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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

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Buzzfeed, Words and Gospel Community

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I have a love/hate relationship with Buzzfeed.

You know what I mean? On the one hand they have revolutionized time-wasting on the internet with ridiculously fun quizzes, articles and videos. They excel in telling stories with photos and appealing to the part in us that loves to be visually stimulated. I mean, for real though, they recognized that little visual-loving human component and capitalized. Am I right or am I right?

If you go to Buzzfeed, you will *see* the great extent to which they are visually driven. Memes, photos, cute puppies frolicking, screenshots of tumblr posts, short and hilarious videos, bright colors, lists upon lists (be still my Type-A heart) and so many cats.

We are an optically-sensitive generation that loves to take in information through images.

This is also why I hate Buzzfeed.

My journalistic heart that loves words and strengthening the imagination to make its own images through them cannot stand our ever-shortening attention spans that love to be entertained with images instead of sentences and paragraphs.

Have you noticed that social media is primarily a place for sharing links and photos now? I love Instagram but I wonder if seeing a thousand words confined in one image has hurt our ability to slowly process through a thousand actual words?

But this is the world we live in.

We prefer Instagrams over paragraphs, tweets over blogs and videos over documents.

(Somewhere in here is another blog about loving what we can see more than we love the Word of life, but that’ll be for another day.)

All of that to say, here is my attempt to bring some Gospel application in the Buzzfeed layout we all love.

I hope you’re encouraged and pushed toward Christ, the image of the invisible God, through the following photos.

And while you’re at it, share some of them on social media. You know you want to.

For the images, visit the original post here.

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