I don’t know about you, but I get very distracted at times. As moms and as women, we often tend to get distracted because we have so much on our plate.
Psalm 62:1 says, “for God alone my soul waits in silence from him comes my salvation.”
As mothers, we are dealing with distractions everywhere. School, husbands, news, technology, etc. There’s just so much noise! Noise isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
The Bible says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 100), so noise is not always bad. But there are some good noises that can distract us as well.
For example, your kids are noisily playing in the background while you’re cooking dinner is a little distracting but it’s not terrible. Distractions are often unavoidable, but they’re not beyond their limitations.
So how do we as mothers limit those distractions when noises are everywhere?
Determine the Distraction
Life-draining distractions are the distractions in your life that are leading away from your focus. Ask, “what are the distractions that are causing anxiety within my spirit?”
“What’s pulling me away from God’s leading rather than toward it?”
For example, are we saying “yes” too often? As much as we want to, it’s not wise to “do all of the things.” Perhaps they are good things, but not good right now in this season of life.
Taking a minute to re-evaluate though things help us to know if we have too much on our plate that’s causing distractions from God’s assignment in this season.
Get Alone and Connect
Too many distractions pull us away from listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives. This can also take away time from reading His Word and seeking His presence continually. Getting alone and connecting with God allows us to develop a deeper relationship with Him. We can ask him to show us where our distractions are.
There are times when I don’t know where my distractions are but I do know I’m distracted. I’m anxious and unfocused. These are the times when the Lord just wants me to spend more time with Him and He’s not going to reveal my distractions until I’m ready to be still and listen.
There are seasons when we grasp for control and often feel that God is distant from us. But here’s the thing.
God is not far from us. He only seems distant in the midst of our distractions.
By limiting these distractions, we can draw closer to him and trust more easily.
Trusting In All Seasons
Sometimes we “freak out” when we think about trust or hear the word. Perhaps that’s because our natural tendency is to rely on our own strength. I don’t know about you, but I find that quite difficult. As I continue to raise my children, I find more and more that my strength is not enough. Maybe you feel that way too.
The only way for us to really trust in all seasons is to clear away the distractions of our lives and draw closer to God.
Solomon says it best when he writes in Proverbs 3:5-6,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.”
Our paths will constantly curve if we’re walking a path other than God’s. On God’s path, we will find true strength and peace we need to live freely, love abundantly, and mother joyfully.
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