“Distraction is the most corrosive disease of the 20th century.” ~James Victore

Here we are 19 years into the 21st century and we are sliding further down the rabbit hole. Those of us who are from The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers or Gen Xers will remember simpler times. When we were kids, we played outside until the street lights came on. We had a core group of close-knit friends that we saw on a regular basis. We learned the art of conversation that took place face to face without a keyboard in sight.

But in today’s fast-paced world, restful times can be a precious commodity. We seem to always be busy, distracted and often overtired. Children may be overstimulated with the abundance of toys they have and scheduled activities. As technology advances around us, we are becoming more entrenched in busyness.
I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy social media in varied platforms. I also like to sequester myself away surfing the internet, reading and researching and before you know it, hours have drifted away. It’s like having an extended brain at my fingertips. Oh, how seductive that can be – all that knowledge within my reach! We can be so distracted by “time wasters” that we are missing things that are important or possibly missing out on some of the wonders or callings that God is imparting in our lives.

The action and discomfort of fasting allows us to pause, reflect and refocus on things that may be out of balance. Fasting gives us more time to pray and listen to what God is calling us to do.

There are many bible verses related to fasting. To access on-line, enter *bible verses on fasting*. Be sure to include the asterisk for a more concise search.
The new year is also a good time to start a new journal. Jot down your thoughts, prayers, motivation, expectations or list things you want to pray about. Journaling is a great tool to organize your thoughts and set the course for the new year.

Let us pray that we can find the quiet needed to really listen to God and that we
don’t become so consumed with distraction that it hinders our actions to do His will.

Diane Palfrey

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