Guess what? I am a happy pinner. These days Facebook has mostly been left in the dust as I quite happily peruse and pin, peruse and pin!! Oh, don’t get me wrong, I will occasionally check out my Facebook page to see what’s up, but mostly I check in to play a game or two or three or 20 of mind-numbing Bejeweled Blitz. Ok, so what exactly is pinning? Pinning is something you do on a website called Pinterest. Wikipedia says this: “Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos…it allows users to save images and categorize them on different boards. They can follow other users’ boards if they have similar tastes.”1
Seriously, when I first started hearing about Pinterest, it was all Greek to me. I simply couldn’t wrap my mind around it. But like most of the other social media websites, my daughter mastered it first and then shared her knowledge with me. In short order, I was drawn in and very pleasantly surprised at how it felt to discover pins of all sorts of things that interested me, some of which I’d totally forgotten or lost touch with. In a way, I feel like I’ve regained connection with an old friend – me!
In a much deeper and profound way I am a joy-filled, sanctified pinner of the Word of God. I am touched whenever I peruse and delve into Scripture and the Spirit of God quickens me, resulting in Truths that get permanently pinned to my soul and spirit. Dear sisters, the story of God-the Son reveals Himself to me in the pages of Scripture and thus leads me to discover more than I’ll ever be able to pin on the boards I’ve created via the web. As much fun as Pinterest is, nothing compares to the riches the Holy Spirit enables me to glean from time spent in the Word – nothing at all! “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things; yes the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 2
So whether you’re a Pinterest pinner or not, I sincerely hope you are daily pondering the inspired, inerrant Word of God, browsing and pinning to your heart’s contentment and delight! Happy pinning!!
Stephanie D. Paul
Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.