Voices Of The Truth

In today’s secular culture, we are bombarded with different ideas and voices telling us what the world thinks we need to do, think, or say.

Unfortunately, those voices sometimes extend into the Christian arena. Some are easy to recognise as worldly however others are harder to discern and sound like they might be valid. 

One of the easiest ways we fall into listening to these voices, is by comparing ourselves to others. Especially on social media! Facebook and Instagram feeds have us seeing snapshots of others’ lives and feel like our own life falls woefully short. Even Sunday morning can look picture perfect: beautiful bedrooms, the best outfits. And if you have children, when yours are misbehaving, that is when everyone else’s kids look like angels. 

Comparison is the thief of joy, I just want to encourage you that things are not always what they seem.

Ladies remember that most of the time we are seeing carefully-curated photos, which show us glimpses of the cleanest parts of each other’s worlds. If we compare these glimpses to our own lives and listen to the voices that tempt us with some vision of attaining another woman’s perfection, we will, OF COURSE, feel discouraged. If you are like me, you might feel guilty and maybe over-achieve to make up for what you think is lacking. We do not want this!

What are you chasing? 

This is definitely not what Christ has intended for our lives. Chasing someone else’s perfection is really exhausting and unattainable. Obedience is what He has called us to. We need to follow Him, listening to His voice.  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27 NIV).

We are called to chase after the perfection of Christ. To see His vision for our lives in the big picture, the Kingdom picture. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well“(Matt 6:33 NIV). That Kingdom picture is so much bigger and more glorious than the tiny hints we see in each other’s lives on social media. 

I love to see Godly, mature women and strive to be like them, to seek out their teaching and counsel, and be mentored by them (Titus 2:3-5). But we need to be careful of putting their example and lives above the Word, or again, comparing where they are in their physical and spiritual lives with where we are. They have walked a longer path than we have, and their lives are going to look very different from ours. 

What are you hearing? 

Ladies, it is not wrong to admire our friends’ pictures and these snapshots of their lives, but when we go to social media, we have to guard ourselves. We have to learn how to discern the truth from the lies in the voices we hear. Evaluate what you are hearing with Scripture. God is faithful, and the Holy Spirit will convict us through His Word. 

The enemy wants us to believe lies so we take our eyes off Christ, and fix them on our social media feed, finding our security, satisfaction and confidence there. He would have us listen to the voices that make us feel guilty about all the ways we aren’t measuring up to our friends. He will tempt us to be prideful about the ways we think we are better than they are. 

Putting on  something implies that we probably need to take something off, or put something away from us. When it comes to social media, the thing we need to put off is the collective voice of the world. Remember in the bible it tells us toSet your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2 NIV). As believers, when we pick up our phones to scroll social media, we are called to put to death covetousness (v. 5) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (3:10 NIV). 

If we are seeking out the truth to apply it to our lives, we need to dwell on God’s Word. This is so we can discern which voice is the one we need to heed. By doing this, it enables us to hear His voice clearly over the voices that inundate us daily. 

Gospel truth for your social media feed 

Above all, God’s grace abounds daily in our lives. We come to the Father through Jesus the Son. He gives us peace and washes our guilt and pride away. Jesus says to us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6 NJKV) His is the voice we listen to. 

So go ahead and like the Instagram photos. But ask yourself, who are you going to listen to today? What voices are you going to say ‘no’ to? 

Lift your eyes to Jesus. Go to His word. Pray daily. Hear Him calling out to you and finally, listen to the voice of Truth.

Let me know your thoughts below!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Dear Beloved Woman,

confident woman in Christ

Dear Beloved Woman,

Growing up as a woman is not the easiest thing to do. Though it has been said so many times, unless you actually go through it, you would not understand how deep it truly is. We go through so many stages in life from as early as eight years old to as young as fifty. It is a lot to take on if you are not prepared and whoever is?

For years I believed that confidence was only available for those who were born with it.

Growing up I never felt confident. In groups of people, I would feel shy and nervous, standing up in front of the class was an absolute NO, I could not think of anything worse. When teachers would put me on the spot, I would be stuttering and pretty much want the ground to swallow me up.

In my late teens and early twenties would be when I decided it was time for me to really sort this self-confidence thing out!

Listening to one of my favourite podcasts at the moment Preach It Sis, had me thinking about my own personal journey to getting my confidence to where it is now.

Being born a woman is beauty and strength already in itself. We are women dripping in wisdom, God has said she is more precious that rubies, absolutely nothing can be compared to it (Proverbs 3:15-16). “She” referenced in those verses actually refers back to wisdom in verse 13, meaning that wisdom is more precious than rubies and nothing can compare with her. I absolutely love the idea that “she” referring to a woman is more precious than rubies as well, and I think that although that is a true statement relating to our worth as a daughter of God, these verses specifically reference wisdom.

Take the time to know who you are in Christ, that will then give you the confidence to do or be anything!

I just want to encourage you to let that confidence radiate from the inside out and trust that you will notice a better change in yourself. There are a number of young women who suffer from depression because they feel they do not fit the standard of beauty constantly being portrayed. We have heard the news of young girls committing suicide because someone they knew or maybe even did not know was constantly making fun of them. That does not have to happen anymore. As we have seen this past year, depression is an issue that even celebrities have and can end up taking a turn for the worst. Some fail to realise how serious it is and how easily it can be triggered.

As women, please realise the only way to live an honestly happy and productive life is to first be CONFIDENT in yourself inside out and outside in. You will push yourself to the limits because of the confidence God has given you!

Look yourself in the mirror, know that you are made in the image of our Heavenly father. You are unique, beautiful, and was created with grace. Sometimes we as women become lost, lost in our world of chaos. Sometimes we forget to be still, and we move so fast into something else. Be still, patient, and be present in the moment that you are experiencing. Give all your worries to God because He cares for you. Give your prayer life a boost. He never puts you through anything you can not handle. Allow Him to lead, and you follow!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Ephesians 2:10

Love,

Liz Fashanu

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Healthy Tips To Try This Week

Every week, we start with the best of intentions…and then things get stressful and we ditch our dreams of packed lunches, walking to work and getting enough sleep.

I am a woman who likes to try new things additionally I think it is important to switch things up. It is very easy for us to get into a routine of doing certain things on certain days each week. Some may work well for us, however, others can probably be replaced with more meaningful habits.

Instead of trying to overhaul the entire week – focus on one small thing a day. These little changes really add up!

This post is to give inspiration of how to switch up your week little by little.

MONDAY

Although we would probably all prefer extra time to sleep. There is no better way than starting a Monday off than to wake up 1-2 hours earlier to work on tasks to make your day less stressful.

TUESDAY

Journaling, whether that be prayer journaling or bullet journaling. Hopefully, by now you have realised that it is my thing! I can not stress the importance of writing down your thoughts, I have about six notebooks complete with my thoughts, prayer ideas and emotions. It just makes me feel so much better once it’s written down on paper. Try it!

WEDNESDAY

Pray for longer than you usually do. Be intentional about your time with God. To be honest, I would recommend doing this every day.

THURSDAY

Yoga. Since I’ve started yoga, my body has really thanked me for it. You can use classes that are part of your gym membership or be like me and prefer to do Yoga at home with YouTube as a guide. Yoga With Adriene, she is amazing!

FRIDAY

Go for a long walk or even a run if you are really up for the challenge.

SATURDAY

Have a night in. Guys, there’s actually food at home! All my girls know I would take a night in with them over a night out. There is nothing wrong with staying at home on a Saturday night. With some Netflix and home-cooked dinner, sounds like the perfect evening to me plus we get to save our coins too.

SUNDAY

Eat some chocolate. Did you know chocolate can improve your cognitive performance? Ha, so why not?

Let me know below if you are thinking of trying any of the tips or have any to recommend for us!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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