I’m thrilled to be sharing words from my online-turned-real-life-friend Katie Reid today. We are playing blog-hop this week, as I shared on her site yesterday about seeing life in a different light for her “Open Hearts” series. Today, she is linking-up with me on #Woman2Woman Wednesday for a new monthly guest-blogger series on “Seeing God.” In “light” of the direction I feel God taking this blog to encourage souls to live life in Light of the Son, this topic seems to fit. 😉 Meet Katie now and then let her words fill you today… Love, Meredith
Katie Reid is the Tightly Wound Woman and a recovering perfectionist who is learning to slow down and breathe deeply, as she fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her hubby and four children and their life in ministry. Studying God’s Word, singing/songwriting, blogging, photography, and heartfelt conversations are a few of Katie’s favorite things.She’d love to connect with you over on her blog, facebook and twitter. Do you ever have those days when you are feeling a bit under-the-weather, the house is messy, the kids are not getting along, the sky is gray and you may, or may not, still be in your PJ’s at 1pm?
It’s harder to see God on days like this. The static in your mind wears you down with annoying frequency…
You’ve been neglecting God’s Word, so you have no right to be writing about it.
Your house is a mess, you should stop creating and start cleaning lazy bones.
You look terrible, you better pretty up or prepare to be cast aside.
You’ve been staying up too late again, see, you can’t change, it’s impossible.
Lies. That’s what I hear when I’m in the fog. My perception is altered and my vision clouded. I can’t see through to the other side and I waver.
When life is grand and the sun is shining it is easier to see and to count all the blessings tucked in around us. But, how do we see God in the gray days?
“But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56
These verses are talking about Stephen (see Acts 7 for the whole story). Those around Stephen were offended by the truth that he was speaking and they became hostile and hateful. But in the midst of opposition Stephen fixed his eyes on heaven, on God’s glory and upon Jesus who finished His work on the cross and took His place at the right hand of God.
He looked up and gained eternal perspective even though his circumstances had not changed.
On the foggy days we may feel like God loves us less. But that’s just not true.
On the gray days we may feel like we aren’t worth it. But He has declared us worthy- by laying down His very life to prove it.
On the off-days we may feel and act ugly (inside and out), but He is singing over us and delighting in us just like He always does, day after day.
We will have gray days, but the Lord is able to carry us in and through the fog. He can use bleak days and circumstances to draw us closer to Himself.
Don’t let cloudy vision keep you from God’s constant love. His penetrating light shines through the gray in a glorious display; slated rays that add a depth of beauty to the gloom.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Growing in Grace, Katie It’s #Woman2Woman Wednesday again, born of my desire to talk about “woman stuff “ in a way that builds the sisterhood up and always points us towards Christ. Always and in ALL grace.
If you have a blog and would like to join the link-up, we would love to have your beautiful self! If you do, please link back to this site (use the button if you wish) and also please comment on the person linked up before you. We are all about sharing love and grace here.
If you don’t have a blog, we would still love to have your comments here and at any other links you have the time and grace to visit. You can also spread the love with hashtag #woman2woman on twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And if you love an image…would you pin it? Pretty please? Much love ladies! xoxo, Meredith
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