While doing an online search on various food processors I was exposed to some shocking pictures. After typing in the brand names and model numbers of appliances the search engine offered me a list of links and short descriptions. I went through the first few and everything was fine. However, after clicking on one of the listed links in the search engine the annoying “You have just won...” window popped up. Shaking my head, I closed it. Then, after that window had closed, the browser kept reloading and reloading and finally opened a window filled with obscene pictures. This was the last thing I had expected! I was shocked. I closed the window, cleared all history, went offline, and shut down the computer.
Honestly? I have been naive lately. I went online thinking this is no big deal. I switched to a different browser and search engine again and adjusted a few of the security and privacy settings. I'm glad that it wasn't my husband or a child who sat at the computer when this happened.
Thanks to the internet, there are more possibilities then ever to attend courses. It offers a wealth of articles, dictionaries and other fine resources. It opens great opportunities to study online and from the comfort of our homes. Many homeschoolers are taking advantage enrolling their children in online correspondence schools, too.
We need to be aware of the danger the world wide web brings along.
One way to guard our children is to limit their time and online access at the computer and on their mobile devices and to watch over them. Move the family's computer to a place inside the home where more than one pair of eyes can see what is going on at the screen. It's hard to restrict internet time in an age when “everybody” carries around a mobile device, I know. According to their age, change the security and privacy settings on their mobile phones. Don't shy away. So what if you are being called uncool? It's better to guard them too closely than to find them being exposed to something (or someone) that will result in devastating consequences that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Remember that I have told you about Writing On a New Computer? I'm not using it as much for writing as I had planned to.
What's wrong with it? Nothing. You see, it's the way I have been using it lately. I'm spending far too much time online. Within a matter of minutes I'll get side-tracked. It's just so convenient not having to go through the effort of pulling the internet cable all the way to my (old) computer. Just one simple click and the Mac Mini's Wifi is on. Then, off I go, searching the world wide web. The online dictionary and thesaurus website is great for looking up specific words. At another address I type in a German word, click on the search button, and the English word is provided in an instant. I find answers in no time at all online – alongside with quickly reading the email that just popped in, tracking the parcel that is out for delivery today, and checking the status of an order I had placed last week. Later on, though, I'll regret that I have not accomplish as much writing as I would have liked to that day.
No, my new computer isn't the problem. It's not the internet's fault either. The Mac and the world wide web are neither good nor bad. It's how I'm using them. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate my Mac Mini very much. It's a great little piece of technology. And, I'm still going online to do research and/or to check emails and orders, of course. But when it comes to writing, I like to keep that pure and distraction-free.
What is your favorite book in the Bible?
I'm looking forward to the summer break program of our Church's Bible study. We will be going through some of the Psalms. Last week we studied Psalm 1 — talking about two different ways: The way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. Thursday's study had been about Psalm 8 and next week's will be about Psalm 91 — I'm really looking forward to that.
We should not pick and choose, I know; we need to read all of God's Word to get the whole counsel of God. It's good to have a Bible reading plan handy that will guide us through the Bible. There are several available in print, online, and in digital form. If you don't have one yet, please keep coming back to the Bible page. I will update it in the next couple of weeks offering some suggestions on Bible reading there.
I find some of the chapters in the Bible easier to read than others. How about you? Do you have one or more books in the Bible which you really love and prefer reading? I love the Psalms — reading them, meditating on them, and especially singing them. Singing them? Yes. I will talk more about this in another post. So please stay tuned.
Writers have to read. They should be reading a lot of times and across different genres. I'll have to admit that I used to neglect this important task on many days. Why? I often found "more important things" to do and so I didn't "have" the time to read. I thought reading books can always be considered leisure and cannot be called work. Sure, sometimes it is a time of relaxation and fun; however, many times — for example, during research — it is work and it needs to get done.
I have a laptop so I could literally write everywhere, but I prefer to write at the same place every day: at my desk. The same goes for reading, I could just take my ebook reader or a selection of printed books with me to read them anywhere; but I prefer to read my books at the same place every day. There is something about connecting an unique space to a specific task. Entering that area is almost like switching the brain to do what it is supposed to do right there and then.
If you are a writer, have you set apart a favorite spot in your home where you are reading?
Jeremiah 6:16 had been one of the first verses I had come across while doing a research on the socialization* of homeschoolers:
Thus says the LORD:
Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths,
where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”
For many, many years, parents were the ones who taught their own children before sending them off to university.
O yes, there were many families in which neither father nor mother were capable of teaching the young ones. Most of the wealthy families hired a private teacher; the children of the others, who had not been so fortunate, might have never learned how to read or write.
Martin Luther longed to see all children, rich and poor, receiving a decent education. Some will say that he was eager to make schooling compulsory for every child. His main goal, however, was not to see children in school but for them to be able to read God’s Word.
As I read through my daily Bible reading this morning, I have come across the following verse:
And Elijah came to all the people, and said,
“How long will you falter between two opinions?
If the LORD is God, follow Him;
but if Baal, follow him.”
But the people answered him not a word.
(1 Kings 18:21 NKJV)
Immediately, I was reminded of Jeremiah 6:16 and challenged myself: Am I wavering between two opinions? And, if so, when — for what reason/s — do I hesitate to follow the LORD?
*I’m planning to write more on home education and the socialization within the homeschool family in the near future. So please stay tuned.
I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer. I was born and raised in Germany but I'm now living in the stunning Sunny South East of Ireland.