How to Refocus and Find Freedom

My special friend-

Sinking, treading water and legs feeling full of lead. Clawing, trying to get yourself out of the mud you’re stuck in. Darkness and loneliness feel so close. The world keeps going on and you wonder why you can’t break out into it.

Swirling thoughts, anxious body and you just want it to stop. Crying out intensely, and it doesn’t feel better?

Aren’t you sick of it?

You try to be optimistic that tomorrow will be better, but it isn’t!We get stuck on our problems. If we can fix our focus and place it on Jesus, we can get freedom from the stress and burden of the circumstance.

My good friend. I want so much to take this from you. My heart hurts for you. I’m mad that you are tormented day after day.

Right now I am praying for you!

I am asking God to fill you with peace. Even if it is only for a few seconds, will you accept this reprieve?

Can I ask you to pray for some peace for yourself?

You might have to do it repeatedly throughout the day, but it works.

Psalm 143:7 (NLT) Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.

King David

King David was also here. He experienced all the same emotions you are feeling. The bottom of the pit is where David found himself, trying to claw his way up too.  God was who David turned to, and He started to depend on God like never before. Slowly God brought him out of the dark.

Matthew 11:28(NLT) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

How did God turn the dark to light in David’s life?  David prayed continually and trusted God. He made the choice to believe that God would pull him out.

Refocus

David’s circumstance still stunk, but he shifted his focus and persevered.

When we fine-tune our focus, we get freedom.

God wants us to have this freedom.

He doesn’t want us suffering in the pit.

We need to make a deliberate choice to shift our focus.

At first, it won’t be easy. It will take concentrated effort, but slowly the circumstance will feel less heavy. Those moments of reprieve will be longer and more often.

Psalm 126:6 (NLT) And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, so those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

God promises laughing and armloads of blessings, shift your focus to God.

 

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