Last weekend I was pulling out of the garage and wasn’t paying attention. I ran right into our Jeep which was parked in the driveway right behind me! As I go out to assess the damage, I was furious with myself. Rick was on a fishing trip and I was (once again) trying to pack twenty things into only a couple of hours. I was preoccupied and distracted. Thankfully, the damage wasn’t too bad to my Miata and the Jeep didn’t have a scratch. But it didn’t help the way I felt.

I decided to put aside “the list” of to-do’s and head to the coffee shop to spend some time in the Word. I sat there for two hours – sipping coffee – reading and journaling.

I have been studying 1 Peter. And as I poured over the first two chapters again, God lifted one small word off the page for me. SO. It amazed me how many times it showed up just in those few short passages. I felt as though if I could only focus on what followed that one small word, maybe I would be able to take small steps toward getting my focus back where it should be. I spent some time and wrote these down SO I wouldn’t forget:


  • be truly glad.
  • think clearly and exercise self control.
  • live as God’s obedient children.
  • live in reverent fear of Him.
  • show sincere love to each other as brothers & sisters.
  • get rid of all evil behavior.

My prayer these next few weeks is that I can just start with these few things SO I can focus my eyes more clearly on what matters most.