Living Intentionally: Day Four – Decluttering Your Mind


 
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Learning to Live Intentionally Challenge- Day 4 Decluttering Your Mind

Let’s recap:

We’ve decluttered our surroundings, or at least made a start in becoming organized.

We’ve attempted to declutter our calendars, freeing up more time for those areas of our lives that need the most attention, God and family.

Now onto day four of our Learning to Live Intentionally Challenge: decluttering our minds.

I’ll be completely honest with you, this is a very difficult post for me to write because this is the area I struggle with the most. I don’t feel qualified to write this post, in fact I’ve put it off for so long because I feel fake even writing it.

My mind is always going a million miles a minute, but I don’t help my situation any either. My incessant need to always “be connected” is robbing me of my ability to live intentionally.

I sit down to have school with my daughters and am checking email, replying to comments and on Facebook all at the same time.

During my prayer time, I will literally find myself talking to God one minute and then thinking about something else the next and have to remind myself to get back to praying.

Sweet sisters, this is not how it should be.

We have to find a way to disconnect from this world, a way to clear our minds and focus on the one thing we are doing at that moment.

But how?

I can’t tell you the answer, because I don’t know. I have researched and found many great ideas, but I have not been diligent enough in implementing the ideas to notice a difference.

All I can do is tell you what I’ve found and pray that together we can pray for and encourage each other to gain control of our thoughts in an attempt to live intentionally.

Here they are, three tips to decluttering your mind:

  1. Set times for internet usage and stick with them. In the era of smart phones and tablets it is so easy to be connected 24/7. This has to stop.
  2. Set aside a period of time to be with God each day. Pick a time where you will be uninterrupted. Pray that He will help you to clear your mind. No technology (phones, computers, tablets, etc) allowed.
  3. Take each thought captive. When an unwanted, unwelcome thought comes into your mind, force it out and return your focus to what you were doing.

Satan likes to play mind games. He likes to attempt to control our minds. I really feel his effects when I am trying to pray and other thoughts creep into my mind and distract me. Satan doesn’t want us to focus on God, he will do anything he can to ensure that we remove our eyes from God even if it’s just for a minute.

When we allow ourselves to be so easily distracted, Satan wins. I’m not willing to let that happen for another day. Are you?

Today’s challenge: vow to take each thought captive. Do you have any tips to add to this list? What helps you to clear your mind and stay focused? Please leave a comment below and share your ideas or word of encouragement with others.

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  1. Wow! As I read your post it felt as if it was I who wrote it. I have all of the same issues you do with controlling my mind, as I read at one point I found myself reading but thinking of something else, yikes!! This is the first post of the challenge I’ve read and I know God set it up that way. Recently I started a prayer journal and instead of just speaking my prayers I write them in a book as I say them. This has helped me to stay focused on what I’m doing without my mind drifting off to other things. I’m not perfect in it but its a start. Thank you for this post and for being so open and real. I really needed to know I’m not alone in this.

    1. Hi, Sarah! You are definitely NOT alone! It seems like as wives and mothers we just always have something on our minds and it is so hard to turn it all off and focus on the One thing that truly matters! Blessings to you!

  2. Thanks for these words today! I stumbled across your link on FB & I am needing these words. I will go back to check day 1-3 because I know I have done a great job of de-cluttering my calendar in the last year – which I badly needed, but I haven’t done a good job in other areas. Blessings!!

    1. Hi, Ashley! Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you’ll stick around and join us for the rest of this challenge! Blessings to you!!

  3. This is actually an area that I really struggle in also, but something that has made a world of difference in my prayer life is keeping a prayer journal. I write my prayers out like letters to God in the mornings before everyone else gets up. I leave my phone and tablet in “Do Not Disturb” mode and leave the TVs off. It’s much easier to stay on track when it is in writing right there in front of you. It’s just something that has worked for me. I’m loving your blog, you’re a big encouragement. I like the honesty, Thank you!

    1. Hi, Roxana! Thanks for stopping by. I also like to write my prayers out. It tends to help me stay focused. I also write out scripture verses, it seems to help it “stick” in my mind better. Blessings to you!!

  4. These are three excellent suggestions. I keep a notepad beside my prayer journal so that if an IMPERITIVE comes to mind that I absolutely can’t forget, I just jot it down on the pad, freeing my mind to go back to prayer and Bible reading. It helps! Visiting from Be Not Weary, and glad I did 🙂

    1. Hi, Lori! A notepad beside your prayer journal is a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings!

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