Thursday, January 22, 2009

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

It's been somewhat of a hard day. It was nothing major, just emotions acting up and trying to get the best of me. I listened to the critical voice inside my head too many times before trying to turn my thoughts back to God and His promises, but it was hard. I've been weepy and downcast, but God is still good. I have to keep reminding myself of that and not get caught up in how I feel at any fleeting moment.

Lest my family begins to worry, let me assure you that I am just fine. It's simply been one of those days. They come, and, praise God, they go. When they do come, we are faced with a choice. We can give in and feel blue or we can run to our Father and glory in His strength when ours is gone. We can have a pity party or we can rejoice in all circumstances. We may feel useless, we may question what the future will hold, but we have a Father Who made us unique and priceless, Who will lead us in His ways if we will just follow Him, and Who will never change even when things around us toss and turn.

How do we get back on focus? How do we turn our eyes to Jesus instead of our circumstances? The Bible is always a comfort to run to. We must stay in the Word and commit portions of it to memory so that we have verses stored away to combat negative feelings when they come. Sometimes, however, I need to hear things to turn my heart back to the Lord. This evening I turned on the "Worship" CD by Michael W. Smith and let the music and words flood my heart and mind as I stretched and did some strengthening exercises. I'm trying to again implement my 15 minute routine, and the stretching and moving also helped to clear my head! The words soothed my soul and put my focus back on the right Person: God, not myself. "Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong." "I'm coming back to the heart of worship where it's all about You, all about You, Jesus." "Draw me close to You... You're all I want, You're all I ever needed." "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace." "I'm desperate for You... I'm lost without You." "Holy are You, Lord God Almighty."

It seems as though I can't learn this lesson enough. I keep having to again stop stressing and instead put my trust and joy back in the One Who makes this life worth living. His grace is amazing.


Ella said...

Anna dear, I have those kind of days too, so you aren't alone. Like you, I have to put on my own encouraging tunes, write down my emotions in my journal......

Always listen to your Voice of Truth!

Jessie-Bessie said...

Its been one of those days for me today too. Thanx for this post :)

Lydia said...

Great post! I've definitely had those days, even this past week. Thanks for being honest. It's during those times that our character is molded. It's no fun at the time but God has a purpose behind it. Romans 5:3-5 speaks of "sufferings, perseverance, character and hope." It has helped me with perspective at times. This is a lesson, I have to learn over and over again. It's one of those "life-long" lessons I guess.

The Cole Family said...

I have those kinds of days to! I have to keep remembering to choose joy. Keep turning to Him, because the joy of the Lord is our strength!


Elijah Lofgren said...

Keep pressing on Anna. I'm praying for you.

I'm listening to and this song is currently playing:

Somebody Sing Lyrics
Performed by- Wayne Watson
Album- Living Room

The best is yet to come
Still this is not all bad
everyday there's something to be thankful for
A reason to be glad
You are not alone
And here's something else
Jesus lived and died and He rose again
To overcome death and hell
Somebody sing; everybody breathe Him in
Somebody sing;everybody say amen
So you've have a bad day
How long has this been goin' on
You can't count 'em using all
your fingers, all your toes
Well maybe that's too long
It's okay to feel bad
It's not a spiritual crime
You just don't want to live
your whole life long in sorrow
The clock is tickin', it's time
I might be the best at looking at the worst
But one of these days I will be free
Living in this blessing as one who was cursed
Well He's still chippin' away
And I'm still growin'
And He's still working on me
(from: )

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Elijah Lofgren said...

I was reminded this week of the importance of not listening to myself when I ran across notes from New Attitude 2008 where C.J. Mahaney shared: