These past few days, I really haven’t spent much time online. This was not a deliberate decision. I wasn’t intentionally “fasting” from the internet. I just haven’t had much time for social media, blogging, and videos.

Firstly, I’ve been working very hard on a series for my small group. This series is much more research-heavy than I had anticipated. Putting this series together is demanding a good chunk of my time. Not that I mind, I enjoy creating lessons that really dig into all the nooks and crannies of Scripture. But, my point is, this series has to get done, or we won’t have a lesson for our Bible study. We’d be left with nothing to do but stare at one another. Thrilling, right?

Secondly, it’s summer and I’ve been enjoying time with my family. At the risk of coming across as an over-protective helicopter mom, I just don’t believe it is wise to be staring at a computer screen while my young children swim. That just seems like a recipe for disaster. Further more, I’m not exactly spending time WITH them if my eyes are glued to a screen. You know?

Thirdly, my husband has been working like a crazy person. He recently got promoted, which is great, but it means he’s busy (and tired). Because he’s not home as much to help with stuff, most of the domestic responsibilities fall on mama. Again, not that I mind. I’ll hold it down. But…I’m not left with a lot of free time.

Lastly, there’s just been a lot of little stuff that I needed to tend to. My uncle needed picked up from the trained station. My mom needed help getting ready for the 4th of July. My sister often needs to observe my kids for school (she’s studying early childhood education). Such is life…

My point in all that rambling is that my time online has been minimal. Initially, I felt the need to apologize for that. Like, how dare I not post a blog for ONE WHOLE WEEK. As if the world would come to a screeching halt because I didn’t have a blog post up. How dare I deal with real life when there are vlogs to be recorded! The nerve of me. (My sarcasm is subtle, isn’t it?)

Whoever you are, where ever you are, trust me when I say that it is 100% fine to unplug from technology. In a lot of ways, I think we’ve become so accustom to our lives revolving around our phones and our computers that we forget that we CAN disconnect. Not only is it perfectly acceptable, I’d encourage it.

We’re usually so glued to our gadgets that we neglect real-life relationships. Perhaps, we even neglect our relationship with God because our technology competes for our attention…and it wins.

I know this isn’t my most titillating blog post (hence the random interjection of a ten dollar word), but I hope it encourages you…some how. Don’t allow your phone or computer to take the place of your friends and family. Don’t let it prevent you from dealing with more pressing issue. And please don’t allow your technology to interfere with your time with God.