Heads up real and virtual friends.
Not gonna be blogging or reading OPBs (other people's blogs) in November. Or tweeting. Or instagramming. Or facebooking (with the exception of a few things about upcoming speaking engagements on my Totally Desperate Mom page).
Because November is national non-social media month.
Well that and because God told me to take a month off. Whaaat? God speaks to you? Yes he does. Not in a "Go put on some tennies, pass out some kool-aid, and predict the end of the world" kind-of-a-way. He speaks to me through the Bible, through sermons, through people. And as I spend time with Him he impresses things on my heart. I love it. Christianity is not a bunch of do's and don'ts, it's a relationship with the living God. And it brings peace and joy amidst the crazy of life.
Anyway, we are going to be reading Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster with our young adults life group. (And no, I am not in denial that I am no longer a young adult. I gave up on that dream last month. When one of the kids called me "Mrs. Hagen." We host and lead the young pups at our house every week.) I started reading the book a few days ago. And it's awesome. As I was reading the first chapter spoke God to my heart about taking a social media break for November. To focus on the disciplines. To prepare for some upcoming talks. To tend to all of my everyday stuff. I'm teaching the chapter on Simplicity in December, right before Christmas. And I'm working on a talk for a MOPS group on "Contentment" and a talk about my journey with Baby Faith "Boldness: Trusting God Even When it Doesn't Make Sense."
If you live in Southern Cal, I will be speaking at a Women's Christmas dessert at Sunridge Community Church on Friday, December 2nd. Please email me if you are interested in coming and I will get you the details.
So I'm gonna be keepin' it simpler in November as I dive into the disciplines, work on some new talks, and step away from social media -- which can easily be a distraction, addiction, time sucker. (Not that social media is bad in and of itself, but I need a break from it.)
"The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, for deep people." Richard Foster
Catch you next month!
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