Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Focus
















"People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them." George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright, 20th century

Today, I am reminded to focus on the eternal, not the external. It's easy for me to fall into the trap of focusing on the circumstances around me. God spoke clearly on this beautiful Richmond, Virginia morning through this quote. He then confirmed it through and email from a precious friend who is struggling with her health.

Today, join my friend and I on a quest to keep our eyes on the LORD and not life's circumstances!

Focusing on my LORD,

Andrea

52 comments:

Katia said...

Beautiful! Yes, we should keep Him in our thoughts 24/7. Thanking God for the beautiful quote and e-mail He gave you this morning.
Blessings,
Katia

Parsley said...

Right there with you my friend. It's not always easy but I'm letting go and letting God.

Emma said...

That's a beautiful quote and it's made me think about a few things.

Being Me said...

Praying for health and detaching burdens...

BM

Deborah said...

That was a beatiful quote! I'm going to share this with my teenage kids, thank you!
xxoo
Deborah

Pet said...

I so needed this today,Thank you!
Blessing! Pet
Again thanks

Samantha said...

Thank you, wonderful quote !
Hugs and blessings to yoou dear friend.

Alleluiabelle said...

My Dearest Andrea,

YES YES YES...I'm firmly standing with you and your friend...my eyes, mind, heart and soul are firmly and oh so steadily focused on Him and not on our circumstances.

Thank you for encouraging me today through this posting and your sweet comments on my blog site today. You lift me up along with many others and I thank the Lord for you, for that. I am praying for you, your friend and so many. God knows all of our needs and that is how I am approaching Him in prayer. I am praying fervently for us, for all of my blogging friends and any one who I happen to come across in my blog reading these days. It is wonderfully refreshing to know that we are all praying together for one anothers needs.

I love you Andrea and my mind and heart are with you always.

Peace & Big Hugs,
Alleluiabelle

The Working Home Keeper said...

Beautiful reminder Andrea!

Kelly Combs said...

I love your beautiful attitude! Thanks for sharing.

destrella said...

Great reminder! Have a great week. :O)

Deborah Ann said...

Wow, that really got the wheels spinning in my little pea-brain. Excellent thought for the day!

Shirl said...

Good reminder! Thanks.

Cathy said...

So true. We truly need to stay focused on Him! He makes anything bearable when we know He is there.

Christine said...

Thank you for being so passionate and sharing with us.
And Yes, I love being a grandma!

Terri Tiffany said...

Amen. trying to do that each day!! Glad to be in company with so many others doing the same:)

Nancy said...

What you say is very true. I'm going to join you and focus on God's word. That always carries me through.

Miti said...

Thank you for the reminder, Andrea. Time to time life seems to throw us a curve ball, but every time we give God thanks and praise, He will never let it go unnoticed and in turn we love ourselves a little more. I hope your friend has a speedy recovery.

Tammy said...

I needed this. Keeping my eyes on Jesus.

An Imperfect Perfection said...

I'm so joining you!!

sarah said...

great post...thanks for this

He & Me + 3 said...

I am so glad that God spoke to you and confirmed it with an email and then you shared. Sometimes our focus is shifted and we need a nudge back in the right direction.
Hugs,
Mimi

Tracy said...

What a beautiful sunrise photo!

Thanks for the reminder to keep the focus on the eternal instead of what's in front of me. It's so easy to get side tracked.

Jackie said...

Great post Andrea.......staying focused on Him with you sister!! He is Faithful!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

homeschool101 said...

Thank you for a great message. I woke up with Psalm 121 on my mind. Keeping you in my prayers my friend. Have a wonderful week evening. ;)

Psalm 121 : 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

God Bless you my friend!

Denise said...

Keeping my eyes focuse upon the ultimate gift, Jesus. Praying for you.

Nezzy said...

A perfect quote to remind us to keep our eyes on the Lord! He is greater than our circumstances. I'm with ya all the way!!!

Have a fantastically blessed day :o)

Crown of Beauty said...

Love the quote, and this post. The picture is lovely too...

We do need to remember, the journey is as important as the destination!

Love
Lidj

Barbara said...

Love this post! This is my word for 2010...and in my prayers daily that I can focus more on the things of God, more on important things....Thanks

RCUBEs said...

That's an awesome pic and same with the quote! Thank you for the reminder on Who we must be focused on at all times. Blessings to you sister and be strong in the Lord's mighty power!

karen hopkins said...

praying for peace in the midst of physical illness. And in the midst of prayer, praying the Holy Spirit brings joy to you, and your friend.. Your prayers will not go void.. He hears, and He acts upon each and every one that we speak.. Amen?

Regina said...

Amen. Oftentimes we forgot what is important and eternal.
Thanks for sharing Andrea.
Have a good day.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Amen to that, Andrea! It's so easy to just think about the circumstances and the "what ifs" in life. Writing the blog everyday helps keep me focused on Jesus, so I don't have as much time to "worry". I'm so glad you've been coming by!
Blessings,
Debra

Edie said...

I am focusing with you Andrea! Thanks for the encouragement and the prayers. You are such a blessing to me.

Diana said...

Love this! Don't want to focus on "stuff."

Runner Mom said...

Thank you!! Andrea, We all need this reminder. How is your aunt? Have her in my prayers.

Hugs,
Susan

Kristie said...

What a great reminder! :-)

christy rose said...

I love the title of this post! FOCUS! If we keep our eyes on Him, the circumstances almost seem so irrelevant. :)

Wylie said...

So true friend! Seek first His Kingdom... We always have to be reminded to get past all the worldly distractions & seek Him first...
Wylie

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Amen! Thanks for the welcome back, my friend! To seek His Kingdom first is always best.

Have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jenny said...

Beautiful photo and I love the quote. It's easy to get distracted from what is the most important.

Relyn said...

That quote is full of truth. So often it seems that we hang on to our pain instead of just letting Him wash it away.

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Beautiful reminder. I think I just realized this recently.

Nicole said...

Life gets so much easier when we take our focus off of our circumstances and put them on the savior! Thanks for the reminder!

Auntie Cake said...

How true, how true! Beautifully written. Glad you were up to enjoy the sunrise! I keep missing it this last week...
Kate

Jeanette Levellie said...

Did you take that lovely photo? Exquisite.

I like to remind myself that this life is very, very short compared with my time in Heaven dancing with Jesus.

Holly said...

Andrea,
Sounds like a wonderful plan to me!

Living Water said...

Amen! Let's keep our eyes focused on Jesus; not our burdens!

Colleen said...

Great post. Beautiful picture! Keep our eyes on the prize!

Yaya said...

Don't you love when God sends us little messages!?

Rita said...

If we look to life's circumstances instead of to Him, we are in trouble. Thanks for the reminder.

Gaia said...

I am working on that, really I am ... urgh trying to. Sometimes I forget, but will work on it. Bless you for the reminder.