Thursday, January 22, 2009


This is from a post at my work blog site.....

I am unable to access my normal daily work today due to a problem in the registry. I don’t mess with the registry that is bad…very very bad. So, I will be waiting until tomorrow to have my computer fully functioning again (I hope). So, since I can’t access my calendar to update the website, I thought I’d at least update the blog a bit.

Aside from my computer troubles, I’m having a bit of trouble focusing today. The doctor seems to think I have vertigo. Yay. I just love getting older! I have an appointment this afternoon to find out why it is I’m so "out of sorts" (more than the usual). But, this inability to focus causes me to think about the struggles I have had in my walk with God. Over the past year, circumstances in my life have made it difficult for me to stay on the right track in Christ. I have a tendency to place my focus in places it doesn’t need to be (relationships, career, school, family, finances, circumstances, worry, etc…). In doing so, I have found myself in a place where I have lost sight of the Father’s face….where I have repeatedly wandered from abiding in Christ.

There is so much in God’s word to help us keep focused. Problem is, often when we lose focus, we have a tendency not to run to the Word. Actually, we are more likely (at least I know I am) to run from it. Sometimes, even when we run to the Word, because we are not focused, we do not receive the direction it gives. I am speaking from personal experience as well as from what I read on the pages of the Bible. It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden.

So, how do I stay focused? I keep in the Word even when it doesn’t seem to be clear to me. I try my best to pray without ceasing. I hope in the promises hidden there even though my situation seems hopless. I try to go on what I know in my head instead of what I feel in my heart. I am in a place where I am weary and troubled…as many of you probably are as well. The only rest we can find in these times of despair is in Him.

So, I offer you some words from the Word in hopes that you may find rest, comfort, and focus in Him:

"I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing."-John 15:5 NIV

This scripture is such a source of life for me. It is one of those things I have hidden in my heart that God uses to remind me when I am not abiding. It brings me back and tells me that I have my focus in the wrong place (which is why I am bogged down because I am unable to let go). This brings me to another verse I hold dear…

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." -Matt 11:28-30

The gentle and humble heart of my King…this is the love mentioned in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. We can learn from Him because He is gentle and humble in heart. We don’t have to be afraid of him being harsh when we come to Him all broken and confused. He speaks words of love and life from a gentle, humble heart. This is how we need to be towards those who come to us for help. We can not rightly teach anyone anything if we are doing it in Christ...with a loving spirit. We can not learn from those who treat us harshly when we go to them for help. But we can always run to Jesus and lay our burdens before Him without apprehension…for He is gentle and humble in heart. Oh how He loves us!

So, with that being said from an imperfect human who gets of course more often than not, here are some things to keep in mind when you feel like you have lost sight of the One who will never leave nor forsake you…

Put Him in the center of your focus. Do this by staying in the Word and praying ceaselessly. Remember the words of Paul:

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." -Phil. 3:14 (That is another blog in itself!)

"Let your eyes look straight ahead, keep your gaze directly before you. " -Prove 4:25 NIV

Where is your gaze? Is it on your problems? Is it on relationships? Is it on Christ? Fix your eyes upon Jesus…then let them look straight ahead at all times. Let Christ be directly before you! As the beloved hymn sings, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."

"So, be careful to do what your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess." -Deuteronomy 5:32-33 NIV

A Prayer:

Psalm 119:33-40

33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness.

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