Deuteronomy 32:12 (NLT) The Lord alone guided them; they
followed no foreign gods.
How would you handle 4 days with no
cell service and no internet?
I had planned to spruce up my blog
while in the hills of New Hampshire at the New England Christian Writers’
Retreat. Then BAM! My goal for those 4 undistracted days was
blown away as soon as I hit ‘connect’. I
was totally bummed. I began thinking I
was wasting my time and wished I hadn’t come.
For one whole day I moped, feeling scattered, unfocused, and even a
little angry. I wanted to talk to a
friend, but couldn’t. I felt alone in
the wilderness. Mind you, I was
retreating with 59 other writers…
Tomorrow is a new day, right? I went to bed praying for a fresh Day 2 attitude…
In the morning, I sat looking at a
computer screen that couldn’t provide my daily scripture, my favorite
devotional blogs or my searchable Bible.
I could access none of it. I felt
lost. I picked up my well-worn, hardcover
Bible but didn’t know where to begin.
Can you believe that? I have been
spoon fed long enough to feel abandoned without the internet.
I drew in a breath, opened Microsoft
Word, and began typing, wondering when I had last written a journal entry. I realized I’ve been leaning more on the good
and encouraging words that arrive via email than on God himself. How often do I turn away from the screen and simply
focus on Him?
My morning habit is good, but even something good can become
an idol. (Click
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