Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 18: Distractions that are Godly

Jen FinalSome of you mentioned in the comments from yesterday, that even Godly things can be distractions.  Godly things often are beautiful things, but if they things that keep us away from the heart of God, they are not good for us at that moment.  

There has been something on my heart the last few nights that part of me has been longing to pray about, to hear God speak to, and yet, I find myself never uttering the words.  I'll start out thinking about what is really on my heart, but then say something to myself like:

Well, I really need to confess my sins first. 

Which is then immediately followed by:

Well, now, I really should intercede for ________________ first.

So, by the time I actually get to what I wanted to say in the first place, either I'm asleep or have moved on to something else, either mentally or physically.  This isn't say that confession and intercession aren't important because they are.  But, even Godly things such as these can be a distraction if it keeps what needs to be spoken under wraps.  God wants to speak to those places where I'm lost, confused, or hurt, but if I don't present them to Him, how will I be able to hear Him direct, clarify, or soothe?

Challenge:  Is there something you've buried?  Something you've put off telling God?  Something that you need to get off your 
chest and lay at the foot of the cross?  No more distractions.  Just speak it out to Jesus today.


  1. Will you update us once you do take whatever it is you wanted to say to Him and let us know how it all works out? It would be cool to hear how He responds.

    And yes, I can definitely relate to letting distractions get in the way of what really needs to happen - especially during quiet time!

  2. Thank you for sharing's very true.
    Be careful about putting off praying though. I've been convicted of a need to pray more, but haven't done much about it. There's always distractions, work that needs doing, things that interrupt me...then the Lord brought about circumstances that literally brought me to my knees.There is nothing I can do, but pray.

  3. Jen, I love your heart. Thank you for your encouragement in our spiritual walks. Thank you for prompting us to lay our stuff at Jesus' feet.

    God bless ...

    - Jennifer Dukes Lee

  4. Thanks for this. It reminds me of a sermon I heard of a long time ago -- that we need to throw off everything that hinders AND the sin that so easily entangles. But the stuff that hinders isn't necessarily the sin -- in fact, it can be good stuff. So I need that discernment. I need to be reminded that good things can hinder.

    Wow, just checking out your Tues. link up. Very powerful. I will prayerfully join you one day soon.

  5. OH MY GOODNESS!! I can completely relate! I know God is wanting to have my undivided attention lately. I hold back from other relationships in my life too. I am LEARNING to not be in control. What I believe God thinks toward/about me has been a hurtle for me to overcome.

    I say, date night with God is DUE! :)
    Blessings, RQ

  6. My goodness this is so true. I just wrote a post on this a couple of weeks ago...but not as much from the distractions from pursuing God as "good" distractions that keep us from doing the things that God would have us do. Here's the link...

    I promise I am not shamelessly promoted my blog, it's just that the topics are so beautifully connected...:)

  7. distractions and praying. too. I'm trying something new..for me anyway and if it seems to be helping I will let you know:)

  8. Jen, I'm so curious now about what you were wanting to pray about...

    As far as that kinda distraction during prayer - I guess one thing that helps is to just pray more randomly, y'know? Sorta like praying all day - randomly whispering prayers to the Lord as they jump into your mind, instead of 'saving up' for a specific prayer time. I know, not very organized...but as I've learned to let go & realize those prayers still 'count' I've found a new consistency & dailyness in my prayer life.
    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight


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