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Could You Unplug?

I’m currently reading Accidentally Amish from author Olivia Newport.

I’ll be posting more about this book at a later time (that doesn’t mean you can’t run out and get yourself a copy now!) but one of the ideas in the book intrigues me– the idea of unplugging from technology.

Remember the days when cell phones weren’t a necessity? I didn’t have a cell phone as a teenager. Nope, sure didn’t.

Do you think I’d leave my house without one now? Absolutely not. 

Somehow, the idea of driving anywhere without my phone is scary. I mean, isn’t the fact that I have a cell phone in my purse supposed to protect me from the great “what ifs” of life?

And how about email? What’s the average number of times you check your email in a day? I’m talking both work related emails and personal. I bet it’s more than 2. Closer to 5? More than that?

I’d say on average I check my email at least twice per day on most days. There is the occasional day when I don’t check at all, but those days are rare.

So between cell phones, computers, TV and all other forms of technology, can you imagine what life would be like if it all simply went away?

My husband and I have been watching the new show Revolution on NBC. The general idea behind the show is that there was a power outage that shut down the entire world. That’s right– there’s no power in the entire world.

I won’t go into details about the show, but I will say that I find a world-wide power outage idea intriguing. So much so that I have found myself considering what I would need to do to prepare for such a thing, or rather, considering that if such a thing ever happened, how my family would survive. No, I’m not apocalyptic, but it is an interesting thought.

One moment we’re living in 2012 where we feel like the planet is tiny because we are all connected all the time– the next minute it’s literally the dark ages and society has gone backward.

In Accidentally Amish, it’s a choice to “unplug”. In Revolution, it’s not. Either way, the characters find both challenges and relief in the lack of technology that connects them to the world.

Share with me: If you accepted the challenge to “unplug” your cell, computer, TV, and all other electronic devices for a time, first of all, would you, and what do you think would be the biggest challenge?

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Getting Pumped Up For the Storm

Think back to the hardest, most difficult time in your life. Your Storm.

Perhaps you’re in that time now. Maybe you haven’t faced an immense difficulty yet. Perhaps it was years ago, or the wind and rain is just beginning to quiet.

When you look back on that storm now, it’s easy to see all the lessons God was teaching you through it, right?

Is it easy to see your mistakes, your triumphs, and His hand in every aspect?

Even if you don’t recognize those things individually, it’s clear that He was holding you in the palm of His hand as your storm threatened to destroy. It’s clear because you made it through.

Because that’s His promise.

It’s clear that He gave you the power to fight through it– the strength, through his Son, to face your storm and emerge on the other side, maybe a little tattered, but filled with His love.

Because that’s His promise.

But what if you, thinking you’d weathered the difficulties of it, had to face that storm all over again? What if, thinking the worst is over, you realize there’s a new storm yet to come? There’s always a storm on the horizon.

It’s coming. You’re in it. You think you might sink. You don’t know if you have the strength to continue. You feel alone, abandoned; like life just isn’t fair and you might have to give up.

Hebrews 10: 23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

He’s powerful. He brought you through it before, he’ll do it again.

He will always bring you through.

He is faithful.

The Message translation presents that same verse in a way that’s crazy-inspiring.

Hebrews 10:23– “So let’s do it. Full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.”

He gives us promises that keep us going. He nourishes us to weather anything, gives us the power to face down any storm and come out stronger on the other side.

Get excited up about that promise! He always keeps his word.

Not sometimes. Not occasionally.

Always.

Don’t you just want to put your hand in God’s, like a team pumped up to play the game of their lives, or a warrior ready to head into battle to meet the enemy head on, and shout with Him, “Let’s do it!”

Share with me: God is the leader, coach and captain of your Storm Fighting Dream Team. Who else would you want on your team with you? The “talent pool” is vast, so choose wisely.

 

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