Today I'd like to share a guest post from my friend, Anna.  We met at Allume last year and have since become blog buddies.  I admire how she approaches social media and value the braveness of this post. Join me in reading today? 

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An hour has passed and still nothing is done. The dishes are in the sink, floor is dirty, laundry is piling up in the hamper, and I feel terrible. “Why did I waste all of that time on pinterest? How can it already be three o’clock?!” Does this sound like you? It sure sounded like me just earlier this year. The power of pinterest is big, bigger than many would like to accept. We scour this photo-sharing site and look at page after page of perfect homes, parties, weddings, and meals. When we finally break from pinterest’s spell we’re left feeling unworthy and ashamed that our lives don’t look as beautiful as the ones we were just admiring. Unknowingly beautiful girls enviously repin photoshopped models, secretly aspiring to one day look as “perfect” as they do. They lose sight of their own unique beauty and begin to doubt the way God has created them. Now, don’t get me wrong, pinterest has some great ideas, and I have found many lovely blogs because of a pin I came across. However, I’m not willing to sacrifice my knowledge of truth, my worth in Christ, and my peace in the Spirit to maybe find a decent idea. We are bombarded, day after day, with images and lies telling us that we are not good enough. Why would we willingly spend our time on a website that further pushes us into that pit? Paul writes to the Philippians in chapter four, verses eleven to thirteen, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Earlier in verse eight he writes, “...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Do not give in to the power of pinterest, but be controlled by the power of the Holy Spirit; it is only then that you will have true life and peace (Romans 8:6). I’m writing to you today as a sister in Christ asking you, dear friend, do not believe the lies that you need to be better. Pinterest does not have the answers for a better life, Jesus does! Praying for you today as you fight this battle.

annaAnna offers virtual administrative services at where her husband, Ilya, also provides web design/development. She enjoys writing, mentoring, singing, reading, exercising, organizing, and keeping things neat and clean. Having gone through many trials during her childhood and teenage years, Anna hopes to be an encouragement, urging all to pursue Christ and realize that only in His presence is there fullness of joy.