OK, so the story goes like this. I did not want an iphone originally. I thought they were evil :) Not really, but I didn't think I needed one. (by the way, the cookies are just here to be pretty, aren't they pretty?! Just short bread with powdered sugar frosting and a gradual adding of green)
But, Dave went out and bought us both iphones for our anniversary last year (or was it the year before? I can't remember, must have been the year before). Now- I have no idea what I would do if I could not find out the weather at any minute! I have a gps with me everywhere I go, and a compass! That comes in handy if you are me:)
There are just so many fun things about an iphone....internet access 24/7, camera, texting, Oh, and I can call people too :)
But, what I feared would happen, happened. I began to be tethered to my phone. Could not go anywhere without it. Was texting Dave when he was in the same room. Was checking my e-mail constantly throughout the day....
I have always felt guilty about that. Especially when I could be talking to my kids and instead would have my nose stuck in my phone reading blogs or who knows what else.
Here comes the good part! I decided that I wanted to put off these habits- but knew I needed to put on something else- have something in that spot. To fill the void. When I am doing a mundane household chore, I would either be listening to some stupid youtube video - or watching some junk on netflix.
So I started adding apps and links to good stuff- Focus on the Family has a free app. I can just push that button and listen to the daily broadcast. This has been great for me! Then a friend reminded me of oneplace.com. Jackpot! This is just a goldmine of speakers and programs to listen to: all Christian, encouraging, and uplifting. So now I can listen to Revive our Hearts, Beth Moore, John Piper, Dr. Dobson, Messages from Spurgeon, Kay Arthur, the list goes on! That's not all! I found some readers' theatre programs that the kids and I love (I am trying to link from oneplace.com, but it's not working for me right now--the kid like Lamplighters and also Your Story Hour- I love them too- great stories about historical figures, or character stories). Wow- this is huge for our media loving family. Good stuff to put in our brains and hearts. And what I love is that it is at a touch of a button!
Now I have all of these apps and links as well as Christian music on my phone- so I am stuffing my mind with things of the Lord and good parenting advice. I have noticed a huge difference in my attitude and thoughts. More positive! (don't ask Dave because I still have a long way to go in having the right reactions and attitudes even for most of the day- but it is getting better!)
I would love to hear your experiences with your phone/tv/internet. Are you able to keep it all in balance? Do you struggle with the lure of worldly entertainment? I know I do, but I am making baby steps (with God's help) and I am proud of it! (oops, I mean thankful- not proud :) :)