ONE WHO SEPERATES

I was sitting in church this Sunday, listening to amazing worship and a great sermon, and for some reason I just felt this fog over my heart.  I was hearing the words but just couldn’t seem to make them affect my heart.  Maybe it was the 11 month old squirming on my lap, or the fact that I feel like I’ve been tired for the last 11 months straight.  But deep down I knew it was something more.  Deep down I knew it was because I wasn’t ALLOWING God top priority in my heart and Satan was doing all He could to keep me from Him

I was sitting in church and I felt like the Lord was telling me to get rid of the distractions.

Obviously I can’t get rid of my children:)  ha!  And honestly I knew that’s not what He was talking about.  I COULD get rid of the screens though, and that’s where I felt like He was convicting me.

I’m not sure if anyone else has this problem, or if I’m alone in it, but I go to bed at night and usually the last thing I do is scroll through my Instagram feed before I shut the lights out.  And in the morning, when Beckett wakes up a little too early, I buy some time with him in my bed and I scroll through Facebook, or Pinterest, or whatever app is speaking to me.

IT’S THE FIRST THING I DO IN THE MORNING AND THE LAST THING I DO AT NIGHT!

I even feel like throughout the day my phone has control over me.  Every time I walk past it I just nonchalantly push that little home button to see if I missed a super important text message, phone call, or notification.  Like my life would end if I didn’t get it til 3 hours after the fact.  If I’m bored for one second I think, let’s just see if anyone posted anything interesting.  And then I get sucked in for another 30 minutes.

I’m making it sound as though I’m on my phone all day, and honestly I’m not.  The problem comes though when I’m MORE INTERESTED on what’s on my phone than I am interested in what THE LORD IS SAYING TO ME.

You see, lately I feel like God’s small voice has been voided out due to over distraction, business, entertainment, and lack of priorities on my part. And I feel like so many of these distractions are Satan, keeping us apart from the one he hates.  So this Sunday, I finally decided to do something about it.  I told the Lord I would give up screens (which included my beloved Today show) for a week.  I know it sounds silly, ONE WEEK, but you guys, I have to set realistic goals that I can achieve.  And I’m hoping that after one week I have enjoyed my screen free life so much, that I can see a screen for what it is.  A tool, not an obsession.

So this morning was my first true test.  Of course Beckett woke up the earliest he’s woken up all month, (and no, I don’t think that’s a coincidence) so where I’d normally let him sit and play on my bed while I “woke up” with my bff –my phone, I played with him instead.  I came downstairs once I could function, and instead of making my coffee and turning on the Today Show, I grabbed my Bible and a book I’ve had for a few months now that has been collecting dust and started reading.  I read, EVEN WHEN MY KIDS WERE AWAKE!   Cause that’s just it.  I had told myself before that I need the perfect quiet time to spend time with Jesus.  The circumstances have to be just right.  And in all reality, I probably have another 18 years of non-ideal quiet time with the Lord.  And if I’m being even more truthful with myself, it was just an excuse, because when I did get the baby to bed, my priorities changed again to I have to get the house cleaned, or that project finished up, or anything else I could think of before spending time with Jesus.

So this morning I sat down with the book called, “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith,” by Lysa TerKeurst.  And you guys, the Lord NEVER ceases to amaze me!  The whole first chapter was designated to finding our calling, each and every one of us, and more importantly, how SATAN, tries to steal that from us.  How he will distract us and make us doubt so that we feel so inadequate we don’t even try.  She even wrote that the word Satan means…wait for it…..ONE WHO SEPERATES.

His chief purpose is to separate us from God however he can.  He wants us to chase after other things—even good things—so we miss God’s best.  He wants to keep us busy.  He wants to fill our heads full of lies to that we can’t hear God’s truth.

Boom.

I heard you Jesus.  Thanks for the confirmation.

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

and then goes on to say in verse 8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

So this week I choose to resist the devil, by taking away his power over me through the distraction of screens.  I know this is one weakness that he attacks in my life.  So if I don’t seem to “like” your picture or comment on your cute post, it’s not because I’m mad at you:) It’s because I am re-training my mind, clearing my head, and resisting the devil.  And I just want to clarify that I do not think these things ARE the devil. I have seen so much good come from social media through our own experience with Jules and it allows us to connect, encourage, and pray for people that we probably wouldn’t have before.  But  I think these things can be a TOOL the devil uses to distract and push us away from communion with Jesus if we aren’t careful, and in my life, I knew he was doing just that.

If anyone wants to join this journey with me, I’d love it! And I’ll still check my comments on here and hopefully we can encourage one another.  I still plan on blogging, I just won’t be scrolling:)  For one week that is.   I can do this.  We can do this.  And Lord, draw near to me:)

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26 Responses to ONE WHO SEPERATES

  1. Vanessa says:

    Although this post is almost a year old, it is speaking to me so much. My husband and I have been going through a hard time this week with our son who has autism and is nonverbal. I’ve been so frustrated asking God why it feels like my prayers aren’t heard and why I feel like I can’t hear his voice like before. I decided to make God more of a priority and not be so consumed in my day to day things that consume all the space in my head like social media, stress over work and schedules, and worrying about the future, entertaining friends, etc. As I grab my laptop this morning your blog was already opened (since I’m new to it and have been binging on your posts :) ) and this is the post that it was left on! Thank you so much for reminding us of these barriers to making God a priority. I really needed this. Also, I’m in the process of starting my own blog and yours is such an inspiration to me. Thank you!

    • allie says:

      Oh vanessa, I’m so glad I’m not alone in this struggle…and I’m adding you to my prayers this morning:) Thank you for sharing your heart and your sweet comments about my blog! God bless girl!!

  2. Autumn says:

    I know just how you feel..I had let TV overtake my life. I kept putting the Lord on the backburner, and He wasn’t happy about that. My family cut our satellite off. I can now say it’s been 11 months without TV, and honestly it’s been great. You can get so much more accomplished, and spend so much more quality time with your kids, and with Jesus. Good Luck on your journey:)

  3. Anna froberg says:

    Amazing that I was “waking up” with Instagram this morning and found you through niki_grandy’s post! Your message is 100% spot on with my life currently!!! I am searching out that book today after church and will be praying for the guidance to just be all in. Thank you for your amazing words this morning!!!! Xo from Idaho
    Anna

  4. Tamara says:

    your post is me. I was searching Pinterest for “DIY dresser refinishing” & loved what you did to your dresser. Even funnier (not “funny” but as a believer you prob know what I mean/nothing is coincidental, 😂), your name popped up at the top “Proverbs 31 Girl”. That’s me. I’m a proverbs 31 girl too! My hubbs prays that over me every Friday dinner! To get even funnier, God, I’ve been checked out/glazed over lately as well. (Ok, God…my ears are up again…) You go on to write about your calling & how satan uses distraction to widdle us down to thinking “I can’t. I won’t. It won’t work”, etc. I’ve been interested since high school in fashion, having my own store per say. I put down that dream to pursue “a real career & school that will pay for me to live”. I hated it & most every job I had even after double majoring in college in business & computers all while being a starting athlete on a division 1 soccer team. Fast forward to now where God has clearly orchestrated every little detail of my life/my hubs & our 3 littles 3 & under to putting us in a brand new little gated neighborhood right down the street from another fam with nearly exact same age kids as us. I’m happy to say literally we are best friends with the entire family-each kid has a bestie & each adult has a bestie in each other PLUS, my bestie is dropping her ONLINE WOMEN’s CLOTHING k ACCESSRY STORE this Sunday http://www.bedainty.com & all the while I get to see that yeah! My dream WAS & IS possible. My new bestie is literally
    Doing what I’ve wanted to do & was scared to do all my adult life! I’m now in talks with my hubs on taking steps to start my own online store for the hip & hipster babies & toddlers for an affordable price. Your post is exactly how my life is going right now & is direct confirmation to me that God is hearing my inner & outer voice everyday & I’ve all but tabled Him everyday saying “I don’t have the time”. Guess what? I have the time to (like you wrote) re prioritize my day to include last minute trips to JoaNn’s or target or groceries or HomeGoods but I don’t have time for me to pursue Him or take time for “myself” in terms of physical health. Satan has just tipped the scale to “that will take too long” or “you NEED to clean” or do laundry or even check my cell phone at night before bed or in the middle of the night when I wake to go potty or first thing in the morning & then 40 min goes by getting sucked in to whatever caught my eye or checking our bank balance or whatever. Thank you for being a reminder to me, a messenger from God to me, a light of hope that I too can blog or open my own store or do whatever it is God is calling me to do if I just take time to sit with Him & then DO SOMETTHING. I already love your blog after reading just 2 posts, we both have an 11month old & I love your DIY dresser. What’s wvwn funnier is I used the exact same method & stain & color on the farm table that my friend just built for our new home! We serve an awesome God. Thank you for inspiring me! You are a direct answer to prayer.

    Sincerely,

    Tamara

    • allie says:

      Oh Tamara,
      This comment just blessed me sooooo much, you have no idea! I absoloutley love how there are no “coincidences” in our lives, and that God brought you here to remind me as well, that He will use ME….if I just let Him:):) I love your story, your dream, and your reality:) I think you are onto something with the cute hipster clothes for babes, I’ll definitely check you out when you open that! So please let me know:):) Best of luck in all you do and Praying you find the time you need today to make God a priority…He does seem to take care of all the rest;)
      xoxo
      allie

  5. Amy Oliver says:

    what a good word! I’ve been convicted of the same and ignoring Gods voice. Not a good thing! This is the push I need.

  6. Jade says:

    Wow, you are so right. God ALWAYS delivers! Just last night as my kiddos were drifting off to sleep, I missed prayer time with them because I was too caught up in my own SCREENS. That is NOT the mom I want to be. I want to be present, and I want to be an example for them of what is really important in this life. I started feeling convicted to spend a little less time in the world and more in the WORD. Then this morning, I read this blog entry in my inbox. Right on time. I know just what I need to do! Thank you so much for being the light for Jesus that you are. :)

  7. amy says:

    hello again: this transcript was in my email box today and i thought you would enjoy it!

    https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/your-surrender-complete-1/

  8. amy says:

    i love this!
    I have had so many of these same thoughts, and its the one reason that i don’t have a smartphone! although, my laptop is never really far away and i fall into the same traps.
    Praise God for His mercies to draw us nearer!
    This is a blessing xoxo

  9. Alicia says:

    I am glad you are listening to Him and encouraging others. The works of the Lord never return empty. I thank you for passing this along.

  10. Sally says:

    This was a timely post and one I needed to read. Coincidence! I think not. I have been feeling down and worthless, unable to accomplish things. Hmmm, I wonder why?
    Thanks for the courage to write this, it is a big eye opener for me.

  11. Susan Howard says:

    Thank you for sharing this post w all of us. I have also had a couple of friends on Facebook laying Facebook down for a few days just over past couple of weeks. I am guilty of this myself. :( Our phones are tge first thing most of us grab or go to. But I am guilty of not spending the right amount of time w our Lord. Thank you so much again Allie for sharing this w us.

    Thanks;
    Susan

  12. Lori Kilsdonk says:

    Hi sweet Allison. What I love about you is your transparency and your authenticity in the Lord. My favorite time of the day is when I can have intimate moments with the Savior as I interact with Him through His Word. He is so big and wonderful. My husband and I love Saturday mornings because it starts with Jesus, Jazz, and Java. We read independently, together but we have the freedom to interrupt each other with the wows we stumble upon. May you and your husband find time in the Word interacting with one another as the Spirit pours over your thoughts sacred delights to discover together.

  13. Molly says:

    Okay, this is such a great plan I am going to do it with you! Seriously you nailed it with the distractions from satan, plus the other thoughts and feelings our favorite screens can cause. So count me in and let’s hold each other accountable. I have to keep my email for work (although I would totally love to give that up too! :) ), but otherwise this break will be good! xo

  14. Mindy says:

    Wow Allie! Thank you for sharing this. I have felt this conviction MANY times but have never taken the plunge and actually shut down the screens. Your words are encouraging and they are nudging me to just walk past my phone WITHOUT pressing the home button! :)

  15. Laura Jo says:

    Thank You for sharing your heart this morning! I feel like you took the words right out of my heart and mouth!

  16. Jessica says:

    Thank you for posting this and laying our your heart’s thoughts for all of us to read and think on! A few weeks ago my phone completely died and because I had to order a new one I was without a phone for 10 days… it wasn’t easy, but it was amazing. I am so guilty of the same things you mentioned about first thing in the morning, last thing before bed, and everything in-between but without a phone I was able to see how much it and Satan truly did distract me. Even my husband noticed and commented about how ‘present’ I was during those 10 days! It broke my heart to think that I wasn’t giving my family the time and attention that they need and deserve. Well, I am reconnected to the world again, but I have reevaluated my screen time. I always think twice before hitting the ‘home’ button :)

    Good luck!

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