Parenting, Spiritual health, Suffering

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Don't Give Up

O Soul are you weary and troubled?

No Light in the Darkness you See.

There’s a light for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and Free.

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.

Through death into life everlasting

He passed, and we follow Him there;

O’er us sin no more hath dominion

For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you, He promised;

Believe Him and all will be well;

Then go to a world that is dying,

His perfect salvation to tell!

I really enjoy old hymns. They say things that really touch my heart in powerful ways. Over the past few weeks while we have been watching our kids struggle with some health issues I have found myself in a dark place at times. I have been weary, and troubled, and worried. I have fallen asleep at night praying and simply declaring my faith that my God is good.

Some days are just hard.

But there is light that is breaking through into this dark world that we live in. Jesus Christ came to this place and paid a high price so that we can be restored to Himself. There are times when we need reminders that there is something more for us that this painful life where we live. Some days we need to be reminded that there is hope, that Jesus hasn’t forgotten us, and that there is purpose in the pain.

Turn Your Eyes

I also find myself remembering many stories I am hearing about fellow believers around the world who are suffering for their faith in powerful ways. Pastor Saeed Abedini who is in an Iranian prison, living each day in pain and suffering because he took a stand for Jesus Christ. I picture the courageous men whose picture we have seen circulating on social media of them wearing orange jump suits and on their knees in the sand moments before losing their lives because they wouldn’t deny Jesus. The women and children who are being tortured daily by groups in and around Africa and the Middle East. These courageous men, women and children remind me that my struggles are so minor and small in light of the bigger picture.

Does it make it easier for me to not worry about my children? No, I am still struggling with worry, but I am reminded that Jesus is with me, my husband and my kids in the same way that he is with the courageous Christians who are dying for their faith. So I want to remember to preach truth to myself.

God is Good.

This world is NOT my home.

God is in Control and I am NOT.

Are you finding life to be hard right now? I encourage you to turn your eyes to Jesus and lay your struggles and pain at His feet. He understands more than you might realize.

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3 thoughts on “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

  1. Visiting from the Ra Ra linkup where we are neighbors today. Yes indeed we need to fix our eyes on Jesus. I will say a prayer for your kid’s health tonight. I like a lot of old hymns too. Those words are so powerful. Psalm 30:5 has become one of my favorite verses. “Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

  2. Amen! Amen! You preach powerful truths here. We have so much to be thankful for. More and more I am thinking that is important that the church prays right up against persecution. It’s hard but so real. Thank you for these words of truth today. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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