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 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 

1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NKJV)

 

From this morning’s pen and messy journal…

 

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Redeeming Facebook (#iamredeemed)

 

 

photo credit: Facebook via photopin (license)

photo credit: Facebook via photopin (license)

 

For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’- Acts 17:28

 

This might not be what you think, but as I popped on Facebook this morning to update my status, this is what I wrote (with a teensy bit of editing)…

You can worship Jesus anywhere, anytime…in Spirit in Truth, online and off. When you live life redeemed, you avail yourself to a great  adventure. Why would anyone choose anything less?

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I Will… (My To Do List for Spring)

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This morning I am blessed hearing the birds chirping outside my window. The winter months have been hard on the birds, wildlife and all of us here in the East. But, Spring is finally emerging, shaking off her sleepiness and shining on us. I wrote this list one morning a couple of weeks ago as I sat with my planner, Bible and journal. I think I was feeling overwhelmed, behind and cluttered in every way. I shared a picture the list of my little reminders to myself on Social Media and received so many positive comments I thought I’d share it here on the blog.

May the words inspire you to make your own list of  affirming reminders for days you feel overwhelmed.

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Motherhood Minus Social Media (#5MFF)

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My daughter in a borrowed baby back pack enjoying the ride with mom.

 

As a single, working mom I toted and doted over my one and only girl. I carried her on my chest, on my back and in my heart. As a Personal Trainer/Director, Fitness Instructor and breastfeeding mama in an all women’s gym, I enjoyed a lot of love and support during this season. My Girl was doted on and toted by many women in the environment we spent our days in from the beginning.

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Your Social Media Diet (How’s That Working For You?)

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If you’re like me (if you’re here- you are), you like your share of social media. However, if you really are like me (stop resisiting the admission), you will admit, that sometimes you overindulge.

The question is: how can we have our Social Media cake and eat it too?

Well, I have been contemplating this question, long and hard, between status updates, tweets, YouTube clips and Instagram moments, of course…and I think I have a few snippets of really useful  somewhat practical tips to share.

We must admit we are powerless….

Wait, no. What I mean is, we must take hold of our Social Media behavior by the only thing it understands and responds to: Self-Control. Wait, don’t click away…hear me out!

Grab your calendar, or the three of them if you have ADHD (like me). Now, write down the things that you know must ge done and the places you know you need to be. It’s Sunday or Monday, depending when this posts, so go ahead and look at the week ahead. Take that pencil and whatever needs to get done, at this point, gets written down. OK, I’m waiting.

Kids appointmenets, your haircut, the grocery shopping, dinner preparation, housework etc.

Now, those things that you also need to do concerning work, blogging, additional writing or creating.

Any other committments for church, friends and families birthdays, Sherlock etc. (or Downtown Abby, I suppose). If you’re like me it’s Sherlock, Baby!

OK, now…

Portion your allowable Time Blocks for Social Media and commit to ONLY partake of SM interaction at the designated times. Just as an exercise or nutrition plan has specific components and portions, so do our Social Media diets! But, let’s use a user friendly term, Social Media plan of action.

If you’re like me (give it up already, YOU ARE!), then you sometimes occasionally frequently get sidetracked by Social Media interaction. Remember, all things are acceptable (for legalists) but not always beneficial (all is filtered by grace and wisdom)…

So, what does one do?

Determine the details and  portion it out across the week. How often, How much, How long.
Ask yourself,  when will you allow yourself to use Social Media and the parimeters to which you want to adhere, just as if you were on a strict but wonderful (HA!) diet   Nutritional Plan. So, perhaps you want to be on Social Media twice a day. Choose the times, and add them into your calendar. If you have SM apps on your phone you will need an extra measure of self-contol or just elimate them until you are feeling empowered to “just say no!”

A Social Media diet, puts you in the driver’s seat. It is better than a complete fast if you want to continue sharing blog posts, pictures and also staying connected to certain friends and groups.

So, repeat after me, “My name is (your name in blank) __________________.”

Hi, __________________________.

In real life I am always trying to balance my in person, and online life. If you’re like me, you are too. I’m here for you. Well, in a portioned kind of way.

What do you think? Are you in need of a Social Media Diet? How can you plan your time in a way that helps you feel good about your choices with Social Media. Let’s encourage and support one another! Do you have an idea or tip that helped you use more self control with your SM interaction? Please share in the comments! 

For those of you who are like me, you proabably contemplate things a lot, and then come up with really snarky status updates and tweets while you are driving or in the shower. Sometimes you even dream in live streamed, edited video clips. Occasionally you come up with a ridiculous blog post masquerading as useful, when in reality is just one, incredibly silly endeavor. For no good reasun except…you can.

Happy Monday, Friends! May your week be full of tweet worthy moments, blessed status updates and picyure worthy instagram moments…of which you have the good sense to share or NOT share with discernment, sensitivity, and good humor.

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