Focused: A Good Friday Reflection

Am I the only one who has trouble staying focused? Goodness, my mind wanders more than my momma in a Stein Mart Red Dot sale!

It seems harmless, but it’s not.

Because I lack focus:

  • I’m accident-prone
  • I’m chronically late
  • I drop the ball
  • I disappoint others and myself
  • I lack discipline
  • I fail to plan ahead
  • I’m forgetful
  •  I take twice as long to do pretty much anything
  • I stay stressed out
  • I seldom finish what I start

Not so harmless, huh?

This morning, I spent some much-overdue time with God. I confessed my lack of focus and asked for some help. And then I remembered what day it was. Good Friday. The day my Savior’s perfect focus made a way for me.

Jesus didn’t end up on that cross by accident. The appointment was written in red in His eternal datebook.

He didn’t get lost or run late.  “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5 NIV).

He didn’t drop the ball. He took the full weight of my sin and yours on His shoulders.

He didn’t disappoint. He came through.

He was the epitome of self-discipline and calls me to imitate Him.  “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it'” (Matthew 16:24-25 NIV).

His sacrifice wasn’t an impulsive whim. It was prophecy fulfilled.

Jesus didn’t forget about His appointment with destiny. He sweat drops of blood preparing His heart for it.

His death was neither rushed or prolonged. The symphony of suffering played itself out just as the Composer intended.

Jesus didn’t worry, fret, or second-guess. He prayed. He trusted. He obeyed.

And Jesus, my precious Savior, Jesus, finished what we started. We sinned. He paid the price. “Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30 NIV).

Lord, Your focus on that Friday set me free. You deserve more from me than distracted devotion. Change my heart. Renew my mind. Make me more like You.




A Review of A Very Happy Easter Prayer and a Giveaway

Put the word “prayer” in the title, and I’m a goner. Children are never too young to learn how to talk to God. I’m excited to share with you another book from Tommy Nelson’s A Time to Pray series provided to me to review by Frontgate Media.

A Very Happy Easter Prayer is an adorable board book written by Bonnie Richner Jensen. The sturdy pages are filled with whimsical illustrations by Natalia Moore.

Each page reminds children to thank their God for the special gifts of spring and the greatest gift of all: Jesus. Adorable critter kids smile, sing and play through the springtime scenes in this delightful book.

This book would make a perfect addition to your young child’s Easter basket! It’s important that we interject Gospel truth into our holidays as the secular world tries to make them all about materialism.

With it’s rhyming text and happy illustrations, this book will be one your little one wants to read again and again.

I remember when my sons were little, they’d memorize their favorite books and “read” them along with me. This is the kind of book we want our babies to recite.

If you’d like to win a copy of this super special book, you can enter a giveaway at Blessed Freebies by clicking HERE.

This book will be available at Christian retailers, Amazon and other book retailers. Let’s support Christian publishing by fillling our kids’ bookshelves with Christ-centered books!