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Twouble with Twitters

I find this little gem of a video brilliant.  Espcially after being away from the twittersphere, AIM, and facebook for a few weeks now.  Enjoy!  (ty los)

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After the day I had today, I needed this reminder:

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For the past four years, I have allowed you to consume my life.  And I’m afraid that our relationship has gone too far.  I have allowed my self-worth to be dictated by wall-posts, comments and friend requests.  I have allowed you to make me feel popular whenever I browse through my 4823923 friends, when in reality there are only a handful of those folks who I could even consider real friends.

You have given me the pleasure of re-connecting with acquaintances of old (remember what’s-her-name from preschool who moved away when we were like 4?  yeah, we’re friends now thanks to you!), and have given me a new and shiny, yet somehow artificial way to be “friends” with relatives, co-workers, and my sister’s friend’s little sister.  You have given me the ability to know that what’s-his-name-the-high-school-football-team is now a father to kids with two different mothers, and to know in an instant who is dating whom.  If it weren’t for you, I would have no idea that girl-from-choir and guy-from-band ended up getting married after all.  Seriously, what would I do without you, Facebook?

Oh yeah, remember that time that we spent hours upon hours together as I wasted away my life playing Tetris thanks to that wonderful little app you like to call “Tetris Friends”?  I think I may have actually lost friends because of that little trist.  And speaking of apps, how would I ever tell my friends how much I care about them if it weren’t for Bumper Stickers and Flair?  Thanks to you, it has been months, if not years since I actually sent someone a hand-written note.  Why waste the energy when I’m sure there’s already a bumper sticker that says “I love you!”.

And why do you tempt me so by suggesting more people I may know?  You know as well as I do that I have no idea who at least half those people are and that the other half are people that I had long since forgotten.  But hey, since you think I should be friends with that popular kid from high school who made fun of me all the time, why not?  Maybe things have changed since then, right?

Oh, and remember that picture?  Yeah, the one from that time at camp when I hadn’t showered in a week?  Remember how someone found it and made it the face of Erin Satterlee for WELL Leadership my senior year?  Ok, maybe that wasn’t so bad.  But seriously, I blame that partly on you.

I heard a song on the radio that reminded me of you.  It brought back all kinds of memories.

I don’t know what I’ve done
Or if I like what I’ve begun
But something told me to run
And honey you know me it’s all or none

There were sounds in my head
Little voices whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found myself listening

‘Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should

(Thanks, Missy)

That song came on the radio, and I thought of you.  Then I thought of me.  I realized that I’ve invested way too much of myself into this relationship – far more than I should.  And it’s come to the point where I seriously don’t know who I am without you, and it’s time for that to change.

Anyway, what I guess I’m trying to say is that I think we need to take a break.  I need some time to find myself – to invest myself in all of those things that you have taken me away from – in God, in family, in love, and in real friendship (you know, the kind where you sit and have coffee and talk face-to-face).  You can go ahead and spread your facebook love around to all the other people out there (in fact, I’m sure you have hardly even noticed my disappearance since I walked out on you last night about this time).

Seriously though, it’s not you, it’s me.

I guess I’ll see you later.

Sincerely,

Erin Satterlee

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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 7:8-11

This is one of the more difficult commands from God for me to obey.  There are others (you know, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, etc.) that come fairly easy for me, but this one – remember the Sabbath is a difficult one for me.  We live in a culture that honors busyness, where the more you “do” the better off you are.  Honoring the Sabbath has become sort of a “lost art” in 21st century America.  Yet, it is a command from God, and one that I believe we should all strive to obey.

When I woke up this morning (at 11:00am – I love sleeping in!) and booted up my computer, I noticed something very very rare as I did my normal “Monday morning” things.  I flipped through the four open tabs in my Firefox browser, checked for new updates from my friends on Facebook, caught up on blog posts in my Google reader, and then flipped to my Google calendar to what I found to be a rather pleasant surprise:  In the next three weeks, there are currently 8 days on my calendar that have NOTHING scheduled on them.

This season, though it is a busy one for the church is affording me the incredible opportunity to rest, and I couldn’t be more excited.  Sure, I’ll probably spend some of these days doing “productive” things, but I have the luxury of doing those things at my own pace.

Most of all, during these next three weeks I hope to remember the Sabbath… to spend time resting in the love of my Savior, reading for pleasure, writing and recording some music, and just enjoying the company of family and friends.  Sure, there are going to be some days in the next three weeks that are busy and chaotic, but they’re balanced out by days of nothing.

So, as I enjoy this season of Sabbath remembering, I hope you will also find the same.  That you can enjoy this season of expectation and celebration of the incarnation of God in the birth of Jesus Christ, and simply rest.

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I’m pretty sure I had the exact opposite reaction at this moment in time.  Or perhaps I just sat quietly and soaked in the moment.  This is a little over the top.  Welcome to life in Jr. High Ministry, though.  This could be your life, too.

thanks los

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Kind of makes you stop and think, eh?

ty Stuart

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