You know I have been struggling with too much time on the phone and internet. Ever since our ladies' retreat, when Nancy talked about a noisy soul, I have known that there is a major imbalance in my life. Not just the internet, but tv and movies as well. TV has crept back into my life. I have noticed recently that I am watching things that I would not have watched a year ago. Funny how that happens. You let one swear word in here, one reference to someone sleeping around there; and pretty soon, you have this thing in your home that is bringing in worldly influences all over the place. It really skews your thinking. We don't notice it, because it is very subtle (and enjoyable and relaxing!)
How many times have you gotten up and read your Bible, been inspired by Jesus, want to live like Him....and the next thing you know, it is the end of the day and you are sprawled out on the couch watching a program that goes totally against all that you believe?
The time is right for me to unplug (what could be better than Easter week?). The time may not be right for anyone else- and this is a personal goal. I do not look down on anyone else for watching tv or surfing the web. I just know that things are out of whack in my life. My focus needs to be more on Jesus and less on what the world is doing and saying and wearing and being. It is bad when I can't even go upstairs to iron without my computer in tow so I can watch a movie or a tv show on hulu while ironing. It is bad when I cannot get on the treadmill without setting my computer up on the book rest so I can watch whatever!
So I am not going to blog for a week. I will miss you all very much. It pains me to think what I may miss on your blogs- but I will check in on you in a week! I will keep a journal (on paper!) to chronicle the week and how it felt. The kids don't know it yet, but they are also going to unplug. My littlest is going to die. She is the couch potato- and while we usually limited her viewing to one show (or movie) per day, she will sorely miss it. I am hoping that the detox will be short and our week will be filled with many rich experiences.
The real struggle is going to be with the iPhone. It is easy to keep off the computer if that is what I have decided, but the phone is something I have to have fairly handy since we no longer have a land line. The iPhone has become a handy little friend anytime and anywhere- standing in line at the grocery store? Surf the web! Sitting at a red light? Check your e-mail. It really has taken over my life. Any ideas? (I will check my phone every few minutes to see your answers :) :).....
I'll leave you with this one last photo of my new banner- the green Yellowstone map is my favorite part. And I promise to be back- don't forget about me :) :) It's just a week, right???