books, faith life, simple living

Finding Focus in a Whirlwind World

One of the pages on this blog (well, the only page so far!) is my books to read.  I have been reading lately but not the books on my list.  I went through some of the books the other day and realized that a lot of  them have about 10 or less chapters in them.  If I read a chapter a day, I could finish a book in about 2 weeks!  So, every evening I’ve been going upstairs and reading one chapter.  The first book I’m reading is Finding Focus in a Whirlwind World.  I kind of thought this was going to be a “how to” one simplifying life but it’s so much more.  The author, Jean Fleming, talks about focusing life, not simplifying it–or even balancing it–that that is key to truly Christ-centering living.  I have lots of things underlined so I won’t share all of them but here’s a few to encourage you.  I believe this book is out-of-print but you can still find it used online or perhaps at a used bookstore.
The Apostle Paul’s obvious center was Christ.  His writings never digress from Christ.  They ring with the steady, predictable hammer striking the anvil of life:  life is in Christ, of Christ, through Christ, by Christ, with Christ, for Christ, from Christ.  To live is Christ, and to die is more of Christ.  (Oh that this would be the center of my life also!!)
[when going through trials or any event in our lives] ask only a few fundamental questions:  How can I know and experience more of Christ in this situation?  What does Jesus want me to do?  How can this situation bring Him glory and honor?
Demonstrating our love for God through our obedience to  His direction is the surest indicator of His work in our life.
The practice of spending time along with God has been called the Morning Watch, Personal Devotions, and the  Quiet Time.  By any name, it is essential to the focused life. Make God your Director by setting aside time each day to read the Bible and pray.
More tomorrow…

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