Monday, September 27, 2010


Whoa! It's been a month almost since I posted - must be some kind of record. I've been a bit reflective and internal lately - which curtails my blabbering on here.

Contemplating a lot of what's important and what's not. What's good for me and what drags me down. What I need and what's just excess. Good questions to ask yourself every now and then - and to surprise yourself with the answers you come up with!

It's amazing how distracted we can let ourselves become. Or maybe that's just me?

I've eliminated a lot of online aspects of my life that just weren't working for me. Facebook and a large number of the blogs I read for starters. The incessant status updating and reading was getting old. Is every thought in my head worthy of announcement? Heck no. Is it better to actually communicate with my friends personally and directly than to stay informed through mass updates? Of course.

So I've resisted the temptation to jump on FB and find out the "news" on all my friends or to let everyone know I'm checking the mail, or washing the dishes or any of the hundred other mundane and utterly un-newsworthy tasks I do each day. If anyone wants to know, they can come over and watch. Or better yet - help.

I've stopped seeking advice and affirmation from the bazillion blogs I was reading on every topic from saving money to special needs to mommy blogs. I'm straightening my heart and head out by turning to the only place I should be going for those things - God's Word.

And wow. Let me tell you - if you're depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, sad, feeling unworthy or incapable of the tasks in front of you - that's the place to turn.

2Co 12:9-10
Each time He said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

So go be strong.

So what can I say?
What can I do?
But offer this heart, oh God, completely to You.
So I'll stand with arms high and heart abandoned.
In awe of the one Who gave it all.
I'll stand my soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours.


Elizabeth@GoodnessAdded said...

The internet while good in many ways can be a negative too - sucking your time away, overloading you with information. Good for you for taking a break from your computer and making more time for prayer!

Amanda said...

I love this post and I love your heart! I want to be okay with living an ordinary life and not attempting to elevate things that really have no place being elevated. The mundane parts of my day are just that...mundane, and it's okay -- and the whole world doesn't need to know about it nor do I need to know about theirs.

After a couple months off of FB, I can say, it gets easier to not worry about what you might be missing out. And there is definitely stuff you will miss b/c apparently FB seems to be the only way some people want to share news. It comes to me eventually...and if it isn't important enough to tell me first hand, it probably doesn't matter that much anyway. :)

Thanks for sharing.

MJ said...

Mel, for those of us in far away lands... who miss their good friends so dearly... I enjoy the FB postings and of course the blog updates. Makes me feel a bit more connected since I can't be there in person! FB can be a time suck but only if you let it.. just like a buffet can spark people to overeat.. it's all about self control, portions, and balance :)

I know we don't talk on the phone much or see each other in person as often, but I feel like you've used the internet in a fantastical way that lets me become part of your daily life... and stay connected as if I did just drop by to shoot the bull with y' the old days :)