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Refocus: Centering Our Lives on God While the World Fades Away

Being overwhelmed by the responsibilities of this world should not take our focus off of God. We must refocus our lives on God and let the world fade away.



My relationship with God is my number one focus. If I nurture and grow my relationship with Him, He will take care of everything in the world around me.

Gracie Kay

Center of Attention

April and May bring prom season to the world of high school. Young girls are adorned in beautiful gowns, sparkling jewelry, and Cinderella-like shoes. Young men look dapper in their tuxedos. When its time for pictures all the cameras are focused in on the couple. They are the center of attention.

One late afternoon in May, I found myself inside beautiful Duke Chapel focused on my son and his date in order to capture picture-perfect memories. Handed a high dollar camera, I was faced with a dilemma. I tried to focus, turning the lenses back and forth, but the camera just didn’t want to cooperate with me.

My oldest rolled his eyes and took the camera and proceeded to give me in-depth instructions. Within the next hour, the young couple was the center of attention. Cameras and phones flashed, taking what seemed like millions of pictures.

Later that night as I was thumbing through pictures, God seemed to whisper in my ear, “Where is your focus?”

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Where is Your Focus?

When God spoke to me, my heart fell and I felt ashamed. You see ladies, I have been focused on so many different pressures in my life, that my focus has not been on God and His ultimate plan.

Life is overwhelming sometimes! Our time and energy are pulled in different directions. Jobs, school, kids, ailing parents, church commitments, organizational commitments. All of these responsibilities and more threaten to take our focus away from God. No matter how young or how old you are, you are not immune to this dilemma. So, take a moment and do an inventory of where your focus is. Let me share mine with you:

  • Selling a house.
  • Building a new house, in a new city.
  • Applying for financial aid and trying to find scholarships as a single mom.
  • Scared to death to start graduate school, but know this is God’s path for me.
  • Blogging
  • Editing my second book
  • Raising three kids, while trying to be mom and dad, both.
  • Church commitments.
  • Job commitments.

Your list may look a lot like mine, or it may be different. None of these things could be taken off my list and I certainly would not consider them unhealthy. However, if our list or commitments take our focus away from God’s will, then we need to refocus our lens.

Refocus Your Lens

How do you refocus your life on God and not the responsibilities of this world?  In church Sunday, we sang a new praise and worship song and it gave me the answer. Read the words and let them sink into your soul…

If you’re not in it, then I don’t want it. Let all else fade away.

Passion, “Fade Away”

Talk about some powerful words. If God is calling us to do something, He will enable us to do it. He will provide us with whatever means necessary to accomplish the task He has set before us.

If you are taking care of an ailing parent, He will give you strength and wisdom. If you are balancing work and going back to school, He will provide you with effective time management skills. God provides patience if you are waiting for a situation to be taken care of.

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19, KJV
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All

I love this verse because it reminds me that God will supply all my needs. A-L-L. All, not some, not when He feels like it, but all my needs. There is great comfort in these words. God also brought the words of an old hymn from my childhood to my mind.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

Helen Lemmel, “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus”

We must focus our eyes on Him. We must nurture and grow our relationship with Him by reading our Bible, praying, worshiping and fellowship with other believers. Let us all refocus our lenses. Focus on God and let the world fade away!

Until we meet again… Gracie

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Supply: Trusting God to Provide in His Perfect Way

God is our supply. He desires to provide in all areas of our lives, but we often get in the way. We must learn to trust in God and His perfect way.



It was a miracle. The tiniest of miracles, but it opened my eyes to God. It gave me a new view of how real He is, and how much He cares for me; for us…

Did you know that God can listen to our hearts? Did you know He still does miracles everyday? I’m here to prove this to you, but also pray that you can allow God to prove this to you too!

The World’s Supply

I talked, briefly, at the beginning of the year about my husband taking a complete 180 in career paths. I spoke about how calm I was about this change, considering my habitual responses. This was a step of faith, and a direction that God had called him toward. We knew it was going to be a bit uncomfortable. We would be going from a steady, constant pay check, to an inconsistent, ever changing one.

If you watched that video, you know we talked about supernatural peace.

My current status: freaking out. What the heck happened? Where did my peace go? 

Oh, it went right down the toilet when things became real. The reality of paying the mortgage, conserving gasoline, buying groceries and school supplies when we haven’t had a steady pay check since April. A bit uncomfortable? That’s kind of an understatement.

God Provides

We are immensely blessed. We have the opportunity every year to have a somewhat “free” vacation. Family property allows us this freedom. However, as I said before, Casey’s pay check is extremely inconsistent. So, even though we were able to spend time at the beach, anything extra wouldn’t happen: the couple times we go out to eat, the ice cream stops after a long day of play, the trinket shopping.

We decided we would save a little to have at least one night out. Hallelujah! Momma didn’t have to cook! As we sat down and started looking over the menu, my heart just sent a quiet request to the Lord.

“Lord, it would be so nice if our meal could be paid for.” 

We had the most lovely meal! My little family, the sea air, the live music, the fresh seafood. I was so grateful for our day and our ability to spend this moment together. And just like that, our waitress said…

“Have a great night!”

But we haven’t paid.” 

“Someone already took care of your check for you.” 

God Hears

Oh sweet friend! God truly sees us and hears the desires of our hearts. He cares for us in ways we can’t even imagine. My quiet request wasn’t out of greed, or recognition. It was a cry of thanksgiving, a cry of gratitude and He honored me. He honored my family. God knew I needed to see that He is the only provision I need. He is the only one I can truly rely on.

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Luke 12:24-26, NIV

That day was perfect. The choice I made to not fret or fear of the days to come, will never be a regret. I did not fear how the mortgage would be paid, concern myself with the fact that Casey desperately needs a new car, or worry about the grocery having sales on items I need. I lived in trust and thankfulness that God supplied today, and has already taken care of tomorrow. He showed up in a tiny, powerful way because I trusted in Him!

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God’s Character

Unfortunately, when I put my trust in Casey to provide, to supply for all our needs and desires, I denied God and who He is. I denied Him the opportunity to become and to stay our provider. I am learning to daily lay down myself, my concerns for tomorrow and rely on the miracles and provisions of today.

There have been so many more instances of provision over the course of this season. My “freak out” is being redeemed and replaced with peace again! I can now say, I am so grateful, so thankful to my provider. Yahweh Yireh.

I just want to confirm that God is good! God listens. He’s there. Outcomes may differ from what we think, but that doesn’t change His faithfulness or His ability to supply. He’s El Roi, Yahweh Yireh, and Yahweh Shalom. He sees, provides, and gives His peace!

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Poverty: Being Poor in Spirit, We Can Receive God’s Abundant Riches

Our poverty in spirit makes us feel useless. But because Jesus came to be poor, we can live above our impoverishment and be abundantly rich.



Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites..so he called his disciples to him and said…[they] gave out of their abundance but she out of her poverty…

Mark 12: 43-44, NKJV

I’ll never forget the first few years of marriage. My husband Rodney and I had 2 degrees, and a lot of love, and a little debt. Our premarital counseling was full of plans and nice budgeting charts. I knew we were suppose to struggle early on. It was normal for couples to save, and in time build a life. Poverty really wasn’t on my radar.

My Poverty…

I was marrying a minister, and he had a masters to work on. That would require sacrifice, hard work, and delay. We started a family, and then we had our third child. All my well made plans came to a halt. Because of his health, we started the road down Medicaid, and disability, and specialist, and therapies. One week in the hospital ran into thousands and thousands of dollars. I was in the midst of poverty. But, my poverty was not just financial. It was spiritual, physical, and emotional. I was spent in every way. Depleted and dry.

Attending church in the middle of the chaos became the only praise I could muster. I was getting no sleep, and I had a toddler and a kindergartener. My husband worked full time and went to school full time. My third child went on oxygen around the clock and I was at the end of my rope. The community Bible study I was in was studying 2 Corinthians and one verse leaped off the pages at me.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9, NKJV

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His Poverty…

Can you wrap your mind around that? The king of the universe Jesus, the Son, poor? He owns it all. Every knee will bow before him one day. He became impoverished for me. My savior willingly gave all away so that I could be rich. The riches I own are not the kind I can put in the bank, though God has taken care of every financial need we have ever had. The riches I own are not always supernatural strength or intellect. My body can be tired and my heart can be very broken. My child is still sick 16 years later. But, my Jesus is enough. My heart can trust in His finished work.

[Jesus] made himself of no reputation taking the form of a servant…

Romans 2:7, NKJV

Why would he willingly take on poverty? Why would he willingly become nothing? The only answer is to reconcile us to God.

For there is only one God and one mediator who can reconcile God and humanity- the man Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:5, NLT

Abundant Riches…

While I fight being impoverished in every way, Christ poured himself out willingly. This can be a lesson for me in so many ways.

Jesus allowed himself to be a humble servant. I can follow his example and willing serve others within in my sphere. I can also allow others to serve me when I am poor and depleted.

Poverty in mind, body and spirit may make me feel useless, but it is not the worst place to be. The worst place to be is without Christ. Christ can inhabit my meager widow’s mite and use it for great kingdom work. My sufficiency is not based on my own riches but on his.

God himself can be my supply. I have not liked the dependence having a chronically ill child has brought, but I have seen miracles and provision in ways that I could have never imagined. I may fight neediness but I am needy. The cross proved that and has given the antidote- my surrender.

What about you? How is God speaking to your heart about your own poverty? Do you know him and his rich grace? Are you fighting his ability to speak into your own poverty? Do you think you have to fix it all yourself?

He is enough for today and for every tomorrow.


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