weapons of mass distraction

Wow! This walk with Him is a daily discipline, also a joy but very much a discipline. Most of the time in the early morning I am so anxious to spend time alone with Jesus, to come away with him for an hour or so, to commune with Him, to soak in His Word.

But lately it seems that weapons of mass distraction have taken me away from my soul's deep yearnings--that of having a genuine, personal, intimate relationship with Him. I go through the motions but I have to keep coming back and making myself think about Him, disciplining myself to read the next verse and meditate on it.

Above all guard your heart for it is the well spring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Oh, God, I need to take the time to guard my heart--after all, you stress its importance in Your Word.
but the high school reunion is coming up--

We guard our hearts from sin's bitter defilement by treasuring God's Word in our hearts. Psalm 119:9-11
and I need to contact all those people that I volunteered to get in touch with--

In Matthew 26:41 Jesus instructed his disciples to "watch and pray" so that they would not fall into temptation.
And I really do need to watch and pray. I surely don't want to fall into temptation and I must take the time to prepare myself so that I will not be given to temptation--
--and the fundraiser banquet for the Crisis Pregnancy Center is coming up on Thursday night--I need to help prepare for that--

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Oh Lord, I must stay in your Word daily so that I will be prepared to give a gentle answer, not a harsh one--
and remember I just opened the Etsy shoppe and I promised myself that I would add one piece of art or jewelry a day to it and I am already several days behind schedule--

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. Proverbs 9:9
Oh God, I do need to be wise--I do need to learn from your Word today so that I can add to my learning.
and yes remember that huge stack of pictures that I promised to scan for someone

Now I could go on and on with this but I'm sure you get the idea of what I am referring to: a divided mind and a divided heart, a very dangerous thing.

So this morning, I had to get serious with God, ask Him to place the craving back inside of me--this craving for the craving place--and then I have to depend on Him that He will do just that--and finish the work that He started so many years ago.

We can be confident of this that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6
Now none of these things were in and of themselves bad. In fact, I enjoy doing all of the the things that were coming to my mind BUT they had become distractions--weapons that satan could use, weapons of mass distraction to take me away from God's Word.

Father, thank you that you will complete this work in me. I cannot do this. It is only the magnetic drawing of Your Holy Spirit that entices me to commune with You, to sit and chat with you, to pick your brain and see how you think and feel about every little issue in the world. I long to know Your heart, Oh Father. Teach me your Heart's knowledge so that my heart will be guarded because it is the wellspring of my life.
From Merriam Webster:
Main Entry: well·spring
Pronunciation: \-ˌspriŋ\
Function: noun
Date: before 12th century
a source of continual supply

"Above all else guard your heart for it is a source of continual supply of life."

Blessings to you in this wondrous walk with Him,

dianne signature