Happy August! Can anyone tell me why summer 2017 decided to come and go so quickly? I got back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the beginning of June and poof, two months later we are almost at fall. For the first time in 3.5 years, I took a summer vacation from blogging! It didn’t start off as an intentional break. I had weeks worth of photo content from my 8 days in Mexico, but distractions kept me from sitting down at the computer to write about my travels. Between wedding research, the biggest sale of the year at work, and attempting to go to the OC Fair each day it was open, the days and weeks kept escaping me! Doesn’t it always start off as “I’ll do it tonight,” then turns into “I’ll do it tomorrow,” which turns into “I’ll do it when I have the spare time.”
Even though I had the time to write, I chose to binge watch shows I wanted to catch up on and let Instagram get the best of my time. It reached a point where I decided I needed a 2 week hiatus from Netflix and social media as a whole to refocus my attention. The free time I was creating was intended to get back into blogging, but because of my lack of digging into God’s Word, I was feeling uninspired and disconnected! I needed to read the Bible more regularly. It’s as simple as that! I finished 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament and started reading a Christian book called Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst (more to come on this book in upcoming posts). I constantly need the reminder that you have to fuel yourself before you can fuel others.
To be honest, I was feeling hypocritical about sharing God’s Word when I wasn’t in the World myself. It’s far too easy to let Satan’s distractions pull you from God and I didn’t fight hard enough to regain time with the Lord this summer. If I’m being honest, I am still not in a ‘full’ place allowing the Holy Spirit to fill me with the inspiration I am desperate for, but I knew the first step I need to break the habit of pushing off being the Style Servant is to just sit down and share where I am at! I am human and I know that sharing my spiritual vulnerability will help me grow closer to you guys and to God.
Galatians 5, verses 16-17 state, “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.” Satisfying the flesh doesn’t always mean temptation into obvious sin, but sometimes satisfying the flesh means sitting down to watch T.V. instead of sitting down to read the Bible. Satisfying the flesh can be cramming in lunch plans instead of creating quiet time to pray. When you walk by the spirit, you won’t be kept from doing the things you want to do. I want to keep my eyes fixated on Jesus and use what’s left of summer to feel full of the Holy Spirit.
Stay tuned! Next week I’ll be sharing the details of my travels in Puerto Vallarta!
* This outfit is my own (nothing was borrowed or gifted for this post)
Vintage Dress- The Den Laguna
Sandals- Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s shop HERE
Beaded Bag & Sunnies from Spain- Thanks to John’s Mom! (Similar Styles linked below)