Monday, March 25, 2013

The “Social Media” fast

How appropriate that this was the verse of the day on my iPhone bible app…

james 5-16

With that being said, I feel the need to confess to everyone my social media addiction.  It may sound crazy to call it an *addiction* but I feel like it is one of mine, along with sweet tea.  I feel this way because I have been feeling very convicted of the amount of time that I am spending social networking.  You know, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter?  All of which I have so conveniently on my phone that I can check whenever I have a down minute.  The apps that I compulsively check multiple times throughout the day.

That, is an addiction, to me.

When I started thinking about it, I realized how much time I was wasting, checking in to other people’s lives instead of actually being present in MINE.  My kids deserve 100% of their mommy, my husband deserves 100% of his wife, my friends and family deserve 100% of my attention, and mostly, God deserves 100% of His child.  And 100% is NOT what I have been giving.

Hence, the social media fast, for the whole month of April.

People who know me in real life, hold me accountable??…

I’ve given myself a physical, emotional and spiritual checkup.  And I’ve made changes in the “physical” category.  I’ve started eating better and working out.  Now it’s time for my emotional/spiritual change.  In the amount of time that I was spending in social media, I will now be spending that time in The Word, praying, quiet time and reading books that I had started reading but never finished. I will be spending more time IN the moment with my kids and husband.  I will be more focused on my physical health.

The books I will be finishing…

And that?  Feels like a breath of fresh air.

It’s going to be a hard month, no doubt.  But what I am hoping is that at the end of this (the last day of April), I will feel refreshed.  I won’t chronically check all social media.  I will be in better physical and spiritual health.


I will still blog, because this is basically our family story book.   Other than that, I will see you all in a month!


SassyCassie said...

Oh my goodness, I have been feeling convicted about this for months actually but just haven't pushed myself into taking a real break. I am SO embarrassed to admit that the words, "Put you phone down, mama" have come out of my son's mouth.

And I think a social media fast would actually help with my blogging. ::sigh::

Mitzi Durbin said...

I'm so glad I read this because I am so guilty of the same thing. Also I feel terrible that I haven't caught up with you and that beautiful baby. Thanks for the wake up call. Ill be joining you on this fast. Mitzi