rest

Recently, a new friend of mine took a rest from “social media”, i.e. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Reflecting on her thoughts, I realized I am in a self-imposed rest right now. Hence, my lack of recent posts.

As much as I like writing on my blog and keeping up with new friends and new ideas via social media, I easily become overwhelmed with the “internet noise” that competes for my time.

I find myself picking up my laptop only to put it down again, realizing I am just not in the mood.

{I don’t have the energy today, to write or catch up or “link-in”. I need a break. I need a rest.}

So, what am I doing in the mean time?

(1) Reading – a lot of reading right now.

I just finished a wonderful novel by first-time-novelist Eowyn Ivey, titled “The Snow Child”. Beautiful prose and magical story-telling. It takes place in the Alaska wilderness during the 1920s and the time of the first homesteaders.

I am also reading “Twitter for Good” by Claire Diaz-Ortiz . A great intro into the world of Twitter, and how we can use Twitter to reach the masses with our messages for good.

“When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself ” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. I am seeking to understand how to most lovingly approach underserved women with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Soon, I will start “bird by bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott. I am exploring the idea of writing {fill in the blank} to publish. Not sure what yet, but feeling led down this scary path.

Also, “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream” by David Platt. Doesn’t that title sound unsettling, yet interesting? I am looking forward to diving in.

And, then, in the quiet of the evening, I will begin a new novel titled “a land more kind than home” by Wiley Cash. He’s from S. Carolina and charmingly captures the southern dialect in his characters’ voices. I was raised in the South, and love the comfort of the “twang” I hear come alive in their conversations.

Escaping into books is often how I cope with tensions and pressures in this life.

I need an escape right now.

(2) I also aim to get all of our pictures hung in our new home. We are finally at that stage where the boxes are unpacked, the furniture is in the right spot, and I can now visualize the smaller details of making our house a home.

(3) Finally and most importantly, I am fulfilling my God-given roles as wife and mom. These two roles are what bring me back to reality. By focusing on my every-day responsibilities, the noise of this world dies down and becomes quieter, less dominant.

There are times, even in the pursuit of this rest, when I feel the world calling out to me, telling me I should be checking my Facebook page, my Twitter account, the blogs I subscribe to.

What if I am missing an opportunity to connect? to comment? to promote my website and blog? Blah…I just turn away in disgust at my selfish cravings.

That is when I know I have gone too far.

I pause and remember Paul’s words,

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

I leave my cell phone in the other room, my laptop stays closed, and I no longer have the pressing urges to check my latest tweets, Facebook updates, or blog comments.

Rest is a gift, and an opportunity to reconnect with what is really important in this life.

To realize again that I am just a small drop in the large pond of life. And, the “social media” world will go on even if I am not engaged in it.

newly purposed,

jana

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4 thoughts on “rest

  1. I’m really enjoying your blog, Jana. I took a break from fb during Lent this year. What a relief it was! I have a much healthier relationship with all my “friends” after that break!

  2. Such a poignant message. I stood in target the other day and watched a mother chatting incessantly on her cell phone while her small son stood by trying to occupy himself. I thought to my myself “how sad that she is missing out on time to communicate with her own child, even if it was doing mundane chores”. Thanks for the reminder.

    Putting the iPad down now.

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