A Better Life

If you’re like the average person in the world, you’re probably addicted to your phone.

If you’re like me, you probably hate how addicted you are to your phone, but you feel powerless and lazy to change it.

Smartphones are an incredible thing. Who would have ever thought that someday we would be able to have a mini computer, a good quality camera, games, and the ability to contact people all within one small device? It’s amazing, isn’t it?

But as amazing as smartphones are, they’re equally evil, if not more so.

They suck you in no matter what age you are. No matter how many times you watched someone else on their phone and said, “I’m never going to be like that!” you eventually find yourself mirroring exactly how they were with their phone.

The phones entrap you. They keep you from conversing with others, from spending quality time with loved ones, from reading a good book that you can hold in your hand and actually turn the pages on, from doing fun activities, and so on.

Phones are also a danger. While driving, people text, take phone calls, check Instagram and Facebook, and who knows what else. This causes serious accidents and people get hurt or die.
Also while walking where cars are driving by, people are looking down at their phones and nearly get hit. I’ve seen it so many times.

I realize, that for me personally, the majority of my time is spent on my phone. Whether I’m texting or mindlessly refreshing an app, I am always on it.

Why do I close an app and reopen it instantly even though I know nothing’s changed?

Why do I check the weather app a hundred times a day for no reason at all?

Why do I mindlessly scroll through my camera roll?

Why do I have to check for new blog posts while I’m watching a movie or doing something?

Why can’t I put my phone down?

The answer is simple, my friends.

1. Contentment – We think that if we are bored out of our minds that our phones will make us content. We’ll have fun with our phones. We’ll be entertained. We’ll read something interesting. But in all reality, it doesn’t make us content. It only makes us thirst for more and more and the more that happens, the further sucked in we become.

2. Identification – I think just about anyone who has a smartphone has social media, am I right? Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, whatever. Social media isn’t just so you can see what everyone else is up to. It’s not about the other person. It’s all about YOU. It’s about you liking a post, you commenting on a post first, you receiving a reply, you receiving likes and comments on your posts. You want people to react and to like what you have to say. In doing that – you are seeking acceptance and identification. You think that if all these people like what you’re saying, then you’re cool and are finding identification in them. You’re constantly checking to see if someone liked or commented on something you posted. When you get one – it’s not enough. You need more. If it’s just the one like or the one comment you get, you feel depressed. Like no one likes what you have to say. And so you move to another source in your phone to make you feel better.

3. Obsession – Ultimately, your phone grows into an unhealthy obsession that you can’t shake. All your contentment and pleasure is embedded in your phone. All your identification is in the social media. And so you have to be on your phone all day to be entertained or to feel accepted.

Now, I’m not saying that everyone is like this, but I think that this is true for a lot of people. It’s true for me. Is it true for you?

Let’s go through those three words again with a Godly perspective:

1. Contentment – We can only be perfectly content and satisfied through God. He is everything we need and yet we don’t run to Him, even knowing that. He can bring us ultimate joy, ultimate satisfaction, and make us feel loved and cherished.
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7
Instead of running after our phones and the millions distractions in it, we should be running after God and righteousness. We should learn how to be content in Christ alone rather than in our phones.

2. Identification – We are identified in Christ alone. We are children of God. He calls us friend, sons, and daughters. We are loved, made pure, redeemed, forgiven, accepted – isn’t this what we want? We have it already! We don’t need to run to our phones for that!
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1

3. Obsession – We are not to be obsessed by anything in this world. We should only obsess over our Heavenly Father who has done wondrous things for us and whom we are called to serve.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

Friends, we can overcome our obsession and addiction to our phones.

My friends, Hershey, Cookie, and I all agreed that this summer we were going to use our phones less. We put all our distracting apps into a folder way on the last page so that they would be hidden from us. So far I am realizing that I’m happier without it. I’m only using my phone to text my friends and for music. I can not believe the change I see already! Without me mindlessly doing things on my phone, I am happier because I am doing more that is worth while!

When I first agreed to do this, I felt scared. Like I wouldn’t be able to do it. But Hershey said, “You’ve done it before.”
So I started to list things that I could do to keep myself busy this summer. And I realized just how much I can do NOW that I haven’t been doing ALL this time! When I’m bored – there ARE things I can do, but instead I choose to be on my phone! I’ve been wasting my life away wrapped up in a screen instead of reading a good book, doing a craft, cleaning, working out, and so on. I felt so disgusted with myself and my phone that I wanted to throw my phone. I feel like I haven’t been living my life. And that’s pretty sad.

Have you heard the song Chain Breaker by Zach Williams? There’s a line in it that says:
“We all run to things we know just ain’t right, when there’s a better life.”

For me, that’s mostly my phone. I’m running to my phone when there are so many better and worthwhile things I could be doing.

This summer, I am choosing a better life, or rather, I’m choosing LIFE! And I hope so very much that by the time summer comes to a close, I will be in a new habit and be able to resist my phone more and to choose to do other things instead. Because being on a phone all day isn’t living.

What about you? Are you addicted to your phone? Do you want freedom from this prison? All you have to do is make the first move and with the power of God in you, the rest will be done.

“If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison shaking Savior. If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.”

~Jaclynn~

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Fear of the Future

If you are a teenager or a pre-teen on their way to becoming a teenager, the chances are, you have some fears about the future.

The world around us has influenced our minds to make us believe that “at this age we should dress like this,” “at this age we should talk like this,” “at this age we should have a boyfriend,” and the list goes on.

With all these voices around us it can make us feel pressured and even fearful. We start to feel like we have to be or act a certain way to please others and sometimes we give in. We do that out of fear because we don’t want to feel like a black sheep in our flock of friends.

Before I turned 18 I was really afraid. Afraid of becoming an adult and all the responsibility and changes that would occur because I reached a certain age. I allowed the influences and expectations of the world to get in my head and make me feel like I had to be different when I became an adult.

“I have to get a job,” “I have to learn how to drive,” “I have to act differently,” “I don’t feel ready,” “I’m not an adult,” “I can’t do this,” – these were some thoughts that were circling in my head constantly. I was terrified of the future and what it would mean for me to become an adult all because of the influences in the world.

But I’m here today to tell you that it’s okay.


Between talks with my mom, prayers to God, and talks with family and friends, I was able to get past my fear.

When I turned 18 I didn’t feel any different. There were no sudden pushes of responsibility or expectations. I was the same and I still am.

Just because you turn 13, or 16, or 18, or 21 – it doesn’t mean that your entire world is going to change or that you have to be any different. Not right away at least. They’re just numbers. They don’t determine how mature you are – what does is your character – how you respond to situations, how you treat others, the choices you make in day to day life, and so on.

Your whole world isn’t going to suddenly change because the number of your age changes. It’s a gradual process and it’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, I personally find it strange and exciting now. It’s an adventure and, boy! is it a crazy and fun one full of ups and downs. Each road you take leads you somewhere different and the experiences you have there will mold you into the person God created you to be.

I am going to say, though, that I am still a little afraid of the future. It’s unknown, a blank page. A road where I cannot see the end, but as long as I keep my feet on the narrow path and my eyes lifted to God, I can know and trust that everything will be okay. Because even if life doesn’t go as I had thought or “planned”, God has a bigger, better plan in store for you and for me.

So don’t be afraid, my friends. Don’t listen to the voices around you. The world, our friends, etc. – they don’t control us. We should only be focused on pleasing God, not others just so we can fit in and feel “normal.” As Christians we are meant to stand out from the crowd. We should look different. We should act different. We should dress different. Because if we don’t, we are only showing that we are like everyone else – a part of the world. But we are not of this world. Be the black sheep in the flock because even though others might see you that way, God sees you white because you are shining His light and bringing glory to Him.

Though the road ahead is long and full of trials and sometimes you may fall in a pit, God is by your side leading you every step of the way and He is there to lift you up when you are weak, for He is strong. <3

“…Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


~Jaclynn~

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His Blueprints~ Journal Entry #3

Hi everyone! I got a little behind on doing my journal, but I did it today, so here I am with my entry! :)

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Before we were saved we had blueprints that caused us to sin and do evil things. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we were given new blueprints that were for following God and serving Him alone.

We still have the old blueprints, though which gives us a choice – to serve our flesh and fall into sin or to serve Christ and have a peace and joy that goes beyond all understanding.

As Christians – sons and daughters of the King – we should be seeking to please Him and Him alone. God is my Father and as I wish to please my earthly father so also should I wish to please my Heavenly Father. 

This means that I have to choose my God given blueprints so I can serve Him properly and throw away the old ones – dying to myself and the desires of my flesh to live in Christ and fulfill the desires He has for me.

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“…His blueprints, not her elementary scribbling; God’s assignment, not her foolish plans…”

~Jaclynn~

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Journey Away from Rituals ~Journal Entry #2

Hi everyone! I hope you all are well :) I’m here again with another journal entry – I hope you enjoy it :)

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Sometimes I do feel like I’m spending time with God or listening to praise music out of routine and not really because I want to. 

I want to be in a place where my main focus is Jesus and trying to please Him and Him alone. I think part of getting to that place is by routine. Forcing yourself to indulge in God’s Word on a daily basis until you feel like you have to do it – not out of duty, but because of your intimate love for Jesus and your desire to learn more about Him and what He has to say. 

People in a relationship devote their entire being to each other – all they can think about is their true love and their deepest desire is to please each other and learn more about who they are. 

As Christians our true love is God and we should be devoting our heart and soul and time to Him so that we can learn, serve, and love Him more.

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“Has your faith been a lifeless ritual rather than a vital love relationship with Jesus?”


~Jaclynn~

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Fulfillment ~Journal Entry #1

I got a book recently called Lady in Waiting – it’s about becoming the right woman while you wait for the right man to come. This book was absolutely amazing and now I’m doing the journal that was included in the expanded edition of the book. It takes sections from the chapters and gives you space to journal your thoughts. And I thought that I would share with you what I write down and at the end I will put a quote from the book :)

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Single or married, man or woman, young or old – we all have unrealistic expectations that “fill in the blank” will make us happy. Maybe it will for a time, but ultimately God is the One who fulfills us, sustains, completes, and satisfies us. 

I have thought myself that being in a relationship would make me happy and complete. Sadly, no one here on earth can completely satisfy us – they will always let us down and prove to be a disappointment in some way or another. 

However sad this may be, it’s nothing to be upset about because we have God – He loves us, cherishes us, strengthens us, upholds us – He is everything. He is all that we need. He makes us complete – we only have to be willing to accept that and strong enough to never let the smallest doubt sway us from the truth.

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“Fulfillment for a Christian woman begins with the Lordship of Christ in every area of her life.”

~Jaclynn~

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