Thorns among the Barbs

Thoughts on my journey to heaven

How to overcome discouragement

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Life is tough, and as I get older it seems to get harder… health, economics, politics, career… It all swirls about me, and could easily wrap me in a fog of discouragement if I let it.  But that is the heart of the issue.  Do I let the circumstance of life overwhelm, or do I purpose to change my thinking, my focus, my gaze.

I must admit I began this post in a very down and discouraged place in my life.  It has felt like 2009 has brought nothing but sorrow, financial challenges and health issues for us and for our dogs.  So I was at a place to talk to myself, and to try to encourage myself and that is when the Lord placed a thought in my head…. the joy is in the journey through this life, with the fulfillment only when I wake to gaze upon the face of Jesus in heaven.  Until then, Until then, uh, lets say it one more time – UNTIL THEN i need to keep my focus on Jesus.  So I choose to not gaze on the health issues, or the crumbling finances, or anything else, and for a moment look to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, who for the joy that was before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is now sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Let us consider him.

In the midst of heartache, pain and suffering in this life Lord help me see your good hand and hold on for dear life to it.  May I know that every step you walk me through is one step closer to your eternal presence, and may I find joy in the journey toward that eternity with you.  For now I accept your grace and the knowlege of how to face this day, and will wait for your hand to help me tomorrow.  I commit our health, our finances, our jobs, and my life back to you.  Be glorified in my life today.  Keep me from despairing, and keep my gaze on you for you are strong and wise and good.  Amen.

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Written by Barbara Bloom

April 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

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