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24- hour technology detox

There were pros and cons to this assignment. It was difficult not to text, and I do admit I cheated a little. I did not sleep at all because I have nightmares so I listen to music to calm my nerves. I am addicted to Netflix and Hulu so I did have some withdrawals. I can never think of anything to do so I get on the internet, I figured out that there are tons of productive things to do! I cleaned my room, played dress up, did my nails, I did my homework, read, ate A LOT, and danced. I have gone without my technology for four days when I was at church camp, I was always going so it wasn’t that bad. It still wasn’t easy, though. Every night I cuddled with my phone and cried. I know, I have issues. My phone is my safety blanket, it loves me and I love it. It wasn’t all bad, though. It’s like your job, you get so accustomed to being on it that when you get a vacation you can’t handle it. It took a while for it to register that my technology detox was actually a blessing. We are so obsessed with being in the loop and knowing what is going on on Facebook, who is involved in the latest drama that we forget about the people around us, our school work, and sleep. We know more about Buttercup and Westley’s relationship than we know about our parent’s relationship. It’s we forget that cell phones haven’t been around for very long. I seriously wonder what it would be like in the 20s, 30s, and 40s when they didn’t have cell phones and iPads. Up until this assignment I used to say that if cell phones existed in the 50s I would build a time machine and go back in time to then and just live there. Now I would live there even though they didn’t have phones. When you told us about this assignment I literally started crying and cradling my phone, I knew it was just not gonna happen. When you told us to turn off our phones I did, for like two minutes. I could not stand not knowing if I got a text, Snapchat, Tweet, Facebook notification. While I was writing this I actually turned off my phone, voluntarily. The thought of writing hand-written letters appeals to me, it does seem like a better alternative to texting, except for the fact that texting is quicker. At first this detox seemed like a punishment, after it was over I learned that you really just wanted to open our eyes to the overwhelming and unnecessary need for us to be distracted by technology. I fully intend to do this more often. I learned that just because we use our phones all the time, we don’t want to. I was so much more productive when I wasn’t using it, and I actually had more energy and was happier when I wasn’t on my phone or laptop. It’s weird but I think not using technology actually improved my physical health as well as my mental health. It is nice to have it, mainly because I love music and if we could listen to music on our phones I would still be doing your detox. My views on technology has changed and I am grateful that you gave me this opportunity.

James 2:20

Hebrews 116

” But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?”- James 2:20

In the context James is trying to make the 12 tribes realize that faith without works is dead. In verse 18 it says “But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.””. As Christians we should not focus on the fact that we do “good deeds”, Because that really doesn’t matter. We are still sinners, but Christ saved us, therefore we should have faith. And we should do good deeds because we want to be like Christ, not because we think it will secure a spot in Heaven. but since we are striving to be like Jesus our works are essential. We have to have faith, but we have to demonstrate our love for Christ by doing good works. Ancient Romans believed by doing good works they would enter into Heaven, and in a way “Christians” now a days believe that they can have faith and not do anything. We don’t like having to do good works AND having faith. We want to have an option, but we cant have good works and no faith one day and then the next decide that we want to have faith but not do anything about it. To be an effective Christian we MUST have faith and good works, and if we really want to be like Christ this will be joyful. We should see good works as a punishment, but as a way to glorify God.  James is trying to rationalize with the tribes, he asks if they are “willing” to recognize. We as humans are very stubborn. We don’t like to be told what to do. We  need to realize that faith without works is useless. You can’t be all talk. We have to talk the talk and walk the walk.

God Bless!

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Hebrews 116This verse states that: And without Faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.Now, you may ask “what exactly IS Faith??” in Hebrews 11:1 it states that: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

God has made SO many promises, and I will probably do a Devo over those later, but not today. We have to have Faith to please God. It is simple to have Faith we can see him, in our physical presence, but to seek him even though our flesh screams out against it, that is the real Faith that must be evident in our lives in order to please God. Everything works out for the better for those who have Faith. God is all-knowing, thus knowing what is best for us. If we could just go against our flesh and leave everything at the Cross we would please God, we would glorify Him, which is our soul purpose on this Earth anyway. If we are to come to God we MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS. God IS. He is our Lord, our sovereign Ruler. He also rewards those who seek him. If we would just focus all of our time and energy into reading our Bibles, praying, fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters, just remaining in his presence we would be more well off than any millionaire. God demands us to be utterly dedicated to Him, and quite frankly, we should WANT to be consumed by Him. Faith is one key to glorifying Him, Faith is knowing that God will fulfill His promises, even if they have not been evident yet. Keep these verses in mind when you are having trouble believing God, because more than likely the problem is your flesh, not God’s Word.

Lay your problems at the Cross, because God will take care of you:) leave comments and suggestions, please!!! God Bless:)

Hebrews 11:6

This verse states that: And without Faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Now, you may ask “what exactly IS Faith??” in Hebrews 11:1 it states that: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

God has made SO many promises, and I will probably do a Devo over those later, but not today. We have to have Faith to please God. It is simple to have Faith we can see him, in our physical presence, but to seek him even though our flesh screams out against it, that is the real Faith that must be evident in our lives in order to please God. Everything works out for the better for those who have Faith. God is all-knowing, thus knowing what is best for us. If we could just go against our flesh and leave everything at the Cross we would please God, we would glorify Him, which is our soul purpose on this Earth anyway. If we are to come to God we MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS. God IS. He is our Lord, our sovereign Ruler. He also rewards those who seek him. If we would just focus all of our time and energy into reading our Bibles, praying, fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters, just remaining in his presence we would be more well off than any millionaire. God demands us to be utterly dedicated to Him, and quite frankly, we should WANT to be consumed by Him. Faith is one key to glorifying Him, Faith is knowing that God will fulfill His promises, even if they have not been evident yet. Keep these verses in mind when you are having trouble believing God, because more than likely the problem is your flesh, not God’s Word.

Lay your problems at the Cross, because God will take care of you:) leave comments and suggestions, please!!! God Bless:)