Back in December, we launched the Replicate Journal, and they were sold out almost immediately. Since then, we’ve done our best to keep them in stock, but the global pandemic has made that a serious challenge. We are happy to announce that they’re now back in stock with plenty of inventory for a few months. You can purchase directly from Amazon with free shipping if you have Prime.
On that note, today, I want to discuss the benefits of avoiding technology when spending time with God. Back when smartphones and tablets first made their debut in 2007–2010, everyone rushed to have the best Bible app and discover how to take notes while reading and studying. Like with any new thing, the pendulum often goes to the extreme on one side and eventually works its way back. We’ve all seen the studies about how smartphones have damaged society and our mental state. While there are great reasons to have Bible apps on your phone, for deep study time, I feel like it’s best for me to stay offline. You may not struggle with the reasons I struggle with it, and it’s okay if you still prefer digital solutions.
Avoiding work mode
I spend so much of my time working that spending more time in front of a screen for my personal time with God puts me back in work mode. I know I can disable all notifications during that period, but that feels like a lot of work. Experts say to find a dedicated spot for working if you work from home, and for me, this is the same thing with my quiet time. I want to put away the tools I use for work so I can focus on what I am doing.
Showing your family what’s important
I do my quiet time in the morning, and my kids will often come downstairs towards the end of it as they wake up. They need to see that I spend time each day with God. I don’t want them to see me staring at an iPad even if it’s the Bible app that is open. I want them to see my Bible open, journal out, and know that spending time with God is a priority in my life.
Wrap Up on Tech-Free Quiet Times
There is nothing wrong with using technology in your relationship with God. It can be a helpful tool with communicating with your D-Group, touching base with other church members, or even hosting virtual life groups. With that being said, there should be parts of your life that are technology-free.
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