Unplugged

“Beep, beep, beep… We interrupt this program to bring you special weather announcement. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the following counties…” 

I’m from Kansas. And this little message was heard in our household on a pretty regular basis from the months of March to October. It was old hat to us. We had our routine down.

We would watch the weather, waiting for the radar screen to see just how bad it might get. Once it was confirmed we sprung into action. My sister and brother would barrel out the door to go feed the animals and make sure they have shelter. Mom ran outside to put the cars in the shed, and I usually ended up bringing the laundry in off the line.

It was sweet organized chaos.

In a few short minutes, just as the black clouds rolled in and the huge raindrops started to fall, we would all gather breathlessly back in the house. We made it.

The lightning struck and a few seconds later the thunder rolled. Suddenly, Mom remembered… “GET STUFF UNPLUGGED!” We needed to unplug major appliances, specifically the microwave and the computer.

Maybe you think we were paranoid… but just ask my Mom how many fried desktop computer’s she has been through in recent years. Those puppies aren’t cheap. A simple yank of the cord could prevent our wonderful data storage machine from turning into a large, dusty paperweight.

Unplugged

Source: Las-initially via Flickr

Last week, I was like that computer. God issued the announcement and told me to unplug before I fried myself. So I did.

It. Was. Awesome.

Now, for some of you folks, “unplugged” might not mean anything more to you than a TV show on MTV. But for a girl who spends a majority of her life blogging about Jesus (on a computer), responding to comments (on a computer), working on building a platform via social media (on a computer), unplugging is a big deal.

Brandon and I went on vacation last week. We camped, old school style, tent and all, no air conditioning, in a state park in Florida. We’ve never been there, and Brandon tried to convince me that we needed to take my iPad for navigational assistance.

I refused. Our printer was out of ink, so I hand wrote the mapquest instructions on a notebook sheet of paper. I knew that if I took my iPad, those little red email/Facebook/Twitter notifications would be tempting me all week long.

So I left every piece of technology at home. I even shut my cell phone completely off. (It’s not a smart phone, but unplugging means unplugging.) I checked my phone once a day to make sure everyone was still alive and didn’t reply to a single phone call or text.

Guess what? The sun still rose. Every. Single. Day.

I know I’ve talked about it before, but so many of our every day little things can turn into idols without us even knowing. I personally have to be very, very careful not to let technology/blogging/computeresque things consume my heart.

What seemingly innocent everyday items try to steal your attention from God? Have you “unplugged” recently? How did God move through that? I would love to hear all about it– leave a comment below!

Anywho, the break was great and I’m glad to be back. I could write ten blog posts about the incredible work God did in our lives during our time of being unplugged, regarding our relationship/marriage, grateful hearts and time to rest… But for now, I need to finish this post… And unplug for the rest of the day.

Refreshed not Fried,
SGK

“I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.” ~Psalm 27:4-5

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15 thoughts on “Unplugged

  1. Love this and love you. So glad you had that time together with Brandon and God.

    • Thanks, Coach. It was awesome. I missed you though– and I am so thankful Justus played nice with Ritzy! 🙂

  2. Since I’m still fairly new to blogging, I’m trying to figure out what the appropriate balance is. I spend a considerable amount of time linking up and commenting, and I’m evaluating if that is too much time. I plan to “unplug” this weekend as we go visit my in-laws. It’s kind of a “forced” unplug because they live in the middle of nowhere with poor reception, but I’m going to embrace it. 🙂

    Mary Beth

    • I’ve been blogging nearly a year and sometimes I still get sucked into this… But I’m continually learning that the world will continue to spin if one of my tweets doesn’t post or I don’t check my FB every 45 seconds 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, Mary Beth. Blessings girl! (And I hope you are enjoying your unplugged time as we speak!)

  3. Another great post. You’re becoming a favorite. 😉 Unplugging seems harder to achieve since I work from home, however, it’s necessary.

    • Awww, shucks Dana. Thank you! That means a lot to me… Unplugging IS hard when you work from home (I do too!) but so, SO necessary.

      Looking forward to seeing you in a couple days! Be blessed!

  4. I took last week off to just pray and listen. It was a great week. And amazing how much you can hear from Him when your intentional about listening. Glad you had a nice time off.

    • Amen, sister! In my unplugged time, I think I LITERALLY came up with 200 things to add to my #1000 gift list (although I am well beyond my 1000 mark now.) Amazing.

  5. I keep meaning to unplug, even for a little while. I am not very good at switching off though to be honest.

    Nice post and glad you got some peace and recharged 🙂

    Visiting via the Thoughtful Thursdays Hop 🙂

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

  6. cuoreq

    If I could super-like this post I would! 🙂 Unplugging after my next entry! 😉

  7. I relate to this post! When we were on our Alaskan cruise, I did not take my computer. During the time we were in international waters and Canada, I turned off the iPhone. I checked it three days while in ports in Alaska and didn’t check it again until we returned to Seattle. Yes, I was refreshed and I found that th break from social media was refreshing. I can live more than a day without email, phones, computer, Facebook, etc. I recommend everyone do this on occasion.

    I’m glad you had a wonderful vacation!

    Blesssings,
    Joan

    • I totally agree, Joan. I (or is it Satan?) always sike myself out thinking about the emails and stuff I will miss while I am gone and how many hundreds of years (ha) it is going to take to catch up.

      After 5 days away, I had 87 emails… And slammed through them in under half an hour. Seriously. Why was I worried? 🙂

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