And I feel like my eyes are being opened up to so much. Some very profound things, some very simple things.
One thing I have been pondering is what I allow myself to be a slave to. All the people I am learning about who are modern day slaves, have no choice. Prostitution. Sweat shops. Desperation. Poverty. Devastation. War.
Me? My life is pretty easy when we're looking at the big picture.
And I am asking God what I need freedom from.
And then I feel really stupid. 'Cause it's things like facebook. And sugar. And my bad attitude. A poor body image. Fear of what people think. And my desire for a neat and tidy cute house.
I took facebook off my phone a couple months ago. Before, whenever I had a spare moment I was on the good ol' fb. Checking out what you are making for dinner tonight, how cute your baby was when she woke up this morning, or who was causing drama on the neighborhood facebook page again. Not all of it is pointless. Because I genuinely care when your little boy has had a fever for three days, how your honeymoon was, that you posted a new blog entry or that you're sick of your job... but it's getting in the way. And I could be managing my time better. And ugh. I hate admitting that.
I put Facebook back on my phone not too long ago. I manage so much on there.... Like my Trades of Hope page and our Urban Collective Trunk Show page. It's a big source of communication for me and my friends.
Balance. I need to balance it out. I need to be intentional about what I am doing on facebook and not do the mindless scrolling thing.
I'm trying to clear out the unnecessary stuff that gets in the way. (I feel like I am ALWAYS in this process.)
I want to take away the false comforts that somehow allow me to escape for a moment. It's okay to escape sometimes. But I'm trying to do that by listening to good music or by chatting with my mama or one of my girls.
I think it'll be easier now that we aren't stuck in the house for days at a time.
So, there it is. Our daily battles and slavery to the stupid things overwhelm us at times, but luckily we can claim power and victory over them if we really try.
Daily I am thankful for the freedom we experience. And daily I am reminded of those who suffer, stuck in bondage to circumstances they cannot control.
On Mother's Day I went to a march for the girls missing from Nigeria. I'll share some of the photos that were posted below.
|(photo by Renee Horsman)|
Pray for the missing girls. Pray that slavery ends. It's an overwhelming situation but there are things we can do.