Now this is a good idea!

But maybe for next year as I’m too busy with the Christmas present knitting 😂

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Blessings 😊

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Funny how you get

A nod from God pointing you in the right direction. Taken from today’s #40acts 


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40 Acts - Stewardship
Act 4 - real world

Act four – Real World


by Steph Corris

Carving out whole chunks of our day to scroll, watch, click or post has become the norm. We like to think we’re staying connected, but if it’s via a screen how connected are we really? Can the digital world replace the real world? Today, take time away from the screen. But: make it matter.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Philippians 4: 8 (NLT)


Ever experienced comparison jealously or smugness from scrolling social media? I know the feeling well: a mixture of feeling connected to someone’s life, knowing what they were doing that evening, what they wore and what they ate, but at the same time disconnected as I haven’t had a face-to-face or honest conversation with them in months.

I knew I had to do something, so I challenged myself to spend some time away from the screens that were so obviously distracting me from more vulnerable, real friendships and also from going deeper with God. I was reluctant; I knew it would be good for me but I kept thinking ‘Can I actually do it?’ I knew deep down I needed to break away from my addiction to TV and from ‘on-screen’ versions of people, where it was only the best, the exaggerated version of people – of myself – shown.

I switched my attention from the screens in my life and focused on being ‘in the moment’, being ‘with’ friends and not being constantly distracted by my phone. I felt so free not checking my phone every few minutes. I spent my evening away from the made-up situations I usually engross myself with on the TV, spending more time with God, reading the Bible and giving myself time to reflect on and be challenged by what I read. Each of these things was refreshing, challenging and rewarding. The best moment that I experienced during my non-screen time was one particular evening when instead of watching TV until late I ended up digging into the book of Romans, where God really spoke to me.

I’ve been challenged to make a choice on what I am to fix my eyes and thoughts on: things that are true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Do I fix my eyes on the reality of a good God who loves me, loves my brokenness and encourages me to love others in their vulnerability or do I fix my eyes and thoughts on things that are exaggerated, false, unreliable, deceptive, insignificant or undesirable? That’s my choice, our choice, daily.

Today’s blog was written by Steph Corris. Find out more about her here.

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GREEN OPTION:

Identify the screen that takes up most of your time. Is it TV? Games on your tablet/console? Sifting through your newsfeed on social media? Tot up how much screen time you spend. Review it, and make a conscious decision to cut down.

YELLOW OPTION:

Swap the screen time for some real-life human interaction for a couple of hours. Spend it with your friends and family, enjoying the quality time. Leave behind the temptation to check your notifications, or zone out at the telly.

RED OPTION:

Commit to doing this for a whole day, once a week.


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1994……and what did happen to Kat?

Over on BBC6 music today they have turned the clock back to 1994 as part of their My Generation season.  You can have a look at the playlist here

There have been a few tweets over in Twitter World of people reminiscing their teenage years. I was a teenager back then so I have my own memories of that time.

As part of the articles that the beeb have put up on their website it explains that this was the year that the world wide web started to take off. This got me chatting to my colleagues about how we now take this world as the norm and that children today have grown up in this world of computers, smartphones and tablets.

September 1994 saw me going to University. Computers were strange things.  Sure I used a word processor for my assignments but all you did on them was type and if you were lucky a game of snake. Journeying into the Internet was a strange world. As my time progressed at university I met people who were really into the Internet especially socialising on it. I remember this one girl called Kat who was heavily into this and saying she saw so and so….she hadn’t actually physically seen them but virtually seen them. Back then this was not the norm and was seen as really odd. Now however it’s a different story.

I wasn’t really friends with Kat so we never kept in touch. So why has she now crossed my mind? Well she would be the same age as me now. A few of my friends of my age are starting to shun the virtual world in favour of the real world. Some of them don’t get it and see no point in wasting time with it. Those who have children are worried about how much time their children spend using computers being in the virtual world vs spending time in the real world. They have concerns of their children having too many virtual friends and not enough pinch punch real friends who they can go out with. There is a question of what is seen as proper fun. There is the fear that they are not going to experience childhood the way they did. So they have to decided to lead by example by reducing the time that they spend on social media and the Internet.

I wonder if Kat feels the same? Or is she some high flyer over in the USA working for some big Internet firm? Or has she dropped out of the world living simply somewhere in the middle of nowhere?  I know I will never know but can hope whatever she is doing she is happy.  

The negative side of this virtual world is the stories that you hear of young people feeling inadequate and this leads to depression and anxiety. Plus there is the online bullying and trolling that happens.

I wasn’t planning on reducing the time I spend in the virtual world over Lent but I’m starting to think that to aid with my healing process I need to consider the time I spend, what I post and who I follow. There’s no total escaping from it as part of my work is media based however I can control my own time. It’s best to spend as much of that in the real world with real people.
Blessings 😁

Shrove Tuesday 

So today is pancake day! Tomorrow sees the start of Lent. I have decided to work the muscle of writing. As well as my blog I keep a diary/journal. I write in it occasionally but I’m going to try and write something down every day as a way of destressing and relaxing.  Hopefully it may mean a few blog posts! 
 I’m also going to try and read more. I was getting back into the habit of reading but have slipped slightly. Hopefully this will help me focus a bit more. 

I’ll let you know how I get on. 

Blessings 😊