Friday, November 7, 2014

Turn Your Eyes

I remember a day when I was heartbroken.  I was sitting crying and I turned my face into the back of the couch to stifle the sound of my sobs.  I can still see those blue and peach colored flowers of that long-gone couch. I was crying with fear and hopelessness because I felt the burden of my husband's illness.  I didn't know what to do. How would we ever raise these children with the few resources we had?

Looking back, I have to smile now at the drama of that moment.  Did I not realize I had the greatest resource a girl would ever need?  The Lord has been with me every step of the way and helped us. The girls are raised and on their own now, and He still continues to be there - if I just open my eyes and look.

One of my favorite songs is the chorus "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus."  I love the line, "and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."  

No matter what you are facing, He has enough grace to get you through it, if you just turn to Him!

Have you ever had to make a conscious effort to turn from what things look like and gaze on the goodness of God?


5 Minute Friday is now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. 

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.

Today's word is "turn."


Tammy said...

Jerrelea, it is only when we turn to look at Him is there HOPE to be found!

Tammy ~@~

Carrie McCoy said...

Yes, turn your eyes upon Jesus. A beautiful hymn to sing when we feel troubled. Thank you for the reminder. Blessings, Carrie from FMF

Melanie Cook said...

Beautiful, Jerralea. What would we do without Jesus? I love that song too. The lyrics are so precious. Have a blessed weekend.

Tori Leslie said...

That song means so much to us. It's been an encouragement to us many times on the mission field. Thank you for the reminder today though, to just turn our eyes on Him.

Missing Mikayla said...

That hymn was the first thing that came into my head when I saw the prompt this week, so I wrote about it, too :).