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Stay Focused


In a previous work role, I was regularly flown interstate to spend time with the rest of the team for ‘Team Building’ and doing things that would build healthy practices into what we all did…. One was to spend a session on 'mission and vison' for us as a team plus individually… encouraging us with the scripture in Hebrews 12:1b NIV ‘…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,’


I don’t know about you but last year (2020) got kind of thrown out the window – what’s the expression… ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.’

 

In Wikipedia it says…."Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" is an expression for an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the favourable along with the unfavourable.

 

So in trying to suppress COVID there was a lot of other GOOD stuff that got missed and discarded along the way ☹


I feel we were all a little numbed from not really knowing what was up and what was down!! Because of that, we did not really set goals or lock-in targets, etc. because there was no ability to do that.


I recently read a blog called ‘fix your feet’ by Hannah in Scotland from the 24-7prayer.com website and she shared …


Fix your Feet.

By which I just mean, find some solid ground. Sure, a lot of things have changed. The ground beneath our feet is, in many ways, shaking. Some days it feels like there will be a world pre-corona and post-corona.

But there are things you can still do to ground your feet, to sustain your soul.

…Here are mine: (I have just picked out a couple from her list)

Thank

I continue to be surprised by how much an attitude of gratitude can change my day. It’s such a basic spiritual lesson - but again and again, I find myself coming up short, empty of appreciation, thinking only of what I don’t have.

…So today, how could you celebrate the life you do have? Could you list the things you love, or you’re grateful for today?

Focus

Put your energy into the things you can be responsible for. All the helpful stuff you’ll already know about having a routine, doing exercise, finding time to do something that brings life every day, putting clear boundaries around your consumption of the news and social media.

Take a look at your day and make a plan.


Even though we still have COVID with us, (& I believe we will for some time to come) my feeling is now that we are more able to be prepared to see further than our own computer screens – for what is up ahead so I want to encourage us that in the bible it says in…


Proverbs 29:18 AMP

18 Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].


in the KJV it says


Proverbs 29:18 KJV

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.


So our heavenly father feels it’s important we keep a purposeful plan set before us, to help us have;


Focus = (the centre of interest or activity) – the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.


“..I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do,..” Ephesians 1:15-19 MSG


Clarity = the quality of being coherent and intelligible.


This is where my husband helps me – we pray together each day and discuss what’s going on with each other to be supporting each other in our direction


Perception = the ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses.


The Lord speaks to me thru many of my senses.

o Pictures & reading scriptures each day (sight)

o Confirmations from others (sound)

o Receiving prayer from others (touch)

o Enjoying the moment (smell & taste)


Over the last 5 years, I have become rather dependant on my reading glasses, to the point that the other week I was late to work because I had driven to the train station, gotten on the train and then realised I did not have my glasses on me for the day – I seriously considered staying on the train and then had to rethink… how am I going to read anything without them??? So consequently, I had to get off the train, catch the next train back to my car, drive back home and do the whole trip over again!!! Rather exasperating BUT a powerful lesson (don’t go out without my glasses).


Our heavenly Father is asking us to sit with Him, pay attention and stay focused on what he has for us to do so if we are prepared to sit for a short while and ask him to share with us what he sees for us then I do believe we will stay on track and be fruitful for Him!


I want to share a scripture with you as my prayer for you going into 2021 😊

Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.’Colossians 1:9-12 MSG


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