Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blogging Time

I have come to realize that I spend quite a bit of time on the computer--a tool that usually aggravates me because it doesn't do what I want it to do ( sorta like my kids!). My children and hubby have made comments about my time on it and blogging. I have also noticed that some of you in bloggy land are experiencing the same issues. I really do need to be cleaning bathrooms and dusting now, but I have been a sponge for the past hour reading some wonderful blogs!

The blogs that attract me are those that are related to our walk with the Lord, sports--particularly running, and cute home decorating ideas. The first one that I mentioned are the ones that tend to grab my attention first.

Sunday school is only an hour. At our church, preaching is only for an hour. Bible studies are the same--one hour! Y'all, I crave more! I want more of Jesus! I want to see, hear and experience Him not only during those times and my quiet time, but also through your writing! I glean so much from your blogs! Some are deep; others are lighter. I need both! I want to comment on each one that I read, but I don't always have the time. But, I do want you to know, that I am learning from your writing...and to me, that's another way to spend precious time with Him.

So, I want to thank those of you whose blogs I read that fill me with thoughts of Him to ponder and pray about during my day. We're all on this journey of life together, and God allows us to learn from each other. Y'all are just precious!



Chatty Kelly said...

Susan - here is a tip that is helping me. I have set up my myself as a "follower" of certain blogs. Now when I log in and go to my dashboard, I can instantly see who has updated and only need check the new blogs. I am blogging about how to do this (if you don't know how) on Friday.

I do spend too much time on blogging, but I love my community and encouragement from all my bloggie friends! Like you! So thank you.

Cindy said...

I too love my bloggy friends.
I am newer at this and don't have so many followers but I enjoy getting to know each one.

Hey, thanks for the link to Leebird, we are meeting for lunch tomorrow. I'm so excited.

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

Hi, Susan.

I was such a hesitant blogger. And even vowed once I wouldn't enter the world! :) But my friend, Heather's, blog site inspired me in many ways and I crossed the threshold. Have met some sweet friends here and I love to hear how God is at work in lives and hearts! :) There is a special fellowship in Bloggityville!

I do just give myself a certain amount of time and do it mostly when cherubs are sleeping and hubby is working.

Also, my quiet time with the Lord is top priority, and I ask Him to keep my heart towards Him.

It's all about priority, discipline and self-control. You obviously are a pro at those virtues, which are reflected in your running, too! :)

Here is my friend's blog who inspired me to cross the threshold!


Edie said...

I SO know what you mean. I am trying to schedule posts and limit my time on blog visits but it's hard. I setup my blog roll in order of most currently updated and use it like Chatty Kelly uses followers. Like you, I am benefiting from this blogging community.

Gotta Run said...

Everything is with balance. Bathrooms can always wait :) .... our men are not always to patient when they need our attention.

Love ya girl!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I totally agree with you. Though, I believe God does want us to feed our families and tend to necessary things but how much He desires us to clean and such, I don't know. I don't say that sarcastically. Yes, we should take care of our possession but how much. I think my neighbor washes his wife's van twice a week. Today, I thought, I should vacuum the front of my vehicle (no one rides in the back). But it's only a vehicle.

Reading blogs is a worthwhile time when it does enrich our walk with Jesus or helps us to be more productive in our lives.

To me, it would be no different than spending an hour or an evening with friends face to face. Now wouldn't that be wonderful...to spend time together with bloggy friends...one of which is YOU.

Love ya,

Ava Semerau said...

Susan - saw your comment over at Mara's Morning blog about my book, And God Was Pleased, and wanted to say thanks and encourage you to pick up the book! lol Also, if you haven't already done so, drop by y blog, Pleasing Moments for a nearly-daily dose of practical Christianity. Who knows, you might even want to be a follower tho..mm... not sure I know how to set that up! Take care and thanks again!
AVA <><

Dorothy Champagne said...

Stopped by your blog today from Chatty Kelly's. I try to spend my time online in the early mornings before the kids get up, and in the late evenings when the kids are in bed. I consider it "my" time to refill and refresh.

Teresa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I too can eat up too much time blogging, but the Lord has spoken to my heart many times through my bloggy sisters...

So excited to hear you have Vol connections! (although it's a tough year for us faithful followers of the Big Orange :(
We live in West TN, but love to make the trek to K-town as often as we can..will be going up for the Homecoming game in Nov and I can't wait!
Blessings and I'll be back!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Your blogs is one of those that brings refreshment, wisdom and blessings to me. That is why you are on my favorites to read. Some days it is like an additional little devotional. Have a blessed day. Jackie

On Purpose said...

God can use all our time to benefit Him...if we let Him!

Susan way to look for Him in all you do...you keep it up girl...cause you encourage and inspire me!

Joyful said...

I hear you my friend! As you know I've been taking a bloggy sabbatical. I needed to return to family and home and 'flesh and blood' friends and neighbours around me. I'm sure there is a happy balance and everyone will be different. Praying the Lord will help you find your niche. I know you will honour Him in all you do!

Love, prayers and hugs,

Leebird said...

I could sit here and blog and read blogs all day long. I definately have to watch myself.

I certainly think my hubby would rather me be blogging for free than shopping online! :)

Love you...it was great talking to you on the phone today...I miss your face!!!

Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Susan,
I too have to watch myself with my blog time.
But also like you I need that community of Deep-unto-deep sisters.

I am challaged, encourageed renewed and refocused often as I read blogs like yours.

I so hope that we can actually meet and sit down together one day.
I know a great place htat serves cinnabons! How are your Saturdays?

Love ya my friend

The Patterson 5 said...

Oh I love blogging too and I've been away but away at home for a few days and man have I missed it. I love to read what the Holy Spirit is saying to my sweet sisters in Christ at Bible studies and here in the blogging world! Thank you for sharing words the Lord has given you. They have blessed me and everytime I get out there to run (well mine is just a jog) I think of you!

LynnSC said...

Hi Susan,
I can identify with what you said. I love blog jumping... finding our what God is doing in the lives of others.

This is me too...
"Y'all, I crave more! I want more of Jesus! I want to see, hear and experience Him not only during those times and my quiet time, but also through your writing! I glean so much from your blogs!"

BUT... If I am not careful, my day will get away from me and the laundry is still dirty.

Still looking for a balance.

Rachel Olsen said...

Cudos to you for striving to keep your priorities in order - that's a struggle most every woman I know wrestles with from time to time.

Also, thanks for the sweet comment today ... it strengthened me.

Smiles ~ Rachel

Yolanda said...

I amen that! And when God gave the o.k. to take Higher Grounds from the e-mail format to the blog, I knew that I needed to keep the blog for Him only.

So for me, if I get "tagged", I place my info on the particular blog that tagged me. It is a small way that I can still honor my God with the blog writings of Higher Ground.

Love you,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Do what you need to do to keep your boundaries in line with God's. You know how I feel about this one.

peace to you~elaine

Leebird said...

Sorry, no hiking occurred, but the scenery was beautiful as was the company. I will only hike with you...so get on the plane and come over here! :)

KelliGirl said...

Hey there Susan,
I took a blog sabbatical during our trip to Arizona so I'm behind in reading yours. I agree that blogging can be a black hole where bucketloads of time can go, but when managed is so worth it. What wonderful women there are who really love Jesus and want to share that joy with others.

Keep writing and sharing your wonderful heart.