Friday, October 30, 2015

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

 O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's 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.

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.
 
 
 
 Many times, weighed down by our struggles, we tend to grow tired and weary in our moral walk with ChristWe begin to doubt and grow faint under the afflictions we endure.  However, we need to understand that doubt drains and distresses us, and that with faith we can rise up from the pit that doubt places us in. 
 
Believing in God gives us the affirmation that we are under the care of a wise and gracious Father.
Fixating our eyes on God allows us to be rooted and grounded in Him; being firmly persuaded of Him, knowing that nothing can separate us from His grace. 
 We have been taught that we can depend on the faithfulness of God and rely on His righteousness for our justification and atonement.  He will supply all of our needs, bear all of our sorrows, and comfort all of our burdens.  He is our preservation and confidant.  We can always depend on Him for protection and defense.
 
Christ wants to be accepted to live in and through you as you focus your eyes and life on Him.  As believers, it is absolutely essential that we try our utmost to set aside the things of the world that would distract us and focus on God instead.  This requires personal, spiritual focus –  it is something for which each of us must strive.  It is only through our Heavenly Father that we are able to have a clear picture of God.  Only lives that are focused on Christ can truly know God.  To know the Son is to know the Father.
 
We should make it our point to focus our eyes, attention, and desires on God.  He is the only one that can bring us into fellowship with Him and restore us to the rightful place where we will reside with God for eternity.
 
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God."
- Hebrews 12:2
 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tea Cup Exchange // My Lovelies

I recently participated in the lovely Tea Cup Exchange hosted by Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose.  This was the first exchange I had ever participated in and must say that it was delightfully fun!
 
I was paired with Skyeler at Beautiful Mess, so I sent her a package with a tea cup, tea, and other goodies (I forgot to take pictures of the lovelies I sent, so I do apologize for that).
 
About a week or so later I received a package at my door from a sweet lady from Oklahoma.  She included a darling tea cup amongst some simplistic autumnal d├ęcor and Mango Passionfruit flavored tea.

Isn't this tea cup darling?
 
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Tea Cup Challenge.  It's a great way to make friends, as well as exciting to receive something in the mail that isn't a bill . . . ;-)
I'm looking forward to the next exchange!
 
Warmest blessings on your day, dear friends!
 


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Thankful Thursday // Come Thou Fount

"Thankful Thursday"
 
Today I am thankful for . . .
 
- All Natural Decaf Coffee
- Cheese!
- Cozy blankets
- Candles
- Home-made elaborate dinners
- My hubby's never-ending love
- The Bible
 

Hymn of the Day //

"Come Thou Fount"

Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace,
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory
Fills my heart with joy and love,
Teach me ever to adore Thee,
May I still Thy goodness prove.
 
Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be,
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.