Day 10 – How to Redirect Our Focus for More Joy
We’re continuing our SECOND week of the 21 Day Bible Reading Challenge! (JUMP on board at ANY time, we’d love to you have JOIN in)
What is it that really catches your focus? What do you like to invest your time in? Do your daily activities bring you more JOY?
I’m not suggesting that washing dishes is that joyful. But, could we sing a song or pray while we’re washing dishes to bring more joy during the activity?
What we invest the most time and money in is where our affections will lay. I know we’re busy ladies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to set our affection on more “spiritual” thoughts throughout our day.
Time not spent for God is ultimately wasted.
More JOY will never come from dwelling on our problems. Joy is destroyed with continual negative thoughts. Let’s find a way to INVEST more of our time, thoughts and energy on things above.
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed, says…
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. – Psalm 34:1 KJV
Praising God continually is an action that leaves little room for complaining and griping about our own circumstances. (How can we have time to gripe when we’re busy praising God?)
When we direct our attention and affection back on God, we take the focus off ourselves.
MORE JOY is sure to follow when our attitude is kept focused on the things above!
Complete Today’s Challenge:
Please spend at least 15 minutes today reading God’s Word. If you have time, write at least ONE Bible verse in your journal. (*There’s 10 Bible Verses below — you can choose one of those to write in your journal, if you wish.)
10 Bible Verses for Setting our Thoughts and Affections in the Right Place:
Psalm 62:10 (KJV) Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
Psalm 94:19 (KJV) In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
Proverbs 16:3 (KJV) Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Matthew 6:21 (KJV) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 22:37 (KJV) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 15:6 (KJV) That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:24 (KJV) And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Colossians 3:2 (KJV) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.