Dear Woman of God,
Don’t get distracted.
‘Don’t get distracted’ you tell yourself as you plan to start your day in prayer and the word, but you pull your phone from underneath your pillow and start to scroll.
‘Don’t get distracted’ you tell yourself as you try to move on from that unhealthy relationship, yet you continue to search his name on face book to see his latest posts.
‘Don’t get distracted’ you tell yourself as you’ve made it a goal to live a healthier life, but you’re too tired to cook a wholesome meal and veg out on fast food instead cause its, well, fast.
‘Don’t get distracted’. It’s not easy to do, but it’s not impossible.
The word of God says,
“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
I love this verse so much because it likens our ‘distractions’ to “weight”.
Now I certainly know a thing or two about weight lol. I went for early morning runs a lot when I was younger in both primary and high school but when I reached my working years, there was a whole lot of ‘sitting’ involved. Sitting at my desk as I typed away at work for almost ten hours straight, and then sitting at my dinner table to eat a meal, late in the night, before going to bed. I repeated the whole ‘sitting’ routine day after day, night after night for almost two years. I noticed the huge effect this had on moving, walking, exercising and running.
It wasn’t easy anymore and I couldn’t go as far as I used to.
Paul used ‘weight’ as an illustration of what distractions in our lives are like. And what did God, through Paul (who wrote Hebrews), say we need to do with these distractions?
I love that. God didn’t say, “slowly peel them away” or “gently remove them”. God says, “STRIP THEM OFF!”
Remove them with haste! Don’t let yourself sit and ponder on whether you can live without it or not, He says remove it immediately! Why? the verse leads on to the reason – because it will “SLOW YOU DOWN”.
We want to move forward, that’s a natural desire that God has placed within our hearts, but what hinders this is the ‘weight’ in our lives that we do not strip off.
What is something in your life that slows you down?
Is it the time you spend on your phone? Is it an unhealthy relationship? Is it a group of ‘friends’ that are you leading you away from Christ and his character? Is it your emotional eating habits? Whatever it is, it is important you identify it.
I know for myself, one of the greatest distractions in my life, is emotional eating. I would go to the worst foods when I’m sad, when I’m stressed, when I’m tired or when I’m depressed about something.
It got to the point where I didn’t feel good in the morning, my mind would be so clogged up and foggy, and I would consistently be exhausted through out the day, unable to be productive at work or at home. I struggled to read and meditate on the word and my prayers would be all over the place.
It wasn’t until my mom shared her experience with me about fasting – the Daniel fast to be exact. My mom’s glow and her excitement about how much more prayerful her life has become, as well as the clarity she was experiencing in her mind, made me want that so bad. The cool thing though is that the fast wasn’t about losing weight, it was about drawing nearer to God and praying for something earnestly. I wanted to be clear minded, I desired more of God and had two specific things I wanted to pray seriously about. I decided to go on a 21 day fast – fasting from junk, sweets, meat etc. It was a lean towards more vegetables, fruit and wholesome food and boy! did it change the way I felt and lived instantly. About two weeks into it, the clarity in my mind, the way I was praying, the way I felt everyday going to work and coming home was completely different from the cloggy, foggy, tired, emotional and unproductive, old me. Even the way I couldn’t help but smile as I read the word or heard a worship song, knowing FOR SURE that God was speaking directly to me, just blew my mind.
I made it to the 21-day mark, but just couldn’t imagine going back to the old me and decided to extend it to 40 days. I did, and it was honestly the best 40 days ever, for a long time. After finishing, I celebrated by having cake and eating pasta, but into a week of eating immoderate amounts of not-so-good-for-you food, it was crazy how downhill things went for me. Without a doubt, I knew I needed to cut it all off again and walk-in health and wholeness once more, which is what I am currently doing, and oh! has it been a blessing!!! 😊
My distraction, the ‘weight’ that slowed me down in this life, was food. Your distraction, your ‘weight’ could be something or someone else. But whatever it is, identify it and ask God to help you fast from it – but make sure you have a ‘why’ – i.e., prayer points as the center (whether its to draw nearer to God, praying for your soulmate, asking for clarity in a certain decision etc.). I found that whenever I was tempted to fall, those moments not only made me remember what it is I was praying for, but it made me pray harder 😊. And you know what? After the 40 days of earnest prayer, God answered my two specific prayer requests… and they were not small requests! God willing, I will share more on that in the future, but it just excites me to see and feel and KNOW what God means when He says to “Delight in Him, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Dear woman of God, let go of whatever weight is slowing you down and use those moments you are tempted to fall as a booster to remind you what you are praying for, and to Pray harder! The devil will do anything to try and make you give up, to turn around, walk backwards and pick up your ‘weight’ again. Pray harder then. The unhealthy relationship, the eight hours on your phone at night, the emotional eating – all of that is NOT worth it and it never will be.
If you have been looking for a sign on whether you need to let go of something that is not adding value to your life, LET THIS BE THE SIGN.
I know this for a fact!
My sister, Let Go and Let God <3