Let me explain. I was trying to take a picture with the dogs and talking to the dogs before I took the above picture after a short run this week; hence the really weird face expression. Why am I really here? I wanted to talk about the reason I left Facebook and Twitter. Now… I know that you don’t have to know that reason, but I kind of wanted to share, just in case there are others struggling with the same things that I wrestled with this past year.
This and more for this Week in Review with Meg. . . (Did that just sound like an infomercial?)
First though, let’s talk about the week.
The week was A BLUR.
O_O Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, it seems like everything was stirring except for a mouse.
I’ll share with you the most memorable moments of the week.
#1) Doing a podcast that will be airing tomorrow…. (I did the podcast interview on Monday, and we talked about the phrase ‘Be present.’)
#2) Airing a podcast with precious sister in the Lord Taylor. (It aired on Tuesday if you still want to listen. We talked all about learning food freedom as a food blogger, ditching comparison, the spiritual warfare in recovery, and more.)
#3) Eating lots of um… chocolate and cereal (to help my poor stomach get back on track.) – For a few days, my stomach was really off, and I could definitely feel it. I have a sensitive stomach, and I don’t think that restriction ever helped it, but now that God is so graciously healing my body and mind, I’m still learning what my stomach can handle.
Honestly, some days my stomach can only handle processed foods like cereal, chips, yogurt, and nothing in the form of vegetables or raw fruit or veggies sounds good. I would have felt guilty about that a long time ago, and I still get twinges of guilt for that feeling. But my body has these signals for a reason, and I’m learning to listen to them and thank God for them.
#4) The Christmas Pageant. – There is just something about hearing people sing the praises of Jesus Christ, how Jesus came in such a humble way, how the angels praised Him, the shepherds went to see Him in a lowly stable, how wise men from so far away followed a star all the way to Bethlehem, and though He appeared so humble, God opened their eyes to bow down and worship Him.
There just aren’t really human words I can use to describe the glorious joy of Christmas.
I’ll just leave it with God’s Word that says it much better than I ever could.
Luke 2:10-15, ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.’
#5) Remembering all the beautiful places and people and foods we met in Europe. – Europe was just about 2 months ago now, and guys, gals, this trip changed me. It was AWESOME; I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to travel to 10+ countries with my 3 precious fun, cool, tough sisters together, and I am just treasuring the memories right now.
If you ever want to read more about Eastern Europe I have some posts here:
It truly was amazing; I can’t even believe I was given the gift of getting to do that. If I stay in Colorado for the rest of my life, I think I will still be so thankful, hopefully, that I got to do this. And if you ever need a travel agent my sister is seriously the best. (shhhh… don’t tell her I said that, because she’s not an official travel agent.)
Now let’s talk about FACEBOOK and TWITTER>…..
I left Facebook about 3-4 months ago or longer; I left Twitter before that.
I couldn’t do it anymore.
It was too much.
I have a reporter’s job, and though it’s not my favorite, I do love that I get to do interviews and talk to people and learn more about what’s going on in the world. But, it can also be kind of hard. It’s hard to have a great deal of information pumped into your head and your heart all day long, and Facebook and Twitter were just adding to that. I felt like I had to keep up with of all of it.
You see. I’m kind of an all or nothing person; which I’m grateful for in a way. I know that God gives us strengths, and when I’m not depending on Him, that strength often becomes my weakness.
I would get on these social media channels, and I wanted to be connected with EVERYONE. I just couldn’t do it.
I would fail, and I would feel so drained I couldn’t give anything more to my family. I prayed. I thought about it. How could I clear up that space? How I could clear up that time for the people in my life that God has given me that matter the most?
I’m not saying the rest of you need to do this.
It’s what i needed to do, so I got off of them, and I felt finally FREE, as free as I’d felt in about 4-5 years.
I’m grateful that God takes His kids on different steps of the journey. Not every step is easy, but this promise from Isaiah 43:1-2 has been one I’ve clung to for the past 2-3 years pretty hard as many steps have felt very dark but many steps have also been extremely joyful.
Isaiah 43:1-3, ‘But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.’
Facebook and Twitter? Love em or hate em?
Have you ever thought about leaving FaceBook or Twitter or Instagram?
What was your favorite part of this week?