Thursday, October 15, 2009

I Prayed the Internet Away

Since Mark began working nights in August, I have been looking for things to do to fill my evenings. Thanks to some neighbors who were unknowingly "sharing" their wireless, I quickly found the internet to be a great way to spend LOTS of time. At first it was just e-mail and facebook. Then I found blogs of friends. Then I found television shows on the internet (exciting because we don't have TV at home). And then I just kept finding more and more...One night I looked at the clock and realized that I had been online for more than three hours! I was appalled! I quickly shut the computer and began to think of all of the other things I could have done in that time. So that night, in my prayers, I said "Dear God, please let me find other ways to spend my evenings. Encourage me to find ways to help/give/listen to others during that time. Please help me not waste so much time online."

The next day Mark and I got online to check to ensure that our paychecks had been direct deposited. Only...the internet didn't work. That was more than a month ago and we still can't find a wireless source to share with at home. As a result, I have found books to read, crafts to make, letters to write, and friends to visit. We now only have internet when we visit friends/family who are kind enough to share or on my weekly visits to the library (where I am now) At first, like the TV, we missed it. Now, I rarely think about it. One of the best prayers I've had answered with an immediate "I'll take care of that" from God.