Hi, friends! I hope this post finds you well. My Facebook fast ends today and I wanted to report back on that. Also, I’ve been deep in scripture in my spare time and have found some amazing underlines from my Bible to share with you. But first things first-
Freedom from Facebook
Getting away from FB is something that God has been asking me to do over and over again. I would make an attempt that would last for two days, then I’d justify why I needed back on…and just like *that*, my vacation from it would be over. As would my promise to God. But, you can’t ignore the Lord. And it finally got to a point where I felt strongly like it would be for my own good to listen to Him and leave it. At the time, I was updating several times a day and always had the tab up in the background when on the computer. To be honest, it was an obsession- a much needed break from my very quiet and open schedule. I used it as a distraction to avoid the reality that I was alone all day with no job to go to. I guess you could say FB “became” my reality. I knew God was calling me to spend more time with Him, that He wanted to show me some things and speak to me. Only me. God doesn’t like sharing us with any idol. Yes, FB and social media in general can become an idol. If you wake up and it’s the first thing you think about, then it may be an idol. If you spend time wondering if what you posted will get any likes, instead of talking with your husband over dinner- it may be an idol. It was my idol.
So one day, I decided I was ready (God is a patient God). I didn’t do a “I’m getting off here for a while, text me…” thing..I just stopped posting.
Wouldn’t you know the first week off I received three emails from FB a day- A. DAY. Telling me of all the posts and status updates I was missing, how many new notifications I had, etc. But they didn’t work. I felt relieved to not be on FB, to be accepting my own reality and this waiting season that I am in. After a week, I would only get one email a day for the next four weeks (still too much if you ask me). And- AND when FB did email me, they would say I had 16 notifications, then they would say I had 1, then I’d get another email saying I had 10..(btw, I logged on this morning and only had one that whole time!). The enemy was doing his best to distract me.
I began spending time with my Bible and Jesus Calling in the morning over tea. I found myself really listening to God. I’ve never been good at waiting. I’ve always worked or gone to school, or done both- but now, I am in a position where all I can do is wait. And try to serve Him as best I can where I am at. Over the weeks, the Lord gave me such peace and joy in my heart. I began to look forward to reading His word. I began praying and talking with Him throughout the day…thanking Him for even the smallest of things (“Lord, thank you for protecting my animals last night”). In those weeks, I grew to love Him not only as a friend but as my Father. I became aware of His Holy Spirit in my life, and how my actions can cause the Holy Spirit to grieve.
In those weeks, my relationship with my husband got better day by day. We talked more and I was actually present during the conversations (imagine that!). I began to view my time at home not as a burden, or wishing it away, but as a place to do ministry…here in my own house. I started taking that job seriously, making sure that my home is haven for my husband when he comes home from work. Making sure that I’ve cooked a meal that he can sit down to and enjoy. Washing his shirts so he doesn’t have to worry about running out of them mid-week. And the Lord blessed me with a happy heart while doing all of this. I would spend all day talking with God and listening to worship music. The Lord made it so that I spent so much time in the Spirit, that when my husband came home stressed out from work, his mood would change. I could speak life into him and encourage him. When on FB, I never had that mindset…I wanted to escape this very quiet, often lonely reality. But that is what God can do- He can turn what we think are burdens into a blessing for someone else. He can take our troubled hearts and say “You are just looking at it the wrong way, my child. Here, let me show you how I see it.”
In the week leading up to the end of my fast, I began praying for guidance and strength. This morning I logged on, checked my notifications (2 messages, 1 notification – unlike the email that said I had 16, um can we say “bait”?) and was immediately overwhelmed by all of the status updates on the page. I used to spend so much time scrolling through senseless stuff! I didn’t want to get sucked back in. I still don’t.
This isn’t to say that I’ll never use FB again, or that I’m going to delete my account…but nothing in the world will ever replace God in my life. And this relationship that I have with Him. It has been so precious to my heart that I can’t let anything interrupt it, and I won’t. Will I post things sometimes? Yes- but only things I truly want to share. I will not let it rule my life or determine my mood any longer.
In my time away, I found some amazing scripture that really speaks to me and gives me comfort. I wanted to share the underlined verses in my Bible with you. I hope they give you as much hope and peace as they have me.
“Yet he did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Rom 4:20-21
“And we boast in the hope of glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Rom 5: 3-5
“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Rom 6: 22
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cray, ‘Abba, Father’. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Rom 8: 14-15
“For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” Rom 11: 32
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom 12: 2
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Rom 16: 20
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” 1 Corinth 4:5
(On competing with others for worldly things)…”They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize [of eternal life with Jesus].” 1 Corinth 9: 25-27
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinth 10: 13 (I love this because it tells me that the Enemy is a broken record when it comes to temptation. He uses the same stuff on everyone. He has no new tricks!
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinth 15: 58
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where teh Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinth 3: 17-18
” We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.”…”Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinth 4: 10-11, 16-18
” For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.”…”and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinth 3-4, 5 (To me, this means that we don’t let our minds wander away from us…on roads that will go nowhere or end in despair. We are to take our (selfish/self-degrading/unproductive) thoughts and turn them to Christ. Is this thought helping me? Is it of God or the devil?
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Gal 1: 10
“The only things that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal 5: 6
“Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Eph 1: 3-4 He chose us. Before we were born. He calls us “holy” and “blameless”. What kind of love this is!
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” Eph 4: 29-30
“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph 5: 19-20
Wherever you are in life, I hope that you are embracing the season you are in. If it is a season of turmoil and hardship- embrace it. God will bring you through it and you’ll be stronger in the faith for having gone through it. If it is a season of loneliness- seek God, He is the best friend anyone can have. Ask Him to make himself known to you. Speak with Him throughout the day. If it is a season of abundance, thank the Lord! In everything, thank the Lord! No matter what season you are in, there are always thanks and praises to be given. We have an amazing God that loves us more than we can imagine. Nothing in this life will ever satisfy…only Jesus. And once you know him, you won’t want anything else. I promise.
I love you all!