We made it! A full 7 days of cutting out:
- TV/football games
- Laptop browsing
With all the newfound free time, I found that I now had time to read the Bible cover to cover every day! I thought it might be hard to “take out” some of the world to make room for more Jesus, but it was so easy and I never faltered once! I never even thought about Facebook. Jesus has done an absolute 180 with my heart.
I have had more trouble than I care to admit with Facebook. Netflix, TV, laptop browsing, texting, no problem. I just replace it with reading (which is why I was able to finish two books last week. Check out 21 in Books to see what I’m reading).
I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as flipping a switch. I knew I wouldn’t be able to say at the end of the day on January 1st that it had been a hard day, but Jesus was now master of my time and heart. But honestly, I’m realizing now that I have so much to detox from before I focus on the “more Jesus” part. I haven’t noticed an immediate increase in prayer and Bible reading, but I think that’s because I’m working so hard on ridding myself of the worldly things first. Am I reading my Bible more? Sure. Do I have time marked out on my weekly schedule to pray? Yes. And I think, with a week of social media self-denial under my belt, those plans will be a lot more successful this second week.
Another thing I need to constantly remind myself of (especially after going back and reading that paragraph) is that I am not creating a change of heart. I’m not redoing myself or making myself into a new woman. The point is to let Jesus do all of that by extracting myself from things that might hinder His progress. Does that make sense? (Sometimes I ramble).
On a happy note, here are some victories from the past week taken from the Seven Council’s group message:
“I’ve been feeling God work in big ways just this week.”
“I’ve started to realize the situations when I use social media the most–usually for unhealthy reasons. So in the past week, when I’ve been really stressed or upset about something, I’ve realized I had this immediate urge to start scrolling through Instagram or Facebook just to get my mind off of whatever was upsetting me. Without social media, I had to actually think through everything and process instead of put it all off. I’m still not that great at it, but at least I learned about a flaw in myself that I didn’t know existed.”
“I’ve been so convicted. I actually ‘have time’ for a morning devotional because I didn’t lay in bed scrolling.”
“I’ve read Scripture every single day the past week. I don’t remember the last time that happened.”
I’m so excited to see what the rest of this month and the next six months hold.
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
-Hebrews 13:20-21 (emphasis added)