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While I Was Fasting from Social Media


There’s joy…great joy…in obeying God.

Maybe fasting from social media doesn’t seem like a big deal. Maybe it even seems silly. And maybe if it had been my own idea to fast from social media it would be silly. But nothing God asks us to do is meaningless. Even when we don’t quite understand what or why He is asking of us, if He’s in it, there’s a good reason.

The actual fasting…abstaining from posting on Twitter & Facebook…was easier than I thought. At times I felt..for lack of a better word…tempted in the areas of Twitter and Facebook when I was reading a news report or blog and I would see the icons to “share” on Facebook or Twitter. If it was temptation, I didn’t entertain it long. Typically I would see the icons and say to myself, “Oh, darn. Can’t share it.” That’s about as far as I allowed that temptation to go.

Looking back though, I can see some outright temptations. The first came in the form of an email. It was a comment left on my Facebook wall. It seemed to be mocking me…mocking my fast…almost making me appear to be a hypocrite…a liar. I remember feeling very frustrated because it was the first day of the fast and already a misunderstanding was happening under my nose and I felt helpless. I vented to my husband, but I knew I had to let it go and deal with it after the fast. Funny. Today I read that comment on my wall and I see it in a different light. What had frustrated me on Day 1 wasn’t even worthy of a reply 22 days later. I had been misunderstood, but 22 days later I just don’t care.

Other times during the fast I would click on a news link or some other link of interest only to be thrust into Facebook. I would quickly close the tab. Again, I didn’t let temptation grab my attention.

Several times I received emails that wanted me to go to Facebook for one reason or another. I had to pass on some seemingly good deals, extra points, discounts, etc. But I did it. I made a commitment to God & myself and I wasn’t going to blow it over the “chance of a lifetime”. Whatever I missed, I know that God can bring it back 100 fold if it suits Him to bless me in that way. He’s done it before. I didn’t sweat it more than “That figures…while I’m fasting.”

The only “regret” I had during the fast was not being able to Tweet the things my kids say. Those funny, silly, crazy moments I’m used to Tweeting are gone forever because my brain just doesn’t keep up like it used to. They said some pretty funny things during those 21 days, but still I’m content to obey God. I didn’t tell the world what my kids said for 10 yrs. I’m sure the earth is still spinning on it’s axis.

That’s not to say I didn’t miss connecting with everyone over those 21 days. I missed asking questions and getting feedback. I missed chatting about politics and homeschooling. It was especially tough not being able to participate in the church Facebook group for the fast (isn’t that ironic?). What made it tough was that I received every post to that group via my email. I didn’t read them all. I let God bring bring things He needed me to know to my attention as I would scan my email. I deleted the rest.

So, while I was fasting from social media, the world kept spinning. And I learned a lot…more than I can even put into words on this blog. I know that God was in it & He used it to teach me the things He needed me to learn.

There’s joy…great joy…in obeying God.

Anne-Marie

Credit He Deserves


Day 8 – My 21 Day Fast from Social Networking

Post a Day 2011 – Topic 2: Name someone who deserves more credit than they get.

GOD.

He created everything…the wondrous universe, the earth and everything in it.
Man deems all Creation an “accident’.
He breathed the breath of life into man.
Man scoffs at His rules for living a satisfying life, calls Him a tyrannt.
He’s called “imaginary” by those who imagine Mother Nature.
Man understands about 10% of the human brain, but thinks himself smart enough to judge God, call Him unfair unjust, a murderer, and a liar.
He provided a way to restore the broken relationship between man and Himself.
God came to Earth.
Man did not recognize Him.
God died for man’s sins.
He rose from the dead, conquering the grave.

God does not get the credit He deserves.

Still, He loves us.
He offers Salvation to us through the death & resurrection of His Son, should we accept His precious sacrificial gift.
His is Holy, Just, Merciful, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent.

And still, man does not give God the credit He deserves.

Anne-Marie

Round & Round We Go


Day 3 – My 21 Day Fast from Social Networking

Switching to year-round homeschooling in 2009 made such a difference in our not only our homeschool, but our family. Registering with a private school for unschoolers where the only requirement is reporting attendance gave an added freedom. No longer were we trying to demonstrate yearly progress in a 3-ring binder and/or trying to cram for the end of the year. In areas where we used to struggle, the kids are now a grade ahead of their peers. And being free from my area of struggle (keeping portfolios for the district to review on a whim & for annual reviews), has allowed us to accomplish more.

In our family life, this schedule has allowed the greatest flexibility. We can take vacations in the off-season, host a long-term guest, and have wiggle room for life’s unexpected things. In year’s past life’s interruptions added to the difficulty of complying with the state’s portfolio requirements, being called for portfolio reviews, and just made it tougher to complete the curriculum by a prescribed date (to allow for the schedules of the certified teachers who did the annual portfolio reviews).

Homeschooling, like all educational venues, is not without it’s challenges. But these past 18 months have been the best homeschooling we’ve done since we started homeschooling 7 years ago. I thought it would be difficult to make such a change. I worried about a child-led revolt over the summer or wanting a long break for myself. What we’ve all found & realized is freedom & success.

Anne-Marie

Nutritional Pursuits part blah


Day 1 – My 21 Day Fast from Social Networking

My ambition and expectations dwindled quickly under the boring menu, extreme restrictions (with NO substitutions) of the nutritional plan I began in November. After a week of success in the initial phase, I was shocked at the next phase. It was only 800, but that wasn’t the bad part. The bad part was that I couldn’t muster to eat 800 calories of the most boring foods on earth. I ate between 350-500 calories for the first week. I plateaued in 4 days. That’s how long it took my body to adjust to so little food.

I continued on the plan, upped my intake to 750-800 calories, but lost not one single pound. In the next week, I was frustrated, depressed, and in pain. Contrary to my expectations my RA had flared during this time of veggies and veggies and veggies.

Rather than feel encouraged by the “guidance” I was under, I felt very discouraged. I knew what I was doing on the plan. I knew what had worked for me in the past. But I was made to feel like I wasn’t doing anything right. When my RA flared so bad that I gained 5 lbs from water retention, I stopped checking in. I finally went in & explained that I needed to switch something. This phase was done in my mind & there was no point suffering in futility. They moved me into the next phase…and in a few days I lost 7 lbs.

Then I was faced with my next challenge. I was taking a 3 day trip (by plane). Adhering to the restrictions of this new phase were going to be impractical at best. When I arrived, I found out just how impossible it would be. And there was nothing I could do about it. Thankfully, I was done worrying about it. I decided to enjoy myself.

Amazingly, my “indulgence” didn’t have any impact on me…not weight or RA.

Though I go back and forth about whether it’s important to worry about losing more weight or not, I had to put my foot down on these asinine restrictions. In 2008, I lost 40 lbs & kept it off and never denied myself a craving. Mostly I crave chocolate if anything. And I did it without the outrageous price tag of a guided nutritional program and their insincerity. I was enamored with the promise of weight loss (if I did it right, of course, there’s no flaws in the ‘program’), so it took me awhile to see that they were happy to milk me for more money to buy their products. With each new bottle of pills, came a new exaggerated promise of “melting belly fat”, “burning more calories”, “increasing my metabolism” etc etc etc. They failed to ever see or comprehend my true goal…combating my RA with nutritional changes. They really have no experience in dealing with that and are only worried about their commissions of product sales.

I don’t know what 2011 holds for me in nutrition and RA. I’ll take some time to pray for it during the fast, for sure.

Anne-Marie

My 21 Day Fast from Social Networking


I haven’t posted a blog update in almost 3 months!!! It’s a testimony to my chaotic life, my empty brain, and my empty brain. So, it seems completely ironic that I am now posting about fasting from social networking…which includes blogging…the things I haven’t done since mid-November. Big sacrifice, right?

Actually, it’s a challenge. A personal challenge to do something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time…write a bunch of blog posts ahead of time. Over the next 21 days (Jan 9th – Jan 29th) my blog will be busy, but I won’t be doing anything in real time.

Why fast from social networking?

One morning a few weeks ago, I realized that my church was doing the 21 Awakening fast in January. I had participated in the fast in the past two years. On the day of my realization I was pondering what to do about the fast since I was working through a strict nutritional program. If skipping a meal would get me yelled at, I imagined that fasting from food would get an even nastier response.

I prayed for God to show me what to do and He quickly revealed that I’m happily addicted to Twitter & Facebook. And while I am not as addicted to blogging as I would love to be, I could easily use blogging as a means to satisfy my lack of Tweeting & Facebooking. So, the blog is a no-go during this time too.

Earlier this week, I spent some time scheduling 42 Tweets to be posted over the next 21 days on Twitter (and also to FB via Selective Tweet). My reason. I don’t want to look like I just disappeared. My tweets explain my absence while providing the daily Scripture for the fast…not for my benefit because I won’t be on Twitter, Facebook, or my blog at all!

Honestly, I’m looking forward to this time of prayer & fasting. It won’t be without challenges. I’m prone to forget & Twitter has been a daily habit for 2 yrs. I’ll have to find ways to remind myself what I am fasting from. But I also have the knowledge that the Holy Spirit will be here to guide me and to remind me. I can’t wait to see what God teaches me over these 21 days.

So, I’ll see ya in 21 days!

Anne-Marie