Imagine if a word like joy or worship or release seeped into your life for seven days straight? If you quit worrying about where you fall short and aspired instead to one good change per week? With 366 biblical, mind-renewing thoughts and Scriptures. Cleere Cherry Reaves challenges you to exactly this type of transformation - a challenge she accepted herself not so long ago. You don't have to lose another day to distraction! Focus can thoughtfully attune your life, your work, your errands, and conversations toward the people you love and toward the One who calls you deeper.
Every seven days is devoted to a single word for you to go deeper with:
- Day 1 highlights a scripture that articulates what Jesus says about it
- Day 2 provides a Focus Tip for the week, suggesting how you might activate the word in your daily life
- Days 3-6 allow you to lean in and learn what the word means and how it affects your world
- Day 7 offers a final thought, plus a Breath Prayer to remind your soul who's in charge
Sample Week Copy:
Day 1: January 1 - Diligent
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4 ESV
Day 2: January 2
Focus Tip for the Week:
This week, when you find yourself in a hard situation, whisper the word diligence and walk through it - don't run from it. Try to find the meaning behind it and remember Who you are ultimately doing it for.
Day 3: January 3
Did you know that the word diligent comes from the Latin word diligere, which means "to value highly; take delight in"? In English, we often translate this concept to mean "working hard," which is not completely incorrect. The English definition of diligent is "careful and serious in your work, or done in a careful and determined way."
Day 7: January 7
Let's be diligent in what we do today - even in the annoying, mundane, or particularly difficult parts of our work. If we approach work to become more like Jesus, we really can find meaning and delight in all things.
Jesus, help me to be diligent; help me steward life well. Amen.
About the Author:
Cleere Cherry Reaves is the owner and creator of Cleerely Stated, a successful business that started with a simple blog and turned into a full product line that can be found online and in retail stores all over the United States. Well-known for her easy-to-relate, practical writing style, Cleere's mission is to help others see themselves and the world around them through the eyes of Jesus. Cleere now hosts a growing podcast called "Let's Be Cleere," where she hopes people are encouraged by the raw, real love of Jesus. She was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina. She's a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and loves to live life to the fullest.