40 Day Social Media Fast
Let’s unplug from people’s approval.
Are you online because you’re lonely, bored, emotional, or seeking approval from others? Do you find yourself checking your social media updates several times a day? Are these apps installed for easy access on your phone, tablet and computer? Perhaps this time can be spent cultivating intimacy with Jesus instead.
We’re made to fill our empty spaces with Jesus. Not with social media.
Join me in a #40day experience of intermittent fasting from social media. We’re beginning our journey on Wednesday, March 6 and ending on April 18th. We’ll stay off social media until 3:00 PM each day in our own time zones.
We’ll be staying off all social media- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and hangouts. The only exception is if you’ve committed to meet in a group discussion at a scheduled time.
Join your group on the scheduled day and time, then after the hour has ended get off social media again.
During your #40dayfast, I encourage you to journal your thoughts. Begin your reflections on the relationship between Jesus and the Believer. Write about the emotions you feel from being away from social media. Create a gratitude journal, prayer journal, or “letters to God” journal. Each time you CRAVE connection and approval online, put those thoughts into your journal.
Social media is a distraction from the Fruit of the Spirit. It consumes our time and deceives us into false fulfillment. We hear women say they’re too busy for daily Bible study yet we see these same friends online chatting throughout the day. We hear women say they don’t have time to read an inspirational book, yet we see them with abundant comments on Instagram each day.
Friends, we’re a society consumed by something with a false promise!
Let’s reconnect our day with Jesus and build intimacy where it matters most.
Let’s stay away from the temptations of social likes, shares, and comments.
Let’s drop the approval addictions and pick up our identity as Sons and Daughters of the King.
HOW TO FAST FROM SOCIAL MEDIA #40DAYS
- Set an alarm on your phone for 3:00 PM in your time zone. That’s your cue that the intermittent fasting is up and you can get online to see what you missed. For me, this is the same time I drink my afternoon coffee so I’ll sit with my drink and imagine I’m at a cafe with friends when I get back online.
- Get a journal to record your experience.
- During your emptiness, start recording prayers to Jesus, look at Bible verses, and focus on HIM.
- When you get back online after 3 PM resist the urge to obsess over social media. Get in, get out!
In addition to this corporate fasting, where we do something as a community, I’d like to encourage you to do private fasting as well. Don’t share what you’re doing. Pray on it and the Lord will direct your path.
Written by Christine Abraham @BibleCafeCoach
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