I lost focus for a minute {again}

I vent and write something like this last night and then I stumbled upon Five Minute Friday. I click over (with no intention to participate) and see the word is: FOCUS. Suddenly, I gain perspective.

Five minutes…


Sometimes I get so caught up with myself, I forget why we are doing what we are doing.

Why we are living this unconventional life right now. Him away from us.

I forget what my husband is doing… the lives he touches, the hearts he helps heal.

I lose focus.

Life is precious.


there is a little baby born without a heartbeat;

the mother weeping as she memorizes his face before they take him away.

there is a teenager being rushed to the hospital, paralyzed from riding an ATV.

there is a family mourning the loss of their little girl. Car accident.

there is a father processing a word he never thought he’d hear: cancer.

Our situation may not be ideal. My life at home with the kids may be exhausting.

But when I focus on the bigger picture, remember the tragedies he sees daily, I am thankful.

Yes, thankful for our healthy children, but even more, thankful that he is there to serve those kids, comfort their parents.

Maybe it’s a sacrifice on my part. But maybe it’s a privilege to share my thoughtful, caring husband with those families.

Maybe, if it means that for a season our kids may not get their daddy kissing them goodnight at the end of each day, I am OK with that.















{Those are not real patients…I made them up as I wrote. But I think we all know situations and accidents like that, sadly, happen every day.} 

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14 Responses to I lost focus for a minute {again}

  1. Thank you for this poignant reminder that life is precious and oh so short. All too easily I find myself wrapped up in my own little world and all it’s woes. Thank you for the shift in perspective today.
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  2. Beautifully written. I’m glad you decided to do the 5-min challenge, because I needed this reminder to focus.
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  3. Kariss says:

    Wow, yes I would call that sacrifice. My dad is a pastor and had to work late a lot because other people needed him to visit them in the hospital or help them process through a broken relationship. He often wasn’t home to tuck us in. But as an adult, I constantly hear people thank me for sharing my dad, I hear the impact he has had and still has, and I am thankful that the Lord is using my dad, even if that means he wasn’t always at every little thing. He did his best to be!
    Kariss recently posted..In a Different Light – FocusMy Profile

    • Amber says:

      Oh yes, I can only imagine the responsibilities of a pastor! I’m sure people just think he does his sermon on Sundays, but I know there is so much more than that! And now being a parent, I understand that we can all only do our best :)

  4. Felecia says:

    You regained your focus.
    I love it when that happens.
    Perspective shift. Ahhh … that’s what matters. I’d forgotten.
    Thank you for this precious piece.
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  5. Brenda says:

    It is amazing how sometimes this one little word from Five Minute Friday can put so much into perspective! Thank you for honest from the heart post…both today and yesterday. Sometimes venting is needed and helps you move on!

  6. Denise says:

    Life is precious and full of sacrifice. We live both. Visiting from 5 min Friday. Nice to “meet” you!
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