Sharpen My Focus

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With another year starting up, I have been contemplating and praying about how to manage my life in better alignment with God’s Word.  While a new decade is upon us, I am more concerned about the year ahead.  Better yet, I need to build my faith day-by-day.

Last year, I kept three key words close to my heart:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Health

While I have been successful in managing my pre-diabetic condition, and my family has been a true blessing in so many ways, I still feel there is room for growth in my faith.

In reading Scripture, Jesus is always connected to us.  At the same time, there is a need to reshape my daily habits by reading God’s Word with a deeper understanding and to be more consistent in prayer.

From John 15:1-2:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.”

  • God prunes and shapes. 
  • Bear more fruit by sharpening my faith.

From John 15:11:  “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

  • Christ’s joy resides in me. 
  • He keeps my cup overflowing with joy. 
  • I will abide in the Father and the Son.

My mother (she will turn 82 this month) reminds me to make each day precious.

With faith at the forefront of my agenda for 2020, I will use a phrase to better emphasize keeping my faith on track and growing.

  • “Sharpen My Focus”

With God’s guidance, this Grace-driven foundation will consistently build up my spiritual energy.

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14 thoughts on “Sharpen My Focus

  1. What a great word! This makes me think of that old song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” I just read Matthew 25:13 this morning: “Therefore be on the alert [be prepared and ready], for you do not know the day nor the hour [when the Son of Man will come.” That’s what “Sharpen My Focus” makes me think of. God bless you with health, love, and wisdom as you and your family navigate 2020. And God bless your sweet Mom (my Mom will be 87 in August, Lord willing) and she inspires me with love and wisdom just as your Mom does. ♥

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  2. That is a great goal to have bigskybuckeye, and one that we can work on each and every day, and still there will be more for us to reach for, at least that is what I find. I find that when I put the faith that I have first, other things fall nicely into place. It also seems to be working in that manner for you with your health and your family.

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  3. 20/20 vision in 2020 … Yes, a perfect time to sharpen our focus. So much of what you posted today aligns so perfectly with my post today that I think we were visiting each others’ minds!! Yes, stay connected to the vine… dig deep into the roots of His Word. A good book to accompany your Bible reading, Richard, is “Don’t Know Much About the Bible” by Kenneth C. Davis. God bless you!!

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