Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Have You Ever Ventured To Try Something Called Facebook?

Lately I became very interested in finding an old high school friend. I hadn’t seen her since we graduated from high school in 1976. So, I decided to try this beast called "Facebook." Low and behold the first person I found was my old friend Carol. The trouble came when I began to search for other folk ~ it was amazing how much time I began to waste doing this. I found myself reading my Bible less, praying less, and even visiting you all in blogland less.

To add insult to injury, I was exposed to the profiles of some people I had not seen for years ~ and it was heart breaking. God’s people are away from Him in rampant proportion. And while I was willing to remain on line and try and be some kind of testimony to them ~ I figure I could spend my time more prudently by praying for them daily and staying in contact by email should they need a shoulder.

I don’t mind using some time to blog with you lovely ladies who have become such sweet friends to me ~ gals who love the Lord and are reading God’s Word and meditating on it. That is edification! If I have spare time to use, I choose this Christian blogging over Facebook hands down.

10 Thoughts On The Matter:

Mildred said...

I hear so much about Facebook but have never tried it and don't really want to. Like you, I enjoy blogging with those we can share our joys and sorrows with and share God's many blessings.

IF said...

I have the same issue with facebook. It makes me sad when many people I grew up with list their religion as nothing.

~~Deby said...

I so agree with this..I too am on facebook, don't go on it much..but heard today that there is a worm on FB that is infecting computers now...so it will be awhile before I delete it as I am afraid to even log on...
Deby

karin said...

facebook and blogging are definitely two different things as I've found out too! I love being on facebook though because that's where my daughter in law posts all the family photos!They are so far away and I love being connected this way. I also use the chat feature to talk to my sister, my daughters, my grandchildren, gals from church. It's just a quick check, a quick typing of an e-mail and it is done. Oh sure, I also have former foster children as my friends whose lives are different, but the Lord is working in their hearts. I use my status and bring word of encouragement. I comment on other friends' status, assuring them of prayer. One friend's niece died in a car crash and I was able to say words of comfort and let her know that she is not alone. God has wonderful ways and places to let us be a shining example of his love!

I'm not trying to change your mind, just sharing what my experience has been and how it has blessed me. Some people can have a tendency to become addicted to always getting a communication and I will be careful to monitor that in my own life.

Blessings!

Deborah said...

I have a facebook, only because my daughter asked me to sign up. Since joining I've had many family members add me as 'friends.' It truly is heartbreaking to see how far from the Lord many in my family are...especially those who profess salvation. I seldom go on facebook, and about the only thing on my profile is a link to my blog!

Sharon said...

I started to sign up at the request of my sister and then thought better of it. So, I'm sticking to my blogging and the wonderful ladies I've met through this. It's more than enough time to spend on the computer without adding something else.

Marsha said...

Amen my sweet friend! So many friends and family members are trying to convince me to join Facebook. Even the missions conference I participated in last week suggested all us missionaries that didn't have a page get one so we can "stay in touch!" You know, that's what email is for! I'm with you totally on this. I'd much rather be reading edifying posts in our Christian community rather than all the ads and other stuff that comes with FB.

I love your new background, by the way.

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Cathryn,
I too have heard that Facebook is not the way to go. I do not have Facebook, but I know of some folks who have it. I think I am just a blogger girl. I love sharing my love for Jesus with other Godly women.
When I first began blogging, I knew it had to be with a purpose. My only purpose for everything is my Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for continuing to write about our Savior. You never know who might read your blog. God will use our gifts when we allow Him to. So keep up the good work my dear sister.
God bless you.
Bren

Nancy said...

Hi Cathy, I have facebook and I really enjoy it. I understand about seeing many people in a different light...not one that makes them glow as we would like. I usually only get on there to check on friends or family and then I'm off. I talked to you quite a while, which is something I rarely get to do at other places or on the phone. I think through FB could be the only way I could get to know you on a more personal level, and I had accepted that to be the case. I've spent many nights in prayer with other homeschooling moms as we pray for each other, ourselves, and the state of the nation. Although, I realize that FB doesn't replace prayer in real life, it oftentimes allows me to pray with ladies in TX, Peru, Mexico, and even just down the road. In all things moderation and there is good and bad in every thing. Love you lots!

Nancy

Honeycombs said...

Hi Cathryn nice to read your blog. I'm on facebook but like you not very sure of it. I don't go on much and prefer blogging now that I've been introduced to it. My nieces marriage has suffered because her husband met an old friend through facebook and things got out of hand.
I'll stop by again. Blessings, Jean