Control your devices, don’t let them control you.
- Make your main food the Bible.Set goals for reading it, (start now, if you didn’t at New Year’s). Plan how much and when you’re going to read, and follow a Bible-reading plan. (I use the one linked to, from Discipleship Journal.) Make it your first priority.
- Being a good mom, you try not to let your children spoil their appetites for healthy food. What you’re feeding yourself may be good, but is it the best? Is it nourishing your spiritual life, or are you ruining your appetite for eating a healthy, meaty meal from God’s Word?
- Think about the “junk food” you may be feeding yourself every day! Write down what and how much you’re reading and listening to each day until you know exactly what you’re feeding yourself. Just as you may have no idea how many extra calories you’re taking in each day that have no nutritional value, so you may not have thought about how much your reading and listening material is not good for you. You need to purpose to listen to and read that which will build you up and make you a strong, healthy Christian!
- Shut your phone off sometimes. Don’t be controlled by it.
- Stay off of the internet until a certain time of the day, and make sure it’s only after you’ve spent a planned amount of time in God’s Word. At first it will seem legalistic, but you’re retraining your appetites.
- Be intentional and purposeful about what you’re reading besides the Bible: We read so many words each day that we can become unaware that we’re even reading!
- Take a fast from whatever you “can’t go a day without.” Stay away one day a week, or one week a month. Spend extra time in the Word during your fast. Set a timer when you get on facebook, or online in general, or keep a log sheet to log in the start time and end time you’re online, and total the amount of time each day.
- At the times you normally get online, spend time in the Word instead or have a Bible-reading time with your children (the little ones can color, or play quietly). Train them early to respect the Word of God.
- We may not realize that those seconds and minutes add up: keep a record, then reduce or eliminate some of them and replace with Bible reading, prayer and other activities which set your mind and heart on things above. (e.g. Times when we’re on our phone, online, checking email, on facebook, on pinterest, commenting, reading links and blogs and articles, doing “research,” reading a chapter here or there from the latest book, watching a video or reading a post on a subject we’re interested in or the latest “liked” thing on facebook. Use those minutes-turned-into hours each day for building up your faith—setting your heart and affections on things above.
- Instead of checking your phone for messages, & immediately responding, or getting online multiple times a day, plan ahead a time when you’ll respond to all your messages. Let your thoughts be interrupted by God’s Word. Place Scripture around your home to catch your eye, put it on your window sill or counter by your sink, on the fridge, on your medicine cabinet mirror, wherever you spend at least a few minutes a day. Cause your mind to feed on the Word of God. While driving, listen to sermons downloaded, tape Scripture to your dash. Play the Bible on your Ipod or MP3 player while falling asleep, while riding in the car, while cleaning, etc. Whenever you normally play music, play Scripture instead. Let God control your thoughts.
- Whenever you’re reading, ask yourself these questions: Is what I’m reading true, according to the Word of God? Will it build up my faith? Is it necessary to read right now? Am I the one to read it? (or pass it on?) Am I obeying the verse, “I will set no vile thing before my eyes”? Even if it’s true, am I guarding my heart or will this affect me emotionally or manipulate me for no good purpose? If there’s a need, can I pray for it without knowing all the details? Am I violating Scripture which tells me not to know the details of sin? Am I being a Godly example to my children and others by watching or reading this now? Am I neglecting other responsibilities while doing this? Am I doing a good thing, but at the wrong time, in the wrong way, too much or with the wrong heart and attitude?
- If you have the habit of watching or reading the news daily: If you are in the habit of doing so at the beginning or ending of your day, ask, “Is this a spiritually healthy activity to start and end my day with?” Can I trust the source? Can I copy their example as a person? What example am I setting for my children?
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