Every morning I wake and try to read and pray before my feet hit the floor. Because if I don’t…I’ll find myself distracted.

Distractions by Dana Pittman

I’m sure I’m not alone in the matter. We homeschool, work from home, and I find my list of To-Do’s takes on a life of its own. Yet, today while listening to scripture I found a verse very intriguing…

Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may
labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.
Exodus 5:9 ESV

(I bet you were not expecting that one…)

This scripture is found in Exodus when Moses is going before Pharaoh seeking the release of the Israelites. Pharaoh then instructs his taskmasters to burden the people with more work to distract them from the words of Moses and Aaron.  Words of freedom and hope that their God had in fact heard their cries and was saving them. Which Pharaoh calls “lying words”.

Pharaoh’s plan of action becomes pretty simple: Distract them.

Keep them burdened with work until they have no time, no energy, no desire to hear a word from Moses. Pharaoh would put an end to their hope of freedom, or, as another translation says “cure them of their whining, their god-fantasies” (Exodus 5:9 MSG).



I sat back and couldn’t help but look at the “distractions” in my life.

Busy work.

Overextending myself.


And such…

All of these are merely distractions. They are barriers between myself and the hope and freedom presented to me daily. This left me with a question…simple, yet loaded:

Would I allow distractions to keep me from acknowledging
wonders God is displaying in my life?



I won’t. … I can’t.

What about you?


No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what
others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never
let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always
be there to help you come through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG


QUESTION: Will you allow distractions to keep you from your God appointed destiny?

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