Hey there! Like I said in a previous post, I am returning to my 21 days of Gratitude Bible plan. I have completed the plan but it was kind of nice to dissect each day here. So without further ado…Day 13! (Que the applause…)
Day 13 is about focusing on the Lord instead of on the “stuff” of this world. The reflect asks what I catch myself focusing on; and whether there is anything in my focus that I need to lay down so I can shift my focus to my Creator. Hmm. This is a hard one because I don’t focus on either!
I am realizing that I don’t dig too deep into every day occurrences. I would like to think it is because I don’t want to cause any waves in my world. Ignorance is bliss and I can’t forget something once I have learned it. I used to be told that it was because I had a weak mind (whatever that means!) and so I tried to really pay attention and learn stuff about the world around me. It was exhausting!
When someone is mean or disrespectful, I usually just assume that something in their life is really bad because people of good. They just have bad seasons. I have never been a person who stresses about money. I have a job that I love and I make enough money to get by and save a little. I have not thought about how I wish I made more or what I could buy. I don’t look at other women and think I wish I had their…fill in the blanks. As unhealthy as it is to see nothing but flaws in yourself, it is equally bad to think you don’t have any! Don’t get me wrong, I know I have flaws. But I genuinely believe that my good qualities far exceed the bad ones. I am coming to realize that I have always known I was special, I just didn’t realize it was because I am a child of God!
I guess the one place I definitely turn my attention away from my Creator is when I start trying to write my story without waiting to see how it is going. More specifically, when I am thinking about who I will spend the rest of my life with. It will happen when God decides it will happen, but that doesn’t stop me from looking at every guy who steps in my path and wondering how to make them love me hahaha. I need to focus on the Lord and know that He will let me know when “the one” comes into my life.
My Pastor friend and his wife reminded me to just keep praying that God will open doors for me when it is the appropriate time. So keeping my focus on God instead of myself to solve this “problem” and I will have peace about it. He said that when he turned his attention to God, he was still lonely (of course) but all the stress in finding a wife left him. God took that from him and left him with the feeling that it would all work out. I have changed up my prayers and I do feel better already. Of course, I still ask myself when I meet someone new if this could be “the one.” Then I pray for God to lead me to the person I am meant to be with and if it is this person, let me know.
So that is it in a nutshell. Changing my focus to the Creator and knowing in my heart that my life is not my own and will work out the way it is meant to. Sounds easy, hopefully it is! It has only been a day and the ball of stress in my chest has loosened up. Focusing on God truly does take my mind off how I can make my life work in my way!
Philippians 2:16 “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”