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Words…and Social Media

Words, like angels, are powers, which have invisible power over us. They are personal presences, which have whole mythologies… and their own guarding, blaspheming, creating, and annihilating effects.” 
 
                                            ~ James Hillman
 
Parents rejoice when their children turn out well;
    wise children become proud parents.
 
                                             ~ Proverbs 23:24
 
Hawk Nelson
 
     Where do your words come from?  What is your thought process before opening your mouth.  In this culture of unrest, sensitivity, nasty social media comments, how do you aim your words?
      One of my professors gave me a quizzical look when I said I couldn’t see the value in Twitter.  She looked through me, and said, “Linda, it all depends on how you use it.”  Those words changed the way I saw social media.  I stopped posting my every move and endeavored to post uplifting, positive, heart healing comments, posts, responses.
     I have let a lot go.  I have resisted saying so very many things.  I do not haunt my own grown children’s accounts, though I am very interested in my children and the things that they care about.
     Today, look at the words that lift you, the ones that pull you down, the ones that made/make a difference.  Think on that as you get ready to write your next email, send  you next tweet, “like” your next Facebook post.  Be His voice.  Make the Lord your proud parent.  He is!
     Because of Him,
     Linda
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Whatsoever Things

Occasionally ask, “What is the connection between what I want most in life and anything I plan to do today?”     
                                                                                                                            ~ Robert Brault
 
 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
                                                                                                                           ~ Philippians 4:8
 
For those of you who are not on social media, this weekend, a “generator” came out and if you clicked on it and added your name, you could find out “something about yourself.”  If you did not like what you found, you could ask for another remark.  I tried it at least 10 times and received ten very sarcastic, snarky pieces of information. Each entry ends with _____ is smart. Be like _____.  It is a reward for their snarky opinion of the entrant. Sometimes these things are fun and worthy of playing.
 
     You may tell me I am too sensitive.  But, if I saw a sign like that when I walked into the room, it would not give me joy.  If would feed that crack of darkness.  The one that leads to all kinds of self doubt, and being even harder on myself than I already am.  
     I saw the scripture for today and felt the confirmation in my spirit for not entering in to that particular “generator.” There is one person who responded on the website for this item, and she had the same response I did, and was subsequently supported by over 38,000 folks who agreed with her. It was heartening to be validated.  It was even more heartening to know that I had done what was right for me.  We make hundreds of little decisions every day.  They seem silly, crazy, unimportant but each one feeds your spirit.  
    My daughters are good reminders for me that Philippians 4:8 is a good place to live.  They help me redirect my thoughts when I get to a couple of “pet” hurts.  Thank you Lord for my daughters and for their willingness to remind me that I was the one who taught them to think that way…and to get out of the dumpster thinking that I am in.
 
Lord, thank you for the reminders to keep our eyes up, our ears open, our hearts tuned to your spirit.  Help me to dwell in the lovely things.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Bumpers

A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams. 
 
  ~ Author Unknown
 
“If only my words were written in a book—
    better yet, chiseled in stone!
Still, I know that God lives—the One who gives me back my life—
    and eventually he’ll take his stand on earth.
And I’ll see him—even though I get skinned alive!—
    see God myself, with my very own eyes.
    Oh, how I long for that day!”
 
     ~ Job 19:25
 
     Social media gets “ranked on” often.  The things about it which are damaging often make it an unattractive place to be.  But, I noticed something.  There are a few contacts I have made that were men I had dated in my teens.  They have one thing in common that I did not see back then, with very few exceptions; they are now following the Lord.  I am not claiming any part in this, I am noticing how the Lord surrounded me with folks on the same path.  Some passed me, some fell behind, some have passed away, but so many are/were in the company of Jesus. 
     One fellow really surprised me.  We had only gone to the beach once or twice.  I never saw him again.  Forty years later he messaged me to ask if I remembered him and to let me know he was a musician in a Christian band.  Slowly the pieces started to emerge that God had been gently sending “bumpers” like in a pinball game, to guide this little ball to the right place.
 
     Who are your bumpers?  How has God protected you on this large board called life? Whose hand has flipped you back so you did not go down the hole and be lost?  Today, I am thankful for my brother, and for the bumpers in my life, many of whom have gone home to be with the Lord.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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