Friday, August 19, 2011

Time To Refocus

This is another post that is hard for me to write. But...here it is...

Today I read my Jesus Calling devotional and it really rang true for me. This is some of it...

I continually call you to closeness with Me. I know the depth and breadth of your need for Me. I can read the emptiness of your thoughts when they wander away from Me. 

That last sentence really said it all for me. That's exactly how I have felt all week. As if my head was completely devoid of any good thoughts. My brain has been like a barren land...untouched by most good thoughts. I have let the stress and craziness of life really get to me. When I go there it is so hard to get back to where I need to be. Here is the next line...

I offer rest for your soul, as well as refreshment for your mind and body.

As Christians we know this! I have just been thinking...if I could only get my thinking back where I know it needs to be...on JESUS! HE is the only one that can make a difference in how I feel. HE can give me true rest and peace. I know this. And yet...

sometimes I listen to the wrong voice...the devil. He works his way in through issues in our lives. When he does that it just causes all kinds of havoc. I get my mind and my heart off what I know to be right...JESUS!!
This makes me think of a passage in scripture...

Philippians 4:8-9


And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

We all need to fix our thoughts on Him. We live in a tough world sometimes. Things are going to go wrong and affect how we think and feel. We have to remember to not let those things affect our relationship with the one who has given us everything.

Another thing Jesus Calling said today was this...

Waiting in My Presence keeps you connected to Me, aware of all that I offer you. If you feel any deficiency, you need to refocus your attention on Me. This is how you trust Me in the moments of your life.

This week, I have so much been trying to do that. It is so hard when all the thoughts I used to have resurface in my day to day thinking. But...I know that God is good and He is faithful. If I keep fighting and striving to do what I know is the right thing...He will help me. I just have to refocus on Him and think on Him.

Psalm 37:7a

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
      and wait patiently for him to act.

Psalm 46:10a

“Be still, and know that I am God!



9 comments:

Pam said...

Chelle, it seems that many bloggy friends are having a rough week. I thank you for your transparency and the scriptures you have found helpful.
Blessings, my friend!
Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

Reformed rebel said...

Thank you Pam. You are a Blessing!

Lisa said...

"I can read the emptiness of your thoughts when they wander away from Me." Wow! There have been plenty of times Jesus could have said those words to me. We must keep our thoughts fixed on Him. Hope you have a blessed weekend, Chelle!

Jedidja said...

Thank you for this honest post. Although sometimes our thoughts are far away from God and not full of Him, yet He is there and is waiting for us. Matth 11:28
God bless you!

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Chelle - This is such a heartfelt post. I know i too start having scattered thoughts and somewhere in my mind I start thinking what is going on? Why can't I focus? Its because i am not focused on the most important person, Jesus! When i start regrouping, focusing on Him, everything else starts to line up again. Great post Chelle
God bless
Tracy

Vilisi said...

Hi Chelle, we all go through times of wandering away (at least in our minds) and most of the time it is because of busyness. Busyness is the bane of my life! We all need to find time to be still. God bless you with His presence this weekend. :)

Just Be Real said...

Thank you Chelle. I am also reading the same devotional. Blessings.

Desiray said...

We all need to re-focus ourselves and our relationship with Jesus..Great post

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Chelle,
I saw your blog featured on 2 Encourage.

This post was just what I needed. I too have having a hard time feeling connected to God. I know it is not him, but me who has strayed. Refocusing is not easy. Thanks for the encouragement.

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