Hide and Seek with Daddy! :)

I just finished writing and posting my blog for the day. It is 9:35am and I have writing marked off my mental to do list for the day. I’m sitting here alone in my thoughts with the rest of the mental to do list. The handsome fella is finishing up a short day at work and will be home soon to begin some extended time off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The girls are doing what teenage girls do when they don’t have to get up to go to school…sleeping in. I have much to do but I want to keep writing. In reality, I may not write as much as I’d like this week, so why not take advantage of the fact that something caught my eye right after I entered my last post and caused me to want to keep going?

After I entered my last post, I clicked over to take a look at the stats on my page. I was particularly curious to see how this month was looking because it hasn’t been a stellar month for me in the daily blogging challenge. I wanted to see if I was going to be anywhere near pulling off a decent month after a very rough start. My blog is mostly read by close friends and family, so I don’t get huge numbers, but this month will be half of the usual hits for the first time in 7 months. The graph on this site shows a 30 month cycle. At least this month isn’t an all time low on that chart. Although this month will likely be about 50% less than the past 7 months, there was a month on the chart that was actually 50% less than this month.

Why was my blog traffic so low in June 2013? Why was I drawn to that fact this morning?

Well, for one thing there were only 9 posts that entire month. You don’t actually get many readers if you don’t supply them with something to read. I thought I’d look for clues about why I wasn’t writing much that month, but instead I found something God wanted me to see for right now. :) Click here and you can read the post He led me to. If you’ve read my earlier post, you will know that I wrote about my relationship with Him. You will know I wrote about hiding. You will know I wrote about seeking. And just as I’m finished writing about those things, He found a way to highlight something He wanted me see. :)

If you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking things above, where Christ is… Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Him. Col 3:1-3

Um, yeah! God has a little to say to ME about Hide and Seek, doesn’t He? :)

 

Hide or Go Seek?

It’s November and I’ve been on a break from Facebook for the most part except for posting my daily occasional blog post and a shout out or two. You just don’t skip your child’s birthday! If you are desperate for a place to board your family canines, Facebook is the quickest place for a shout out.

The purpose of this break was/is twofold. I wanted to spend the time I would have spent on Facebook connecting face to face with my family. I wanted to spend that time face to face with God. After all, when I asked Him what He would like me to fast, putting Facebook down was His idea. Seriously, I asked Him for plan B and heard nothing but the creaky noises between my ears.

So, how has it gone? Well, I’m 21 days in and I know a little more about the things going on in the lives of my family members than I did before. I know a little more about me than I did before. I know a little more about what works when we communicate with each other and what doesn’t work. I know a little more about what is getting in the way of our communication with each other and what things work to bridge that gap. I’ve been able to practice those things more. Uh, yeah, this means I’ve practiced some of the wrong ones a little more too, but, hey, how do you think I’m learning those don’t work so well :/

What about that extra time with God? Well, lets just say I’m glad this fast isn’t over just yet. Lets just say I need the discipline. Lets just say I’ve already been considering asking Him for something else when I feel released from this one. Lets just say I’ve got as much to learn about my relationship with Him as I do those around me, or more.

Removing a major distraction from your daily routine may take time to get used to. It may knock you off your feet for a little while. It may send you looking for another distraction if you aren’t purposeful about it. You may discover why you chose that distraction to begin with. You may find it was a great hiding place. You may find you’ve been missing out on both good and bad things while you’ve been in hiding. You will have choices to make. You will have messes to clean up. You will likely find you have relationships in need of repair.

It will take time! But look on the bright side! Without that distraction…you will have the time you will need for all that you see.

What is your distraction? What have you been missing out on? What have you been hiding from? Ask Him! I promise He is faithful to answer!

Shout Out to My Creeper(s)

Do you ever feel like you are being watched? Do you remember the days of secret admirers before the internet? Do you remember the days when watching someone’s every move meant sitting a few blocks down in a dark car being inconspicuous while you watched their house? I have never done that myself, but I have been the victim of it. Well, I was a victim of it because I was with someone who was being followed without their consent. It’s actually a very creepy feeling when that comes to light.

My blog has a “follow” button where you can follow me by email. I also publicize my blog on my Facebook and Twitter accounts so at the moment my blog site says I have 603 followers. I also make my blog public, so at any given time anyone across cyberspace who may be searching a word I have tagged can enter my site and read what I’ve said. I have purposely become vulnerable to being watched by people on the other side of a computer screen. Well, I have given permission for others to see into my thought life and bits of my family life that I choose to share. I actually welcome followers and the vulnerability that comes with that. I have chosen to take a risk.

This site has a stats feature where I can see how many people come to my site each day and how many posts per person have been read, or at least opened. According to those statistics only about 15% of my official followers actually read anything I have to say. That number is probably lower than that since it includes people who are not “officially” following me, but are finding me through a search engine or “creeping” my blog.

Yes, I said “creeping”. Like the kind of creeper that follows you in a car to trace your whereabouts. Like the kind of creeper that watches everything you say on Facebook or Twitter or your Blog but never comments or make it obvious that they are paying attention. Creeper…as in old fashion Stalker. The kind that makes for a good character in a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat because you never know where they are going to show up. I suppose “Big Brother” could also fall into that category.

I know that I have at least one of these. I actually find it a bit amusing. I find it amusing because this creeper is looking for reasons to be offended by my beliefs. This person is looking for reasons to condemn and accuse me. This person is looking for ammunition against me. This person would rather use my posts to talk about me than to me. That is really too bad because I make it very clear on my site that I welcome comments. I welcome interaction. I share what I believe on here because I believe it. Sometimes I share what I believe on here because I am sorting that out and growing in my faith.

It occurs to me that this is just part of the risk a writer takes when they put a pen to paper and make it public. It is the risk we all take when we engage in social media of any kind. It is the risk we take when we walk outside the walls of our house. Back in the day you could only be followed by a stalker if you left your house. Now you can be followed with the click of a website.

So go ahead. Watch me. Read what I have to say. If you would like clarification feel free to leave a comment. If you know me personally and would like to sit down for a chat, you know how to reach me. Just understand that I have no desire to argue. I have no desire to defend. I do not desire to convince you or be convinced by you. I am growing in my faith and my beliefs. Those are personal between me and God, just as yours are personal between you and God. If you want to get together and talk about Him and his love for us, let’s have coffee. If you want to get together and share what He is doing in your life or hear what He is doing in mine that would be awesome! If you want to have a conversation filled with life and light, let’s do it!

Until then…grab a cup of coffee and enjoy and may the God that loves you fill you with life and light!