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Focus!

July 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

Listen to what King David had to say in his song we find in Psalm 19:12-14.  “Who can discern his errors?  Forgive my hidden faults.  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.  Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

What do you think he’s thinking here?  It seems to me that he’s making sure that he’s got it all the bases covered.  He knows that he doesn’t even recognize some of his sins so he’s asking for those hidden faults to be forgiven.  Next he asks that he won’t succumb to willful sins either.  Then he finishes up by saying that he wants his sole focus to be on the Lord and acknowledges just who the Lord is to him…his Rock and Redeemer.

If you know about King David, you know that there was a time in his life that he lost his focus in a big way, and he paid dearly for it.  But his God never turned His back on him.  And you know what? No matter how badly you’ve lost your way, God has not turned his back on you either.  He has promised in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Love Heart, don’t lose your way.  Get back on the path today!  Gwen~

 

5 Smooth Stones…

July 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45, NIV)

Put your focus on God…not your Giants! ~Debra

Content~

January 2, 2015 — Leave a comment

focus2As I sit to write, all I can think about is how grateful I am.

Our surrounding circumstances can feel like more than we can bear on occasion because there is always something not going right.  Flat tire, mortgage due, sick children, lay-offs at work, and the list goes on and on.

Love Heart, if we live on that plain, consumed by life, we will be miserable.  But, if we choose to live our lives believing that our God is with us through every trial, we can live in peace with every situation.

Paul said in Philippians 4:10-13, “I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, butContentment2 you had no opportunity to show it.  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Many of us know that last verse, however, Paul is explaining that he can make it through anything because he has learned.  And he’s learned through life experiences.

Each time you go through the fire (and you will), when you come out on the other side, examine how God was with you all the way.  Look for His fingerprints on the situation.  You’ll find them.  Gwen~

Tomorrow

May 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

image“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” – James 4:14

I remember back in high school telling a friend, I’ll see you Monday!  That weekend she was killed in a horrific car accident.  What a shock!!  When something terrible happens like this it brings to mind our mortality.

I would like to issue a challenge:  For one year, live your life here on earth as if it were your last!  image

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

I’m praying our prospective will be different and that our focus will be on different priorities and people. ~Debra

 

imageAre you stuck in the past? Are you thinking of the things you wish you hadn’t done or things you wish you had?  

God can use you if you are able to let go and let God.  He wants you to move forward and let go of your past!

God didn’t get stuck with you, He chose you!  “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last.” (John 15:16, NIV)

Satan is the accuser of the brethren…he would love for you to stay right where you are for the rest of your life.  He would like nothing more than to continue to bring up images from past!  Abortion, abuse, rape, idolatry, drugs, pornography!  Memories you replay in your mind!

imageEmpty it out!  Repentance is the closure you need from your past!  Then… stop remembering what God has forgotten and allow Him to use you!   

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV)

imageWhy not start today?!  It’s not about the clock, it’s about consistency.  “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all thing are possible with God.”(Mark10:27, NIV)

Focus on the present and feed your mind with a positive future.   Start today by doing one thing…just one, to stretch your growth.  Listen to some inspirational cd’s, post some scripture around to memorize, add some Christian music to your collection.  And most important, read God’s word daily.

“Forget what happened long ago!  Don’t think about the past.  I am creating something new.  There it is! Don’t you see it?  I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

God has made His choice…what about you??  Deb