A Day of Freedom

 

social-media-template-design-network-icons-background-35039527   Facebook has become a fun tool, especially for moms. I can share pictures of my kids with family and friends, tell of all the silly conversations we have together and keep up with other mommy friends.  Keeping up with my readers is easy through my Raising Up Stones facebook page and I love talking with them each day and sharing helpful information be it spiritual, crafty or humorous. I also enjoy all of the different groups I am a part of; Homeschool used books for sale, blogging help, things for sale in my area and many more.   Then there is  the ability to keep up with some of my favorite bloggers, music groups or church information.  Everyone has something to offer and if you want to and have the time to, you could keep yourself occupied all day ( I don’t recommend it though!)

 

Then there is Instagram. One of my favorites! Why? Because it is all pictures! I am very visual so instagram is right up my ally.  I have friends on my personal IG page that I feel like I know personally. I have watched their children grow up, watched them add to their family or watched as they have gone through troubles and heartaches. Sharing with my readers is easily done through my Raising Up Stones IG Page too.  Here is where I can share pictures that relate to being a mom, a wife and a child of God. Anything I see during the day that might encourage another woman who may be in the same time in life as I am. I have a lot of fun on instagram!

 

Then there is Pinterest! Who knew something could come along and be even more fun. I remember the very day I discovered this little gem! I couldn’t stop. I went Pin happy!! I couldn’t believe that within minutes I had the best looking house, the best outfit and the best food and I didn’t even have to get off of my couch or out of my PJs! If you have a pinterest (if you do, pin right over to mine here!) you know how addicting it can be. There is always something new that you want to try or see or read. There is so much fun in pinning. It is a little less social but still can be just as exciting.

 

Social media has brought a lot of convenience and excitement to our days. I can’t quite remember how I talked to people before it!?! Truth is, it is here, it’s “the thing” and we have benefitted from it in most cases (I could write a whole other post on how we have not benefited from it, of course, but that is not my point here!) However, some days it feels like a weight on me.  Does that make sense? As much as I love it, I feel attached to it somehow. Somehow I feel like if I do not keep up, I will miss something. If I don’t post this picture of our trip to the park, people will miss out on my day and they are waiting for it <haha, I wish!> . If I don’t message this friend right back, she may think that I am ignoring her.  You know the drill.

 

Then there is that reflex that happens to your hand when your phone is near. You have to press the button to see if there are any new notifications or likes.  Did she repin my pin? Did they like that picture of the chicken cordon bleau I made (that really happened tonight, I’m not making this stuff up!!) Did anyone comment on that funny little joke I made? Just putting it all in words sounds exhausting!

 

Sunday morning, I woke up, checked my facebook and put down my phone to get ready for church. I didn’t have a lot of time to get the kids and I put together so I never got a chance to look again.   I kept thinking about how I needed to post something inspirational since it was sunday but I was too busy praying for my own inspiration in the midst of braiding and curling the hair of 3 girls (me included). When I sat down in church, I had a few minutes before the service started. I reached in for my phone but I got that nudge from the Holy Spirit. You don’t need that right now. Just be still and quiet for now. So, I put it away and took a deep breath. It was refreshing! I prayed and was quiet and waited for the team to lead in Worshiping the one who calls me daughter! During the service I felt the Spirit leading me deeper. Take the day off. Let me fill you today. Just me and you. keep your heart and mind for me today. It felt amazing. I had moments where I would reach for my phone but then I remembered, today is my day off! So, I would pray and thank God that He wanted time with me. He had a plan for me.

 

Now I so look forward to next Sunday. To my day off. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for He and I. I know that He uses social media every day in my life. I am encouraged, inspired and motivated by many messages of friends and writers but Sunday is not the day for that, now. Sunday is my day to reflect on what I heard at church, worship my faithful Father and dedicate my time and heart to Him and the family He has blessed me with, without any interuptions that facebook, Instagram and Pinterest may bring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying any of these are bad, God just has more than that in the plans for me on Sundays now and I am excited to see what it will be. What about you? Could you be missing out on a special day of freedom and a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t have to be Sunday or even a whole day. God may have a different plan for you, without interruption. Ask Him…and then follow through and do it!

 

* If you do feel led to, let me know how it’s going! I’d love to hear about it!

6 comments to A Day of Freedom

  • Good for you Cassandra. I take Freedom days at various time throughout the week not just on Sundays.

  • I love this! It’s funny because I am the same way about Sundays – always trying to find something inspirational to find. I go back and forth, some Sundays I don’t get online at all, other Sundays I use my phone to post stuff. Weekends tend to be geared more toward my family. 🙂
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  • […] week’s most clicked link was from Cassandra at Raising Up Stones.  She shares all about her Day of Freedom, or what I like to call a Social Media Sabbath.  Every […]

  • Wonderful post (and I made sure to follow your Facebook and Pinterest pages… I was already following you on Instagram).

    I rarely post on the weekends. Social media can be such a trap and I hate that it steals away from being present with my family and with God. So I have been putting on boundaries.

    Thanks so much for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo
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