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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Focus, Focus

Scripture to reflect upon for Wisdom Wednesday: Psalm 199:17-18 (The Message)
“Not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders.”

I just completed my new prayer room with my recliner facing the windows, and this morning as I was reflecting on scripture I noticed a huge mess directly in my line of sight: ugly electrical wires everywhere, and big, bulky electrical and lamp posts. I was instantly discouraged by my hopeful view, until I quickly averted my eyes from the lines and focused on the gorgeous flowers surrounding my neighbor’s adorable wood shed. (It looks like an enchanted house you’d see in a fairytale forest.)

Once I shifted my vision to something pleasant, my mood shifted to a pleasant place again.

Through the financial struggles my husband and I are facing, we have been feeling incredibly defeated, depressed, and disillusioned. As each new day came and went without any hope in sight of Jared finding a job, we went to bed complaining and whining about how awful all of this is, and wondering how and if we’ll make it. We went to sleep worrying about it, and woke up only motivated to somehow fix the problem. By the end of the day again, and no answer in sight, the vicious cycle continued.

Jared was losing his oomph, and I was struggling to keep my faith alive. It was beginning to feel…hopeless. And then today, looking at that messy sky of black wires everywhere, I related our situation to that mess. It was completely unappealing to look at, and I even considered moving my chair the other way, but all I had to do was simply look at something more positive and uplifting for everything to change.

We have been focusing on our circumstances and our seemingly hopeless situation. We stopped focusing on God, and that’s where everything began to fall apart. That’s when we began to allow the enemy to convince us we were doomed. We bought the lie instead of believing God’s truth. All it took for me to get out of that rut was to shift my focus BACK onto God. I swear to you, it was that simple; as simple as looking down towards the enchanted wood shed from the bundled mess of high wires.

It’s as if you were afraid of heights, but somehow had to be up high. Anyone with a brain would tell you, “Just don’t look down.” Suddenly the fear subsides…until you look down. Once you look down, that fear overcomes you, it overwhelms you, it paralyzes you. It’s that real to someone with a fear of heights. And it’s no different when we look at our own fears face-to-face. The second we take our eyes off Jesus and begin to stare at the problem, there’s no chance for God to work in our lives. We’ve basically cut Him off. We’ve said, “I don’t like this view, God, but it’s the only one I have,” and He responds, “Look up. I’m right here; and the view is so much better than the one you’re looking at. All you have to do is slightly shift your vision.” Most of us don’t shift; most of us have glued ourselves to our circumstances.

NOTE TO SELF: Simply take your eyes off your circumstances or problems and put your focus back on Jesus!


  1. i know you know these verses, but they have walked me thru the toughest of times. Too good not to share. Be blessed. God may be doing a new thing in your lives. Money always comes, & goes. Our job is to make it stay. /hehe :)

    Philippians 4:4-9
    (KJV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
     5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
     6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
     7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
     8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
     9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

  2. Thank you, Hannah! I actually have this scripture posted on the bulletin board above my son's changing table and we try to read it together everyday.

    I truly appreciate your thoughts, prayers and blessings! YOU have been a blessing to me!!


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