Shifting Focus


Senior lake day. If you never attend another youth event, this is the one you go to. During that weekend, I decided to try something new: wake boarding. I never did quite get the hang of things, but I really enjoyed trying to remain on top of the wake instead of face plating into it.

One of my youth leaders coached me the entire weekend on how to stand up and stay up. As he taught me how to control the board once I was able to stand, he told me something I’ll never forget: wherever you look, that’s where you’ll go.

How true is that? In life–with people, in business, or school–we’ll never be able to move forward if our eyes aren’t looking ahead. If we keep focusing on the past–what worked in the past, what they did to us in the past, the horrible mistakes we made in the past–we will never make it to our goal across the ocean.

That’s not to say we can’t remember what happened in the past, it’s part of who we are and will help us to refrain from repeating history, but we can’t live there. We can’t let our eyes focus there.

The future is in front of you. Look there. Run toward it. Get off the shore and set sail for a new day.

Did you know … when it comes to skin rehab, attitude matters.

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While looking good means feeling good, unfortunately, many of us do not feel as confident in our skin as we’d like to. In fact, one recent survey found that less than 10 percent of women truly love their complexion.

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The Power of A Name

“…My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB)

Please do me a favor, read through that first line again. I didn’t really skip over it, but I was so focused on the call for repentance and God’s healing that I initially missed the importance of those first 8 words.

No matter how much I have messed up or run around in circles, God has not given up on me. He has not disowned me, nor will He. I am His child. Always.

When He looks at me, He sees Jesus’ name stamped on my heart. He knows my mistakes, but He sees the righteousness of His Son, my Redeemer. And He says, “this one is Mine.”

I’ve never felt a more powerful love, stronger sense of belonging and purpose, or experienced greater healing than by living under the freedom of the name “Jesus”.

March Against Time

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DermRF_Categories_Letter There was a time when women believed they could do little or nothing about the state of their skin and the ravages of aging. Thanks to advances in skincare science, we now understand that genetics account for just 20% of visible aging changes, and the remaining 80% depend on habits and lifestyle. Today, it is possible to become an active participant in “the march against time” and the quest for healthier, more attractive skin.

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The Painter

Flicked flecks of paint across a canvas dry,
And the hands that made them seem to fly.

Such emotion, such brightness, so real.
His hands silently say exactly how he feels.

His quasi-dark demeanor masks his thoughts,
in leaking them to paper, freedom he sought.

He knows that some will look and some will see
What his speckled painting is really meant to be.

Some will call it trash and give a bad review,
True worth and solace will be found by a few.

Whatever the public or the critic’s reaction,
His feelings expressed bring him satisfaction.

So now he walks to the gallery street,
smiling happily to everyone he meets.

With his painting tucked under his arm,
He admires the gallery’s old school charm.

“This is the place, yes here it will be.
Here I’ll male my mark, you’ll see.”

It’s Okay

I’m going to let you in on a secret: It’s okay to be broken. Yes, I know–not the popular opinion. It’s not unusual to feel weak or at a loss for how to move on. But know this–you won’t be broken forever. Healing takes time, but trust that it will come. God knows what He’s doing even when we don’t.

“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

No Sun

Where the rain goes, there is no sun.

All around, in chaos, they run.

Looking from wall to wall, they try.

They must find a way before they die.

There is no map, no clear path before them.

They loose hope as the gray light becomes dim.

Screaming drowns out heavy, shuffling feet.

They wonder, yet know, what end they’ll meet.

But one, most unlikely, walks calmly through;

sees a door, doesn’t panic, and knows what to do.

I wake from my daze as he grabs my hand.

He pulls me along, whispering, coaxing and

assuring me that everything will be okay. “We must

escape this prison, though it’s tough, you have to trust.”

We reach the door, and he pulls me through just in time.

As I look up, I don’t say a word, his eyes just find mine,

And I know. We stand there with our fingers laced.

I can tell we’ll make it by the loving look on his face.

As we walk toward home, I finally see,

trusting was hard, but he truly loves me.

Better than I think, it’ll all work out.

I just have to hold on and believe for now.