Keep Your Focus – Faith Thoughts with Author Shirley Gould

Photo by Gary Tamin

Photo by Gary Tamin

I’m an avid photographer. Not professional, but I take tons of pictures. And, I love my digital camera. Sometimes I move my Nikon when I’m taking a picture and the digital screen reveals a blurry photo immediately, so I can try again.

Years ago we were using rolls of film and our photography mistakes weren’t revealed until we paid for them to be developed. By then, we couldn’t recreate the party, wedding, graduation or African safari to have another opportunity for a perfect shot.

Whether by using a wrong setting or by moving the camera, the memory we wanted to capture was out of focus…forever lost.

Being out of focus happens in our daily lives on a regular basis. Whether through a flu diagnosis, an over-draft notice from the bank or a troubled teenager causing havoc in the home, we all face our own set of troubles and trials. There will be fender-benders, job losses and tooth aches.

It’s life.

No one is immune.

As Christians plodding through the trenches of our daily grinds, what do we do? Scripture speaks directly to our challenges. The words don’t say ‘fender-bender’ or ‘over-draft’ issues, but it does say to keep our focus on things above.

Psalms 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? 

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, 

He will not let your foot slip—He who watches over you

will not slumber.

When facing challenges, we’re encouraged to ‘lift our eyes’ and peer intently, purposefully, on things above. This corrects our focus, realigning our thinking on the ways of God.

It is in such moments that I remind myself of the many times the Lord has helped me in the past. I stand on the promises found throughout the scriptures and ask for guidance in the current situation.

There is a confidence that comes when we focus on God and His power. After all, He healed the lame man, the blind man and the woman with the issue of blood and fed a multitude with a little boy’s lunch. He made a highway in the middle of the Red Sea and shut the lions’ mouths for Daniel.

Photo by Dominik Gwarek

Photo by Dominik Gwarek

This same God has your name written on the palm of His hand.

He cares about the details of your life and He will make a way for you…if you keep your focus on Him.

What helps you to keep focused on God?



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

One thought on “Keep Your Focus – Faith Thoughts with Author Shirley Gould

  1. Verses like Psalm 121 which are some of my favorite. Thanks for the reminder.

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