How many of you are social media savvy? How many of you know what a hashtag is? For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why people were using the “pound” symbol and then saying something immediately after that. Example: #50isnotdold. In case you were like me, and you have no idea what the # symbol means, it is a search engine of sorts. People can tag their posts with a keyword on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram with these symbols, and then people who are searching for that symbol will be directed to their posts.

I was watching a video the other day where this mother of a six-year-old was talking about parenting skills. The mother thought that she was doing a pretty good job raising a strong and confident daughter until she found a handwritten note from her daughter that said, “I am the worst.” The mother was horrified when she saw the note. Why did her daughter believe that? Was something happening in her daughter’s life that she didn’t know? After a heart to heart talk with her daughter later that night, she found out that the daughter was feeling bad because she had fought with her brother. The mother went on to explain that everyone has feelings of regret or shame, but that she should never say things like that to herself and that she should never write negative things down about herself.

Whoops, I am guilty. I have labeled myself with a harmful lie instead of looking for the positive lesson. I am on social media more than most of you, and I have seen some of these hashtag statements that make me want to cringe. I saw a girl that tried on a prom dress that didn’t look the best, and she used #ugly and #fat in her post. Of course, people came running to her rescue and told her that she looked great, maybe that wasn’t the right dress for her. The Bible says it this way:

Psalm 139:14

1I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

I have watched people struggle with divorce on social media. I understand how hard it can be to be rejected by someone you thought loved you and then tossed you aside. I know that this is the perfect setting for the lies to rear their ugly head and thoughts enter your mind. #nobodylovesme #iwillneverbehappyagain Once again, these are lies, the enemy loves whispering these over and over again. But there is ONE who loves you more than life.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I have a couple of friends that have recently lost their jobs. Those same thoughts of being rejected, of not being good enough start playing in our minds. #whatamigoingtodo #iamnotgoodenough #iwillneverfindanotherjobthatgood But, we never stop to consider that there might be something even better on the horizon.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I am not sure why our brains immediately think the worst of every situation. Yes, there will be storms, but the sun will come out again. You may feel inadequate now, but the path that you are on is going to make you stronger than before.

Here is one more hashtag for you; it is #rigged. From now on, every time that a lie is whispered in your ear, I want you to replace the lie with #rigged. No matter what the circumstance, it is #rigged in your favor. It might take a while for the blessing to reveal itself, but keep looking, because it is coming. Who are you going to believe…the enemy who wants to keep you miserable or the Lord who loves you and wants the best for you?

Have A Blessed Day!

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27 Comments

  1. What a beautifully written post that I am sure will resonate with many people! Thank you so much, Tania.

  2. Your blog is such a joy to me especially on Sundays. They are always so positive and you are an inspiration my dear! Have a great Sunday!

  3. Tammy GRavis Reply

    Spending the last 15 years online making a living, you often see more than you want. I limit my time on social media to do my work these days. It’s overwhelming at times to see the struggles people go through and post. There is one thing I know for sure and that’s a better day is always coming. I can’t love this post enough. It truly is the most uplifting and encouraging one I’ve read in a long time. Love your outfits, spunk and attitude but this one we all need to read.

  4. I just love this SO much!!! I have been so guilty of this! I’m going to print this out and keep it to read again and again. Thank you!

    • Tania Reply

      Wendy, I am glad that this post was meant for you! Thank you for following the blog!

  5. My first thought was how I too did not understand this thing called a hashtag. It looked like the pound sign to me. Still does, actually. Interesting topic today. Even someone like me who isn’t a part of the social media world still has those thoughts and feelings of not being good enough or smart enough, etc. it’s good to remember that we are good enough in His sight when we accept Jesus and then He doesn’t see us but His Son in us. Good one today. 😊

    • Tania Reply

      I am sure that everyone has those thoughts, Johnna. Kicking the negative thoughts to the curb is hard, but if we concentrate on how the Lord views us, then our thoughts will change.

  6. Kay Skubikowski Reply

    Wow, such a powerful and loving message, thank you for the insight, especially appropriate for Easter.

    • Tania Reply

      I am glad that you liked today’s message, Kay.

  7. Sheron Davis Reply

    Tania, Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts and fashions!

    I am not social media savvy and don’t understand hash tag or instagram.

    I thought it was so interesting how you mentioned “#” as a “pound” and I call it the “number sign” and a “pound” to me represents is British money “£”. I’m orginally from England now living in Canada.

    Times certainly has changed as well as language and technology and make you wonder what is it going to be like, years from now with each new generation. For sure life goes on and so will technology.

    I admire what you do. You communicate with your audience with so much care, love and a positive attitude. You are a wonderful and successful lady and it shows.

    Thank you again for all your sharing, in life and fashion.

    Sheron Davis

    • Tania Reply

      Sheron, I have called it a number sign also, and I have no idea why it is also called a pound sign. Thank you for following the blog and taking the time to leave a comment.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing those scriptures today! That’s exactly what I needed to hear. I missed my sister’s wedding and moving back to the U.S. Soon to a new state ( another big change) besides feeling isolated living abroad. Thanks again!

    • Tania Reply

      Isolation is the worst. I pray for those who are lonely all the time. I think that is my biggest fear.

  9. Donna Wood Reply

    You hit the nail on the head, girlfriend! I LOVE your Sunday posts <3

    • Tania Reply

      I am glad that you enjoy the Sunday posts, Donna!

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