Setting My Gaze on Him {an explanation and invitation to #settingmygaze}

SettingMyGazeButtonI am not the type of person who wakes in the morning happy to be alive, birds singing, and mice chatting with me {oh wait, that’s Cinderella}. I don’t by nature run through fields chasing moonbeams or find the bubbles in my soap mesmerizing. I don’t. I am, by nature, cynical, snarky, a glass half empty kind of girl.

I am one who needs a reminder.

A reminder of WHOSE I am. Savoring Christ in the everyday. Especially in the midst of the crazy that is mothering.

It’s difficult enough for me to keep the right perspective when I am sitting alone in my comfy devotional chair, holy hymns playing, candle flickering; but when the boys are wrestling, the washing machine overflows, and the din of my everyday life threatens to make my head explode, what then?

Am I to content myself with focusing on the grind of the everyday, forgetting to look up until I crawl into my bed at night? Is that enough? Not for me. I want more.

I want to see. See the way I know I was made to see. See the sacred in the everyday. To look at my life through the lens of the Cross. To gaze on the Gospel.

HE is the lens through which I want to view my life– good and bad, beautiful and ugly, successes and mighty failings {and oh, there are many}. The gospel is what makes good news from the messy that is me. ”The Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Reveling in the love, the grace, the welcome I am given, automatically makes my heart sing and gets my gaze set in the right place. Because the truth is, I become like what I worship.butterfly#2

It’s WHO I am enjoying that shapes how I live. The key is enjoying God, through the Cross of Jesus Christ. I need to taste and see the Lord is good. When I taste of that goodness, I cannot help but want to taste more and more and more. I can get drunk on His goodness.

Yet it is so easy to get caught up in the rush and mayhem of this everyday life that spins and whirls around me.  The anthem of my life could be,”Prone to wander, Lord I feel it….”

I must choose to set my gaze. Again and again. Day after day. Setting my gaze on the everyday sacred.

It changes me. Taking those moments, so mundane they feel like nothings, and choosing to look up.

Slowly, slowly, it begins to infect and affect every aspect of my day. It happens gradually, the abiding, the savoring. And the everyday of my life shifts into sacred moments. The mess-ups,the ugly snarly of my failures splayed out before me, offer opportunity for gazing on Him.

Knowing I am loved and welcomed because of the Cross, in my moment of weakness, allows my heart to sing and run to Him rather than cower in my mess.

But I can’t do it alone. I need other plank-eyed saints joining with me. We need each other. When I fall, I need you there reminding me to set my gaze in the right place. And I will do the same for you.

And if we all join together? Join up as women setting our gaze and encouraging others to do the same? Well, we might see open heart surgery done on us all.

Will you join me?

Will you be the one who points me and others to look up?

Here’s how we can start:

1. Join me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter as I post a new meditation for each day of the month. It’s the starting point.

2. Start your day setting your gaze. Use my verses as a starting point, then use your own and continue to pray them back to Him.

3. Set a timer. The only way I can really continually set my gaze is to constantly remind myself to look up.Every 30 minutes, 1 hour, every 2, it doesn’t matter, just something to jar you out of everyday life and remind your heart to see Him in all your moments.

4. Share! Share with us what you are meditating on, where God is meeting you in the mundane, how the holy is invading your day. THIS is how we remind each other and point each other back to Him.

  • On Twitter- share what God is showing you using hashtag #settingmygaze
  • Link up! Every Tuesday, beginning next week {January 14}, we will have a SettingMyGaze link-up for you to share ANYTHING that God is teaching you.ANYTHING!
  • In the comments, commenting on the Facebook page, or comment on Instagram
  • Grab a button

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I invite you to comment to let me know if you are going to be joining in. Let’s do this together.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 12:2

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  • Rusheika Furbert

    I love this! I’m in! I need to be more intentional about focusing on Jesus. I want to be a Jesus chaser.

    • Joy

      Awesome! I am so excited!

  • Jennifer Godfrey

    I’m ready to set my gaze. I’m also someone who needs reminding in the mist of my crazy days as a new stay at home mom of 3. I’m looking forward to the support :)

    • Joy

      Wonderful! So glad to have you!

  • Tricia

    Is the Facebook page your page?

    • Joy

      Yes! Just my Joy Forney Facebook page!

  • Jaime L

    Thank you for doing this. I need this to be more intentional by setting my mind on Him all throughout the day!

    • Joy

      Yay! I am so glad!

  • Agniya

    Thank you so much, I am so looking forward to being and staying in the truth with my sisters!

  • Kallie

    I love this!!! Thanks for leading us all in this:)

  • sarah

    Thank you for this.
    Just what I need at the start of this year. I am not on facebook, twitter or instagram, can I still do it from your blog??

    • Joy

      Absolutely! I’m just trying to think of a way that you could see the daily verses. I’ll think about that and get back to you….

  • Sarah B.

    Joining in :)

  • http://gospelhomemaking.com/ Amy Clark Scheren

    I’m in! Oh, how quickly I turn my gaze away from the cross! I love your idea to set a timer. I look forward to the daily…hourly…reminder to look to the One who chose me and sustains me.

  • http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Yes I am, my verse John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease

  • Crystal

    You are so referring to sweet Ann Voskamp with the moonbeams and soap bubbles, aren’t you?!? I lOVE her and she teaches me so much. could read her book a million times. But, it’s like this that you are doing is what I need to help me set my gaze right now, experience the Holy and give thanks in it all….I feel like I could’ve just written about myself all that you just described yourself as. This is great! Looking forward to it! :)

  • http://momentsandinvitations.com/ Dana Butler

    YES!!! This could not be more congruent with my heart. So, so excited to join in as I’m able. Thanks for this!!

  • Kelli

    I am joining you on setting our gazes on Him!! Thank you :-)

  • maggie may

    this sounds great. exciting!

  • Ben N Em Steward

    Yes! I will!! As a brand new mother trying to adjust to everything I need this very much!

  • Darla Snow Mason

    I am in too!

  • SarahinCharlotte

    God really used your post the other day to transform my day. The Holy Spirit kept bringing that verse to mind. “Set your eyes on Jesus, not the scale.” “Set your eyes on Jesus, not how you may feel hurt by others.” “He is the author of your faith, not you (you have nothing to be proud of).” “He is the perfecter (finisher) of your faith, not you. (Stop trying to sanctify yourself.)”
    Thank you for posting. So glad God is teaching you & giving your the words to help encourage others deeper in their faith too. I need it!!

  • Mrs. Jensen

    I’m in! As a new wife, in a new town, going back to school I lose sight sooo quickly. I too am a cynical, snarky, glass half empty kind of girl. Thanks so much for your virtual mentorship, it’s helped so much these last several months!!! I’m excited for this

  • April

    Yes! I will be joining! Loving this!! Thank you SO very much!!

  • Misty Dawn Jewell

    I would love to join you! Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your heart. I’m looking forward to this, so much!

  • Erika Draiss

    I definitely need to be more intentional, thank you for wanting help and for wanting to help us. God Bless!

  • Sara

    “I can get drunk on his goodness.”

    Love that! I’m very excited to join you & this community in being intentional about seeing Him!! :)

  • Anastasia

    It’s a good year for this!

  • Laura

    Want you to know that I believe God used this post to remind me that my sights need to be set always on Him. When that happens, faith, love and obedience to His word will follow. Definitely going to be checking your blog out again soon!

  • http://www.joyfilleddays.com/ Sarah Beals

    I don’t “find the bubbles in my soap mesmerizing.” bwahaha I think we are cut from the same cloth, Joy. ;) Loved this.

  • Carol A. Vonk

    I’m in too!!!

  • Katja Boehm

    I am joining you. This will be a great journey for all of us. Thank you for doing this.

  • nicole

    following you now on fb. Have appreciated your posts and am constantly fighting for joy in the midst of the mundane!

  • http://www.redeemedhealthandfitness.com/ Kasey Norton

    I finally realized that the photos I was seeing on Instagram were for this. So I’m late but I’m joining in!
    –Kasey, Walking Redeemed

  • Susan D

    I just read some of John Piper’s book (When I Don’t Desire God). In it he talks about fighting for joy by intentionally setting our gaze on God. “Setting My Gaze on Him” could not be more timely for me. I absolutely want to join in. Thank you!!!