Alphabet Adoration: How to Fix Your Focus

Lack of focus has rolled in like a fog– seriously when it takes 2 trips to the store to gather ingredients for Taco Tuesday and you still end up missing an important part (hello crunchy taco shells…) you just resign yourself to soft tacos and and lean into the fact that His mercies are new every morning. Amen.

Thank goodness for music, flowers and pretty postcards… they’ve all been like little life preservers this week.

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I have a million ideas swimming around but can’t seem to settle on or complete anything. In the light of all the mounting possibilities, the past couple of days have left me feeling like I’m treading through shifting sand headed toward more solid rocks while the devil is steadily digging holes to undermine my foundation. To pay him any attention even for an instant only leaves you unsettled.

So I’m seeking higher ground.

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. ~Psalm 22:3

After reading this verse last weekend, I wrote in my bible, “When we give God praise we elevate Him and create a throne which he can occupy and he draws near to us”. In essence we give him space to come on in and stay a while. A few days later the same verse popped up again in a devotion and the accompanying text pointed out that, “God is enthroned on the praises of His people so we must commune in His presence before interceding for anyone.”

Maybe all the time we think God’s not answering our prayers is really pointing us to the fact that we could be more hospitable or do a little more listening.

So I’ve been thinking on this some more: Am I giving God a proper greeting? I know I’ve upped my prayer game, but am I doing it right? Am I making adoration and listening a part of it or am I just all talk..? Am I truly open and present in the moment or is my mind already skipping ahead to the next thing to pray for on the list?

Perfect peace comes to those whose minds are fixed on Him. (Isaiah 26:3) But I think my underlying frazzled-ness pretty much reveals where I’m presently hiding.

But there is hope.

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{image via The Graphics Fairy}

So I’m shifting my focus to what is true and exercising my ability to adore. And I’ll share one idea I’m gonna use to fix my focus… Let’s call it Alphabet Adoration just for kicks and because I am a sucker for alliteration..! Start with the letter A and then move to B and C, etc. using words that describe Christ, a characteristic of him or your relationship to Him. It’s a handy guide to use when you’re feeling unfocused, ahem, or just don’t know where to start.

Here’s a general idea of how it would go:

O Lord I Adore you. You are Beautiful and Caring. I Delight in you. You are Ever-present. My Father. Always Good and Gracious. You give me Hope and Inspiration. You are a Just King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You are Mighty to save and will Never leave me. You are Over all. My Provider and Protector. You speak in the Quiet and bring Rest Satisfying my Soul. Your Truth is Universal. Victory is mine and I am Washed clean by your eXtravagant love. I Yearn for you. May my heart follow you with Zeal always.

There’s some artistic licensing at work here I know because it’s hard to think of words that start with the letter X! But the point is maybe not so much to let your heart lead you (because it can be fickle at times…) but to lead your heart into worshiping him. To greet Him. To focus on Him making adoration and experiencing His presence a top priority in prayer…

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{image via The Graphics Fairy}

And if you need more ways to commune in His presence, this song by Francesca Battistelli is an invitation for adoration if there ever was one. I’ve sure had a time of it this week with feeling scattered. But I’m looking forward to focusing my best efforts on praising and adoring HIM knowing that all the other pieces will fall into their proper place. 

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you my God. ~Psalm 25:1

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord I am coming.” ~ Psalm 27:8

The Lord’s delight is in those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love. ~ Psalm 147:11

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love for you have seen my troubles and you care about the anguish of my soul. ~Psalm 31:7

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13 thoughts on “Alphabet Adoration: How to Fix Your Focus

  1. Wow, were you walking about in my brain at all this week, Heather?… this has seriously been my own battle a lot this week, and I too have had to settle my focus on Him first! And it hasn’t been easy, but has definitely begun to change how I function through the rest of my day.
    Thanks so much for this! Grateful to know I’m not alone 🙂 Hugs!

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    1. That’s a whole lot better than counting sheep! What a challenge to come up with hymns for each letter- I’m going to have to try that one Linda! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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  2. I love these images from the Graphics Fairy! Heather, Holy Spirit by Francesca is one of my go-to songs that I listen to on my evening walks — so powerful! And adoration — YES! You have a gift of encouraging us through words of scripture in creatively beautiful ways! Just love what you did with the alphabet! I’ll be thinking about the time that we think God’s not answering our prayers . . . such goodness to ponder here, sweet friend!

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    1. Awww Thanks Miss Valerie (now I’m blushing…!) I love the anchor images…it was my word for the year after all…! And I think Sara Hagerty wrote about the same thing with the alphabet but I didn’t know it? I’ll have to research that…! Always a pleasure reading your comments!

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