Jan 13

Dispensing with Distractions

2010 at 3:49 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Devotional Life

chair bible Mary wanted to sit at Jesus’ feet by deliberately ignoring distractions—namely, Martha and her anxious busyness.But we need to be alert to what distracts us from keeping our daily appointment to read God’s word and pray. Maybe it’s a hobby, the newspaper or a magazine, watching TV, listening to your ipod, staying up to late at night, loving sleep too much, blogging, keeping up with facebook, following twitter, texting, etc. We must do whatever it takes to say “no” to the distractions that keep us from the one thing that is necessary: sitting at Jesus’ feet. A while back, I found that the Internet was becoming a distraction. I was using the five minutes it took for my coffee to brew each morning to quickly check my email, or headline news, or maybe a blog or two, before starting my devotions. I’d check a headline and then I just had to read the story; or I’d check a blog I enjoy, and I just had to check out the link they recommended, or I’d get caught up not just looking at my email, but answering it. Before I knew it, five minutes would turn into twenty minutes and then my quiet time would be cut short. So, I knew I needed to make a choice. I had to choose to say no to this distraction! I resolved to not look at email or blogs or headline news until after my time of Bible study and prayer. What about you? Is there a distraction in your life that you need to say “no” to? Whatever it takes ladies, let’s be ruthless about not allowing anything to distract us from seeking God through His Word and prayer.