Three Fun Focusing Tips

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If you’re like me, there are times when you could use suggestions on how to control your thoughts. Here are three tips that help me to focus while lifting my spirits, as well.  

LISTEN to Christian music. Most mornings, I wake up feeling groggy, unfocused and without a hint of motivation. Over the past year, I’ve formed somewhat of a habit of walking on the treadmill. I get up half asleep, dress, grab my iPod and make my way toward the garage. Are you feeling sorry for me yet?

                                           senior workout

As you can imagine, I don’t love this ritual; I don’t even like it. In fact, I would hate it if I didn’t have a stream of Christian music flowing through my ears and into my heart. By the time I walk for thirty minutes, I’m not only ecstatic to have done it. My focus has been transformed from my aching body to God and His agenda for the day.

                                                                                                                                         woman walking on treadmill listening to music

Whether you’re on the treadmill, working in the kitchen or driving the car, tune in to Christian music. It will change your attitude, as well as your perspective on your circumstances.

LOVE! Love on others. One way to pursue a healthy mind is to focus on others. At this point in my life, I spend a lot of alone time at my desk. When I finally manage to concentrate on a project, guess what happens. Everything around me fades into the woodwork of my inner sanctum. Fortunately, my husband periodically rescues me to engage in conversation. One of our favorite pastimes is to sit and talk while gazing at the cows in the pasture behind us. It’s pleasant, serene and therapeutic for both of us.

God created human beings to be interdependent. We need one another, don’t we? I also need to be around people I can laugh with, don’t you? Laughter is a part of loving on others. There’s a name for loving ourselves too much; it’s called Narcissism. Not a godly trait, is it? What’s the cure? Loving on others! And don’t forget to laugh along the way.

LIFT! Lift your eyes on high. Isaiah 40:26 tells us, “Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things. . . .” In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says, “One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize.”

I find it especially difficult to focus in prayer. My mind wanders like a lost puppy looking for its mother. I want to experience God’s presence in my heart when I pray. I want to lift my eyes on high. I want to praise the one who has created me and all that is good in my life. But sometimes my words of praise seem rote.

As we study His Word, God fills our hearts with Himself. He gives us the desire and the words to pray. We can’t manufacture effective prayer on our own. Nor can we manufacture praise. And yet, we find in God’s Word a multitude of reasons to praise Him.

Laughter may be the best medicine to cure what ails us emotionally and even physically. Can it be that praise based on God’s truth is the best medicine for what ails us spiritually?

How we practice our faith has a lot to do with these three things:

  • What we listen to.
  • How we love others.
  • How often we lift our eyes on high.

I pray these three tips will help you focus on God and to enjoy the benefits.

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Note: Be sure to check out the Crumbs post on Wednesday. You’ll find meaningful quotes and scriptures, as well as my fun rendition of the ABC’s of Praise.

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