Sunday, December 02, 2018

Good Morning

This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Ps. 118:24

I realize some of you are home bound for one reason or another, and I wanted to greet you with this soothing scene.

Some of you may be involved in unfortunate things you are drawn into, such as social media and all its problems. Perhaps you can extract yourself from it somehow and get back to making phone calls, personal visits, letter writing,  hospitality.

Social media is not necessarily a satisfactory way of interaction,  and to change that, with blogging,  I try to meet all my readers personally or write them or communicate further by phone so that I know who you are.

Some ladies I know are getting back to personal contact, with less on the message boards or social media. We are having a conversation about it in Ladies Bible Class.  They are finding it is rather empty to report every move they make on social media and extremely disturbing to see the remarks people make. They were also talking about what a snare it could be when people get caught up in abusing someone online with accusations, gossip, slander, maligning, or continual focus on other people's lives.

Recently I ran across a stanza if a song that I think is a good lesson, as it mentions "hidden snares". We need to be aware of this with social media. I realize people depend that source for good reasons, such as family, church and business, but everything needs to be cautious.

Temptations, hidden snares 
often take us unawares. 
And our hearts are made to bleed 
for some thoughtless word or deed. 

As for my own blog, I only present a portion of my life here. You don't know everything about me. I only show trusted friends the laundry room or places I'm frustrated with in my home; and only trusted people are allowed in Mr. S.'s office. Only trusted friends know what I really think.  And you don't know everything about my family either,  so be wary of what you read online when looking up my name. It's all been fabricated and turned into a fantastic story, but if you came to visit, you would find it all rather ordinary and non-news.  I think if you are on social media you can keep more of it "general" information, and not so detailed, which would also eliminate the stress it all produces when people begin reacting.

One thing I like about the people on the blog roll I have, is their interest and industry, and their progress in their homes or their own endeavors. They don't waste time arguing with anyone, and they don't pay attention to criticism, but keep on presenting a bright spot in the world for others.


amulbunny's random thoughts said...

That little truck is adorable. I love the little tree in the bed. Have a wonderful Sunday...

Lydia said...

Thank you Ann and thank you for your prayers yesterday.

GrammaGrits said...

What a lovely tea cup and saucer - do you know who the maker is and the pattern? Your blog is a great blessing.

Lydia said...

The teacup looks like something from either Stenchal, Gracie Teaware, or Grace's Teaware.

Feminine Belle said...


Whoa! This post blessed me today while I was being discouraged this morning.

Thank you!

Mrs. White said...

I appreciate this post so much. Thank you for being here.

vintage ellen said...

The truck with pink Christmas tree is so sweet. Thank yu for the reminder that we need to be careful with social media. I am old school and do not use Facebook, twitter, etc. I am careful which blogs I put comments on. Your blog feels safe with positive ideas and goals. Thank you for all your posts.

Tammy said...

I really enjoy your blog. It encourages me to slow down and focus on the Lord, enjoying all He has blessed me with. I liked your discussion about social media-makes me think!
I personally feel uncomfortable about posting things about what my kids are doing or what I made for dinner, etc on Facebook - I feel like I'm bragging/boasting/drawing attention to myself (I mean, would I show pictures of what I made for dinner to someone I was talking to in person? What is the purpose?) and I found I was always looking to see who "liked" what I posted. I actually am no longer on Facebook b/c it was a snare for me. I know others who have no trouble with it, and I know it can be a wonderful way to connect/keep up. That's fine, but it's been very freeing not to feel like I have to check it every day. Thanks for all the time you put into your delightful blog!