Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Unplug for Noursihment

Could you imagine using using electronics in the pool?  It doesn't make sense, but that's not even what the pool is for!

Besides, nourishing your body, dinner time is for nourishing the hearts of your family and it's really difficult to nourish a heart if everyone is "plugged in". 

On Sunday, Hubby and I took M out for a quick lunch before having to be back at the church for him to leave for camp.  At the table next to us, a dad was using his I Phone, one teenage daugther was reading a book while she was listening to her I-Pod and another teenage girl was playing a video game.  Really??  The Mom was waiting on the food and carried it to her plugged in family.

That night, Hubby and I went out to dinner with our small group.  A family was there celebrating the son's birthday (He looked about seven).  I remember thinking it seemed kinda quiet for a birthday and then Hubby pointed out that the parents were each on their phone.  Really??

No opinions here, just reporting what I saw.  It's a reminder for me too.  While we don't have electronics at our table, if I'm quiet and lost in my own "world", it can have the same effect.  Same with driving in the car, maybe they pull out their Kindle to read because I'm the one not engaging them in conversation?

Dear Father, please help me use the time we have together as a family wisely.  Help me to lay aside whatever circumstances are happening to use the precious time you've given us to love and nourish the children teens You have entrusted to our care.  In Your Son's Name, Amen.


  1. Great post and great reminder. This past week has reminded me of the times our parents "going out" consisted of going to a relative's house to play board games or cards, drink tea, eat chips or popcorn, and argue over who did or didn't land on free parking!

  2. Hubs and I are the bad ones when we're out and about. I used to be much better. :-/ Even M is "plugged in" if you count that we take paper and crayons for distraction, but at least some of that time we're playing tic-tac-toe together or talking about his drawings... but yeah. It's gotten worse for me, but I'm working on it!

  3. I've been away traveling and really enjoyed being unplugged. I share a similar prayer to use my time wisely.


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