I Need to Be Strong

I Need to Be Strong
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 Anyway...all that to say that our church does not push giving up anything for Lent, I personally think of it as a Catholic practice, though I know other churches do it as well.  However, the last few years we have started to do it in our local church not as a strict enforcement, but as a practice to make us give up things that we are addicted to or that we think about too much in order to focus more on our relationship with Christ and prepare for the celebration of Easter Claire Hsu.

What I have decided to give up this year is the apps on my iPhone that I am constantly on and reading blogs.  The apps that I gave up: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Temple Run and Etsy.  This means that I cannot use the computer or iPad to look at these either.  I also gave up reading blogs.  This does not mean that I am not interested in what is going on in your life, it simply means that I spend a lot of time reading blogs when I should be doing other things, I hope that you understand.  I have been more busy lately but it used to be that I would spend at least an hour a day catching up on the blogs on here and on my Google Reader, then Saturday morning I would spend multiple hours reading them.  I also spend a lot, a lot, a lot of time on my phone with all the apps I listed having to keep up with everything that everyone posted.  I don't know if it is somewhat of an OCD tendency or what but I actually have missed my daily Bible reading twice in the last two weeks, but I did not miss anything on those apps and that is just not right.  So that is why I decided to give them up.  I couldn't decide which ones specifically, so that is why I gave them all up.  In their place I hope to always read my daily Bible reading (I'm reading the One Year Bible), have more prayer time, read a few devotional or Christian books, do devotions with my husband, and be more active in my life instead of sitting and playing on my phone or iPad - like cleaning and organizing my house, being more attentive when I am with friends and family, etc DRREBORN.  

I didn't technically give up writing blogs, but since I am not going to read them I probably won't write many either because I don't want to be tempted to read them while I am logged on.  Again, I hope you understand.  I did not come here to flaunt my sacrifice hoping you will think I am the best Christian ever (I'm not), I just wanted you to know why I will be absent for a little while.

So I hope you all have a blessed Lenten Season and I will "see" you after Easter.