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Written by Denise Pass for “Seeing Deep Ministries” @ http://denisepass.com/home/
Original post @ https://denisepass.com/facing-and-rising-above-distractions/
1 𝑪𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒔 7:35 “𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒔𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒕, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒕, 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂𝒔 𝒇𝒆𝒘 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒔 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆.”
You guys, I am so excited about what God is speaking to me to share in the new year. That He speaks to us and wants to use us to share His salvation with others never ceases to amaze me!
But it got me to thinking . . . (a dangerous thing, I know). Already I see distractions—some of them are good distractions even, and some of them not, that could stand in the way of doing this work that God has called me to. How about you?
What distractions do you face that keep you from seeking God and living out His purpose for you?
Let’s deal with some of these distractions and discern how to overcome them.
𝑹𝑰𝑺𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑨𝑩𝑶𝑽𝑬 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑵𝑶𝑰𝑺𝑬
It’s hard enough that we live in this culture that bombards us with messages all day long (guess I am also sharing messages – we all are), but we have to carefully choose which messages we are going to listen to.
Which messages are speaking life to us and a part of God’s plan to grow us in Him?
Making ourselves push pause before we get lost in social media first thing in the morning, we can be intentional about what we are going to do with our time.
I have to practice self-awareness and check myself – what is my purpose for going on social media and how long am I intending to scroll through? Phew! This is hard! And we are creatures of habit.
𝑾𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 “𝒏𝒐𝒊𝒔𝒆” 𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒖𝒔! 𝑺𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒈𝒂𝒅𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒅𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈!
My son recently posted about how he deals with social media and it has changed his life to control social media rather than it controlling him:
𝑹𝑰𝑺𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑨𝑩𝑶𝑽𝑬 𝑫𝑰𝑺𝑨𝑷𝑷𝑶𝑰𝑵𝑻𝑴𝑬𝑵𝑻𝑺
Ugh. Disappointments can really put us in a tailspin while we throw ourselves a pity party, right?
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. We were supposed to work on our calling and have things turn out differently. Life is not like that. We will have to face disappointments, but they don’t have to distract us from the calling of God on our lives.
𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑮𝒐𝒅.
We just might have to pry our hands loose from the former appointment and trust God with the new one.
Maybe it will make our calling or life harder and we regret that. But we can rise above disappointment when we know God is with us and in our situation. Maybe that disappointment will cause us to dive in deeper and to grow in a way that we would not have.
I know – we would rather grow and flourish with everything being rosy and perfect. But that’s not life.
I am talking about disappointments all month long on my Seeing Deep podcast: https://denisepass.com/sd35-dealing-with-disappointment-in-circumstances/. Disappointments in life, in relationships and this week and next week in parenting.
Ooh, that can be so hard. We feel we “own” that appointment, not the disappointment.
𝑹𝑰𝑺𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑨𝑩𝑶𝑽𝑬 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑩𝑼𝑺𝒀𝑵𝑬𝑺𝑺
I am busier than I should be. I know this. And I am working on it. Pinky promise.
𝑩𝒖𝒔𝒚𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒖𝒔 𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒔 𝒖𝒔 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆.
I can be overwhelmed when I have a long list (like today), or I can make my list and focus on one thing at a time.
Multi-tasking can be a blessing and its burden. I am known for being a serious multi-tasker but recently I have intentionally chosen to not do so. Sure, there are some tasks that I can do that with, but sometimes the work at hand requires all of us. That is how it is with me and writing. I need my full attention on the work at hand.
We don’t have to be ruled by busy – we can rule it and put tasks in place. And when we are beyond capacity, we might need to prune. Or God will prune for us. What matters most is having our priorities in place – Jesus is our priority. Then family and all of our other priorities come, but we can determine how they fit. Truly we can.
We rise above busyness by surrendering our plans to God regularly and asking for His grace to do what He has called us to. And we can choose not to let “hurry” rule us. When we just write down our desires and then don’t let the inability to get to it all defeat us, we can be grateful for what we got done and work our list the next day. It will still be there. Trust me.
𝑹𝑰𝑺𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑨𝑩𝑶𝑽𝑬 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑫𝑹𝑨𝑴𝑨
We’ve all got it. And sometimes we create it all on our own.
𝑫𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒂 𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒉𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕-𝒐𝒇-𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.
We rise above drama when we see things from God’s perspective. There is spiritual understanding to be had behind every new drama that crops up. Stepping back and seeking to understand the spiritual needs of those creating drama, we *might* be able to respond in the Spirit instead of the flesh.
What other distractions do you face that keep you from seeking God and living out His purpose for you? Let’sseaarch God’s word for answers to each and every distraction so we can rise above distractions and live for One!
Here’s a quote from one of my favs – John MacArthur:
“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒐𝒄𝒖𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝑯𝒊𝒎 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒖𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑯𝒊𝒎, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝑯𝒊𝒎. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝑯𝒊𝒎, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒖𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆’𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒔𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒔𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏.”