You Focus

What’s it like

to live with you?


How is it

to work with you?


When people see you

in public,

what kind of person do they encounter?


Good questions


So many of us are thinking about

and concentrating on

how the people around us

don’t measure up


And that judgmental spirit

can be so subtle

that we may not even realize it’s there


But what if our focus

were actually on how we can BE the person

who is a blessing to live with

a joy to work with

a pleasant face in a crowd?


What if our inward focus

was not rooted in how we’re better

but how we can be better

for the people we come into contact with?

– Susie Stewart


“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

– Matthew 7:1-5 (MSG)


Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.

– John 13:35 (NLT)


Photo by Gracie Oertli

Blessing for Curses

Retaliation is human,

for wrongs committed


Cursing the offender,

is the usual way


Wishing harm to your enemies,

is so typical


But what is not


is Your way, Jesus


Returning an offense

with a blessing



with a prayer



with a peaceful demeanor




Not with the Holy Spirit

pouring love and blessing

into you

so that you

in turn

can pour out blessing on people


Being offended

is a choice you make


– Susie Stewart



Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

– Romans 12:14-21 (NLT)


Photo by Susie Stewart