Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Hopes for My Facebook Fast

Fasting isn't for sissies. And fasting isn't ALL about food.

My Hopes for My Facebook Fast
This past week I decided to fast from Facebook.  (Click to Tweet)

For those of you who are raising your eyebrows, bear with me. For those who aren't, I know you understand.

Facebook is a time robber

Facebook is like sifting through gobs of garbage to find a gem

Facebook isn't the only way I can contact people

Facebook has news that isn't news, and truth that isn't truth. Often we find it difficult to tell the difference unless we research every page that shares a link.

I guess I finally decided that something had to give. 

I found myself scrolling through the news feed much to often and really am not gaining anything of real worth. 

Out of boredom? Maybe.
Because I crave interaction? Getting warmer.
Because I desire the connection and kudos of others? Bingo!

If any of you struggle with this too, I would love to hear from you.

I have way too many things to be attending to and taking a break from Facebook is a good idea.

My hopes for my facebook fast
I am designing a new website.

I am writing retreat messages for this fall.

I have two book projects in differing stages of un-doneness.

Not to mention clutter that has taken over areas of my house like uninvited house guests.

Just a note: I have tackled much of the clutter and it feels like a burden lifted.

Someone suggested I put a dollar in a jar for every hour I resist the temptation to check Facebook. Not sure I have enough dollars for that plan, but I do plan to reward myself for the productivity increase I anticipate.

Any suggestions?

In the meantime, the Lord has whispered a word during my quiet time I would like to share with you. 

If we know Christ we are called to be:

  • Ambassadors
  • Ministers of Reconciliation


What might that look like for you? 
I can tell you that I am doing lots of thinking about it.

Here is an free image you can share:

I'll keep you posted on the the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Be sure to read part two of this post: Fasting Discoveries--While AWOL from Facebook



  1. I did pre-schedule some Facebook posts through Tuesday. And, when I got a message that I was tagged in a post for my brother's birthday, I did go on to wish him a good day.
    But, that's tyranny. How about it tough to stay away?
    The difficult thing with this is as a writer and speaker I am supposed to "build my platform" using social media. I am praying that God will will build my platform by His might power!!

  2. It is a time stealer - I did a week and jumped on when I got a notification that seemed 'important' and was soon dragged in. The only way I can do it is removing it completely from my phone/tablet.

    Write a list, schedule all the things you want to get done so you don't have those moments of not doing anything that may tempt you.
    When you go back on you'll realise nothing's happened anyway! Spend some time thinking about how you will use Facebook differently when you go back, to fulfil those calls to ambassador and minister.
    May god bless you as you commit extra time to him and what he's called you to.

  3. Such great advice, Tania. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is so helpful to know we are not alone in this, Isn't it! I do think I need to decide how social media can be used wisely--without draining me of time and focus. Blessings to you!


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