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I privately panicked when my college Bible study leader asked each attendee to convey a favorite verse. Over 31,000 verses in the Bible, and I was supposed to prefer one? It was a revelation, despite an evangelical Christian upbringing.

I don’t remember what I shared that evening. I do remember going home and laboring over which verse really was my favorite, so I could answer future requests…honestly.  I chose a set of three verses and committed them to memory:

        “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”     II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

I figured if I could achieve the directives of not losing heart and keeping my eyes fixed on the unseen, everything else would fall into place. I would love, believe, hope, act, and live like I should.

Although these verses have remained my “favorites” for about twenty-five years, I am haunted by how quickly and frequently I allow temporary to overshadow eternal. As a wife, mother of two, daughter of aging parents, writer, and elementary educator; my struggles often do not feel “light and momentary.” I mind-wrestle problems and adopt a me-centered perspective. I lose heart. Blinded by urgency entanglements, I overlook the Unseen in the everyday:  my children’s faces, dawn, friends, trees, successes, tea, pigeons, laughter, raspberries, beauty, breathing. Can I claim that even one-eighth of my day is spent “eying invisibilities?”

My hope for this blog is that it offers women who are embroiled in the overwhelming struggles of “the seen” one more glimpse of “the unseen”…with some humor along the way. It is a prayer for myself as well–that the responsibility of sharing short devotional posts will yield more time in God’s Word, more time seeking a heavenly view on earthly life, and more time eying invisibilities.

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