Lisa & Her Social Media Break Up

Friday, May 30, 2014

Today Lisa is giving a peek into her first week of the social media breakup! It's different for each of us and I love that about this group. We are all so different, so uniquly wired, with so many different life experiences! 


Lisa and her husband are on staff at another church in our area and they honestly have the most giant hearts of anyone I know. I love Lisa so much and I am so thankful God brought her into my circle of influencers! She is wise and generous and a giver of lots of grace and mercy and strength. I love those kind of people! 


Here's what she had to say! 


This is what I have given up for 30 days:

TV

Gaming

Facebook/Twitter

iPhone apps

Texting

Internet

Online magazines 


You see I do a lot of this. 

I didn't want to sacrifice praise and worship songs that I knew I would need to get me through my addictions with social media, "if I had any" so I kept my music app on my phone :) 



The first week of NO social media...


 "I can do this! I mean, come on, I don't spend that much time on social media!"


My first morning started like this. I jumped out of bed, "Lisa, (my husband talking) what in the world are you going to do, our children communicate with you via text are you really doing this?" 


" I am not worried about this, they can call" (you see, my husband was worried more about this than me) yes, I am really doing this"


First day, easy peezy:) Heck, I got into a new book, got on the tread mill with my extra time and went to bed early, easy peezy! Our minds play tricks on us!


Day 2


OMG! Are you kidding me!

I got up went down stairs and made some hot tea, my day off and it's going to be a relaxing, no stress, read, tread mill, blah, blah, blah, blah day! Because remember, there's no social media.

 

This is what actually happened:

Woke up, went down stairs made some hot tea, turned on the today show, my routine in the mornings. I need noise, so usually I turn on this program and listen while I get ready for the day. I sat and watched it for about 10 minutes after which my daughter comes down and asks me what I am doing today. I realize I am supposed to go to Raleigh NC the next day with my husband and a team from our church to conduct a vision casting meeting to residents that might be interested in helping launch a new church. I realize I have nothing to wear, which means a trip to the mall. 


 I get up about 10 minutes later to take a shower. I don't know about y'all, but my thinking is clear when I hit the shower! 


BAMB! I realize I just have broken my fast!!! Sweet mother of pearl! ( I have NO idea why I say this) what was I thinking? I mean my friends who are in this with me probably have not broken any of their fast from social media, my God, how could I be so careless; I am only in the second day! What is wrong with me that I forgot?(it is called addiction) All this is going through my mind as I am talking to God, my father. 


Side note; One thing you need to know about me, I love Him, I realize He is the God who has created this inverse, the one who has formed every human on this planet and somehow, loved me sooooo much that He choose me, He chose me and HE knew me before I was born! (My brain can't even wrap around this idea) I am so humbled by that, but yet I know who I am in Christ, that I really feel I can approach him bodly and talk freely as a friend. 


Later....

 

I am at the mall when my husband calls me, "Lisa, Caitlyn is a little worried" 


"why?" 


 "She hasn't felt the baby move in 2 days" 


 "we'll she mentioned that yesterday late she hadn't felt Aubrey, but I said it was probably because she was very active that day, what did you tell her?" 


"well, I told her not to worry about it, the baby is fine."


I piped up and said, "honey, I am a little concerned too, maybe she should call the Dr."


"I will tell her to call right now. That phone call to the Dr. took us straight to the Dr.'s office. I broke my social media fast to text message friends to pray. I can’t tell you the feeling we had when we heard the baby’s heart beat! Thank you Jesus! What an emotional day! 


Later, my husband walks in the door with a beautiful flower arrangement that my “Secret Sister” left by my door at work! Friends, God’s timing is amazing, seeing that bright beautiful flower and knowing someone was thinking about me and thinking, ‘God you really have us”…Priceless


Day 3


Ugh, I had forgotten about FB and Instagram and Lord have mercy, I turned it on! About 1 minute into it, I have this “Awakening moment” NO SOCIAL MEDIA LISA! 


Can’t really go into detail, but this day was not a happy day! Talk about the enemy trying to take your focus! I received 2 emails that really got my emotions going (Anger) of course I received these as I am shooping for baby Aubrey! I read through these emails and got in my car and thought “Lord why does it feel like hell is coming against me! I mean what are you trying to show me with media fast? I am not kidding as soon as the words come out of my mouth this song comes on the radio, BLINK….here are the lyrics incase you haven’t heard this song


Teach me to number my days
And count every moment
Before it slips away
Take in all the colors
Before they fade to grey

I don't want to miss
Even just a second
More of this

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time
What is it I've done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink

When it's all said and done
No one remembers
How far we have run
The only thing that matters
Is how we have loved

I don't want to miss
Even just a second
More of this

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time
What is it I've done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink

Slow down
Slow down
Before today becomes
Our yesterday

Slow down
Slow down
Before you turn around
And it's too late.

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time
What is it I've done with my life?

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time
What is it I've done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink

At that moment hearing this song, I knew why I was on this fast! Time is precious, and what am I doing with my time? Amazing to me still that God would talk to me! He used this song!

 

I am learning, not waste my time and give my time to what matters! I am learning that when I get still enough and open my ears, he is there to talk to me, something I had forgotten many years ago and he is using this time to remind me. I don’t think social media has stolen this time from me, but ultimately it is my choices that have taken my time. I've got a few weeks left and honestly I am not missing too much of what has stolen my time! The only thing I do miss  these days is that most people communicate through these social media outlets and it is the only way of learning about family and friends when something happens. Other than that I'm ready to break the habit! 



Lisa 



I love this so much. It is so easy to form a habit and so hard to break one. I too have felt like the wheeles were coming off, mostly just with end of year things for school and so many activities coming to a close. There are parties to be at and gifts to buy and things to organize. We have friends moving and leaving and Josh is headed to his Mom's for the summer. My heart is in overload.  I've been a little out of the loop since I'm off Facebook. I didn't realize how many people (self included) really do use that as a primary means of getting info out. 


I have no idea what's on the news, because I get all that from twitter. 


My failure also happened with not even realizing I was breaking the fast. I sat down this am to snuggle up to my kids and they were watching a movie. Didn't even phase me that the TV was a media I was giving up! Not that I was really into their movie but it is such a part of life that I, like Lisa didn't even realize what I had done. 


I am loving hearing how God has more room to speak to all of us. In our own little ways He is refining us and reminding us how much he longs to spend time with us! 


Here's to another week of having room to see all of the many amazing things around us that we just might have missed had the distraction of social media been in play. Here's to another week of not being constantly connected to everything but the ONLY thing we need! 



Love and blessings y'all, 


Manda

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