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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Parents After God's Own Heart

Sometimes things on Facebook are amazing.  A few days ago, I shared a simple photo with a powerful, yet simple, message on our "Parents After God's Own Heart" page.  Occasionally we decide to "boost" a post, which means pay for it to be seen further.  A lot of the times it's just because we want more parents to see it to possibly help them or make them think. The majority of the ones we actually "boost", we don't even write ourselves, but we're not doing it for our selves or for our page, but strictly to help parents follow God more closely and to raise their families accordingly. 

This particular post, though, we didn't boost.  In a matter of minutes, that post spread like fire! It was kind of crazy, actually! (Even though it does have a good message!).  Last night I was updating Joe and the boys about how quickly it was spreading still.  Just for fun, every 10 minutes I would take a picture of the "likes", it's "reach" (meaning how many people saw the post from our page or shares of our page), plus actual shares.  IT WAS CRAZY!  In one 10 minutes it had gotten over 1,000 likes!  From 74,000 something "reached" at 9:30 p.m. last night to 110,310 at 9:03 a.m. this morning. There were 474 "likes" at 11:45 p.m. last night and 539 this morning...1,007 times it's been shared this morning and there were 823 last night at 11:45. There are 116 new followers of our page from that one post in just two days. We typically don't even pay attention to that!

I don't know if you care anything about this or not, but I just think about how the internet has changed our world - even how Facebook has changed our world.  Maybe that message is simple, but maybe/hopefully, it makes even one family re-adjust their priorities and make sure that God is front and center in their lives.  That's worth it to us.  

If more messages that focus on God, Jesus, and His truths spread that fast and impacted the lives of those who read it, just think of the changes we could see in our world!

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