Living in a tech savvy world, we are consumed with social media. The reality is that most people are preoccupied with their phones. Being on our phones keeps many of us from being fully “present” in the moment, especially when it comes to spending quality time with those who matter most to us.
While scrolling social media may fill a temporary void, such as perhaps the need for connection, absolutely nothing can replace growing in your relationship with God. I invite you to join me and regularly unplug from technology for a while and plug instead into a real presence and real conversations with people closest to you.
Unplug from social media and connect with family and close friends by calling them on the phone or going out to lunch with them.
8. Turn Off Electronic Devices
How often are you on your electronic device while talking to your family members or friends? We are so attached to our electronic devices that we become obsessed if we “miss” the latest news or celebrity gossip. We are inundated with so much information that it can be overwhelming at times.
A wonderful way to get much needed rest is to take off electronic devices during your devotional time as well as when you are spending time with family and friends. It will also help you to focus on enjoying the meaningful moments that matter most and spend less time comparing your life to others on social media.
9. Go for a Walk
Going for a walk refreshes your body with exercise and provides you with some quiet time to listen to the Lord or share your requests. Walking clears your mind and allows you to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. All you need is your tennis shoes and a few minutes to unwind. You can listen to worship music or walk in silence listening to the sounds of nature.
The bigger purpose is that you are connecting with God while moving your body and renewing your mind.
10. Give Yourself Grace
An important devotional practice is giving yourself grace each day. This will help minimize stress and help you to relax more when challenges arise. The most important focus is that you devote time reading and studying God’s word for wisdom, praying, and casting your anxieties and burdens to God. As life continually evolves, please give yourself grace and know that God knows your heart.
God’s grace is sufficient and is available to you each day. Just come to God and God will guide, direct, and empower you as you move forward.
As you move forward throughout the year, I invite you to incorporate some of these devotional practices as you continue to stay connected with God and grow in Him.
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