I started Facebook as I thought it would keep me connected to my daughter and grandchildren living 600 miles away. I could see pictures and hear of happenings in her day and she mine. Over the years I have developed a list of somewhere around 540 friends. Everyday I have the opportunity to visit with friends I otherwise might forget were alive. As they say, "Out of sight, out of mind!" 

I had come to look forward to the "like sign" on my post when friends acknowledge they read and appreciated what I had to say or at the very least saw it. Ultimately, the lack of like signs became disturbing. Out of 540 friends when only 2 people like your post, even if only to acknowledge your presence, can be somewhat hurtful. I know I am super sensitive about being liked just as a person (see my "If You Only Knew Me" story) but when I put effort into my gifts and ministry and no one appreciates it I start to feel like, "What's the use"?

Today, I am making a new Facebook perspective! In those times of hurtful rejection I have often thought I would just delete my account because it bothered me so, but then I would think of the friends that really do care and the fact that even if my friends couldn't care less I enjoyed seeing their post and keeping up with their lives. I truly enjoyed seeing their pictures and reading about their day! Why throw the baby out with the bath water? I have to get past my desire for them to care about me in the same way I do them! Besides, I don't "like" every single solitary post either and I certainly wouldn't want someone to be hurt because I passed them by. So I need Facebook Perspective! Here is my new attitude toward Facebook.

  1. I wouldn't even be cognizant of 95% of these friends or family members if not on Facebook! So appreciate the opportunity to be in touch with their lives!
  2. Use this time to pray for these FB friends.
  3. Reach out personally to at least three different friends each week.
  4. Trust that God has allowed friends to see my post (who would not be cognizant of me either) and that since they have friended me they have seen my post and maybe they will have smiled even if they don't acknowledge it!
  5. Never forget that God appreciates my interacting with Him when I read his "posts" each day so allow these feelings to draw closer to Him and give Him a thumbs up...or hands raised...or head bowed!
  6. Appreciate the amazing opportunity to participate in the lives of complete strangers when their posts are shared by my friends .i.e. you-tube, Grumpy Cat, Military Sneak Home Surprises, crazy cats and dogs or laughing babies etc. Maybe the same is happening when they share my By Faith Ministries posts. 
  7. Use my Facebook account to bless others and share God's love without concern for their "thumbs up" appreciation.

Having this new perspective has allowed me to enjoy this amazing social resource. Keeping perspective is crucial!

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17


by Dee Wieninger

(Easter week 2015) As I scrolled through Facebook this week and kept seeing verse after verse and post after post of Jesus and His love, some of which were mine, I had a fleeting thought...

He's not just another story! 

Have you heard the Easter story of Christ so many times that it's quite possibly becoming a fairy tale? When I was a kid and found out Santa Clause wasn't real, for whatever reason, I lumped the baby Jesus into these Christmas fairy tales and assumed He wasn't real either. It wasn't till many years later that I learned differently.

Scrolling through all these loving Easter posts, placed for the purpose of sharing His great truths, they started reminding me of the "Santa Clause is coming to town" stories, "making a list and checking it twice", "being good or you'll find coal in your stocking" or "he won't come until you go to sleep"; all those quips and quotes we now dismiss because we know better! The difference between the Santa stories and those of Christ is that His are true, offering an amazing, powerful, and glorious relationship with the God of all creation!! But suddenly, for a moment, being placed in such a venue it became so easy to scroll right past them, dismissing them as easily as Santa Clause. I found myself going back and reading posts or watching pertinent videos, I felt I could trust, just because I never want to ignore the Word of God.

This new writing will be placed on my web site and ultimately placed on Facebook because isn't that what it's all about; sharing our status, what's on our minds and those things that are important to us? The topic most on my heart and mind is my God and what He has done for me!

This Easter take time to sit in a quite place and recapture the greatest truth that has ever been passed down through the ages; that YOU, mercifully, have had the amazing privilege of hearing...even on Facebook!!! Consider the true message of every story, sermon, verse, stanza, and testimony you've ever heard until they become "Christ in you"! I promise, you will fall in love and you will live happily ever and for all eternity!


He is Risen...He is Risen indeed!


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18



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