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Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

Pray Instead

I’ve noticed myself falling into a bad habit. Sometimes, instead of talking to God, I open my laptop.

Part of the problem is that I do need the computer to work, so it’s always there.

Part of the problem is that the web does in fact have answers and advice about a lot of my questions.

But the biggest part of the problem is that distraction is easier than prayer. It is easier to let a screen soothe my stress than to take the time to calm my heart and direct it to God.

So here’s my advice: Stop reading this. Pray, instead.

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.