Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Social Media - I'm Out

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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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Emily said...

Have a happy Thanksgiving and a fruitful, wonderful month of no social media!

-Jenni said...

Enjoy your month off! I am sure it will be refreshing!

Kim | It's All Reitz said...

We will miss you but I totally get it!

maren said...

Appreciate your willingness to follow God's leading! Happy November!

Janna said...

Good luck. I'm jumping on the FB bandwagon too.

Nancy said...

I totally agree with stepping back and taking a break. Enjoy it, my friend.

Mirinda said...

Think that's awesome Wendy (though I'll miss the giggles I get from your awesomeness) and wish I was closer to come sit and hear you speak :) Happy November!

Grant & Jill said...

Awesome, sister. Lemme know if you're near Pasadena in December. So Cal tour! xo

Devin said...


All caps.

I'll miss you...but man, oh man--do I get it. :)

Linda Z said...

Your costumes are adorable! Have a good break. :) I pray God fills your time with amazing blessings and growth. :)

Angie said...

I should probably take my cue from you and do the same. I get it! But are you just trying to beat us all to the Christmas shopping? Sly.

Rachel said...

You are awesome! Thanks for your leadership and authentic heart for our very awesome God. Hope you have a great month and looking forward to hearing what you have to say when you return!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!! I think it is awesome that you are being obedient to the Lord in this area and I believe you will reap such blessings from doing so! If we lived closer I would love to come hear you speak. Hope one of these days you will make it to the Nashville area!

forever folding laundry said...

This is awesome.
and see you when you get back.

And are you speaking up here at all?
Do we need to head to Coldstone
again for a mini session?
I'm game!


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Lisa said...

Love the pictures...and that you are taking a break! Me too!!! From blogging anyway (obviously still reading! ha!)...It can all get a little nutty and crazy, the way we are all super connected...breaks are good!

hannah singer said...

hi. i hope your thanksgiving was beautiful!

and i still miss you.

MommyMandi said...

Awesome! But can't wait to see you back.