What is a 30-Day Secular Media Fast?

What if the noise of godless media is drowning out the voice of God? Not all media is bad... but maybe the distraction away from God is making harder to hear and see God at work.

This is a journey of a group of high school students who have committed to take 30 days to focus on God through God-centered media. This includes TV, movies, books, magazines, smart phone apps, and many social media outlets.

Here, you can follow their stories, their lives, and their challenges. Feel free to leave comments and encouragement.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Great Job

So most of you are done for the year on here. And that's fine. But what I hope is that you come back every month or so and remember how important it is to get away from distractions and focus on God. If you want to keep posting stuff on here during the year, that's fine. I will be checking in every month or so... or until next year, we'll see you later! Great job everyone! No contact your sponsors!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Last Day and my "AHA! moment"

Boy, am i excited that it's the last day!!! this has been pretty difficult stuff for me.
so you know what's kind of weird? on this final day, just a while ago, i had the "AHA! moment" that i've been praying for this whole month. kind of strange how God works, eh? i was at my brother's baseball game, but i was in our car because it was FrEeZiNg cold, and i was just thinking. then all of a sudden there was this HUMONGOUS gust of wind that shook the car and i was like whoa. so i had this random thought that God is kind of like the wind-- invisible, but you can see evidence that He's there; gentle, but sooo powerful. that was like my own mini revelation because it's so hard for me trust in a God that i can't see. whenever i have doubts, it's usually fuelled or started by the fact that God is invisible to us. heck- someone has probably already thought up my "aha moment" years ago, but that was so cool for me. it's like all of my pondering thus far led up to this one moment, and it just happens that that's what REALLY impacted me!!! pretty darn awesome. =] so im glad that i did this. i mean, ya, i'll probably hop on the computer tomorrow, but i really havent missed all of that bologna very much. which is super weird! i'm not going to waste my time on Facebook anymore- i've already decided to only use that website on the weekends now, at the very least. why did i really need to kill all of those brain cells everyday, before? who knows? anywho, im still excited that tomorrow is the official end. woot woot! this was sooo cool.

day 30

YAE ITS DAY 30 I AM GLAD I MADE IT. I DIDN'T REALLY STRUGGLE WITH THE MEDIA FASTING PART. HOWEVER I STRUGGLED WITH ALOT OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE. THANK GOD I HAD A LOT OF SUPPORT AND PEOPLE PRAYING FOR ME. I STLL DO ! YAE

Monday, March 29, 2010

looking forward

i watched flywheel tonight and its an amazing example of how God works in your everyday life. it shows how God can take ordinary circumstances and produce extraordinary results in normal life. great movie and its my new favorite.

as we draw near to the end of march, some of you may be thinking, 'whew, two more days and i can watch the office again.' but is that really what this fast is all about? is it just like being grounded for a month and cant watch or listen to media? i believe that this fast should impact our lives forever, not just for a month. i dont know about you, but im going to take this further. if i can grow closer to God without media for one month, why not two? this is my challenge to you. if you want to grow even closer to God, take another month of media off. this month is proof that God works when you focus of him, so why not keep going? please respond if youre with me in this.

So close.....

You all are so close... can you feel it?

So I know what you are thinking... "Only 2 more days and I can watch whatever I want."... really? if you are thinking that, slap yourself... go ahead...

Listen, I know what your emotions are telling you but think about it... I really believe the music, movies, tv shows, and media choices we make are keeping us from connecting with God. Be honest... is your favorite band worth sacrificing your relationship with God? Do you really want to watch something that hurts your relationship with God?

Ok... this sounds harsh but sometimes we need a reality check. Honestly think about the stuff you watch, listen to, or read... does it glorify God? If not, then why would you do it?

That's what this fast is about... I'm proud of your all for sticking with this year's fast... but don't go back 5 steps after coming as far as you have... maybe the reason you needed to do the fast was to get closer to God... why would you sacrifice that?

Keep going... I'm praying for you all!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

what i've learned

soo this month has been pretty different for me in terms of the last two media fasts that i've done. the last two have been about cramming as much christian media as possible into the month to make up for the lack of secular. but this month has been different. i admit i have been reading a ton of christian books :) but i definatly try to balance that with my Bible. i think ive grown mostly in my relationships both with God and with my friends. The growth of relationships is probably one of the important things i've learned from this fast. i've learned that you cant expect to be trusted if you cant put trust back into the relationship. one of the biggest things ive been struggling with this fast was praying to and relying on God. for a while ive been feeling rather mediocre and melancholy. and thats really been bothering me. so egged on by a book i read, i decided to start praying regularly throughout my day. and its been about just everything. haha from my food to my friends ive been praying and i've found that its really helped me. ive grown closer to God and i ve been inspired to go and do things and live my day to the fullest.

Jesus

Hello everyone, this is Jessica here. I am sooooo happy that we only have
another 2 days until the media fast is over. God has taught me to be more
patient with others and to help each other in tough situations. For example, at
school the other day, my friend walked up to me and asked me why I had chosen to
do the media fast, and I told her it was because I needed to focus less time on
media (that's not God-related), and more time maturing my relationship with the
Lord! She had said that I was crazy for doing it, and that it must be very hard
not to go on media.

Please pray for my missions trip group as we leave
for San Fran tomorrow and as we do our daily activities! I am sorta sad because
I will not have the opportunity to have a "I've completed the media fast"
celebration for 3 more days after it ends. But as crazy as it may seem, I am
okay with waiting 3 more days until watching media again. I will have an
opportunity to hopefully connect with other Christians and to understand God's
big meaning for my life!


I saw this really cool bumper sticker the other day: No Jesus No Peace
Know Jesus Know Peace

Saturday, March 27, 2010

4 days left!

getting harder knowing that i'm almost done. i'm wanting to start slacking off but i keep telling myself its only a few more days you can do it. my new favorite song is 'pressin' on' by relient k :P

almost there guys dont give up!!!!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

I am so glad there are only four days left! I am gettin kind of restless lol :).
But hey I have made it this far so might as well keep going. ! I feel like I did and will have a balance between God and media I think when the fast is over I will try to have less media in my life though.
-Angel

4 days

ok so im like dying four more days its horrible lol . But i think the media fast worked out really well . I think it has really built my character . My faith has grown alot so ya . Go Brittany

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hello guys!

This media fast is getting a lot harder because I really want to watch Alice in Wonderland with my friend and it is getting really hard. So I hope that you guys are doing ok with your media fast! Have a great weekend guys and don't forget to pray for my group when we go on our mission's trip all of next week! Thanks guys! I will definitely pray for you all! Have strength for the rest of the media fast guys!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Finally BloGg3d :D

Ok so I have been crazy busy. This past 23 days has been crazy hard. Especially on the Music part. They play music 24/7 at work, and i worked 40 hours last week, so hard to drown out, but!! always a but! I have devoted myself to learning a new verse a day! love it! I have also been saying my Awana verses....shhh Meme doesn't know, its a suprise! Almost done with my book too! Starting new ones next week, they make really good devos and have helped my apply God so much more to my life and understand so much more! Guys this month started horrible, my attitude stunk, i was reluctant to do this, but now im having so much fun explainig people why I'm doing this fast and what i've got out of it. I even had the chance to take my friend Nikki to Dare2Share(whom is mormon) she asked so many questions and i got the privelage to share with her without her making mean comments! I loved getting that chance! I loved reading about you guys! I miss you all Mucho!!!

Colorado

So I was away speaking at a conference in Colorado and Oklahoma over the past weekend... I missed you guys... looks like you are all doing well. Give someone who is doing the fast a call today... ask them how they are and when the last time they posted anything was... oh, and are they doing the contests?

But more important... ask each other how you their spiritual development is going. Are they reading thier Bible? Are they doing the devos? Are they actually pursuing God?

One thing I got from these kids this past week is the importance of talking about your spiritual walk... the reality is we don't really talk about it. We post something about it. We Twitter about it. But we don't talk about it... so take some time today to check in on each other. How is your pursuit of God going?

Monday, March 22, 2010

so i finally figured it out...

so today i decided to call matt to figure out how to post on ourthirty. a little delayed but whatever. so my month has actually been going pretty well. ive read all the narnia books about 3 times each and ive also been digging around on my bookshelf for some more christian books. ive also been reading my bible a ton- james and stuff to go along with the bible study at dianes. im definatly looking forward to doing the challege thing for our leader. so one of my best friends from school, elizabeth has been going to church with one of our close friends, and is planning on going to hume sd with us. shes been asking a lot of questions about the bible and im hoping this will lead to her acceptance of Christ. so be praying for her! yesterday, after leadership, i came home and sanded all the rust off my beach cruiser, and washed her. so now shes blue and sparkly :) ive been riding around a ton getting my feel of the bike (i learned how to ride like 2 1/2 weeks ago) and ive been praying alot when i do that. something about riding your bike gives you soo much time to think about everything. so try it!
~Jess

Hiya

Hi guys. I'm so bored. The media fast is actually getting a lot harder. I am so surprised, because I thought that it would actually be easier once we started, but I was wrong. I am missing movies more than any other media right now. I even miss it more than facebook... if that's even possible. es God is really helping me out though, he has been telling me to be strong in Matthew. Read the bible guys! It really helps a lot!
-Jessica B.

I found out that God wants to U us to his H and that we should be very willing to leave all of our e behind! God calls us to be disciples, so we should willingly answer. He loves us very much and wants us to be very happy.

8 more days

this is like the home strecth and i feel bad because i havent sent out my letters to my sponsers . so i was thinking cant i like just give them my thank you letter instead of my regular letter becasuse that would be like 10x's easier. But i guess the last few days are the worse because i want it to be over . Btw i hope allie liked her card :) thats all i have 2 say
Brittany~*

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Me, God, and a High School Track

so i sort of stole sarah's idea about running and focusing on God at the same time. so during P.E., while we were running single-8's and doing cross-fit and whatnot, i let my mind wander to all of the cool stuff around me. it was so warm and beautiful outside, so i was like "sweet. God made all of this". i mean, duh, but i dont often just look around and recognize that God has created such amazing stuff. and-hey-i actually did better on my run that day, and i wasnt feeling totally dead after it, either! ! so ya, that was my cool little experience that helped me connect more with God during this past week. :) later, alligator! !

Sorry everyone

Sorry about the devos everyone. I haven't had internet access for the past 4 days... we are back up and running tonight though! See you all this week. Hope you are all doing well!

day 21!

wow day 21 already! doing good guys! watched facing the giants on friday and its my new favorite movie. well, maybe in my top 5. good job preaching this morning, mr. Dunmoyer!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fail



I know i know i totally failed the no christian media challenge . Like there was a christian song in my head couldnt help to sing it . but no excuses ! So a good thing im getting from the media fast is a good witnesing tool . My friends try to get me towatch a secular video but i say i cnt im on the media fast . and there like why i said to help me grow closser to god bring up my grades plus i get sponserd ! And i might have gotton some of my friends to come to summer camp so i was really happy :) I think i need to be more responsible though tlking to my sponsers ive only called them once so pity on me :( . So shld i make them a cake or invite them to lunch im outta ideas. Ya but also my friends say why dnt you cheat on the media fast you will still get the money and i said no then how am i suppose to grow closer to God ? I was like oooh burn . Peace
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Halfway there...

Whew that week of silence was hard. i really started talking with God more last week. music is normally a big part of my life and i listen to it all the time. i found myself with a bunch of free time, that i used with God. Keep on going guys, we're halfway there!!!!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9b

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

16 Days and Counting

Media Fast is going really well acctually! Ive been able to finnaly clean my dirt bikes and quads all the way :) and Been able to read the Bible more, One thing that really stuck out to me when i was reading was... in Genesis where God talks about how he made earth and how proud he was of his creation. and then Revalation where he talks about when he'll be back and how he the earth will pretty much just fall apart. And thats why its really important that we Witness to freinds and famiy because the times near... even if its in 30 years hes coming back and Every sin and every great thing that you or me has done will be written down and we will be judged for it. This really opened my eyes about everything, God is really watching every single thing we do, The good and the Bad.


Revelations 16 1-21

1Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth." 2The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.



1
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth." 2The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.
4The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
"You are just in these judgments,
you who are and who were, the Holy One,
because you have so judged;
6for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets,
and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve."
7And I heard the altar respond:
"Yes, Lord God Almighty,
true and just are your judgments."
8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
12The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13Then I saw three evila]">[a] spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
15"Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed."
16Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
17The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!" 18Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.
Revelations 20

11Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.


These verses really stuck out to me.. =]
GaBE-C

running

I miss music. I tried to go running without music and it was just weird at first. Without the distraction of music I found myself focusing way too much on actually running. While thinking about how I couldn't listen to music, I remembered the whole point of this media fast. So I started talking to God. It was cool because it was just me, my feet, and God.

Besides that, the media fast is going really well. Half way :)

Chemistry Final Tomorrow- YIKES!

Hey guys... I have a really big Chemistry Final tomorrow and I am sooo nervous!! Could you guys pray for me that God will help me remember the important equations that I need to know to get at least a B on the test? That would be sooo wonderful! Thanks guys!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Today was pretty good. Staying strong. And oh ya
HALF WAY THROUGH YAE!!!!!!!!! MADE IT THIS FAR!

In the BIG INNING

haha, Im so glad God created baseball first. In the BIG INNING, God created the heavens and the earth.

Half way...

You are all doing great. You're over the toughest part... now you can cruise into the last 15 days because you know you can do it!

But don't lose sight of what's important... this is not about avoiding media... it's about drawing closer to God. Today's devo (Day 15) focuses on some key Scripture that discusses what it looks like to fall away from God. Moving away from God is usually subtle. It begins with a TV show... then 2... then homework needs to be done... then room cleaned... now time to relax... another show... then some music... phew! Time for bed... next day go to school... 3 weeks later the only time you've spent with God is at church. Remember... stay on task... keep focused... and I'm praying for you!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Please. (SI!)

This is song that my boyfriend's youth group sings almost every week, and I've heard every time I'm there. Its called Please by Something Like Silas. It gets me everytime. Beautiful words. So. Here they be.

Hear Your words
hear Your voice
Like the sound of rushing waters through my soul
In the company of mystery
I am lost
I am found
In the whirlwind of my mind to comprehend
All the vastness of your beauty
Lord
Please tell me in this holy fear that you are near me
In silence I will know that you will hear me Lord
(I cannot touch you
I cannot hold you
I cannot see you
But I know you)
Here I fall at your feet
Where my heart will lift its cries to be relieved from all the things that keep me from you
Lord
My soul knows that one day
When this body and this mind have perished then
I will join in heaven's songs until then

STUDENT IMPACT!
After church next Sunday, I would like to meet after church at about One-ish, at Mission Park, the one by my house. I have something I'd like to talk about with all of you. Is this a good time/place?

Our Perfect Place

God has a plan for us all. Some of you sing or are in the band and come every sunday/thursday, some find it hard to come on thursdays or maybe you are just forgotten. Sometimes we feel like we know where we belong. I know I feel that way. It's like we want to tell God how to run our lives. My want is to sing. That is my true heart, but God does not want that for me right now. I want more time so I can be lazy, I want an extra donut every now and then. However God has a perfect place for me. I want friends, I want to bring more people to christ and live a "normal" highschool life. God put me where I am right now and I have to be thankful--even though I have my "ideal" life I want to lead...God is the one in charge. But wherever I go it's horrible I feel so disconnected--so far away even from my closest "friends" even my BEST friend who I tell practically everything to is a jehovah's witness!!! So I can't speak about my religion...which is pretty annoying and my friend Bryan believes in yin/yang, the matrix, grim reaper, and karma. My other friend Colin thinks religion is over rated. And others around me spit on God and I end up conforming to them. I don't spit on God but I hate arguing. I hate fighting. I hate it when I have to stand up for my faith when I'm doing by just saying "Hey, I'm a christian!" This seems so imperfect, but to God this is my "Perfect Place" to be right now.

So Far

So far the Media Fast from all secular things has not been hard for me. What has been hard for me is spiritual warfare. It seems like around the time I started the Media fast all this unncessary drama came into my life. So please if you can pray that I continue to stay strong and continue to grow in Christ. I know why I am going through this, its because the devil doesnt want me to get closer to God. So just pray I stay strong in Christ!
wow almost 1/2 way done BrittKnee
Well Is it ok to do my own devotional instead of using yours ? No offense . Well so far its been ok i know i can do better . But freshmen girls we need to do something like a random dance party or make a dance routine . Hint i have a christian song . A cough . Anyways the most i think ive grown with God is through worship .Even when i have a bad day i remember the songs with me . But my struggle is still reading the Bible . I dunno i feel forced when i know im not . It feels almost like a H.W ASSIMENT i know thats bad but ya . But i have read mathew 5 alot its like my favorite bible versse chapter 4 now it says...Blessed r those who r poor in the spirit for thiers a kingdom in heaven blessed r those who mourn for they will be comforted blessed r the meek for they will inherit the earth blessed r those who hunger and thirst for rightiousness for they will be filled blessed r the merciful for they will be shown mercy blessed r the peace makers for they will be called sons of god "and my favorite PART !!" Blessed r those who r persicuted because of rightousness for thier kindom is inheaven . Blessed r u when people insult you and fasley say all kinds of evil against u because of me . Rejoice and be glad because a great reward in heaven . That sticks with me to know i have cofidence in God . And people can try brerak me . But its like they can make fun of u but your still happy because u got christ and he will always be there and he is waaay cooler than the world . so thats 1 thing im getting :)
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How Great is our God!!!?!?!?!

So Tim and i just got back from a few days up in Redding. We went up there to get work done on my truck but we made some time to go to fowler's creek in McCloud, CA which is about 20 minutes away from Mt. Shasta. I have been there many times as a youth in the summer time but never in the winter. Here is what we found.....................
















Saturday, March 13, 2010

samana numero dos.

almost half way there guys...soo what can i say about week two? well i took on matts challenge, and have not seen/listened to media since monday! im pretty much amazed that i have been able to do it since im one of those people that needs noise for pretty much everything that i do. but God has really helped me and has kept me away from temptation. i have spent a lot of my time outside this week (well only on the sunny days) and have just done homework and think about life. its been really great because its actually not a lot that i just sit on my own and think about life and God. also i have hung out with my family a lot more than last week. the other night my mom and i had a really good conversation that didn't end up in a life lesson and now we even have an inside joke...:)this week has also given my whole family a good excuse for making my dad turn off his radio teehee.
time to take on week 3.
praying for you guys!

It's Getting Harder...

I am like soooo close to finishing the 3rd book in the series... which would finish the whole thing off! And, there are movies, but now I can't see the last movie until April 3rd (because I'll be on the Jr. High Missions Trip)!!!! Ugh... this is getting so hard! But, the plus side to the media fast is that I am growing in my relationship with God! BTW... you guys should read Psalm 8! It is really cool because it talks about how great God is! I love Psalms, but Proverbs is my favorite of the 2 because it contains less war related issues...

Confessions and STUFF

OK, i have a CoNfEsSiOn- though it lasted for a while, i've been slacking off on the whole connect with God thing. i'm trying to think of some creative ways to do that- away from the norm of praying and reading your Bible and just stopping there. i mean, those are good things. . . . but ya. i've filled in a couple of entries in my prayer journal (which was TOTALLY good, especially considering that it has collected some dust lately), written a couple of songs & a devotional (really neat ways to worship, by the way), and am going through Proverbs, but it feels like i'm just going through the motions, you know? ? does anyone have any creative ideas of how to connect with God? ?
on the other hand, i've really been enjoying the song "You're not Shaken" by phil stacey. it's like reminding you that God has a reason for everything that happens, and nothing happens out of His control. pretty awesome. the devos on here have been cool, too. i guess that you just have to take this thing one step at a time. =] hope everyone else is doing well! !

if i were God...

wow, Gods been really talking with me the last few days. before the media fast, i kindof got along thinking that i could go through life myself, and i didnt need any help. God has been showing me just how much Hes involved in my life, and how much he looks out for me. i glad im not God, because if i was the world would of exploded or something on the eighth day. :D

Day 13

So its day 13 and ive been really struggling the last couple days , my dad pulled out our xbox and has been playing it in the front room. Ive been stuck in my room slaving over the tons of weekend hw so i cant just go and get away on the bike=(. over all i know the fast is going well tho i got a book "The Best Question EVER?" on Thursday night and im already halfway through it, which is saying something considering how slow paced i am at reading i think the coolest thing about the book is that is sets out actual things you can do and not just lofty and general goals to strive for. I know even being halfway through it, If your looking fr a book to read check this one out !

Friday, March 12, 2010

School

Hey guys! It really stinks for me because I'm editor of the yearbook (along with one other girl) at my school and the whole yearbook is due next week! It's soo stressful for me because I also have a 2,000 word essay due next Tuesday... so, please just pray for me that I can get both done on time! I will pray for you all this week!

REDDING!!!!

Enjoying a fun weekend with Mr. Tim Brock up in Redding. We're hoping the rain will stop so we can go enjoy the snow tomorrow at some AMAZING waterfalls. We are staying at my parents place which is kinda boring so we are craving some media right now, but no, we will stay strong! I'll have photos tomorrow of these waterfalls........ and you will envy us!

Peace out,
Dave

Love

God has taught me something really important. I never fully understood what love was. Really, I never understood or felt it before. Well yeah, I have felt it but did not know that it was love. I always mess things up and misinterpret what it is. I learned this yesterday when I realized this guy who I thought I loved/liked actually liked someone else. But my other friend, Bryan told me that Colin the guy I thought I liked did love me, but as a friend. When I looked back at all the times he's been for me I just finally understood. It was amazing. I finally understood LOVE!! So I thought I'd just share that with you guys. I've caught up with the devos and my Bible reading and hope to continue doing so. :]

day 11 on foreign planet.

So its been 11 days... Almost half way :)so I've been reading this really cool book about how to enjoy God and lastnight I was talking to a friend about how I'm scarred from past experiences and how I don't have the best relationship with my father and I pick up this book after I got done talking to my friend and the topic for the chapter was "healing scars from the past" and "the love of a father" it was talking about forgiving yourself and how God loves you way more than any earthly father could and when I saw that I started crying, it was soo cool how God shows stuff to us. On another topic,I've been frustrrated lately because I've been trying to get sponsors but it seems all my family and friends are struggling for money and I havnt been very sucessful in recruiting sponsors. But I know God will provide, I just hope I can keep up the faith. Ok so today was youth group... Fun stuff.. We talked about the story of lazerous.which is a good story about faith! God seems to be pointing me back to having faith.also
I've been thinking during this fast what I'm gonna do for college... Its kind of a depressing thought because I haven't really put much thought into it . I've been asking God what he wants me to do but so far no response. Pray that I will have faith, and that I would listen to what God has planned for me.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.. Anyways praying for you all!
"I can do all things through Christ who stenngthens me "

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This is soooo frustrating

ok i think God is testing me because when the media fast started . My grades were going upand stuff . Now im back to where i started my teachers i being weird they really dnt know how to teach except avid drama and P.E . They are making me stressed out And then i thought the media fast would help me read my bible . But i have no intention im trying really hard . Idk mabry i shld try to read the bible on the computer . Because i really wanna get something out of this but i feel like this isnt helping . Ive proved that i can survie without media but now i really need to buckle down . So pray for me because i guess i will start reading my bible . And Work on my grades there not bad but they can be better .

Life is seldom what we plan.

So Howdy!

Can you believe that is been 11 days already? I sure can't.

So for the media fast, I've been reading a chapter of Acts and Proverbs a day and I have to say, Solomon, [the one who wrote Proverbs] is one wiiiise dude. I love all of the verses. They're so poetic and metaphorical, but at the same time, straight to the point.
I really like this one verse,
"6 Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right,7 for I speak the truth. Proverbs 8: 6-7
SO SPIFFY! It reminded me of media so much. I mean think about it, we look for truth and honest information in media but we will NEVER find it. Look no further guys because God, he has it. Media is just wrapping us in lies, but God will set us free with the truth. : )

Anoooother thing that I found really cool was this singer, Jon Foreman. I love his indie Christian folk style. [oh and he's also the lead singer of switchfoot]
But this song by him really spoke to me;
Love Isn't Made

So I arrive
At the conclusion
Love isn't made
Love doesn't sell or pay
But we buy
And sell our love away

And yet here I am
It's funny how
Life is seldom what we plan

Beautiful eh? I'll let you decide what you think it means to you. :D

~Heather Dunmoyer

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 9? Where is it?

So those of you who are following the devos, you may have noticed that there wasn't a Day 9... my hope is that you took yesterday to seek God on your own. Did you seek silence? Did you avoid all media? Did you notice God's presence right there with you? Well, if not, read today's devo... it will "BLOW" you away! Trust me

Finals!

ooooooootayyyyy... so this week is finals! yay? lol... its actually not that bad, cause i took my french final early! so that was nice. and then my health teach decided that we would take a "trial final" early and if you did good on it you wouldn't have to take the real final. so i won't have to (: so i just have to study for english! which is gonna be a breeze (:
anywho... i always listen to music when im studying, but recently i haven't been. i actually find i can focus more when im not. And since i have more time cause i get my hw done quicker, i have recenlty been going on alot of bike rides! i tend to pray when im biking (: so it super cool!
Confession time... i haven't been reading my bible as much as i would like... cause i've been suuuuppper tired recently. I am getting better, but that has always been my problem. I enjoy reading alot, but i read fast. and the bible isn't a fast reading thing. its more of a "read and take time to comprehend" thing. soooooooo... of couse it hard for me.
so tomorrow night when i have time cause i don't have to study for french, im a gonna find a couple songs to play on guitar and piano (: i have the chords to No One LIke YOu by David Crowder, but i havne' t played it in a while cause its so easy! so im a gonna spice it up a little bit (: lol.
Have an amazing week!!!

~*Kylie*~

Je suis entré

I have entered finally. Sheesh it took me 10 days...well I've been busy and getting here wasn't very easy. I have a huge project due tomorrow and my best friend is leaving to an independant study program. Which means I will only see him twice a week. I'll try to play catch up a little bit with the devos and get in touch with God. I seem to be drifting away--despite the lack of media. I think Media never was the true problem for me--but priority. I put other things first before God. Media just helped keep me away...now I'm just replacing media time with homework or christian media...it's a step up but... anyway keep me in your prayers as I try to reach closer to God.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

RAIN!!!

I Have been in my room all day painting and i looked outside and saw rain!!!
I read a really cool book today called enjoying God..its about how God is wanting to have a relationship with me and how much he loves me....its really amazing when you think about it...God wants to spend time with us as much as we want to spend time with our friends or our special someone...He Loves us soo much!!! this book opened my eyes to how much God REALLY wants to spend time with me. I've been doing pretty good soo far with the media fast except for tonight...mt favorite show was on and it was the season finale ..and someone died ...i guess i'll have to wait till next month to find out who. :/
I have been spending alot of time playing my guitar...i learned a new chord!!! ya baby!! allie would be soo proud! :)

Keep it up guys!! you can do it!

remember ....We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!!!

9th Day -_- "1st Blog"


Hey guys,

So after trying over 9 different times to figure out how to post this blog, I have finally mastered it out and turns out i have a 3 year old Blogspot account that had built up Micro Pc dust. eh who knew?. huh. anyways. My last nine days have been a very interesting challenge for me! Considering like 20 of the Best Movies came on Tv that i couldnt watch! ='( Its kinda hard... And this show called NCIS Just happens to be my favorite show... of all time! And it just happend to come on about 14 times these last nine days, But when i found myself looking away from the Tv show that just came on, that i obviously cant watch! I had Found myself having a brief little tiny thaught about somthing. Saying "You know i watch this show more then i read my Bible" Which is very true as well as sad! ='( And if ive gotten one good thing out of this fast is that i should always put Christ first in front of everything i do. He should be at the top of my list of daily activity's. So... Ive thought up this plan, its a 4 step way we should live our lives. #1 Put God First No matter what!. #2 Love your neighbor as yourself. #3 Live today like its your last day, In a christ like manner! Like. The last person you talk to leave the conversation in a good way, be happy, forgive the people who hurt you. And pray for them. Help eachother out in anyway possible. And always think like christ. and #4 always obey the holy spirit. I pray that i would be able to live like this in "Everything" i do "Everyday". Please pray that id be able to do stay on the right path to God, and that i Read my Bible, as well as being able to endure these last 22 days of this fast. =) Thanks for reading and praying for me. "Oh and i thought i might ad, "Before Their Eyes" is now my new favorite christian band. There really good. Look em up =)"

~Gabriel C.~

snowboarding

yesterday i went to sugarbowl to snowboard with sam. had a great time (with no major injuries :P) but there was an accident that happened on the freeway with two semis and we were stuck in the car in the same spot for two hours! i ended up getting home at 11 at night.

im doing the week of silence that matt challenged us to do, also. a week of no music, christian or non-christian. wow its gonna be hard because music is my life, but God will see me through.

i encourage all of you to read through phillipians, its good stuff!!

whoa!

Hey guys!! So I finally figured out how to do this thing. So media fast has been pretty good for me so far, I'm shocked at how good I'm doing. The only hard part for me is but being able to watch the season finale of my favorite shows. I've had a lot of free time on my hands so I started painting again and I threw a surprise party for Tim. Gods really been showing me what there is in life besides media and its kinda cool :)
Anyone have any movies I can watch?

How's things for all of you?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Music

Ha. After I challenge you to seek silence this week, I found this sight. It's not perfect but if you're having a hard time finding comperable music in the Christian genre, check out this site... it might help

http://www.ministryandmedia.com/CCMchart/default.htm

Silence

Read the Day 8 Devo... I got a big challenge for you all! Time to see who's ready to really take this to the next level. If you really want to seek God's presence, you'll step up and respond.

BTW, I love how encouraging you all are to each other. Just a couple things to keep in mind:
 - DON'T USE THIS SITE FOR CONVERSATIONS (LIKE REPLACING FACEBOOK). Definately encourage each other. Definately pray for each other. But don't let this replace you actually speaking to the person! We live in a media infested world which is destroying our ability to personally relate to others... like texting, email, facebook, myspace...
 - BE HONEST WITH WHAT YOU ARE FEELING AND THINKING. But keep it, you know, clean. I haven't seen anything bad yet... I'm just reminding us all
 - SHARE IDEAS and SCRIPTURE. This is a great place to share you ideas of what you and your family are doing... show your parents this site. Encourage them to read it (especially if they aren't doing the fast with you... which they should be). Share what you are reading in the Bible and how it's affecting you... don't just put "it's cool" or "I like it"... share why you think it's cool or you like it. What specifically are you getting from reading it

You guys are awesome! This has been the best year yet! Keep it up!

Brittany

Ok wow me!Itotally missed the email shame on me ! i was thinking i didnt get an invite . See computer makes me frustrated arg . Anyways I love the media fast soo far its been super fuun . Like gospel is the best thing invented in this world . Because u can get up and shake yourtail feather "christian way" Also i got to hang with maggie and valencia . The 3 amagias idk how 2 to spell it . But i can tell u media distracted me with my . H.W and now my grades r going back up . I guess the hardest part is people at lunch play secular music . And i plug my ears going "LORD jESUS I LOVE GOD" u get dirty looks but oh well. CAUSE IM STANDING OUT 4 CHRIST . MY 1ST BLOG THIS IS COOOL AHHHHHHHH . K DONE

Just FINALLY getting started...

Hello everyone! I finally completed my first blog! Yay! Hahaha... anyways, the media fast is really hard for me because I miss facebook a lot... but hey, this is a great time for me to connect with God! I have been reading Numbers a lot this week. I was sitting at my desk the other day, and all of a sudden, this voice from somewhere told me to read Numbers 6, and vuala! It talked about fasting and how hard it was for people back then to fast from wine and other stuff that they liked to do. I can really relate to this because when the Nazirites said that they had hardships while not drinking wine, I have a hard time not going on facebook. When it says in Numbers chapter 6, verse 4: "As long as they are bound by their Nazirite vow, they are not allowed to eat or drink anything that comes from a grapevine, not even the grape seeds or skins", I realized that even though other websites may not be titled "facebook", they are still a part of the "grape" as a whole. I have to thank Matt when he said in one of his blogs that he doesn't want this blogging into another replica of facebook, I realized that I was doing that exact thing by posting 'random pictures' and other random stuff on here. I already knew, but needed a reality check about the blogging being about your progress during the media fast, not what your random pictures are. And I point this out to myself, but I hope that maybe this will help others too not only during the media fast, but afterwards too. One of the challenges that I have had to face so far was not going to see Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. One of my friends invited me to go see it with her, and I had to turn her down. I really wanted to see this movie because it was a really good book and because it had Logan Lerman in it. I thought that Logan [Lerman] was really cute. I then opened my bible to Proverbs (one of my favorite books because it gives the best advice!) and randomly went to Proverbs 23 and read and happened upon verse 9 of which says: "Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice." Then, a little while back, before the media fast, I was on facebook looking up some stuff on Logan Lerman, and I found one of his quotes which said: " I don't know if the movie will reach Twilight levels of obsession, but if it does, I'm ready for it!" Don't ask me how I remembered it, I just did... And if you read thru to verse 12: " Commit yourself to instruction, attune your ears to hear words of knowledge." I then realized that the only reason I really liked Logan Lerman was because I thought he was really cute... but it turns out that I need to look deeper into a person like God does, he looks at their heart. That is what I need to do more often. And once again, I thank you very much Matt, I needed the help and check-up because I was turning my blogging into another facebook substitute! Well, I'm probably boring you with my words, so I will just not blog anymore right now! Always keep GOD at the the vanguard of your mind! Good luck with the media fast! :)
~Jessica Burns

(:

WHOA! i haven't really posted in a while... lol. well its been pretty fun, my friend from school came over saturday night, and we watched narnia and ate pizza and did sel's and abbys hair and then went to baby sit my crazy neighbor and his two cousins. Very fun (: after we put them to bed we just chilled and played a "EXTREMELY" fun board game... Then she came to church with me! and then we gave her pig, zorro, a bath (: tehe. I had a music withdrawl when i gave my friend a hug today and heard Taylor Swift in her ear phones. I like totally flipped out cause i miss it. Its actually not that bad. I have been listening to alot of music that i used to love but then sorta stopped listening to cause secular music took over. After this is over, i fully plan to mix some christian music into my playlist. Which i really should of done a while ago... Well now that finals are this week, it is gonna be helpful that there isn't that much media to distract me! At least i will get some studing done. (: cause i fully wanna Ace these. Pray for me Please! and im praying for all yall. tehe. (: God Bless!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Silence is Golden!

Yay, I'm finally posting something on here. Well, the media fast has been fabulous so far, complete with a visit to the hospital! I didn't turn the TV on in my room there once...I wonder if the nurses noticed? I have really been enjoying the quietness fasting from media is affording me. Why is it I don't think to turn off the TV or shut off the computer or, whatever it might be that takes up so much of my time when I'm not on a media fast? I think it's cause I'm addicted. Addicted to "zoning out." But it's such a time waster and even though a little TV is fine and dandy every now and then, I really think God could use my time better...like he is now. Praying for all you guys!

What a bad day!


oye! I had a long day at work which started right after i left church. I suspended an employee and in doing so.... left the store short handed. So I had to stay all night. Needless to say I was not in a good mood driving home. As i was pulling into my driveway, I noticed my dog leaping in the window for joy because she heard me pulling in. She turned my frown upside down and helped me to be nicer to my wife when I came home than I most likely would have been. God is good! I love how he makes things like pets for our enjoyment. He's such a good God!



Dave

Pretty Cool!

I'm already starting to like where this is headed. . . . now that i have less distractions, i've been able to have a couple of good chats with my mom, play card games with my sister, do random stuff with my brother, and explain what a snipe is to my siblings with the help of my dad. :) tee hee. i've been writing stuff, too. . . . i've been connecting with God by writing songs and poetry and the works. i think it's pretty cool. the shower has also been dubbed my favorite place to pray. hah! ! the other night, i read some of 1 John, and because of it, i've decided to really focus on loving people for the duration of this month. so we'll see how that goes. i really hope that i can keep some of this up even after the fast is done. :-D

Good Book

Read the first 17 chapters of revelations last night. I love that book! haha, its fun knowing whats gunna happen when Jesus comes back. You guys should check it out.

fun times

week one is doing good so far. in my spare time, i invented a new game that combines elements of Bang! and chess. i'm still working on the details, but so far my family likes it! who knows? i could make millions selling it.

Week 1 done!

So far so good. The first week has gone by pretty smoothly. The hardest part of this fast for me this year is definitely music. I really don't listen to a whole lot of Christian music but not anything that's super bad. So trying to find music to listen to is kinda tough. I'm with Chloe where I like a lot of electronic music and the funny thing is is that there is usually no words in the music soooo I don't know if it really counts. Well the first week is over guys, Keep Strong!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Board Games!!

So in spite of my lack of being able to use electronics, me and my family had fun the old fashioned way tonight! we played a few board games, oooohhhh yyeeeaaaa!! haha I forgot how fun they can be! especially when you play them with your family. So the turnout, the first game was a trivia game and I was at a big disadvantage cuz my parents have years or experience more than I do, but WHAT DO YOU KNOW! i won :) haha, so that was fun cuz i could rub it in my mom's face. Because she does that to me, haha. The next game was "The worlds best word game" or so it was called.....aaaaannndd of course....those of you who know my mom, she naturally won of course. So after that we played a game called chicken foot, My dad won the first game and I won the second game and my mom won the third and fourth. And throughout the whole game I was singing old 80's rock songs in high octaves to try to distract them. Which ended up not working :/ I just ended up with a sore throat. But yea! so that was fun spending time with my family. Hope all you guys find something cool to do like that on the fast :) good luck!

Oh, Music.

Music is that hardest thing to give up for me, along with Facebook now. Especially right now. I've just started listening to Electronic/Trance music. Its mostly computerized I think, but I'm really liking it. I was just finding some really good secular bands that I was really enjoying. So now I'm looking for some Christian ones. They're kinda hard to find. Oh those elusive musicians. Plumb is pretty good. So is Andy Hunter. Another really good band is Deal Vail, but they're really mellow. Which is ok, but not what I'm really in the mood for. Hmmm. This is gonna be fun :]

Lets be more creative with our time

Well well well.
What have I been up to lately...
So let me tell you a little story. Us sophomore girls, Emma, Katie, Jess, Jessica, Kira, Diane and I
have been up to some tricky business....no not really. But Diane's good friend Robin who attends Arcade church with her family recently has a internal illness [I don't know exactly what it was] but it sadly has left her paralyzed from the waist down. D: Her husband at around the same time, lost his job. :/ She also has 2 teenage boys. Basically Its a really sad and difficult situation and we wanted to do something to help her and her family. Soooo... us sophomore girls have this brilliant plan of making these milk carton wallets and selling them for a couple of dollars. All of the profits will go to Robin and her family. Its the least we can do.
Robin's so positive and enthusiastic about her circumstances, its truly inspiring.






So dude, if you're EVER bored and have some old orange juice cartons lying around,
you can use this template and make one :)
http://familyfun.go.com/assets/cms/pdf/crafts/CartonWallet.pdf


~Heather Dunmoyer

Contest #1

Share your story of how your fast is impacting you and/or your friends.

Many of you have already shared, but many more need to jump in. The contest ends Sunday. All who share are entered... only 1 will win.

Day 6 whoo!!

So im doing great so far!!going to watch "A walk to remember" today with some awsome friends. It's going to be amazing!! going to have a lot of fun and do some christian stuff!! whoooo!! yay! I Found out that I LOVE "FM static" it's pretty cool!! check them out!! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland invite

ok so yesturday i was in my art class talking to my friend Marit and she invited me to go see alice in wonder land tomorrow! sadly, i had to turn her down... but i did get the oppertunity to tell her why and when she asked why i was even doing the media fast i got to telll her alittle bit about God and how the media fast will help me grow closer to Him! it was pretty cool to be able to tell her that stuff without getting an uninterested reaction. :)

goin' good!

The media fast is goin' good so far. I'm havin' a good time, lovin the veggietales! haha :)

SO BORED!

OMW! I'm sooooo bored today.......ugh.............but I'm excited because I have a 3 hour baseball practice tomorrow! yay! :D first one of the season. I think I have a pretty good team. I won the championship last year with my old team, and i have a few of the players with me again this season so I'm hoping for another win!

iPhone

So iPhone's pretty much suck when it comes to the media fast. I never really thought about how much time I spent on Facebook and playing fun apps on my phone. Now my Phone seems so lonely and plane :( I've been trying to do this first week with no media at all. Its been pretty interesting so far, I never realized that my truck has a clicker sound when I turn on my blinkers. I have so much time on my hands its kinda annoying. I have been reading a chapter of Proverbs everyday this week. Its amazing how God works because every chapter ends up reflecting on the day I have and I'm really able to see God work in my life. So i hope you all are doing well this week, only 25 more days. Anyone want to bowling some time next week?

Time

wow i have a lot of free time on my hands now. i spent more time on facebook than i realized. going pretty good so far, though. i do have one question: what about books? are books considered media?

Almost 1 Week Down

Ok... 5 days in. How are you? I have from many of you that you are really taking this serious. You are reading your Bibles. You are looking for positive music. Keep chasing Jesus. Keep doing the Devos. Sign up to follow us on Twitter. Encourage your friends to sign up too.

One last thing... your first week isn't usually the hardest. It's usually the second week that it kicks in a bit. I'm going to give you guys a huge challenge next week. It may be the hardest week of your life. Follow the devotionals and be ready... you will definately need God to get through next week!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Its about time....

that i figured this thing out. so i have a little side story for you guys that are reading this to kill time: for the past four days i have been trying to find out how to log on to ourthirty and i couldn't figure it out, so it was making me angry because i kept on looking for a log in button. (and i am almost positive this happened to me last year also..)anyway i texted maggie to see what she did and she was like "blogspot.com" so then i go there and turns out i was still logged on from last year!!!! crazy ehhh???

anyways....my first four days have been pretty good actually. i have not had many challenges so far but im sure there are many to come. on monday i didnt really feel like i was in it for God to be honest, i mean it didn't feel like anything special until i did the first devo later that night....Hebrews 12:1 pretty much says that we need to get rid of all the sin that holds us back and even with media fast, there is still a lot of sin in our lives. devo #2 really got to me! especially 1 John 2:15 which said if you love the world, the love of the father in not in you. Dude is that crazy or what?!?!?! i don't know about the rest of you guys, but that freaked me out a little.....i mean there is so much awesome stuff that we have and everybody has something they love right? anyways the devo's have been really helping me out and giving me more encouragement so thanks matt! another reason that i think it hasn't been very hard for me is because my sister has decided to do it also, which i'm soo very thankful for!(especially since now we share a room) i'm positive that if she wouldn't have done it with me then it would be 100 times harder.....

so i hope you guys are all doing good! :)

Check these verses out

Hey, go look at these verses. They are two of my favorites and they have helped me stay strong for God in tough times. Psalm 27:1-3 and Psalm 23:1-6.

So far!

Well the media fast hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be, so I'm thinking thats a good thing! My house tends to echo, so when my parents are watching TV I can hear like everything so I have to like try to focus on something else to get my mind off it. Haha, it Kinda sucks but Oh well. I think this fast will really help me conect with God and remember that he is the one who blessed me with all the electronics I have in the first place. So be praying for me! good luck guys!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Philippians 1

So on Sunday we are looking at Philippians 1. Take some time to read through the whole chapter. What verse sticks out to you?


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Holy Guacamole!

Let's see if this thingy works........
So, I'll be honest, I really didn't think that this fast would be that challenging. Silly, silly me. ;) It about killed me not to watch Bachelor on the first day (yes, I admit to watching it..........I am sooo lame). I seriously considered starting the fast a day late, but I figured that the challenge of not watching would be good for me. So I sat in my room and wrote a song, but I couldn't help but overhear little tidbits of noise from the TV that was on across the hall. . . . Sadly, it was pretty agonizing not to be able to watch. I've already told this to some people, but I didn't realize what a high priority we place the media in until I couldn't watch/listen to it. It's like all of this stuff is turning our brains into big ole' lumps of tofu. Which doesn't taste too good, in my opinion. :) But, after resisting the everyday-impulse to surf the internet and stuff after school, I was actually able to hang out with my brother for a bit during these past 3 days.
I'm looking forward to these next few weeks. . . . well, sorta. :) I'm ready to really talk to God and hear what He has to say.

~Keisha B

so far

well this far in its still feeling like that past two years not too hard yet, I've boon listening to a ton of 90's christian music like newsboys and audio adrenaline thats been cool it takes me back for sure. today the boredom started to kick in a bit and i realized how much time i spend in an average day on facebook ... way too much. its and interesting revelation and my day feels empty without it. all these thoughts got me thinking why isn't that void there when i don't read my bible that was odd to me.

Journal Help

Ok... please read this! if you are posting on here, there is one very important step that some of you are missing: After you write you post, please, down at the bottom of the box you are writing in... you will see "Labels:" In that box, Put your first name and last initial with a "." at the end.

Here's why this is important... your sponsors want to read what you are writing and so on the site, on the right, you should see your first name and last initial. Along with that you will see a number. This is how many posts you have written. Some are from last year. Some are from this year. But for your sponsor, they want to read about you... so put a label on ALL of your posts...

Thanks for posting and keep it up!

Day 3!

Ooooootay... im not sure if this is working or not, but im gonna give it a try! Day 1 was pretty easy, i just missed music. Day two was pretty hard... we went to the library, and i figured out that i couldn't read books!!! i totally forgot, but luckily my mother told me that i couldn't before i checked anything out (: I was kinda sad... considering thats wat i do when i have free time. But my mom has some good books that i can read (: yay! today was pretty easy... n0thing hard has come up yet! but on friday, there is a dance at my school, but i choose not to go. My friend and i might hang out instead (: board games!!! lol. and we might ride her horses or something. teehee... its been a while since i have done that. So i have passed my past few days listening to Relient K and others. I miss my music, but its not that bad. Cause i love Relient K and listen to it all the time! so i just got 27 days to go! Thanks everyone for the prayers (:

~*Kylie*~

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Twitter

So here's an idea. We have a Twitter... we've been "twitting" for about 4 years in High School group... but we've never pushed it for you students. Here's the deal... I want to really overload the ourthirty twitter account. I want it sending tweets to everyone's cell phone / computer / whatever. Here's what we will use it for...

  • Encouragement
  • Random funny stuff
  • Refocus moments

It's a great tool if you want to be refocused. It's also a way for you to point your friends to Christ... kind-of. It let's them see what you are focusing on... gives them room to ask questions... and maybe... just maybe they will understand why you are doing what you are doing.

So here's where you can help... click on the link above that says "TWITTER". Request to follow the ourthirty twitter. Then invite at least 2 friends to follow too. In fact... make it sound like the coolest thing ever. Don't lie... it will be cool... hopefully... maybe... maybe not. But let's see if we can get over 50 followers by the end of next week (the half-way point)!

Ok... Ready? Set? Go!

So... what to do now?

You are in Day 2... or those of you addicted to the Bachelor are on Day 1... yes, I know who you are and Jesus still loves you.

So you might be wondering what you should do with all your time... here are 5 things you can do:
1) DO YOUR HOMEWORK... yes, it's a good idea
2) READ PHILIPPIANS (or another book in the Bible)... it's what we are studying on Sundays in March
3) PLAY A BOARD GAME WITH FRIENDS / FAMILY... or go outside and play in the rain
4) READ THE OURTHIRTY DEVOS... might only take 5 minutes but the lessons are timeless... ok, that was hokie
5) ACTUALLY TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS... texting is killing your future to interact with people. Break the trend a little... step out... maybe talk about spiritual things...

Remember, the goal of the month is NOT to stay away from secular media... it's to "strip off anything" that is hindering your relationship with God and focus your attention onto Christ...

Keep it up... I'm praying for you guys

PS... my grade-school girls are doing it too... so I know "YOU CAN DO IT" (name that movie...)

Weight of the World. . . .

Day two.
So, challenges? Eh not too many. For me its mainly just music. Its always hard when you get so used to listening to that one band all the time. :P
If you even want to find a great source for music, try Pandora.com I love it. :D Just type in your favorite Christian band and it makes a playlist for you. Spiffy eh?
Well this year round I've decided to pick a book of the Bible to read everyday. I chose Acts and I'm liking it so far. Its really community and outreach oriented which I love. A lot of the book has to do with spreading the word. In chapter 1 this is the verse that stood out to me the most;
"8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--and to the ends of the earth."
Acts; chapter 1, Verse 8
Powerful stuff. It lets me know that I'm never alone when I'm sharing my faith, God's always there with me so theres nothing I need to fear. So thanks God.

~Heather Dunmoyer

sick

I knew it was coming. I felt it last night but it hit me this morning like a ton of bricks......... I'm sick. Thankfully Tim and Andrew came over to keep me company. We got our "Narnia" on! Day two is going great. I got to spend some good quality time in my bible this morning which doesn't happen enough. Thanks God!

Day 2!!

How much are we supposed to post on this website? I'm so confused haha! Day 2 is going great!!

Day #2

So its day number 2 and today has gone very well MUCH better than yesturday . Ive been listening to David Crowder, Rush of Fools , TREE 63 and Wavorly the last two days and im loving it. When i was riding to school this morning i got really into "Blessed Be Your Name" and passed my school without even realizing it, turns out i had gone about a mile and a half passed my school and was late to my first class of the day.. OOPS ...

Monday, March 1, 2010

So Far So Good

“Mediafast” is going great so far!! The first day was pretty easy, from what I thought it was going to be!! I don’t know how the first week is going to be but I’m up for the challenge!! YAY!!

I'm in!

hey does this work? it took me awhile. looking forward to 30 days of God-filled fasting. day one is going smoothly so far!!

Devos are up and running

For those of you who want to take this month seriously, Ourthrity Devos are up and running...

Twitter

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Day # 1

WE ARE FINALLY IN IT ! With this year kicking off today im having a rough start . I came home early from school today because im sick and what was waiting to tempt me at home ? The T.V. and my computer my usual time wasters other than my bike , well those not being an option really i spent my entire day sleeping and, I'm really glad i did im already feeling better. How was everyone's first day ?

Up And Running

We are up and running everyone! Today is Day 1. Hope you are ready for quite a month! Make sure you come back here often, comment on other's entries, encourage each other (like if someone is having a tought day, call them or leave them a note), and pray for each other. If you have any problems, please let me know. I'm praying for you all!

Practice

Working on a new feature and passwords. Should be up and running today.


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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Thirty in March

In just a few weeks, we will begin our Media Fast. If you haven't recieved your instructions on how to post on your journal, please contact Matt or Jessalynn and we will get you going! We are praying for you all... and we are doing the fast, too!