Five Minute Friday Prompt: Connected

Now, more than ever, we are connected. Our phones, computers, cars that get us places fast, airplanes, skype, texting – so many ways to stay connected.

But are you connected? Do you use these tools in a way that deepens relationships, or do you use them to entertain, escape reality, kill time?

I used to. It could grieve me (if I dwelt there) just how many hours I’ve used my little laptop to wander cyberspace when I could have been using the time to connect. And, no, I don’t mean making more friends on facebook and leaving comments…

I’m talking about getting vulnerable. Of making a phone call to a friend in the middle of the day, when you may be interrupting her, or you may have a bit too much emotion broiling beneath the surface for it to be a perfectly polished conversation, but you just need to connect.

I’m talking about getting outside my comfort zone and learning to skype so I could be part of a discipleship program that has brought huge growth into my life.

I’m talking about the sweat and tears involved in finally wrangling my computer time into balance so that my time online is spent focused on my goals – connecting with friends who provide inspiration, accountablity, and true fellowship to my days.

I’m talking about keeping that computer time to a minimum so I have time to truly connect with my husband, my children, and my friends In Real Life.


I went overtime. I can’t help it. This subject is at the forefront of my mind lately. I’m sorry I haven’t been around much, but it’s ’cause I’ve been connecting with my family, friends, and many of you on a more personal level than the blog. Which is a good thing, right? Don’t worry, I’ll be back to more regular posting soon…Thanks for hanging around in the silence. ๐Ÿ™‚

7 responses to “Connected”

  1. ~Jess Avatar

    Great post Trina! I agree that we're sometimes so busy trying to connect to people that we miss really connecting with people.

  2. Miki Avatar

    Somehow knew your post would be straight out of our middle-of-the-day-phone-conversation. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And loved every word of it!

    Mine ended up going a different direction…which is why I waited to read yours until later. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Great post. Glad you are learning do much!! But we do miss you. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 enjoy your holidays! Jyl

  4. Janelle Avatar

    Excellent thoughts and post! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Shanda Avatar

    Great thoughts on choosing where to spend our time connecting and who is most important

  6. Kristina Avatar

    Totally agree with you on this one.Making life easier is not really easier. It is more stress!
    Thanks for this post. I have been thinking about you lately.:)

  7. Adrian Waller Avatar

    I enjoyed the approach you took to today's F.M.F. I did the same thing, but I think you ended up where I wanted to be. =)

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