Thursday, February 3, 2011
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"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
There is a thief in my house...
A thief that robs me of my time...
It promises me peace, and happiness, and fulfillment...for a price.
It wants "just a minute...maybe 2...or 10,"
and then, the afternoon is gone.
Yes, there is a thief in my house.
It steals my energy and my joy, and leaves me with disconnected relationships and chaos.
It says to my precious children, "Not right now, sweetie, Mom's busy,"
It says of the housework, "That can wait,"
And it says to my dear, hard-working husband, "I'm afraid dinner will be late,"
and "Don't worry, I'll hand deliver that bill tomorrow,"
and, "I'm sorry...I forgot."
There's a thief in my house, and I've let it in.
That thief is the internet.
There, I said it.
But, here's the thing...
It doesn't have to be a thief.
If I can tame it...control it...master it rather than allowing it to have mastery over me,
it can be a very useful tool.
"'All things are lawful for me,'
but not all things are helpful.
'All things are lawful for me,'
but I will not be enslaved by anything."
1 Corinthians 6:12
So, what's a mama to do?
If I'm going to be obedient to God in my responsibilities to Him, my family, and my home, while also continuing in this ministry I have of writing online, something has to change.
And so, I have new rules:
1. I will not turn on my computer in the morning before I have read my Bible.
2. I will do a general email check only twice per day--once in the morning, once at night. 15 minutes each. If a more lengthy response is needed to any messages, I will make a hand written note of it, and tend to it during afternoon rest time.
3. I will not go on Facebook unless the children are in their beds.
4. If I need to use the computer during the day (for example, to print out copywork or look at my checking account balance), I will do so without looking at other websites and will limit myself to 5 minutes. I will set my timer.
5. I will compose all blog posts on paper first, so I can be more involved with my children as I write. I will type out my blog posts during afternoon rest time, after bedtime, or first thing in the morning, before the children wake up.
6. Once rest time is over, I will shut down my computer until after the children are in bed for the night. (*Note: My husband leaves for work insanely early in the morning, and therefore, is usually in bed before the children. If he happens to be awake, this time belongs to him.)
7. Whenever possible, I will call a "real life" Titus 2 friend when I have a question before posting on a message board. I will think three times before entering online conversations. "Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger." James 1:19
8. When I am overwhelmed, I will take a deep breath, take my supplements, and take my anxieties to the LORD. I will replace "escaping to the internet" with "prayer without ceasing".
OUCH. That was hard.
So, what does this mean to you?
Well, for one thing, it means you won't hear as much from me on Facebook. That's probably a good thing.
Hopefully it means I will actually be a better blogger. Writing things out longhand, combined with limiting my time "in front of the box", might mean that I'll write more and better content. So often, I sit down at the computer to write and end up spending an hour doing anything but writing.
So that's where I'm at.
These rules may need some tweaking over the next few weeks, as I bring this area of my life into obedience to Christ, but it's a beginning.
By His Grace,
P.S.--Do you have any internet "rules" for yourself? If so, what are they? I'd love to hear about them.
- I'm a Stay-at-Home, Christian, "crunchy" mama. I have been blessed with the calling to be a godly wife and mother. I am passionate about bringing up my children in the discipline and instruction of the LORD, through home education and discipleship. Helpmeet to my best friend and soulmate, Christopher since 1/29/2000, and mama to four little blessings, including a tiny, precious, newborn baby girl.
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Our Curriculum 2010-2011
Bible--Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, Apologia Biblical World View Book 1, "Who is God and Can I Really Know Him?"
Catechism-- "Training Hearts, Teaching Minds" by Starr Meade
Phonics--Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Literature--Ambleside Online Year 0 Recommended Books
(Kindergarten), Year 1 Booklist (1st Grade)
Handwriting--Bible Copywork, made using Educational Fontware
Spelling-- All About Spelling Level 1 (1st grade)
Science--Apologia Exploring Creation With Astronomy
World History--Simply Charlotte Mason's Genesis Through Deuteronomy and Ancient Egypt
American History--The Light and The Glory For Children Series
Art--Interest-led projects and handicrafts
Geography and Missions-- "Hero Tales" by Dave and Neta Jackson, as well as various other missionary biographies, incorporating globe and map study
*We will be studying music and phy-ed., participating in a writing club and nature club, as well as attending various field trips, with our church's homeschool group.*