Even though I was not able to complete my “Sunday series” during 2012, on the topic of Facing Fears-Focusing Forward toward 2013, I still wanted to complete it now, so here is the final installment: part 9 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, 11/18: 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.
*Sunday, 1/6/2013: I addressed the concept of finishing what we start!! (This is also why I wanted to finish this series, even though 2013 has already started!)
So now that we have faced fears, and decided to focus and move forward, what is an effective way to do so? How about initiating solutions?
The word “initiate” means to cause a process or action to start. Solutions, of course, are means to solving problems or dealing with difficult situations. The key here is that initiating solutions requires action on our part – if we aren’t willing to do our part, it’s difficult to reach a reasonable, timely solution.
Here are some more words of wisdom from Joyce Meyer, in Starting Your Day Right, specifically the devotional thought for August 31:
Sometimes we complain about things that we could change if we would stop feeling sorry for ourselves long enough to do something about them.
We can choose to be free or remain in bondage to self-pity. We can choose to be pitiful or powerful.
So how about you? Now that the new year of 2013 is here, are there any areas of your life that could benefit from you initiating solutions?
I hope you have enjoyed this series on Facing Fears-Focusing Forward, and can continue to benefit from these posts by bookmarking my blog and checking in from time to time. I’m always happy to have comments and followers as well. One thing I plan to do in this new year is interact more with those of you who take the time to comment. Another thing I plan to do is join AND complete blog challenges throughout the year, such as the Ultimate Blog Challenge!