Sitting outside on the patio, drinking my morning coffee, I prepare myself for prayer time. A tiny gnat, likely kin to the No-See-Um family, is buzzing around my head, safely hidden in my blind spot. It’s super annoying and highly distracting. Breathe.
During my morning prayer time I have been utilizing an app to help guide my time with the Lord. I am using it to improve and increase my focus. One recent morning the app prompted me the following way:
My thoughts take my attention off God. Think about that for a moment as you let it sink in. Do you find your mind wandering or racing around as you try to sit in the presence of God? I know that at times I certainly do.
Some mornings my brain is sluggish. Other mornings, it seems like my mind has been running all night long. I have to still myself; breathing, focusing, centering.
“Close your eyes. Plant your feet firmly on the ground. Take a deep breathe.”
“Yes, Holy Spirit. Yes.”
I follow the prompting of the Spirit, listening as I lean into my conversation with God.
“What’s on your mind?”
“Whew. What’s not?” I pause. Do I have any reason to worry? If not, why am I anxious? Just breathe.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”
“Yes, Jesus. Yes, I can do that. I can rest in You. I will abide in You, Lord. I will abide.”
“Come, dwell in my presence. Release your thoughts, your worries, and your concerns. Simply rest in Me. Sit in My presence.”
I breathe, deep and slow, as I dwell in the Lord’s presence, communing with the Spirit and my Savior. I am grateful for my time being with my Rock and Redeemer this morning. I am thankful for the Lord’s abundant blessings beyond all measure and exceeding any human expectations. Help me remember, Lord, it’s about pleasing You; not performing for human entities. Let me do what I do for You. May I live a life pleasing to You, my God. Give me peace and give me wisdom to accept those things I cannot change and to change those things I can. Help me recognize the difference. I love You, Lord. I love You.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Deuteronomy 6:4
What are some things that distract you from God?
I pray all is well with you and yours.
The Devotional Guy™
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