Focus on the beauty in this sad world

I turned on the news yesterday to hear about the tragic killings of 70 innocent people and the wounding of others. We live in a sad sad world and even more than ever we need to keep close to God our Father, leaning in for safety and strength.  One can easily be overwhelmed and stressed by this constant news of death and destruction and the fear of the unknown — therefore we need to place our focus on . .

. . . whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Come unto Me, all ye that labor,
That sink beneath your load of care;
Come unto Me when shadows gather,
And raise your hearts to Me in prayer.
I wait to give your souls a blessing,
To lift you upward to My breast;
Come, weary, worn, and heavy-laden,
And I will give you rest.

Come unto Me, all ye that hunger,
When all your fairest hopes have died;
When all the joys that Earth can give you
Have left you still unsatisfied;
Her stony bread and broken cisterns
Your thirsting souls forever mock;

Come unto Me, and I will give you
The water from the Rock.
Come unto Me, ye brokenhearted 
Who walk alone life's thorny ways;
For you I felt Myself forsaken,
And now am with you all the days.
My love alone is everlasting;
The heart I made, shall I not fill?
Come, lonely, sad, your want confessing;
And all your longing still.

~ Annie Johnson Flint ~

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30


  1. The warm fireplaceJune 29, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Thank you for your timely post.

  2. It is a very sad old world - no wonder when the Saviour was here He sighed and wept. No wonder when He hung on the cross He was bowed under the load of grief and sin He bore for us. But thank God we serve a RISEN Saviour and have HOPE!! It is only because He is risen that we can "think on these things" from Philippians 4:8! :)

    1. After seeing all the deaths over the weekend one can only look UP for help and strength.

      I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1: 5) and other similar verses make getting up and being joyful so much easier.

  3. What beautiful pictures! What wonderful words. We all need to keep our focus on God and His blessings... even when life seems dark around us.

    1. Looking up is where we find comfort these days :) Have a wonderful day.

  4. Yes ... we are living in a very sinful world ... but like an older man shared with us a few days ago ... the worse this world gets, to closer till the time of our Savior's return! HalleluYah! Thank you for sharing. ~Sarah (visiting from Radical Femininity)

    1. Couldn't agree more :)) have a wonderful day.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this comforting post with us at Good Morning Mondays. There are so many sad things happening around us and it is hard to stay positive but we must remember to be a shining light to those who have no belief so that they can see how God is our comfort and our help. Blessings

    1. If we all stick together and keep on focusing on the good and beautiful, it does lift us all up :)

  6. Agreed. Focusing on beauty does much to lift one's spirits. Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup ...I've pinned your post... hope you join us again this week.


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