Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why I stopped blogging

Disclaimer: The below statements are not blanket statements directed toward all bloggers. They are what I have experienced periodically throughout my blogging lifetime & describe why I have stopped blogging. If I feel that the following would cease to occur, I will resume blogging again. Until then, here is why I have stopped.

1.) It is addicting. I spent way too much time in blogland. Time that should have been spent down on the floor playing with Annerson, getting ready for bed so I could have some time in the Word & in prayer, or serving my family via laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc. I could easily justify spending over an hour a day looking into the lives of other people, all the while missing out on my own life experiences. Claiming I didn't have time to do this or that. Really? Yet, you were on your computer last night from 9:15-11:00pm Leah? Hm.

2.) I found my relationships off balance. I was spending more time cultivating online relationships through meaningless "comments" instead of picking up the phone and actually calling a friend to catch up...I know, it's a strange concept these days. I thought I was super connected to so many people all at once, when really I wasn't connected to anyone at all. I used it as a substitute.

3.) I craved comments. I placed self-worth in whether or not people commented on my posts. I threw mini self pity parties when the comments didn't roll in after what I thought was a comment worthy post. My worth does not come from whether or not I impress so and so enough to spur them on to leave a comment. My self worth is in Christ. I'd check my email the morning after I posted just to see if anyone commented.

4.) I found myself "staging" if you will, for the sake of a good post. I don't know exactly how to explain this other than I always had "Would this be good post material" in the back of my mind.

5.) I stressed out if I hadn't posted in a while. This was a death trap for me. I'd seriously get more stressed about not posting in a couple of days than I would about not getting filled up on the Spirit by spending time with the Lord. This was a huge red flag to me that blogland wasn't for me.

6.) It fed my ego. Whether it was a post about me or someone else, I wanted people to want to read "MY BLOG" for a reason. That reason being...me.

It didn't start out this way. Only in the past year or so did I start experiencing these things. These things just slowly crept in. I couldn't put my finger on it for a long time. It was only when I stopped blogging during my pregnancy with Lincoln that I stepped out of the burning building long enough to actually see the fire. It wasn't even to the point that I was "obsessed" with blogging by any means, but I know that I don't have to be that far gone to be in Satan's foothold. Maybe you know exactly what I'm talking about or maybe you haven't a clue how or why I feel like this. Either way, we all areas where we are weak. This is one of my mine. Now that I know that, I have to flee. The devil prowls like a roaring lion. So I run the other way.

What it boils down to is that I had made an idol out of my blog. I'm reminded of the Ross King song titled, "Clear the Stage"

"Anything I put before my God IS AN IDOL.
Anything I want with all my heart IS AN IDOL.
Anything I can't stop thinking of IS AN IDOL.
Anything that I give all my love IS AN IDOL.

We must not worship something that's not even worth it.
Clear the stage.
Make some space.
For the One who deserves it."


"Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me-but I will not be mastered by anything. "
1 corinthians 6:12

Here's to clearing the stage & making some space...



Friday, April 23, 2010

Because Every Mother Matters

Lex & I have a newborn, 1 week old, named Lincoln. He is amazing. God's miracles are amazing. My sister Steffany has founded an organization called Because Every Mother Matters to help moms in Africa.

Sure, I'll post about Lincoln's birth & all that. But these mothers matter, too. They have stories too. They have newborns that are just as precious as Lincoln. Here's how you can help.

Read Steffany's post below

We have no trinkets to sell. We have nothing that you can purchase to give to your mothers or women of importance in your life on Mother's Day. All we have is a vision. A vision of a holistic maternity and infant development center to be built half way around the world...in a village probably not big enough to be on a map. Because- it is not okay that 1 in 11 women in E.Africa dies due to pregnancy related causes. What do we need? Simply-We need money. What can we offer this Mother's Day? Hope. And the assurance that 100% of your donations go towards building the clinic. There are 3 fridays left until Mother's day. We are asking 3 things. 1. Every friday donate $10 that is a total of $30. 2. On fri. make this your status and provide a link or address to donate. 3.Please let your mom, your friend, your wife, your daughter know that THEY MATTER!

You can donate by clicking on the cool image below. Please memo BEMM.

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Today is the Day!!!
Friday!
Time to spread the word.
Let the women in your life know how much you love them.
WHY?
BECAUSE EVERY MOTHER MATTERS!

$10 Friday.
Spread it.
Share it.
and
Give it!

"ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND EVERY PERSON SHOULD TRY"
John F. Kennedy

Thursday, April 15, 2010

HE'S HERE!

Hey all!

Lincoln Walker Dooley arrived today at 11:47am. He weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. He measured 21 (or 21.5?) inches long.

He and Leah are doing great. Leah said the delivery went well. I visited her earlier and she was getting tired but feeling good. Annerson got to meet Lincoln and gave him tons of sweet kisses.




Congratulations to the Dooley family. Thanks for letting me share your precious baby with the world wide web.

Beth

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tomorrow

Inducing in 8 hours.

Really sad that he hasn't come by now.

A little nervous.

Praying for peace.

Next post: Welcome baby LWD!!!!