Dove’s Eyes: Focused and Committed (Part 1)

” Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.” – Unknown

With all that is currently happening in our world it is imperative that we as Christians not lose sight in all that we believe concerning our faith in God.

In an effort to escape the current reality of COVID-19 and it’s demanding presence in our world, I turned to my faithful Pandora playlist. I knew I could depend on the uplifting spiritual decrees of each song to lift my spirits and propel me to into the very presence of our Almighty GOD. Thank God for that playlist. As each song began and ended, I felt like I was getting one step closer to my place of surrender in God, where I could flow freely and give myself endlessly to His very presence. Despite the nagging sighs of my one year old that refused to keep to his bedtime.

As I began to drift into the presence of our everlasting Father, I could feel a damp stream of tears gently flowing down the side of my face. What was this song? The lyrics? That completely captured my heart and the very words that I wanted to deliver to Him?

Give me dove’s eyes? What did that even mean? Up until this point, I knew absolutely nothing about doves. I knew that they were mentioned a few times in the Bible; well try about fifty times; however, at this point, that didn’t matter. What did matter is that I wanted what Tasha Cobbs was singing about in that very moment. I wanted those dove’s eyes. She made this concept sound so important; so vulnerable. I was captivated with each word; with each verse.

I don’t wanna talk about You
Like You’re not in the room
I wanna look right at You
I wanna sing right to You
Don’t wanna talk about You
Like You’re not in the room
I wanna look right at You
I wanna sing right to You

‘Cause I believe You are listening
And I believe that You move at the sound of my voice, yeah
I believe You are listening, yeah
And I believe that You move at the sound so, give me dove’s eyes
Give me undistracted devotion
For only You
Give me dove’s eyes (that’s what I want, Lord)
Give me undistracted devotion
For only You
It’s all about You

Tasha Cobbs Leonard, August 2017

There was something about those dove’s eyes that catapulted me to seek more. The dove’s eyes were directly linked to having “undistracted devotion” to God. Wow. This is where we as Christians should be. A place of humbled posture.

Before the announcement of this pandemic I felt like I so desperately needed a break. Like any educator this time of year, Spring Break wasn’t coming fast enough. In asking for my break, I didn’t expect to be in the middle of a health crisis that would affect my role as mother, wife, educator, minister, and the roles go on. This pandemic has temporarily altered life as we know it and has created a “new normal.”

“Lord I need a break.” Who would have thought that those words would have so much power that would soon be answered, in an unexpected way. How many people found themselves at the demands of day-to-day life asking for such a break. We didn’t want a break that was caused by a health pandemic, but since this has landed in our laps…..NOW WHAT?

How was your spiritual life before this pandemic? Where were you truly in your walk? Could you say that you could worship without being distracted by upcoming deadlines? Could you truly say that you were giving yourself endlessly to the simple request of God that we meet him daily to break bread? Could you say that you were serving without any complaint? Let’s be honest.

You may be a multitasker just like I have deemed myself to be, but have you thought about how well you’re completing these tasks that are requiring the multitasking. The truth is, although you may prove this research to be false; and there’s a possibility that you are an exception to the rule but God doesn’t want us entering His presence bombarded by a to-do list with a million tasks. He wants to have our undivided attention as he reciprocates the same. We matter. You matter to God. We must believe that when we speak He listens.

“Give me undistracted devotion for only you.” How indulging, to be in the presence of our Creator without a distraction. Without thinking about what must be done as soon as you exit your time of devotion. Without thinking about all that happened that almost prevented you from spending time with him to begin with. To just let it all go and enter his presence.

Let this be our prayer during this time:

Lord we are completely aware that COVID exists and people are getting affected by it daily. Some are losing their lives but God even in the midst of this, give me greater faith in you. Let me rest and take flight in the fact that you are yet a healer and you are faithful; even to the backslider. Let my focus be fixed entirely on you and you only. Don’t let me have peripheral vision in my devotion and worship God. You are all I need in this moment. Let me only focus on you and your message to me while I’m in your presence. Amen

Grace and peace be unto you and your families during this time.

Bradberry, Travis, PhD. Multitasking Damages Your Brain and Your Career, New Studies Suggest. Retrieved March 31, 2020 from,-New-Studies-Suggest-2102500909-p-1.html

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My name is Shaundra Straughter. I am an educator, wife, mother, minister, author, and public speaker. I have been blessed by God with many talents but one purpose. I enjoy coaching and motivating others to success, whether it's in my profession of education or spiritually. I believe that we all have a purpose on this journey and some of us tap into our purpose sooner than others. Wherever you are in your walk, I'd like to encourage you to either get started or keep going! Whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP!

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