Clearer Vision

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Two weeks ago I had surgery to remove a cataract from my right eye. Today surgery on my left eye is scheduled. As with all cataracts, mine built up over the years, clouded my vision, and kept me from seeing things clearly.

The day after the removal of the first cataract, I visited my optometrist for my follow-up appointment. My doctor told me everything looked excellent. Yay, God!

Walking around with clearer vision in my eye got me thinking about what it takes to walk around with clearer vision in my heart.

In the same way I needed to have the clouded lens removed to see through my eye more clearly, we need Jesus to remove the clouded heart-lens we look through so we can see things through his eyes more clearly.

As with my cataracts, our clouded heart-vision doesn’t develop overnight. It takes years to harden our hearts to look at things in distorted ways God never intended. It takes years to allow prejudice and hurt to build up and blind us to the truth; God loves everyone. No exceptions.

Having clearer heart-vision means allowing Jesus to take his laser, or scalpel, to the opaque lens that covers our hearts, ridding us of unhealthy habits, and letting us see his plan for our lives with better focus.

Because of my astigmatism, I’ll still need glasses. And I’m okay with that.

The way I see it, (no pun intended) continuing to need glasses keeps me dependent on something outside myself to have clearer vision.

Just as being dependent on Jesus clears up my heart-vision.

What do you do to keep your heart dependent on Jesus for clearer vision?

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For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Are We Imitators of Christ?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During our recent trip to Goliad, Texas Pilot and I couldn’t help but notice a small boy and his grandfather. Precious is the word that comes to mind. It seemed to me this little boy desired to imitate his grandfather.

Looking at these two caused me to think about my relationship with Jesus and ask myself, “Do I imitate Christ?” Perhaps you can think about your relationship with Christ along with me, and ask yourself the same question.

This grandfather and grandson clothed themselves alike and appeared inseparable throughout the entire weekend. It appeared the little boy trusted his grandfather and wanted to be wherever he went.

The Bible tells us those who are baptized into Christ are clothed with Christ. We are children of God through our faith in Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-27) Since we are clothed with Christ, our desire should be to follow wherever he leads.

Even as things wound down, the little boy looked to his grandfather and imitated him. We are to be imitators of Christ and follow his example. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Come to find out, the whole family was reenactors. The boy’s grandfather, mother and aunt were with the Mexican cavalry. His father was part of the Texian cavalry. I wonder which side he’ll “fight” on when he grows older.

If I had to bet, I’d say he’ll stick with Grandpa.

In life we might have people who imitate us. When they imitate us, are they also imitating Christ? Are we clothed in robes of righteousness? Do we follow in Christ’s footsteps and point others to him?

When we “grow up”, will we fight on God’s side or Satan’s?

Is there someone in your life you imitated when you were younger?

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 Jesus said to all of them, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.  Luke 9:23 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Knocking On Doors

One of my devotions will be posted on Christian Devotions November 26, 2013. Please stop by and check out the site.

BingJanuary 16, 2008, I submitted an article retelling the events of Pie’s seizure when he was 10-months-old, to a magazine I felt was a perfect fit. The article was not something the editor was looking for at the time, so she rejected it. AAGGHH!

All through 2008, I submitted that article to numerous magazines. All rejected it. Discouragement. I sent it out a couple more times, and met with the same fate.

I let the article sit in my files until May of 2012. I never gave up on it. I really believed what I Bingwrote about how God brought me through an overwhelming situation, was something others would benefit from reading. So, at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, I showed it to an editor.

She liked it! She requested I submit it, and submit, I did.

October 21, 2012, I had an offer to publish the article. Yea, God!

July 10, 2013, “Letting Go” posted on Today’s Christian Woman Parent Connect.

If you’ve done the math, you saw this was a five and a half year journey of closed doors. But God…

BingHe knew the people he wanted to read my article. He knew who it would benefit most. He orchestrated it all. Was I happy when the article kept being rejected? No. Was I discouraged? Yes. Did I give up? Not completely. I kept knocking on doors until one opened.

Oh, perhaps you’ll find this interesting…the magazine I submitted “Letting Go” to in January 2008? Today’s Christian Woman –print version before there ever was a digital version of the magazine. God’s perfect timing.

Are you in a place where you’re waiting for doors to open? Perhaps it’s a job. Perhaps it’s Binga health issue. Perhaps it’s concern for a family member. Release from addiction. Release from pain –however it is manifesting itself. Release from self-doubts.

Just as my article met with closed doors, there was a reason. There’s a reason for your closed doors, too. We don’t need to know that reason, though sometimes we’d sure like an explanation. What we need to do is keep knocking. Keep persisting. Keep trusting. Move through that door when God opens it. And stay put when he keeps it closed.

The Apostle Paul met closed doors, but he kept on knocking. He didn’t give up, and neither should we.

They (Paul and Silas) went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas.

Acts 16:6-8 MSG

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Comfort Your People

As a former elementary school educator who has sheltered her seven-year-old second graders during lock-downs, while the thump, thump, thump of police helicopters hovered overhead, my heart is broken for the loss of the precious souls killed on Friday, December 14, 2012, in Connecticut.

As a mother who prays daily for her son’s well-being, my heart aches for the mothers whose children were taken from them.

As a member of the human race, my heart is torn apart at the pain we inflict on each other.

Such evil.

Such innocence lost.

Such horror.

As parents, family members, and friends are left to mourn, and wonder at the senselessness of the tragedy, my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this  violence. May they be comforted in their sorrow.

There will be a day.

I wish you well.

Sandy