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Grist for the blog mill for another month…

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/blogging-101-next-30/

Writing what is going on in my head is not as easy as thinking about it. I have not been one to easily come up with a nicely ordered commentary on any given subject when it is something of a compulsory exercise. While my life in general is more ordered, my musings and ponderings are not–I “color outside the lines” in my head. This is not to say that I shun discipline; I actually gravitate toward it, because I know that the only way to use all that rolls around in this head of mine is to subject it to some studied scrutiny and consider how to make it constructive for others who may be wrestling with or laughing about similar facets of life on this planet.

Having said that, by way of a procrastinator’s introduction, the next 30 days present a myriad of things about which I know I will probably be expressing encouragement, praise and testimony.

Finishing my series on Camping with God in the wilderness: two more posts

A linked follow-up on another blog friend’s post about her “Where were you on October 2, 1998?”

The flu shot… (hope it’s only one post) :-/

The 50,000 mile pre-winter car service experience…

The sisterhood of the travelling prayer shawl project…

Waterproofing and foundation inspection of our condo experience…This may make for several posts. I can anticipate the fodder coming out of this experience, ranging from dealing with the mud heaps outside our windows to all the unexpected and interesting challenges…

Shorter days, longer nights…

The patio gardener series: getting ready for winter…

Worshipping God in two liturgical circles: another feature in my “Treasures both new and old” category

Possibly some insights coming out of my journals with my Bible study group

Aging without shame: Finishing well… A new category… That’s fodder for a bunch of continuing posts…

I’m mulling the possibility of a video blog just for fun. I’m open to ideas for that…as one of my blog friends says, a bit of sass and a lot of class… maybe a flashback to my first dance lesson, or my first piano recital 🙂

I want to get some music into my blogs, too. There are themes in music which trigger verbal expression…

That’s enough thinking ahead for now. I want to leave room for something more spontaneous or follow-ups  follow up on other friend’s posted topics…

Blessings to every blogger out there in this big wide world today. It’s time for breakfast and spending time with my very patient husband…

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To blog or e-mail? Do it all from the heart…

being a memory

I admit it to the whole world: I’m slow and cannot keep up with the cultural pace in these parts of the world. I’m slowing down, people. It is a fact of growing older in the body, but my mind and my heart are not willing to become “seized up.” Many of my friends are younger than I. They still have places to go, people to see, and things to do. Who has time to sit at tea and simply chat about whatever is happening in their life–or to share some encouragement from the Scriptures or pray or share music with each other–or want to know the story of an older woman? I grew up in an era when the simplicity of these blessings was still accessible, and have watched as the times and progress have taken away this vital part of life, while yet opening an entirely new avenue for the “global village” to lay hold of it if they will… Although, in our times and culture, friends and family have to synchronize their “dayrunners” with another dear one for any hope of a luxury like this, it can be done; but often we use our e-mails or chat boxes to even accomplish this… Many even text on their phones instead of dialing and waiting for their contact to answer and carry on a voice conversation for a moment or two… Do I sound like I’m complaining here? Not really; I’m just observing the avenues we enjoy for connecting at the heart and how we use them, for better or for less… And I’m also sharing for the sake of this generation who never knew the simplicity the generations before them enjoyed–when it was enough… They cannot imagine a world without the convenience of electronic messaging. (Hope it never comes to that, but that’s not for this blog.)

Read on, if you dare. After, all, this is a blog. And don’t tell me you haven’t thought about–maybe even written about–this on your own blog or other social medium…

My “little grey cells” are spinning and observing that with the age of technology and communication, keeping close with people we know and love, and deepening friendships with those we really want to know, would be easy–in fact, IRRESISTIBLE.  But it’s a bigger challenge than at any time in the history of mankind. When everyone on social media has over 100 friends and decades of pages they follow, how can they process it all? A day is still only 24 hours, right? When you factor in bathing, meals, laundry, errands, paperwork/school/job, physical maintenance, family and sleep, how much time remains to “connect at the heart level” with all the people to whom your heart has become closely linked? I wish this had all been around when my mother was still alive; I think she would have blazed a new trail in her life and learned to use this medium to connect with her children who are scattered all over the USA. I’m thinking, maybe it was better in the days when dear ones anticipated a post by pony express; their hearts were not expecting instant gratification and they knew the communication did not come often, easily or cheaply.

Perhaps I’m taking it all far too seriously; but since I am not able to keep up with the pace of activities my friends and family enjoy, I depend on this medium to keep a lifeline of sorts between us. It’s intoxicating in a sense, because I find the expectation of the “cyber express” everyday–a new connection at the heart with someone whom God has blessed and enriched my life, a cyber hug, a word of instruction or exhortation, a conversation about a shared post and how it relates to our lives in Christ in this world… And this includes e-mails. Many of my family and friends have shied away from social media and communicate with me via e-mail, which, for most people nowadays has become more personal than it was when first birthed nearly 20 years ago to the home user. Add video chats to that mix, and “voila!” another marvelous option for staying in touch! How blessed we are, people! We really do not need to feel lonely or abandoned when a friend moves 3,000 miles away; God has provided a lifeline. “God, protect my appetite for this from becoming a glutton for recognition and self fulfillment; let me not make it a god…But let me use it for the love of others and for Your glory…”

Some might be saying, “O, get a life, already!” I can only answer that I’ve got a LIFE and I want to share it before I die. That’s at the top of my bucket list…

I thank God for the blessing of e-mail, social media, blog pages, and video chats. And, thank you, Word Press, for giving me a place to tell the story God has written in my life… May I be found faithful.

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