Wednesday, February 29, 2012

tick tock, tick tock...

i would hate to think how many times i look at this clock in my kitchen everyday.  

some days i feel so ruled by time that it drives me crazy.

seconds.  minutes.  hours.

time.

that's what i decided to give up for lent this year.  

our family is already in the midst of our february challenge which is seeking to eliminate excess spending and simplify our food consumption so i was looking for something else.
so...for these 40 days i have vowed not to open facebook and generally cut out technology time-wasters.  the irony of it is that by giving it up i am actually getting it back...time.  

more importantly i have a plan for how to spend that time that was formerly wasted with eyeballs glazed over staring at a screen.  

in psychology terms it's called a replacement behavior.  rather than telling our kids 'don't run' we give them a replacement behavior...'walk, please'.  so during this season of honoring my savior's sacrifice for me my replacement behavior is His word.  
reading it.  
memorizing it.  
meditating on it. 
praying it. 
speaking it aloud.  
sharing it with my kids.

practically speaking i have two tools i am using to help me out.  the first one is...get ready...this is earth-shattering...you won't see this coming...
::1:: my bible {i am keeping it handy at all times}
{and from my bible i have chosen a few passages to focus on for memorization...typed them up...and printed them out.  if you'd like copies i'm so happy to share ~ just email me}
:: 2 :: my bible app {which i am hoping doesn't nullify the goal of technology reduction}   - it's from youversion and it has a really cool lent reading plan that sends you daily readings.

i loved this bit by eileen button that was posted along with my scripture reading today...
...it's difficult to comprehend what our continual sense of entitlement does to our bodies and souls.  our culture worships at the feet of pleasure, deeply bowing to all its delicious offerings.  as we 'shovel it in', we can become desensitized to our needs - the real hunger - in our lives.  observing lent can help us wrestle with the reasons behind our perpetual consumption...it invites us to jump off the hamster wheel of consumption and experience the pinch of abstaining from continual, thoughtless indulgence.  it has the potential to give our frenetic material selves a much-needed break.

:: Deuteronomy 8:3 :: 
Yes - he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you.  He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  

praying God will satisfy you with a 'food previously unknown to you' during this season of sacrifice.  would love to hear from you when He does.