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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Just Another Year

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Another Ho-Hum year having arrived

Hoping to do more than just survive

 

The previous year gifted forsaken feelings

Kneeling in prayer, seeking God’s healing

 

Another year, unknown opportunities wait

Seeking peace and joy, should be our fate

 

Many witnessed the festive Big Ball drop

Celebrating a New Year, let’s never stop

 

Some have written down New Year’s resolutions

Looking to erase misfortune, with grand solutions

 

As for me, still writing a sketchy, initial draft

Wondering if these words will light my path

 

Of course, many will remind us . . . a new decade!

Imagining these days, filling with exciting parades

 

Even as some fix to pursue permanent life changes

Remaining with the old ways, has worked for ages

 

Let’s at least, attempt to instill in each and every day

Submitting more precious sway, following God’s way

 

Not just another year, hallowed in God’s eyes

Lifting us up, like eagles ascending in the sky

 

Our Lord’s Word guides by His true light

Making each day of this year, His delight

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From Revelations 22:5:  “And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”