Facing and Rising Above Distractions

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1 ๐‘ช๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’‚๐’๐’” 7:35 “๐‘ฐ ๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’”๐’‚๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’Š๐’•, ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–. ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’•๐’ ๐’…๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’”๐’†๐’“๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’๐’“๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’•, ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’†๐’˜ ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’†.”
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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!
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But it got me to thinking . . . (a dangerous thing, I know). Already I see distractionsโ€”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?
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What distractions do you face that keep you from seeking God and living out His purpose for you?
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Let’s deal with some of these distractions and discern how to overcome them.
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๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘จ๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ฝ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ต๐‘ถ๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ฌ
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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.
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Which messages are speaking life to us and a part of God’s plan to grow us in Him?
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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.
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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.
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๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ “๐’๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’†” ๐’๐’“ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’… ๐’๐’ ๐’–๐’”! ๐‘บ๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’‚ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Š๐’•๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’…๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’“๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’…๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ!
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VtOqPKZWtY
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๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘จ๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ฝ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ซ๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘จ๐‘ท๐‘ท๐‘ถ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ป๐‘ด๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ป๐‘บ
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Ugh. Disappointments can really put us in a tailspin while we throw ourselves a pity party, right?
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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.
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๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’”๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•๐’” ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’….
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We just might have to pry our hands loose from the former appointment and trust God with the new one.
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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.
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I know – we would rather grow and flourish with everything being rosy and perfect. But that’s not life.
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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.
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Ooh, that can be so hard. We feel we “own” that appointment, not the disappointment.
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๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘จ๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ฝ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ฉ๐‘ผ๐‘บ๐’€๐‘ต๐‘ฌ๐‘บ๐‘บ
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I am busier than I should be. I know this. And I am working on it. Pinky promise.
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๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’”๐’š๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’Œ๐’†๐’†๐’‘ ๐’–๐’” ๐’†๐’๐’”๐’๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’๐’“ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’–๐’” ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’…๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’†.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘จ๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ฝ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ซ๐‘น๐‘จ๐‘ด๐‘จ
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We’ve all got it. And sometimes we create it all on our own.
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๐‘ซ๐’“๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’” ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’๐’†๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’š ๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•-๐’๐’‡-๐’—๐’Š๐’†๐’˜.
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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.
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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!
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Here’s a quote from one of my favs – John MacArthur:
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“๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‡๐’๐’„๐’–๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’‰. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’Ž, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’Š๐’“๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’Ž. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’Ž, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’–๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’” ๐’–๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’–๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†โ€™๐’” ๐’…๐’Š๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’–๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’”. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’ ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’ ๐’”๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’‡๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’.โ€

Worshipful Wednesday: Pause for Praise

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Inspirational Thought of The Day:

When we consider the works of God, we cannot help but praise Him.

Scriptures of the Day:

Job 37:7

“He causes everyone to stop working,ย so that all people may know his work.”

Exodus 34:10

“He said, “See, I am going to make a covenant before all your people. I will do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. All the people among whom you live will see the work of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am doing with you.”

Deuternonomy 4:32

“Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it.”


There is something special about times when foul weather or illness strike so the work man does comes to a screeching halt. Like hamsters spinning incessantly on a wheel, a break in routine is jarring at first, but a welcome relief.

It is in those moments that we are forced to stop – when the busyness that encompasses us about is silenced just long enough for us to consider and ponder something other than our normal routine. When snow blankets the roads and man has to admit that even his mighty vehicle cannot circumvent them, we are humbled to realize that God made it all.

God wants us to slow down long enough to see His work. All creation testifies of His greatness. Every minute detail lauds Him as our genius Creator and heroic Savior.ย We hear it said many times, we read it and sing about it – how great our God is. When we consider His character – unmatchable, indescribable – it overwhelms us to even attempt to try to give Him the praise He is due.

Pause and praise Him today. Think on what He has done in your life. Reflect on His promises and His mighty deliverance. Take a break from the vicious cycle of life and breathe. That’s right. God gave you that breathe to praise Him.

The distractions of this world threaten to blind us to seeing the wonders of God. When we forget what our God has done for us, we are in danger of living for self and forgetting our very purpose – to bring Him glory and praise. That is simply what we were made for – to know Him and enjoy Him forever.

Lord, You are awesome and we cannot thank You enough! Thank You for opening our eyes to see how wonderful You are. Help us to never forget your works and great gift of salvation.

Christmas Countdown Day 7: The Beauty of Simplicity

2 Corinthians 11:3

“But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 4:11

“And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.”

He could have had red carpet laid for Him, trumpets blasting His coming, a crown of gold laid upon His Kingly head. ย We would expect nothing less than this for a King, but He chose a simple manger, a simple dwelling and to be born of a poor household. Why? ย No distractions, no prideful entrance for this Holy humble King. ย Just a simple message to all who have ears to hear: salvation from Your God, who comes in humility to bring love, compassion and forgiveness. ย We do not need anything other than that.

As I make preparations for Christmas this year, I want to stay in this moment of reflecting on how simply He came. ย I do not want to be distracted by all of the “necessities” this season brings. ย I don’t want to miss this key message of Christ’s coming. We can be set free from the busyness that presses us daily. ย We can choose to be like Mary, who chose the one thing needful and bowed down just to be in His presence, listening.

How can this truth of simplicity be woven through our celebration ofย the coming King, and moreover, through our lives? It takes ambition, effort. ย Returning to the basics of our salvation and prayerfully removing the obstacles that stand in our way of simply worshiping Him. ย This blog is part of that for me. ย It has become a benchmark where I am still and worshiping Him as I type each letter. ย May we pause this season and daily in our lives not just to squeeze in devotions, but to meditate on Who He is and never forget the wonder of not just Who He is, but how He came and how He lived . . . simply.

Lord, thank You for Your perfect example. ย Help us to sift through all the distractions of life and to abide in You. ย Like a child, may we delight in You and walk simply and humbly before You.