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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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CEO Content Social Media Queen, Inc.

(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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But First, Coffee

Hi world. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a moment to sit down and write a little something on my own blog. I’ve been busy writing for my adorable clients, working hard in my business Content Social Media Queen.

So today, I thought I’d start the morning off with a little post about nothing other than the cool, caffeinated beverage that makes the world go round: COFFEE.

As you can see, I’m already almost done with my first cup. 😉

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One of my fave at-home drinks to make is a simple espresso. {I found this adorable espresso maker at a local salvation army for $5.}

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When I visited The Simple Farm in Arizona, I learned the art of slowing down, savoring a cup of morning coffee, and just taking a moment to pause and thank God for a new day.

Things have been crazy lately. I wake up at 6am, rush off to my new office space in Fullerton, and sit down to work. I get stuck in these ruts of “work, work work” ~ and although working is wonderful, it’s important to find balance and infuse each day with a bit of rest too.

So this morning, I’m doing just that! I like to call it a little “beauty break.”

I hope you join me now {even if it’s for five minutes} to meditate on the things you’re thankful for today while sippin’ on a cup of joe. Even though life is messy, there’s still bits of beauty we can take time to focus on. ❤

P.S. If you don’t have time necessarily to slow down, check out some of The Best Espresso Makers for a quick cup of joe that totally satisfies!

Cheers,

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Friends with Benefits {It’s Not What You Think}

I’ve been thinking lately. Well, I think too much. {All the time.} But lately, the theme of my thoughts has been surrounding the idea of relationships.

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✧ Relationship with myself.

✧ My relationship with nature.

✧ And relationships that I desire, but don’t yet have.

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Self

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I’ve been discovering the many benefits of befriending myself. Who knew that solo coffee dates could be so fulfilling? Instead of seeking out the attention from a man {yes, sometimes my daddy issues arise} I’m spending more time with myself. And it feels just about as good as this coffee tastes. Which is really good.

Nature

On the subject of nature ~ the new greenery sprouting from Santa Barbara soil is certainly a “high” point of my weekend. I took a weekend trip to get away from the ordinary and take sometime to look within {and also check out some pretty neat surroundings.}

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Desire

Sometimes I say to myself, “this moment would be so nice shared with someone.” Like when I’m on a hike. When I cook alone. Or cuddle on the couch with a blanket and flip on some Netflix.

Honestly, I never thought I’d be 29 and single.

I look around me, and lately the only thing I see are:

✧ smiling, lip locked couples

✧ cute babies

✧ and ring fingers weighed down by one shiny ass, insensitive rock

But…I realize that my desire for a dream guy is normal. And the desire need not be rushed. If I rush the dream guy, I’ll most likely end up with the guy, without the dreamy factor. Or worse yet, I’ll end up with only a dream and no guy. {Which would be closer to a nightmare.}

I’d rather wait {and wait, and wait} for someone who is my equal. And in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the benefits of alone time and breathing in the beauty of nature.

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♥ Bethany