Sunday, February 24, 2013

fixing my gaze

happy sunday, friends!
i've been thinking quite a bit this weekend, about how i think.
the lord is reminding me to fix my gaze on him and his word.
this post that i originally shared on beautifully rooted came to my mind.
since we're no longer posting there, i wanted to 'replay' it here in my own space.
because i need this lesson again, and perhaps you do too!

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there are mornings when i wake up and the first thing on my mind is something temporal.
i really wish i could tell you that i always look to jesus and meditate on eternally important things.
but that simply isn't true.

i often find myself dwelling on my circumstances, good or ill.
and sadly, many times i allow them to direct the tone of my day.
there seems to be this process that i go through.
a daily series of events, before i really look to christ and rejoice in him,
no matter what unfolds around me.

when my life is stripped of comfort and certainty, that's what wakes my soul to god.
that's when i find myself getting serious with jesus. staying closer to him.
recognizing his power and glorious sovereignty over the purpose of my life.

the thing is. i want better than that. god wants better than that.
he wants me to cling to him first. and only.
he's not my second source of power. he is my only source for e v e r y t h i n g.
i ought to be praying to him and praising him no matter what my world looks like.

so, i've been praying one of my favorite scriptures, asking the lord to give me a right heart.
a heart that reflects the lord's will and not my own. a heart that trusts him. rejoices in him.
a heart that looks to jesus all.the.time.

this is my prayer:

thank you jesus,
for your steadfast love and hold on my life!
lord, make me glad in you.
show me you are enough.
send me your strength.

"though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet i will rejoice in the lord;
i will take joy in the god of my salvation.
god, the lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places."
{habakkuk 3:17-19esv}

pray that with me. memorize that scripture, repeat it often to the lord.
as you wait patiently for the lord,
when you're at the peak of weakness,
when darkness will not lift,
if devastation is your only friend,
when nothing makes sense...
cry out to him, soak up his word!

every day, whatever it brings, take your eyes off you and fix your gaze on him.
he will hold you close. he will give you joy. he will make you strong in his strength.


  1. Ohhhh how I needed to hear this. Not just today but many days.

    I'm bookmarking this post.

    Thank you! :0)

  2. I love Habakkuk - I know, that's strange to most - but I do. Great words and life insights. Thanks for His reminders through YOU!!

  3. A great reminder. I rarely venture to that book. Thank you for this reminder.

  4. GREAT reminder, sweetie!
    i need this like, everyday. over and over and over again! :)

  5. yes. praying similar things this morning.

  6. I love it even more in the Amplified...

    17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

    18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
    19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

    Thank you for these words...I needed the reminder!


    1. jillain! thanks for sharing this, i love hearing it different ways.
      "the lord is my personal bravery"