Friday, January 4, 2013

Focusing for 2013

It’s a new year and that time again where you start hearing a lot about goals and resolutions.  Some make them, some don’t but most people, if they are honest, at least give a thought to the past year and what they want to change in the coming year.

With that goal in mind I’ve been thinking about areas in my life that I would like to improve upon or at least refocus my attention to.  I tend to not make rash decisions or commitments.  If I say something I want to be able to keep my word so I “consider the costs” carefully.  So I won’t call them resolutions or even commitments but I am making a point to focus on four particular areas in the coming year.  

Why four?  Well, first off I believe it’s what has been placed on my heart.  Secondly, it’s all I can handle!  Really maybe only three can I handle, we’ll see.   And lastly, four works nicely into a month so I can revisit each one once a month.   Some effort is better than none, so here we go.

Before I try to introduce the areas I’ve decided on stop and think about if there are any areas that have been brought to your attention lately?  What might you need to focus or refocus your attention on this year?


Now don’t get me wrong, I like to be spontaneous. Even to have someone say that “you are a disciplined person” or a “person of discipline” isn’t even something I like the sound of, however, I like the results of what leading disciplined live brings.  To accomplish all that God has for us I think we need to follow His example and lead a disciplined life.


Plain and simple, food is a big issue.  God made it, we need it, we like it and like most Americans I sometimes eat the wrong things and too much of them!  Like the Proverbs 31 woman and most women today I am the one who goes out and gets it and provides the nourishment for my family.  It can consume a lot of my time that I need to use wisely.  My desire is to plan my work and work my plan along with making this plan do able and healthier and healthier.


This one has always been a focus but seems to need special attention right now.  We’ve been married 24 years and things are changing.  Our house is full of all young adults (13+.)  They don’t go to bed early like they used to and we have little time together.  It seems life has a way of growing (or attempting to) pull you apart right before you’ll be left with just each other.  My desire is to not only make sure my marriage stays a priority but that my husband sees and feels that from me.


Over the years there are many things that have been placed on my heart to do.  I’ve got projects in various stages of “done” and not always sure where I should focus my attention.  So part of this focus is direction but just as important is time and energy to carry out that direction.  Everything is in God’s timing.  It may just be more seeking of the “right” thing in the “right” time.

So there you have it.  My 4 focus areas for 2013.  What do you want to focus on?  Maybe some areas are the same, maybe some different.  I encourage you to think (but not too long) about what God may be calling your attention to; maybe it’s one, two or three areas. 

A long time ago I read a book by Elizabeth George that suggested for Bible study you focus on 5 areas of interest and over the year create “5 fat files”.  While I loved the idea 5 was too many for me to stay focused on.  I ended up really “focusing” on perhaps 3 and barely even remembering the thing about #4 and #5.  So with that in mind I’m stick to four.  

So what’s your number?  What are your areas?

My plan is to have “Focus Friday’s” here on the blog and each Friday of the month I’ll hit one of the focus areas to re-visit.  Hope you will join me for a focused 2013!

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