Spring Cleaning for Your Soul!
Have you had trouble hearing God's voice? Maybe you wonder why life is a blur, and you can't keep up? Distraction keeps you from your fullest potential. It robs you of joy and steals your peace.
So it's time to do some spring cleaning for your soul!
Let's look at 3 areas of distraction and how to clean them up:
The Mess: Technology
Did you know social media is actually addictive?! It sets off a chemical in our brains called dopamine, making you feel good and seek after more. This means you don't put your phone down, and you look for more. You move from Instagram to Facebook, to Twitter, and then bounce back to Facebook. You move to your emails and check that, then you realize you wanted to look something up on Pinterest. You forgot to Snapchat your friend back, and then the cycle just continues over and over. Before you know it, dinner isn't made, and you have wasted 45 mins on your phone! Can you relate? The truth is social media and technology on our phone is really fun and good if used in moderation. But we all know it steals time from our precious family and gives allusions to friendships that are not real. It also provides a false sense of belonging, and most importantly, takes away time from God. Therefore, we can conclude when this happens, social media becomes a problem!
The Cleaning Solution: Find technology-free times of your day.
Psalm 46:10 says, Let be and be still, and know that I am God.
Our phones are the opposite of this. Often we are working on our phones, not minding our own business on social media, and not resting at all. Our minds are engaged and working when we scroll. It's the complete opposite of rest.
The Mess: Being Busy
Someone once said, "If the devil can't make you bad, he will make you busy." We need margin in our life. Margin allows us to do what God is asking us to do.
Now, as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38-42, ESV
Are you distracted by housework? Or perhaps you can't sit still until the dinner is prepped, laundry, dishes, and floors are swept? Maybe it's your activities, are you never home? Perhaps it's a combo of it all?
Time out! If the king of the world, Jesus, doesn't care about the meal being prepared, then why do we get so tied up with details? All those "things" He says don't matter; what matters is time with Jesus.
The Cleaning Solution: We Pray and set healthy boundaries.
How many things are you doing in your life right now that you just aren't feeling, don't have passion for, and really wish you would've said no to? So many of us are failing at everything when we could be excelling at some things. Stop trying to do everything. It doesn't have to be like that, because you have the right to use this really great word, "NO." When's the last time you sat with God and said, "Lord, I know you have a plan for my life. A plan to prosper it, guide my steps with my schedule and with my children's schedule. Help me say yes to only things I know will help fulfill my purpose and my childrens' purpose.
The Mess: Comparison and Competition
How often do you size yourself up against another mom?
Well, Sarah can cook and craft, so I need to be able to do that too.
Carrie can handle all these activities and still has time to read her bible and go on a date with her husband. How come I can't do that?
Do you ever envy or wish you had another husband? Sounds so crazy, but you see Julie's husband doing nice things for his wife, and you silently go, "Well, that sucks, my husband hasn't done something nice for me in a decade."
Or the dreaded Facebook post where you see your good friend headed off on the vacation you have always dreamed of going on!
What about finances? Do you ever get jealous of your friend's house, car, clothes, home decor? I mean, the list is endless. Here is the thing, it's a distraction! It's all a plot from the enemy to get your thoughts off Jesus and put your thoughts on yourself. It's not healthy.