me more than once. It’s a constant struggle, but one we can win through the power of our Savior.
Let’s look into a few things that can help us keep our mindset above, and cultivate a heart of gratefulness to our Savior.
Spend time with Jesus.
When we spend time with our Savior, we are learning about Him, taking His Words – His commands – to heart. And written all throughout the Bible we read example upon example about thankfulness and what happens when our priorities are either here on earth or up above in heaven.
Memorize verses pertaining to this subject.
As I mentioned before, there is a plethora of verses pertaining to this subject so why not memorize some of them so they come to mind when we are tempted in this area? Here are a few for consideration:
1 Chronicles 16:34
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Colossians 3:15, 17
And so many more…
Ask God to create a heart of thankfulness in you! He loves to give good gifts to His children and this is no exception. So ask Him, He is always there to listen and knows the deepest thoughts and desires of your heart.
Take inventory of what you have.
What do I mean by this? Look around your home. Do you have food in the fridge? Do you have clothes in your closet? Do you have a bed covered in warm blankets? Do you have soap in your shower? Does your roof have no leaks? Then you are so, so blessed! There are so many people in this world who have nothing but a few rags to cover their bodies, and here we are with all of this and yet struggling with ungratefulness. We truly have SO much to be grateful for! We have so much, even beyond what we actually need. So, look around at that which you have and then…
Look and see what you can give.
What can you give of what you have? We all have something we can give – every single one of us – so here’s a list to help you get started:
While at the grocery store; is there anything you can bless the food bank with? (*food banks can do far more with monetary donations than physical items however, so that is also an option)
Go through your closet; I guarantee you’ll find at least something you can give to someone you know in need or to your local shelter or non-profit thrift shop.
Use your talent! Do you know how to play an instrument? Offer to give lessons to children in a family in your group who you know would love to learn, but just can’t afford the expense. Can you sing? Use that talent to bring happiness to others whether it be in your Church or maybe in a local elderly care center. Are you an artist? You can teach others your skill, or create pieces to give to others or to sell and give the profits to Christian organizations to bring help to others.
A thankful heart manifests itself outwardly too, so be that ray of sunshine! Shine your thankful, happy heart into all the areas of your life and the people therein. Set an example.
I’ve seen the effects in my own life of just purposing to be thankful. I can find myself looking at my life and only seeing the things I wish I had, when in reality, if I would just change my mindset to what I have already been gifted from God, it changes the entire thought! Keeping my eyes on heaven, I know that I have enough. And the things I need will always be taken care of by God. There is no need for worry. As Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) so beautifully puts it, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a beautiful way to sum up this article!
So friends, keep your eyes on heaven and take every opportunity you can to practice thankfulness and to remove unsatisfaction from your life. You will experience so much joy as you lead your life in line with the beautiful plan our Savior had for us all along. I’m taking this challenge as much as giving it – will you join me?
The sun is bright, isn’t it? It’s so bright that if you stare at it for more than a swift moment, you will experience permanent eye damage. What other things can you think of that are bright? Flashlights, candles, headlights…hmmm, candles. You want to know where I’m going with this? All of these things are very bright visually, but internally you are brighter. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, confess our sins and He changes our lives to reflect His we become shining beacons of light for others to follow, ultimately leading to our Savior Jesus.
How do we be those beautiful candles for Jesus? How can we be Christ's Light? There are so many things but in this devotional I’m going to focus on encouragement. Encouragement is one of my favorite words. Why? Because being encouraging and kind is one of the top things we can do as Christians not only to other Christians, but to unbelievers too.
How can we be encouraging? Here is a list I have compiled of things you can do to be an encouragement – a candle – to others. And this is only scratching the surface…
~Smile at everyone you see. A smile can literally turn someone’s day from bad to glad just by that simple act.
~ Hold a door open for the person behind you.
~ Help an elderly person you see at the grocery store and perhaps even give them a tract!
~ Pay for the person behind you in line’s meal/drink/etc.
~ Send a text, email, or make that phone call to someone you love to surprise them and make their day
~ Check on people. The people who appear strongest face the hardest battles inside, so even if someone seems put together, be sure to check on them along with the people you know need checking in on.
~ Do a favor! Clean the dishes for your sibling, wash the car for your dad, do the laundry for your mom – there are so many ways to do a favor for someone!
~ Bake cookies and give with a tract to a neighbor, friend, mail carrier, dentist, doctor – you name it!
~ Offer to help someone. Whether it be babysitting for the busy mom in your group, or volunteering at a homeless shelter, do good and help people! (Always ask parents permission beforehand.)
~ Send a letter or package. Do you know someone who is sick, or maybe an elderly shut in? Put together a stuffed letter or small package full of little goodies to brighten their day.
~ Use your talents. Are you musically inclined? Offer to play at your local elderly car center. Are you creative? Use your creative talents to make things you can either gift to others or sell and use the profits for Christian organizations.
~ Give a hug to those you love. Hugs just make people happy, so spread them around!
Encouragement is so important in our lives, it truly is. To stress this fact, picture this. Our world, with everyone on it, but void of all kindness. Can you imagine it? I can, and it is a dismal, sad, wretched sight. Our Lord calls us to be kind, to be filled with light so that through that light He can shine through to those who need Him.
Have you ever met someone who is like a sunbeam, and in the midst of that light you can clearly see Jesus standing in the midst of them? I have, and those people are true treasures. I don’t know about you, but I want to be one of those shining sunbeams for Jesus!
A lot of people ask this question, and I want to ask it of you as well to truly make you think: When you leave this earth, what do you want people to remember about you? Do you want to be remembered as someone who was dismal, negative, unhappy – a rain cloud – or do you want them to remember you as happy, encouraging, kind – a sunbeam – for Jesus? It’s a sobering thought! So, let’s make a point to be the beautiful lights Jesus created us to be.
Together, let’s change this world. Let’s “knock people down with kindness” and watch how it makes an impact for Jesus. I dare you today, go do something beautiful for Jesus, then do the same tomorrow, the next day and the next and watch how your life and the lives of those around you change for Jesus. The world will never be the same.
I recently read a super good book and wanted to share it with you all! “Undaunted” by Christine Caine is one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while.
To borrow from the back cover, it says this about the book:
“Embrace your identity as God's beloved, step out of your own brokenness, and bring hope to a darkened world.
You have a calling to fulfill. Are you ready to take the risk of moving past your past to fulfill it? Christine Caine faced hurdles that seemed insurmountable--abuse, abandonment, and the loss of a child. Yet she decided to answer God's call on her life no matter where it would lead her. Many times, the only thing that kept her going was knowing that she was God's beloved. She was God's chosen. Secure in those truths, she moved beyond her pain so she could live the adventure of bringing God's light and love to others around the world.
In this updated and expanded edition of her bestselling book, Undaunted, Christine challenges you to embrace the reality of God's love so you can speak it to others as you live out your own unique calling. As Christine writes, "Love like Christ's can lift you out of betrayal and hurt. It can deliver you from any mess. Love like that can release you from every prison of fear and confusion. And love like God's can fill you up till it spills out of you, and you have to speak about it, share it, spread it around."
You already have all you need to bring hope to others. With additional biblical teaching, new stories, and a new epilogue, this updated and expanded edition of Undaunted will awaken you to how God wants to work through you and in you as you dare to become who God created you to be.”
It’s about stepping out and being who God created you to be and doing what He’s created you to do – without fear. Drawing on stories from her personal past, and using Biblical analogies and quoting many Scriptures, this book feels personal - like the author is talking right to you.
I was personally very encouraged and inspired by this book and think you will be too! I recommend it for ages fourteen plus due to certain topics regarding her ministry A21 that fights human trafficking.
Happy reading and never forget to shine Christ's Light bright wherever you are!
I wish I was coming to you all about something happier, but alas, I have bad news. Christ’s Light Magazine is taking a break from publication.
Why? The program I have used since our inception in 2017 has recently updated to a completely new designing platform that is incredibly hard to work with. It has also become too expensive, sadly. So, I am very disheartened to announce that as of this time, there will be no Winter 2021 Issue.
I am incredibly sorry to disappoint you all who were looking forward to that issue releasing today. I too, am very disappointed and do apologize.
I am currently in search of a good, affordable and user-friendly program and am about to try out one that will hopefully be a good fit, Lord willing.
A huge thank you to all of you beautiful people who contributed to the Winter 2021 Issue! All of your contributions are safely stored and will all be used once we find a program and return to our normal publication schedule in Spring 2021, Lord willing.
Until then, I am planning on being much more active on this blog, bringing you all encouragement weekly – Lord willing! If you would like to have an article featured on our blog, I would be so thrilled! Just contact me and I’ll get right back to you.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love and support of CLM for it’s first 3 years of publication, and as we have started our 4th year. I promise CLM will return as soon as possible and will be just as good as before.
God has a plan for CLM. Prayers for the ministry would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!
God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
May God bless you all abundantly,
Editor, Creator, Founder and Designer of Christ’s Light Magazine
As a special sneak peek of our upcoming issue releasing, Lord willing, February 1st - you get to read Editor Olivia's take on the topic "The Beauty of God-Given Femininity" before anyone else! Please enjoy!
Being a woman is such a gift. It truly is. Before you were born, God chose you to be His daughter! What a beautiful thought! Of course, it’s equally as incredible that God choses men to be His sons, but in this article we’re focusing on us, women.
We’ve been blessed beyond measure to have been given the role of womanhood. God chose you specifically to be a woman, for His amazing will.
The world tends to throw a lot of lies at women, doesn’t it? They say we have to look a certain way, be a certain weight, wear certain clothes, wear makeup every day or else we’re “ugly”. We have to, we have to, we have to.
The world has done a number on women. It’s obvious. When you turn on the tv, what do you see? Commercials of women who all look alike, who are all adhering to those lies mentioned above. Little girls are brought up seeing that, being fed those lies that if they don’t look a certain way, talk a certain way, do this or that then they are weird and something is wrong with them. They’re given these modern dolls who are designed to look like grown up women wearing layers upon layers of makeup. Click here to see the dolls I’ve been seeing everywhere - in stores, on tv, etc. It’s incredibly sad, it really is.
Why is this happening? How has this happened? It started with the fall of man when Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and therefore all humankind was destined to sin. But by God’s grace alone, we have been given a Savior from sin and death – His name is Jesus.
It continues to this day. The devil knows that if he can get women to believe his lies, then he’s already into your home. Once the woman of the home believes these lies, she’ll project them on her family, on her children, on her little girl(s) and then the devil has a hold on the next generation. And it’s been happening for years! Decades! Our world’s view of women continually becomes more and more debase with each passing year.
When will this stop? What can we do?!
We as daughters of the Most High God can rise up! By His grace alone we will not succumb to the devil’s lies about who we are, what we are, what we should be – no. Our worth, our image, our beauty comes from God. He created us in His own image! How amazing is that? Just as we bear resemblance to our earthly father, we also bear our Heavenly Father’s image! It’s such a beautiful thought.
Our worth is not in the number on the scale, the size of clothes we wear, the brand of makeup we feel we have to apply (and I’m not condemning the use of makeup, only the world’s worship of it and the “perfect” photoshopped image projected on women) – our worth comes from one Person alone. And that Person is God/Jesus. He created you just as you are – a beautiful, gorgeous, incredible woman. He created your body how it is; He created your hair just the texture and type it is, He created those eyes of yours that sparkle when you smile. Every single aspect of you was created with love by God. And you know something else? Every single person on earth is different. God in His infinite love handcrafts each and every one of us to be different. And that’s beautiful.
God has created you a woman, with God given femininity. Block out the lies the devil is constantly throwing at you. Embrace your God given beauty. You are worth far more than rubies.
I know it’s hard, believe me. It’s so easy and tempting to believe these lies. So easy to just give in. Because afterall, that’s exactly what satan wants you to do. Afterall, things would be so much easier if you did. You’d get the worlds attention, fame, the friends, everything the world loves. You’d have all of that. But would you be happy? Would you be fulfilled? Would you feel beautiful? And most of all, would you be honoring your Creator?
No. You know you wouldn’t. You’d constantly be in a tailspin, always trying to look as good as someone else, always needing more, always trying to change yourself to fit this “mold” of how you “should” look. It would drain you. That sparkle in your eye would fade. Your joyful demeanor would change to a dark one. You’d constantly live thinking “if only”. And your Father would be far from your mind as you became obsessed with an unattainable image. The devil would then have won. He’s got you in the holds of his lies, and if he’s got you, he’s got a wide-open door to your family and friends. Now he can bring even more people down, down, down.
Isn’t that the saddest picture? But that doesn’t have to be your story. God has an incredible story all planned out for you if only you’d follow Him. He wants you to believe His truths. He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins, so that we would be able to believe, to be forgiven and to have a relationship with Him. This relationship, it’s the most wonderful thing you can imagine.
So, be the woman He has created you to be. Uniquely you. The weight, height and size He created. Hair color, skin color and eye color He created. Talents, interests and gifts He created. Be her. Be a woman of God who cares not what the world wants from her, but only how she can serve her Heavenly Father.
For this is where true happiness and beauty is found.
*If any of you need prayer or advice or encouragement on this subject, please feel free to contact me on the contact page.
Recently, I wrote about productivity from a Biblical perspective. Today, I would like to ask you a question. Or rather, I have already asked you the question, for it is the title of this article: Has productivity become your idol? Before you have a chance to answer defensively, let’s break the question down and clear up some definitions.
As mentioned in the last article, the Cambridge dictionary defines “productivity” as: “the ability to do as much work as possible in a particular period”. For more on that, go and read Productivity from a Biblical Perspective.
The second word we have to clear up is “idol”. When teaching children, I define an idol as something – anything – that is more important to us than God. Absolutely anything that has taken that #1 place in our hearts. Anything we value more than our relationship with our Lord and Savior.
That may sound simple. Too simple. But truly, that’s what it is. In other words, anything can become an idol – including productivity.
The idol called “productivity”
In our time and age, it is easy to make productivity an idol. Society puts a lot of pressure on us to live productive lives. Therefore, it is no surprise that many fall into this trap. Most people don’t even realize they are worshiping productivity. That leads us to the next question.
How can I know if I have made productivity an idol?
There are many ways to identify idols in your life. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get started regarding this one:
- Do I measure how good my day was by how much I got done?
- Is it difficult for me to spend time resting in God’s presence because I feel like I should be “doing” something?
- Do I hurry through tasks instead of doing them well, just because I want to get as much done as possible?
- Am I tempted to multitask during my Quiet Time?
- Do I like reading my Bible early in the day, so that I can tick it off my to-do list?
There are many more things you can ask yourself, but these are a few to get you started. If you found yourself saying “yes” to one or multiple of these, it can well be that productivity has taken a place above God in your heart.
How can I fight this idol?
The way to fight the idol called productivity is the same way we must fight any idol. There are three steps you can follow as a guideline.
Discovering an idol in your life is a serious thing. The Bible clearly says in the 10 commandments that God must be the most important in our lives. If He isn’t, we must humbly come before Him and ask for forgiveness. If you do this, He will forgive, since He has promised this (If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. John 1:9)
2. Turn away
The next logical step is to turn away from the sin in our lives. We cannot do this on our own, but with God’s help, we can. Pray for wisdom and help regarding this. Often, it also helps to ask a friend to hold you accountable. There is something uncomfortable about having to tell someone about how we deliberately didn’t do what we wanted to do. Use that to your advantage.
3. Turn to God
Turning away from the sin doesn’t help if we don’t turn to God at the same time. The only way to keep idols from our life is to make sure that Jesus is our #1. Keep your focus on Him. Keep Him on the throne of your life.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:4)
It is easy to fall into the trap of making productivity an idol. But, with Christ’s help, it is possible to get out of it again. God is always there to help you, and no matter what, He wants to be the #1 in your life.
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Productivity. It’s one of those “trendy” words that have been around for a while, but still are “in”. You might have seen posts like “how to be more productive”, you may have downloaded a “productivity app” or even read books on the topic.
As Christians, it is always important to look at anything society says through a biblical lens. Before we do that, though, we must always be sure to clarify what we mean when we use certain words.
According to the Cambridge dictionary, “to be productive” means: resulting in or providing a large amount or supply of something and “productivity” is: the ability to do as much work as possible in a particular period.
In other words, the more you manage to get done in one day, the better.
What the Bible says about time management
We have probably all read this verse so, so many times: “[Make] the best use of the time” (Ephesians 5:16a). The Bible tells us to use our time wisely. Time is a gift from God and what we make of it, is our gift back to Him.
When I was younger, one of my favorite quotes was: “Time here on earth is limited. Use it or lose it.” I sadly cannot remember by whom it is.
From what we can see until now, it looks like the Bible supports the idea of productivity. But we must go deeper. We must look at the One who alone is perfect.
Did Jesus live a “productive” life?
To answer this question, we must once again remind ourselves of the definition of the word. Productivity is “the ability to do as much work as possible in a particular period”. Was that the way Jesus lived? Did Jesus do as much as possible in a day?
No. We can see at many occasions that he didn’t. Even when there was lots and lots to do, Jesus stopped for the one. My favorite example of this is in Mark 5.
Jesus is busy. He is surrounded by crowds upon crowds of people. In addition to that, he must hurry to get to a certain place. An important man is waiting for him. That man is Jairus. But on his way, something, or rather someone, holds him up. A woman.
And Jesus stops and turns. He has a lot to do, and yet, Jesus “wastes” time on the woman.
The difference between productivity and using our time wisely
The Bible tells us to use our time wisely. It does not tell us to do as much as possible in one day. The question we should ask ourselves again and again should not be How much can I fit into my schedule today?
Instead, the question should be What does God want me to do today? If we do what Christ wants us to do, some days it may look like we are “wasting” time on the wrong things. Our peers might condemn us for that.
In those situations, however, you can remember that you are in good company. Jesus did that as well. He “wasted” time on the right people instead of being productive in the wrong things. The truth is that time spent on what God wants us to do is never wasted.
So, dear sister, go stop for the one. Go “waste” time on the people around you. Go spend your time wisely… not productively.
Stay tuned for part two coming next week! :)
Hey friends! I'm Livy, founder and designer of CLM. First and foremost I am a Christian, and besides that a stay at home daughter and Bible Bee Alumni. I love writing, drinking hot tea, crafting and connecting with friends. This is a place for me to share encouragement with you all. I hope you will enjoy your stay. :)