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90. The Distraction of a Wandering Mind Says, "Meander with Me"

What does God say about our thoughts and minds?

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Researchers say this distraction affects many of us and often... almost half of our waking hours! The distraction of a wandering mind causes us to lose focus on what we're doing in the moment, and places it on other people, places, and things that are less important. Are we thinking about the task at hand or are our minds elsewhere? Let's ponder this distraction today together. Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes. Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com/resources/.

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We continue our journey of highlighting and discussing the various distractions that may come our way on any given day. Today we're peering into the distraction that experts say many of us struggle with: the distraction of a wandering mind. We may call it something else like daydreaming or not staying mentally focused. Or getting sidetracked with our thoughts. But no matter, it's an important distraction to address. In episode 86 we discussed a busy mind. It may sound somewhat similar, but this distraction of a wandering mind is much different.

Do you have a wandering mind?

You may not think you do, and I hope you don't. But I came across an interesting study conducted by two Harvard psychologists who say our human minds are wandering minds. So much so, nearly 47% of our waking hours are spent on thinking about something other than what we're doing in the moment. 47%!

We tend to spend much of our time thinking about other things than what's currently happening around us. We think about events of the past, of what might happen in the future, or about something that may never happen at all. Ever!

Not only that, but it revealed something else. The researchers came to the alarming conclusion that wandering minds are unhappy minds.

So, if our wandering minds are unhappy minds, this tells me our thoughts matter.

What we allow our brains to think matters. (Because we do have a choice in that, by the way.) It also matters how we keep our thoughts centered on what's in front of us and what we're doing in the current moment.

God has much in His Word regarding our thoughts, and I share a few verses that point us in the right direction. I also share a personal memory from years ago that have to do with the words of one of these Bible verses! Yikes!

The distraction of a wandering mind says, "Meander with me." But God says, "I'm right here."

We have no reason to let our minds wander--or meander--if God is with us right here. One Bible verses in particular leads us to the answer of overcoming this distraction of a wandering mind.

Thanks for being here today. God bless you! This life is too important to live it distracted.

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