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Fasting for Spiritual Reasons, Part 2: My Blogging Fast

Two Fridays ago, I shared about my first fast, which had nothing to do with food.  Click here to read about it.

I also made two main points:

  1. Fasting is a personal thing, and may take many different forms.
  2. Fasting can be a way to wean ourselves from things we rely on too heavily, and focus on God instead.

Another type of fast that has become quite popular (and often, necessary) is to fast from social media.  Experience has taught me, as yours probably has too, that the perils of this medium are many.  Facebook was particularly bad for me – so bad, in fact, that I’m fasting from it…well, permanently.  (That’s another story, for, perhaps, another time.)  Today, however, I would like to focus on blogging.

Many of my current readers may not be aware of my blogging history, up until this point.  I am a fairly new blogger, as you may have guessed, but this is not my first blog.  I began in 2017 with a blog entitled Little Moment Meditations.  I couldn’t believe my luck, when I started blogging – not because my blog was all that successful, but because I enjoyed it SO much!  Finally, I had found a creative outlet that was not only extremely satisfying, but also allowed me to connect and dialogue with other writers.

However, after a few months, things had gotten a little out of balance.  The amount of time and energy I was spending on my blog left me with too little of either to spend on my husband and kids.  I also noticed that I was reacting emotionally to the likes or dislikes of others concerning my writing.  Views on my stats, likes or shares on my posts, and even the exhilaration of receiving inspirations to write became ‘highs’ that I was chasing.  Behaving like an addict, my feelings spiked or plummeted sharply depending on how people were reacting to my writing, and on whether I had my next idea or not.  I knew this wasn’t healthy.  And confusing the issue, for me, was the fact that I partly viewed my blog as a ministry.  But was I actually doing it for God?  Or was I doing it for myself?

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It was the book “Secrets of the Secret Place” by Bob Sorge that enlightened this question for me.  In chapter 45, entitled “The Secret of Intimacy First,” he explains that even ministry can be like ‘wine’ when the pleasures of serving God become more important to us than our relationship with Him.  Serving God should happen as a natural response to His love.  It isn’t supposed to be about chasing the intoxication of His anointing, the accolades of people, or a ‘fix’ to help us feel worthy and valuable.  God loves us just as we are, before we’ve done anything for Him.  That’s the funny thing about God; the thing we don’t tend to expect.  He’s more interested in us, in ourselves, and in relating to us, than He is in our efforts and our work.  I am so thankful for that!

In order to let this truth soak into my bones, and to wean myself from the “highs” of blogging, I took an extended break.  About 7 months passed before I published another post.  By then I wanted a fresh start, with a slightly different feel to my blog, and “The Manitoba Mom Blog” was born.  I often visit the topics of God and spirituality, because that’s just a part of who I am.  But I’m not doing it to earn favour with God.  (I already have that…praise Him!)  And because I do have that, the opinions of my readers no longer make or break me.  (Although I appreciate all of your support, of course!)

Since most of my readers are also bloggers, I would love to hear your perspective on this topic.  Have you ever taken an intentional break from blogging?  And why?

And if you would like a more thorough explanation of the Biblical basis for fasting than what I provide here, and some of the reasons/purposes behind it, a pastor at my church has been teaching an excellent series of sermons on the topic.  Here is the link to listen to them:

https://mysouthland.com/messages#Prayer_and_Fasting/Prayer_and_Fasting

Warm wishes,

Lisa

Author:

Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all 😜❄. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

15 thoughts on “Fasting for Spiritual Reasons, Part 2: My Blogging Fast

  1. I don’t blame you I actually can relate on a personal level. One day I looked at my phone and just deleted Facebook and Snapchat I was over all the crappy things that I was seeing. Great decision by the way. I hope your fasting journey is going well for you

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  2. I had to take a step back from blogging when I first started for the same reason. I was letting my blog take over my life. It was almost as if I was addicted to writing! I still struggle with time management and that can get overwhelming. Sometimes we need to take a breath and refresh our thinking.

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  3. Totally hear you on this. I personally openly admit I want to be off all of it. I’ve deleted my Facebook 4 times in the past. Currently Gods called me to running a women’s ministry, guess whose doing all the social media, me. When God called me to blog I was super confused, He knows how I feel. Hubby and I talked about it. I take breaks often do it’s not all consuming. I know how to shut it off and not let it get the best of who I am and still have space for my faith, hubby and kids.

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  4. I have taken little breaks now and then, like a month at a time but I try to have pre-scheduled posts through out that time. I just can’t get to other bloggers to communicate and that is one of my favorite parts of blogging. It gets so hard to do it all and it catches up with you. I never started Facebook. My sister tried to get a site up for me but I never went and this was years ago when it first started becoming popular. My husband and I also got rid of our cell phones over ten years ago. That one has made us loose friends because we didn’t have a cell phone on us once when they tried to get a hold of us while we were out having fun together living life with no distractions. They thought there was something wrong with us because who doesn’t have a cell phone. So far we have been able to do it but each year it gets harder and harder to function in our society without one. We will see. Have a beautiful Sunday.

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    1. With regards to Facebook, I doubt you are missing much. Yes, I have lost touch with people after leaving Facebook. But I think that if it is a real and healthy relationship, there will be something besides Facebook to keep us connected. I also prefer to learn things about people through personal communication, rather than from just seeing what they are posting publically. And yes, there’s definitely something to say for having fun with no distractions! That’s an ability that many of us have lost! Blessings ❤️

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  5. There is a lot to blogging! It requires much more than I realized, when I first started. With that said, I haven’t yet felt the need to take a break from it. I hope if I ever get to that point, I’ll have the wisdom to do it. I have however taken an intentional year long break from Facebook. I was struggling with insecurity at the time, and I felt God calling me away from it. I’m back on now, and it’s a night and day experience. I no longer feel less than, because of what I see in the lives of everyone else.

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    1. That is awesome. I agree that Facebook can be a great tool in the hands of those who know how to properly use it. Maybe in the future, if I have grown in character enough, God will ask me to use it for something. But for now, it’s still a no-no for me! ❤️

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  6. I missed this post, but I did take a break from blogging years ago when it became too time consuming. Then I took a break from social media last year and that break is no longer in effect, but my time on social media is severely limited now. I no longer have an interest in it like I did. It’s hold on me was somewhat broken when I took that break, though I sometimes feel myself being pulled back into it again. I have gotten too caught up in the numbers, even now sometimes. I think I’m in a healthier place now that if I start going down that road of basing my worth on my numbers that I can pull myself back out quicker..only with the help of God, of course. Now I see both blogging and social media as a way to make real connections and focus on that instead of the likes or the follows. Those, usually, are simply surface level efforts made by people who thrive on likes and want those likes back. I much prefer the actual comments and interactions with people (though I have clicked like before when I haven’t had time to make a comment so I am in no way offended on wordpress when someone only clicks like.)

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