Eyes of Faith


The other day I was reading a daily devotion (1 & 2 Timothy on the YouVersion Bible app) by one of my favorite teachers/ministers of the Gospel, Priscilla Shirer. At the end of the devotion was the most needed and timely prayer for me. The first line alone read (as I paraphrase): Lord, help me to see my life with eyes of faith.

That sparked so much reflection for me! …see my life with eyes of faith…wow!

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me at times see my life with eyes of faith. As I continue to grow in my walk with God, it gets a little easier…but even that is dependent on the situation (if I’m being honest). Sometimes it’s really difficult to have faith.

It’s hard to see your life with eyes of faith when you are following Christ, trying to live out Christian principles, and yet you face one hardship after another.

It’s hard to see your life with eyes of faith when:

  • It feels like all your sacrificing is not paying off.
  • You are constantly faced with disappointments
  • It seems that your hard work is in vain
  • That coworker keeps testing you
  • That promotion seems so far away
  • Your marriage is getting tested
  • Your singleness doesn’t feel like such a joy
  • Your kids have literally lost their minds Or
  • You feel like you are sucking as a mom

That’s a long list lol

Y’all life is hard, and it’s a trick of the enemy to use our difficulties to entice us to throw in the towel!

When life gets difficult, many of us tend to worry. I know I do from time to time. The problem with worrying is that it gets you nowhere, and it makes you more dependent on yourself. Worrying robs you of your faith! Worrying feeds your fears and encourages your doubts.

Living our lives with eyes of faith helps us to keep our focus on God. The same God that has the world in His hands is the same God that has His hands on you.

Let’s take every difficulty we face, every doubt, every struggle we endure and give it over to God. Let’s have enough faith and trust that God will give us wisdom on what to do with our tough situations or that He will handle it himself!

Let’s see our lives with eyes of faith!

~Hazel~

Though you are Imperfect, you are loved by a Perfect God!

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No Escape


I have several nieces and nephews, and now great nieces and a great nephew. They all are very different and unique in their own way. Each of them have their own special relationship with me. While they are very different, they all had one thing in common when it came to me: they would follow me everywhere I would go. They were like my little shadows, and some of the really young ones are still this way.

They would follow so close sometimes that I would accidentally knock them down if I made a quick turn. There were times I felt like I couldn’t escape them. However, the older they got the less interested they became in what I was doing and where I was going…they began to discover their journey.

I can remember moments of feeling relieved when this would happen because then, I could easily escape from them to do what I want, eat what I want (you know you have snuck away to eat something so a kid wouldn’t see it and beg for some), and have conversations that I wanted without interruption or innocent ears present.

Reflecting on this about my nieces and nephews, made me think about my journey with God and moving toward my fulfilled purpose. I began to remember moments along the journey that I tried to escape God because I wanted to do what I wanted to do. I wanted to hang where I wanted to hang. Drink what I wanted to drink. Smoke what I wanted to smoke (that ended quickly). Sleep with whoever I wanted to sleep with. Yet there was No Escape.

Then I began to remember moments where amazing doors were opened. Where I found/find myself doing things that I never thought I would do. Traveling places I never dreamt of seeing. Meeting people I would have never thought to connect with. Realizing in these (and more) amazing high moments I never escaped God.

One thing I’m learning is this:

In this journey, there are high moments and low moments. There are moments when everyone is rallying around you, and moments when you have not one person to talk to. Times when you feel invited and times when you feel the invitation must have been lost in the mail. No matter where you are in this journey, no matter what is thrown at you, and no matter what mistakes you make along the way, God is always with you. With Him there is No Escape!

His love can reach you on whatever road in this journey you are on; and His grace is more than enough to sustain you. The reminds me of David’s words in Psalm 139:

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:1-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

May you find peace in knowing that with God, there’s No Escape!

~Hazel~

Though you are Imperfect, you are loved by a Perfect God.

The Harvest Is Coming 


Ever felt like the more you do, the less you get? Not that you do certain things with the expectation of getting something in return, but every once in a while it would be nice to see some positive results for the work or good deeds you’ve been doing. I don’t know about you, but there are times where I feel like I’m always getting the short end of the stick. Now do I believe this to be true? Not most often, but sometimes it feels that way.

I read an article that talked about the life cycle of wheat. The article mentioned “winter wheat” which is used for baking bread/rolls. It goes on to state that this wheat is planted in the fall (October – December), and it grows over the winter months. The seeds do not harvest until Spring/early summer. The farmer has to wait a good 7-8 months after seed sowing before a harvest typically comes. Now I believe that pending weather conditions may make this process a little longer. Regardless, the farmer waits for the proper time of harvest before he receives any benefits of his seed sowing labor. 

Scripture says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NIV


After doing a word study on this text in its original language, here is what I discovered:

“become (grow) weary” – be discouraged

“proper time” – one’s own season

“give up” – give out; become weary

There are 3 principles I was able to get from this text: 

1. Don’t be discouraged in doing good. Continue to plant those seeds into good soil. Continue to love others as Christ would want you to. 

2. Have confidence that the seeds you’ve been planting will reap a harvest! It will happen in the proper season. God knows when it’s harvest time for you. Be diligent like a farmer who waits for the proper season for his crops to harvest. He does his part by working the soil, sowing multiple seeds, watering the ground, and waiting for God to provide the increase. You may be a seed planter, provide the watering, or both but it’s God who supplies the harvest in the proper season.

3. Be patient waiting on the harvest. Your time will come, but if you give out too soon you’ll miss your harvest. Some of you may be on the cusp of your harvest season! Don’t get discouraged and give out! Harvest season is coming!

Father, thank you for being so awesome and amazing! Thank you for your protection and the provisions that you give us daily. Thank you for the immeasurable amount of grace that you provide even though we are not deserving of it. Lord help us to continue to try to imitate our lives after you, to have a heart like you have, to see others the way you see them, and to love the way you love. Forgive us for times where we have become frustrated in our sowing of good deeds, for times where we have made things all about us, for times of frustration leading to actions outside of your will, and for moments of not trusting you the way we should. Help us to remember that our doing good/our good seed sowing is not in vain. Help us to endure the time waiting on our harvest to come. Give us the strength, patience, and comfort needed in times when our emotions get the best of us and we are wanting to give up. Restore our minds in those moments. The enemy has no authority over us for you have already given us the victory in Christ Jesus. As we wait for the harvest season in our lives, we are comforted that your timing of increase will be at the most perfect time. We are praising you in advance for what is already done and what’s to come from the seeds we’ve sowed. We will be sure to give your name all the glory, honor and praise! In Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Blessings,

~Hazel~

Though you are imperfect, you are loved by a perfect God!