I am so tired of hearing doom and gloom everywhere I turn lately. It’s hard not to get caught up in the stock prices, bankruptcies, business closings and such when it seems that we’re bombarded with bad news constantly.

A few weeks ago our pastor gave a message on Relying on God, which he coined Rogging. I like that term and I’ve thought of it many times since then. When I sense myself being drawn into the negativity, I try to step back and do some rogging.

I know we can’t keep our heads in the sand about the current situation, but I’m not sure we need to be exposed to it 24 x 7 either. That just can’t be healthy. I think back to the Great Depression, which was much worse than this current economic situation, and they just didn’t have the instant access to news like we have now. I wonder, in some ways, if that allowed those dear people to get through those years in a way that would not be possible now.

I’m thankful that our TV news feed has been turned off at work this week due to technical difficulties. It’s nice to walk into the lunch room without hearing CNN. I am also considering taking a TV news fast for a while. One can still stay current by checking the news online in about ten minutes in the morning.

Today as we go about our daily activities, let’s go rogging all the way!

I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. This is great! We should definite ROG together.

  2. Great coinage! I haven’t watched news in I can’t tell you how long.

  3. Amen, I know you can’t bury your head in the sand, but you don’t have to listen to it constantly either…. great blogging.

  4. Very nice post! While we can’t ignore what’s going on, there’s really very little that we can do about it. The news media likes to keep up in a constant panic but … I, personally, just give it up … it’s out of my hands!

    Thanks for reminding us of that!

    Small Footprints

  5. I did it!!…I did it!!….I stop watching the national news about 3 weeks ago……what a difference !!

    We’ve been ROGGINg for awhile…’s great!!

    Enjoy your weekend…..


  6. Great post, Linda!!! Yuck on the bad news, positive moves us all forward!

  7. Rogging I like that. A TV news fast sounds good, too.

  8. Excellent reminder. I get too caught up in the news of the day and I notice that sometimes it affects my moods.

    But in the end, God is in charge!

  9. I love that term! My husband just told me that people wrote into the news and asked to hear GOOD news and they are going to honor that next week!

  10. There’s a lot of wisdom here. And “Rogging” is good. I’ve also heard of FROG, Fully Rely On God.

  11. Hi! This is my first visit. I have my first grandbaby on the way – a girl – so your photo grabbed my attention. Nice to meet you!

  12. I really like that term. I do agree. I try to take a break from the news also. It does tend to get you down.

  13. Good for your pastor. A fun new word — rogging.

    I enjoyed my wee visit through your site. It’s a welcoming place and I enjoyed learning a little bit about yourself as I read several of your postings.

    I welcome you to come by my place sometime…. I’m all for finding the positive and the beautiful in the midst of mudslides and turbulence.

    For if Jesus Himself said, you’ll have these troubles, but do not be afraid, for I AM with you always, then I figure it’s okay to go on creating beauty and joy in our corners of the world.

    Come and visit — I’d love it!

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