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11/8/12

Priorities...

This is weird. I haven't blogged this whole week. Google even asked me for my password again. And as much as I missed you all, I have enjoyed not looking at my computer for a few days. 

It's nice to enjoy life sometimes. And the people around us. I think as bloggers, we often miss our priorities. Blogging at some point becomes competitive, materialistic, and fake. Competitive because for some reason there is a race to gain followers, materialistic because we often care only when there is something in it for us..aka: comment only when giveaways are offered, and in a sense fake, as we only share what we want seen. 

In this week that I unintentionally took a break because of a hectic schdule, I began to think about this. And while I love this blog, and so enjoy sharing my life with you all, I really could focus on my personal life more. 

On election day, I chose to fast for the day. I fasted food, so that every time I was hungry and craving food I would remember to pray for our nation, and from social media, so that the time I would waste looking at it, I could just reflect. It made such a difference for me. Just to focus on The Author and Finisher of my faith. The reason I am. 

I thought of the important things. Loving people, helping people, making a difference for a person. My family, friends, and the values I want to grow in. Social media can really take a lot from us. It can make us compare ourselves, because really, whose life isn't perfect via photos. And mainly, it just takes time away from doing important things. Mind you, I love social media, that's not the point. The point is priorities. 

What it came down to for me was this: if my husband passed away today, I know I would regret not spending that half hour I could have had with him that instead I spent blogging, or looking at Twitter...and when the time comes to stand before God, I hope I don't have to say that I was trying to gain followers for my blog and building my own kingdom while I could have been building His. 

The money I spend on advertising, I could donate to better causes. The time I spend answering emails, I could be reaching out to my real life friends, loving them. The time I spend going through my social networks feeds, I could pray, read a book, edify myself. Whatever it may be. Let us just remember this is a hobby. And think of what's really important. And since we have started this hobby, let us make the best of it. Not to gain followers or win giveaways, but to support these fellow women all over the world in their daily lives. 

As for me, I will try my best to stay focused, so one day I can say "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. "1 Cor. 9:25
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25 comments :

  1. You got it, girl! I love blogging but it seriously takes up so much of my time! I don't want to miss out on all the little real life things because of the computer....thanks for sharing!

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  2. You are amazing! :) God is good...and is using you in a big way!

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  3. Bloggin is amazing and brings lots of fun opportunities. But sometimes, we have to set priorities for ourselves and run with it !
    My Blog - A Pretty Nest

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  4. I LOVE this!! Exactly what has been on my mind lately...God bless you girl!

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  5. This is a great post for putting blogging into perspective. I enjoy blogging very much--but I hope and strive for never going over to the 'materialistic side' of blogging but that I'll continue using my blog for good. It's true that we want to spend our life on things that matter, not just on the things of this world!

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  6. Amen sister! I appreciate your honesty and truthfulness. You might not know it, but you were helping God further His Kingdom through that post. I pray someone who isn't a believer read your post and started asking questions about God, wanting to live a life like you just described. Keep rocking sweetie, you are an inspiration.

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  7. What great inspiration, Nicholl. I know I need to be reminded of this, and you brought the reason for blogging back into alignment. Thanks!

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  8. Such a great post, well written and oh so true!! Thanks for keeping it real girl!

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  9. You just completely wrote out what I have been feeling. Amen!!

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  10. This is so true and what a great philosophy!
    I totally agree!

    <3
    Erin
    www.cali-landchic.com

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  11. Nicholl this is beautiful. I recently had a conversation with a friend about how its important not to take too much time away from our reality to blog, but to realize it IS a hobby. I love that you said " Just to focus on The Author and Finisher of my faith. The reason I am" -- amazing. You truly are an inspiration :)

    I love when I am able to remember, life is not a competition. But I just choose to live in the moment, and not worry about "should I blog about this!?" .... so inspiring again, girl!

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  12. I love the idea of fasting as a reminder to pray and reflect. I will definitely be applying this sometime in my own life!

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  13. You are so right.
    Thank you for your honestly, love.

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  14. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! What a blessing to come to yours and find this post. What a perfect reminder that I think I really needed. Have a great night!

    Bre
    beautyisfleeting.weebly.com

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  15. Wonderful post Nicholl! When we get so caught up in giveaways and followers, we forget that our mission as bloggers is to inspire and be inspired.

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  16. This is so true. Love how eloquently you said all of this! That verse is one of my favorites.

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  17. Hello. Thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower here. I love this post. Follow back :)

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  18. Such a great post. It's so easy to get sucked into the world of follower counts, sponsors, giveaways, etc. When it comes down to it, blogging should be a hobby. Something that allows you to form relationships and share your thoughts.

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  19. Great post! I agree. Blogging shouldn't take over your life.

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  20. Werd! A break is just what the Dr ordered sometimes, enjoy it! :)

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  21. Love this and I'm so glad I just stumbled across your blog.

    I'm a recent blogger and as a Christian (girl), I struggle with vanity and materialism and was unsure if blogging was unedifying or not, so I appreciate you bringing up all those points. Thank you for being an example on how to utilize social media but still love the Lord, first. Thank you for being so honest and bold in your faith.

    Look forward to more posts! I'll lift up a quick prayer for you that the Lord will use your blog and all the lovely gifts He's clearly blessed you with to build His kingdom. Keep fighting and being beautiful, sister.

    XO.
    http://jkfacee.wordpress.com/

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  22. Thank you so much for posting this! We are so happy you stopped by our blog so we could find you! We are following you! Lots of Love, Provocative Manners

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  23. I totally agree! I took about a month break from blogging and loved every second of it! I was getting my priorites messed up and wanting to gain followers. Yes I am glad that I have those followers but like you said I want to spend that extra 30 mins with my husband and kids. I am so glad you posted this!!! :)



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  24. i just re-read this post for the fourth time this week. thank you for the reminder. i needed it :)

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