Where is my heart set?
What gets my attention?
I can, and do, focus on so many things. I home school my three children. Two of them will be in high school this year. I can certainly focus on the fact that I better make sure I am doing it right. We are building a building that is WAY beyond my ability. We need more of everything than we have on our own, more money, more time, more skill, more labor.
I can focus on my home that isn’t finished and is never clean enough. Really I could just leave that at never clean. It does get cleaned on occasion and it is not overall disgusting to me anyway. I’m a firm believer in dirt never hurting anyone. Anyway, I could focus on that.
I could focus on my clothes that don’t fit quite right, my body that lumps in the wrong places, my blog that too often get neglected, and my platform “they” say I have to build. Then there’s ministry and politics and relationships…The list is endless.
What you have been focused on? Include the good and the bad. What has been occupying most of your thoughts and emotional energy?
What do I want my focus to be? The short answer: God. I think of verses that say things like:
Set your hearts on things above, seek first the kingdom, Bless the Lord, rejoice, and give thanks.
So how do I change my focus?
Focus on something else.
I know very obvious and not very helpful. It’s true though. Right now you are focused on the words in this post. Look up at the ceiling and you are no longer focused on the words on your screen.
Changing life long thought patterns is not that easy. However it really is that simple. Each and every time you think about or focus on something you don’t want to focus on refocus on something else. Eventually you will have created the new habit of focusing on the right thing.
Some practical ideas for refocusing
- I find scripture and what God has to say about what to focus on.
- I refocus by reading encouraging words, quotes, scriptures.
- I have pictures around my home that God has used to speak to me, pictures that speak to my destiny and His promises.
- I sing. Knowing hymns and solid scriptural songs is an easy way for me to refocus.
- Sometimes I refocus by going in a room by myself and telling Satan to leave me alone. I take authority over anything that is not of God in my home or my environment and release the opposite. If there is tension I tell it to go and release peace.
- I like to write. It is a great way for me to process what I am experiencing. I can identify lies, patterns, and connections I miss if I don’t write. I can also record the truth God reveals so I can go back to it when I need to refocus.
- An accountability partner can be a great help to. This doesn’t have to be intense or time-consuming. It can be as simple as letting your friends know you have a new focus and you want them to ask you how you are doing. Give them permission to respectfully point out when you miss your new focus.
My day with my Father
Since God gave me this idea I try to write out my day with Father in the morning. That sounds strange. Here’s what I mean. I want to live each day with my Father to do that I need Focus, Authority, Thanksgiving, Hope, Encouragement, and Rest. So I write a sentence, word or phrase for each word.
Some days He speaks to me:
Focus: I love you. I am working. You are enough.
Authority: Bless the day. Walk in authority.
Thanksgiving: Praise me all day.
Hope: in, Me. I am faithful & true – Always.
Encouragement: I am pleased.
Rest: I am here. Ask. Listen. Obey.
Some days it is my thoughts to Him:
Focus: You are good and bigger than any hurt.
Authority: I control my thoughts and choose prayer praise.
Thanksgiving: I thank you for Brian and my kids, for hard relationships.
Hope: God you alone are my hope.
Encouragement: With you all things are possible.
Rest: I rest in Your goodness and love!
Some days it is a declaration:
Focus: I am loved and accepted.
Authority: I have authority in Jesus name.
Thanksgiving: I am blessed beyond measure.
Hope: God is working in and through me.
Encouragement: It will be worth it.
Rest: God is for me. Who can be against me?
Write out your day with your Father.
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I encourage you to keep it where you can read it during your day. Some days I take a picture with my phone so I can take it with me.
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