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Devotion Over Distraction

with Wendy Speake | July 27, 2021
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If God's voice is life to us as believers, how do we ignore and filter out all the other voices we hear? Wendy Speake encourages us that our Lord will make us lights in this world...brighter than the glow of any screen.

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If God’s voice is life to us as believers, how do we filter out all the other voices we hear? Wendy Speake encourages us that our Lord will make us lights in this world…brighter than the glow of any screen.

Devotion Over Distraction

With Wendy Speake
July 27, 2021
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Bob: I don’t know if the issue for you is sugar, or social media, or whatever it might be. All of us have appetites; and when we control our appetites, that’s okay. When our appetites control us, that’s when we’re in trouble. And that’s really what Wendy Speake has been addressing in this conversation about social media and about sugar fasts. We’re making Wendy’s book, The 40-Day Social Media Fast, available this week to those of you saying, “I’m ready to step in and take this journey/take this adventure.”

Maybe you’ve looked at your own experience with social media, and you recognize it’s not having a good spiritual impact on you—it’s a distraction; it’s affecting your emotions; it’s affecting your relationships—go on the journey; take the 40-day social media fast that Wendy has talked about. We are making her book available, as I said, to those of you who can partner with us and extend the reach of FamilyLife. Our mission at FamilyLife is to effectively develop godly marriages and families. We believe godly marriages and families can change the world.

So as you support this ministry, you’re actually supporting stronger, healthier marriages and families, not just here in the United States, but all around the world. We are entirely donor-dependent. Your donations make all of what we do possible, so we want to ask you to consider a donation today. When you go to our website,, or call 1-800-FL-TODAY to donate, be sure to ask for your copy of Wendy Speake’s book, The 40-Day Social Media Fast: Exchanging Your Online Distractions For Real-Life Devotion. That’s our thank-you gift to you for your donation, and we are grateful for our partnership together.

Now, we’ve been talking about this subject of screen time, and social media, and the online experience a whole lot this month. David Robbins, who is the president of FamilyLife, is here with us. One of the reasons we’re talking about this is because this is where folks are living. These are the kinds of issues that our listeners tell us they need help with. That’s our goal, here, at FamilyLife is to provide our listeners with practical biblical, relevant help and hope.

David: That’s right. One of our strategic priorities is: “How do we continue to learn the felt needs and pain points of today’s families?” It should not be surprising; this is loud and clear. This is a discipleship borderline crisis of: “How do parents, who didn’t grow up in a social media-infused world, not only respond to it themselves”—because I’ve got to look myself in the mirror—“but also, how do they help, and disciple, and engage their kids, who are being infused with it?” A lot of times, the parents don’t even know how it’s happening.

I think this month has been a time of us hearing from you, as listeners, and us wanting to respond and bring to you a variety of perspectives to help you, biblically and practically, navigate the issues of our day.

Bob: And of course, everything you’re hearing on FamilyLife Today continues to be available online at We have literally thousands of hours of conversations/interviews, like what you’ve heard today, on a variety of subjects. If you miss a program, you can always go back and listen to it later. You can search for topics that are of interest to you. If you’ve downloaded the FamilyLife Today app, then you have in your pocket access to all kinds of biblical help on marriage- and family-related issues. We hope you’ll take advantage of what’s available to you at


And we hope you’ll join us, again, tomorrow when we’re going to talk with a couple of parents who have walked through the almost unbearable, unspeakable grief of losing a child. Ron and Nan Deal, Brad and Jill Sullivan join us tomorrow. We’ll hear their stories, and we’ll hear about how God brings comfort in the midst of grief.

On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. We will see you back tomorrow for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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