In Others’ Words: Look!

 

 

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ~Dr. Seuss, American writer

I’ve opened my eyes and seen:

  • Mr. Right walk into my life after I wasted too much time and emotion on Mr. oh-so Wrong.
  • the never-to-be-forgotten faces of my newborns — all four of them.
  • the ugly Truth … and discovered that yes, God’s grace is truly sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

In Your Words: What best thing have you seen when you opened your eyes?

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32 Comments

  1. February 10, 2012, 3:24 am   /  Reply

    This time of year when I’m in the throws of a full-time work schedule, I’m thankful that I work with my eyes wide-open to my family. So many people get caught up in a full-time, climb-the-ladder schedule, that they forget what truly matters.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 6:17 am   /  Reply

      Convicting words, Heather, as I felt some frustration last night as I tried to crank out my word count and family kept “interrupting.”
      Sigh. Gotta keep my eyes open on that one.

  2. February 10, 2012, 4:56 am   /  Reply

    Hhhhmmmm, I’d have to say my husband and kids, of course, but recently it has been God’s affirmation that he has gifted me to write. He has affirmed me over and over lately, in the midst of doubts and fear. I love it when He does that!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 6:17 am   /  Reply

      So, so wonderful when we see past the doubts to the affirmation of who we are, who God created us to be.

  3. February 10, 2012, 6:14 am   /  Reply

    The scars of my Savior, there I saw forgiveness and redemption.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 6:18 am   /  Reply

      Ah, life-changing truth.

  4. February 10, 2012, 6:28 am   /  Reply

    The dawn of a new day following honest forgiveness extended and a renewed life ahead.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:53 am   /  Reply

      Mercies new every morning …
      Maybe this is one of the reasons I like sunrises so much.
      🙂

  5. Jeanne T
    February 10, 2012, 7:04 am   /  Reply

    Glimpses of God’s amazing, passionate, perfect love for me as I live each day.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:54 am   /  Reply

      🙂
      So good to see life through others’ eyes.

  6. February 10, 2012, 7:11 am   /  Reply

    The most wonderful thing I opened my eyes to was my baby smiling at me.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:54 am   /  Reply

      I assume this was after a good night’s sleep.
      😉

  7. February 10, 2012, 7:26 am   /  Reply

    Your post made me stop and think (as it always does)…Glimpses of God’s love in my daughter and granddaughter’s faces after a near-tragedy this past week. And thankfulness as I view photos of their demolished pickup.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:54 am   /  Reply

      Whoa.
      Such a huge reason to be thankful, Pat.

  8. February 10, 2012, 7:28 am   /  Reply

    That true compassion exists in others. Friends can be one of God’s greatest gifts to uphold us. Yes, they will fail us sometimes, but they are so worth having.

    And your first point intrigues me, since it sounds like one of the themes (or subjects at least) of your novel…hmmm. Happy Friday, Beth!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:55 am   /  Reply

      Happy Friday, Lindsay.
      Funny thing about that first point … I actually didn’t see the commonality until after the book was written.
      🙂

  9. February 10, 2012, 7:33 am   /  Reply

    Exciting new possibilities! As one who tends gravitate to the known, I have to make a concerted effort to look beyond the borders of my comfort zone. When I do, I can see the promise of a richer life that’s available if I choose to venture into the unknown.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:56 am   /  Reply

      Love this answer, Keli.
      Love it.

  10. February 10, 2012, 7:37 am   /  Reply

    Grace. Have seen it and felt it. Freeing!
    ~ Wendy

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 7:56 am   /  Reply

      I’ve experienced grace when I least expected it . . .

  11. February 10, 2012, 7:48 am   /  Reply

    What a gift–you say so much in so few words. Makes me want to read much more of what you have to say.
    I’ve been pleasantly shocked to find that someone I viewed as almost homely, as in Abe Lincoln style, became one of the most handsome people anywhere once I got to see who he really is inside. I’ve been grateful to have childhood opinions we westerners might have been taught about what Texans were like, or the British, or anyone east of the Mississippi, wonderfully disproved by knowing quality gems in all categories–and learning to discover for myself instead of buying pre-made labels.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 8:08 am   /  Reply

      A most excellent truth, Dee.
      It’s so valuable to open my eyes and look past labels . . . and expectations.

  12. February 10, 2012, 8:50 am   /  Reply

    Beauty. 🙂

    This weekend I’m hanging out at my parents’ house while they travel. They live on a beautiful little acreage, with a ravine leading down to a creek in back. I’m in the sunroom, trying to write my heart out, but a little annoyed at my characters at the moment. But when I look up, look outside, God reminds me: Melissa, if I can do all of this, I can help you write a story, too. I put my creative spirit in you. So be inspired by *my* creativity…and enjoy yourself.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 5:39 pm   /  Reply

      I see you have both your eyes and “ears” open, Melissa.
      🙂

  13. February 10, 2012, 10:15 am   /  Reply

    The deep intimacy God wants with me…way down core deep.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 5:39 pm   /  Reply

      More “spiritual-eyes-ing.”

      😉

  14. February 10, 2012, 1:19 pm   /  Reply

    Ok you got me all teary. I love, love the quote, but you had me at newborns. Sigh.
    🙂

    • Beth Vogt
      February 10, 2012, 5:40 pm   /  Reply

      Sigh.
      Such individually precious memories.

  15. February 11, 2012, 3:12 pm   /  Reply

    That my little guy is growing up fast, and I need to savor these fun years with him.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 11, 2012, 4:42 pm   /  Reply

      Yes, indeed, Julie … the good news is there is fun in all the years with kiddos … the “little years,” the not-so-little, the teen years, even the how-did-it-happen-they-are-grown-up years!

      ;o)

  16. February 11, 2012, 3:33 pm   /  Reply

    Dr. Seuss quotes are some of my favorites!
    I keep my eyes open for all of God’s beauty, from the butterflies to my daughters eyes and everything in between:)

    • Beth Vogt
      February 11, 2012, 4:43 pm   /  Reply

      :O)
      Dr. Suess has some of the best quotes … you’re right, there’s beauty in “everything in between.”
      🙂

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