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What You Focus on Expands
I've been trying to find some order to what I blog about, just to help me figure out what to write and when to write, and to help you figure out when you want to read (although I'm sure you find all my posts absolutely incredible and enlightening!).

But at the suggestion of a friend, I'm launching Media Mondays, where I give book and movie ideas, to go along with Wifey Wednesdays. And now I think I'll add Spiritual Saturdays.

So that's what this is: Spiritual Saturday.

Spiritual Saturday

One of the reasons I love blogging is that I can get all my thoughts out without worrying about editing or who is going to publish this. So much of what I write is eventually for publication, and it's stressful. Blogging is my release.

And so I want to share something that happened to me a few weeks ago.

I spoke at a retreat, after a week of feeling very jetlagged and rather ill. I was not at my best. But the retreat went well, everybody said. People shared their thoughts of the one point that really hit home, and many had those "one points". I should have felt good about it.

But I felt as if something had been missing. I have given that same retreat in the past and felt much greater power, and it seems to me that sometimes I feel the Holy Spirit's strength, and sometimes I do it in my own strength.

The next day, at church, the sermon was on exactly that: how to have the Holy Spirit work through you, instead of doing it by yourself. And I found myself desperately praying for "thirst". Thirst for God, thirst for Him to work, rather than me.

On Monday I was reading my devotions, and my Psalm for the day just "happened" to be 42. Here's the first two verses:

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

It was so timely! And so I read on. And here's the point: I was desperately worrying about what was wrong with me. Why wasn't I experiencing God? That's what David was doing, too. He was consumed with feeling alone, with wondering why God wasn't there. And this is what David kept coming back to:

My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you....
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me. Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him...

In both cases, David is feeling alone. He's burdened. And the solution is not to think about how alone or burdened he is. It's to remember God and what He has already done in your life, and then to turn your attention to the hope you have in God.

God doesn't ask us to DO anything except hope. Except Remember. Except think and meditate about Him. He doesn't want us to work ourselves up into knots trying to reach some major level of spirituality. He just wants us to focus on Him.

And it reminded me of this clip from the retreat, where I talked about this exact thing:

When you're down, focus on God. Don't put yourself through a guilt trip. Don't worry. Just focus on Him, remember Him, and let Him do the rest. He is the source of our hope, not our own effort. And that was a good reminder for me last Monday!


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At 10:50 PM , Anonymous SomeGirl said…

Nice post! I've never heard "what you focus on expands" but it's so true. And it's nice to know that David had times when he was downcast, too. Thanks for sharing this! ♥ Michelle

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