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 24, 2018

feelin good :))

It's day 24 of the media fast and I have never felt so connected with my family, friends, and most importantly, God. The first few days of March I found myself picking up my phone to check for notifications because I was so attached to my social media accounts and I felt like I needed to know what was going on all of the time. I feel so much different now. I have more time to spend reading God's word and reflecting. Instead of reaching for snapchat, I have been going through some daily devotions in my Bible app. I've been feeling less stressed and I am focusing on things that are actually worth my time. Thank you for all of your prayers and kind words. God is doing awesome things! :)

Open eyes

It is day 24 and I am happy to say this has become normal. Not only that, but i'm loving it, and i'm sad it is going to be over soon. My whole life I have grown up being told, God is always here, he is always with you. But I have never really felt like he was. This media fast has allowed me to grow so much closer to him. Now, I feel like he is right by my side, helping me through everything. And as cliche as it sounds, it feels like a missing part of me has been filled. Like the part of me that wasn't content with who and where I am in life, is content. And all the credit goes to spending more time off media, and focusing on God instead. Sometimes it's hard when all my friends are on their phone, looking at things. But then I am reminded that it kind of sucks to be glued to these devices because you miss so much. For example I got this camera app that I have been taking a lot of pictures of God's creation with. Getting off instagram, and opening my eyes to see everything that I have been blessed with has been amazing. It is almost embarrassing to remember how much I was on my phone before. And it always makes me giggle when I see groups of kids with their eyes glued to their screens, because I know what they are missing. God has opened my eyes, and I am so thankful. Please pray that I continue this way even when the fast is over. Thanks so much.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Almost there

Before I started the media fast I thought this fast would be really hard but, it's a lot easier than I imagined.  I have to admit I had a few slips for the first few days and wasn't really used to no media.  Luckily, every day that went by got easier and easier and soon it became more of a routine.  I've found myself thinking about God and admiring his creations a lot more than usual.  I hope to carry on these habits of focusing on God and becoming stronger through him throughout the rest of my life.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Checking In

How is it going,

Just checking in, letting you know my media fast is going pretty good. It has kinda gotten to the point where I’m not even bothered by wanting to do the medias. I also like all the the new Christian music I’m listening to, it is giving me a lot of ideas for Sunday morning worship.

Praying for everyone

Erik W. Washburn

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Almost Done...

          As week three draws to an end, my whole family is sick with the flu, including me. Ugg. I hope I can get better in time to be at Stay 2 Serve. But, this sickness was a blessing in disguise. This week an important project was due in my language arts class. There were four projects due this school year, one for each quarter. I reviewed the packet I received at the beginning of the year and found the due date for this quarter. It was set for the 19th. I clarified with my buddies in a different class since they usually have the same due dates (this is a grade wide project). However, they said that the due date is the 23rd. I also asked one of my friends in my class and they said that it was due on the 23rd as well. I dismissed my suspicion and assumed that the packet had a typo. Yesterday, the 20th, one of my friends was texting me and asked me how I am going to get my project in by spring break. Suspicious, I asked her if the due date was the 23rd or the 19th. She replied and said that it was actually due the 19th! If I had not been sick, I would have had to turn my project in late and, as a result, would have points deducted. Though it isn't fun to be sick, I'd say it is worth it to get a project turned in "on time". Thanks God!!!

⭐Plz continue to pray for me for the remaining 10 days, especially during Stay 2 Serve! 
Stay 2 Serve is from March 26th through the 28th.⭐

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

week 3

So the fast has continued to work well for me. I have continued to grow closer to god and read my bible more and I have written four songs and have like three I haven't finished. I plan to record these with some friends and with Andrew soon and I'm super hyped about that. but I have forgotten about the fast a couple times... I was a Ethan's house and well we played like two hours of mine craft with his little brother... very disappointing I know. And in class once I listened to on song that was secular. besides those I have done well with the fast and have been enjoying it a lot.


I was at the library after school because my moms the librarian and I was shelving books with my friend Sal and my mom was in the bathroom and Sal wanted to show me a video called "Loca the pug" And then I showed him the "little lad dance"


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Second week... NO WAY!!!

          Wow, time has flown!!! I think it is so crazy that I am half-way through this journey. 😆 Today I was tempted to watch my little sister's favorite TV show, but I knew I couldn't. I really wanted to watch the TV show even though it was for second graders (hey, sometimes I surprise myself!). I have been craving TV a lot lately, and playing games on my tablet too. I decided that I would find a God-centered show, and I am determined to! Still looking. I'm also using my OCD to clean up some of the messy areas of my house (I don't have OCD, but sometimes I wonder... 😜). My mom really loves that. I'm finding lots of old games around the house, which is kind of strange, but still fun to pull out ancient relics of the past. All in all, these two weeks haven't been too bad!