Have you ever purposely turned off your cell phone and not used your computer for awhile? In other words disconnect for the world? I met a group of young moms once who thought their grade school children could not get along without having a cell phone. Does a 6 year old really need a phone? Well these moms seemed to think they did. One of the best things for children I feel is to raise them without electronic gadgets and video games. One mom told me that was fine back then but now? Good old fashioned board games, toys without batteries and things that make them use their heads never goes out of style.Anyway the point of this devotion is not to bash techy young moms who think their children have to have an Iphone but is to make the point why do we feel we can not just sit and be still and disconnect for a while? It would behoove a young mom to teach her children the beauty of peace and quietness.
Do you have the ability to set yourself free from technology for a short time? I mean really does everyone really need to know on Facebook that you are sitting by a lake enjoying the beautiful day? Today, just wading through junk email, is enough to drive one crazy. Get alone and away on purpose and leave the technology behind. The best thing is to go somewhere like a quiet park and just enjoy the trees, take a walk and get alone with God. The people who you need to text and talk to can wait for a few hours I think.
As I was preparing this devotion I had no Internet connection or cell phone signal and that is sort of what gave me the idea initially to write on this subject. I had gone to an auction with my husband in a remote country location in Western Tennessee and all I heard were the sounds of auctioneers, an occasional small plane overhead from a nearby airport, chirping birds, some machinery, and passing motor vehicles. It was rather pleasant for a change. Try it and you might like it. For young moms reading this it is good to teach your young ones to sit and be still and not always have to have something noisy turned on.
One of the best vacations a person could take, because I have done it, is to be somewhere where you are in a cabin without a radio, TV or a phone. You think it would drive you nuts? Just tell someone where you are in case of a emergency. If you are in a cabin by a babbling brook who wants to hear a beeping cell phone or be on their laptop?
God made so many beautiful things to enjoy. Take a day if you are able and try to get alone with God. If you have children then get them engaged in perhaps reading a book or playing a game. If they are old enough you can get them out on a day hike with you or if in a stroller take a walk in the park. Too cold? Bundle up. They make awesome winter clothes.
By being alone like this you will learn to develop a peacefulness. Isaiah 26:3 says "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." In Psalm 46:10 it reads "He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Isaiah 30:15 says "This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it." Psalm 116:7 says "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you." Isaiah 32:17 says "The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever." Exodus 14:14 says "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Why not take the time and schedule a 'wireless' time on your calendar.Sure in today's world we get used to our gadgets to keep us connected but why not purposely just take a 'wireless break'. In other words if you are able, although some jobs require you to stay connected, but if you can, take a technology break and get alone with God. You will not be sorry.
PRAYER: Lord I love to be alone with you and pray. When I get too busy and distracted by the world and the computer, phone, Ipad, and texts I send out I often run out of time to really give you quality time. Lord give me the ability to disconnect and be still in your presence. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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