Posted by: pollyw | October 11, 2010

Driven to distraction

This week, okay, past few weeks, I have found myself once again struggling for time to sit down and have one of those deep, drink it all in, kind of Bible study times with the Lord. 

I’ve been running in about a million different directions, it feels, and honestly, it is really hard to slow down and take the time to “tarry” with the Lord.  Of course, I don’t cut down on my leisure time activities like watching t.v., or taking it easy, so it’s not like I can’t make the time.   I just seem to be in a season of being easily distracted lately when it comes to my time in His Word.

What I have tried to do, though, is switch things up a little bit to adjust to my momentary change in status, so to speak.  When times like this hit, I don’t want to be an “all or nothing” Bible study person, or beat myself up because I’m not sticking to the perfect Bible reading plan. 

What has helped this week is to go back to what I talked about in an earlier post about a book on worship that breaks down the Psalms into phrases that talk about God’s character. 

For example, the other morning I was reading one of the Psalms they were talking about in the book and the phrase “Lord Almighty” really stood out to me.  I thought this was interesting, because, honestly, it’s one of those phrases you see pretty regularly in the Bible and almost grow immune to its meaning after a while because it is such a common phrase  that is used in the text.

It really hit me, though.  “Lord Almighty”…

Almighty as in mighty over all…

all as in all…

all…as in anything that is thrown at Him, He is mighty over it. 

And, because I am His, anything that is thrown at me, He is mighty over it. 

My only job is to get out of the way and give it to Him to be mighty over it in my behalf.  He isn’t going to barge in and knock me over to get to my issues if I haven’t invited Him to help me.  He is waiting for me to give Him my issues so He can reign mighty over them.

So even though I didn’t have an hour-long Bible study session that morning, the Lord gave me something to think about all day long. 

I love that He meets me right where I am.  He still gives me something to focus on from His Word, even when I am not able to sit still long enough to really dig into it.  He knows I’m not perfect and will have times that seem slow when it comes to His Word, and yet He  still chooses to bless even the tiniest effort I can put forth when the going gets tough with my Bible study time.

How about you?  What do you do when the distraction quotient is high, and you find yourself not in His Word as much as you would like to be?

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  1. Thanks for writing these. They’re great!

    Jack

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    • Thanks, Jack! It’s awesome to have my husband reading my blog!

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  2. Thank you for this encouraging post! My “can’t-sit-still” seasons seem to be more prominent than the other kind. I, too, have noticed God meeting me where I am and offering me food for thought, even if I approach it in a sort of “drive-through” manner!

    One thing that helps me (at least, when I remember it!) is the phrase I saw posted in a friend’s office: “Too Busy NOT to Pray.” And experience shows that my fullest days just run more smoothly if I take time to connect with the Lord early on.

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    • It’s true, Jan, connecting with the Lord early on does make all the difference. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I remember I wrote a blog post about Showing Up. Literally because of the season in my life then, all I had to offer God in that moment was what was left of me. All I could do was show up and let Him minister to me.

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    • What a wonderful way to say it, Jen. He is all about relationship and is so willing to minister to us right where we fall at His feet (usually in exhaustion). Thanks for stopping by and and reminding me of that!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I think I have to put my time with God at the top of my to-do list. Not that it’s another thing on my checklist but that if I do that first, everything else more or less falls into place…or at least I have a better attitude about the tasks I have ahead of me.

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    • That is the key, to make Him first in the day so I can see things from His perspective the rest of the day, no matter what it holds. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  5. I am finally at a stage where I can get up before everyone else and have my time alone with Him in total peace. This has not always been the case. As a mom with very young ones…when my feet hit the floor, so did theirs. During those years, I just relied on God’s mercy to know that I was doing the best I could and sometimes that was just a help me Lord when I snuck into the laundry room for a moment. The great thing about God is He meets you where you are and He knows your heart! AMEN!

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    • Thank you so much for the encouragement…that is right where I am at right now! I really appreciate that you took the time to help me not feel so guilty about it, but instead, appreciate God’s amazing grace for times such as these. He is wonderful, isn’t He?

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  6. I have to remind myself that the stage of life I am in right now (being a mother to 3 preschoolers) is super demanding and that I am not going to be able to have the amount of time I did before kids to spend in the word. This is not an excuse by any means, but simply a way to help me appreciate even the smallest nugget I can glean from Scripture. If I read one verse, I don’t get down because I couldn’t read a whole chapter. Instead I chew on that verse and enjoy the fact that I actually read something that day. The same with prayer. Some days all I can do is say, “Help me.” But at least I am talking to God. One day I will have the time available to have longer times with the Lord.

    But for now, I have to remember that quality doesn’t equal quantity.

    Great post.

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    • Well said, April. Sounds like you and I are in the same stage of being a mom right now. Thank you so much for the encouraging words!

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