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Linda writes:
August 13, 2014 12:29 PM
It seems as I have gotten older it is easier for me to become distracted. And I always seem to "try to find the time" to read my devotionals. I am one of those people who, when they wake up, need at least an hour and 1 cup of coffee to become a fairly functioning human being. A morning person I am not. I feel bad that I have to find time to pray, read my devotional or anything else along those lines. Especially with classes starting soon. I keep saying that I need to get organized, but I never seem to do it. Jesus needs to be first and foremost every day, just as I need to take my medicine every morning. We should not see making time for Jesus as a chore. It should be part of our every day routine. But, in our busy lives, perhaps forcing yourself to schedule time with Jesus may be what is needed. They say it takes 30 days to start a new habit. So, maybe for 30 days actually schedule in your time for devotions and prayer. Put it on your to-do list, right up there with coffee, breakfast, brush your teeth, etc. I am so good at giving advice and lousy at following! Let's see how we all do with starting this new habit. Much Love and God Bless.

Rodney writes:
August 8, 2014 1:53 PM
Everyone has personal priorities, desires and obligations that steal our time. I have tried, and continue, to try and allocate time for God in my day and life. I am 62 and often spend un-productive time thinking about all the time I wasted in my own life. This just compounds my un-productive time. After reading in my quiet time I sometimes wonder how different my life would be if____. I now try and follow the guidance of Dr. Blackaby, "Be alert to God at work around you and join Him" Too often we try to do our own thing and then ask God to bless it. I am returning to school after 18 months or so away but am looking forward to meeting people and seeing where God leads me.

Bobby writes:
August 6, 2014 3:12 AM
Victoria, your comment is a real eye opener. It is so true. Our busy lives can get us so preoccupied that by the time we go to bed some nights, we kick ourselves because we did not take the time for Him. I was reading a blog earlier where even some pastors get so busy that they neglect time for prayer and reading their Bible. I know from experience that the times that we need our Lord the most are those times we do not feel like praying or reading our bible for whatever reason. That, or we decide to go ahead and put our distractions first. How much stronger would our relationship and faith be if we all learned to always put Him first?

GODSLOVE1 writes:
August 5, 2014 9:59 AM
This is a good topic, and I am pleased to have read the scriptures. I find myself always being distracted and putting off things. After reading this it has become my wake up call. It reminds me to not allow distractions to get in place of things that are important and to focus on Him. In the end only what you do for Christ will last.

Cornice writes:
August 4, 2014 11:15 PM
Speak Lord!!

Martin writes:
August 4, 2014 6:13 PM
I know distractions will compromise your intimacy with Jesus, if you allow it to. I start every day, as soon as I wake, with " Prayers For Emotional Wholeness". The easel gives a daily scripture to read. I will not leave my room until I have thanked God for my blessings and decided how to incorporate that days message in my days schedule. I know better! With the way the world has changed in complexity it is the only thing that works for me. What a wonderful way to greet each morning. God's light will shine on your path if you allow it to. Blessings to all.

McKayla writes:
August 4, 2014 10:12 AM
I agree. There have been many times in my life when I have been very distracted by what has been going on around me; so much so that I could not even see how much the Lord loved me and cherished me any more. (You all as well) I realized if I can not see how much he loves me, how do I share his love for you? Truthfully I can not. It took a good long time for me to get on track with Him but it does happen. Here is how I did it. I asked for his help! That is it. It really is that simple but so simple that sometimes we miss it. Have a blessed day!

Jackie writes:
August 3, 2014 11:35 AM
After reading the scriptures, you posted it remind me how often we can let the voices of this world distract us. We live in a world that consistently wants our attention and I think time is a big struggle for a lot of us. My challenge is to give God my best first and not let the day go by before I notice my ever forgiving God at the last few minutes before sleep arrives. I am new student starting online classes this fall. I am looking forward to a new Christian Family.

Clementine writes:
August 1, 2014 3:42 PM
Guilty! My days are so full that I put everything else in front of the Lord. I know that I can't even walk without the Lord holding my hand and I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand. Thank you for reminding me who to put first and start each and everyday with.

Joseph writes:
August 1, 2014 1:40 PM
I agree about being distracted from what God is calling or having you to do. With the way the world is changing so that you can always be in contact with other, it is coming clear that we as Christians are becoming less intimate with our Creator. To have a relationship with God today takes commitment and focus....a lot of focus.

Yami writes:
August 1, 2014 9:20 AM
I completely agree on the distractions. There are days that I tell myself that I will have that time of reflection with God and read the bible; and guess what I don't. Something always came up that I let distract me from my time with God. The sad part is that I did have time to look at my emails, social media, etc. I always feel so frustrated with that but I do it unconsciously already. I can completely relate to the distractions in our lives.

Melton writes:
July 31, 2014 10:07 PM
This is a really good subject, distraction can be your worst problem. Before I created a Facebook page, I was reading and praying at least one hour before I leave for work. now I spend at least 20 minutes on Facebook and email. I cannot be distracted anymore. I must answer when called.

Jenn writes:
July 31, 2014 12:09 PM
Hi everyone, I too can relate to this topic. I often put the chores of the day or even my morning coffee before reading. I agree that we need to fill our spirits to help us through the day. Candy, I am also starting online classes here in August! I am feeling the fear, because it has been 18 years since I have been a student. Your post was encouraging and I know that we can climb this and all mountains with Christ!

Ken writes:
July 31, 2014 11:37 AM
I totally understand the distractions! I also have tried to have a half hour or so reading and praying before starting the day, some days it just doesn't happen. Email, texts, Facebook all distract me from quality time with God. That must change!

Victoria writes:
July 31, 2014 10:49 AM
Excellent challenge this morning. I know how easy it is for my "to-do" list to distract me from meeting with the Lord. The days are full and busy and yet what challenges me from this passage is this: Am I willing to drop my "to-do" list as quickly and without question as the disciples did when Jesus called. And yet, He calls to me each day to do just that. To drop what I am doing and take time to sit and hear his voice.

Candy writes:
July 30, 2014 6:52 PM
Your words got my attention. There are so many distractions in this day and age that can easily get you distracted from the most important thing in our lives, and that is our ever-growing relationship with God. I'm sure some don't think about how easy it is to get side tracked. You just reinforced the small changes that our society needs to start recognizing. Read Gods word in the morning so that His words may be with you all day to give the motivation and strength needed to stay on the path that He has laid out for us all. I am a new student and start taking online classes at the end of August, and reading this just made me put all the doubt I had about going back to school out of my mind. I am ready to start learning with my new Christian Family. Thank you.

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