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Why I Took a Month Off from Social Media

It’s become a new normal for our family. For the past couple of years, each July, we take a step away from screens for the month. I don’t blog, we’re not on social media, the T.V. stays turned off, and my teenage daughters stay off their phones. They may not like it…at least for the first week or two, but they do it. And while this kind of move may not be for everyone, I’ve never regretted it. Here’s a couple of reasons why:

Distraction Free Family Time:

Instead of binge watching Netfilx or spending time on phones or tablets we actually interacted face to face with each other over family dinners, playing board games, going on walks, and other fun stuff on the family summer bucket list.

Turn down the Noise:

Screens can create a lot of added noise in our lives. Social media, texting, and video sound bites create a non-stop flurry of distractions and noise in our lives. Turning down that noise can help refocus our attention on things that have a higher priority in our lives.

Intentionality:

It’s a simple step/action that our family has decided to take each year to be intentional and place a stake in the ground, so to speak, about what’s important to us. We’ve learned that if we don’t take simple intentional steps like this we’ll end up just running through the motions and get lost in the business of 4 kids schedules.

I’m still not Convinced 24-7 Access to Screens is a good thing for my kids…

Yes, I’m that dad who has drug his feet as long as he could on getting his kids cell phones. Even though they have them (at least my High School daughters) I’m still not there. We have a consistent approach with it. No phones after dad gets home (I can’t stand phones at the dinner table) and no phones in rooms at night time. I may be a little old school, but I keep seeing articles on studies connecting cell phones to teen depression etc. I want my kids to grow up using technology not getting addicted to it.

…and if you want to know the real brains behind the idea, it was Lisa, not me who made the call on this a few years ago…glad God put her in my life…makes me a much better parent!


Posted in Family, Leadership, Spiritual Formation

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Can A Prayer App Change Your Church? We Think So!

This is a guest post from the guys over at InviteToPray, one of my ministry partners. I’m very particular about who I choose to partner with in ministry, because my name is on the line. But these guys make it easy, and I absolutely believe in what they’re doing and I’m thrilled to be able to introduce my readers to this incredible ministry resource. – Paul

What happens when, as a Christian, you become tired of the mundane, tired of the ordinary, tired of being lukewarm?  What happens, when as a Christian, you are no different than an unbeliever? Can others really see the fruit of Christian living? (Wearing Christian t-shirts doesn’t count.)

For me, I asked God one morning, “God, is this it!?!?! Because if this is it, then I don’t want it.”  That is a bold prayer.  I can tell you from experience, that when you really put it on the line to either be “all in” for Jesus or throw in the towel, God will reveal Himself and your life will never be the same again. I began praying this prayer and soon found out my friend Tyler Pettis was praying the very same thing. That sparked a partnership that has turned into a mission to change the world.

Are You Missing Out On A Massive Opportunity?

Tyler and I both have huge hearts for seeing the Church reach more people.  It’s very clear to us that the Church isn’t capitalizing on the MASSIVE opportunities that social media offers.

Over the course of 2 1/2 years and much time seeking God’s wisdom, we developed a cutting-edge technology to allow the Church greater reach through social media. Today we are excited to share with you our first web app: InviteToPray. Continue Reading…


Posted in Spiritual Formation