Besides being a huge caffeine junkie (check out my list of must-visit cafes in LA), I must confess that I am also a total Instagram addict. I love scrolling through the app's Explore feed and stumbling across new and inspirational accounts.
Of late, the accounts that I have been following are by organisations and people who have a deep heart for God.
Whether it's in sharing daily devotionals or writing encouraging poetry to complete strangers, these have given my feed a much-needed faith boost.
These accounts make me look UP, not AROUND. They've helped me to pause and reflect on God's enduring love, goodness and mercy. They've challenged me to live my faith out in more tangible ways this side of heaven. And they've encouraged me to be more honest and authentic on my own Instagram.
Keep on scrolling for my list of 10 faith-filled Instagram accounts to follow!
Pocket Fuel has been one of my go-to sources of spiritual feeding for a few years now. I love that their daily devotionals are written so conversationally, and the topics they address - from learning to let go to dealing with struggles - are so relatable too.
I've "saved" countless posts from them on Instagram so I can always check back on stuff I haven't finished reading, and stuff that's so good I need to read them over and over again.
I LOVE what Morgan is doing on Instagram. She has such an encouraging heart and a God-given purpose: To touch the lives of strangers by writing poems that speak into her followers' specific struggles and situations.
Plus, her poems are uh-may-zing (you won't believe how many of them I've added to my Pinterest). They're written in a pretty simple and straightforward manner, but the message behind them - and the God who inspires these words - is all-powerful.
I came across Jenessa's Instagram quite by accident, and I'm so glad I stumbled onto her account.
Her hand-lettering pieces are beautiful and inspiring, and her retail offerings are TDF - just look at this gorgeous pillow case (and other Bible verses done as prints that are available on her online shop).
Gretchen Saffles, the genius lady behind Well Watered Women, has come up with an awesome hashtag - #wordbeforeworld - to remind us to put the first things first. I love that about this account - how it constantly pushes and encourages us to go deeper in the Word, and to stop striving and start resting in Him.
What's more, their line of bible study resources - I've been eyeing their Give Me Jesus journal for a while now - look like great investments for quiet time!
Most of you might already be familiar with this account, but it's definitely worth a mention. The articles published on Desiring God, a platform founded by pastor John Piper, have been some of the most thought-provoking and deeply enriching articles I've read.
Oh, and they also don't shy away from discussing difficult and "taboo" topics, like homosexuality, war and divorce. So if you have questions about faith and its intersections with other cultures and values, their website is full of resources.
Run by the Crazy Love team, which takes its name from a book written by pastor Francis Chan, this account serves up hard-hitting quotes day after day. These aren't the feel-good kind of quotes that people love to "like"; they are oftentimes tough to swallow.
Because of them, however, I have been led to examine my own life and my faith a lot more critically. I can't wait to read some of his books too!
The Joyful Life magazine is a quarterly print publication for Christian women launching fall 2018. Their aim is to share the joy found in inviting Jesus into our everyday lives.
As a former magazine writer, I'm really excited to see this project come to fruition.... and I'm also overjoyed (hehe) to be part of its launch team. Follow their Instagram to get updates on living life with joy and purpose, and join super fun giveaways!
Grit And Virtue's goal is to help women with a mission to connect, gain exposure and receive resources. I think it's such an admirable cause, and one I'm all for.
I found them on Instagram recently, and I am truly encouraged by their heart for women. It also doesn't hurt that their feed is clean, fresh and real easy on the eyes.
I got to know about SheLoves magazine after my friend Naomi (who penned a beautifully profound guest post for my blog) wrote an article for them.
Guys, I am blown away by the quality and depth of their pieces. They're written by a diverse range of women from various ethnicities and backgrounds, and they possess such strong and fearless voices. What an absolute gem.
Okay, I am personally invested in this recommendation, because this is the church I am currently attending :p
Still, I'm not doing this because I feel compelled to. Rather, I have been more than blessed by Tenth's sermons, its community, and the opportunities I have been given to serve (such as helping out with its social media content). My spiritual self has been raised back to life since arriving in Vancouver over six months ago, and I dare say that a lot of my growth has happened in this place.
Are there any Christian Instagram accounts that have inspired and encouraged you? Leave a comment below - I'd love to check it out!