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Lift your eyes

on January 12, 2016
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Our church silhouetted against the cerulean sky that day…

I saw a sky so blue 

I thought it was the sea

Your love swept through 

and it carried me

 away 

from everything

that held

me

down

I saw a sky so blue 

I thought it was the sea

Your love swept through 

and it carried me

away

from sinking sand

back to

Solid

Ground

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121

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As I plopped my things into my mini-van, I noticed the sun pushing through the clouds.  We hadn’t seen much sun around these parts of town for a while.  Sure enough, I drove out of my neighborhood and streams of sunlight came bursting through the clouds.

Thank You, Lord, for the sunshine today!

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The sky was so blue, I couldn’t help but notice and smile.  I love how He can use something as simple as a brilliant sky to remind me of His greatness!  And the air- it was strangely warm for this time of year! The day was shaping up to be a good one from the start.

I have been a bit discouraged lately.  A dry cough has plagued me for weeks- since before Thanksgiving, along with various other annoying symptoms…not a big deal in the grand scheme of life, but HUGE for someone who wants to SING AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS 24/7!

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But God is always so faithful.  He is faithful to see us through the tasks He calls us to do.  And after leading worship during the morning service, I sat down between my husband and my oldest daughter.

I thought of that cerulean sky and how beautiful He had made this morning already.  And then I got the best gift…

My daughter, who is becoming quite a lady these days, picked my arm up and put it around her and snuggled up to me.  With legs crossed identical to mine, we bobbed our right legs up and down in perfect time together.  She elbowed me at every funny story the pastor recited, and glanced to see if I was paying attention to the scriptures and words that grabbed her attention.  As I looked up scriptures on my phone, she leaned in close to read along with me.

It was such a blessing to feel so connected to my soon-to-be teenager, and as I felt her lean in close to me it was as if God Himself was giving me a giant hug.  Sitting between my husband and my daughter, I was overwhelmed with God’s amazing love.

 And just maybe these “seeds” we’ve been planting all these years in her life are taking root in her heart and mind 🙂

God is good.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:10-11

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10 responses to “Lift your eyes

  1. Trini Lind says:

    So so touching and beautiful 💖💖💖

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  2. This is beautiful, thank you, very timely, for I have been rising before the dawn to drive my youngest son to his last semester of school before he goes away to college, well anyway, we drive west along a crowded freeway, which gives me more time to enjoy his presence, and then I turn and drive into the rising sun and give praise to the glory of a good God as I am privileged to witness his handiwork, and then I come home to read this and it makes me truly realize his omnipresence, and I am humbled in my discontent.

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Wow…thank you so so much for sharing this. I can’t tell you how I obsess and agonize over hitting that “publish” button…to know that He uses any of it to touch even one person is such a blessing to me 🙂 How wonderful that you have those moments with your son and that you are able to enjoy His creation on that journey every day!! Many blessings to you!

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  4. realchange4u says:

    It is a blessing when your soul is in harmony with Heaven and God’s creation. Your family is blessed to have a mother and father that spends time pouring into their life’s. You and your husband are blessed to have children that mimic your ways. Oh bless me indeed my lord.
    Such a personal and touching story Julie. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Blessings Tom

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