At the beginning of Lent I put Facebook and some of my favourite websites into my Safe-eyes programme as blocked sites. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed the time away from the constant nagging to 'just check'. I can't, so therefore I don't. I am thinking of only looking at these sites once a week when this period of time is over. I will search out ways of doing so either in Safe-eyes or via my Internet provider. I know that I am not strong enough to do this without that little help!
God knew that I would need to be away from the screen as we have had a crazy time over here in the real world. A lady who started attending our church on New Years Day has died; she was very young. We attended her Funeral yesterday and some of it I found so sad. I didn't know her well but was looking forward to getting to know her better. She was a bright, intelligent lady but also someone who had suffered many different things immensely during her short 36 years. Her sister spoke about her during the Thanksgiving part of the Funeral; it made me think about my girls and the need for them to remain friends. We have to do what we can to help that as far as we are able. Also, I thought of my youngest sister and the friendship we have shared over the years. It was another reminder to work on friendship because we do not know what time there is left.
We have also had cases at church which have required our help, the details of which I cannot write on line due to confidentiality issues. I do believe that God is using these things to challenge my own prejudices about myself and other issues that I have long held. I am a 'black and white' person and life isn't always like that. I am learning that no matter what happens or who we have to help, the grace of God is sufficient. It doesn't always look like we imagine and sometimes it is hard. For many years I was a person who could be hard and then I moved to my present location! I have learnt to feel more and sometimes it hurts.
During my break I have written down my thoughts at the end of each day. There is something wonderful about using my proper Ink pen and watching the words flow on the page. I was given the pen by my granddad more than 20 years ago. At the moment I have blue Ink but will look around for some purple or maybe some green.
I am enjoying the time I have with my family and realise that some of our long held traditions which may seem quaint to others are so important. They are also ones that I need to build on and not allow slip for the sake of a 'quick look' at Facebook.
And on that note I must go and join the others in the garden. It is a beautiful day and one of my daughters is asking skipping advice through the window. I better go and oblige.