Monday, September 03, 2007

what matters ...


"But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us ... " 2 Corinthians 7:6a

when i grow weary in the everyday struggle to remain positive ... to feel worthwhile ... when it is hard work to not grow discouraged ... as i watch my efforts fall short of my expectations ... it is at those times i plead with my Redeemer and ask for a new vision ...

He answers through His word ... and directs my reading, so that i will once again regain my balance ... because when this world seems the bleakest - that is when i NEED to focus on the things that are eternal in God ... to cheer my flagging spirit on ...

i don't want to talk about the temporary ... i turn my head from the frivolous ... i try not to focus on the things that are - at best - fleeting ... dear Lord, let me not just "chase after the wind" ...

for my own peace of mind and inner encouragement, my focus needs to change ... to care more for those things unseen, yet which are more LASTING than the everyday we feel and touch ...

when my vision is once again SET on the spiritual ... then and only then, will my heart be able to enjoy the temporal ... as i gently touch a fallen rose along the path to my heavenly home ...

readings for this week have been from Ecclesiastes 1 to 6; Psalm 46; 2 Corinthians 6 and 7 ...

11 comments:

Mrs. Mac said...

Good verse to read today! I've been a worry-wart this week since my little guy's (Nathan's) dr. called wanting to re-do a recent blood test. Between that and hormonal fluctuations, I've been a bit of a basket case. Peace of mind and comfort from the Lord will restore my soul.

Penless Thoughts said...

You are truly amazing.
Susan

Mimi said...

Saija,
I pray for you and Leo each day... and I want to give you this verse that helps me...When I am discouraged I read ISAIAH 40
May God bless you this day!

Daughter of the King said...

Saija,
This was yesterdays post and in my heart this was my day yesterday...WOW is this good...thank you thank you.
Deby

Corry said...

That's beautiful, Saija! Thanks for sharing.
Been a while since I had time to comment, but I have been keeping up with reading your blog. Hopefully things are getting less time-consuming now.
God bless you!:-)

God's Grace.

hebrews 11:1 said...

I really like that verse, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

God bless you,
LPP

Sabine said...

Did you write that, Saija? Just lovely. It's the third excellent post I've read about "vision" in about a week. Makes me think.

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Cathy said...

It was all beautiful, Saija. :-)

Maggie Ann said...

Amen, how very true. To see by faith, to things eternal..that have little to do with the temporary...how we need to come apart from this world. I feel it too. *hugs*

Saija said...

mrs.mac ... i hear ya ... i was needing to readjust my thought process and re-prioritize my values - the Lord gave me these thoughts ... ... praying for your Nathan (and you) as well ... ((hugs))

Susan ... it must have been Jesus you saw in me! YAY for the Lord! :o)

mimi ... thank you for that scripture ... and thank you for your continued prayer on our behalf ... blessings on you ...

Deby ... isn't it the coolest thing when God shows us that others have the same struggles that we have? ... He gives more grace when more grace is needed!

corry ... and God's grace to you too ... i know what you mean re commenting, time is fleeting at best! thank you for the encouragement!

LPP ... you're welcome and God bless you too!

sabine ... 'tis my words, yes, but i earnestly prayed while typing so that the thoughts the Lord impressed on my heart might come through the keyboard ... and i got home late last night but did enter your blog-give-away ... blessings to you!!

cathy ... thank you ... and blessings to you this day!

maggie ann ... yes, to see by faith, then pray to live that way too ... that is freedom from earthly shackles! hugsbackatcha!

Nancy said...

You are so right we need to focus on the unseen & remain true to the upward call that God has for us.. Thanks for this reminder & the verse is so true.