Last week I shared my “one word” for 2018….and it just dawned on me, as I was looking at the visual, that I didn’t bother to ask yours!
As you may know, sharing faith art is something I really enjoy – so here you go…. one to personalize for YOUR one word 🤗 – and if you prefer, just add a comment below & I’ll be happy to personalize just for you!
I’ve saved mine as the home screen on my phone… and iPad…and laptop… get the idea☺️
My one word this year is FOCUS! Something I often need desperately… my mind has a tendency to flit from one thing to the next… and most often, I totally forget the thing I started out doing…. sound familiar?
This morning was no exception… often the week post-injections is kinda iffy; the medication designed to help strengthen my bones increases bone pain, and the meds focused on starving cancer cells leaves me feeling achy and just plain yucky… it’s like a see-saw – one day I think, “woohoo! I’m over the hump!” and the next day is “dang…not so fast…” Today is a “dang…not so fast” kinda day… unfortunate, because I REALLY wanted to go to church, but knowing if I push myself, then my body rebels in a not so nice way… so here I am… in bed… fighting away resentment…
Oh yeah… back to the focus (or lack thereof!)… my NUMBER ONE task – objective – goal…call it what you will… is to ensure the bible study is ready to start at the end of this month… and I am overwhelmed at times with the “what were you thinking????” thoughts. So what do I do? ANYTHING but focus on the task at hand!
Example? Well, other than writing this post? Oh…the thing that prompted to me write this post??? Bible tabs. Yeah…innocent enough, right? I bought a new interleaved Bible for art journaling this year and it needed tabs… as in yesterday…. never mind I’m not ready to start working in the new Bible… it was tab-less… sure, I could buy tabs… but no, I must make them… with cute paper and my tab punch and handwrite each of the sixty-six books… which led me down another rabbit hole… I have sooooooo much to learn!!!!
A seemingly simple task churned up more insecurities…. I know so little about God’s Word!!! My thoughts immediately jumped to planning out a better reading plan…and maybe I need to do a certain study….. and….. and…. and….
And I started writing a post, which has brought me to this: FOCUS!!! But I can’t truly focus on the job God assigned to me until I surrender everything else to HIM…. yeah… that thing – surrender…. you see God most often speaks to and through me with writing…. I rarely know where I’m going until finally He says…”see????” and my heart smiles wider than the Grand Canyon!
What is God trying to tell you today???? You aren’t where you are at this very moment by accident… just like for me, today started as a “dang…not so fast” day and it wasn’t so much about what I didn’t get to do, but definitely about what He needed to teach me. He’s got a plan for every.single.minute. and it’s incredible!
I pray this post finds you well on your way to recovering from holiday festivities! In a few days (or sooner), the rush of every day life will be back in full swing…kiddos getting back in the school groove, businesses returning to regular work hours (or insane yearend workloads!) and we are bombarded with New Year’s advice, resolution ideas, and such…
As I was sitting in church Sunday, the sermon, like many, touched on resolutions for the new year… 365 days of opportunity, 52 weeks of resolve, 12 months of change…. I gotta tell you, the thought that kept popping in my head was “really?” “that’s pretty presumptuous!”
As a cancer thriver, the reality I learned to accept and appreciate is that anything beyond today is presumed… and it’s not just the unknowns of cancer – that was simply the catalyst to realize tomorrow is not a guarantee for anyone.
Yesterday, my stepdad shared a Dear Abby article that has sort of been my mantra for the past few years – I just loved seeing it in print!
Just for Today
JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.
I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully — if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
As you work through the days of this New Year, perhaps printing a copy of Just for Today and cutting each thought intro strips (so you focus on just ONE) and placing in a conspicuous place, will help guide you through your day. click HERE to download!