Turn your focus and find peace

By Denise DuBois

A friend and I were talking the other day about hard roads that come before us. We shared some of our struggles, but we both stressed our faith and reliance on Christ during difficult times.

There is no doubt that 2018 won’t bring struggles. It’s a guarantee that something will go wrong. We’ll acquire new bills, or we’ll have to fix something on the house, a relationship may fall apart, perhaps someone will get sick, or a family member will make you crazy. 2018 will be awful if that’s what you look for.

But there is good news.

Those things pass. You may be in the middle of a bad situation, but it’s not forever. In a few months, some of the things you thought were HUGE may not even be a blip on the radar.

There is more good news.

If you choose to look for the good things, the bad ones just slip past you. There is a scripture that I go to when I’m experiencing something hard: Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

How awesome is that? We can have the peace of Christ even in the midst of the storm. That doesn’t mean the waves won’t rage, but we know who controls them, and we can pray to Him.

If you look for bad or focus on bad, you’re sure to find it. Instead, if you focus on Christ and the wonderful things He has done in your life, you’re sure to have peace.

There is a song that comes to mind, too. It’s called “Jesus” by Chris Tomlin. It goes:

Who walks on the waters

Who speaks to the sea

Who stands in the fire beside me

He roars like a lion

He bled as the lamb

He carries my healing in his hands

Jesus

“Who stands in the fire beside me” is what brings me to tears any time I have doubts about life and things that are happening. Christ is with us always – even in the fire, even when things are hard, even when you’re walking a hard road. I hope that you can rely on Him this year no matter what you’re facing.

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