Facing Distractions and Discouragement

How do you respond to distractions and discouragement when you’re seeking direction?

Writing my first book initiated one of the most intense spiritual battles of my life. I worried about my family—especially my seven grandchildren.

I had not been available for their needs with all my blogging, speaking, and writing. Guilty thoughts saturated me like a heavy rainstorm. And worry encompassed me like a dark thundercloud overhead.

Then, a Word broke through the storm clouds like a ray of sunshine: “[T]here is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1 NLT).

My husband, Dan, had scheduled his retirement date just weeks before the deadline to turn in my book manuscript. So my direction faltered, and my thoughts were like a honeybee, flitting flower to flower. Lord, how will I ever finish this book in time?

I completed my book, but not without spiritual battles. Ephesians 6 offers us this truth:

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life.
God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. (Eph. 6:13–17 The Message)

What scriptures have helped you during the spiritual battles of your writing life?

7 Replies to “Facing Distractions and Discouragement”

  1. Whenever I got panic attacks, I would confess that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4

  2. I am experiencing intense spiritual warfare and anxiety right now as I work on completing my story for publication. In the flesh, I want to cancel the project and run and hide. However, the Holy Spirit keeps bringing the story of Jonah to mind. I cannot flee from the presence of the Lord!

    1. I used to experience this while approaching project deadlines. While every one else spoke highly of me, I would start doubting, sweaty palms, increased heart rate, but I finally understood that the devil doesn’t want me to prosper. So before starting a study/work session I read bible verses to give me peace and encouragement. Publish your project, and see your creation flourish

    2. Blessings as you complete your story! “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished …” (Phil. 1:6 NLT).

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