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Refocusing the Heart

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Our brains tend to focus upon the areas of our lives that lack resolve. It takes a conscious effort to reconfigure our brains to focus upon what is good and live in a way that is rooted in gratitude. As Philippians 4:8 says, “Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”


Lord, I know there will be times today when I’ll lose my grounding,
when the gratitude I have right now—as I pray and focus my attention
upon the blessings you freely gave—will turn to anxiety for what is lacking.
Help me have grace for myself when I become trapped again in the world and its ways.
Help me feel your gentle touch guiding me back to your embrace.


Throughout your day, whenever you sense that you might be spiraling into negativity or focusing too heavily upon what might be lacking in your life, take a moment to show yourself compassion and grace, then thank God for three to five things in your life right now.

Gather the Fragments

2 thoughts on “Refocusing the Heart”

  1. I thank God for:
    1. My sobriety of47 years.
    2. My children.
    3. My significant other of 6 years.
    4. My life of 76 years.
    5. My faith in Jesus.

  2. Betty-Lou Kelly

    I am grateful that my husband died in peace. I am grateful my family is healing emotionally I am grateful for my understanding of Mary and Joseph guidance towards motherhood. I am grateful for adornation. And most of All I am grateful for being open to living the life God has for me even when my wanting something else may not be better. Lord you use the foolishs thing of this world to confound the the Wise. I am grateful to you God for your Son live my mortal life. Forgive us and build us in you body mind and spirit.

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