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.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

1 John

So I started reading through 1 John and in chapter 2 verse 15 it says "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" and over the duration of the media fast i have realized how prized i hold media some very unholy bands/artists and its become apparent that i care about some of these things one could say i love them and knowing these things are of the world i scare myself thinking that these things could actually prevent the love of God from flourishing in me and i have decided that im even after the media fast going to really pay attention to what i truly value in my life and i think by the end of this month im going to have a very new outlook on what is going in and out of my mind daily

things to do

so to keep my mind off the media i have been doing things. Like reranging my room and stuff feels great :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Veggie Tales and Planet Earth

Well this week has been pretty good. Iv'e been watchin' a lot of Veggie Tales and Planet Earth. It's been pretty cool seein' all of God's creation and how creative he got with all of it. I have also been flippin' through the New Testament and readin' whatever sticks out to me. i fgound a few really cool verses. It's been pretty "chill" and i am havin' fun with it. So ya, until next time :)

Day 10 Already?

Hey guys! Right now I am working on my own bible journal. It's coming along wonderfully! I am currently reading through the book of Mark. As I was reading it, I found some verses on fasting and how we should not stop believing in him no matter your circumstances! This way we can constantly be dependant upon him, whose name is highly exalted.
Can't wait to talk to you guys soon!

-Jessica Burns

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It is going well for me, except for the books, It is very hard for me not to read seculer books. It is almost imposible, I go to pick up a book and I need to use all my will power to put it dawn. It is hard, but sucsessful. One really good thing about the media fast, I went to my friends house the other day, and we normally just watch TV and play Video games, but because of the media fast, we couldnt so we did other things, We got to get to know one another in a different way. It was awsom. God is very good!!!! He is showing me many things in my bible studies.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Very tempting

This past week has really been hard on me. Ive had a bad headache and have really wanted to just give in. I know I can get through it and keep going but it has been hard on me.
I did rent this really cool movie called Walking on Water. Its a surf documentary about a pro surfer who takes two boys on a surf trip around the world. It was really amazing to watch and know that there is a huge community of Christian surfers out there. Made me think how thankful we need to be. There is many people out there with nothing and they make the best of it so why cant we be happy with what we have instead of just wanting more and more? And also that its not that we are put through things that we are strong enough to handle, its what we can go through with god. Also watched To Save a Life couple times. I might even be starting to quote it to much. I hope this month get easier as time goes on.

I love Christian Music

so i was listening to this song called we gotta grow and i like some lyrics how. It say you cant just "cant stay in the same place you gotta seek his face. And also since i've been doing the media fast i'm calm almost. I really have stopped trying to figure out who likes me and who is being fake or not. All i'm suppose to be doing is living for christ even if we dont get along they still need jesus to and i cant be selfish. Because who knows whats going on in there own life. I have to keep remembering christ is the reason we are here i am nothing i'm just a happy servant living for him just being myself and not anyone else. ANd i got all this from day eight

I heard a song today

I was listening to some christian rap today and i heard the lyrics "he keeps the tv off cause videos just make him feel like he aint nothin without money girls and shiny wheels" and it really made me think about what is valued in our society and how glad i am we get to take a month away from what everyone else is conforming to and listening to and how blessed we are to be able to take the month and really focus on what we believe in without all the distractions

Monday, March 7, 2011

a moment of peace

Well we've made it to the end of week one :) Hope you are all doing good! So today I was stuck at ARC waiting for the bus, so I decided to wait in the library (cause it started raining on me :P). As I was in there I started thinking...what do i do?? I mean I usually just play some games on my itouch or something but I knew that wasnt going to happen. Instead I sat at one of the tables upstairs and just thought, little did I know I had been thinking for 45 minutes! ...I began to think about God's creation and how beautiful He has made everything...I was sitting there watching the rain start to come and the sun behind the clouds and I was completely at peace. You know in certain movies where everything around them just stops and they cant hear anything...it was exactly like that! I really felt the Holy Spirit within me and I had such a love for life at that moment. I then began to think of all of you guys and I prayed for all of you, I prayed that God would give you the same peace that He gave me because let me tell you, it's quite the feeling! There is nothing better than to sit in silence, have no worries and be completely happy from the peace of God...I hope you all keep it up and I hope that we can all help each other throughout this month because it is hard to do this on your own. God has a plan behind everything and He can do anything, even if its just in 30 days.

Crazy Grace

I really love the book of Isaiah. The stuff that I've been reading in there is awesome. I've decided that my favorite chapter (so far) is 43 (I've been skipping around). It's wild that no matter how much I mess up (which is often), God promises to still love me. He even says that he holds our hand as we walk through life. That seems like CRAZY grace to me. The fact that He wants a personal relationship with me.....I don't know. It kind of blows my mind. It gives me hope. Anyways, if you have the chance, check it out.

Also, I came across a cool verse that I really liked: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God" -Isaiah 41:10. So, knowing that, I'll really be trying to live that way from now on. :)

Oh, and one last thing-- I'm pretty much addicted to Tenth Avenue North and Remedy Drive lately. I've been listening to them sooo much. VERY cool bands. Just saying. :) Anyways. I hope everyone's doing well!

day 7

todays been good but sometimes i really tempted to watch my shows i usually watch instead of reading the bible on doing my homework

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekend No. 1

My first weekend doing the media fast is so much harder than the weekdays!!! I've been doing everything to keep myself busy since I can't watch TV like I usually do or go and surf the internet so its pretty much been homework, sleeping, and reading for me. Not that my parents are complaining since i actually did the chores since i got bored-at least they are getting something out of this too :) So we went out to eat and there were flat screens everywhere, like pretty much all the walls were lined with them no lie! Sad little me had to face a wall to resist temptation...but it worked. Hope you guys are doing awesome, keep it up!

to save a life

just saw 'to save a life'. its a great movie, and it really made me think. how often do we walk right by people with no idea how theyre hurting? we judge them without taking even a second to talk to them and find out whats going on in their life. i know i do that way too much