their time with me. After spending three years or more very fast paced, our schedules have changed this fall and we have all decided we want to be more intentional about our time. In that spirit, the girls challenged me to put down my phone MORE. Of course I was concerned they felt they were being neglected and were just now telling me, but they assured me that was not the case. Their challenge? Stay off Facebook until Christmas. Really. That's it. I thought to myself, "Hmm, just when I started this blog, and felt like I should be posting what I have been posting with regard to my fitness goals, devotions and thoughts, now they want to challenge me with this?" But the more I thought about it, the more I thought (and persuaded) this could be a really good thing.
While I have been taking advantage of the scheduled posting capabilities, I was still checking in to see what was going on. Not that it was excessive or anything, but enough for my kiddos to notice that I wasn't FULLY there when I was with them. Which, they NEED - as do I. After our conversation, I sensed God taking the idea a bit further. I started seeing more posts about being more present and videos about social networking creating anti-social souls. I kept thinking about Christmas, and the best present I could give my daughters being my presence. We've all seen those slogans online, and we 'Like' them and move on. But to actually do it? Well, my children (perhaps with an inspiration from the Holy Spirit) are asking me to do just that. And I can't ignore it.
So it's time for a hiatus. It's time to be more present than I have been. It's time to let my children know that I hear them and I respect what it is they are saying to me. I am going to continue on with my devotions. I still have my physique goals and will continue to pursue those. However, I will not be blogging and posting, nearly as much. This is an unexpected turn on the journey I embarked on just a month ago, but I know it must be an essential part of the process - or it wouldn't be coming up. If I truly desire to be all that God intends me to be for my family, I have to be willing to listen when opportunities like this present themselves - regardless of whether it fits what I imagined or not. After all, the only vision that comes to fruition is that of God's (see Habakkuk 2) and His is all I really desire to experience anyway. So to my daughters, challenge accepted and thank you!
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