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I’ve Been Nominated for the Sunshine Blog Award

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I’d like to thank His Reflections for nominating me for the Sunshine Blog Award, which is given to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”I am very thankful towards Him for his recognition and would like to do the same for others. Below are 10 bloggers I feel are worthy of the same and more so.

Rules to Accept the Award:

1)  Include the award logo in a post or somewhere on your blog.

2) Answer 10 questions about yourself.

3) Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.

4)  Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.

5)  Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

The 10 Questionsand Answers:

1)   What is your favorite color? I like colonial blue

2)   What is your favorite animal?  Brown bear

3)   What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  mighty mango by Naked

4)  Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

5)   What is your passion?  teaching the word by any means and missions work in Nicaragua

6)  What is your favorite pattern?  don’t say I have one?

7) Do you prefer giving or getting presents?  giving is so much better

8) What is your favorite number? 8

9)  What is your favorite day of the week? Sunday

10) What is your favorite flower? umm, Krocus

Here are my nominees

1) Chief of the Least

2) The Ink Slinger

3) Good News

4) Revelations in Writing

5) Attempts at Honesty

6) Settled in Heaven

7) The Berean Way

8) The Purpose Class

9) This is What I Have to Say

10) Just My Faith Talking

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Facebook Made Me Do It

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It’s so easy to get caught in the sticky web of deceit, gossip, fantasy, revenge, and temptations that Facebook entangles us with. We have at our fingertips the ability to reach out to hundreds of so called “friends” and create havoc in an instant.  Although Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with old friends, new friends, coworkers, and family members, it is also a doorway to much pain and consternation.

One problem I have with Facebook as a social media tool, is how people use it as a weapon. How someone can publicly humiliate and bash on someone they barely know and reveal it to hundreds of people instantaneously. This brings rise to a new sociological term called cyber-bullying. Social media is actually changing our society and creating new dilemmas that probably wouldn’t have existed without such a platform as Facebook . It is so easy for kids to spread rumors or embarrassing photos of others to 500 people in a click of the mouse. There was a case recently where a teenage girl  committed suicide by walking out in front of a bus to end her life, because she couldn’t take the torment of this cyber bullying on Facebook. Even after her death, kids still continued to post on her Facebook page riddled with insults and words of vitriol.

Another dilemma is the ease, availability , and temptation  to cheat on your spouse. It is becoming increasingly popular to look up your old high school sweetheart and rekindle that old flame. Where this was not so easily done years ago and would take research and time to find someone, with Facebook you can look up someone in a instant. It also gives an easy format for 2 people that barely know each other to create an avenue in which to get intimate without leaving the comforts of leaving their home. This was not possible 15-20 years ago, and Facebook has brought this to an increasingly easy level. I have friends who, on a daily basis, gets hit on and is given indecent proposals. They’re  all married.  Therefore, when people are in marriages going through a rough time, this makes it very enticing to jump ship, rather than work out their problems. To the point where, my one friend says everyone she knows, is cheating on their spouses due to people they meet on Facebook.

A third danger associated with Facebook is “too much information” (TMI) or the gossip quandary. How many times has someone said mean things about their parents,  bash their friends, spill secrets, say bad things about an ex, talk poorly of their children, ridicule something their spouse said, etc.? Why do we feel compelled to tell our quasi friends intimate details of our life that we would otherwise not tell our family members or our close “real” friends? A recent example of this is someone, “a friend of a friend” died recently, and they felt it necessary to post it on Facebook. When the parents of the person who died went on Facebook to check out there newsfeed they first learned of their child’s death. Can you imagine finding out our son or daughter died by a post on Facebook? This enrages me and should enrage you. People are so craving attention, and they need to be liked and fill the unhappiness in their real lives so they feel the need to be the first person to post this. I am reminded of Proverbs 13: 3 “Whoever guards his mouth preserves life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin”

It is easy to say that Facebook is the root of all this evil, or that “Facebook made me do it” when it comes to cheating on our spouses. But what is really the heart behind the matter? The problem is us, our motives, desires, needs, and pride. The  problem is that our hearts are basically evil by nature. Many of us don’t want to believe this about ourselves but that’s just your heart deceiving you Winking smile It says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?”  You see it is not Facebook that is evil, it just gives us a platform for our hatred, pride, covetousness, gossip, and anger to be displayed. We need to be mindful of the things we post. This reminds me of Proverbs 14 where it says, “One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.” Let us not be the fool when it comes to our Facebook posting but let us be cautious in what we put up for the world to see. We should ask ourselves are we causing anyone harm, Are we gossiping, are we acting and speaking inappropriately with someone who is not our spouse?  Are we speaking ill of our children, spouse, or parents? This is what we should ask ourselves  before we hit “post”.

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Why I am blogging

It is the start of a new year, and like all new years we resolve to try new things, lose weight, or quit some bad habit. I decided, “Well, blogging is something new, so what the heck.” The reason I want to do this is to create conversations or thoughts that lead us a little deeper than the common “water cooler” talk we have at work and our social gatherings. I have resolved this year to live more intentionally instead of letting life just pass me by. I am not sure where this will lead, if it leads anywhere, but you cannot fail at something you never tried. I was first intrigued by this idea from a friend at church, Mark Mcintyre, who has a blog called Attempts at Honesty which is appropriatly titled. I like the idea of having open, honest conversations about life, and what we believe and why we believe it. I think if we are honest we would all agree that at times our faith systems can be challenged but we are afraid to talk about it. We carry on with life with a smile on our face and telling everyone we are fine when our world is falling down around us. What is it with us that we think we need to portray to everyone that we have everything under control and our lives, marriages, and jobs are all going great? So, over the next couple of weeks, months, or years, I would like to talk about life; how do we get through the good times and the bad times? Why do we believe in whatever we believe to be truth? So I hope that you would live more intentionally with me and interact with me so we can dig a little deeper and tear down this facade we put up.  I will try to put up a post about once a week and may post it a couple of times during the week to get greater exposure since we aren’t always on Facebook, Twitter and checking our blog at the same time. I hope that you would leave comments on whether you agree or disagree to open up a conversation. Also check out my about page to learn more. I know I need to add a picture of me somewher, evidently the only pictures I have of myself is on my mountain bike.

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