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How to stop Technology from Ruining Communication in your Relationships

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All of America is online!  In fact the whole world is online.  All you need is a phone with internet capabilities, a smartphone and your in.  Facebook, Instagram,Twitter.  You can record your whole life and post it for all the world to see.  Every thought you think be it positive or negative just click and send. Although the internet can fill our need for instantaneous gratification it has forever changed relationships and the way we communicate.  My husband and I were recently out on date night in L.A.  We had dinner at a restaurant just a couple of blocks from Venice Beach.  The plan was after dinner we’d leave the car, walk to the beach and watch the sunset.

We went to our car to get our beach blankets.  Being that this is Venice Beach, there’s no shortage of indoor, outdoor restaurants and bars there couples everywhere and they all come to watch the sunset.  One couple happened to catch our attention. They were walking side by side headed toward the beach. She was looking down at her phone and he was looking down at his.  Sad.  You may have seen couples like this, or worse a couple is out at dinner sitting at the table ignoring each other both on their phones. Really?  Whatever happened to uninterrupted quality time?  I guess it’s the latest casualty that’s fallen by the wayside in the age of advanced technology.  The post today talks about ways in which technology may be ruining your relationships and how to stop it!

5 ways technology is ruining your relationships and how to stop it

  • Track your time online and set boundaries with technology.  Exactly how many hours are you spending online?  Think about how you can restructure your time to do other things you like to do.
  • Substitute online time for healthier habits. Like spending times with friends or family.
  • Get connected in real life! Establish healthy fulfilling relationships.
  • Be present in the moment with a loved one. Virtual connections online can’t replace physical interaction.  Constantly being online interrupts quality time together that can’t be replaced.
  • Perhaps you should use some of that free time to spend time with God in prayer.  Maybe you have an issue or issues in your life that you need God to fix or help you with, or you just need to thank Him for how good He’s been.  I love the way Joyce Meyer puts it, “Don’t go to the phone, go to the throne!”

  • Smart tip of the day:  If you find yourself being less and less present in relationships with family and friends and spend endless hours glued to your phone, or you feel as though you can’t go a day without it, it could be a sign you need to unplug.  You may want to reset, create clear boundaries with technology to put more effort into what’s really important.  Technology can become idol worship!  Jonah 2:8 “those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”

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The Maker Of Heaven and Earth

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Time for the Harvest!

 

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Start Anew!

Welcome Autumn!  Fall officially begins Sunday, September 23rd.  If you’ve been following me you know its my favorite season.  It cools down here in sunny southern California.  The warm days give way to cool evenings and crisp mornings.  The new season brings fresh hope!  New opportunities, and expectation of God’s goodness.  I found a great article I want to share with you from Billy Graham.  It’s called “5 ways to start a new season!”  Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

  • Smart tip of the day:  You will never be truly and fully fulfilled without God!  There is nothing that will replace a personal relationship with God in your life, not a man, not family, not your dream job, not social media, not success, not money,but with him, not only will he add all of these things, all things are possible!

1. Pour into Someone’s Life

“All around you are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow, and they need your compassion and encouragement.” —Billy Graham

One of the best ways to re-energize your own life is to focus on someone else’s.  Is there a young person in your life in need of a mentor?  Approach him or her about being that person.  Are there people in your family or neighborhood you don’t normally spend time with?  Reach out and invite them to a meal or activity with you.

You might also consider serving your church or community in some way – even if it’s for a short period of time or something you can do from home.

The Bible says even Jesus Christ, “came not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28).  Serving is a great way not only to live out your faith, but to to meet and impact new people, and improve the places around you.  You may discover a new talent or hobby while you’re at it.

2. Pray for Something New

“Too often we use petty little petitions, oratorical exercises, or the words of others rather than the cries of our inmost being. When you pray, pray!” —Billy Graham

Do you ever find yourself praying for the same things over and over?  There’s something to be said for persistence in prayer, but it can also be good to expand your conversation with God.

Think of someone – or maybe a group of people – you don’t normally pray for and add that person or group to your prayers.  If no one comes to mind, ask God to give you a specific burden that you take to Him in prayer.  You might even ask others to join you.  Whatever you pray for, expect God to work.

3. Set Aside Quiet Time with God

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”  – Mark 1:35

If Jesus needed alone time with God, how much more do we?

Maybe you’ve heard of having “quiet time” with God but haven’t yet made it a habit.  Now is a good time to start!  Quiet time means setting aside a few moments in your day devoted solely to God – without distractions.  You might spend that time talking to God in prayer, meditating on something you read in Scripture, seeking His direction, or simply being quiet and letting God speak to you.  As Psalm 46:10 urges us, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

4. Get Outside

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord …”  –Psalm 96:13

Sometimes a bit of fresh air can do us a lot of good – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Remember that God created the nature around us to be used and enjoyed.  It’s also an expression of Himself – a sign of His handiwork (Psalm 19:1).  Take time to get outside – or sit at a window if you can’t get out – and take in all of God’s creation.  You might make a mental note of all the beauty you see or all the ways God’s character is evident in the creation around you.

5. Eliminate Negativity

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  – Philippians 4:8

Where’s your focus today?  If you find yourself full of fear or worry, dwelling on a difficult past or venting one complaint after another, maybe it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

That doesn’t mean ignoring trials and turmoil around you, but keeping your attention on God’s promises for His children – on His faithfulness, provision, comfort, peace, unfailing love and eternal life.  Your positive outlook and trust in God may rub off on people around you.

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God is Opening New Doors!

  • What changes for the better will you make in this next season?

  • Are your actions lining up with your priorities?  Or are you wasting time in fruitlessness?

  • Are you praying and leaning on God everyday to meet your needs and give you strength?

  • What does your best life look like?  Write it down!  Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision and make it plain!”

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Celebrating the fruits of our Labor!

Happy Labor Day America!  You’ve earned it!!!  Shout out to the workforce!!  You Rock!  You keep this country moving forward!  No matter what your occupation is, honest work is respectable!!!  There is dignity in all work!  For without Labor nothing Prospers!  So enjoy this day of rest, no early morning alarms, no getting in the car and hitting the road before it’s light out, just rest!  We had a pool party yesterday for my husband’s birthday with the kids, it was fun.  Our son manned the grill and my husband and I got to sit and chill.  We had prayer gave thanks to God for all our blessings!  And it was a wonderful time.  I’m a simple woman who likes simple pleasures, love and laughter, family, a great meal, and the beauty of being in God’s nature.

Millions will celebrate today with family and friends, be sure to lift God up!  And be thankful for the blessing of work!  And resources to live and take care of our families.  We must remember that there are those less fortunate who do not have work at this time and if it’s a family member or friend keep them in prayer.  However if you are lucky enough to be celebrating the fruits of your labor today, to God be the Glory, you are blessed indeed!  Be safe!  Have an awesome day!  Happy Labor Day to all our followers and readers!

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