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How Apple Watch Introduced Me to My Neighbor

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So yesterday, I was laying in bed like a lazy chick. (Ok, not that lazy…I had a LONG day of filming and was on my feet all day.) But – I glance at my Apple Watch and notice I haven’t met my goal yet for my daily activity. So I say to myself,  “Self, let’s go on a walk with your activity App.” I strap on my shoes, start a new workout on my watch, and start my walk in my neighborhood.

After about 5 minutes of walking, I stumbled upon a neighbor playing basketball. I introduced myself being the extrovert that I am. He asked me – “you just on a stroll?”

“Why Yes” I told him – “I’m trying to get my steps in cuz: I’m 30, single, and working on my beach bod. Plus, my Apple Watch reminded me.”

Well, guess what?! He flicks his wrist and shows off….HIS NEW APPLE WATCH TOO!

We immediateLY became Best friends. soul sisters. Watch Warriors. Apple Aficionados. Whatever you want to call it – we made a watch match.

This led to an hour of playing basketball, conversations about life, and meeting his other (single!!!) guy roommates. Too much fun to say the least.

Just had to share my story with you. Thank you, Apple Watch, for introducing me to cool people. If I end up marrying the guy, you’ll get a part 2 of this letter. And an invite to the wedding.

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(I signed up for a business account with Apple too! Yay.)

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Rewriting Psalm 143 – Great Exercise!

So, I was having a hard time connecting with God recently. I would pray and read my Bible, but I just felt like I was on auto-pilot. I got easily distracted and often forgot what I read (even in the middle of a sentence!) If I started praying, I’d quickly find myself crossing off items on my grocery list in my head, without actually ever finishing the prayer.

Thankfully a friend suggested I make one small change – and I can honestly say it has changed my prayer life dramatically! Instead of just reading the bible, she encouraged me to rewrite each verse in my own words.

When I sat down, took the time to read each word and then rewrite it in my own words, it’s like the Bible came to life in whole new way. I think it’s true that God speaks to us all in different ways – which is why I think this exercise is so helpful for anyone. When you rewrite the verses and then read them back to yourself – it’s like reading a story written JUST FOR YOU.

Check out the example I did below. I hope this exercise helps you to connect with God more fully too. Enjoy!

Today I translated Psalm 143

{you can do any chapter}

Here’s the original scripture:

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

Here’s my translation:

Hey God, it’s me!
    are you listening?
You are faithful and righteous, it’s true.
    please, open your ears to hear me.
I know you are righteous to judge
    and no man on earth is above you.
But the truth is, I know the enemy is prowling around
    he lurks around and threatens me
he wants to lure me into darkness
    into a place that is quiet and dead.
And my spirit within me is growing weak
    my heart literally feels broken
I remember good days from long ago
    And even now I meditate on Your greatness
    and think about the amazing things you have created
I open my arms to you
    I thirst for your truth like dry land

7 Please don’t wait
    alone, I will fail
Don’t be quiet,
    or else I fear I will whither away
As the morning dawns, may I be reminded of your unceasing LOVE
    no matter what, my trust is in YOU
Give me a sign – where should I take my next step?
    I will surrender my life over and over again for you.
Keep me safe from people who want me to fail
    in you, I’m protected
10 Please teach me to do YOUR will
    and remind me there’s no other God but YOU.
Holy spirit within me
    keep me level headed

11 Your name is above all other names Lord. Preserve me.
    In your righteousness, align me with Your will.
12 Show your great love for me and guard me from people who hate me.
    If anyone is against you, don’t let them propsper
    I just want to serve you…

 

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Bible Verse of the Day – Stupid Sins!

Keep Me From Stupid Sins

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“…Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭19:11-14‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Simple enough, right? I literally almost laughed out loud today when I read “stupid sins” – mostly because it’s so true. Sins really are pretty stupid. I can’t think of a better descriptive word.

I hope that this little excerpt will stick with you throughout the day today. May you be washed clean of the sins that try so stealthily to stick to you, and may you be comforted by the truth that Jesus has died to set you free from them. And to set you free from repeating the ones that want to cling so closely.

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Before God was an Atheist…

Before I was a Christian, there pulsed within my blood an innate desire to scrutinize those who were…or at least people who had these “ridiculous” beliefs about some master of our universe…and what about other universes? Maybe there was a different God assigned to that one. I always gave credit to myself for being too smart to be conned into a rigid belief system that I assumed denied science and rational thought. Plus, I was happy thinking that if God gave me a mind to think, why would he punish me for using mine to deny his existence and embrace wordly concepts?

I was fond of philosophy, humor and cussing – which I confess, has yet to change now that I know God.

I thought that pursuing a religion or faith meant I had to give up the reality I had created for myself and the control I thought I had. Now, I can look back and see how God was working in my life, even when I never knew of his existence. Sometimes a flood of gratitude sweeps over my body and I’m hurled into a sea of tears. My world was like an Alice in Wonderland playground. My curiosity led to disaster, unanswered illusions, and complete chaos.

Now that I am a Christian, I struggle every day to die to myself. Those years of compounded beliefs that denied my savior come up to haunt me still. It’s a constant battle with myself to let go of the reigns and let God guide my path.
Just because I believe in God, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in science.

Just because I believe in God, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in this world.

Just because I believe in God, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in myself.

I believe in God who created science, conquered this world, and gave me breath to live out His plan.

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The Chronicles of Cancer

There are days we forget and let the ocean breeze take over

There are moments we remember, like the haze of October

We can ride our bikes all day long but we won’t ever escape

The change that it’s made in our life’s landscape

What was once uncharted mountains and glorious skies

Turned colder and darker – sometimes the sun didn’t rise

The rolling hills sunk and the soft willows wept

Hard pelts of rain crashed and our hearts quickly leapt

Echoes of fear washed over our flesh

In chilling triumphs, putting comfort to death

The fight was short and completely dreadful

Leaving as much faith to fill a measly hand full

Weaker in strength but stronger in will

The battle forfeited, it could not kill

Low in moral but high on life

The second time around we’ll do right

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The Loss

I was once your flower and now I’m a weed
Clogging creativity and making you bleed
Stunting your growth and pulling you away
From life you love and where you want to stay
I’m sorry my love, I never wanted any of this
I wanted nothing but you, your touch, your kiss
I’m asking for too much, over and over
I’m no longer your flower, not even a clover
Just a tumble weed who’s lost its way
Brittle and broken, and gone astray

You were never my friend, I wanted you to be
I molded you into the person for me
I took your plans and made them mine
I thought that we’d always be just fine
You exhausted yourself changing for me
Weathered, you tried, but lost being free
I clipped your wings and you couldn’t fly
You tried, I cried and we kept asking why
I always wanted you, I even sacrificed me
You did the same, we never felt free
Our dedication to one another
Caused our own lives to suffer
We wanted to mend it, to hold it together
To find ways to ignore it or make it better
Allowing it to grow more and quickly spread
Is what fills me up with absolute dread
Is it benign or is it malicious?
Can we recover with just a few stitches?

I won’t ever give up, I keep searching for ways
To recover and build clarity from all the haze
Next time I’m sad, I won’t let you know
I’ll hold it inside, and hope it won’t grow
I’ll tend to it like a hopeless garden
I won’t quench it’s thirst, I’ll let it harden
It won’t grow any roots, I’ll starve it to death
I won’t feed it at all, it’ll never take a breath

 

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“We Don’t Know How to Twitter”

So, if you didn’t know – Netflix still has this semi-ancient subscription option for people like my mom. Apparently you can order DVD’s in the mail and they ship them directly to you.

I imagine it’s kinda like reading a book. I haven’t quite had the experience myself, but I heard from my grandma that there’s something thrilling about turning the pages of a good book, catching its distinct booky scent, and whatnot.

In the same sense, with #DVDme, subscribers get the enchanting experience of opening up their DVD, feeling the crisp cold disc in their hands, and pressing that ever so satisfying play button as they await their movie fate.

Call me crazy, but you know how all these old school styles are coming back to haunt us…like overalls and those audaciously short skirts like Cher rocked in Clueless? Well, it may be 2018 but I think this DVD thing that Netflix has goin’ on is here to stay.

I mean, they even have a Twitter account.

To entice subscribers even more, they’ve invented a fun mad-libs type game where you can fill in a bunch of words to create silly stories, and share them using the hashtag #DVDme. How do I know this? My mom called me admitting, “We don’t know how to Twitter, but can you please share our (her and my dad’s) story?”

My favorite thing in the world is that my mom literally said – “We don’t know how to Twitter.”

I love her so much. Anyways – I of course tweeted her cute story, and guess what?

DVD Netflix retweeted her!

She’s basically internet famous.

I called her this morning to divulge the good news, to which she responded with, “what’s a retweet?”

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🙂

Bethany