Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fasting Discoveries—While AWOL from Facebook

Fasting Discoveries—While AWOL from Facebook
While AWOL from Facebook: Fasting, Part 2 

It’s been two weeks since I set out to surgically remove Facebook from my daily routine. You may think it extreme; it is. Cutting out my Facebook surfing time was difficult but necessary. I needed the break.

Is it forever? I don’t think so.

But taking the hiatus was a good thing to do and the discoveries I made while unplugged—helpful.

I learned that:

  • Facebook isn’t going anywhere.
  • Checking Facebook multiple times a day isn’t necessary.
  • Most of the messages lit up in my toolbar aren’t important.
  • I get a lot more done when I ignore Facebook’s presence.
  • People who need to reach me know how to find me.
  • I need to use Facebook for my ministry, but I don’t need to be tied to my timeline.
  • I can take advantage of pre-scheduled posts to be more hands-off during the week.
  • I can get by without a news feed.

For those of you who write or speak, you constantly hear you need to:

  • Build your platform 
  • Create a web presence 
  • Be visible

But, how many hoops do we need to jump? 

I can’t help but think that God is able to open doors that no man can shut…and shut doors that cannot be opened. God is my agent. He is the one who causes kings and rulers to rise up…and ministry leaders to shine.

So, the power that indwells me—the same power that raised Jesus from the dead—will equip me to do all God asks because:

  • His ways are not my ways.
  • He confounds the strong and raises the weak.
  • His Holy Spirit is my ghost writer.

And I trust Him with every part of my being that His plans for me will succeed when I listen to His voice and respond to His timing.

Facebook is a frail, human institution that is not all-powerful. 

Facebook's ever-changing algorithms cannot compete with my immutable God (Click to Tweet) —the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

He is known for parting Red Seas, toppling city walls, healing the sick, raising the dead, calling those who will hear, to follow Him….

And, He will establish my ministry in His way and His time. 

I often have presupposed ideas of how things are going to turn out, but His ways are ALWAYS more amazing.

I don’t want to miss His miracle because it doesn’t look like my preconceived idea.
  • It didn’t work for the Jewish or Roman rulers.
  • It didn’t work for Jesus’ brothers.
  • It didn’t work for Judas.

God works the most miraculous things when we refuse to keep Him in a box. 

Fasting Discoveries - While AWOL from Facebook
I know all this. Yet, I can fall into being a sheep and following the herd. Doing what everyone else is doing. I need to be reminded that I am me.  

Fasting Discoveries - While AWOL from Facebook

And the most wonderful thing is, God has created me to be just the right person to do the things He needs done in my world. My story. My personality. My gifts and talents—and yes, even my weaknesses are all known by Him.

I am unique.

Fasting Discoveries - While AWOL from Facebook

And, He has created you a one-of-a-kind too.

Fasting Discoveries


  1. Jeanne, this is the BEST I have ever read about reasons to quit FB. You didn't just give your own thoughts and reasons but you pointed us straight to the God's Word of Absolute Truth and there is no way to refute His wisdom and power and absolute willingness to move on our behalf. Thanks for being away for a time and sharing a most excellent word.

  2. Thanks, Jeannie. It feels like I am out there on the edge of a myself. Not many talk this way. Still not sure of dumping facebook all together is in the plan, but I can't help but think this time of fasting has make things a bit clearer.

  3. I totally agree! God has given me the gifts and talents he needs me to have to fulfill his purpose in my life. As long as I am faithful and keep following and trust him then, he will make sure his purpose is fulfilled in my life. He will get me where I need to be when I need to be there. "My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please."

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sandra. May God bless you as you serve Him with your whole heart.


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