On January 2nd, I shared that my word for 2018 was FOCUS. I was going to silence distractions and avoid foolish arguments so that I could focus on the important things in my life. Well the first week didn't go well at all.
I allowed stress to get the best of me. I engaged in more than one foolish argument. I was distracted by so many things. By the end of the week I was an emotional wreck. I had given others the power to steal my peace and joy. I let my roller coaster emotions dictate my attitude.
Sunday morning I woke up with the desire for a restart. We were beginning the #21DaysofPrayer at church and I wanted to refocus my heart and mind on God and what I could control.
During the message, Pastor Pat listed 3 things we needed to get out of our lives.....doubt, negativity and sin; and 3 things we needed to get in.....God's Word, worship, and prayer. So that's what I did. I took my doubts to God. When negative thoughts or comments came to me, I filtered them through the truth of God's Word.
And what a different week I had. God's presence was felt and there was peace in my heart. My difficulties didn't all vanish but when I took them to God I lowered my stress level immensely.
I found the following on Pinterest and feel that it is a great explanation of what my goals are for this year. So it has become my daily mantra as I get a restart on my new year.
Over the past month or so I have been thinking about what word will be my theme for 2018. I have a lot on my plate and I'm constantly being pulled in multiple directions. It's easy for me to feel overwhelmed and distracted from what's important in my life. I spend precious time and energy in foolish arguments and unnecessary drama. So for 2018, my word is FOCUS.
This year I will live each day with intentional FOCUS on the important things and not let the distractions pull me away.
I will FOCUS first on my personal relationship with Christ. I will FOCUS on His Word and His plans for my future. I will take my needs and concerns to Him and trust Him to provide.
I will FOCUS on my relationships with my kids. I will take every opportunity to point them towards Jesus as the center of their life. I will raise them to love and honor God with their choices. I will make the most of my time with them and have open and honest conversations with them about life issues.
I will FOCUS on working hard at my job and taking new opportunities to provide financially for my family. I will be intentional in my work relationships to make sure that my words and actions are a testimony of my faith.
I will FOCUS on the process of healing my heart and ensuring that bitterness doesn't take root. I will seek God's comfort and love to heal the cracks and prepare to one day love again. I will not rush the healing process but will FOCUS on God's timing.
I will FOCUS on building stronger friendships with the godly women in my life. I will FOCUS on being a good friend by weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice. I will FOCUS on showing kindness to everyone who crosses my path.
There will be lots of challenges and circumstances in 2018 that I will not be able to prevent or control. But I can choose to FOCUS on the blessings, lessons and growth that will happen in the midst of it all.
“The more you focus on yourself, the more distracted you will be from the proper path. The more you know Him and commune with Him, the more the Spirit will make you like Him. The more you are like Him, the better you will understand His utter sufficiency for all of life’s difficulties. And that is the only way to know real satisfaction.” John MacArthur
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