Out of Focus

Out of Focus


What blurs our vision…

When the venom of hate is slung at us…
When a myriad of voices clamor for our attention…
When self is elevated above the concern for others…
When doubt and worry replace our trust in the Lord…
When heartaches pile up against the door of our hearts…
When daily circumstances whir around us and cause confusion…
When activities and chores on our schedules become overwhelming…
When the pain of gossip behind our backs comes from a so-called friend…
When greed for a bulging bank account pushes its way to be #1 on our list…
When our spouse breaks his/her commitment to a monogamous relationship…
When we pay more attention to how we feel rather than on the truths of God’s Word…
When accumulating possessions to keep up with everyone else becomes our main goal…

…what do we do? We usually go into a tailspin and lose our focus.

When God seems not to be in a hurry to remedy any of the above trials for which we have prayed until we are exhausted, instead of praying as our first priority that God will be glorified in it, we boo-hoo His tardiness for not taking us out of the problem, or we question His faithfulness. We lose our focus.

If we focus more on the stress and limitation of our situations rather than on the peace, power, and comfort of God to rectify them, we will certainly lose our focus and we will give up.

I have no magic bullet list of how to stay focused. All I can tell you is that, in my experience, it is in those times we tell the Lord we trust Him for the outcome and continue to thank Him in the meantime.

Isaiah gives us the solution, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” (Is. 26:3 NLT)

It takes practice, practice, practice to keep our thoughts focused. In regard to those stray and harried thoughts, Paul tells us what to “refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5 Amp)

Solomon warns us in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” (Masoretic Text) Another version says, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” (NCV)

What siphons your focus away from the Lord?


May you recognize those things and practice, practice, practice to keep your focus on the Lord.

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

CrossReaders Book Review: The Higher Life: an Inner Strength by Dan Pederson

CrossReaders Book Review: The Higher Life: an Inner Strength by Dan Pederson

Title: The Higher Life: an Inner Strength

Author: Dan Pedersen

Rating: five of five stars

About the Book

A short read on Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Review

The information in this book reaches to the heights and depths unfathomable to so many of us, and Dan Pedersen makes it understandable. I makes one think that Higher Life in him is dictating as he writes. For example, here are two of the things that stood out for me: “…This makes faith what it truly is, something to be yielding to rather than something that can be obtained….” And “The only thing required is acceptance of the invitation, transportation and transformation will be provided.”

This review was submitted by: Allison Kohn – please visit her website at http://www.allisonkohn.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Living With Confidence by Dan Pederson

CrossReaders Book Review: Living With Confidence by Dan Pederson

Title: Living With Confidence

Author: Dan Pedersen

Rating: five of five stars

About the Book

A short, but powerful, non-fiction about living an abundant life.

Review

Dan Pedersen has written a book explaining what it took me a lifetime to learn. He tells truth with himself as an example, so the reader can relate to the writer. I was especially blessed by a paragraph: “As the picture puzzle comes together and the image becomes clearer, the more I realize how big the picture is and how many pieces of the puzzle I don’t have. One particular experience or series of experiences is not meant to give us the entire picture.” The Holy Spirit used that paragraph to bring peace to my soul about something. I recommend this book to anyone who wants peace in their lives, or wants to succeed in the race of life, or needs confidence – and that is everyone.

This review was submitted by: Allison Kohn – please visit her website at http://www.allisonkohn.com

Book Blast: Amish Romance 40 Book Boxed Set by Becca Fisher

Book Blast: Amish Romance 40 Book Boxed Set by Becca Fisher

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Amish Romance 40 Book Boxed Set
By Becca Fisher

About the Set:

This collection features 40 Amish Romance stories by Becca Fisher including:

The Amish Wedding Series
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She’s found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

The Chasing Heaven Series
Hannah Bieler’s wedding is more than just cause for celebration. It gets her sisters wondering when they will get married, who they’ll fall in love with, or whether God has other plans for them entirely. But it becomes clear that although the Amish are simple people, their love lives are anything but.

The Let Love In Series
When Jenna loses her husband in a horrible accident, she never thinks she can love again. But she suddenly finds herself a single Amish mother and knows that her children need a father figure in their lives. So when a handsome stranger rides into town a year later and takes a liking to Jenna, she has to decide if she can ever let love in again, or risk losing a man that could bring her happiness.

The If I Stayed Series
Hannah and Sadie Miller have always been desperate to explore the world. So when rumspringa comes, they want to go to the big city.  But are the sisters willing to risk losing everything that’s important to them when their parents insist that they stay in Lancaster?

The Amish Christmas Series
Joshua Zook and Sadie Miller have been dancing around their feelings for months. But just as Joshua works up the nerve to admit how much he cares for Sadie, he realizes that he may be too late to win Sadie’s heart.

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ifistayed--newcover“I’m Becca Fisher and I write sweet Amish romances featuring simple people with complex love lives. I’m devout in my faith, relish time with my family, and seek to bring joy to as many lives as possible. I would love to have you as a reader. God bless.

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A Music Lesson

A Music Lesson

In writing musical compositions, a composer will sometimes insert a mark called a rest. The dictionary defines a rest as an interval of silence between tones, marked with a symbol. Several signs are used and each one corresponds with a note value to indicate the length of the pause, in other words, a silence of a certain duration.

In the perfection of the composition, the rest must be observed, during which the beat still continues. After the rest, the next note is played right on time and the music resumes. The break is a part of the arrangement; nothing is lacking. On the contrary, interest and attention are heightened.

Each instrument must be played according to the timing and notes written for it for the melody to be evident. Though the composition for each instrument is different, each note written for that instrument must be followed in order for the conductor to orchestrate the harmony.

David knew his compositions needed these pauses, these rest periods, and sprinkled them throughout his psalms. The word is selah, which, in Hebrew, means suspension or pause, to lift up or exalt, a technical musical term possibly showing accentuation or interruption.

God writes a composition for each of our lives for His purpose of alignment, direction, and harmony. And in His design of things, a rest is occasionally necessary.

When some conflict, some heartache, interrupts our lives, it is as the pause in the composition, a break in the rhythm of things, and, if we are attuned and fitting into His timing and His plan, the sweet melody of life will play on. Each trial or heartache has its own length of duration, during which time, God continues to conduct the rhythm of our lives. And the beat goes on.

As His instruments, we rest in His timing, His direction, stopping to pay attention to every stroke of His Conductor’s baton and following every note (as every command) of His Composition (His Word). When the hiatus is over, the harmony of life begins once again.

God uses the instruments in tune with His great purposes. Those sensitive enough to know the tune He wants them to play. Beautiful melodies come from these.

Each of you is a special instrument being fine-tuned for great service, to play beautiful music for the Master Conductor.

God says, “My harmony is the sweetest when played on the instruments lying closest to My feet.”

The greatest joy, success, achievement, and satisfaction can only come when we learn our music lessons and allow God to conduct our lives. That we might make melodious harmony before His throne.

“All these were under the direction of their father
for the music in the house of the Lord.”
(1 Chron. 25:6a NKJV)

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.