Last summer I did Priscilla Shirer's Bible Study, Discerning the Voice of God. If you haven't read it, and are curious about what God might be saying to you, or how to hear him, I would strongly recommend it!
But that isn't the book I'm writing about today.
I have had this nagging feeling that I need to step back from Social Media. In the past, I have taken social media breaks from time to time, always going back to it. I honestly have a love/hate relationship with it. I love that I can stay connected to so many people, especially after moving. I hate that it's like a vacuum cleaner, sucking me in and stealing a ton of my time that I should be doing other things. I hate that too many days, I go there FIRST and LAST. And too many times in between.
If I am brutally honest, it can bring be so much happiness and goodness, and somehow negative feelings too.
Anywho, I have lots of friends that I always ask for book recommendations and without me even realizing it, several people had sent me Rebekah Lyon's new book, Rhythms of Renewal. I ordered it few weeks ago and one of the first things that I read and was convicted about was her chapter on taking a social media fast. I knew I needed to do it, but when? It's one of those things that you want to do, but it never seems like the right time to start...right?!?!
Then, just a few days later, God in his perfect timing, had me listening to a sermon and taking notes about different blindspots that we have. In other words, things that we struggle with, that we might not even realize. Last weekend's sermon was on Jealousy and our Pastor gave 3 suggestions on fighting it. Guess what one of them was????
"Fast from Social Media Regularly"
This isn't the first and I am sure it won't be the last time God has used multiple people in multiple ways to communicate with me. There is something about books and sermons that have the power to get in my head and to my heart and help me grow and change. I am always stunned by the timing. I'm pretty sure God knows I am hardheaded and set in my ways, resistant to change, so he really has to knock me over the head to get me to hear and accept something that I could stand to change.
I am thankful that he doesn't ever give up on me.
Spending too much time on social media isn't the only thing I need to work on. Waking up earlier has ALWAYS been a goal of mine, and no matter how many years I have had that as my resolution, I NEVER ever ever stick to it. I've always been a night owl, never wanting to wake early.
In her book, Rebekah talks about the benefits of waking early, one being getting to see the sun rise. This morning, I actually woke up early, and came to sit on the couch to read and pray. When I looked out my front door, I was stunned by the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. It looked like the sky was on fire pink, orange, yellow.
As if God said, LOOK! LOOK! See what I can do if you'll actually roll out of bed before your kiddos wake up. Look at this early morning beauty you so often miss.
To me, it felt like a GIFT. One that I should wake up and receive more often.
If you need a nudge to wake up early, give social media a rest, exercise more, be more creative, work on your marriage or friendships.....she pretty much covers everything! The chapters are short, sweet, to the point and filled with so much love and wisdom.
You can buy her book on amazon or at Target. She's doing a free online bible study going over the book starting Monday January 24th.
So, about my media fast. I did really well in one area, and I honestly struggled a bit with another. There are a million and one good reasons to log into facebook and this week, a few times, I did just that. I am weak. I admit it.
But, I was on significantly LESS time than normal and I agree with Rebekah and Cam, it needs to be something that I do more often. I listened to one of her podcast this week while I was making dinner about different ways to unplug with your family. If podcast are your thing, LOOK HER UP! Look up the one on media fast in particular! It was so good!
If you feel like life is out of sync, you need motivation, need ideas, BUY the book! What she tells you will change the way you spend your time! You'll be taking more walks, getting to projects that you have been "meaning" to do forever. You'll enjoy things for the sake of enjoying things, not for the sake of sharing. It'll change you if you choose to let it.