Monday, July 11, 2011
MEDIA MONDAY - WEEK TWO
How are you all today? Did you have a good weekend? I had a great weekend. I discovered that rootbeer floats not only taste good with vanilla ice cream. It's also fantastic with coffee-flavored ice cream, too :) :) Oh, imagine a rootbeer float with java chip coffee ice cream :) :) Yummy :) :)
I didn't have any photos for today. So I'm just pulling out random photos for you to day, to enjoy. Today is week two of the Media Monday series over at the Women Living Well site. Feel free to visit that site. It's a wonderful place to visit. You'll learn a lot, too and receive godly encouragement. Even if you are a single lady like me, you can still participate. There's a lot we can learn from married ladies. Plus, there are certain things about our Christian lives that apply to all of us as women across the board.
Week Two's post was entitled "iPad, iPad, iPhone or The Great I AM" It was a wonderful post. Oen of the things I like is that it isn't preachy. It's one woman's heart to live a life pleasing to God and how that figures into our everyday lives, including the use of technology. Click on the above link or on the "Media Monday" button on my right sidebar to read the article for yourselves.
THE PLAZA IN DOWNTOWN ASHLAND, OREGON. IF YOU EVER HAVE A CHANGE TO VISIT, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE CITY. ONE THING THAT STANDS OUT, IS HOW EASY IT IS TO GO FOR A WALK. IT'S SO PRETTY, YOU HAVE TO GO FOR A WALK TO ENJOY THE SUNSHINE.
I'll share some of the points that I found especially interesting. I really found the whole article very interesting :) :) When I was younger, the way I communicated with friends far away was to write a good old-fashioned letter - pen on paper ;) :) Now with technology, I hardly ever do that any more. I really miss that and will work on getting back into real letter writing. One really good point that Courtney makes in the opening paragraph is that technology is a-moral. It's neither good or bad. It's what we do with the technology, that really determines whether it's bad or good. Do you use it for good things, like reaching out to others, sharing Christ, sharing your tips on homemaking etc? Or do you use it to bring people down, gossip etc? Those are just a couple of things to think about.
I struggled with doing my devotions on a daily basis. There's so much to do. I want to get all the items on my list checked off and finished. So when I get so busy, I forgot to read my Bible. For me at least, reading my Bible in the morning, really sets the tone for the entire day. It affects my mood and how I react to stuff. So with the pull of my Facebook page or emails, there's a strong tendency to check that first. Remember, it's not bad in and of itself. However, I want my first thought to be spending time in reading my Bible and prayer.
I have been so extremely blessed to find some awesome Christian sites in blogland and on Facebook, plus other sites that are fun, informative, filled with craft projects etc. So for that, I'm so greatful. Courtney points out that technology can be a time stealer, I totally agree with that. As many of you now, I'm still unemployed looking for a job. So for someone in my position, it's especially tempting. There were days when all I'd do the whole day was sit in front of the computer or sit in front of the tv. Then I'd complain that I got nothing done. It was making me miserable. So I've worked hard to change that. I have to make a concerted effort to turn those things off after a certain time.
Courtney is going to be keeping a literal logbook everyday of how much time she spends using technology. So what I'll be doing for the next 7 weeks to record how much time I spend on the computer, Facebook, tv. It will help me get a better picture of where I"m spending my time. Now I'll tell you something interesting, when I lived in Germany and Norway, I NEVER had a television. What? Yes, it's true. No tv, no access to email, except very limited use at the library. I maybe watched tv when I'd visit friends, or if a friend when on vacation for a month, I'd "babysit" their tv. You know what? I didn't miss it. I spent so much time doing things with friends. Every night was filled with something involving other people :) :) I might have to try another tv fast sometime.
THIS IS A PHOTO I TOOK OF MY FAVORITE FABRIC BAG. I WAS TRYING TO RECREATE A VINTAGE LOOK. IT CAME OUT A BIT DARK.
I would love to know what your thoughts are about this subject. What do you do? Is it a struggle to make a wise use of time when it comes to technology and your daily devotions? How do you integrate the two together?
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