Day 374: Facebook Follies

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I deleted my facebook app… yep… again.

The other day when it snowed (again) here in Texas, I was on my phone constantly… updating, uploading, reading, commenting, etc. and I realized that by like 11:00am my phone’s battery was already down to 34%!!!

Then last night I went to a bible study on prayer and one of the ladies mentioned that she just got off of facebook because of the inordinate amount of time that she was spending on it. The leader then read a quote that was something along the lines of: technology is stealing our time away from personal time with God.

It’s hard to ignore things like that. So I just… deleted the app. I figured, let’s see where that takes me. I have another little app that allows me to post things (like pics of my kids and whatnot) without actually getting on facebook, so I don’t have to be completely disconnected from it… yet. But I think I’m going to just get to the point where I’ll post stuff and then I can check it once at night for like five minutes.

Annnnnnnnd, how is this related to my covenant diet?

Well, in a way, it’s related more so to a covenant life… and today, just having that app off of my phone… I was a better wife, a better mom, a better me. There wasn’t so much distraction… there wasn’t so much of me thinking about what other people were thinking… and every time I opened up my phone to get on facebook, and that app wasn’t there, I was just reminded that there is so much frivolous stuff in my life that keeps me from my full potential. The full potential that God has for me.

And, honestly, I think we all have something like a facebook-type-distraction in our life. It might not actually be facebook itself, but it’s something that steals from our focus on Him…

blogs.
working out.
work.
friends.
dare I say it… church.
twitter.
shopping.
food.
housekeeping.

I mean… seriously, I could make a mamma-jamma of a list here. And the hard part about this is that most of those things aren’t inherently “bad”. I mean, working out? Not “bad”. Food, not “bad”. Work, haha, for a lot of people not only is it not bad but necessary! But I know that so often I say to myself or to others, “Well, I just don’t have time to devote to prayer.” But really… really. I have time. I just put other stuff in there and then say I don’t have time. And sometimes, just like I had to do with sugar, I just have to cut that “thing” out of my life, or at least cut down on it a lot.

When I think about it, I just don’t want to watch my life played back for me in Heaven as I sit next to Christ and see how many hoursssssss I spent on facebook being played before me compared to how many minutes I spent communicating with God. meditating on God. acting for God’s glory. reading God’s Word.

If all it takes is deleting an app and limiting myself to five minutes a day and replacing it with Him, well… I know that I can do that. This past year of finding the power of God within me has shown me that. With God… all things are possible (Mark 10:27). Even cutting down on my facebook time! Ha!

Day 232: Granola Girl

Granola. So healthy. So good for you. So yummy.

Sooooooo yummy.

Cause when you haven’t had sugar for 232 days and you taste the sweetness of granola… ooooooooo, it’s just extra yummy.

Have I mentioned yet that it’s yummy?

Well. It is. Yummy.

And that is why I had to limit myself to eating it once a week. It’s not really a covenant thing, but the longer I’m on the covenant the more I realize that I don’t have to covenant everything. I am learning that I have will power through Him all the time. Covenant or no covenant. I think being on the covenant this long as shown me, proven to me, reminded me that with God all things are possible. Even me having willpower. Yes, even that. Which feels like just as much of a miracle as God parting the Red Sea!

Okay but I slid off topic there for a sec. What I was going to say is again a reminder that it isn’t about which food I am eating so much as it is about my approach toward food. Am I being gluttonous? lustful? self-focused? If I am eating granola (mind you… “healthy” granola) with any of those mind sets then it’s gonna backfire. And thinking that some foods can be eaten whenever, with whatever mindset, simply because some nutritionist has deemed them “healthy”… well, it’s just not good.

I can’t remember if I have shared this scripture before or not and since I’m blogging outside on my phone while my toddler plays then I can’t look up to see if I have, but oh well either way! I’m sure it isn’t the first time for me to repeat myself! Ha!

So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.Hebrews 13:9