We spent this past weekend with our grandkids: Hannah, 21 (on 1.21.18), and Simon, 14+ (15 on 5.28.18). To say we enjoy our time with these two is the understatement of the century! We love to. We got to Liberty University campus about noon on Saturday, picked up our girl and the four of us headed for Appomattox VA – which is about 30 minutes from Lynchburg. Before we were even out of eye-shot of campus we were discussing our morning devotion time and soul-care.
Hannah speaking, “My professor this past week mentioned how important self care is.”
Me, “I like to call self-care ‘soul-care,’ tending our souls – our minds.”
Hannah, “Yeah – like checking my [social media] feeds in the morning – I do that first thing and wish I didn’t.”
Me, “Hey! I have an idea – let’s form an accountability partnership. No social media until our souls are fed.”
Hannah, “Mimz, there’s a blogpost in this!”
Simon, “I wanna do it too.”
Me, “Let’s brainstorm a title at lunch.”
So, there we sat in a crummy little hole-in-the-wall cafe scribbling on a paper napkin and that’s how the title of this blogpost was born! We now have a three-way chat set up. Hannah wants to wake up at 5:30 to assure her of one hour of feeding her soul; I picked 6 o’clock; Simon will choose a time somewhere between 6 and 7! When Han’ gets up and settled she will text us with just one word, “here.” Then, I will do the same; then Simon. Simon suggested IF what we read/devote/pray speaks to us then we can text one another the encouragement. We have commit to Monday through Friday, this entire semester of school.
It’s our very own three-strand cord and holding one another accountable. I love this!
Are we minding our “feeds” OR feeding our souls?
My friends, isn’t it easy to wake up, get that cuppa and go straight to our phones or computers?
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1.35 (NIV)
There’s no better example than Jesus Himself. IF He found it necessary to awaken early and talk to His Father – how much more do I need to? O! I desperately need to.
This, in no way, is a condemnation of smartphones, computers, or any other electronic – I love our conveniences to stay connected but I just need to rein it in and January seems a perfect time of year to do so.
Am I minding my feeds OR feeding my soul?
I am looking forward to hearing those soft purrs in my text, “Here.”
I’m all in!
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