Glance then Gaze


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Last week was a difficult week for Bev with her bone cancer and the side effects from a more powerful chemo treatment taking a toll. It was also emotionally challenging for me as her husband of 45 years and now as her caregiver.


During my prayer time, the Lord brought to mind another challenge Bev and I had experienced together 37 years ago. We were in the process of adopting a beautiful new-born son we named Andrew. When he was about three months old the doctors discovered he had been born with only a fraction of his brain because his birth mom had been taking narcotics during her pregnancy.


At nine months, Andrew was in unrelenting pain and crying 24×7. Bev was at the end of her emotional rope so we decided to admit Andrew for a couple of months to a wonderful facility that specialized in caring for profoundly handicapped children. In the reception area there was a large picture of Christ. When I looked at Andrew I wept, but when I focused on the picture of Jesus I experienced amazing peace.


Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “You [Lord] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in You.” A friend counseled me, “You should glance at the problem, but gaze on Christ.” He was right. We should glance at the problem by identifying the issue and doing all we can to solve it. But we should gaze and focus most of our attention on the problem solver who loves us like crazy. Jesus Christ!


And when we have our minds “stayed on Him” the Lord Himself will give us His peace. Not just regular peace, but perfect peace.


Warmly in Christ,


Howard Dayton

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7 Responses to Glance then Gaze

  1. Becky Cox says:

    thank you for this precious reminder…praying for both of you  John 14: 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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  2. kurt cranford says:

    thank you for sharing with your readers, I will be praying for you and bev and asking for strength for both of you.

  3. Mark says:

    Well said! Praying for both of you!

  4. Horace Ford says:

    Blessings to you Howard and thank you so for your recent “Mail”. Annie joins me in sending to you both our love and genuine prayer. At some future time I will be sharing with you how important you and Bev are in our walk with the Lord. In the meantime: prayers and Love and Blessings. Annie & Bob


  5. Barbara says:

    Thank you for this update and the reminder to glance and then gaze. Timely for me at this moment.

  6. Jamie says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal struggles. It helps to know that I’m not the only one (it sometimes feels that way) with problems. This has long been my “go to” scripture as well.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and Bev.

  7. Jo says:

    I am so sorry your wife is going through so much and you as her caregiver. I know the difficulties..I was sole caregiver of my husband for a long time. It’s not easy for her or you. I have prayed many times while going through things with my husband and it is a great comfort to know God hears our prayers and that He is for us and wants to help us. You and your wife will be in my prayers!

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