Holy Distraction

Look at these two words together and you might think I’m about to explore some crazy spiritual mumbo jumbo with you. But no, I wanted to share with you a process I use to lessen anxiety if not eliminate it all together. Who wants to be a worrier when they can be a warrior?!?!


I found that when I was going through a tough time, that Satan would remind me of all my failings and throw more negative thoughts my way. I would then begin to ruminate on the situation and my flaws and sleep would be impossible, my stomach in knots.


I began to throw myself into reading the Word and listening to worship music. When I added fasting to the mix, God saw my efforts to put Him first. His reward was to speak comforting words to me which I in turn, memorized and then repeated back to him 20-50 times per day! This repeating back to him was my way of saying:

God, you said this. I am believing and trusting you for it. And reminding you of your promise.”

This became my prayer, words He spoke over me and a promise that I could take to the bank.


Once things were better in my situation, this was a prayer that I prayed over friends who were going through a difficult time.


I feel like this process of keeping my mind busy… worshiping, reading, praying or repeating back God’s word to me... was given to me by the Holy Spirit. It lessened the tenacity of Satan’s tentacles on my heart, body, and stomach.


When my mind and emotions were not so tied up in knots, I could then go on the offensive and put it to Satan… reminding him of his upcoming trip to the eternal lake of fire. Now that’s passionate warrior stuff that anyone can do. Pastor Darla said recently:

I’m a woman, I’m in for the fight. I let Satan have it. He needs to learn where blood lines are… he messes with my kids, I’m going to make him pay.

She says that she takes his head and twists it off in prayer! All I can say, is go get ‘em tiger!


Un-blahhG author, Carrie McClellan is a jogging / jumping / step-running engineering firm marketing manager. She desires to introduce friends to the glories of regular exercise and healthy cooking.

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