Tag Archives: focus on God

#SundayStillness – Are you focusing on God or your circumstances?

#SundayStillness – Are you focusing on God or your circumstances?

When-we-focus-on-God-the-rest

Photo from freedigitalphotos.net.

 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.  (John 15:11-12, The Message). (my emphasis on JOY)

What is a wholly mature joy? I have been thinking about that. This summer has been a joyful one – family, more family and more family. I have loved it. Even though others have complained about a cool summer – really it was lovely. Love filled the summer.

But in the past, I didn’t always feel “joyful”. I found myself tired, overwhelmed, disorganized and confused. Why?

I think Oswald says it best:

The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances (Oswald Chambers August 31).

I used to let little things bug me – laundry, dishes, meals, cleaning. Instead of just doing them joyfully. I used to let the fact I was tired bug me.

Instead, I needed to be rightly related to God,
and then my joy will come without any effort on my part. 

When I figured this out – I could be joyful during anything.

So I had a wonderful summer during tiredness, sickness, and sleepless nights.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, tired, or confused:

STOP – pray.

Get right with our Lord, thank Him for all His blessings.

When we focus on God the rest falls into place.

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes we let the trials of the day drag us down. Instead we need to look to You for our strength and joy. Help us to get closer and closer connected to the mainspring of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Tweetable:

When we focus on God the rest falls into place. (tweet this)

God Arise – and scatter all your foes. by Robin Mark. Find joy in God. (tweet this)

Follow #UTCOP to read the prayers of our contributors. (tweet this)

Join us as we continue to pray this month – for all sorts of things. Follow Under the Cover of Prayer by subscribing to this blog by email.

Feel free to pin any picture you find to Pinterest.

Enjoy God Arise by Robin Mark.

Today is Sunday Stillness – others join me to link their posts about what God is teaching them. Enjoy.



HAUNTED BY GOD

Haunted by God

by Jan Cox 

Haunted by God

“God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in. If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet” (Psalm 25:14-15 The Message).

As I thought over this passage it reminded me of the story of Peter walking out to meet Jesus – on the water. Yes, he walked on the water. Why? Because his focus was Jesus, and Him alone. When did he falter? When he looked down at the water.

When I choose to look at circumstances or happenings around me, instead of God – I can be swept downstream. I can lose my footing; stumble; trip; fall.

When I choose to focus on God – thanking Him, counting His blessings, laughing, enjoying little things – there is peace in my soul.

“The whole of our life inside and out is to be absolutely haunted by the presence of God” (Oswald Chambers, June 2).

That’s why I continue to count the gifts that God gives me – each day, I write down one or two or sometimes more, gifts with which God has blessed me.

That is my focus – SEEING Him.

Ann Voskamp took the dare to count to 1000 in her book One Thousand Gifts. I am now counting to 2000. Counting these gifts helps me focus on GOD – leading me closer to being haunted by Him.

“If we are haunted by God, nothing else can get in, no cares, no tribulation, no anxieties. … To be haunted by God is to have an effective barricade against all the onslaughts of the enemy” (Oswald Chambers, June 2).

Counting Gifts

                        Thanking Him

                                                Praising Him

All these things lead to FOCUSING on God.

I want to be HAUNTED by God.

Do you?

“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!” (Philippians 4:4-5, The Message).

Continuing to count the gifts – counting to 2000; I am at 1451

      • buying plants for pots – yellows, purples and whites (deer proof?? we’ll see)
      • inspiration for InscribeOnline post
      • rain for the farmers – all day (can’t plant yet)
      • local home show – meeting everyone from town
      • reacquaintance with a wonderful prayer-filled believer
      • sunshine this morning
      • remembering to focus on God
      • sweet granddaughter hugs
      • sweet grandson smiles and chats
      • watching my daughter do up her daughter’s hair for dance recital

Dance Recital Hairdo

      • putting slippers on my granddaughter at recital
      • great recital
      • wonderful dinner with family
      • a friend who ran a beautiful UCW service at church
      • rain again – but good for farmers
      • getting ready for Write! Canada – I think I like promotion
      • donations for VIBE coming in
      • people willing to help with VIBE
      • new sponsored child – Marie – from Wellington Orphanage in Sierre Leone

Marie

One of My Pots

      • call from son and they are coming up in a couple of weeks
      • making stuffed turtles for conference
      • remembering how to sew
      • sewing machine worked
      • seeing a deer on our walk – very close to roadside but no camera
      • Snowball resting after a hard day at play

Snowball Relaxing

      • my happy mess

My Happy Mess

      • Cleaning up my mess – husband is pleased
      • finishing up details for Write!Canada
      • planning Mom’s committal service for Saturday
      • a great event put on by Women’s Day Together – Carol Kent
      • another great study on looking at our fear of rejection from Moving From Fear to Freedom


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator.