Now, most bloggers are natural writers, so stopping to think is kind of a profession. It seems who we are. If we do not think, we generally do not blog. So it is preaching to the choir.
But with my children, and with myself as well, I am adopting and training a new habit of stopping periodically in the day, turning noise/tech off and thinking. Seem silly? I will tell you why. Many are so distracted and tech addicted and other pleasure addicted (pharmaceuticals, drugs, porn, sex, idolatry, work, gambling, gaming, etc) that they do not stop to think for themselves unless it is of the drug of choice or entertainment in front of you. Thinking has become passe, boring, and most people feel a complete waste of time.
In fact, it is what we as a society are lacking. And for good reason. Those who would control and use and/or destroy us do not want us to think about it, just spend, be addicted, be distracted, give all our money, need them to take power over us. Not thinking could definitely lead to our demise as a society. So what can we do about it? Put everything down periodically and just be still and think. Not empty our mind, that has its own serious dangers. But think in stillness. And there is plenty to think about, I need not give you topics. A good practice is to read a Bible verse or chapter then think about it. Or pray then think about it. Or talk quietly with a friend/family member then think about it. See a need and think about how to solve it. If this becomes a habit, society and we will be strengthened considerably and our lives improved and much more enjoyable.😄❤
Jesus Christ should always be our focus. Always? Yep. We never ever go wrong when we focus on God and lift Him up in importance and praise and worship in our life. It is never time spent poorly, you never regret it, it is never a waste, you never have to confess afterwards, it is as it should be. This is true in church, in our homes, in school, in work, in the car- especially in the car-, at the store, in lines, at the bank, etc. Focusing on Jesus Christ will never lead you the wrong way and never be unrewarded. It is always the right thing to do. Pray, read your Bible, admire His creation, be still and listen, praise and worship. This will change your life and maybe those around you. Test this and see. Try it and be blessed. God strengthen and bless you in this invaluable focus experiment today!😄❤
When I focus on myself, I see the problems, feel the pain, see my flaws, limit my view, want more, etc. It is ugly.
However, when I focus on Jesus–read His Word and pray all the time–, I have pece and joy, see other’s needs, want to help people, minimize my pain, see solutions, see glory and beauty in myself and others, increase my view and vision etc. It is beautiful.
Thus, I am very foolish indeed if I focus on myself rather than Jesus Christ. I choose to be wise and focus on Christ. I choose this right now and will choose it again in a minute or hour or as often as needs be to create the habit. 😄❤
If I keep in my head and heart that I am always with or working for and with Jesus Christ, life is incredibly peaceful inside. When I focus on Jesus and my relationship with Him, I have energy for the moment and strength and integrity. I am therefore a better person, useful to my family and society, never alone, encouraging to anyone in my path. Because of me and my gifts? A little, but much moreso because Jesus Christ is so perfect and good that people are touched by our closeness to Him. We don’t have to be perfect to make a difference and be the light; we just have to be as close to Jesus Christ as possible. His goodness will trickle down through us to love on everyone we see. And all we need to remember constantly and pray is that w are always about Jesus Christ.❤😄
We had more ups and downs today than you can imagine. I have a pre-teen, a teenager and a husband, all whose moods shift and flow like the tides. Happy one minute, angry the next, all looking to me for their happiness and needs to be met. I get phone calls out of nowhere to hire me. I get a dog attack me at the dog park as I walk in. I get yelled at for not having the kids ready for bed a full half hour before bedtime. I have attacks of my intelligence because someone forgot we are going to visit and help my Great Aunts tomorrow. I have a Sam’s Club run, which is exhausting and time consuming, and put things away. I am proud of having school done despite all these things in addition successfully with the dog park and an early 1.7 mile run and then be told I was a bad mother.
And yes, for once I was on a bit of a pity party and overwhelmed today. My usual steady peace and joy was stirred but not shaken. And all the way to my shower right before bed, I was tempted to run off to live in the woods somewhere.
Then something “no duh” happened to me that changed all that andbrough back my normal peace and joy at easy state. Was it a magic duck? Was it a special chocolate pie? Did I win a luxury cruise for one? Did a masseuse knock on my door? No, none of that. It was simpler and far more important.
I read my Bible and prayed. In doing so, I realized I had allowed in distraction and discouragemnt. It was my choice. I did not stand against it but allowed it in so in it came in droves. I forgot the most important thing is the most important thing… my constant line of communication and closeness to Jesus Christ. I dropped that precious ball onto my heart and it hurt.
So tomorrow, I start with my prayer run and Bible reading and keep the conversation with Jesus going all day. Tomorrow, I stand. Glad I figured it out before more days like this. Truth be told, I thank God for reminding me.😄❤
The world strokes you. They stroke you to sell stuff or to n push their agenda- money and power. They play on your pride that is our natural weakness. People want to be stroked. They want to feel important and valid and respected in this chaotic world. Pride pushes us to fight for what we want. Pride reinforces selfishness. It encourages self-thought and self-service. The opposite of pride out of control is being humble. Humble is the key to peace, joy, happiness, fulfillment because it is the proper way to be. It is putting yourself in the proper scope and frame of reference, knowing who you are in the world and who God is. We are not God, not even close on our best day or even best hour. When we realize God is all powerful and we are only important at all because He says we are and loves us (difficult to fathom) unconditionally, we get it. Then we can do what we can out of love and gratitude for Him and let Him do the rest because He can and will do what is best for everyone. We can rest in that, see? Like a child having faith, we can do that with God and then are under His eternal protection and salvation. It is that simple and beautiful! Praise God! ❤ ❤ ❤
Revival will happen when we focus on and emulate Jesus Christ. As we worship and lift Him up with the power of His Holy Spirit, we correct the proper balance to the world He made. It is supposed to be that way. We were made by Him for Him and not the other way around. And He is so worthy of praise is He! God is magnificent, full of power and majesty, grace and generosity, love and holiness, truth and faithfulness. No one is like Him and no one can stand before Him without permission, even His worst enemy. Praise God and focus on Jesus in your home, in your church, in your small group or Sunday school, in your workplace, in school, wherever. As we lift up Jesus, He will draw all men to Himself and heal with love and pour grace and peace and joy into our souls and spirits. That with humility is the key to peace, joy, delicious life and correct function.😄❤❤❤