Yesterday I actually shopped in a big store again. Although there were directional arrows all over the floor and lots of signs and rules, it still felt good to get some retail therapy. I admit I struggled to stay focused on the objective, though. I was supposed to be shopping for 3 birthday gifts. Instead, I just kept seeing things I wanted for myself. Finally, though more refocusing, I did manage to accomplish my gift goal. I did end up with stuff for myself, which was fun. Although, it was a real challenge with all that refocusing .
Lol, speaking of which, It is amazing how quickly my mind hops from thought to thought. As I have been doing these devotionals, it has caused me to self-reflect. Many times, I don’t like what I see. I see someone who says things and then struggles to follow through. Someone who needs to refocus back on their true desire to put Christ before self, again and again, repeatedly, all day long, day after day. “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your fleshly desires.” Romans 13:14 NLT I acknowledge, there has been an abundance of distractions lately. I believe more than ever if that were even possible. I praise God. I am attempting to recognize distractions quicker. Through the Lord’s help, I am learning to redirect my thoughts and focus.
“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.” Psalms 28:7 NLT I am also trying to not be so hard on myself. I do that sometimes, and it really doesn’t help me at all. Especially when it’s spiritual stuff because the enemy loves to drag us into this ugly self-condemnation spiral that isn’t productive in any way. The enemy comes to rob, kill, and destroy. He wants to rob us of our peace and kill our hopes and plans. His goal is to destroy whatever he can through thoughts of negativity and doubt. When this happens, we must refocus. It’s through the love of God; we find stability and strength. I believe that is why there is this continuous battle for our thoughts and minds. My mom used to say that we need to know that we know that we know how much we are loved by God. Once that is unshakable in our heart and in our head, that will be where our strength comes from. We will clearly say, “the world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away.” I will focus on His love and promises.
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1 John 4:16 NLT
Have a blessed day.