Happy New Year everybody!
Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, listening to, learning, watching or pondering.
I hope that you are still celebrating Christmas Joy and the beginning of a new year and a new decade.
My personal Focus for the year 2020 – “Clear Vision”. At the beginning of every year, I commit to a theme or a word for the upcoming 12 months. This year, I thought it very fitting that the beginning of this new year and decade I would focus on something related to seeing correctly. By having “Clear Vision,” I know that I can put first things first: My relationships; my spiritual life; my work helping couples create healing and secure bonds; helping individuals who seek to rise up from the ashes of their pain, grief, and hopelessness. “Clear Vision” is my focus for this year and even this decade. It will begin with the practice of contemplation and meditation – to see clearly from a larger perspective than my own. (Feel free to email me to let me know what your focus is this new year.)
A song that has grabbed me these Christmas days – “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) by Amy Grant. Having the privilege to be with so many who are journeying with fear, grief, or loss for a loved one – a spouse or a child – I am drawn to the mystery that is buried deep within. The Breath of Heaven will hold them together when they feel they are falling apart. The Breath of Heaven will be forever near them even when they feel all alone.
A wonderful song for a New Year – “Burn the Ships” by For King and Country is a fantastic anthem for anyone who wants and/or needs to leave something behind in 2019 and/or this past decade and embrace the new thing God has for us in 2020. Tony Robbins is the first person that I heard use the phrase, “Burn the Ships, take the Island!” It is a mantra for me when I need to make a massive change in my life. This song is now added to my “toolbox of change”.
Sacred Scripture I’m pondering: These topical bible verses are most appropriate and inspirational as we begin this new year. Memorize one a week or one a month. “Let the word of God dwell in you richly” (Col 3:16)
Practicing ridiculous generosity – Behaving generously is a pathway to a richer, fuller life. Behaving generously opens our hearts and minds to the larger picture of gratitude, joy and living a peace-filled life. In the next several installments of Friday Focus, I will be offering “the week’s ridiculous generosity challenge.” If you don’t like the one I propose, feel free to create your own.
The week’s (year’s) ridiculous generosity challenge: Write on paper or in a card 12 appreciation letters this year (one per month). Each letter should be to someone who has made you a better person, someone who you are grateful for or has changed your life in a positive way. After writing the letter, send it to them via postal mail.
Quote I’m pondering – “The Sage battles his own Ego. The fool battles everyone else’s.” ~ Sufi Proverb
Another Hold Me Tight for Couples – Candace and I are hosting another Hold Me Tight for Christian Couples. It will be on January 24 &25, 2020, here in Lafayette. Our focus is to make these intimate and powerfully effective. Because of this, we are only taking 6 couples. Be sure to sign up here. This would make a great Christmas present for you and your spouse, or a couple who you know.
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Peace and Blessings.