Spring Cleaning: Weeding out distractions

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

Ok y’all so this Spring Cleaning Challenge is all about getting rid of the junk that clutters our thoughts, weighs us down and keeps us from living healthy & happy lives. Right? Right. So what’s some of the junk you’ve already identified? If you’re just joining the challenge, make sure you go back and grab the resources we’ve shared already!

 

What are your most common distractions? Why do you think you gravitate toward each of those distractions?

This week we’re talkin’ about distractions. Sometimes we think we don’t get distracted. Well, at least I don’t think I get distracted, don’t know about y’all! Then you notice yourself daydreaming. Or you find yourself scrolling through facebook for way too long. Or you’re out shopping for something to wear and start wondering if that dress looks the same way on you as the the girl who’s wearing it in the store or if life would be better if only _______ fill in the blank. Those distractions.

And if you’re wondering what in the world this has to do with Spring Cleaning. Again, go back to last week’s post  (YOU NEED IT TRUST ME)!!

What is a distraction:

: something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention

: something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.

: a state in which you are very annoyed or upset

What are your most common distractions? Why do you think you gravitate toward each of those distractions?

Today I’m hitting on distractions because we’ve reached a new season. Most of us started the year with goals in mind. Ready to take on “THIS YEAR” as our year. This year we decided this would be the year we would finally go after the things that we’ve always wanted, punching fear in the face and dreaming bigger dreams than we could even wrap our mind around!!!! Right?

Please don’t tell me I was the only one with this WHOOP WHOOP LET’S GO BE AWESOME mind-set. I mean seriously I bought a copy of the book Make It Happen and I was ready to, well, do just that!

So what happened? Where’d the GO GO GET’EM fire go?

Truth is, it’s still there. And several of us actually did something with that passion, even if the something that we did doesn’t seem glamorous or bucket-list worthy to someone else. What matters is that we did it!

But for the rest of us; the ones of us who sat that one goal to the side. To the ones of us who said wow I would love to do that, and I will…one day. To the ones that scrolled through Instagram posts and saw someone we admire doing what we know in our hearts God has called us to do, but we can’t understand why it’s not happening yet. To us. Can we talk about THOSE distractions?

Let’s do something. First. Cut some slack. Look, God has a plan for you. If you’ve followed anything I post, you’ll know that I stand on that truth. And His plan is never for you to fall apart or fail. His plan never includes fear. But He knows that we will be distracted by it so He always always always provides a way out of that fear! And I trust the fact that you’re here reading this now, is that way out of fear.

Fear is a distraction. Fear is a liar. And every lie we have ever heard, lived or listened to comes from the author of lies – satan. Now before you close this post and think oh no here goes one of those “the devil made me do it” messages; that’s not where I’m going. Actually, this is about somewhat him and his plans but more about us and how easy it is for us to listen to ourselves not knowing that it’s coming from his plan to distract us away from the truth.

Galatians 5:6-8 asks us an honest question “You were running your race so well. Who cut you off (lied to you one version says) Who has interfered with you holding you back from following the truth? “

Have you asked yourself that question? Who interfered with you? Who or what DISTRACTED you?

The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My (JESUS) purpose is to give life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)

Identify Your Distractions:

Lara Casey describes distractions as weeds in her book “Make It Happen”. 

Weeds have two parts: what you see growing on the surface and the roots below the surface. Some weeds disguise themselves as pretty flowers. What’s above the surface may look harmless – beautiful even- but what’s below the surface threatens to kill everything in sight. Distractions are what we see on the surface; they are things that grow in our lives because of something deeper going on under the surface. Distractions may include things such as excessive social media, TV, food, shopping, negative thoughts, chasing perfection, gossiping, comparison, worry or other negative influences and temptations.

Distractions themselves typically aren’t the root problem, though. We can get rid of what we see, but we have to get to the roots in order to permanently remove the weeds.

Lara describes one of the biggest weeds and probably the most deeply rooted is the weed of comparison – ‘I fear not being enough’. Comparison makes us ungrateful, which is ignoring God’s gifts. When we want what everyone else has, we are blinded to the blessings right in front of us.  She goes into further details about the other two deeply rooted weeds of Connectivity-the fear of not knowing enough and Clutter -the fear of not having enough. I highly recommend getting this book!

So how to we pull those weeds?

  1. Focus:  2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (The Message) The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
  2. Pray: Talk to God. Let Him honestly know why you’re distracted. Ask Him where you got distracted. Allow Him to show you the things that are begging for your attention. 
  3. Cultivate gratitude. Distractions that are rooted in comparison rob us of the joy of appreciating what we have, who we are and snatches our gifts from under us because we are too busy watching what someone else is doing. Gratitude creates a fertile ground for planting new seeds called ENOUGH!

Detox Recipe: It’s time to do some weed pulling. From the roots.

Many of our issues with proper digestion food, our health concerns, our skin complexions and lack of energy are rooted in the foods we eat. This week let’s focus on getting in the foods that will not only help flush out the negative junk but start adding in what we really need.

Clean Eating Magazine is a beautiful resource (ONE OF MY FAVORITES) for meal planning, recipes and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I recently stumbled across this bite of yummy info:

“Munching on crunchy fruits, veggies and nuts is a great way to reduce stress0homoe levels because they release tension in the jaw without adding too many calories. Your best bets: apples, carrots, jicama, brazil nuts and hazel nuts.

“Comparison is not only the thief of joy; it’s the thief of everything.

ENJOY THIS…

Detoxing MOOD BOOSTING Green Smoothie –

1 CUP KALE

1 CUP SPINACH

1 BANANA

1 Granny Smith Apple

1 TBSP NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER

1 80Z CUP UNSWEETENED VANILLA ALMOND MILK

1 SCOOP PROTEIN POWDER OF YOUR CHOICE

Throw everything in the blender add some ice and enjoy!!

****If you would like further guidance on this, please feel free to contact me so we can talk about creating a personalized plan for you! I would absolutely love to see you living abundantly! 

More resources: 

Smoothies & Recipes

This food makes me happy

10 Ways To Eating Healthy in 2015

One Thought on “Spring Cleaning: Weeding out distractions

  1. Hey girl, I LOVE this! Keep on! You’re my soul sister . . . for sure!

    {hugs},
    a

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