It just doesn’t seem right that I just revived this old blog and now our family is unplugging ourselves from media for two weeks. How about this, I plan to post next week sometime to tell you how our little experiment is going. And maybe I could sneak in a couple of cute things the kids said since I will be going crazy that I can’t post them on facebook!
A few months ago I read this book called Seven, by Jen Hatmaker. Jen is a friend of Marla whom I met at our new church over a year ago. Marla connected me to Jen because she as bringing home her Ethiopian babies shortly after we brought Emelia home. I have been so intrigued by Jen since she accepted my facebook friendship. She is so very real, hilarious and she loves Jesus. But more than that she is making me think (how dare her!). Making me think about the American Dream and how I say I don’t want/need that, but when I examine my life it appears as though I am striving to go down that road. I say that all I want/need is Jesus, but I rely on a whole lot more to get me through the day than Jesus.
So this book was an experiment that she did to help her fast from things that she loves or are a convenience, to allow God to seep into those areas. What frustrated me about the book at first, but I love now, is she didn’t tell us what to do at the end, after the experiment is over. But of course she didn’t. God is going to speak to us all differently. Not logging on to facebook is going to affect me differently than my husband, and we will have separate lessons learned when fasting from it.
So this chapter is about media. The first three chapters were food, clothing, possessions. (We have down an experiment with every chapter, I will have to fill you in on those another time.) So as a family we decided that the tv was being turned off. I really didn’t think it would be a big deal, but I as sit and type this, the girls are asleep and the tv is on. (remember it starts tomorrow). I like the background noise, I really do. But I wonder if that noise is so distracting that I’m not even able to hear from God when He wants to say something to me. We are also turning off the Wii, which will be a challenge for the boys, but they are up for it! (I’m pretty thrilled about it, sometimes I envision putting it out on the curb because it causes so much grief here). The hardest thing for me is this whole internet thing. I admit, I love it. But, I want to say beyond a shadow of a doubt that I love my Lord more!
So even though this is going to be the hardest two weeks so far, I am pretty excited about it. Please read Jen’s book and tell me what you think! You can buy it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!