Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Focus


We have a saying in our church, “You give power and strength to what you focus on." For years the Lord has convicted me to completely grab a hold of
Php 4:8 Finally, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things.
Sometimes it is a real struggle for me to stay focused on what is good. Slowly and surely the Lord has been correcting me line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little, decade after decade. For a good long while now I have been able to stay focused on the good, and stay victorious even through some really tough times. Matter of fact, I was kind of surprising myself and my family. I even blogged about it. Than last week, hormones and life hits me full upside the head, and I defaulted to that negative, glass is half empty mode. Oh, I hate it when I blow it, and full well know I am blowing it while I am doing it! That’s the worse.
Well tonight I was reading a friends blog who was making a choice to trust God in some difficult circumstances. Don’t you love the body of Christ; we need each other so much! I was encouraged by her example. So I have decided to join her and get back on the wagon and refocus back on what is good. I learned a long time ago that there is no hope with out Him. He is my hope, my strength, my strong tower, my very sure Rock. He is good!


2Co 12:9 and then he told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness.

8 comments:

Vee said...

Hmmmm, no such thing as seredipity now is there? I really needed this word today. Thank you for sharing it.

Diane said...

First time visiting your blog...here by way of Nadine's blog. I am so blessed by her posts...and have been especially blessed by yours today.

Yes, sometimes, we do not have the option of the circumstances we face...but we do have the choice on where our focus stays. I am easily distracted...and your post today has reminded me to lift my eyes off any problems and look up!

Diane

Vee said...

Sometimes I can even spell "serendipity." :) Just popping back in to see if you are feeling better today. Keep looking up!

Nadine said...

What we focus on becomes our reality is so true isn't it. Our God is so good and He loves us through the times we slip...I would know, I've fallen off the horse many a time. I'm grateful He gently puts me back.

Good word my friend. I love you.

Tom Zawacki said...

Everyday is a fresh new start, thank God!

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)

Here's to new beginnings!

Z

Barbara said...

Good post but don't beat your self up. That's what the enemy wants us to do. Satan tempts us, we take our eyes off God's best for us momentarily and Satan comeks staight back and says "just look at you" If we take that from him then we go down in a spiral. All we need to do is know that our Saviour is in the process of changing us from one degree of glory to the next and we can live in immediate repentance and immediate forgiveness trusting HIS life in us to get us through this journey. He perfects us through our mistakes. We just laugh at the negative as it pushes through into God's positive without condemnation of any kind. Blessings.

Barbara said...

Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate that. God sees you as perfect in Him. You are a precious daughter.
I used to beat myself up all the time, thinking that I never came up to the mark until God showed me that temptation is not sin, only Satan's lies to us.
God knows exactly the circumstances that each one of us needs to perfect us. Outragious Grace. Think of Paul is Romans 6 and 7 and how God took him into Romans 8.I'll give you my E-mail if you want someone to encourage you some more.
Did you know that yur address on your profile says Afganistan?

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