A Social Media Sabbath

34 thoughts on “A Social Media Sabbath”

  1. Juile,

    You are so amazing job on that picture On Oct 2, 2018 8:22 AM, “Julie Dibble, Speaker and Author” wrote:

    > juliedibblewrites posted: “Staying away from social media is like a dog > staying away from its bone. Sometimes you drool with wonder and curiosity. > Other times you are still, with concern for others (the dog may be > concerned who would take his bone, either way its concern). For me,” >

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  2. Hi Julie! I have been off social media for almost 2 years now and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I don’t have a blog or constant contact with people, so it was not a big deal, but there were many friends and family members who enjoyed seeing my children, since we live so far away from our home. I kept the Facebook messenger app so I could stay in contact with them. I don’t have Instagram, Twitter, nothing. It’s glorious. I do have a slight addiction to Pinterest though, ha! Anyways, I no longer feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses” or have everything look perfect. I can “just be,” and focus on the relationship with my family and friends who are present. Thank you for your writing! I always enjoy it.

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    1. Oh yes, Kelly! I remember you telling me this. Oh my! It was two years ago I first spoke to the MOPS group because I will be returning this month for the third time. I am thankful to Jesus for leading us where He knows we need to be. You are welcome for my writing, though I cannot take all the credit.

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  3. Hi Julie. Great post. We do have to keep the balance of God first, responsibilities following in His order. God help us all. One app that I have found so helpful is the Give Him 15, by Dutch Sheets. It tells us what to pray for our Nation’s greatest needs for that day creating a unity of Spirit. Instead of spending so much time hearing Media reports that can be taxing, we can read God’s solution for the need, pray it, declare it and expect it. I’m spreading the word for this crucial time of need for the body of Christ and our nation. Right now there is a 40 day prayer assignment until election day as we continue to turn the nation through prayer, humility, love and peace…true shalom, wholeness peace that Jesus died to give us. Thanks for your obedient example.

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  4. Julie, I will be praying for you as you speak
    at the retreat. I have been less
    interested in going on Facebook
    lately also I am excited to hear how eliminating
    social media has helped you to draw nearer to Jesus.
    Love, Lori

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  5. Oh thank you so much for prayers! The retreat is over and overwhelmed me. His Spirit flooded and covered the place. I will blog more this week about it. May He bless you with rest and comfort dear Lori.

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  6. Thankful for our friendship. I admit I did wonder where you went off to.
    Glad to see you back but understand the need for social media break. I took one over the summer where I only entered contests sweepstakes and giveaways.
    I am back to blogging doing a blogtober kind of thing and it allowed me time to reflect and be thankful for the ones who stood by and didn’t give up while I was gone. I am glad to see your granny photo it was a great speech I am sure.

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    1. Awww Amanda, thankful how He brought us together at that speaking conference. Thankful too for our friendship. You have helped me so much, more than you even know with wisdom you share about life. Have a wonderful night with your people 🙂

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  7. Dear Julie,
    Thank you for sharing with us your obedience to the Lord this past month! I have found that it truly does make such a difference to come away with Him when He calls us to those breaks. It’s not always easy, as you expressed, I can still feel the sting of “missing out” on what’s happening, but yet what Jesus brings to me in that time is so much fuller than anything I may have missed in the process. Just recently I “missed” being able to join the write31day challenge, as God had spoken “no” to me again this year. But He is so wise, and He knows the timing and the fullness that He wants to bring to us in our days. So thankful to hear about some of the ways that God blessed you at the retreat! I love that He gave you creative expressions through drama also! Blessings and hugs dear sister!

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    1. I so appreciate your sharing this with me. He is so wise and perfect in every way. We are human. We are sisters. We can pray for each other through such times. Thank you for the kind words about the retreat. There is more to blog about that as He makes it clear. Hugs right back to you.

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  8. Julie, YES!
    We so need healthy boundaries in our lives, even though honoring them (especially regarding social media!) can be so challenging! Thanks for this testimony of God’s faithfulness! And it’s good to hear your voice again.

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  9. Julie, it’s encouraging to read stories like yours of what happens when people follow God’s lead and unplug from social media for awhile. I love how God filled that initial emptiness you felt with His peace. As for boundaries, I don’t use social media aps on my phone, I’m not on Facebook at all, and I try (but don’t always succeed) to only check the other platforms at a few set times each day. What I need to work on most is allowing a search for one specific thing to turn into 30 minutes of wandering around online. Glad to be your neighbor at #TellHisStory this week.

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    1. Thank you so much Lois. Yes, I like your idea of 30 minutes total at one time. Time can roll so quickly. I have a busy afternoon as the boys will be home. I will check back a bit later to read your post at #TellHisStory.

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  10. This is a deep truth! Thank you for taking the break from social media and teaching us from it. I have been praying about this, as well, wondering how to find the right balance. It is very fulfilling when you are connected with other Christians, but… the ministry should never be bigger in my life than Jesus. I’m thinking of setting up a schedule for myself and then whatever I can accomplish during my allotted time, is it. When I run out of time, it’s over. I think that may work best for me. I appreciate your encouragement to keep Jesus first! God bless you again and again!

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  11. This was a brave undertaking and I am longing to do it myself. I am pondering a blog post about social media and it’s role in my life. I am stretched thin right now and I feel like social media is another drain on my time and energy- yet there is much good on it too. Thank you for stepping out and also sharing your insights.

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