F O C U S

As we get closer to the move date from our cute house, I catch myself getting all waah waah nostalgic! Silly, I know. Considering Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Focus.

This weekend, I splurged and got a long needed pedicure! Probably, TMI but it was important that I did it before all my shoes ate the dust! Scraggly toenails are dangerous and can jack up your shoes! On my drive home, I looked across the field to my neighborhood and instead of admiring my beautiful house … I felt thankful for an opportunity to move and someday buy the house I’m really dreaming of. One without a sea of siding and neighbors right on top of you. Girl, bye!

Focus.

Fast forward to more of my weekend opining about what I’ll miss not living in this area and cue the newest next-door neighbors BARKING DOG right outside my sunroom windows. Oh ya, he’s a barker! Now, I have 2 sweet little punkin dogs and they like to communicate as well. But, I DO NOT ever let my dogs out to run wherever all over the neighborhood for hours at a time nor do I TIE them up outside and let them hold a barkaroo fest for the entire day.

Focus.

It isn’t cool to whine and complain, I know. People tell me all the time. Still, when your life gets topsy turvy….you see everything differently. I appreciate little things. I recognize blessings and cling to them for all I’ve got.

I feel blessed to have lived in the house I’m leaving. It was a great home for us. Perfect fit for my hubby and me. We loved well here and enjoyed every bit of it while we were its owners. That doesn’t have anything to do with what’s ahead though. The future is really bright in spite of the last year or so. What has been does not dictate what will be.

Focus.

I read a cool story about billionaire Warren Buffet, he’s worth around 85 billion dollhairs! Wowzer! Every morning, he tells his wife the exact dollar amount of his McDonald’s breakfast — $2.61, $2.95 or $3.17 and she puts one of those amounts in the cupholder for him to pay.

Once he was having dinner at Bill Gates home and Bill’s father asked both men to write down on a piece of paper the one word to describe their success. Each of them wrote down, focus!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to make it. After everything, I will come out with some bumps and bruises but I will be stronger, smarter and still cared for by God.

Yesterday after church, our pastor (whom we adore) stopped by to talk with us before we left. In all of our time hurting and hanging in there waiting for God to work, we sat under Pastor Eric and listened to God speak through him. Many times, we would leave church and in the car we would burst out laughing at just how directly the message preached felt aimed at us. We KNEW God was ministering to us through Pastor Eric. We felt it and week after week, it would hold us together!

Focus.

During our talk with him we put words to our hopes for the future. He listened, he encouraged and he directed us right back to scripture that aligned up with where we are in life at 51 years of age! He agreed with us on the things we convinced ourselves sounded crazy. We laughed again after getting in the car because we can’t believe what God has led us to do. It sounds too good. Too irresponsible. Too special. After all the waiting, shouldn’t we do something responsible?

In less than a month, we’ll be long gone from where I’m sitting right now. I don’t know exactly where we’re going or where we’ll land but all I know is that we are free to go.

What do you need to focus on? Is it a big life change? Something small that seems insignificant? Or is it your here & now? Whatever it is, just focus on that. Don’t let life trick you into believing you have to do anything like someone else. Be you. Do you.