Distracted Encounters

This is a re-run, but then, we tend to re-run.

Changing our default settings are never quite as easy as we would like.

-He invites us to encounter with Him

-So much more to see

-You fail me not

Selected words sung by Justin Rizzo –

Worship Leader for IHOP Kansas City


Not so long ago, during a morning encounter with God, I had a sense in my heart that was so strong.

The sense was that the more I know Him, the more I love Him and that the more I love Him, the more I want to know Him.

Does this make sense to you?

You’ve been there too right?


I heard Chuck Swindoll say once that “The problem with our being a living sacrifice is that we keep

getting up and crawling off the alter”.


And so we find ourselves, a few months down the road wondering where the closeness went.

We still love God with our hearts, but somehow, that passion has cooled.


Little by little.

Just a little shorter quiet time today.

I’ll just read this email first.

Oh wait, was that today?

Just a few more winks.

Little by little.

God gets hedged out.


UNTIL …………………

There is some sort of tragedy or drama or event that sends us to our knees.

This is when we try again to regain what has been lost.

The closeness.

The encounter so close that we could hear His heartbeat.

At this point the distractions scream louder than ever.


This is where I find myself now.

I want to encourage you and myself.

Be intentional.

Don’t let the distraction keep you away from what is most important.

You know.  I know.  We know.

That if we put Him first, He will always make everything else work.

In His way.  In His time.

And we know that we did our part.


He really made our part simple.  Not easy, but simple.

Seek Him.  Love Him.  Glorify Him.

Let our light (Jesus in us) so shine before men.

Let’s do this together.

Push back at distractions and lean forward into the Presence of the Everlasting God.


You are fearfully and wonderfully made.


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