86. The Distraction of a Busy Mind Says, “Think About This”

by | Mar 28, 2023 | Podcast

The Distraction of a Busy Mind Says, "Think About This" | woman side profile in white blouse with pencil to chin, thinking with images of thoughts swirling around her head

Do you have a busy mind?

Last week, in the spur of the moment, I created a questionnaire regarding distractions and what we are typically distracted by. I sent it out to a few online groups I’m a part of and posted it on my own socials, and let me tell you, the results are enlightening! I’m learning much from those who took this five-minute questionnaire regarding everyday distractions.

One interesting distraction stands out to me, and it’s one that plagues me often. It’s the distraction of a busy mind. Now, I know. In episode 67 where we discussed busyness, I said I took the word “busy” out of my vocabulary and encouraged you to do the same. But for this episode only, I’m bringing the word busy back.

Because I think we all know what a busy mind is, right?

Arriving to our destination but not remembering fully driving there.

Leaving the house for the day but wondering, did I turn the coffee pot off?

Unable to fall asleep at night because your brain won’t turn off.

Or pinballing thoughts such as the car needs gas, my coffee is cold, I need to remember to order the birthday gift, why was my boss so grumpy yesterday?, what will I make for dinner tonight?, maybe she was mad a me, will I have enough gas to get home?, what if we just had cereal for dinner tonight?, looks like my friend on Facebook had a good vacation, I need to warm my coffee, I should text my friend, my hair needs cut, all the while you’re replying to an email.

Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who has done these.

And who has had such pinballing thoughts!

We take a look at what is a busy mind, what’s a major cause, and how we can un-busy these minds of ours. I share three Bible verses that point us to hope and the solution. God.

A busy mind says, “Think about this… then this… then this.” But God says, “Focus on me.”

Click on the player above to listen to the full 17-minute episode.

I pray we commit to un-busying our minds, not just for today, but to continue to work at it through God’s equipping and leading. Our minds need some rest, too. I’m glad we can encourage one another in this and spur each other on. Our lives will only be as less distracted as our minds are. Thanks for being here today! God bless you.

Links in this episode:
Take the 5 minute What Distracts You? questionnaire
Episode 67, The Distraction of Busyness Says, “Be Busier”
What is a Busy Brain?
Romans 12:2 MSG
Isaiah 26:3 NLT
Colossians 3:2 AMPC
Episode 83, Are We Called to Be Comfortable?
Episode 84, When God Calls You Into the Uncomfortable
Encouragement for Real Life Community
Real Encouragement LIVE! women’s evening of encouragement on March 30
Access my fun, fresh, and FREE RESOURCES to encourage your heart!

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  1. Teresa

    I am thankful that I am not a Type A personality and that I am a Mary in a Martha world. Yet being a minority in this area means not easily finding MY people. I know so few NonType A and Marys and I think this is sad.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Teresa! I understand. Your people are out there! You can be a bright example for the “Marthas” in this world. Our world conditions people to on the go in thought and action. May we do more sitting at the feet of Jesus! Thank you for being there today. Keep shining bright!


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