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.

 

 

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Review of The Prayer Bible for Children

I’ve been a student of prayer since I was a young teen. Oh, how I wish I had The Prayer Bible for Children  back then!

This wonderful Bible released by Tommy Nelson Publishers is chock-full of kid-friendly resources about prayer.

Available in pink or blue, The Prayer Bible for Children is presented in the International Children’s Bible translation, specifically designed for young children, and it comes with a bonus prayer journal.

My favorite parts of this Bible are the Q&A pages.

They address important questions children have about prayer.

  • Do my prayers change God’s mind?
  • I prayed for God to keep my parents together, and they got divorced. What didn’t He answer?
  • What can I do to stay focused when I pray?
  • Do I have to have my eyes closed to pray?
  • How long should I pray about something?
  • If God knows what we need, why do I need to pray?
  • Can I pray for my pets?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve asked some of those same questions as a grownup!

The bible also includes a ton of short articles to take children deeper as budding prayer warriors.

Sample prayers are scattered throughout the bible’s pages, and important verses about faith are highlighted throughout the text.

I love this Bible! It will be on my short list of meaningful gifts for my great nieces and nephews and other kids in my life.

You can go here to enter a giveway for a free copy! And you can go here to receive a sample download of this amazing children’s bible! To purchase a copy (or copies) for the kids in your life, go here for pink and here for blue!

I received my review copy from Frontgate Media. Now, to decide which of my great-nephews gets to take it home!

Lord, use this Bible to help thousands of children learn to pray at a young age. Now, that would change the world!

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