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March 24, 2020

Distractions and Disciplines

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8)

This 3 part series is a breakdown of the talk Hannah shared at the 2018 Womens Luncheon in Florida, “Strong Women: Balancing the Distractions & Reclaiming Our Time” featuring her takeaways from the book “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You” by Tony Reinke. Our phones are incredibly useful, but like anything else they can become a major source of distraction if we let them.



We know we have a calling. We know the Bible is good and true, and we need to study it. But we can be led astray so easily. 2 Timothy 3:6 says “For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle (spiritually dwarfed) women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning but never able to arrive at the truth.”

WOW. The easiest way for us to be rendered ineffective is when we are distracted from arriving at the truth, and the tiny squares with red dots on our phones can be a major culprit. I love having my bible at my fingertips on my phone. But I also can get distracted by a notification in an instant and fail to actually spend time in the word when I try to make it happen through an app.

In her book Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More my friend and fellow baseball wife Billie Jauss says, “We need life disciplines based on life priorities.” As christian women, our priorities need to include knowing God through knowing his word.

One of my daily disciplines is leaving my phone in another room while I do my One Year Bible reading. Sad but true, I can’t even have the phone in the room with me!

Similarly, our brains are being trained to only stay engaged for bite sized tweets of info, rather than absorbing whole works. We have to fight that if we want to develop biblical literacy - an understanding of what the bible says and what it says as a whole. We can’t know the truth of the gospel unless we make it a priority to read and understand God’s word.

Every single one of us has a calling and a purpose in life. And each moment of our days are valuable. It's time for us to make sure that we are taking control and using it wisely.

Note: If you find yourself getting sucked into the endless scrolling, or ever feel like your phone is running you instead of the other way around, get the book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke. It is a fair, biblically solid study on the ways that technology is impacting our lives. Super interesting, super challenging.

Prayer: God, I know that my soul can only find rest in You. Give me the focus and the desire to grow closer to you every day. Let Your word speak and move in me. Help me to develop and practice disciplines that bring me closer to You.

Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 11:18-23, 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Hannah Sneed

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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