Fresh off a vacation in which computer time was extremely limited (how ’bout non-existent?), we find ourselves back at home where both laptops are awaiting repair. Translation? There are five people vying for the one computer that has access to the Internet. To put it mildly, I’m learning just how plugged in my family is. Of course, work takes precedence over all the other fun items, but even that becomes difficult when you have at least one child standing over you saying, “Are you almost finished?” (Heavy sigh).
In case you’ve not had enough of goal writing, declarations, and reflections (LOL), please be sure to head over to Amy Bayliss and A Woman Inspired for their 31 Days of Online Ministry Event. There are some great ladies committed to helping us all in the areas of blogging, praise, encouragement, prayer and parenting. Some of my faves include intentional parenting with Karin at Mommy Matters, Lisa Boyd’s WordPress help (boy, do I need that one!), and 867-5309 Jenny’s (any 80’s fan will immediately appreciate the reference) tips on the use of social media.
I have asked a question of several business women, especially other working/ home-educating moms, regarding the use of social media, and the implications to being a good steward of time: how are you using these tools to develop your business? I got very few, if any, responses—hmmm. One angel was kind enough to introduce me to Hootsuite, a tremendous help in being technologically savvy and present via these tools without becoming a slave to them. Jenny’s first post regarding the use of social media was with respect to Philippians 4:8. I love this perspective as a starting point.
Karin’s thoughts on intentional parenting have been enlightening as well. I loved her post on the daily blessing of the children. What intrigued me most in visiting her blog this time around, however, was the post regarding what she learned in 2010. I concur with her that 2010 was a year that I’d just as soon not have had, although I know that it was necessary for our growth. It seemed at times that we were being torn apart at the very seams, and I had to often remind myself of a statement a pastor once made: the Lord will increase your faith by almost destroying it.
With limited time, I won’t be able to pen all that I learned in 2010. I thought instead to focus on what I learned in the last month/ during the holidays. I learned that…
1) Knowing what you believe, and acting consistently upon what you believe, can cure a lot of frustration and angst.
2) I’m nowhere near as technologically savvy as I think I am.
3) The heart of a child, expressed in even the simplest form, can absolutely melt yours.
4) The secret to breakthrough is to worship the Father, especially when you don’t feel like it.
5) I need to invest in a new camera.
6) Dogs LOVE “old school” Christmas specials.
7) Having stated #5, the love of family radiates past how it is captured.