I have a confession to make: I need to unplug during this Advent season. I need to stop distracting myself and focus on preparing my heart for Jesus. I find myself less and less able to just live life and BE. Instead I keep reaching for my phone, filling the minutes between one activity and the next with social media and it needs to stop. NOW. This quiet, reflective time of Advent is coming at just the right time for me.
My Advent Unplugged Plan:
Remove the social media apps from my iphone. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and maybe Instagram. The only reason I’m hesitant to delete Instagram is that I find it more life-giving and less distracting and overwhelming than the rest. I love my little Instagram community and sharing prayer requests and snatches of life is refreshing and encouraging. So, I may keep that one around. It’s Facebook that really gets me and sucks me into a vortex of distraction.
In addition, I’ll be doing my best to keep the laptop CLOSED during the day. If my kids are up, the laptop shouldn’t be open. Period.
I’m going to fill those little lost minutes with the following:
Spiritual reading during Advent. I love Watch for the Light (most of the selections, there’s a few low points) and I’d love your suggestions for other Advent reads, so please leave them in the comments!
Lots of eye contact and engagement with my kids.
Time with the kids, maybe drinking a cup of coffee or tea, maybe with a book in hand, but leaving my phone inside.
Do you want to join me for Advent Unplugged? My struggle to embrace quiet and preparation this Advent might not be the same struggle you’re facing. Is it your phone? The TV? The laptop? Figure out what’s distracting you and unplug. If you’d like to share your Advent Unplugged goals…
1. Write an Advent Unplugged post.
2. Add the Advent Unplugged button.
3. Link up below!
Tomorrow I’ll share some Advent music playlists with you and a giveaway of Marian Grace’s BEAUTIFUL new Advent CD!
For more ideas on observing the season of Advent intentionally, check out Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year, our cookbook full of ideas about liturgical living with reflections on keeping Advent sacred. It’s currently on sale for $4.99 through Thanksgiving!