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We’ve probably all heard the saying by Stephen Covey: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.      There’s a lot of “main” stuff happening in this quote. The point? Keeping our focus on the main thing and not allowing the busyness, screams and interruptions of life to distract us from doing what really matters. Even as I (Lisa) write this blog, I have taken the scenic route (distractions) to sitting down and making this happen – guilty! My personality type is to take scenic routes to a project. Have you ever started walking over to do the dishes, noticed the dish towel and thought, “I need to wash this”?  You then take the towel to the washer, and while there, discover something that needs to be put away in another room. You take the item to that room and discover another unfinished task staring you in the face, which you surrender to, which leads you to another room. . . . and the dishes have yet to be done. What is lacking?  FOCUS!  My husband, who is totally the opposite of me in this area (God’s funny that way), will quite often say, “Focus, Focus!” to me when we are working together on a project.  Most of the time he says it with a smile on his face because he knows I can’t help myself! When it comes to the Christmas season, the temptations to lose focus are abounding. We can become engrossed not just by the busyness of the season, but with the competition of what others are doing . . what other churches or ministries are doing . . .  what other companies are doing.  We can so easily get caught up in the comparing and competing that we quickly lose sight of the main thing: Jesus - Immanuel - God with us. Write or type out your answers to these questions (yes, really!):
  • What are 3 main things I want to make sure happen this Christmas season?
  • What is distracting me from staying focused on the main things?
  • What do I need to do to get my focus back?
This week on Girlfriendit Radio we are excited to have Debbie Jones, our fun-loving, people-loving, dynamic leader of the ministry of Bloom!, which exists to inspire, encourage, and equip church planters’ spouses so they can provide the same to their families, staffs, and churches.  We are going to get real about our struggles with keeping the main thing the main thing and share some tips on staying focused. This will be a great launching pad to running into a new year, highly focused on the main things!!! Join the discussion on Girlfriendit Face Book. Focus-challenged,
Self assessments are always good and questions are a great way to take inventory of one's self! Here's some questions from a recent Blog by Seth Godin on December 8, 2014 that will be helpful if you dare to ask?! It is always favorable and in good taste to invite a trusted friend into the conversation with you. Keep learning and growing. We are with you in the journey!

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What does a good day look like? A good week? Who do you want to work with? Who are you trying to please? What sort of feedback brings you down? What’s your tolerance for being misunderstood? By whom? Is it about process or projects? Which part of the project makes you happy? At the end of the project, what would you like in return? What diminishes the work? How high do the stakes need to be? How close to the edge do you need to dance? Risk? Resources? Failure? What will you take? What will you give? Who will you connect? How much freedom will you sacrifice to get what you want? How much commitment will you promise? What are you measuring? Smiles, comments, traffic, cash, media response, friends, peers, insiders, outsiders? Will they miss you when you're done with this?  
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  - Hebrews 11:1       I was terrified, spinning in an airplane with a twisting, distorted view of earth, trying desperately to see what was in front of me. I thought I was in a death spiral, heading straight down.  I was well aware of the statistics: nearly 500 deaths in the U.S. per year in small planes, mostly due to pilot loss of control.  Yet, there I was, stalled in a small Cessna 172, wondering why someone did not take control. The problem was, I was the pilot, and I had lost control. The stall was intentional on the part of my flight instructor (aka the Spin Doctor, as I would later refer to him).  He was trying to get me to react with survival instinct before he could pass me on to my solo flight.  After the stall experience, though, I had no desire to continue.  All of the schooling, money, time, and adventure were... lost. I didn’t lose my life that day, but I did lose my confidence.  Trusting my life to me was kind of crazy, I realized. I lost faith. When we hit the stalls of life and start spinning, we often lose hope and faith.  We may become disoriented and forget who we are and whose we are.  We have a choice -- we can either walk away from the adventure that God has for us, or we can ride that spiral into a fabulous breathtaking quest!  We need to wake up our faith! After your Black Friday shopping adventure (we'd love to hear about your adventure!?) why don’t you listen in to our podcast with Kevin Adams, author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, and Sara McGue from Bloom.  We’ll be talking about the kind of undiluted faith that’ll wake you up in the morning!  Or, you can listen in now! Embracing the spiral and waking up our faith! P.S.  Thanking God for all of our listeners/readers, and wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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