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The above graphic struck me deeply the day I saw it online. I knew it was stirring something deep in my heart but did not act upon it quickly. I had to get up the courage and the words as I never wanted to bring offense. Truth be known, we were all guilty from time to time.

The end of June, I bit the bullet and it has now been just about a month the “new rule” has been in effect at our house …

All cellphones must be out of our hands and pockets, face down, sound off – on the bookshelf by the back door upon entering. My husband’s and mine must remain on the kitchen counter. No scrolling through twitter or responding to texts or emails for the few hours we are all together.

Time is precious, short and passing much too quickly.

I had noticed quite a few times a person would be addressed with a question and because the person was on their phone – they never even knew they were being talked to and the potential conversation slipped away. I did not want anyone in my family to lose the ability to have talks amongst ourselves. Face to face. I did not want conversation to center around the tweet we were currently reading.

Meaningful conversation and opportunities are being lost all around us if we are not careful.

No phone text, or tweet or Facebook status is more important than the times we are together. Who is to say how much time any of us have together? Seriously. Our children are growing up and these childhood days can not be recaptured. Trust me, I know this to be true. If you doubt it – just let me show you my “babies”.

Time is precious. Fleeting, actually, but don’t take my word for it. Listen …

  • “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” (Psalm 39:4, NIV)
  • “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” (Psalm 144:4, NIV)
  • “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14, NIV)

So the rule was made. No exceptions unless it is a medical emergency. Social media is a thief, making you think you will miss something important. And you do. You miss what is going on right in front of you.

It’s going quite well so far. Conversations have been had. More game playing with the children. We’re laughing and acting silly and being together.

Because …
When we are together, we are going to be fully present.
And that’s the new rule.


Today I am joining … Testimony Tuesday and True Story and #RaRaLinkup and Intentional Tuesday and Reflect and Unite .