Charlyne Cares for Kids


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Unplugged

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT)

I recently had all three of my grandkids with me during one of our way-too-frequent storms this spring. This one spared us the tornadoes and hail but it did bring heavy rain and very strong winds. We were watching a television show when suddenly all the lights went out. All the back-and-forth banter and comments stopped. The oldest used her cellphone to get me to the utility room where I keep a battery-operated lantern for these kinds of situations.

That light was enough for us to see each other and even to find the UNO cards and Sorry game. And that’s what we spent the next couple of hours doing. Playing cards and board games, laughing and joking, working together to get through the situation. We still had two cell phones available, but only opted to use those to let their mom and dad know we were alright. For nearly two hours, we were unplugged.

And you know what? It was good! I learned more about their lives and their thinking, their likes and dislikes, than I ever knew. They talked about their friends, their livestock, their sports. More importantly, they talked about their dreams. What they wanted to accomplish this summer, what they wanted the next school year to be like, what kind of people they wanted to be. And I thanked God for “unplugging” us that night.

This is a very busy world we live in. Much busier than when I was young and even when their own mom was little. We have access to so much more than we did years ago. And it’s hard not to take advantage of that. Especially with all your friends and even your family making sure they are plugged in.

But a lot of good can come from being unplugged. With the television off and the phones off, we could actually talk to one another, without outside interruptions, without background noise, without the chaos that surrounds much of our lives today. We could “hear” each other and really listen to what everyone was saying. And I think it made us all a little closer.

Eventually the wind died down and the rain eased up a little bit. With no other noise, we were able to hear the rain on the roof and the rustle of the trees as the storm abated. We opened the front door to listen and to watch the weather. Even when the electricity came back on, they opted to keep playing games instead of finishing the movie they were watching.

Sometimes we need to shut off the distractions in our lives so we can truly hear what Jesus is saying to us. When we unplug, we can more clearly hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as He leads and encourages us with His gentle words of instruction and guidance. When we spend quiet time with God, we can really feel the comfort and peace He surrounds us with.

I know that there might be storms in your life right now and the weather may not be pleasant. I know that this is a time where maybe you are confused and feeling tossed about by all the circumstances. There may be chaos and noise all around you. But there is Someone you can go to when You need to unplug, when you need peace. Someone you can call on during all the turmoil. Someone who is always there listening. Someone who is only a whispered prayer away.

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  James 4:7-8a (NLT)

God bless


A Stander in Nebraska

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