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Looking Up // Glimpses Link Up — 22 Comments

  1. Barbie, this is such an important thing to do: ” I am purposing in my heart to look up, through the face of adversity, into the loving eyes of a God who is always good”, requiring deliberation and considerable effort on our part. Crushing circumstances cause us to have eyes and soul downcast, barely able to lift our faces or spirits. It really does help to remember just where our help comes from, and to seek that help as often as we need it. I so admire your hard-wrought, determined faith to press into God, no matter what. The grace gifts you numerate and the awareness you’ve developed of glimpsing God’s beauty in the everyday are wonderful faith practices we could all do with implementing! I pray you will be given all the help and strength you need and the vision to see the good things God has planned for you and can bring now out of the direst of circumstances. May you have a blessed Holy Week and Easter celebration. xo

  2. Wow–that is definitely a lot of loss in such a short amount of time. 🙁 That makes it even harder to process and adjust to. I’m glad you still have hope though, even if it feels thin at times. Thanks for being transparent with us, Barbie. We all have seasons like this (or if not yet, they’re coming). Your faithfulness in them sets a good example.

    • Thank you Lisa. And I forgot to mentioned being laid off from my church job of over 10 years in 2013. God is good. He has sustained us through the hard places. Blessings!

  3. Amen! Even though we take our eyes off Jesus He never loses sight of each of us. I pray you have a blessed Easter. May you know how much Jesus loves you and cherishes you.

  4. Love the encouragement and hope I read here, my friend. The scripture references are the perfect backdrop to your faith. Blessings on your Easter week!

  5. It’s so easy to let our circumstances cloud our vision, isn’t it? Thank you, Barbie, for encouraging us to fix our eyes on Jesus and not allow ourselves to be swayed by our circumstances. Blessings and hugs!

  6. I have not always been successful at looking up. In fact, during my last long, dragged out trial/time of waiting, I think I flat out refused. I think that honest stories of struggle would have helped me turn and probably even fix my eyes where they belonged. Thanks for sharing this.

    • There have been plenty of times were I’ve refused to look up as well. I am thankful for the stories overcomers who helped to pave the way.

  7. It’s so hard to cling to hope when nothing seems to be going right. But the key really is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus – God is good, even when our circumstances are not. Thanks for the reminder! Have a blessed week!

  8. It is easy for circumstances to become overwhelming. Especially when difficulties go on for a long time it’s easy to lose the hope and expectation that things will get better. It does make such a difference to lift our eyes to God, to remember that he is bigger than anything we face and he is with us.

    • AMEN! But easier said than done. It takes much focus and determination. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed week Lesley!

  9. Barbie,
    I LOVE these verses in Psalm 121….in order to see where my help comes from, I need to turn my eyes from the hopelessness of my circumstances and keep my eyes focused on Him – from where my hope and help comes from. Oh, that I would always keep my eyes focused upward! Praying this for you too!
    Easter blessings,
    Bev xx

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