What Are We Fixated On?

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Our Imaginations Are A Gift

Like any gift, they can be squandered or put to good use.

Recently, I took further steps to put up proper boundaries to keep focused on the task at hand. 

 

I had to uninstall the Twitter app from my phone because I was getting too tempted to check all the notifications when I started to see growth in my “followership.”

I did experience more peace, but not long after that, something else reared its ugly head out of the headlines floating around on the internet, and once again my mind became distracted and hyper-focused on the wrong things.

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Becoming Aware Of Where We Go Wrong Is A Sign Of Maturity

When I focus my energy, thoughts and attention toward the things that others are doing wrong, how awful everything seems, or hopeless thinks look -the life is drained right out of me.

I heard about this “new” news and my heart wrenched within me. I was shocked at first, then mad.  I began hunting for more news, for proof, as if I could debunk it all and make the world a better place.

But the more and more I chased the trails, the wearier I got. I had gotten off the Right trail and onto my own selfish one.

Finally I came to my senses and clicked it all off. I realized what I was doing and that it was unhealthy, and clearly not going to benefit anyone.

Becoming Aware Of What Is Life-Giving & Helpful Is A Sign Of Maturity

I began to pray.

Sometimes I experience peace right away but this time my feelings didn’t catch up to what I knew to be true until after I meditated on God’s word.

The Lord brought me to a very hope-filled scripture and I repeated it over and over.

It wasn’t until I said a prayer for the person(s) who became the guilty party in the headlines, that I felt a new level of peace from God wash over me.

Becoming Aware Of God’s Sovereignty And Choosing A Life Of Prayer And Peace Isn’t A Sign Of Ignorance, It Is A Sign Of Maturity

 

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Shift your imagination to Who is good.

 

Here are some of my favorite verses to think on to remind myself of the importance of what I fix my mind on.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Philippians 4:8 Amplified Version

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

If you have read any of my new series: The Trucker’s Wife, you will see I have come a long way in my thinking. But I still have so far to go!  Daily I must remember these truths.

I hope you will too, friend.

Have you ever gotten caught up in the rigmarole of drama or hype, or “breaking news?”  I am sure we all have at some point.  I am learning I would rather live quietly and peaceably and keep my conscious clear.  Usually as soon as I think I know the facts, I end up inserting foot in mouth anyways.  Ouch.


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12 thoughts on “What Are We Fixated On?

  1. I deactivated my FB account after the election, despite my “fan” page for my blog (it since reactivated itself when I logged in to send a PM to someone). And Twitter–I just don’t get it. I have like 600 followers, and most I don’t know. I post a tweet and no one responds, so I wonder if any of those 600 people really care what I have to say. Social media can be deceiving, and I decided that my “platform” wasn’t that important. It’s easy to get distracted, putting our focus on the wrong things. Thanks for sharing your heart. Visiting from Testimony Tuesday.

    1. I love to engage on Twitter, it took me practice, but like I said when I enjoy something it can start to take precadent if I don’t keep myself in check. The speed of bad news travels fast though and this is the main reason I agree we need to limit news watching. It can get us overwhelmed and then we react, forgetting how big our God is! Thanks for stopping by. Praying you have a blessed week!

  2. Hi Meg,
    Love this! I decided to unfollow 100 accounts on Instagram because it just made me feel “less than”, then after a few weeks I missed their updates and re-followed them (LOL) — isn’t it a crazy cycle? I think we’re always going to be distracted by the hype of news or comparison game in this world of social media but your point hits home that we need to fix our eyes on God and realize that he alone deserves our focus! xoxo

    1. Yes I’ve done this too! I think it’s a heart and perspective issue and like you said we are human so maybe the struggle won’t be healed completely until the other side of Heaven? Thanks so much for blessing me with your words, Valerie. Blessings to you!

  3. It’s definitely easy to get sucked into the latest news, whether on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere else online. Your verses are great anchors to pull us back into the waters we need to be swimming in. I daily use Psalm 23 to reign my mind back in when it tries to stray.

    1. That is a great one, Lisa. I think as I learn more and more that the consequences of acting out of the flesh are unfulfilling and don’t shine His light, I will be saying no to those ways more and yes to Him.

  4. Dear Meg, I love that quote by Joy Davidman! But isn’t that so true of what happens to our imaginations when we fixate on the world around us? It can easily make us feel so defeated. And, I’ve wished for that delete or edit button several times myself lately! I’m so thankful that our Lord is so merciful and pulls us back to His perspective as soon as we look back up to Him! Thanks for sharing these Truths today! –Blessings and Hugs

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