What is a 30-Day Secular Media Fast?
Friday, April 3, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Ok, so I couldn't think of a song title that would fit the last day of the media fast (my last two posts followed this pattern : "Oh, We're Halfway There" and "The Final Countdown"). Is that so bad? :)
Anyway, I have been thinking about this past month, and how much it has done for me. I can't believe it's already the last day! This month wasn't the dreaded, torturous month I thought it would be. No, it was instead an eye-opener, a blessing instead of a curse. I had more face-to-face conversations with people; I felt more comfortable openly sharing my faith with my nonbeliever friends. I also read a lot of inspiring Christian novels that taught me that God is in control of our lives, and he can do amazing things through what might seem to be tragedy. I spent more time with my family: laughing, playing games, riding bikes; things I wouldn't normally do but got to enjoy because I wasn't thinking about the next thing I would look for on Pinterest. I really did enjoy this time with my family, and it helped me realize these years with them are precious. This month I tried to focus on God and see Him in every part of my day. When things got though, either with temptations or just with everyday struggles, I prayed and was reminded that God is in control if my life; everything is a part of His plan.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
I hope and pray that all of you have been able to see the wonders God is doing in your life this month. Thank you all for your prayers and support; I couldn't have done it without you!
Saturday, March 28, 2015
So, this it. The last weekend of March. I didn't think I would go on the mission trip, or do the media fast this year. I thought I was just going to sit around and play games or something like that, but I guess God had a different plan for me, at least different from my own , this year. But even though this was probably a harder year to fast, by God's grace I made it!
Between doing school work and vegging out with my friend Nintendo, I ended up wanting to talk more about stuff in the Bible, I like talking about God stuff with my Dad and Bible study group. And it is really hard when say, my family wants to watch TV, we have to make a conscious effort to find something to do. Or when I go to a friend's house we have to think of something other than playing Halo. Even forcing myself to choose my Bible study over reading my manga ( if you know me well you would understand why its hard).
Overall I am thankful and glad about doing the Fast this year. It gave me( and hopefully you all too) a chance of identifying those idols in my life.
Thanks to ALL of my sponsors and friends who encouraged me to be more!
2 days remain.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wow! I guess its true time flies when you're having fun.
Over the weekend I had a friend over as a belated birthday thing, and we had a lot of fun! We watched a funny christian comedy show and played board and card games too.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Imagine this. It's the bottom of the ninth inning in the very last game of the World Series. Your team has won three games, but the other team has also won three games. Your team is up to bat with the score tied 1-1. All you need is one home run and you've won the game and the World Series. You and your team have played their hardest tonight, and now you're up to bat. Your whole team is cheering like crazy for you; they are confident that you can do this. They are there for you when you need it most, which is right about now. You have done the same for your teammates as they have faced their own trials throughout the game. And then there are your fans. They aren't playing in the game, but they have come to watch and support you. They cheer just as loud as your teammates, and you're glad to have them there to support you, because you need all the support you can get. You're in foreign territory, and things can get ugly with all of those people against you. You take a deep breath and walk up to the plate. The pitcher looks at you with a gleam in his eyes that says "I'm going to strike you out." He winds up, and then releases the ball.
The pitcher winds up again and throws.
You take a deep breath. If you don't hit this, you have to go into a tenth inning. The pitcher looks at you with fiery eyes, and releases the third pitch. Your bat makes contact with the ball with a"crack" and you start running like the wind. The ball sails over center field and into the stadium. Home run! The crowd goes wild, and your team is whooping and hollering in the dugout. When you round third base, they pour out onto the field and surround you as you cross home plate. You did it. You won the game with the help of everyone around you. Your team, your coach, your fans, even the other team. But you won! The game is finally over.
I use this analogy for two reasons. The first is because baseball is the only sport that I understand and care enough about to make an analogy out of. The second is because I feel like this is what the media fast had been like. But we haven't hit the home run yet. We are almost done with the game. Our team, all of the high schoolers, our coach, Matt, and our owner, Jesus, have been cheering us on as we all go through the game. Our fans, the people of the church sponsoring us as well as our own personal sponsors, have been cheering us on as well. They have watched us as we go through the game, each having our chance "at bat". But we are in foreign territory. There are many out there who have ridiculed us for doing such a thing as a media fast; it's just not a normal thing to do. And, to make matters more difficult, we're Christians. The other team can boo us all they like, but we have to keep playing the game. We have to turn the other cheek.
This has been a very good experience for me. I have had my share of temptations, but the Lord has helped me resist them. I pray that He has done that for all of you, too. Three weeks down, one to go.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Have an amazing week. I love and am praying for you all.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I never believed anyone when they said the missions trip was more fun than Hume, but after experiencing AZ, i would choose that trip over Hume in a heartbeat. It is so cool to be able to be a light to a group of kids, and to gradually see them start to open up and tell you about themselves. Seeing them have a great time, while learning about Christ is such an eye-opener, because even though running VBS isn't 100% fun all the time, we are doing it for the kids who don't see Christ regularly like we do, and we are doing our best to give them good experiences, because a lot of them don't have a lot of those.
Another key part of the Media Fast is the financial and prayer support. If we didn't do the fast, a lot more people wouldn't be able to afford it, myself included. So, as much as it sucks, the media fast is blessing!! It is so cool to know that there are people that are praying for me right now and for the kids in AZ. Each and every sponsor is so appreciated and crucial.
Thinking about the kids really helped me to refocus, and it gave me a new determination to finish up the fast strongly, and to try and connect with Christ instead of with media for the rest of this surprisingly loonnnnnnggg month.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
You are all on my heart in prayer, and I want to encourage you all to keep going strong in the media fast! I pray that you all feel Christ close to you and all around you, and that you surrender fully to Him. That is something I've been learning lately. Usually, I'm the kind of person that takes a problem head on, and keeps it to myself or only confides in one person, so as not to upset anyone else. Sometimes keeping things to yourself is not healthy for your mental or physical state, and it can help in the healing or coping process to share what you are going through with someone. You might say, "I cant tell anyone because they will judge me, or tell everyone else" and you might be right, I would probably say that too, but there is One person who will never judge you, never spread rumors about you, and never gossip or tell anyone else. This person is the person who knew no sin. Jesus Christ. He is waiting to fellowship with you, to cry with you to laugh with you, He will always be there for you, no matter what you may need at that time. Just think about that for a minute, the creator of the whole world, He who knew no sin, the beginning and the end, the one HUGE, infinite being; He is there right beside you, holding your hand and giving you a shoulder to cry on. He calls us His friends, His family, and He loves us more than we could ever imagine. The God of the whole universe wants to have a personal relationship with you, with me, with all those who He has called to be His children, and through everything, He will be right there beside us. He gives us His peace that passes all understanding in the midst of trials and he comforts our hearts and minds in the middle of affliction. In no way does this mean our lives will be easy, but it will be so worth it when we can live forever with Christ in heaven. Sometimes God gives us challenges that are very difficult, to either test our faith, or grow our faith, or make us surrender to Him. That is what is on my heart.
Also on my heart are my good friends Stephen and Noelle, whose niece Ella was born prematurely and died within the same minute of birth. I would like to ask for prayers on my friends and their family, especially Ella's mother. Thank you, and good luck with the media fast. I love you all.
Monday, March 16, 2015
I would also like to thank all my sponsors for encouraging me and praying for me, I really love and appreciate it! I can't reiterate enough how much you help me to keep going, and how encouraging it is to know that I have so many people who are supporting me!
I will be praying for all of you doing the media fast alongside me.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
First of all, I want to thank you high school students doing the media fast. You inspired me this month to give up Facebook & Instagram! ...Ok I know Facebook isn't really that cool anymore, but for those of us in our mid-20's it's a huge deal. Why? Well our friends are traveling the world, getting married, starting families, and moving up in their jobs. It is really easy to get sucked into the "grass is greener" game. While I am very blessed with my life, I have been pretty sick the past few months and its easy to get discouraged and jealous of other...NO GOOD! So while I am forced to fast from many foods for health purposes, I thought it best to fast from my go-to facebook and instead go-to God! You know what...it has been so healing in so many ways!
I wanted to share with you a verse we read at my International Student Bible Study last Friday. Matthew 6: 9-13, also known as the Lords Prayer! Pay close attention to the last 2 lines...
Sunday, March 15, 2015
It it officially the halfway point of March. We're halfway through the marathon, half a donut left, the glass is half full (or half empty; depends on your perspective). I have honestly really enjoyed this month so far . I never realized how much time I was giving to my media. Sometimes I found myself at a loss for something to do, and I realized that at this point I would most likely solve this problem by "hopping on to Pinterest". I can't do that this month, so I found homework to do or a book to read instead. I have been trying to be as interactive face-to-face with my friends as possible because I am trying to limit my texting conversations. I feel like that builds my friendship, and it helps me prevent gossip or destructive things that I might say to someone if I were texting them. I thank God that He is showing me that media is not the only thing out there. I am trying to focus more on thinking about the sermons on Sundays and the things we discuss on Thursdays. I hope you all have had a meaningful first half of the media fast. Thank you to all of my sponsors, and thank you to all those participating. You're in my prayers!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Some of my Favorite Verses:
As I said yesterday, I have survived the first week. It was not always easy, but I know that God helped me (and all of us) through it. Thank you to all of those who are sponsoring me and/or praying for me; I really appreciate it and it means a lot. Thank you to all of those participating in the media fast; it takes great trust in Him to fast from something that we are in constant bombardment of. I pray that all of you are seeing the good things this experience is bringing about, and I pray that we will be challenged and stretched in a way that helps us see God. As Pastor Craig said in the sermon today, we do not come up with the ideas or the "Oh, I get it's" of God and Jesus, but rather, the Holy Spirit gives these to us; it is the spotlight that shines a beacon on Jesus Christ. I think that this is definitely the time the Holy Spirit will be shining a spotlight on Jesus as we fast from our distractions and lift our eyes to heaven.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Well, to say the least, I've survived the first week. It has been an experienc like I have never had. It has been one of those kinds of things that you don't really think it's happening until it impacts you. Hard. This week has been fairly easy, but there were the times when I didn't have anything to do and was tempted to play Crossy Road or check Pinterest. The weekend was the part that impacted me hard. My family doesn't do a lot of tv watching during the week, but we usually watch at least one episode of Upon A Time on Friday and Saturday nights. Last night, we couldn't do that, so we played a card game as a family. It was really fun, and I realized how much I love spending time with my family, even if sometimes they get on my nerves (it happens to all of us). I think that what God wants for me is to see the simple beauties of life. When we are on social media or other forms of entertainment, we miss those pleasures that He has put before us. I noticed a beautiful sunset that I may not have noticed had I been on my phone. I have also been only listening to Christian music or classical music (wordless). For the Christian music, I have tried to listen and think specifically about the lyrics and how they apply to my life. I was listening to Lose My Soul by Tobymac, and the lyrics went something like, "I don't want to gain the whole world and lose my soul". I think this is true for me; I don't want to gain the most followers or post the best post or pin the greatest pins at the expense of my relationship with God. For the wordless music, I try to focus on the instruments and imagine the people playing them. The music is so beautiful and the musicians are so talented, and I think that there must be a God out there who loves us that He would give us gifts and talents to share with others. And the beautiful thing is that there are so many people that use their gifts and talents to glorify Him. I want that, and I think that fasting from the things that distracts me from doing so will help me discover how to give Him glory.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14
Friday, March 6, 2015
This past year was so crazy, I didn't even think about the Fast until something like three weeks or so ago.
So far, I don't have any real humongous goals or anything for the Fast this year, well, except not going crazy, and making more time to reconnect with God. It is really cool that I have all these people encouraging me to grow because I think that by myself I would have a very hard time with all of this.
So with that, I leave you to your Friday!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 cor. 10:13
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
As I progress through this challenge, I ask that you would pray for me to keep going strong and grow in my walk with Him. To all my fellow media fast members, I will pray the same for you.
My 2015 Media Fast goals:
Constantly refocus on God
Come to Christ expecting nothing, but needing everything
Be an example of Christ
Strive to please God and not myself
Always be aware of God's endless love
Pray for all the people in Globe, Arizona, that their hearts will be open and that we will be a strong positive impact in their lives this summer.
Have pure thoughts
Be a good example for my peers
Keep my sponsors updated, make sure they know just how appreciative I am
Be prompt in my faith
Stay so humble
Remember that the fast was my choice, and I am doing it so that I can impact the kids in Arizona!
Hold confidence in my faith
Keep the mindset of a believer; resist temptation of media
Acknowledge the greatness of God
Stand out as a believer
Be aware that every action is a direct reflection on Christ.
I'm optimistic about this year, and good luck to everyone!!!!!!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
So it begins. The famous Media Fast. Though I've never participated in the Media Fast, I have heard of the wonders it can do to people. I hope that by the end of this telltale trial I will see the beauty in all of God's creations, the wonders of His hands. I hope that I will have a better grasp on my time on secular media, and I hope that I can see when I am giving in to my idols instead of focusing on God. I am very excited for this month, but I can feel dread threatening to spill out and distract me from the real purpose. I have heard that it is a hard month; I know that it will take much prayer and perseverance to keep my from turning to my selfish desires and giving in to temptations so simple it would seem they wouldn't be a problem. If course, after having to fast from little things like Pinterest or TV, they will become big temptations. What once seemed like a small, insignificant thing is now a huge temptation. I pray that all of us will persevere and not give in to the temptations of this world. To those who are sacrificing their money to support us, I thank you. It helps us so much to know that there are people who want us to know the Lord and are willing to give money and time in prayer to let us know that they want it, too. To those who are participating along with the high schoolers in this Media Fast, I thank you, too. It means a lot to me that you would not see this a just a month for the high schoolers; you would actually decide to participate along with us. I pray that you all will also be brought closer to the Lord. So, as I said before, so it begins... Good luck!
so its that time of the year again, the Media Fast. Yes, the time when students give up their social media, TV shows, and movies. The time when high school students focus their hearts and minds on God, and devote their time to Him. I think the Media Fast is wonderful; very difficult at times, but wonderful. It is a time of growth in a Spiritual sense, possibly a time of repair in a relationship with God or with others, and an opportunity to live in a state of total bliss in the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As high school students, there is so much distracting us and A LOT of it comes from secular media. So many temptations and snares of the world that are set up specifically for the people of our generation. This can sometimes be hard to hear; that the things we love, the movies and shows we watch, and the things we post, are temptations. Now, don't get me wrong, not all of the movies or TV shows or social media are bad in and of themselves, but if we are consumed with them in all of our spare time, that's when it might become an issue. It can become almost like an idol and we don't even realize it. We spend so much time in front of our screens or listening to music, that it seems like we need our secular media to get through a day. That is where I believe the media fast can help us incredibly. It gives us the push to get off our media, and show us that we don't really need it. Many teens, myself included, say that they don't read their Bible or pray as much as they should simply because they don't have time; well, if we have time for all of our media, we should definitely have time for the Creator and Savior of the world, shouldn't we? In the month of March, my goal is to take all that time that I would normally spend in secular media and focus directly on God in a form of worship. Whether that is reading my Bible, or praying, or singing, or playing an instrument, my goal is to do everything, EVERYTHING, to His glory. He deserves our all, and we were made to glorify Him in everything we do. That is my heart, and what I am going to strive to do this media fast. I hope you have similar convictions and will strive to do the same. If we are in Christ, we have a desire to be like Him and be in fellowship with Him, sometimes we just need an extra push. In this case, the Media Fast. I will be praying for all of you this month, that you will have strength and peace in His presence, and that you will succeed. I would appreciate your prayers as well. Good luck to all this media fast! And so it begins..
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
"What is your personal goal for the media fast this year?"
This is my first year of the media fast, so it'll be a new experience for me. I hope to successfully fast from TV (Once Upon a Time), games (Crossy Road), and "social media" (Pinterest). I really think this will be a good thing for me to do, as I spend a lot of my time focused on these things instead of God. My prayer is that He will help me all through this month and teach me that there is more than what is right in front of me to live for. Good luck to all of you participating, and thank you to all of our sponsors out there!