Lift Up Your Eyes

Lift Up Your Eyes

by Kelsia Lynette Barkman

Driving along, watching the yellow lines stretch out in front of me, taking in the deep blue sky without a cloud in sight…lovely surroundings.
My heart should’ve been singing, my lips smiling and praising God. I should’ve been excited about life and wanting to embrace it, instead I felt like giving up. My heart was heavy.

Walking along, watching the gravel stones blur beneath my feet as tears run down my cheeks, struggling to be strong…the sun is radiant, the sky is stretched out in blue but my heart is heavy.

Laying in the still of the night with my head down and tears coarsing down and soaking my pillow, wanting to hold on to the things I love and not wanting to give up…I feel the weight of a heavy heart.
At the dusk of eve and sitting outside, clinging tight to the sweetness of today and not wanting to embrace the newness of and challenges of tomorrow…I cry again.

It is in these moments when He speaks, “Lift up your eyes. I am your strength and hope. I see your tears. I feel your pain. I love you with overflowning love.”

In these moments, don’t give up. Lift up your eyes, you may face challenges, sorrows, tears and trials; but know this, you will never face them alone.

Who Are You Listening To?

Who Are You Listening To?

by Crystal Kelly

sitting under tree, listeningJohn 5:31-32 (NIV) If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that His testimony about me is valid.

The word testimony is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a firsthand authentication as a fact. John 5:31-32 are the words of Christ Himself. He knew that man’s testimony would only be based on outward appearances and not on heart facts. Besides that Christ knew that man’s mind was in a fractured state so any opinion or declarations made by man were likely to change. Jesus understood who He was and where He came from. He understood that God’s testimony about Him was the only one He needed to validate His life and His purpose.

Why don’t we all follow in Jesus’ footsteps? We are in a process of continual growth to have ourselves defined by mistakes through growth is a false testimony. Instead of lending our eyes and ears to what man has to say about us, let us fall on our knees before God and receive His testimony about our lives. God’s plans for us are still being unveiled. We are a masterpiece in the working. As I heard a great woman say, “Masterpieces take time so there’s no hurry”. There is no hurry only precious time spent between you and your God.

Allow God’s love to pull you from beneath the testimonies of man and into His everlasting light. For in His light you will be able to see your true reflection. The beautiful individual God has created you to be. The more you listen to the testimony of man about your life the more you will shape your purpose towards man’s expectations, which are constantly changing from day to day. God has a set course for your life and He will lead you into everything you need. If God has ordained it or spoken it over your life you will succeed. Start today by closing your ears to what man has to say about you and open up your heart to hear what God has to say and keep it before you daily. Write it down and look at it every day it will become more and more real to you as you allow God to lead.