We live in a society where we are bombarded by constant distractions: television, radio, people, internet, social media, etc. Although distractions are inevitable, they can be loaded if not handled properly.
You need to mindful and (alarmed) if distractions are:
Causing you to neglect or ignore your duties as a wife, mother, and homemaker. The internet, especially FB, has become a stumbling block for many women. Simple chores such as, washing dishes or making lunch are not performed in a timely fashion because of a wasted hour browsing Facebook.
If you work from home and must use the internet, I understand the necessity. However, be mindful that even working from home can become a distraction that separates you from your most important position as wife, mother, and homemaker. It's difficult to juggle the many responsibilities handed to us as women, but monitoring and prioritizing our time is crucial for a peaceful home and life.
Burning your conscience. In other words, you no longer view something as sinful that God calls immoral or deficient.
Causing your heart to stray from God and His precepts. If we are not spending time with God, something is wrong. I understand there are seasons in a woman's life where she may not be able to spend time with the Lord in the morning for an hour or two, but finding time to feed our souls in God's presence is important. We cannot successfully perform life when we're void of The Living Water.
- Play uplifting, worshipful Christian music.
- Pray while cleaning, washing dishes, etc.
- Having someone read to you is an indulgence too sweet to overlook. Audiotapes are wonderful luxuries for busy women.
Causing you to covet the sugar on the other side of the fence. The internet, including FB, can be a playground for sin. Facebook is simply people putting their best face forward. And, many women have been guilty of coveting the sugar on the other side of the fence. If it's not yours, it wasn't meant to be yours. Get out of there. Real life is messy, so don't believe all the hype.
Don't confuse a distraction for inspiration. Inspiration makes you feel alive and worthy, while a distraction can cause confusion and unworthiness.
Excellent weekend reading:
Let your mind meditate on those things which are lovely, noble, and pure (Phil 4:6-8). Feed your soul with all things beautiful:
Have a blessed weekend.