Facing Fears-Focusing Forward-Part 8 of 9

I was not able to complete my “Sunday series” during 2012, on the topic of Facing Fears-Focusing Forward toward 2013. But I still want to complete this, so here is part 8 of my 9-part series.

Brief recap of each part:

* Sunday, 11/4: I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and mentioned that a certain devotional reading had prompted that reflection.

* Sunday, 11/11: I shared the devotional thought, written by author Max Lucado, regarding the connection between worry and fear.

* Sunday, 11/18: I shared how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.

* Sunday, 11/25: I shared how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward or having success in our present daily life, and may interfere with our future.

*Sunday, 12/2: I addressed the idea of “stepping out to find out” (Joyce Meyer’s phrase) in order to learn if we are heading in the right direction.

*Sunday, 12/9: I addressed the initial inspiration and title of this series: Focusing Forward, regarding how many times we regret past decisions, actions…or really, anything negative about our past, for that matter, and allow those regrets to make us miserable now.

*Saturday, 1/5/2013: I addressed the idea of Shrug Therapy, referring to the idea of shrugging off our anxieties, fears, and concerns onto God, because He has promised to take care of us.


For Part 8, here’s the topic:  finishing what we start!! (Yes, this is also why I wanted to finish this series, even though 2013 has already started!) Obviously, just because the year ends doesn’t mean we automatically finish everything we have been doing at the stroke of midnight as a new year starts.  We often have to tie up loose ends, or something may in fact be an ongoing project or a part of our lives that remains.

In this case, I’m referring to those projects we have started, or those obligations or commitments we have made, that we need to complete as part of our new year’s plan of action.  This concept especially hit home with me when I began working on putting things back in place after we did some major home improvements over the summer.

In addition to realizing we simply have too much STUFF – I also came across old notebooks listing projects to make or complete, goals to achieve, and other plans to implement or continue – as well as dozens (OK, actually 100+) sewing and craft projects in various stages of completion (from cut out, ready to sew –to nearly done).

Here’s what Joyce Meyer says in New Day New You  for the devotional thought on September 16, about the topic of finishing what we start:

If you have been tempted recently to give up–don’t! If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start.

Some people spend all their lives starting new things and never finishing anything. Let us make a decision to be more than people who never reached their full potential.


How about you? Do you have things you need to finish, to be successful early in 2013?

I joined another blog challenge, or I should say, I have once again joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

I have started it – and even though I’m behind, I plan to finish it! Anybody else doing this or another blog challenge?

2 thoughts on “Facing Fears-Focusing Forward-Part 8 of 9”
  1. This is also a good reminder/encouragement when we start something new. Usually the first week (or month) we are motivated by the excitement of our new adventure. It is when we enter that second week and realize we are “in it for the long haul” that we often lose sight of why we started. Thanks.
    Heather recently posted..January 11, 2008

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