An Electronic Entertaiment Fast for Lent

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An Electronic Entertaiment Fast for Lent

Hey Folks,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm about to be offline for a month. My son, who is 18, wanted to fast from all forms of electronic entertainment.. except music for Lent.

 I hated to be typing away and leaving him to tackle this experience alone so I agreed to join him.. and then my hubby jumped on board too. :)

So I'm going to be off line through Easter.

I was so proud of Christian for taking up such a big challenge. We are Baptists but our pastor thought observing Lent would be great preparation for Easter. We all agree. This is one idea every Christian should consider doing.

It's only Day 3 but the idea was so great that I thought I'd share it with you before I sign off for the month. Already.. we have found things to do to fill the amazing amount of time left over. :)

Things we've done in 3 days of no movies, tv, computers, texting, or facebook ( I'm stopping that too as of today.)
  • Planted a flower box of herbs and flowers
  • Hung plants and birdfeeder on patio
  • My son taught me how to strum faster (contemporary style) We played worship music together for hours yesterday.
  • Read books
  • Played Backgammon
  • Taking meals to a couple of families in crisis today
  • Made Easter gift packages for my grandkids.
  • Read son's college reader and had a great discussion on the essays he was analyzing.
  • He's exercising more.. I'm walking the dog more. 
  • Bible study

That's just three days worth!  I must say that my teenage son and I have had more fun and closeness in these last three days than we have all year. He's doing very well. I was having a bit harder time. :)

Our whole family (the ones still at home) have taken up my 18 yr old's challenge to 'unplug'.  So I'll see you at the end of the month.. maybe with a photo tour of our amazing experiences while being out of touch with the online world.

Have a wonderful Easter!


Debby said...

Good for you Donna.

Breathing In Grace said...

I totally agree that Lent should be observed by those of all faiths (I'm Baptist, too). So proud of you...that's a toughie this day and time!

Donna said...

Thanks Ladies,

It's very hard on me ... harder than I thought it would be. Lots of prayer to get my brain adjusted to being offline. I'm checking emails and messages just once in the morning. Then off goes the computer for the day. But lots more free time I must say. lol

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Lavendergrey said...

Came across this post on your blog while searching online for Lent, what it really means, etc. I am unsure if this post is current, since Lent has not actually begun yet, but thought it was great and wanted to comment. I decided this morning (unrelated to Lent) that I've had too much Facebook, Messaging, texting, etc., stimulation and I need to back off for a while. Will deactivate Facebook tomorrow night, and will be keeping my cell phone off for the majority of each day. Texting will be limited (as much as possible) to my far away children and my hubby when he travels for work. I will, however be open to email and phone calls to my home, and will be using the internet/computer. I have let a few people know about this, and will let others know once I've actually disconnected from those things totally, Wednesday, I expect. Then I realized Lent is on the horizon, so I will dedicate this effort to Lent and use it to draw closer to Christ and being more productive around my home. Thank you for your insight and your description of how things are going in the first few days.

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