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Monday, August 27, 2012

What Do You Represent?

Describe yourself. Hmmmm... About me, about me...
What words do you come up with to talk about yourself in a short quick glimpse 
at who you are? Your twitter or facebook profile. Your blog 'about me' page.
What is it that you represent?
The words I always come up with seem to stick around every time I update.
Wife, Mother, Native American, Sarcastic, Lover of people, Encourager....
Jesus Follower.
Yes, you see it all over blog world. All over life, really. 
Jesus Follower, Christ follower. Daughter of God. Disciple of Christ, Christian, etc etc...
But what is that? What does that mean? Does that mean you are a fanatic? No.
Does it mean you love Jesus? Yes.  He's probably everything to you.
Why do we sort of clump it in with everything else we claim to be?
If you are like me, or most "Jesus Followers" ~ you claim that Jesus or your faith is the most important thing in your life. Yet, so many of us have such a hard time talking about it.
Why? Maybe because of fear? Haters? Not being able to find the right words to say?
All of the above and more?
Yet, our lives and hearts and everything we are, depend way more on Jesus than on 
anything else we talk about on our blogs. Our entire existence is dependant on Jesus.
So why wouldn't we want the people we love most to experience him too?
Oh man, speaking from experience...I don't know where I'd be without him.
Personally I feel like I do okay at balancing out being a normal person who is just fun and a mom & wife and loves clothes and loves being a smart alek.... 
but I also have those moments where I need to let God speak through me to those who will listen.
I love to write fun, silly sarcastic stuff. I love fashion, talking about my kids...
But it is not what I want to Represent, so to speak.
If I could choose one thing, one person and say...
"In everything I write about, everything I do, I want to Represent this person..."
It would definitely be Jesus.

I can tell you one thing for sure. I never EVER want to dishonor him.
But as far as speaking up, (blog "writing" aside) I have a really difficult time talking to 
people "live or in person" about the greatest joy and hope I've ever known.
It's very strange, how suddenly my mouth gets dry, my hands start trembling,
my mind is thinking one thing and my mouth can't spit it out...
Yet, I know through life and experience, trial and error that there is no other peace
or hope like that of Jesus. So why is it so hard to talk about?
Practice makes perfect, maybe?
We...we meaning myself, Allison from Sweatpants & High Heels and Sarah from Fontenot Four
want to give you an opportunity to speak up, to share your testimony...
to Represent the one who has been your source of strength, comfort, hope.
We are introducing a BRAND NEW VLOG link up called: REPRESENT
It will be a year long link up: One link up each season for the next year~
 (so of course, this means 4 opportunities to share your faith via vlog)
The first link is called Represent: Testify Take One!
We are going LIVE with this link up on September 26th. The reason this date was chosen is because that is the day SEE YOU AT THE POLE is happening in our schools, So we are teaming up to pray with students all over and simply share our faith on the same day!
Girl (or guy), this is YOUR chance to testify what the Lord has done for you!! Speak that!
For the first link up we will share our "orignial" testimony in under 5 minutes... 
It will be a VLOG  (good practice, right?)
and we can share "How we found God, or how God found us..."
Basically tell the people how you came to know Jesus & why~
I'm super excited to see how God can use this to share the love of Jesus to those who might be curious what "following Jesus" is all about...and want to hear it from our own mouths...
We really hope you can join us...
Mark it down on you calender, make your video, and grab a button...
and if you can, follow each of us when you link up!!
We are so excited to team up with you all to get big things accomplished!

To find out MORE about this, click HERE to read Allison's post! 
or HERE to read Sarah's post!



Kerrie said...

I'm in girl :)

TicoTina said...

awesome, I'm putting it on my blog calendar now =)

Chelsea said...

What a fantastic idea! Love the heart behind this linkup and am excited to be part of it! :)

L said...

LOVE this girl! WIll add the button to my sidebar =)
Much Love,

Brooke @ Covered in Grace said...

I'm so in.

Jacy said...

Praise God, I am in girl!!

Allison Coomes said...

As always-love the post-so glad you're back to blogging!

Jelli said...

What a fab idea! I can't wait to watch these vlogs, Julie.

Anonymous said...

This is such a fantastic idea, Julie! Count me in! :) After all Christ has done for us, it's the LEAST we can do for Him!

Danielle @

Courtney said...

This is a GREAT idea! I'm taking a major step-back from blogging in September, but I hope to be able to participate in this! <3

Anonymous said...


Kelly said...

I'm in i'm in i'm in X's a 1000 although i'm scared...this will be the first time my parents will hear this out of my see i come from a family of "quiet faith" and so me talking about anything like this makes them uncomfortable and in turn ME prayer is that my blog reaches them to show them who I am in HIM...this is my chance! Here goes NOTHING.........

Brittany T. said...

oh i can't wait!! great post..putting the date in my phone calendar now! :)

Dalayna Dillon said...

I LOVE this. Such a wonderful idea and I am so excited to be a part of it. "We will overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony." We can be set free and there is no greater promotion than word of mouth. We promote brands, styles, shops all the time, why not promote something that will NEVER disappoint? Thank you so much for letting us all be a part.

Anonymous said...

LOVING THIS, ALOT and I can't wait!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

You sure are a beautiful representative in every sense of the word.?

No(dot dot)el said...

I always love watching the vlogs. I will for sure check back to see all you girls shouting the praise!! Great idea, and welcome back.

ginanorma said...

THIS is fantastic!!! Love love and am in LOVE with this idea!! PTL for you two coming together and doing this....:)

Kimberly Bonham said...

I am in love with this post and in love with your blog. New follower!
Follow me back via GFC?

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