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31 Days Unplugged-Day 1

28 Feb

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Thank you for joining me today for the first day of my 31 Days Unplugged challenge!  Remember to grab the button to the side and add it to your blog if you are joining us for the challenge!

How much time do you waste on the Internet? I am not talking about checking e-mail for work or working on an online class or finding a recipe or anything like that.  I mean how much time do you waste on things that have no real benefit to your life? Time that could be better spent elsewhere?

Do you pick up your phone every time you walk past it to check the Facebook feed?  Do you spend more time trying to get the perfect picture of your kids for Instagram than you actually spend playing with your kids? Do you play Candy Crush at the dinner table?

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

Life is short, guys.  We need to spend it on things that matter.  God has a purpose for each of us, and we don’t need to get distracted from that purpose. Let’s reclaim that time that we are wasting and use it to fulfill our calling.

Challenge #1-From sun up to sun down, for the entire month of March, do not use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (or any other form of social media that you are feeling convicted about).  Instead, during the times when you would normally use these forms of social media, I ask you to pray.  When you think about picking up your cell phone or opening up the laptop, spend that time with God. These prayers may lost only a few seconds.  Ask God for strength and knowledge and peace, and for direction in how you spend this time that you are reclaiming. Pray for the other people that are joining you in this challenge, as well.

Good luck, everyone!

31 Days Unplugged-Let’s Do It!

26 Feb

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I spend a lot of time on the internet.  I am addicted to Facebook, probably Instagram, too, and I love to read blogs.  I do have a Twitter account, but thankfully I can’t quite figure out how to use it, so I don’t spend too much time on that at this point.

Don’t judge me.  I am a stay-at-home mom, and I get bored sometimes.  I enjoy the adult interaction that the internet affords me.  Anyway, don’t act like you aren’t on Facebook all day, too.  I see you on there.

All jokes aside, though, I do recognize that this is a problem.  My children are growing up so fast, and I don’t want to waste a minute.   I don’t want to be crabby when they interrupt me when I am reading my “friend’s” latest rant or the funny meme someone just shared.  I want to be present in my life, not my “friend’s” made-up online life (let’s be honest, what we put out there is not who we really are).

Have you noticed all of the things circulating on Facebook and other forms of social media that are basically telling people to get off of the Internet and spend time with REAL people?

This one is fairly popular:

And here’s another:

There are tons of videos out there, urging us to cut down our time on the phone and computer.  There are inspirational blogs and quotes and pictures of kids being ignored by parents on cell phones.  Isn’t it ironic that the message to unplug is so prominent on social media?

The real question is this: when are we going to listen? How much of our life are we going to waste before we act? I say no more.

Ephesians 5: 16-17 says, “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

Are we making the most of the time that God is giving us?  Are we neglecting the things that God has given us to do, so we can spend our precious minutes scrolling mindlessly through the newsfeed?

I truly believe that we are being distracted from the work that God intends us to do for Him, and it is time to do something about it.  

“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”   James 1:23-25

Let’s listen and obey.

Throughout the month of March, for 31 days, I am going to challenge you to unplug, to spend your time in your real life with your real people.  Every day I will have a new post on the topic of unplugging.  Sometimes it will be a new challenge for you, sometimes I will offer suggestions for things to do to fill up the time you will inevitably find, and on some days I will have guest bloggers sharing their stories of inspiration.

When I mentioned to a few friends and family members wheat I was planning, they pointed out the hypocrisy of my 31 Days Unplugged challenge.  I am trying to encourage people to read my blog so they can be encouraged to spend less time on the internet?  For that reason, I will keep most of my posts short and simple, and I will release them at 9:00 every night.  That way, you can spend only a few minutes reading my blog, and you can read it when it best fits into your schedule.

So let’s do it.

Join me on March 1st for the first day of 31 Days Unplugged, and your first challenge!

**Some housekeeping notes:  If you are joining me on this challenge, please grab my 31 Days Unplugged button and share it on your blog if you have one.  

I would love to hear from everyone about your experiences throughout the month!  Feel free to comment on Mommy in Bonlee’s Facebook page, or in the comments section of the blog.  I would love to hear from you and someone may be encouraged from your story.  Please remember that I will be participating in the challenge, also, so I may be slow getting back to you!

On March 31st I will be holding a link-up to share everyone’s stories of being unplugged, so please link-up your blog on that day!

Monday Praises Link-Up: A Loving, Listening God

9 Sep

Many thanks to http://www.WalkingHumblyWithGod.com for hosting our Monday Praises Link-Up.  If you are interested in sharing your Monday Praises, click on the pink button on the right to go to her page and join in!

I will admit to you that I have had a hard time with this Monday’s Praises!  Not because I don’t have plenty to thank God for: I have a wonderful husband, healthy children, a great family and friends, a church family that I love, and everything I need and more.  I just wanted to really PRAISE God today, not for things I have or what He has done for me, but for who He is.

I have started writing and deleted some things, then decided to stop thinking about it and pray about it for awhile.

I was just upstairs with Maddie, taking some pictures of her in the new tutus that we are putting up for sale today (check out http://www.facebook.com/mommyinbonlee to see our new Halloween stuff :)) and noticed that when we were finished, she was just sitting in her window looking sad.

I said, “Maddie, are you feeling sad?”

“Yes,” she said.

I asked her, “Why are you sad?”

“I don’t know,” she responded.

I spotted a teachable moment. “Well, what do you think is something we can do if we are feeling sad?”

She answered as only Maddie can, “Put on a tutu.”

Hahaha! I thought this was hilarious.  I told her that yes, maybe putting on a tutu would make her feel a little better, but that when we are sad we need to talk to God about it, and the conversation went on from there.

I immediately recognized what God was telling me: I need to praise God for his loving, listening ear.

He loves us so much, much more than we can understand in our human forms.  I want to praise Him for that.  He loves us and is waiting to hear from us.  He wants to hear from us when we are happy and sad and depressed and lonely.  He wants to heal our hurts and sing with us when things are going well.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

Charlie said something funny to me last night as I was putting him to bed.  We said our prayers and I told him that he could ask God for anything or tell God anything.  Charlie said, “And he might not answer our prayers right away.”

“That’s right, ” I said.

Charlie said, “Sometimes when we ask Him for something, God might have to work on it for a little while, and when it is ready He will drop it down from the sky to us!”

From the mouths of babes…

God, I praise you today for your all-knowing, all-hearing, loving kindness.  You are a God who knows what we need when we need it.  You are a God who enjoys the company of your creations.  Thank you for that today.

The Madster in her tutu.

The Madster in her tutu.

 

 

The Longest Winter

4 Apr

Am I the only one who feels like this winter is dragging on FOREVER?  I mean, we had a couple of days of gorgeous weather, with gorgeous sunshine and temps in the 60’s, then boom, this morning it was sleeting, yes, sleeting, at my house.  Are you serious?

This weather is the perfect reflection of the tone and mood of my life right now.  Last Friday afternoon (only a week ago tomorrow, although it feels like a lifetime) my 8-year old nephew, Sam, went to the Dr. to have an MRI of his brain to see why he was having some clumsiness and coordination problems.  Much to everyone’s surprise and dismay, a tumor was discovered on his brain and he and his family were instructed to go home to gather some things then go to Duke.  He had surgery to remove the tumor the next day and is currently still in the hospital recovering from the surgery.  This was found to be an aggressive tumor and little Sam will be undergoing a combo of chemo and radiation over the next 6 months.

Life, like nature seems to have done right now, has stood still for my family for the past week.  I think we’re all walking around as if we’re in a dream, just waiting to wake up.  We are leaning on our faith in God and believe that HE can and will heal Sam.  The outpouring of support from our community as well as strangers has been uplifting.  We started a Facebook page for Sam 2 days ago, and already it has almost 2500 followers. You are welcome to follow along on this journey with us at: http://www.facebook.com/PrayersForSamHolt.

Yesterday was a nice day, weather-wise.  It’s like Spring is trying to break through, but just can’t quite do it. The kids and I walked around outside for awhile and I took some pics with Instagram, which I am still trying to figure out.

I have always loved the blooms on my camilla bush.

I have always loved the blooms on my camilla bush.

Madster enjoying a few minutes outside.

Madster enjoying a few minutes outside.

Our Japanese Maple is starting to bloom.  I love seeing it outside our front door.

Our Japanese Maple is starting to bloom. I love seeing it outside our front door.

 

I know that this difficult, long winter will eventually end for my family, but right now it just seems like it never will.  Please keep Sam and all of us in your prayers.  We serve a mighty God who is in control of every season of our lives, and I know he has spring and summer planned right around the corner.