Distraction Is The Enemy’s Greatest Attack

How many of you have set your mind to do a task, only to be pulled in another direction? Or maybe you were going to work on that paper, or clean those dishes, but the cat video seemed much more appealing. Distraction, procrastination, or whatever else you want to call it, is a common trick that the enemy uses.

I’ll use this week for example. The goal was to have some posts written and scheduled out for at least this week. That clearly has not happened because my focus has been pulled elsewhere. I have noticed that whenever I am on the cusp of something, something that will better my life and others, I get distracted.

Work life and personal dramas can cause us to neglect our goals or tasks. You see, the enemy doesn’t want us to be successful. He wants us to stay where we are, never growing, never advancing.

Starting today, I want you to write out one task that you will accomplish for each day. Just start off with one, and then see how you feel after pushing through the distractions. You should feel less stressed and joyful because you have one less thing on your plate. Be mindful that you may see an increase in distractions arise. The enemy has plans to harm us and does not want us to be prosperous.

Trusting In God’s Timing

For the past month or so, Ben and I have been looking for a home. We have looked at 6 or 7 homes thus far. We made a pretty decent offer on a home that had everything we were looking for, only to be beat out by a higher bidder.

We found another home that was even better, and still had everything we were looking for. The only difference with the second home was that we would need to install a privacy fence. We were told by a realtor that someone offered cash, and so they went with that offer instead.

My motivation at this point was pretty low. I was seeing on our active listing page that there were no homes available in our area. My body was tired, and I started looking at all the weekends I signed up for with dread. I started leaving early from work and essentially giving up all the hours I worked on Sunday. Wednesday night I scheduled for a 2 am call in. Normally, I would try to get out of this and ask for a more reasonable call in time, but it made more sense for the other worker to do the evening tasks.

Because I was just so unmotivated from losing out on those homes, I went to my boss and told her that I would be staying home Thursday. Now, I don’t recommend that anyone just go up to their supervisor and tell them they won’t be in to work, that may not go over well. But I had nothing scheduled for Thursday, so I would have been sitting there extremely tired from being there at 2 am, and I have over 90 hours of PTO that I have to use up before the new year.

Backing up just a bit, on Wednesday, my mother in law sent ben and I a link to a home that was not in the school district we wanted. Ben and I kinda ignored the message at first, but I kept being drawn the house. On Thursday, I informed Ben that the house was actually in my cousin’s neighborhood. Ben suggested that we should go take a look as something to do.

The home is about 5 minutes walking distance from my cousin. It has a decent sized backyard with a privacy fence. This home actually has an upstairs. It has everything we were looking for except the school district. So we put an offer in, and within 30 minutes our offer was accepted!

I’m constantly in awe of the way God sets things up. I truly believe that He wanted me to rest. I actually felt pretty sick yesterday, so I think I just needed to slow down. But we went to look at this home with no expectations, and we didn’t have to go through any hoops like we did with the last two houses.

In this digital age, we get so caught up with instant gratification that we forget that sometimes we have to wait. We have to trust in our Lord God. I think one of the reasons why He makes us wait, is to see how much we trust Him.

Quick Updates

Hey guys!

So, I’m thinking for the month of December, I will start reading The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. This isn’t what you would normally think of as a self-improvement book, but I think we need to go into this new decade with our armor equipped at all times. I’ll make a post on Fridays discussing the study, and how I am implementing it into my life. Hopefully some of you will be able to do the same, and we can get some conversation going.

Second update I am going to be posting at least once a week on Fridays. Fridays are my only guaranteed day off, and your girl is about to work three weekends in a row. Which actually leads me into the third update…

We put in an offer on another home! We find out tomorrow if they are going to go with our offer or someone else’s. We would definitely love to be in a home sooner than later. Baldwin, our 80lb husky, can no longer go up the stairs at our apartment, so a backyard would be a huge relief for him and us.

No call to actions today, just wanted to share with you guys some of things going on.

Personal Development For The New Year

Lately I have been feeling stuck in terms of what to do with my career, and my life in general. I’ve discussed this with my current supervisor, and I just don’t feel mentally stimulated anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the promotion and the pay raise that came with it. That raise will definitely help my family out as we continue to house hunt. The problem;however, is that my job role essentially stayed the same.

I’ve just been feeling like I need to go deeper. Deeper with my relationship with Christ, deeper in my relationships, and deeper in my own personal development. With 2020 approaching in two months, we will all be going into a new decade. Instead of waiting until the new year to make resolution goals, I was wondering if anyone would want to join me in reading at least one personal development book.

If this is something that you are interested in, then please comment below. I don’t have a book in mind just yet, but I would love to be able to discuss takeaways, and how we can implement the strategies in our lives.