30 Day Cleanse Recap!!

lightstock_366519_download_medium_moriah_faithAlrighty, folks! It’s time for the big “I’m a better person now and maybe next time we’ll all go vegan” post!!

So, if any of you weren’t aware, on December 23rd I challenged myself to 30 days of cleansing my life. And in case you weren’t fooled before, it was more of a “discovering my weaknesses” challenge.

I had set the ending date on the day of my SAT test (it went well, Praise God!) and included studying for that as an educational challenge in addition to the health, fitness, spiritual growth, social media fast, and general life reassessment *ahem*

My first step, as you may remember, was quitting the job that I had for the last year. Thankfully the transition to being unemployed has been amazing for my emotional well-being. Not so much for my bank account, but anyways. That post is coming later this week. 🙂

The health and fitness part was an interesting challenge because I’m a total foodie AND stress eater. However, my love for running seems to make up for that… for the most part. My siblings and friends dragged me out nearly every day for a 4+ mile run. I was kind of a failure with the muscle fitness routine I had planned (sorry, Hannah😢) but did get in quite a few workouts.

On to the social media fast. My main reason for doing this was to eliminate stress and to get back the time I would spend scrolling through other peoples business. I was about 95% succesful with that. I experienced less stress and spent more time doing things like writing, running, and talking to people in real life. The funny thing is, a LOT of people got engaged, married and had babies in those 30 days! Thanks, Facebook.

Now here’s the Jesus part! And I really hope you’re still reading. God has done some seriously cool things in my life this last month! He moved in hearts during coffee dates where acquaintances became new friends and old friends became closer friends because Jesus was there. He brought me to meeting several new people through unusual circumstances. There was even a total “God moment” where I found myself holding a friend who was bawling on my shoulder for ten minutes. A week later, she and I got to talk about how God was already using some really terrible situations in her life for good! What’s more? Over the last weeks, I’ve sensed God’s presence so much more. I’ve felt His smile in the sunshine and the rain and the sunsets that dip below the treeline. As a penpal of mine wrote me today “the difference is Jesus.” The difference is always Jesus.

So, I just wanted to give y’all a couple of examples of ways that we can tweek our daily routines to live healthier, happier lives and serve our God better! Always remember, the better YOU are doing physically/emotionally/spiritually, the more you can improve your environment and the living quality of those around you!

Is there something small that you want to challenge yourself with in this next month? Leave your thoughts in the comments!!

Blessings,

Moriah

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2:19 pm

Twas the day before Christmas.

I was hiding behind my computer screen trying to come up with something brilliant. I had to get this post out before Christmas.

Writers block had been hindering my thought process for some time and the excitement of the holidays was really getting to me. I had to make something up. Like they say, “Fake it till you make it.”

I began thinking about how we hide behind this mask of the internet and social media. We create an image of who we want people to think we are. We try to look smarter, happier or stronger than we really are because we think people will respect us more. It’s a facade.

Facade – an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.

I wondered, how can I relate this to Christmas?

Then it hit me. Jesus did exactly the opposite when He came to this earth.

Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man He humbled Himeself…”

Our amazing, all-powerful, all-knowing God came down to us as the Christ child. “Illegitimately” born in a dirty barn in Bethlehem into a carpenters family. That’s pretty humbling.

He could’ve been born into a royal family and shown His power from day one. He could’ve ridden into Jeruselam in a golden chariot. He could’ve reigned as a king on the earth and forced everyone to worship Him.

But that’s not how God works. He chose a young teenage girl who had commited herself to doing His will to bring forth the little life that would save our souls. He chose a humble carpenter to help raise His one and only Son.

Luke 14:11 “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

In light of this, how are we to celebrate Christmas? Surely not by superficial festivity with a barrage of self-gratifying nonsense and somehow relating it all to the birth of Christ. Because honestly, Christmas must be something more.

I want to challenge all of us (myself included) to rethink our concept of Christmas. Let’s not put up a facade and just try to make it to the new year. Let’s be humble and celebrate the real things. Not some made up story, but THE story of how God saved the world using people like me and you.