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He is our Help.

I lift my eyes to You,
the One enthroned in heaven.
Like a servant’s eyes on His master’s hand, like a servant girl’s eyes on her mistress’s hand,
so our eyes are on the Lord our God until he shows us favor. {Psalm 123:12}

We’re on vacation, and I normally wouldn’t post, but the boys are deep sea fishing,

Lydia is catching up on sleep, and I’m playing major catch up on a bible study I’m doing this summer.

Our condo is right on the beach, and the vast ocean surrounds us.

God’s creation truly causes me to pause and soak up his all-consuming enormity.
I’m reminded that He is in control, and it always brings me peace.

I’ve been pondering this morning on those first two verses in Psalm 123.

It’s clear after reading the rest of the Psalm, that the writer is in distress and looking to God for help.  For favor…..

We’re all in distress of some sort…facing challenges in our families, in our health, in friendship or at work.

Right now I’m praying for many friends and family members in distress.

My friends and family aren’t alone in their struggles.
I have my own set that seems to linger.  None of us are immune.

My cousin very recently lost his wife to cancer.  She was my age & a mama to two young boys.

Some very dear friends are desperately seeking God for his direction in ministry.
I have a sweet friend who longs to be married and start a family.
My mom’s lung disease is worsening, and we all tremble at watching her struggle to breathe.
Marriages in our midst are truly hurting…they’re wondering if they’ll make it.

It comes so natural for us to stare intently straight into our struggles.  They threaten to consume us.  
We could all easily crumble at the thought that we may never find relief in our current struggle.  Have you noticed that our distress always worsens when our gaze is fixed on our problems?  They seem larger than life the more attention we give them.

Where are we looking?  Where are our attentions focused in times of hardship?

Beth Moore says,”These questions are vital because much of our soul’s basic welfare
is wrapped up in our answers.”

It’s wonderful to have husbands and friends who listen and comfort us with their love and wisdom.  
Some of us regularly see counselors who help us sort through our broken stories.  But, I have found that there is no one that helps, comforts, or brings peace like God.  We were created by him and for him.  He is our resting place.

Psalm 29:10 says that he sits enthroned over the flood.  He is over all that troubles us.

Oh, I hope that truth reaches out and grabs your heart in the exact place that it hurts.
Whatever your current “flood” is, I pray you know that he is over it.
I need desperately to know that he sits enthroned over situations that I can’t control.

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.  Where will my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; your protector will not slumber.
Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.
The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side.
The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.
The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever. {Psalm 121:1-8}

I pray that whatever we are struggling in this day, we would choose to raise our eyes toward the mountains and know that our help comes from the Lord.

I pray we would trust that He is our protector, even when we experience hardship.
I pray for an extra measure of grace as some of us wage wars in our hearts and minds.
And, I pray that our eyes would be turned toward him…that our gaze would be fixed and set on him.
I pray that all the other “wells” we attempt to “drink from” when we need help would dry up.

His love endures forever.


I won’t be back on the computer before we get home from our vacation.
And if I do, somebody smack me!

We’re having the best time together with our family and with our sweet friends, who are here with us.  I’m going crazy posting pictures on Instagram, since I found the awesome new app called #abeautifulmess.

OH!  The winner of the Shabby Apple dress is Glenda Childers. I’m emailing you with details!  Congrats!!!!!

Nikki Alexander - I have been so burdened by all the women our age battling cancer! Have been praying for these women. My mom first had breast cancer when she was 45 – – and died at 55. So young! Will join you in prayer for your mama.

Great word about keeping our eyes on Jesus.

Loving all your instagrams :)

Barbara - Enjoy your time.

Jennifer - So sorry about your cousin’s wife and your mom’s declining health…will keep you and your family in my prayers.

carissa @ lowercase letters - that Beth Moore quote – so true. so much of my stress comes from disbelief – not trusting and Believing God is who He says He is. i’m so so sorry about your mom. i know it’s hard to watch a parent suffer. my dad died of cancer when i was 9… he was 33. but still, God is faithful and true and good. saying a prayer for your sweet mom. xoxo.

Kelly - Exactly what I needed to read.

Heather - Thank you for this post. It was the perfect reminder I needed to read this morning as I’m in the middle of a journey I can’t travel alone. When I put my son down at night, I pray for God to fill us with enough strength for each coming day but then the morning comes, the day gets busy and it’s easy to forget the blessing of God’s strength, comfort and protection are already there…if we seek them.

Lissa - such an encouraging post sweet tara. Enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

soulstretchesandsteps - Thanks for the prayers sister….we need a catch up session soon!
Glad to hear you’re getting some time away with fam!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I love your sweet heart. You are so right… they get bigger when we focus on them. Guilty.

Kelly Cach - So sorry about your cousin and your mama!!!
And yes…those other wells! Dry up!

Oh, and I won’t smack you for being on the computer during vacation ;). Loving your ig updates!

Jackie at Roots and Wings - This study is so good, isn’t it? So timely…
Missed you this morning, but know that you’re all having a wonderful time. I can almost feel the breeze and smell the salty air. Ahhhh…enjoy every second of it! :)

GLENDA CHILDERS - I memorized that song when I was young … and need it often.

Thanks for picking me, sweet Tara.

Happy, wonderful vacation.


theelizabethhighsmith - Shabby apple dress where have I been???? You always shine His light and usher in hope at the perfect times! Thank you sweet one! Soak up that fun! The ocean is always a source of peace for me, psalm 29 says his voice is over the ocean

LLH Designs - Just what I needed today: His words, His help. Thank you, sweet sister. Wiggle those toes in the sand for me! xo!

Farmgirl Paints - I missed this one. So beautiful friend. Hope you had an awesome vacation girlie.

jeana - Wow. This is absolutely true. So many struggles that can easily take over, but He is our constant comfort and hope.

Sarah - I’m just catching up on blog reading, so I am way late on this one, but it hit me. I just read a book about Bathsheba – actually it was the third in a series on King David’s wives, but there was a lot of insight into King David in it. I really began to love King David and his love for the Lord. Truly the Lord was the only thing he had to depend on. It was such a reminder of how to seek after and love the Lord and really depend on him for my everything. So often, I have to remind myself not to talk about things before talking about them with God. Anyway, sorry for the ramble, but this post just hit home to what I have been thinking on since finishing the book. Thanks for sharing.

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