Encouragement Life

Focus and Intention


So far this year has started off with what seems like a lot of little problems and distractions for me.

Nothing major, just little every day inconveniences. The kind can make you stressed if you focus on them.

I have had 2 sick dogs, I cat that hated me, a flooded laundry room, a bedroom that smells like water from a flooded laundry room ran into it, a sick husband, printers at work that wouldn’t print, and today, as I type this, I am using cellular data because there is a wide spread internet outage.

I had determined as part of my new year’s plan that my words for the year would be focus and intention. I am terrible at focusing and being intentional.

I am very adaptable (as I read many left handers are), I am a good problem solver and I am mostly optimistic so I often neglect to make an intentional plan.

Whatever happens, I’ll deal with it. No sense making a big, elaborate plan when life happens all the time.

The book of James warns us not to boast about our plans for tomorrow and Matthew 6:34 has always been a go to for me when I really didn’t feel like worrying about something. I like scriptures that agree with the way I am already acting. 😁

But, the fact is, that while we shouldn’t worry, we should learn to use intentional focus.

Normally, by New Year’s Day, I have a list of improvements to make in my life and I try to implement them all at one time.

Read more, pray more, eat clean, workout more consistently, get a plan for  my money and do a better job of saving, get organized and simplify…you get the idea.

I always fail.

It is too much to do all at one time.

This year, I decided to focus on one new habit a month and add from there. This month, my focus has been on finance. I have been trying very hard to monitor my spending and use intention.

I am trying to make my new go to scripture Proverbs 29:18:

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Do you have a vision? Where is your focus? What is distracting you? Let me know! I would love to hear from you.

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