Taking 3 weeks off of blogging was a hard move for me emotionally, yet incredibly rejuvenating! Let me tell you why! I kicked off March by attending my monthly meeting with Marketplace Women of Orange County- a networking group that encourages and inspires women to integrate their professional, personal and spiritual lives and change the Marketplace. The topic that morning was on Biblical Guidelines for Social Media. Are you wondering how your faith and social media can coexist? I was too! I began Style Servant with the purpose of sharing my faith through fashion blogging, but I am totally guilty of getting wrapped up in the black hole that is social media.
Hours go by when scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, and then I realize, ‘Oh shoot. Now I don’t have time to read a book or work on my Bible Study.’ However, there are so many great ways to use social media platforms to be a light in a potentially negative feed. With that being said, I would never tell someone, or myself, to quit social media cold turkey. Here are a few key guidelines that help us evaluate our communication and apply biblical standards.
1. Listen before you like
Scroll, like. Scroll, like. Scroll, like. How easy is it to scroll though social media and just ‘like’ EVERY SINGLE posting? If I am the only one, then gosh I need to stop that! It’s vital to be genuine in our ‘likes,’ but more importantly, what does ‘liking’ a photo symbolize to the world? That we condone what the person posted and that might not always be the case. I do my best to avoid ‘liking’ anything on social media in regards to politics. I do my best to avoid ‘liking’ photos of young and impressionable teens who may be wearing something that is sure cute, but scandalous for their age. I do my best to avoid ‘liking’ something that may point people away from God. Be in tune with the Lord and listen to Him if He tells you not to like something!
2. Contemplate before you comment
Comments speak louder than likes, just like actions speak louder than words. If you comment on someone’s post, you REALLY have something to say. My advice for this tidbit is to keep you words positive, uplifting, encouraging, and pleasing to the Lord.
3. Pray before you post
Wow. This guideline really shook me to the core. I have been blogging for over 3 years and it has been so routine that I don’t ask God what I should be writing each week. As much as I love to share my outfit details and new seasonal trends, I want to dive deeper with my readers! I want you to take something applicable away from each one of my posts. I hope to teach you, encourage you, uplift you, and bring a light to your day. I 100% need to pray before I post and ask God to speak through me!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” -Psalms 19:14
What we type on the internet or on social media should be taken as seriously as if we were saying it to the Lord. We should be seeking His approval. Would Jesus ‘like’ what I ‘like?’ Would Jesus comment what I commented on? Would Jesus just share my post?
Listen. Contemplate. Pray.
Give the glory to God!
Photography by Marc Downing
Now that I have revamped the blog, I am inspired to share in each post if the clothes I am wearing came from my closet or if I partnered with a retailer, sponsored or not. This Elie Tahari dress was a hand-me-down from my old roommate and is about three years old… maybe even older! What’s funny about this dress is that she is 5’7, and I am 5’1, and the dress fits the both of us! It should be no shocker that I love the bold colors in the dress. To tone down the look, I wore my BP brand rose gold heels. I bought these shoes for my engagement photos (which I haven’t taken yet), but I have been wearing them with EVERYTHING.
My jewelry from this look was from my most recent Rocksbox shipment! I asked for green jewels for the month of March and I loved every single piece from this collection! I have been partnering with Rockbox for over 6 months now. If you are new to the blog or need a refresher about this subscription service, let me break it down for you, because you NEED it in your life! When you sign up for Rocksbox (it’s only $21 a month), you unlock access to unlimited jewelry!
Their most popular brands are Kendra Scott, Gorjana, Slate, House of Harlow, and Lauren Hope. Once enrolled, you are partnered with a stylist who gets to know your style. Then you add about 3o items to your wish list and your stylist sends you three items at a time. If you love those items, you can wear them for as long as you want. I like to send my pieces back monthly so that I can continue to refresh my jewelry wardrobe. If you want to buy a piece from your set, they offer you a discounted price for being a member AND you get to apply your $21 subscription fee towards your item! YES… the $21 becomes a credit! Such a steal!
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Have a blessed week!
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