October 19, 2012

Alrighty… so how did the Facebook Fast go?  It was not as difficult as I thought it would be.  Maybe twice a day when I would get online I would have two seconds of disappointment at not being able to log in.  No biggie.  I think it’s given us some good positive changes as well.  We have kept Facebook blocked on our computers, so we can only get on if we have the password.  Which means when Jake is at school and I am at home, neither of us can waste time on Facebook!  It has worked well.  I will tell you a bit more about how we do that in a bit.

The second thing that this exercise made me see was that it isn’t just Facebook that wastes my time and distracts me from my duties.  It’s the internet and really, my computer in general.  It is a useful tool, but can very easily turn around and enslave you quietly to its distracting and destructive ways.  But, we need computers in our home, for many reasons.  So we can’t get rid of them.  Instead we need to le...

October 11, 2012

Well, I thought it was time to talk about some more of the benefits from this Facebook Fast. I finished a book! I would have finished it anyway… but it would have taken me much longer. And I think I will even get through two books this week. What else is there to do when you are nursing and you don’t have Facebook? Reading is something I definitely need to be doing, but I get a lot less of it done if there are time wasters available on the interwebs.

Blogging! I have been blogging daily! Which is really what I want to be doing… it’s just hard to find the time. But without Facebook? Not so bad I’d say. I’ve also been able to read other blogs. I’ve found posts like this one.  Stories that will break your heart… My passion for saving orphans has never left, but as I readjust my priorities it is being rekindled.  I dare you to read Kori’s Story.  Go on, click on the link and see if God does not move your heart.

What if one of those children in an institution is yours?  What if...

October 10, 2012

I guess some days you just don’t get anything done no matter how little you get on Facebook! Having two kids will do that I suppose…

I am not having too much trouble missing Facebook. It’s actually quite liberating. I only had once today where I really wanted to check it, but I got over it pretty quickly. I am finding other ways to waste my time online… adoption blogs… hmm… I think I will need a little bit more than just blocking Facebook to keep myself accountable for my online time.

The internet is a great tool, and the goal is to make sure it STAYS a tool, rather than me being a slave to it. That is what I don’t want! I will do a more detailed update tomorrow. It’s late… and way past my bedtime.

October 9, 2012

Start Here for Day 1

I have to admit – this hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be!  The worst part of the day is the morning and the evening, which is actually very telling and a little sad.  I always feel like I should begin and end my day with Facebook.  I know, pitiful right?  I wake up and I want to make sure nothing new has happened, and I want to double check nothing is going on before I go to sleep. 

Ugh…

We have been talking about how to reorient our Facebooking after this short fast, and I think one thing we will have to do is definitely block it in the morning and at night!  Something that fuels the Facebook addiction is “I just want to check one more time…”  That news feed is awful!  You feel the need to constantly keep up with it because – WHAT IF I MISS SOMETHING?!

What you don’t think about is what you’re missing right in front of you, while you’re trying not to miss everything that is so far away.  It’s not that it’s bad or wrong to...

October 8, 2012

So… my very dear husband has convinced me to join him in a week long Facebook Fast, a cybernating of sorts, if you will. I have decided to blog about our experience. How was Day 1? Let me paint you a picture…

Instead of logging onto Facebook as soon as I woke up… I made my dear hubby and I some hot tea to enjoy while we worked.

Instead of checking Facebook when I was done working… I sang a hymn and said morning prayers with my daughter we she woke up.

Instead of checking Facebook after breakfast… I read children’s Catechism books to Evangeline.

Instead of spending more time on Facebook after hubby left for school… I put away the clean laundry and dishes.

Instead of staring at the computer screen… I gazed into my son’s eyes.

Instead of scrolling through my newsfeed… I unpacked a much needed winter clothes box.

And your favorite of all… instead of using my nursing breaks for Facebook updates I wrote this nifty blog post.

In short, we got a lot more of life done and a lot less of living vica...

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