Last night I was surfing the web looking for ways to promote my blog. I will admit I stay up late almost every night working on something. It can be anywhere from how to increase traffic to your blog, how to take better Instagram pictures (I am so addicted), to sketching a Le Rae Events' wedding (maybe my personal fave), to working on ideas for our "top secret" project (I cannot wait to share with y'all - ALMOST THERE!!!). I came across NetworkedBlogs.com . It is a great website that you can join as a blogger or a reader. If you are a reader, you can follow all of your favorite blogs in one spot. It's really neat - check it out. Anywho, in order to add The Le Rae Life blog on their site I had to fill out a form and list what my blog was about. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....... I was stumped! It started out as a blog about weddings. And while I LOVE posting pictures of our work and gorgeous weddings (which I will continue to do), I have also found I enjoy talking to y'all about my everyday life.....Hence the name "The Le Rae Life". For me, this blog has become an accountability partner for me. Ok, so I know some of you are scrunching up your nose and saying "what in the world is she talking about". It's because I know the world (LOL - ok maybe 10-20 folks) is reading this, it holds me accountable to what I "preach". Didn't your mama tell you to "practice what you preach"? Add this to Debbie's (my mom) list of things quoted a million times! So, thank y'all! Thank you for keeping me mindful of doing what I say!
With all that rambling being said, I have a challenge for all of us today! And once again, I need some accountability. Romans 12:9-21
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it."
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Oh my! Please reread verses 17-19. "Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do." That's SO HARD!!! The world screams revenge. We are surrounded by the idea that if someone hits you what do you do? You hit 'em back! In our society, revenge is celebrated and "getting even" is expected. So, today my friends I am challenging us all to preach the opposite of revenge and to practice what we preach! Good luck! I promise to pray for all of you if you will pray for me! Who's in?
P.S. Don't forget about the announcement we made Wednesday! We haven't! Tune in tomorrow for our first ever GIVEAWAY! Here's a hint: It's a 10 DAY GIVEAWAY on things I LOVE! Join us tomorrow for all the how-tos and info! See you tomorrow! MUAH!