Tuning Out Distractions

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”  (2 Chron. 20: 17 niv)

Writing my first book initiated one of the most intense spiritual battles of my life. I worried about my family—especially my seven grandchildren. I had not been available for their needs with all my blogging, speaking, and writing. Guilty thoughts saturated me like a heavy rainstorm. And worry encompassed me like a dark thundercloud overhead.

Then, a Word broke through the storm clouds like a ray of sunshine: “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8: 1 nlt).

My husband, Dan, had scheduled his retirement date just weeks before the deadline to turn in my book manuscript. So my direction faltered, and my thoughts were like a honeybee, flitting flower to flower. Lord, how will I ever finish this book in time?

I completed my book, but not without spiritual battles. Ephesians 6 offers us this truth:

“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.” (Eph. 5: 13–17 The Message)

Red Flags

How do you respond to distractions and discouragement when you’re seeking direction?


What scriptures have helped you during the spiritual battles of your life?


Note some of your spiritual battles on your timeline, listing some of the people, places, or events involved. Now,
pick one and freewrite about it, making sure to record the results of the battle.

Karen Jordan