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When You Can’t See Nothin’ For the Fog {Woman2Woman | Link-up}

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 | echoesofmyheart.com

 

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. Son Shines Through the Fog | meredithbernard.com | Living in the Light 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 Woman 2 Woman | meredithbernard.com | Living in the LightIt’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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  • […] to make change and do more good around the globe. 10. Got Foggy Vision? (I guest posted over at Meredith’s place).We are told to encourage one another all the more as we see the Day approaching (see Hebrews […]ReplyCancel

  • Katie, God has used your words to encourage me today. How did you know all those things that are being whispered in my spirit? I’m sure glad that I’m not the only one who hears those lies and then struggles to not believe them! Blessings girl!ReplyCancel

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  • Meredith, I appreciate you too! Have been praying for you in your calling to home school! Hugs, friend!ReplyCancel

  • Katie, such a beautiful post! We’ve had lots of foggy mornings this week, so I can relate! And hey! It’s almost noon and I’m still in my pajamas, and I’m the only one home! I love days off when I can just hang out in my p.j.s as long as I want. 🙂 The lies that fill our heads are often so loud. Thank you for helping us “see” through the fog today. Blessings, friend!ReplyCancel

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  • Yes. I know what these days are like…sometimes whole seasons of feeling foggy! These truths are so encouraging for those times. Blessings!ReplyCancel

    • Yes, agreed Jen- there can be foggy seasons, not just foggy days. Don’t know what I’d do without Him, especially in the dark times. Thank you for commenting friend.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I just love you both! Someday I’d love to get the three of us together. 🙂 Amen to recognizing cloudy vision and his presence ALWAYS. Seeing with faith-eyes means trusting that what God sees is greater, clearer and more beautiful than what I see. Love you two!ReplyCancel

  • I’m the lady Kirsten is referring to! Please see her guest post on my site, which is very timely for me. This post is as well, Katie. I like to go about my day thanking God and praying for people in my thoughts. It could be just a random stranger I pass. Lately, I’ve been working from home and it’s heads down all day long so I feel a bit in a fog. Not getting the opportunity to walk to the coffee station and pray for another employee I don’t even know but pass in the hallway. Praying during my walk from the car to the building (I park far away to maximize my exercise). Thanks for reminding me to stop and look through the fog. I know he’s right there but I need to stop and feel his presence.

    Just visited Ginger before me and she also had an awesome message for me. No doubt our Lord working through us all.ReplyCancel

  • I love this, Katie. I’ve had a couple of those days lately. You’re right. It’s easy to feel condemned. I’m so grateful that although the Holy Spirit may convict us, God will never condemn us if we’re in Him. Beautiful insights here this morning.ReplyCancel

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  • Thank you, sweet Katie, for the reminder to keep looking upward. He will see us through even the darkest of days. So wonderful to have you two beautiful ladies in one place. Love you both and grateful for how you point us to Him ALWAYS. Much love. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Another blogger wanted to carry a guest post of mine on her site (it’s about how I’ve been putting my faith in “stuff”, not God – oops!) so I think I’ll skip the linkup today, but I”m going to try to make it to everyone’s sites today:-)

    Katie, I wanted to thank you for this incredible visual. I live in the far north, where it is snowy for six months of the year, but in the summer every single day is foggy. Thick, dense, fog that makes you wonder if you’d suffocate if you stepped outside. I love that now I can associate God”s constant love with that fog, because every day I watch the fog lift and smile a little at the sun shining through. I’m going to see God in that from now on and remember this is how He works in my life!ReplyCancel

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