Annoying Pop Up Windows and Life You know, every single time I click on something within one of my emails, such as a link to another website, one of those doggone "pop up ads" tries to open up at the same time. Thankfully, I use a pop up blocker within my browser – so I do not have to be inundated with those awfully annoying critters. And that got me to thinking…(Yes, I know, dangerous for me.) There are times when I am reading my Bible or reading a devotion or simply enjoying some alone time with God, when my spirit is annoyed by something that is trying to "pop up" and push its way to the forefront of my mind. Ugh. Why can’t those annoying "pop up thoughts" just go away?! Oh yes, the ultimate "pop up thought blocker" – The Name of Jesus! Woo hoo! Now, trust me, I am not trying to be irreverent, but just trying to apply a spiritual lesson to something that we all deal with daily. You see, negative thoughts and less-than-kind ponderances are the playground of the devil. God’s Holy Word instructs us that we are to rebuke the devil in His Name, and the devil must flee. So when those uninvited pop up thoughts try to infringe upon the peace of your day (and your mind), just remember – the devil MUST flee when we call upon the Name of Jesus! Glory Hallelujah, thank You Father! (And thank You for helping whoever invited the pop up blockers on our browsers!) V
Ah yeah, in line with this...
For me, the big "pop-up" is when I am reading the Bible, just to read it, and something hits me... like "dude, you need to turn that into a sermon!".... and that just totally ruins my leisurely reading time.
Very good thought here young lady. Pop ups and random thoughts are not only annoying but in most cases totally useless.
Great blog. Good writing daughter.
V, I just love your real life applications of spirituality mixed with geek-ism.
And don't we know who the author of the spiritual pop-ups are?
Love reading your blogs.
Please keep applying the spiritual lessons to the daily 'stuff'...there is so much we can learn from them! I love that little pop-up blocker too but I'm really curious as to what they have blocked now! another lesson!
......May be we ought to get John a notebook and pen so he can jot down those inspirational thoughts for sermons (?blogs?)
There are so many distractions for our brains to filter out when we're trying to concentrate. I ran across a piece of advice that had to do with studying for high school or college, but it seems to have application here. Music. Especially classical music. Most especially Mozart.
There was a study done several years ago to determine what tactics work to eliminate distractions when students study. The short of it is that listeing to Mozart is relaxing, and it gives the brain only one main distraction to filter out. That works for me.
Jesus is one mighty fine firewall and virus protection, too!
On one of the new US pennies, the reverse shows Lincoln reading a book. Some of the kids see him sending a text message. He was a man ahead of his time!
Jesus, on the other hand, is a man for all times...
You've been quiet for a long time--is it the popups chasing you away? I was just reading your long ago comment to Masterchief, where you said he had motivated you to get another of CS Lewis' books. We've just opened a new group on Jack (which seems understandably preferable to Clive) and hope you will be back soon and check our group out. Our best wishes to you, hope all is welll