Thursday, May 12, 2011

Time to Refocus!

Tuesday I started my day with a long list of phone calls to make.  I was very encouraged that these calls would be quick, easy and get the job done.  Boy was I wrong!  Every single call I made had me on hold for very long periods of time.  Every call lead to bad news.  Every call lead to a great deal of frustration.  By lunch time I was at the end of my rope.  I couldn't take one more call or one more piece of bad news.  I knew I had to refocus.

The past ten days have been crazy for me.  Some good things, some bad and some scary.  My son had a very strange illness (he is better now), now my daughter is very sick.  My grandmother is having surgery on her heart today.  Baseball is in full swing for my boys.  My niece is graduating tonight which brings a large number of family in town.  Some of the family members have not seen each other in many years and there is some tension.  We have a first birthday party for my little nephew.  And Sunday will be our last Sunday at our church, as we are moving on to a new calling.  Things are just crazy right now.  I need to refocus!

Tuesday after that rope ran out on me, I decided to have a little lunch then let the kiddos watch a movie.  I turned the praise music up and grabbed my Bible.  I had to refocus on God.  After an incident this morning with a relative, I had to do the same.  When things go bad or get stressful, I wanted to stay mad.  I wanted to wallow in my self pity.  I wanted to stay in that pit.  But friends, that pit is a lonely place to be.  That pit is an unnecessary place to be.   

Now I am refocused on God.  Nothing has changed.  All the above mentioned things are still going on.  But my focus is on God.  My strength is in Him.  I will not be overwhelmed. 

When things do not go the way you want or hope.  When you have a fight with your spouse.  When the kids act up.  When relatives upset you.  When someone is sick.  Whatever the case is, refocus on God.  Whether it is sitting alone in the bedroom, taking a walk, sitting in the sun, or even sitting alone in the closet.  Get alone with Him and worship the One who holds you. 

Sweet Blessings~ 


  1. Jenifer,

    I had a week like that last week, too much to do and every time I turned around there seemed to be something standing in the way of me getting my to do list done. I lost my focus on God because my focus was on getting everything done I needed to do. I finally just stopped and got on my knees, all those same things are there that I need to do, but the burden to get them done was lighter.

    Blessings to you Jenifer.

  2. Your post reminds me of what I just read this morning in Psalms. When it seems like everything is out of control, or even that God is far away, we need to refocus on Him. Remember all the ways He has provided in the past. Then, even though our circumstances haven't changed, our attitudes can - because of Him.

  3. Wow, you do have so much going on! I can understand why you would be overwhelmed... what a great example you are! Thank you for never failing to encourage me :) Praying for you... for your grandmothers surgery and for you to remain in His peace as the busy world goes on around you!

  4. Wow Jenifer, you certainly have had your hands full! I was in a similar position a couple weeks ago, and understand exactly where you're coming from. In the end, finding that Stillness and reconnecting with God was my solution as well.

    I'll be praying for things to smooth out for you, and for your Grandmother's surgery to go well.

    Have a Blessed Day Dear Lady!

  5. 'But my focus is on God. My strength is in Him. I will not be overwhelmed.'
    I like this...I need to remember it because I am there right now too!

  6. So true. Thanks for the reminder. God has a funny way of letting us know we are not in control and to "let go and let God."


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