what i want you to know about quitting facebook

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Jessica.Photobucket
Quit sounds so final... but really, that's what I did. For the time being, it's just 'deactivated.' I can decide when I'm ready to sign back in and all my photos and friends will still be there with the same page, that was helpful in making the decision to quit.

The events that lead to my decision aren't pretty, it's a lot of ugliness and jealousy and coveting other people's lives. I know these feelings aren't even close to what God desires for me. I have great friends and a loving husband. I have so much to be thankful for and the fact that I'm 27 and married for almost five years with no children shouldn't be disheartening. The way our life and marriage has played hasn't given us the opportunity to start our family yet. We're close, very close actually... so close it's scary that I'm struggling with this. I've been convicted to deal with it straight-on. I've felt that quitting Facebook for the time being was a way that I can get practical in handling my issue. At this point, my coveting has been other people's children and family. If I don't deal with it now, after we have our family who knows what it will be.

It's been about a week and a half so far. I still blog and do twitter and instagram, but it's a lot more controlled. We live in a different state than our immediate families, so it's been nice to have the blog to keep them updated. If/when we do get pregnant, I'm sure Facebook will resurface, but ideally on my terms and in a much healthier way.

Here's what I want you to know: I don't think Facebook is a bad thing. Personally, it went way further from a tool to keep in touch with people. It went from 'just needing to send this one person this one little message' to thirty minutes, I still haven't sent them a message and I'm clicking around in my news feed. What I realized is that those thirty minutes did a lot more damage that I had originally thought.

I also want you to know that I didn't go 'rogue.' I still have a lot of ways for people to keep in touch with me. My friends have my phone number and email address and I tell them that's the best way to get in touch with me.

This isn't meant to convict other's, that's not my job. But if you do feel convicted, it could be time for you to try something similar. Feel free to get in touch with me if it's something you'd like to know more about or want to talk though. I'd love to hear your story too!

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