Distractions (by Mary Roberts)

Those of us who follow Jesus might agree that our primary aim is to grow in our knowledge and understanding of God, and to participate in his plan to bring His Kingdom into our sphere of life in a real and tangible way. Our lives our busy, there are pressures of different kinds - work, family, finances, relationships, not to mention the low-grade stress of situations both domestic and global that occupy our thoughts in negative ways. Distractions!

Finding time to spend alone in His presence can be hard, but it is so vital to our well-being, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically. Jesus said to his disciples, "come away with me privately to a solitary place and rest a while." (Mark 6:31). There are many ways we can do this - finding a favourite corner in your home, or going for a walk somewhere peaceful. The key is to focus on being present to God, choosing to give quality time to Him.

Journaling is a creative way of developing our relationship with God. Write down the things that you are wrestling with, but also, expect Him to communicate with you. We all have daily aids we find helpful - perhaps a regular blog, listening to some worship music, Bible reading, Daily Light. By writing down something that ‘speaks’ to you - a verse, a line of a song or poem, sometimes it could even come from a newspaper article or a film, or a thought - one can often find the Lord is leading you on a very instructive ‘rabbit trail’. And, if this is the case, you can be confident He is revealing something He wants you to know. Over time, as you re-read your journal entries, you will be encouraged to see how prayers have been answered and situations resolved.

So, here’s the thing.. God LOVES us! He has promised that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).