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Negative Focus

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He has to renew my mind because I can not.  I am flawed and lack focus.  Well correction.  I can focus on the wrong things. I can focus on the problem not the solution. I can spin in circles draining my joy trying to master the problem, make it make sense, understand it and still find no way to control it.

“A renewed mind is Presence-focused.” That comes from a daily renewing of my mind.

Not every mountain is mine to climb.  Not every problem is mine to solve.  At the last minute there may be a detour and if I am focused too far ahead I have wasted so much time and energy that I fall out of focus on the today, on the now.  He ALWAYS makes provision, I have to seek Him, renew in Him, focus on Him and stay immersed, in Him.

The result is I lose my Joy and I have days like I had yesterday where I allow outside stuff to steal my peace.  I lose my focus.  I think it was last week I read a devotion on Choosing Joy. 

“. Jesus did not come so that we can merely survive life. Pagans can survive life. Jesus came to be our joy…..Joy is not the result of outward circumstances. Joy is an inside job, a deeply rooted confidence that God is in control. Every trial or loss, every defeat or victory measured against this confidence can be counted as joy….The Apostle Paul was a man of great joy. By human terms, he had every right to be angry and even bitter. Instead, he chose joy. Persecuted, imprisoned and facing His own death, Paul says, “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” (Philippians 4:12-12, NIV)…..We cannot avoid pain but we can avoid joy. Our inward perspective does not have to reflect our outward circumstances. The pursuit of joy is a matter of choice…..

A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, a baseball cap on his head, ball and bat in hand. He was muttering, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung at it, and missed. “Strike one!” He picked up the ball, threw it into the air and said to himself, “I’m the greatest hitter ever!” He swung at the ball again. “Strike two!” He paused, examined his bat and ball and threw the ball into the air, missing a third time. He cried out, “Wow! I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

Yes, the pursuit of joy is a matter of choice and perspective. It is also a matter of obedience. As Christians, one of our spiritual priorities should be joy.

“One ship sails east.

One ship sails west.

Regardless of how the winds blow,

It is the set of the sail

And not the gale

That determines the way we go.”

(Author unknown)

Set your sails for joy, girlfriend! Celebrate! Revel in who God is, in what He has done, is doing and will do in your life when you choose joy.”

 

And there it is.  Perspective.  Choice. A matter of obedience.

Keeping it real….today is a new day.

 

Joy for the Journey

Day 102 Project 365

Leaving this morning to go to OBX for the day with my family.  Sun is on its way up and it is going to be a beautiful day.

Seeking truth has helped me so much this past few months in finding myself and by that I mean realizing who I am as a person and in the eyes of GOD!

Daily seeking out truth.  I have situations almost daily where I have to make a decision between getting bitter or getting better.  That is really what a lot of this journey has been about.   As I lay awake last night struggling with insomnia the scripture kept running through my mind that as I wait upon the Lord I renew my strength, I will mount up with wings as eagles.  (Isa. 40:31)  Then when I woke this morning I found a quote on my Facebook wall from

“We were created to be eagles in God’s eyes.  The problem is that too many of us flounder around on the ground as chickens. Soar and scan the skies, my fellow Eagles!”

This morning I am renewed- HIS mercies are new for me, for everyone, each day.  It means that as I face these hard things each day, He gives me the chance to soar above it.  In Him I draw my strength and in Him I find joy for this journey.  We can stay defeated, floundering and weak or we can draw strength from the one that created the heavens and the earth.  With faith the size of a mustard seed mountains move. 

I pray today that everyone that reads this post finds the strength to begin anew.  To drop all that they carry at the foot of the cross.  Taking each step, one step at a time.  Getting out of the pilot seat and allowing God to take over.  . 

I know for me it saved my life.