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Yes I Really Do Have 700 Friends On Facebook

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The other day I attempted to “cut my friend list” on facebook.  You know how it goes – you have an account for a while, and pretty soon people just start “appearing” on your friend list until you have near 1000 people!  This happened to me a few years ago.  I heard the snickers and taunts from my other facebook friends, “no one has 100o friends!” and set out to cut it back and only have people there I actually knew in person and had a connection with.

That was 2 or 3 years ago.  Then over time it crept up again as I slowly added those that were “late adopters” in joining the social media world.  Students, former students and people I had a relationship with on some level all came on board and asked to “friend” me.  Usually I did – because I knew them, or a friend knew them.

And like you, I have also been forced to eliminate some who I don’t need to be seeing every little thing they do, have contact with – or who for some reason have made me feel uncomfortable by status updates, pictures and comments.  And some people I do not feel comfortable with them seeing every little thing about me either.  But luckily this number is very small.

The other day I noticed my numbers were climbing up there again.  “NO ONE has 800 or 1000 close friends”, I said to myself.  I went through my list of “friends” and started eliminating based on whether or not I ever had a conversation with them.  As I was cutting back my list – I noticed something.  Most of these people are students, former students, past ministry life, or current friendships and church connections.  And because I love being connected with those I have had a part in the investing process – I don’t want to cut it loose.  Students grow up, get jobs, get married and have children – how much I would miss if I didn’t have them on facebook.

I guess the bottom line is this:

Yes I REALLY DO have 700 friends in my life.  I would not have known that until I went to look at them closely, individually, one by one.  Each face is a reminder of an event in both our lives that made that special connection.  Some are people I know only through the blogging community and many of them I have been able to talk with on Skype, although I have not met them in person.  They are daily contributors to my world of writing – and we have a common faith in Jesus Christ.

For those of you who are not aware who is on your friend list – I encourage you to do the same thing.  Look at your list and for each person you keep, remember why they are in your life and what brought you to this point in time.

I love making new friends – but mostly the people who I remain in contact with are the relationships that have stood the test of time and have meaning in my life today.

I am thankful for facebook.  It has allowed me to stay in touch and be a part of those I love as we share pictures, love and laughter together, encouraging and praying for each other – it helps to fill in those times when we can’t be together in person 🙂

As a teacher – facebook has been a great tool for keeping students and parents informed.  I have a page for my music studio as well as one for my blog.  These have both been great tools of communication!

And I’m a sucker for former and current students “dropping by” my page and saying “hello” to me 🙂

How many “friends” do you have on facebook?

God Bless

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Blog Sharing Friday

This week I want to share 3 more favorite blog sites.  These people have invested in me and cared about my daily “journal” of thoughts and have contributed and been a part of my daily world.  I have enjoyed reading about their struggles, trial, joys and resolutions – along with their daily journey with a growing relationship with Jesus.

1) K.C. Procter of  Some Wise Guy.  I have never met K.C. in person – in fact I only know him because of my friend David Miles’ blog – and saw him commenting and decided to check out his blog site.  K.C. got to know me and asked me to be a part of a series he had in May, called WiseGals.  It was a fun to be guest and it was a great learning experience for me as well.  K.C. is someone who loves his family – is passionate about God and helping people.  I love his humor and fresh approach to every day struggles. Lately he’s been incorporating video blogs of himself talking – bringing a more personal connection to his readers.  He’s very likable and I hope you will check out his blog site.

2) Tony Alicea at  Expect The Exceptional.  I have never met Tony in person either.  But I’ve come to really love his heart and passion for writing, others and especially his relationship with Jesus.  He  ALWAYS has time to others – and many people comment and have been following his blog.  This is no accident – as he connects well with everyone has always has a positive comment to make.  Tony is newly engaged and excited about his upcoming marriage – and we’re all so happy for him.  Check out his blog – you will be a loyal reader.

3) Jason Stasyszen at  Connecting To Impact.  Jason is Lead Pastor at Breakthrough Church in Juneau, Alaska. I understand Jason has also completed 4 worship albums – so he’s a Pastor with a musical side too 🙂  I’ve never met Jason in person – but he connects well with all of us online – and is a real online pastor to all of us in the blogging world with his wonderful writings and poetry.  Jason had me do a guest spot for him a few months ago while he and his family were on a vacation in Hawaii.  It was my pleasure to fill in for his awesome blog.  You will love Jason and find that he ALWAYS has time for everyone who visits his blog – and I have found Jason to be a daily presence on my blog site as well.

I hope you will also visit my other articles listed below to find out what other blogging friends I have found – and why they would be worth your time to check out!

God Bless!

Are You An Early Adopter?

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My husband likes to say this about me, “Cindy is an ‘early adopter’ and an ‘early embracer'”  I like new ideas – can move well into new concepts, even if they are somewhat difficult to wrap my brain around.  I love a challenge.  I love new technology.  I will usually be one of the first to jump in.  I will learn it if it KILLS ME!

But I also have a really practical side.  Some would call it “cheap” – but I like practical and careful.  I do my research – am an avid reader and learn all I can about new things.  I love the latest gadget and you don’t have to convince me of anything – except the price.  For example:  I have a free wordpress.com account for my blog, I have a 3G iPhone that I got for $99 a couple of years ago when the latest iPhone came out that summer.  I have two free music accounts on my computer, Pandora and Spotify.  Sure the ads are annoying – but pay for a monthly subscription when I can get it for free?  Never!  I live on Ebay and NEVER pay retail for anything.  And I would LOVE to have an iPad – and I’m looking for a used one for $99 and then I’m IN!!

My husband Greg is a late adopter, and a “late embracer”.  Although I think he embraces things and new people faster than he thinks he does.  He is what I would call a slow processer.  Nothing wrong with that – it’s just another way of  looking at things.  He does not jump on the latest technology right away.  He has to think about it and process things before he decides.  I bought him his first iPhone a few years ago and he has the one that is the 3GS – one step better than mine – so it will do video where mine won’t – a feature that he has used quite a bit.

And he is also very practical – even more so than I am.  So paying for things like computers, cell phones, web pages and music subscriptions do not sit well with him at all.   But being a practical man – who also has a small business, he has had to have two web pages and he pays a monthly fee to maintain both of them.  Because this is for “work” and not “play” he can easily justify it – as it brings him monthly business and that means money.  But I remember this being hard for him – he didn’t jump right on.

I am aware of the “early adopters” – they are all on google+ – the techno geeks and those who are interested in the latest trends in social media.  I was one of the first ones on there as well – and it’s been fun to connect with all the “movers and shakers” of technology.  Some are impractical and have the latest phones and computers – some are practical like me and do not – but we are all in the same vehicle – moving forward and seeing if this generation will be changed by what google is doing right now.

I am aware of the “late adopters”.  I have some in my family and in my circle of friends.  Some are on the internet via facebook and twitter – some are not on either one and use email as their only source of connecting with the outside world.  Believe it or not – some of these people don’t even have a cell phone.  I know it’s hard to believe – but there it is.

So my question is:

Which one are you?  Early or late adopter?  Practical or impractical?  Do you easily embrace new ideas and try to incorporate them into your lifestyle – or do you tend to think about things first and see if it will be useful?  I’d love to hear your story!

God Bless

Guest Post Deanna Morauski – My Good Friend

I read this article yesterday, from my good friend Deanna.  It is so good I just had to share it with you today.

It will make you laugh – and also really make you think about what you wish someone would have told you back when you were just graduating high school.

Deanna is more than just a good friend.  I have watched her life for over 15 years now.  She and her husband, John served on staff with my husband for 5 years in Renton, Washington – and then they moved on to plant a church in North Bend, Washington.  We lost track of each other – this was before internet and then found each other again 2 1/2 years ago on facebook.  By this time John and Deanna were getting ready to launch their new Bed and Breakfast located in the scenic mountains of North Bend.  Check out their website: The Old Hen  She is a gifted writer and speaker, encourager, wife and mom.  Her humorous writing and speaking make others feel comfortable around her and she is a joy to watch as she bakes, cooks and thinks of other clever ways to get across words of hope.  You will be touched and blessed by reading her articles filled with love.

Enjoy and God Bless!

30 things I wish someone had told me when I graduated from high school

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An open note to dotter and to all the girls of the graduating class of 2011:

1. Never stick your wet hand in the freezer. For that matter, don’t stick any wet limbs in the freezer.

2. The easiest way to learn something is to watch others. If they make great choices, take note. If they make bad choices, take note. If they make good choices but get bad results, watch how they deal with it. If they make bad choices and get good results, watch how it all catches up with them sooner or later.

3. In all circumstances be humble. Even during those times when you know you are the only one who “gets it”.

4. When God talks to you:

  • He won’t mumble, waste your time or be confusing. Although he may have you wait on his answer for his loving reasons.
  • He won’t go against his own word, the Bible.
  • He won’t tempt you to take the easy route.
  • And he won’t let others vote on his plan for you nor will he broadcast his plan for you through someone else.

5. Eat real food. Eat a rainbow of colors for your health unless the rainbow comes in candy form. Stay away from the middle grocery aisles as much as possible.

6. When you have a family of your own, you don’t have to make the same mistakes you saw us make while you were growing up. You will make plenty of your own – and that is okay. Then, God will use our mistakes to remind us of how hard life is so that we can support you empathetically.

7. Pray for Mr. Right until and after you meet him. When you find Mr. Right, put him through the test to make sure he can handle it when you disagree or say no. Pray for him even more on the night he is introduced to your father.

8. If you lose your children in the clothing department, don’t panic. They are probably just under the clothing racks.

9. It is perfectly okay, and normal even, to cry. Just don’t use tears to manipulate. Make sure the people you cry in front of are safe people and never cry during a business meeting.

10. Things you must have in your kitchen: a bench scraper, a great spatula, a KitchenAid mixer – if it has not been inherited then it should be in your favorite color and glass jars which are awesome in oh so many ways (who knew they could be so handy?).

11. Accumulated interest can work terribly against you when you have credit cards or incredibly for you when you put your money into a savings account. Save at least 15% of what you make and increase that by putting any pay raises into savings as well. Learn to live on less.

12. Learn something new everyday. Be delighted by this when you do. I learned how to cook noodles at 25, found out I didn’t know it all at 30, learned to drive safer and slower at 35 and learned how to make good gravy at 40.

13. Friendships are started and become meaningful one person at a time.

14. Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know until you find out what you didn’t know that you thought you did.

15. Never put noodles in the water before it reaches the boiling point and never cook them too long.

16. You will begin to think like those you spend time with. Surround yourself with those you want to grow up to be like and help the other people who are hurting.

17. No one in any position is any better than you are. You are equal in value to them. Don’t allow them to make you think otherwise.  Respect their position but never place yourself lower in God’s eyes.

18. God won’t show you something new until you learn what he is showing you right now. Don’t avoid today’s lesson. It will be uncomfortable but you can do it.

19. Remember, a woman brings life into her home and her community. Your role is so very important. You can never be replaced.

20. Google does not have all the answers. Everything put into computers is generated by humans and they are, well, you know, human.

21. Bullies aren’t out to get you. They are out to fix something that is broken within themselves. Don’t let angry people get you down.

22. Take advantage of every sunshiney day. Take walks, go on hikes, and play frisbee with people you love. Especially if you continue to live in Washington.

23. Even when you are done with school, keep reading.

24. Just when you are about to give up is probably when you will break-thru the hardest part of your journey. Learn and be patient during those times. It’s more about who we become in the process and less about where we end up.

25. Always choose like-minded roommates and always write a check or get a receipt for your rent or house payments. Don’t ask me how I know these things. I just do.

26. Always remember a salesman’s job is to sell you something. Again, don’t ask me how I know this.

27. Some people are deathly allergic to peanuts. If you make something with nut products, always place the same kind of nut it’s made with on the treat as a garnish. Never lie about a product containing nuts, caffeine, etc. It applies to many areas of life that someone’s well-being could depend on your honesty.

28. Integrity isn’t just about being honest with God and others as it begins with being honest with yourself.

29. Men have feelings too.

30.  From the time you were born until you were 18 months-old, you learned trust. From eighteen months to the age of three, you learned autonomy. From the ages of three to five you learned initiative. Between the ages of six and twelve, you learned industry. From ages twelve to eighteen, you have now learned who you really are. While we have given you a good life so far, we know there will be areas that will need healing. You are not alone for there are no perfect parents and therefore, no perfect upbringing. We are here for you if you feel broken in the areas of trust, autonomy, initiative, industry and for the times you might struggle with knowing who you are (see number 9).

You are beginning the journey now until the age of thirty-five to learn intimacy in your relationships. Your kids will think you are too old to be cool when you are about thirty-five, but this is when you will  learn how to better everyone’s life – not just your own – in a much deeper way. I know you will enjoy giving back and those you give of yourself to will be so lucky to have you in their lives. Finally, when you are even older you will gain integrity. You will have been real with yourself, God and others and will have a true sense of the meaning of life. There is so much more ahead, so please drive safe.

Love,

Mom

What items are on your list as must knows for graduates?

About deannamorauski

Deanna’s love for baking and cooking began as she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. She expresses her loves today creatively through speaking & video lessons, writing for her foodie blog as well as hosting guests at her inn, The Old Hen Bed & Breakfast in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington.

Happy April! And That’s No Fooling! (via Cindy Holman’s Blog)

As I am usually QUEEN of the April Fool’s pranks – just wanted to post last years blog post on this day – telling of some of my better pranks 🙂 I’m still trying to think of a few for my son and husband – the day is still young –  Shhh!

So to you and yours – HAPPY APRIL to you!!  This year I’m watching MY back 🙂

 

God Bless

Happy April!  And That's No Fooling! As I look at my blog post from last year – I read how it was SNOWING here in the Pacific Northwest!  What a good “April Fool’s” that was!! This year – it’s still pretty cold out – but at least it’s SUNNY!! I am very mischievous by nature and have pulled some WONDERFUL April Fool’s “pranks” over the years – my family knows me well – and never know just what I’ll do to them on this day!!  My favorite one happened when my husband Greg was in seminar … Read More

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Do you feel forgotten?… (via Cindy Holman’s Blog)

 

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This blog post is the one that gets looked at more than any of mine – and that’s saying a lot since I have over 500 posts now.

I find that the reason for this is simple: People are lonely. They do a search on google for words like, ‘Lonely’, ‘forgotten’, ‘I feel forgotten’, etc. and my post pops up. It has been curious to see this happen over the last year – from people all over the world who stumble on my blog.

I wish I had all the answers and all the wisdom to provide when posting something like this – but the sad news is that I don’t. But I do know someone who does. His name is Jesus. And when I was going through a sad and dark time – not too long ago – and there didn’t seem to be any answers – or any relief for my sadness – He was there with me all the time. The Bible tells us that He is ‘closer than a brother’ – and that in itself is so comforting to me – because I never had a brother and would have liked having one.  He is ‘like a brother’ – patiently sitting by my side until I was ready to open up the deepest and darkest part of my heart to Him. And He will do the same for you – give you some support and validation for your feeling of isolation – whisper to you in the dark times and be an ever-present help in your storm. I know this first hand – because He did for me.  And ‘like a brother’ – I am safe and confident in His love and affection for me – no agenda – no games – just pure adoring love – ‘like a brother’.

When you have that kind of love and connection – you are never alone.  People may leave you – reject you and walk away – but He never will.  And that’s so important to hang on to – sometimes it is the only thing you have.  A brother who loves you – will never leave you, hurt you – or abandon you.

I am praying that in your really dark days – you will reach out to this friend – who is ‘closer than a brother’ – and know that He really sees you – He really cares – He won’t abandon you – He will wipe away those tears and give you a purpose and a reason to go on.  I am praying that you will not give in to negative self talk – and voices in your head that say, ‘it’s not worth it – no one understands’ – and remember that someone does – and you aren’t alone – He is as close as a whisper of His name.

God Bless

I think that sometimes we can feel left behind – forgotten – cast aside.  Sometimes it is a feeling based in reality – most times it is not.  It is important to know the difference. Sometimes the “blues” are just the “blues”.  I was reminded of a great Karen Carpenter song from the late 60’s called “Rainy Days and Mondays” – where the lyrics say this: Talking to myself and feeling old Nothing is really wrong Feeling like I don’t belong Hanging ar … Read More

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