So this devotion was birthed out of honesty. This past week, for me, I found myself in a mental space. That was just I don't know how else to put it but overloaded. Okay, so just with everything going on, everything being exposed, I was doing a ton of research, all good things to be researched. You know, doing your research, being informed, asking questions. All of those things are amazing. However, I felt like I had pieces of my mind and this topic and this topic and this one and this one this one and this one is trying to be a good wife trying to be a great mom, I'm trying to be intentional with my home and then also like, spiritually just trying to remain close with Jesus. So there was just a lot like I feel like I just was becoming very spread thin, especially like emotionally um. Just how much I was focusing on these crazy topics that are coming up and being exposed right now in the world, and I just felt the holy spirit say you are only going to be as effective as you are focused, so you're only going to be effective As effective in the kingdom like for God's work, you're only going to be as effective as you are focused and that just hit me so hard because I just realized.
Even though I am putting my heart into amazing things but also really trying to be aware of what's going on right now and just looking at that through the lens of hope. There came a point where I just felt like I am almost doing nothing other than researching and getting overwhelmed with these topics, because it's so much and it's so heavy right I mean I'm sure you guys have felt this too, that I was like wait. What am I actually doing like outside of social media? What am I doing outside of researching and obviously praying, but how can I be more effective? How can I really do what it is the thing that God's calling me to do, because we all play a role. We all play a part, so what is my part, and so I just felt like for me. I had to take a couple days off of Instagram and those few days off, Instagram like literally not logging on at, were so beneficial to me and if you are feeling overwhelmed and it's you know it's because of social media honestly do a detox even If it's like two days three days, I think I did three or four days and it was so nice I felt like. I could finally just gather my thoughts and not continue to be bombarded, and I feel like there's just so much going on that it's almost hard to process as quickly as we're getting the information. I just felt like this urge to get focused and focus on what it is that God was calling me to do because, like I said, we're all gonna have different parts. We're all gonna play different roles, but if we are so easily distracted and like I said it could be with good things, but if we're so easily distracted, how effective can we really be, and so that just hit so hard. I
Was actually listening to a podcast. I was listening to the story that they were talking about about being focused. So it was this guy who did this experiment basically, and he had a balloon and two different light sources: okay and one of the light sources was laser focus so really small like pinpoint light and then the other one was more like flashlight types, where it's dispersing in a big area, and they were saying that in the experiment he used these two different light sources that had the exact same. Basically, but one popped. The balloon and the other one did nothing to the balloon, and so they were saying that the one that were laser focused actually had enough energy in that little dot to pop this balloon, but the one that were dispersed in a greater area, even though it had the exact same amount of y, exact, same amount of energy being dispersed made no effect, so I just was thinking about that and I'm like we as believers need to get laser focused because I feel like um. If we all know what we are called to do, if we all know what we're called to pray for, then we can really make a huge impact because we're going to be dialed in we're going to be focused and we're going to do that thing that the Lord's telling us to do, which I think will be so much more effective than just becoming overloaded and so distracted and that we're just like almost like paralyzed in, like okay, I'm overwhelmed what the heck to do. So I just wanted to encourage you today. If you are feeling the overwhelmed fulfilling all the chaos that's going on, take a step back and really get focused. Another thing that the lord's supposed to be giving to speaking to me is that we can't be as humans. We cannot be passionate about every single topic that comes up in the world. Of course we can feel for it and we can hurt for it, and you know our hearts can go out to it, but I just was thinking like I cannot be crazy, passionate about all of these topics, because I'm gon na go on like again overload almost Like I don't know, just like compassion overload like there's only so much that we can handle mentally and so find that one thing um that god is calling you to. I want to share with you guys this verse that I think will just encourage you as well. So it's actually in Hebrews again.
New American Standard Bible
33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their [a]release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others [b]experienced mocking and flogging, and further, chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [c]they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented 38 (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, on mountains, and sheltering in caves and holes [d]in the ground.
Wow okay, that is powerful, oh my goodness, all of that done by faith and then skipping ahead to Hebrews 12:2. It says…
2 looking only at Jesus, the [a]originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Okay, so as believers we just need to get so focused, we need to get rid of distractions. I think for our age, a lot of it and honestly for any age. Right now is social media and, like I said, there's so much coming at us that it's a lot for our brains to process. It's a lot for our hearts to process, and I also just wanted to encourage you to. I really felt like, just in my spirit this week, I just felt like there were almost like two different, like sets of people right now, people who are ready and equipped and ready to like going into this battle that we are almost being called into to Be just the light bearers and all this exposed darkness that's going on right now, but there's also people who and you could be a mix of both. There's also people, and I really felt this is important to want to go forward, and you know be making huge strides in these areas, but need to be very intentional and diligent and healing, okay and healing it might be in your marriage. It might be in your family, it might be a relationship, it might be something if there is an open wound in your heart, and you know it and you can feel it.
I just want to encourage you, don't try to rush ahead and do all these amazing things. I think more than anything God wants you healthy, and he wants you whole and a healed heart is so much more effective, and just I mean really even just for our minds for our mental stability. I feel like having those unresolved wounds can be such a great stumbling block, even if it's not right now, it could be in the future for you. And so I just even was thinking about that for myself too, like you know before I can go forward And doing this like okay, I really need to make sure that this is healthy. This is whole. This is healed.
So I just have been thinking about that. A lot too. That know that it's okay, that if you need to take some time for some healing in your heart, I feel like there might be some of you who are watching that you know that that is for you, and so, if it is, I just want to encourage You that healing is so hard, and it is, I mean it can be gut-wrenching at times, but it is always worth it, and that is God's heart for us is to walk in full healing. If you're feeling that I think that it'll resonate with you - and hopefully you feel encouraged by that. So I just want to encourage you guys this week we're only as effective as we are focused and I think that the enemy right now Is really trying so hard to distract us in so many different areas. So I want to encourage you to get focused, even take some time after watching this devotional to just sit with the lord and just pray and ask him: God: is there anywhere that I am you Know spending more time that I really shouldn't be or is there someone? Is there a certain thing? That's really distracting me. Is it social media? Is it on tv? Is it Netflix like? Am I wasting time on things that I shouldn't be wasting time to really think about that and then ask god: where do you want me to pour into if you have no idea or if you're just like, I don't even know what to do or where to Give to or who to help or you know what to pursue, what dream to go after just sit and take time with the lord. It might not be an instant answer, but I promise you. He is so faithful that if you keep praying and if you keep asking, he will absolutely show you even if it's just five minutes. I know that there's so many of you guys who are like I'm. I just want to encourage you, even if you have five minutes, spend five minutes with the lord and just see what happens, even if it's in worship or if it's just in Prayer. I hope this isn't weird, but I actually just wanted to pray for you guys in the prayer of your week.
Jesus, I just thank you for every single person that is watching this video right now, god I thank you, lord, that you have such a mighty and big plan for them, and god I just ask you Jesus that if they are distracted in any area of god that You would so lovingly reveal that and God that you would bring it to light so that we can be focused daughters in your kingdom and makes the impact that you want us to make Jesus. So I just pray God for your blessing over them. Lord, I pray God. Just just to release Lord of your goodness and of your blessing and of your favor and lord, that you would lead the rest of their week this week. Lord Jesus name amen.
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