HOW DAILY DISTRACTIONS GET IN YOUR WAY

So many of you loved my Want Ad post last Sunday, and I agree with many of you about it being Divine Intervention. He planted the idea in my mind in the middle of the night, and then He gave me the words for the post. I felt immense happiness because I felt like He saw me, He used me, and I felt humbled and connected to Him. The funny thing is, with life, you can expect things to change daily. Last week, I felt like I was on a Spiritual High. This week, I feel like I am in a Spiritual Funk. Since I try to be honest about my journey, I decided to share my week with all of you because I bet some of you have felt the same way.

My week was hectic, and I found myself getting distracted. Each night before I go to bed, I schedule the blog post for the next day and close my laptop. Then, I take my daily Bible journal and place it on top of the computer. I am also re-reading The Circle Maker, so I place it there also. I do this so that I remember to do my daily Bible journal and read several pages of the book before I get distracted with the day.

There are some days when I am reading and writing, and my mind is somewhere else. I keep having to pull my attention back, but once your mind wanders, it never fully recovers.

1 Corinthians 10:13

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Whether it is a whining dog or the ding of an email notification, distractions are how the enemy tries to tempt us away from the Lord. He knows that we can easily be distracted, and he hopes that once we are distracted, we will not go back to the Lord. So, I try to set my own notifications, and these are the kind that will help me to stay focused instead of being distracted.

To pray more often and for things that I want to pray for, I’ve set the alarm on my phone. When it goes off during the day, it will say Pray for the others and those who are sick, Pray for my family, Pray for myself, and then as I go to bed, I pray for our leaders. In that category, I put the church and its leaders, teachers, police, lawmakers, local, state, and federal government officials, and anyone else that I can think of who has authority over someone. I pray for wisdom for them and that the Lord is guiding them.

James 5:15

15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Psalm 91:9-12

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you,no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning youto guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Colossians 1:9-10

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

1 Timothy 2:1-2

2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

You would think that I have this praying thing down-pat, but you would be wrong. Instead, there were several times when my alarm went off, and I hit snooze because I was on the phone or writing something. There were also times when I hit stop because I had intentions of praying once I finished what I was doing.

More time than I like to think about, I would forget. When the next alarm would go off, I would feel guilty because I knew that I put the Lord behind whatever small task I was doing.

So, yesterday, when I sat down to write this post, I had no Divine Intervention. I only had excuses, and I apologize for the lackluster post.

Isaiah 43:18-19

18 “Forget the former things;do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wildernessand streams in the wasteland.

But, there is good news for me and you also. We all have a RESTART button that we can hit at any time. The Lord is forgiving and welcoming. He knows that we struggle, and he tells us not to dwell on the past. Start each day off with a prayer of forgiveness and then ask for the strength to avoid distractions.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Melanie wrote:

    Your post is on point. Distractions, a.k.a fiery darts, easily keep us from our best intentions to spend time with God. So glad He is all-knowing and all-forgiving.

    Posted 2.23.21Reply
  2. Sharon Lee Pemberton wrote:

    I’ve never responded before but just want you to know I appreciate that you are so REAL and REALISTIC!!! I love the idea of setting your alarm to remember to pray for different things! Thanks for allowing God to use you publicly!

    Posted 2.22.21Reply
  3. Cindy W wrote:

    I DO love that RESTART button !!!
    Have a Blessed day 😊

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  4. Frist time to comment and have only found your blog in later 2020. I wanted to thank you for today’s post. I also went back to read last Sundays, I had missed it. These really speak to me and how I have been ‘adding on’ more in an attempt to improve some things in my life. Now I am realizing the better solution is to prune the vine. Thank you!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  5. Barbara wrote:

    Hi, Tania! I think this is a wonderful post! I love all the Scripture and “distracted” is my middle name, if not my first some days. Everyone struggles with that especially nowadays. Thank you for today’s soothing and inspiring post! Blessings to you on this Sunday!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  6. Cindy wrote:

    Good morning Tania, thank you for the post this morning I really needed it. I’ve noticed this past week I’ve been distracted in my prayers and it’s glad to know that I’m not alone in this. I really enjoy your Sunday posts as I’m looking for guidance since I’ve lost self-confidence and feeling not worthy. Thank you again I really look forward to them.

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  7. Penny Jo wrote:

    Good Morning Tania and fellow followers – Isn’t it wonderful to have this inspiring email to look forward to every Sunday? Yes, last week’s “help wanted” message was great but so is this one. We are on fighting the same battles…at different times for sure, but all the same. Thank you again for inspiring us not only in our outside appearance, but the inside as well.

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  8. Julie Traxler wrote:

    Your blog caught my attention this morning. I also don’t do what I am supposed to do. Thank the Lord, we are seen as perfect thru Jesus. You are sweet!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  9. Elsine wrote:

    I did the same thing last year. However when my alarm goes off, it is a one sentence prayer: Jesus, I love you, save souls.; Jesus, have Mercy on us.; Jesus, make my heart like unto Thine. It does help, but I too, admit to being distracted!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  10. Elizabeth Bienvenu wrote:

    Thank you for sharing …I could feel your struggle…I’ve been their many times. Hope and pray you have an awesome week!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  11. Angie C. wrote:

    Hi Tania,
    Thank you so much for your Sunday posts. I really do appreciate your thoughts and words and insight. It’s exactly what I need to hear and helps me through my struggles. Have a beautiful Sunday!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
  12. Julie SHUTT wrote:

    Good Word and Scripture!! I also, am Guilty of letting life get between me and my time with God !!
    Love your Sunday post, Thank you for Being Real!!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Julie, I might not be able to recite scripture or to tell you where to look for something in the Bible. But, I am trying hard to find “practical” ways that we can all follow the Lord daily.

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  13. Patricia McD. wrote:

    Tania,
    You like your sister have a gift for writing. Your Sunday posts are my favorite! They have become part of my Sunday morning devotional! Thank you for your obedience to our Lord.

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Patricia, thank you so much. I feel inadequate in writing and as being considered someone’s devotional. Thankfully, the Lord can overcome my inadequacies, and for that, I Praise His Holy Name!!

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  14. Kim wrote:

    This is similar to what my minister has been preaching about, praying and distractions. I must need to hear it cause here it is again.

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Isn’t it funny how the Lord will use others to get His message across?

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  15. Kathryn wrote:

    Tania your post makes me smile. We’ve all been there. Oh how Satan hates our quite time with the Lord and he will do everything to try and disrupt it. The good news is that we recognize who, where and why we’re being interrupted!
    Ephesians 6:11

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Kathryn, I am thrilled that the armor of God is ours to use.

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  16. Joyce saylor wrote:

    Oh boy, did all that hit home. Please put me on your prayer list that the Lord will take me out of the rut I’m in. (Sitting and watching tv). I feel like I just cant do anything else. I need prayers. Thank you so much for these words this morning.

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Joyce, I am saying a prayer for you right now. I don’t watch TV at all. It is hardly ever turned on at my house, but I am guilty of sitting on the computer for hours. Start small, set a few hours for watching TV, and then start a new hobby. Call a friend, learn to knit, read a book, or even rearranging your pantry are things to keep you occupied. Those things will give you a feeling of satisfaction, instead of making you feel like you wasted your time.

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  17. Debra wrote:

    I love today’s post !

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks so much, Debra.

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  18. Mary Lou wrote:

    Your honesty is always the best story, Tania. It’s everyone’s story, and You’re the best example.
    God is using you without a doubt. In my opinion, Satan knows you heard from God, now he’s going to work overtime on you.
    You already know who you belong to. I stand beside you, my sister in Christ!

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Mary Lou, thank you for your encouraging words. I needed them, and I know that HE used you for my benefit.

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
  19. Tammy wrote:

    I needed these words today

    Posted 2.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I had hopes that this post would encourage others. We all get distracted, and finding ways to stay focused on the Lord is a priority.

      Posted 2.21.21Reply
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