Friday, 8 June 2012

Weak made strong in the Saviour's love - why I am not using my smart phone for the month of June


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Some days I yearn for the simpler life. I yearn for a time before computers, social media and smart phones took over my life. I seem to get distracted by the virtual world. Sometimes I use it to avoid the real world that I live in.

In the virtual world, everyone posts the best of what is happening in their life. And if they constantly whine and complain, you just unfollow them to turn off their noise. In the real world there is a constant demand on my time and energy. In the real world there are mundane tasks to do, children to teach, tantrums to diffuse (sometimes mine), and a world screaming for my attention.

Recently I joined Instagram. I fell in love with the photos and the ability to make them look snazzy and with a click of a few buttons post them on this app. I was fine for the first month.

The second month I found myself becoming addicted to it. I would start my day by picking up my smart phone, clicking on the Instagram app and spending an hour (that I didn't have) scrolling through the newsfeed, liking, commenting and posting photos. Then, I would check the Instagram app every 20 minutes throughout the day. CRAZINESS!!

I had seen this pattern before in my life with Facebook and with Twitter. In a world that now runs on social media, it is so hard to function without it.

This morning in my frustration with my lack of self control I wanted to throw the phone against the wall and see it smash into a million pieces. I wanted to destroy it with a hammer. I seriously considered doing this. But then logic set in and I made a decison. I took my sim card out of my smart phone and put it into my old non-smart phone. For the remainder of June I will remain smart phone-less. A detox, if you will.

I will use the month of June to step into the simpler life that I yearn for. Without the use of my smart phone, I won't be able to access the virtual world as easy. It is harder for me to move onto the computer in a another room while I'm with the boys without being missed. (Often times I would check my smart phone while the boys completed their workbooks in the same room.)

I will use the month of June to reestablish Christ as my cornerstone. Being an 'all or nothing' type of girl, I would rather be all consumed by Christ and have no smart phone than the other way around. Which in reality is what has been happening.

I will use the month of June to journal and quietly wait for His Spirit to highlight to me why exactly I fall into these addictive patterns on social media. Is it that I am still the teenage girl that desperately seeking approval after being constantly rejected? Is it that I compare myself to others and condemn myself for not being like them? Is it wanting to feel special? I really don't know, but He does.

All I know is that when my social media habits start to get in the way of real life, then I have a problem.
All I know is when my 7 year old rejoices when I tell him that I won't be using my smart phone for the rest of the month, I have a problem. All I know is that when my husband asks me, "What do you do all the time on that thing?", when I'm using my smart phone then I have a problem. All I know is that if I am at the park with my friends and I still feel the need to check my smartphone, then I have a problem.

All I know is that Christ didn't just die on the cross just to save me from the eternal punishment I deserve and to reunite me with the Father who desperately loves me. He also died and rose again to give me power- His power to overcome this world.

In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] {John 16:33AMP}
 First step is admitting you have a problem right?

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!{2Cor 12:9AMP}



cor·ner·stone /ˈkôrnərˌstōn/ Noun: An important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust is Jesus' name

Christ alone, Cornerstone 
Weak made strong in the Savior's love
Through the storm
He is Lord 
Lord of all

When darkness seems to His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior's love
Through the storm 
He is Lord 
Lord of all


Still taking lessons from the King,




8 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful rendition or update of the old hymn isn't it!? I love the original, it brings tears of joy.
    Well done bravely addressing a problem so many of us have to deal with at different times. I went from ebay 'over-use' to fb to pinterest to instagram! I love my ESV study bible app and marshill app and others too so its hard to give the phone up completely. Great idea using your old phone. Not taking my phone to bed and having days off regularly is where I'm at. But I completely hear you and its so encouraging to see and hear of other christian women dealing with a universal problem openly and pro-actively.... BECAUSE of Him, not to PLEASE Him or EARN His love
    Thanks Jo! xx

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  2. Hi Jo!
    I am sorry to hear you have this issue come up again I really am:(
    I am going to pray for you this month (as the Holy Spirit leads) while you remain smart phone less. I pray that He will show you the root of it.
    Hugs and love
    Rosemary

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    1. Thank you Rosemary,
      I know that my addiction or over-use of social media is a symptom of a deeper seeded issue. I would appreciate your prayers. xo

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  3. We've both got our struggles with social media, don't we. My phone contract runs out soon, and while I would love a smart phone, I know the temptations they hold. Praying for you - and so inspired that you have taken this step to 'detox' and reconnect with your family and God.xx

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    1. Thanks Deb. I'm just hate the power it has over me. But I am trusting that His power will help me overcome this. xo

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  4. You are amazing!
    Really.
    I find it funny how many people DON'T comment on posts like this..??!
    It's a really confronting issue that MOST women struggle with.
    But not many are willing to admit to because it's a sign of weakness..apparently.
    I say go you!
    Go us!
    I don't miss Facebook at all!
    And you know what I love most?
    I love when people say to me "did you see on Facebook......?"
    And I say "actually no I didn't!"
    I love that we're living life and not just tweeting (IGing/FBing etc) about it!
    I love you most of all xxx

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you my amazing friend.
      I guess most women are still in denial about their problem with social media/smart phone addiction? It is embarrassing. I am the better for admitting my weakness - made strong in Him!

      I do love you my friend. You are truly a gift from God and I don't say that lightly!! xoxoxo

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Jo Princess Warrior xo