Ensure God’s Word Falls on Fertile Ground

Is your mind open to hearing the Word? To hearing the Lord’s voice?

Ensure God's Word Falls on Fertile Ground ImageI open my Bible read two sentences and remember that we’re out of milk. I keep reading, but the milk is there taking up half of my mind–because I don’t want to forget right?–and soon it’s joined by ginger, lime, chicken, and egg noodles for that awesome Chicken Chow Mein I want to make on Friday. My eyes keep moving across the page, but my mind is on the grocery list. All the sudden, I’ve hit the end of the chapter and I’ve not absorbed a single thing. Same thing happens in prayer. Sound familiar?

So how do we combat a flitting mind? How do ensure God’s word falls on fertile ground? Here are a couple of things that have worked for me and others I know.

  1. Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Dimming your senses and focusing on your breathing can help clear your mind, making it open and empty to receive God’s word.
  2. Say a short prayer for focus. Before I begin, I pray, “Dear Lord, please help me to concentrate on you and your word. Open my heart to what you want to tell me today.”
  3. Keep a paper an pencil handy. This way when a to-do list item pops in your head, you can scribble it down and move on. Just make sure this doesn’t divert your attention even more.
  4. If all else fails, backtrack. There will be times when you lose focus, don’t beat yourself up, just backpedal to the last place you remember and try again.

I’m not great about doing any of those things every day, but my goal is to be more regular in my time with God and more intentional. I hope you will take the journey with me!

What tends to distract you when you’re trying to have private time with God? What are some of the ways you fight off distraction? How do you ensure you heart is open so God’s Word can fall on fertile ground? 

Megan Gonzalez

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By | 2016-03-16T12:30:45+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Faith|10 Comments

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10 Comments

  1. Latonya March 22, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

    One thing I do is write about the Scripture I read. It helps me to be intentional. If I am really distracted, I take a short break and come back to studying later.

  2. Susannah March 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Keeping a paper and pencil handy to jot down thoughts that you don’t want to forget is key for me to focus!

    • Megan Gonzalez March 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      That’s a great idea Susannah, one I’ll have to try 😀

  3. Tawni March 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Such awesome reminders — thank you!! xo

  4. Claire Schell March 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Megan! This is one of my New Years resolutions, I’ve been making a habit of going to the chapel at the Newman center where Nero and I are getting married. I’m trying to create a practice of mindfulness and prayer while also connecting with the space. I think having a designated spot can help destractions fall away.

    • Megan Gonzalez March 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Claire! That’s a great idea. I was reading in bed for the longest time, but I’d start to fall asleep! Now that the weather’s nice, I think I may try to head out to the back porch. It’s so calm and peaceful out there 😀

  5. Heather with WELLFITandFED March 17, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Simplifying your environment or changing your environment as well. Like maybe one area of the house jkust calls to have you do other things. This is so good food for thought.

    • Megan Gonzalez March 17, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Heather! I think maybe sitting at the dining room table might help me. It’s one of the simplest, most distraction-free spaces in my house. What about you?

  6. Sabrina March 17, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Distractions happen all the time and before I know it I’m out of time and have only read devotions and not the Word. I end up praying in the shower or on the short drive to work. Not the best way to start the day. Thank you for the tips!

    • Megan Gonzalez March 17, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

      I know exactly what you mean Sabrina! I hope this can help 🙂

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