needing a little lift
This is a print of an original mixed media painting for The Retrieval Project (http://retrievalproject.blogspot.com). Print available in my etsy shop
*On the trunk of the summer tree are the words, "it is usually best to embrace it and look for the beauty that it holds." SO true for me in our journey.
Needing a little lift today. Not as in face lift, although I'd be lying if I said it's never crossed my mind. No, I'm needing a lift in spirits. It comes and goes, but these last weeks have been rough. Today while the kids were watching a movie, I was online reading some blogs, checking in on facebook, catching up with friends and listening to pandora.
I came across a few things that brought some cheer to my gloomy mood. Like
. And have you heard about
? I love love love this! And this was my friend
status update on Facebook earlier today:
"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed." – Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
I had breakfast with one of our pastors last week. It was so nice to go out, just the two of us, and have some adult conversation. She was very encouraging. And she gently reminded me that we are struggling right now. We're not suffering. There is a difference. To suffer is to be afflicted. Struggle is a synonym for striving, pressing on. We are faced with hard times, but we are not afflicted. And we are striving forward. Pushing through. Pressing on.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.