How to Worship in a Distracted World

October 2, 2023

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A Conversation on Remembrance with Katie Westenberg

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Worship Invites Us to Remember

If we are going to worship the Lord, we have to remember who He is in the middle of everything that attempts to steal our attention and make us forget about how faithful He has been from generation to generation.

Biblical writers instruct us to remember from the Old to the New Testament, so let’s take it to heart today.

  • Moses first reminds the Israelites to remember in Exodus 13:3.
  • Joshua picks up on that theme in Joshua 4.
  • And Samuel continues the tradition in 1 Samuel 7:12.

When the Israelites decided to repent for their actions against the Lord, Samuel called all of them to Mizpah. However, the Philistines decided to wage war against them. Samuel didn’t grow anxious or worried. Instead, he made a sacrifice and set up an Ebenezer stone.

Ebenezer means stone of help. Samuel was calling them to remember how the Lord had helped them in the past and how He would continue to help them. And the Lord was faithful! He gave the Israelites success over the Philistines and peace as a result.

May we all remember the God who helps us in the pain and the problems we face.

The first session of Selah is titled Worship Invites us to Remember, and if you’d like to cover this topic further, you can purchase a copy of Selah here.

Today, we’re reflecting on 1 Samuel 7:12 ESV:

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.”

Women You Should Know

Marilyn Johnson is a gifted leader who serves in the capacity of teacher, ministry founder, mentor, speaker, and author. She is known by many as a powerful prayer warrior and skillful teacher of the Word. 

As the founder of At The Well Ministry, Marilyn stewards a vision to see women healed to transform their families, communities and nations.

To engage with Marilyn and At The Well, visit www.at-thewell.com, where you can find details of her YouVersion plans, e-books, and other content to help you along on your healing journey.

Meet Katie

Katie is the wife to Ross and mother to Tyler, Bailey, Brooklyn, and Bo (ages 10-18). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in business from Washington State University, but her days are mostly spent in the busyness of running a home and homeschooling her kids. I

In surrendering my far and wide dreams for His so much better story, God has given her many opportunities to speak life and write truth. She loves helping women follow Christ bravely and live boldly in the fullness of His plan for their lives – big, small, and all the wild and mundane in between.

You can find her new book, And Then She Remembered, here.

I asked Katie:

  • What encouraged you to write this message?
  • How can we grow more focused in our culture today, especially with all of the demands and cultural expectations all of the time?
  • What do we risk when we fail to resist the distractions?
  • How do we get clear about what we should really be paying attention to?
  • What should we know about identity and the modern phenomenon that it is?
  • How has your memory produced an inheritance for your children?
  • What recommendations would you make to the woman who is struggling to worship past her distractions?


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There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. Liv is passionate about helping women enjoy intimacy and confidence in Christ.  When Liv is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book. You can connect with Liv on IG at @candidliv.

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Ty Scott King is an award-winning, Billboard charting artist who has fine-tuned a balance between poetry and hip hop. Her poetic voice has been featured in radio ads for major corporations such as McDonald’s, Aveeno, and Pizza Hut. Ty has also appeared on major television networks, performed at the U.S. Pentagon, and is a bestselling author and founder of The R.I.S.E. Up Arts Initiative. You can find more about Ty at tyscottking.com or on IG at @iamtyscottking.

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