All Schools Day 2014

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What void are you filling?

I had a rare opportunity to go on a date with Lindy over dinner, Ruby free, meaning; no fussing, no wrangling a toddler while trying to eat, no high blood pressure -just calm, time to focus on my 6 year old. While we were waiting outside to be seated, I checked my phone. I guess looking to see if Dale had called. Lindy wanted to play "hide the princess wand" so I obliged - all the while texting a friend some non-critical information. Checked my phone to see if my friend replied. We were sat for dinner, I checked my phone - maybe Ruby was giving Dale a hard time. Within a simple 25 minutes, I checked my phone 5 times. ridiculous. Each time I thought about my phone, pangs of guilt crept up. Why do I need to check my phone right now? Can't I eat dinner for 45 minutes without checking my phone?!! In the back of my mind, thinking of this exact blog post that I've wanted to write for a year. Shaking my head at myself. I've even tried to play the game "don't look at my phone over dinner". I am sad to admit my own behavior with technology is no different than the majority in this world; my computer,, my phone, - and I don't even have a smartphone! I still just have a teenage girl texting phone! (We are cheap) I am addicted though, needing to get my fix all the time, any time, throughout the day. Ironically, I am spending 2 hours on my computer tonight to write this post. When I sit down and think about it, what is it that I really need from other people ALL the time? Because, that is what it is....a need to be filled by someone else. Of course, I can suggest that I check ALL THE TIME so that I don't miss ANY special announcement and so I don't have to scroll through 25 pages worth of people's lives to catch up from yesterday. Because in fact, I'm only checking, texting, (I can't even say blogging because I'm not consistent enough with it, ha), because I am filling a void in my life - filling a space, a hole. And I'm filling it with -other people. In our world of chaos and business and tweets and texts, I believe silence is escaping our souls. It is a stealthy (is that a word? It just doesn't flow right) idol; we don’t think twice about browsing the internet for hours or checking our messages 10 times a day, but we are filling the void in our souls with constant connection with others. As I sat at dinner at restaurant with my husband a few weeks ago, I looked around and I did not find more than 2 people who were distraction free, meaning they did not have a phone in hand, on the table, or vibrating in their pockets, or answered it during dinner. Who ARE we that we cannot go to dinner without having our phones on the table in front of us?! Do you know who visits us in our silence, in the quiet spot of our souls? Our Maker. He meets us in that silence. Now, I’m not suggesting that God doesn’t speak to us through the fabulous NIV translation on our fancy phones, but I am suggesting that … [Read more...]

Questions for you!

So, as I make some changes, I have some questions for you all. I have a few more changes coming (COOL slider at the top with more photos and moving the name of my blog). 1. I have about 25 Categories on the right - quite a few of them old and irrelevant. Do you USE those categories? Would you miss some of the old ones? 2. What would you LIKE to see on the blog visually? (more photos on the right or less or more resources) 3. I moved a few things to the BOTTOM of the blog (recent posts, search bar, etc). Did that confuse you? Do you actually use those? 4. What would you like to read MORE about? I'd love to hear what you have to say! Leave a comment here. … [Read more...]