Social distancing from social media

One day, two days, three days, four,

I can’t stay in this house no more.

Last night I sat on my porch with a heaviness in my chest from a variety of things- Facebook, the news, the corona virus, fear of the future and the unknown, the panic of having to teach digitally… and it all just took root in my heart.

So today while socially distancing, we socially distanced ourselves from social media. I wondered what affect it would have in my life and how my mind may be different at the end of the day.

And while I still clicked to go into the Facebook app out of habit and had to click out, I was intentional about having my peace tank left full at the end of the day.

And you know…

I didn’t read any articles about people around the same age as my parents dying of COVID-19 (normally a peace withdrawal)

I didn’t hear statistics or see empty grocery store shelves (peace withdrawal)

I didn’t watch the videos of pastors (who yes are trying to be encouraging- yet still talking about the virus) (peace withdrawal)

Instead-

I watched my 8 month old in the beginning stages of crawling (peace deposit)

I worked on numbers and shapes with my 3 year old (peace deposit)

I snuggled on the couch with my husband (peace deposit)

We FaceTimed nieces and nephews (peace deposit)

We paid our dance and school tuition even though we can’t go- because everyone needs to get paid right now (peace deposit)

We all ate dinner at the table together (peace deposit)

I had a conversation with my brother about his peace and realized that we are more alike then I realized (peace deposit)

And now I’m on the porch… and I don’t have a tightness in my chest. I have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

& I realize how fortunate I am to work from home and watch my babies reach these new milestones

I encourage you today to socially distance yourself- to unplug- to sign out of Facebook & to turn the news OFF

Yes I believe that god will give you peace but I also believe that you have to be intentional about receiving it.

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