Hi friends! I thought today we’d talk about distractions… When you go to mass do you ever have a hard time blocking all the people around you out, or focusing on what the priest is saying? Do you ever leave mass not remembering what the gospel was even about? Maybe you go to adoration and can’t seem to even talk to Jesus?
Well welcome to my life! Over the last couple years I feel like it’s gotten worse! So in the recent months I’ve been putting some more effort into refocusing in on my faith. Getting distracted by life happens to us everyday especially if we thrive with Jesus!! The enemy tries everything he can to separate us in our faith, so when we feel like we have no time for God, mass, praying, or motivation for any of it, just know it’s always possible. We all have 5 minutes or even an hour out of our 24 hour day, but blocking out all of life’s distractions more then ever takes a little effort!
5 simple ways to refocus your eyes…
no. 1 Baby Steps.
The world is traveling faster and faster and that means that our hearts + our minds are traveling faster!! It’s so common to fall into a routine of rush and hurry! We may all be stuck in this “I have to get this done” or, “I have to catch up to this persons life” and,”My faith isn’t as strong as this other persons” but, when we focus on little, small moments with an honest prayer, or even just a few simple words of thankfulness, you’d be surprised by the difference that it makes.
no. 2 Morning + Night
Honestly I’ve never scheduled prayer before, other then planing to say a rosary, or chaplet… So the habit of saying a morning + night prayer is definitely something to get used to. Saying a simple prayer + sometimes adding a chapter of my book at night seems like the best way for me to start and end a day! Being more open and just having real, simple conversations about my day or something on my mind makes me feel so close to God! ACTUALLY PRAYING has my relationship with Jesus so much more comfortable and meaningful!!
morning prayer :
Thank you for loving me, for walking with me and caring about the smallest details in my life. Fill me with grace, Lord, I may have the strength to face whatever is before me today. I don’t know what today will bring, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. Amen.
evening prayer :
Lord, as I come to this day’s end, I give you thanks for all the blessings you’ve given me today. I pray that you lift my worries and fears and in their place put trust and faith. Please help me be a blessing to others, and Thank you for showing me the beauty of this life. Amen
Mother Teresa’s Quick Novena : ( Pray once for ten days )
Remember, O Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that whoever fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intersection was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen
no. 3 Before Mass…
For the last couple years I’ve had such a hard time focusing in Mass!! It honestly was extremely hard to focus on the prayers and Gospel. (I have a pretty bad habit of falling into distracting thoughts…) I had been thinking about bringing a small notebook into mass with me to jot down some sermon notes for awhile, until I finally did and can’t believe I didn’t start doing it years before!! At first I worried about what people would think about me writing in mass, but I kinda just had to not care (not caring is something I have to definitely let go of sometimes!!) Writing down a couple points made or verses mentioned helps me focus on what the priest is saying so I can jot it down and focus on the homily/sermon. It’s really unbelievable how much this has helped me!!
no. 4 Read, read, read, and read some more!
A few months ago I never used to read… Honestly I would never even pick up a book, but when I started a book about Mother Teresa I started to see the benefits of not only reading in general, but reading about great, inspiring things. Honestly not gonna lie I usually have a hard time falling asleep so reading before bed has not only helped me sleep better, but also puts something in me that wants to read more!
no. 5 Give what you can.
Having a strong faith doesn’t wholly come from making yourself pray or reading every single word of the bible, it’s our need, that hole in our heart that longs for a love we can’t find through recognition, success, or material things. Although we might feel dirty, detached, lost, scared, shameful, distracted, or unworthy, our hearts tell us to run to him, because “as for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; And He shields all who take refuge in him.” 2 Samuel 22:31
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I hope this post helps even just a little bit. Honestly, if you feel distant or distracted from Christ even just a little I would really, really urge you to just try doing one or two of these things for a week! Creating these intentions are even hard for me to hold onto sometimes, but if the prize is knowing God better and closer, I’d say it’s pretty worth it.
So thanks for reading friends!