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  1. I love the idea of focusing on one positive word each week. Thanks for this encouragement!

  2. The amount of time I spend worrying about where I’ve been and where I’m going instead of trusting God’s path……

    • This! This is where my constant low level hum of anxiety stems from. We must focus on Him in the NOW. Not the past or future. This is my daily struggle!

  3. What a beautiful testament! Even at 67, I am still wondering if I have been enough, have I done enough…my heart still feels a bit lonely and unsettled sometimes, though I love my God with my whole being. I know that I am somewhat a perfectionist, but never thought of “perfection anxiety!” You have blessed me today and given me food for thought indeed! Bless you, bless you!

  4. Thank you for reminding me that God is right on time and I am exactly where He wants me to be. It’s hard to remember that in the moments of intense struggle.

  5. Thank you for your awesome post thus morning!
    I would love to have one word to help with stability and stress. I am married to a narcissist, wecare in therapy but life is still super stressful and mind boggling. One word seems like a good thing to focus on with all the confusion of everyday life I have been in for 15 years.
    Blessings to you!

  6. I have often felt I was “behind” in where my peers were culturally. What a beautiful reminder in measuring my worth in Christ and not a list of achievements or accomplishments.

  7. Thank you for the chance to win this book. Intentionally focusing on one spiritual principle would be so good for me, as my mind tends to bounce from one thing to another!

  8. Cleere,
    You have blessed me with your insights, and the ladies’ comments have each affirmation to the power and truth of your words. I feel inspired and blessed this morning.
    Gratitude to all,

  9. Oh how I love this, comparison…. UGH! We are all created for such a time as this for His purpose for His glory… but … as humans we get stuck in the trap of comparison. I have wanted and tried to journal. THIS looks like a GREAT way to keep focused and help me daily write out my thoughts. Thank you so very much for this devotion and opportunity to win the journal! God bless you!

  10. AMEN!!!!!!! WOW! I’m so happy to read something that tells me I’m not alone in how I’ve felt.

  11. I think most people, at some point in their life, go down the comparison path or the “I’m not where I thought I would be at this age” phase of life. I’m glad you had that revelation and shared it. It serves as a good reminder of where we should be looking.

  12. I am 68 years old, still working part time with children. My children are grown and gone and I have grandchildren and hoping for more! My parents are 91 years old. I know that God still has more plans for me. I hope that I am on HIS track and not mine.

  13. Thank you for your timely devotion as I struggle with perfectionism. My eyes tend to focus on myself and my struggles. I need to remind myself to look at Jesus more.
    Your journal sounds like a wonderful way to transform and renew our thoughts by focusing on just one word.

  14. I would like a copy of your Focus journal, I don’t if there is cost for this journal, if there is, you see I am a senior citizen and on fixed income I would like a copy if I can. Gail Mattox, 2200 Kerwin Rd. #411, University Heights, OH 44118

  15. I am in my 70’s now and as I have gotten older I have had to adjust to the fact that I cannot do the things I used to do when I was younger. I need time to rest and breathe. I have had to learn that it is ok if I don’t get everything done-some things can wait! I am also learning to say no to some things and listen to the Holy Spirit’s lead about what He wants me to do.

  16. Cleere, your words ring true! I will try to teach myself this concept. (With the Lord’s help.) This journal sounds like a winner! Thank you for your thought provoking words.

  17. Focus. Oh how I battle with focusing. Obviously, God is aware of this issue of mine (and the other flaws). After all, I did click on the link to this devotional. Everything I’m reading, hearing, seeing this morning is reminding me that I need to work on me-my faith, my belief, my flaws, and not those of others. I definitely need this journal.

  18. What a meaningful piece, I turned 35 in April and started wondering what I’m really doing with my life. God knows when the right time us for everything to happen, and he knows his plans for me. Thank you for this one.

  19. What a timely devotional for me this morning! I remember vividly celebrating my 30th birthday. The office staff helped me celebrate and someone gave me black roses to mourn the “death of my youth”. Well, that person was of course joking! I went on to leave that job and return to college, obtaining my degree and becoming a registered nurse. Little did I know that God was preparing me to care for my oldest son who would suffer from multiple sclerosis, and my husband who battled cancer. My son had cerebral palsy from birth so the MS brought new challenges and health issues, and I am so thankful God prepared me for the journey so I could be his caregiver. He has gone to be with the Lord now and is celebrating in Heaven with his dad who won his battle with cancer and they are “waiting on a woman”. As I prepare to celebrate my 65th birthday, I pray and wait expectantly for what the Lord has for me next. I believe He orders our steps!

  20. Focus on one subject today. What is that subject? I want to focus on gratitude today. I live in Clinton, MS and my neighbors have experienced tornadic weather conditions for two weekends. This has caused a lightning strike at my house that ruined my AC unit outside my house. I did not lose my power and I am grateful for that. Some of my relatives in Jackson and Gluckstadt lost their power, this is day four. We have forgotten that the summers were always very hot when we were children. We never really complained because we wanted to play outside and eat popsicles. Now we are grownups and it is not convenient to live in the summer heat without access to air conditioning. We have to use local laundry mats and discard food in our refrigerators and freezers.

    Some people lost family members and I am sorry for their loss. Some agencies are preparing and giving out food and water. Some people even had trees fall on houses and cars. I hope their insurance policies will take care of the financial losses that have occurred.

    I think waiting is very hard and expensive. Children need structure and school is out for summer break. Parents have to work and care for their children and some parents help their elderly family members also.

    Yes, we still have to embrace gratitude for our lives and our freedom to Praise and Worship God.

    Take one day at a time. Keep your smile in place.

    God bless your steps.

    With Gratitude,

    Your Sister in Christ

  21. Boy did I need to hear this! I have been struggling with this very topic. Leading a Sunday School class, attending a discipleship class, leading / preparing Crafts for VBS. Overload! Where should my focus be? 🙂

  22. I love today reading. I not writing this to win a book. I writing this because I want too. We have God who knows us better than we know ourselves. Love us even before we born. That I find amazing. I used find that hard to believe. God knows us better than we know ourselves knows where were are heading. God knows everything about us. God loves us so much he sent His son to die for us how amazing his that. Jeremiah 1 verse 5 tells me. God even knew me before he formed me in the womb yes my mother’s womb. The verse is amazing it says ” Before I formed you in the womb I knew you Before you were born I sanctified you I ordained you a prophet to the nationd” God did that for us all. How amazing is that. In Psalm 139 v 13-17 it say ” For you formed my inward parts You covered me in my mother’s womb I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made Marvelous are You works And that my soul knows very well My frame was not hidden from You When I was made in secret And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of earth Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed And in Your book they are all written The days fashioned for me When as yet there were none of them How precious also are Your thoughts to me O God Hoe great is the sum of them” This is also so God know this about all of us. So God knows where we are all heading. Even before we came into this world that is. Amazing. All theses verses also shows how much our God loves us. Thank you for today reading just love it. Thank in my prayers Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  23. Cleere, thank you for sharing your heart with us all. I remember turning 30 and throwing the biggest Birthday party for me and all my loved ones. I was not married yet, no children and did not have the job of my dreams. So I decided to celebrate 30 years of life that Jesus gave me, and to focus on bringing all my loved ones together. It was the best ever celebration! 24 years later….the Lord has given me the most wonderful Godly hubby, 6 beautiful children, a handful of amazing women who mentor and love me powerfully. Jesus has blessed us with a beautiful acreage/home. I truly couldn’t ask for more or better.
    Before I read your devotion this morning I was feeling overwhelmed and consumed with feeling like I needed to put some things into action….by my strength! Now……as I wrote above, Jesus has reminded me that He is in complete control and the only thing I need to do is lean back and rest in His beautiful gift of grace. He is in complete control of my life, and my life works best if I lean into Him, and let Him work out everything else.
    Thanks for the idea of focusing on one word a week. The word,”Release” jumped out at me. So…Beautiful Jesus…… this week I look forward to the release of whatever You need me to let go of! I pray for Your love to release itself in my heart, soul and mind. Please release my muscles, ligaments and tendons to relax. Please release my fears, insecurities and rejections that I am holding onto so tightly. Thank You for releasing my fears and insecurities of what others think of me, and thank You for releasing Your truth into my mind, body and soul. Thank You Father for this beautiful gift. Amen.

  24. Love your post! Even at age 74 and daily coping with 2 granboys in Our little 500 square foot suite , recent move from our 2000 sq ft house in another province, this speaks to my life and heart. My life has not been easy, but our Great God has showed me that thru joy or sorrow , He is my Potter , He owns me and in everything that happens , He turns it for His purpose and Glory.
    “He is always right beside me.,I will not be shaken. “ psalm 16:8

  25. Love your post today. It resonated with me. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you.

  26. You are an inspiration, my dear!! Bless you on your 30th Birthday!! I am 71 and remember distinctly my 30th Birthday!!

  27. Love this so much! So many noteworthy sentences that could be post-its around the house: “Jesus did not sacrifice, serve, and sanctify me so I can just “get by.”” Thank you for this post today.

  28. It is definitely a struggle trying to discern where God wants me to be and if I’m in the right place with the right attitude. I want so much for things in my life to be different and it’s hard when so many years go by without a change. I would be interested in reading this book to help me focus on what’s important and learn to let all the rest go.

  29. Thank you for another opportunity to win! This sounds so helpful as I am in our busy summer season at work and keeping the mind game strong is important!

  30. I am dealing with so much right now that’s been causing some anxiety. I could definitely use this book to help me destress and focus better. Also to give it to about 4 young women including my daughter whom I minister to weekly.

  31. Love the idea of a focus word, and getting out of my head about the past and future. Being present I think can lead to contentment and peace. Thanks for the ideas. I look forward to the book. God bless

  32. Cleere,

    I can so relate to you right now. At 58 I am regretting a ton of past choices. Feeling like I should be farther along in life than I am. The ugly green monster envy is upon me. Knowing that I must pray hard to God asking Him to release me. Contentment must become my word. Truly I have everything I need-not want! The song “Thank you Lord” by Chris Tomlin comes to mind!

    Blessings 🙂