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Is It Time to Unplug?


This is what happens when you unplug…

Every now and then, it’s essential to unplug, reconnect with your family and friends, commune with nature, spend quiet time with the God of the universe, and just breathe…

Over the past couple of months, my family has gone through some ups and downs.

My mother-in-law, who has severe dementia, fell and broke her hip. She was whisked away to the emergency room and never came home. Post surgery, she was moved into an assisted care facility, where she will likely live out the remainder of her days. My father-in-law is broken-hearted. Since he doesn’t like living alone, he will be moving in with us next week.

A week or two later, my mother collapsed and was life-flighted to a specialized intensive care unit in another state. With blood sugar over a thousand and a coma that lasted a full week, we didn’t think she would ever come home. But she did. Borrowed time…

At the same time that we were being tugged in all directions by the catastrophes of our mothers, we were in the process of renovating a building on our property. With construction happening all around us and money slipping through our pockets like sand, we felt anything but peace in our own home.

We launched my new book last month as well. And while this was a huge highlight of my year, it was also a boatload of work. We shipped out nearly 1,800 books from our home office within a couple weeks. That’s a lot of boxes!

unplug after book launch

On the final day of the book launch, my family jumped into our car, loaded to the gills with sleeping bags, pillows, and snacks, and headed out for a much-needed vacation. We were ready to unplug! We were more than ready to get off the grid and simply enjoy each other, God’s beautiful countryside, and some much desired peace and quiet.

Out on a houseboat in the middle of a big lake, we were unreachable.

When was the last time you were unreachable? If the ups and downs of life have been tossing you about like waves upon the sea, maybe it’s time that you too go off the grid. No internet connection. No cell phone service. No TV. Just you, your family, and the big, wide world of bald eagles and black bears. Maybe it’s time that you go jump in the lake!

We did!

And my daughter created a video about it for her youtube channel:

Happy summer!

2 Comments, RSS

  1. Shelley Stead Whisenant June 15, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

    Going off the grid sounds amazing!! I often turn my phone off during the day just to grab a few minutes of peace. It is nice to be unavailable sometimes. Congrats on your book.

    • Terri Johnson June 20, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Shelley! Yes, I think it’s something we all need to do every now and then.