Updated: Aug 30, 2018
How 21 Days of Prayer and One Month Social Media Free Changed Me
If I had to describe 2018 year-to-date, I would say that it’s been one interesting journey. Prior to bringing in 2018, I felt the need to make it a priority to go extra hard for the last two years of my 20s. Therefore, I placed major pressure on myself; and in hindsight, all that did was put me in a negative vs. positive space #NotGood!
As the year progressed, various areas of my life changed – as expected – and I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. Reference back to two of my previous posts, “The Power of Rest” and “#LevelUp…But, Can You Handle It?” – I also needed to take a step back and
re-adjust. I knew something was off, but I didn't know exactly what.
Fast forward to last month. I heard about The Church of the Highlands' “21 Days of Prayer” devotion, and suddenly my bell went off. *Ding Ding Ding* maybe that's what needs to change - "hmmm, my relationship with God!" I've always had a relationship with God, but it definitely wasn't where it needed to be *Insert #SideEye Emoji*. So I decided that’s exactly what I would do. Oh yea, and let me throw in no social media to the mix as well (which I started prior to 21 days of prayer). It was actually a little tough in the beginning, but I powered through and can confidently say that I completed all 21 days of prayer along with no social media for one month. It was the most liberating experience ever! I wasn’t distracted by the worldly noise (social media) and was therefore able to clearly hear the voice of God while also detoxing from any negative energy I was allowing to enter my spirit.
During that quiet time, I was able to focus more and accomplish a few goals, learn more about myself and not feel the need to compare my life to the “societal-standards” #SuperRefreshing! I loved starting my mornings with not only prayer, but true worship. I was able to start rebuilding my personal relationship with God and honestly understanding that He does have great plans for me and my future without question. And...the best part is that we didn’t focus on ourselves, but instead we primarily prayed for others – whether we liked them or not.
Shifting my focus from my wants and needs to others was eye-opening. It’s never about us. Once we realize that, God can truly make moves in our lives. This week try to find that quiet place of stability and re-focus – shut down from social media for a bit if you have to (it definitely helps). Learn to pray for others, and most importantly, learn to hear the voice of God for yourself. He's the only one who can give you clear direction and grant you peace of assurance that it'll all work out just fine.
Sending love and positive vibes your way! Yvonne Camille