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.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.