Living Unplugged

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Welcome to 31 days of Living Unplugged.

Click to read the post from each day, I’ll be adding a link to each day once it goes live. To read the first post, scroll down.

Day 2: Finding the Margin

Day 3: Fighting Against the Tyranny of the Urgent

Day 4: Living…for as long as I’m here

Day 5: What I was up to

Day 6: Everything is not fine

Day 7 Plan Your Day

Day 8 Hidden in our Abba Father

Day 9: An Unexpected Blessing

Day 10: I am an artists…so are you

Day 11: Embracing the Quiet

Day 12: Weekend Reading

Day 13 Seeking Him in the Quiet

Day 14 10 signs you’re watching too much TV

Day 15 my halfway update

Day 16: Live in the Place You’re Planted

Day 17-oops! missed this day!

Day 18 Saying Yes

Day 19-missed this one too!

Day 20: He Stands with us

Day 21 Hope in the Waiting

Day 22 The Truth is Abundance

Day 23 He’s living unplugged too….and writing

Day 24 What’s on your reading list?

Day 25 Navigating the Hard Questions of Adoption (Mercy Found guest post)

Day 26 no post for this Saturday

Day 27 took a weekend break from blogging!

Day 28 November is Adoption Month

Day 29 Rachel’s Experience Living Unplugged

Day 30

Day 31 My 31 day Recap

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Do you ever feel like life is just full of one distraction after another? Do you have the desire to pursue creativity in your home, work, or personal life but don’t have the time? What if we removed one of those distractions for 31 days and vowed to pursue margin for living inspired lives?

This month, I am doing just that and sharing it with you. I am removing the dull drone of my television so that I can find a deeper beauty and peace in my living. {football will still be viewed on the weekends for the sanity of my husband & peace in our marriage}

Why am I saying no to Amazon Prime & Netflix this month? Well, here’s my confession-over the past 4-5 months I have spent the majority of my days watching TV shows. This morning I nervously calculated the amount of time I sat in front of the television. Including the evening shows I watch with my husband, the hours during the day I watch, and any other mindless viewing-I watch on average of 30 hours a week. That is almost a full time job! What a humbling realization!

{There is grace in this though because for 6+ weeks of that time, I was laid up with the first trimester woes of pregnancy exhaustion. I literally had no energy to move a muscle. Granted, I could have read a book, wrote notes to people or done some other writing, but TV watching was really all I had the energy for.}

I want to caveat all of this with letting you know that watching television IS NOT a bad thing. It’s not a sin to watch your favorite show or to curl up at night with your hubby to finish your day with an episode or two of The West Wing. Entertainment is good and a gift from God. Okay? Just please know that I do not think your a sinner because you love to watch Parenthood (one of my all time favorites).

My heart longs for creativity, learning and margin in my every day life. I long to spend more time doing the things I love with the people I love, challenging myself to spend more time intentionally living & creating (in the home, in my writing, etc), and hearing more from Jesus in the quiet, undistracted setting of living TV free. So why did I spend all of that time watching television? I’m not sure. I’m praying that God would use this month to reveal the hidden areas in my heart that need to be mended and healed so that I can live in freedom.

This series, I hope, will also encourage you to take a look into your life and identify what areas you are allowing the distraction of easy entertainment to cloud your responsibilities, stifle your creativity or limit your time with Jesus.

I’m thrilled and nervous to write more on living a life of margin and creativity . Join me as I walk this journey of intentionally seeking to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit without the distraction of the cheap entertainment of TV shows?

 

Comments

  1. Sounds like a great plan! Watch out, you might just love it so much you don’t look back. I used to watch TV all the time and now I might have one show per season that I follow. Sometimes none. It’s refreshing. I wish you all the best on this journey 🙂

  2. When Mark left for basic training and I was only 8 weeks pregnant with the twins, TV was totally my go to. In a big house that was being remodeled so it was empty and echoed and lonely, and I was exhausted from being pregnant with two and working a few 13-14 hour days a week as an RN….Yes, it can be a fine/good thing, but it can be the worst time waster… Been there! I’m sure I was watching at least 30hrs a week! 🙁 And trying NOT to go there when the demands of three kids under three has me overwhelmed! lol 🙂

  3. I applaud you for this initiative! I’m not a big television watcher, but in September, I got caught up in watching The Good Wife, which runs from 5 to 6, Monday to Friday. (I hadn’t seen the program before.)

    Anyway, last Fri., I realized that I’d rather being doing something else, away from the television.

    The less television I watch, the more creative I am.

    So, I’m looking forward to seeing how your writing blossoms over the course of the month! 🙂

    • I started watching the Good Wife on Amazon Prime earlier this year and boy did I get hooked! This past weekend I heard Shauna Niequist say that the more quality material you ingest, the more quality your work is. I’m hoping that I see the fruits of focusing on quality rather than just easy entertainment! Thanks for commenting!

      • YES! I loved that quote from Shauna and I’ve been trying to be more cognizant of what I allow to enter my mind. I’m so excited about this series you are doing- great idea!

  4. What a Great endeavor! Can’t wait to read more!

  5. Netflix is kind of God’s gift to a woman in her first trimester. At least that’s how I feel about it. 🙂 Excited to read more of your series – it is such an important topic!

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