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.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fellow of Ships

Err I mean, fellowship.

To sum up this Media fast 2011 in three words it’d have to be fellowship, reassurance, and blessed.
Fellowship; because through the media fast, I’ve made so many solid friendship with people at my school, just talking about my faith! It’s been so incredible. People will be like, “ohh lemme show you this vid, pic…whatever” and of course I’d explain how I was on media fast.  It sparked a lot of promising questions and unexpectedly positive responses. I’ve also gotten to know my Christian buds at school so much better. We’re having bible studies at lunch all the time, lying on the grass, eating our lunches, soaking up the sun and just talking about God and our faith. Other kids were curious and joined us, even non-believers! It’s been so exciting. And honestly there’s nothing more reassuring then just talking about Christianity with others, we’re all going through similar things and it’s nice to have that connection and support. 

This leads on to my next word, reassurance. A lot has happened lately and not all of it’s been cake, especially in my family life. Fortunately though, I’ve had the blessing of peace and reassurance flood my heart. God is challenging me and searching my heart daily and though these situations and experiences I’ve grown to trust in him more and just realize, he’s in control.  I can’t rely on my own understanding. I think Philippians 4:6 sums it up perfectly;
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Which leads me to my final word, blessed. I am so blessed! I can’t even begin to describe it, and I wish I would realize it more often just how incredible life really is. We dwell so much on the past, the mistakes we’ve made. Or even the future, as in we’re not sure what it entitles. We begin to get anxious, scared and worried so quickly about the things of life. I need to realize more that God has incredible plans for me; he’s blessed me with an amazing family and friends so that I can life for him. Life isn’t easy but like it says in  1 Peter 4: 14,16, & 19                                      
14 So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!  19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.                                                                                                                       
Never fail me?!  Oh my goodness, there comes that reassurance.  God is too incredible for words.  What do I have to fear, even if things aren’t 112%, I’m living for God and it doesn’t get any better than that!

So with that, I leave you media fast 2011. It’s been difficult at times. Media is everywhere and forever tempting. But the time spent with God though this media fast has been more rewarding than any media could provide. 

So sorry for the rambling, this post had been far overdue and God’s put a lot on my heart and mind. Love you guys. It’s our last day, make it the best!

Last Day

The month went by so quickly! It's already the 30th, but it feels like just yesterday I was about to start the fast. I have to admit, going into this, I was worried that I would have a media withdrawal after the first week, but looking back, it wasn't as difficult for me and I thought it would be. But I guess that's a good thing! Doing the fast was really beneficial for me in the sense that I was able to see how much media does affect my life and how much of it I'm involved in on a daily basis. Having the month off also allowed me to reflect on my relationship with God and where it stands, and I've come to the conclusion that I have A LOT to work on haha, but I know with Him all things are possible. I'm very glad I did it and I wish I would've done it last year as well. The media fast overall was a positive experience and I'm thankful that I took part in it :) good job guys!

Last Day

Oh my goodness its the last day i can do this wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The End.

Well, I guess it's not teeechnically the end, but it's SUPER close! I'm not going to lie-I'm really excited to go on Facebook and add Taylor Swift back onto my iPod. But I've learned a couple of really cool things this month. I've learned that you can't just coast through relationships-- you have to put effort into them. That's how they become stronger. I also read some good stuff in Proverbs 20 last night. One of the first verses said "It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel". I'm kind of stubborn, so I always have to have the last word in an argument. So this was kind of tough for me to read. But that just means that I'll have to trust God to help me to live this verse out! Well anyways, it has been a pretty beneficial month. I'm going to carry some of the things I've learned throughout March into EVERY month, because it doesn't just end here. Thank goodness. :)