Fixing Her Eyes - Celebrates One Year of Your Stories

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. So how do Australian Christian women fix their eyes on Jesus? How do they live out Hebrews 12.1-2? Well over the last 12 months, we have been asking them! Here is a collation of their answers. Click on their name to read their full "five minutes with." Thank you to our wonderful contributors and friends and thank you to YOU for being a part of our community. May you be encouraged to think of new ways you might fix your eyes on Jesus over the coming year through these quotes. Jen #fixinghereyes #followJesus

This happens through others. My husband and I worship together; I am in a wonderful Church community and small Bible study group, and a workplace with many strong and faithful Christian colleagues. Belinda

With lots of stops, starts and stumbles. The first thing I do every morning is make a coffee and read my bible. That's my favourite part of the day, and it helps keep me on track. I would never ask for them, but the hard times of my life have been the richest times in my relationship with Jesus. Belinda

I love worshipping – whether it’s at church or alone, I also use it to get me through some of life’s painful tasks like cleaning my house. I often put on worship music and sing and dance while I’m cleaning (I’m sure my neighbours love it). I also try to spend regular time in God’s word – deepening my relationship with Him. Bree

As a mother, trying despite my own imperfections to live for Jesus in a way that models a living faith to my son is a great motivator. Helping him to work through his questions about issues big and small (like whether his toy rabbit and tiger will go to heaven with him!), and reading the Bible together helps me to have to think through the biblical texts and their application in a very different light than when I read alone. This relationship between mother and son is in some sense a microcosm of the Christian life, as we seek to live, learn and worship together in our Christian communities. I love, love, love to sing, and to meet Jesus in worship. While I have a tendency to make Bible reading an academic exercise, I can’t hide behind that in song, where brain, voice, body and will come together to focus on Jesus and His “old, old story” that lives in every person who knows Him. Bronwen

I find Jesus in the work I do with the poor and with those who are oppressed. I think Jesus had a preference being with these people and their relationships with God and world view is something which encourages me. God’s heart breaks for these people and ours should too. Carolyn

I'm so blessed to live in a spectacularly beautiful part of God's creation, which reminds me daily of His awesome creativity & majesty! Simply going for a walk on a nearby coastal track brings my focus back to my Creator. I also find that I can't help but keep my eyes fixed on Jesus when I'm encouraged to do so... I'm grateful for a husband who does that encouraging, & so many friends & family who love a good cuppa & chat during the times I need to "re-fix". I read my bible so sporadically. I've never been an "every day" reader of the scriptures (I wish I had that discipline sometimes!), but His Word is the most powerful way of drawing me into that right relationship again & keeping me looking heavenward & not looking sideways... Cass

I try to weave faith-building things into my routine and life. So we’re at church each Sunday, and I attend a Community Group each week where we encourage each other with the Bible, pray and be community together. Tim leads us in praying together lots of evenings (I’m usually too tired to do more than follow along) and we chat often about Bible stuff and how we relate to God. I love Christian music that explores how faith impacts daily life, as well as songs that remind me of precious truth from God. I try to make time each day to read the Bible – not so much because it’s a duty, but because it’s where I see God in new ways, where he surprises me and I find uncomfortable things that I have to spend time working through, where I find glorious truths that I wouldn’t otherwise have imagined. At the moment, I find it easiest to do this during our toddler’s nap on weekdays, and I have a list of things in the PrayerMate app that I want to pray for regularly. I love Tim Chester’s Bible reading plan, because it’s a weekly portion of Scripture, it’s flexible and easy to read with others. At our midweek women’s group, we’ve experimented last term with meeting in groups of 3 to encourage our Bible reading and relationship with God – I’ve found this great accountability even when we’ve all had sick kids and not been able to meet, and encouraging to talk through the passages we’ve all been reading each week. Cat

This question implies that I ‘do’ keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I’ll be honest, I don’t. There are times when I am so caught up in what I want, what’s happening in my world, that I forget Him. I am ashamed to say it. But it’s true. I can tell you one thing though, in those times when I am journeying ‘alone’, in my own strength, I don’t get far. I don’t feel good. And my strength and successes are temporary. I am forever striving to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I live near the Ocean. Sometimes it feels like my only life source. I’m obsessed with it. Everything about it. I stare at it. I swim in it. I take photos of it. Heck who knows, maybe i’ll give birth in it (ha. i’m not pregnant btw). The ocean mesmerises me and it makes me feel so small. So insignificant. And it makes the Creator seem so huge. The sea could swallow me up, but it doesn’t. It points me to the power and might of God. I listen to podcasts, I talk to God, I read the bible, I read books, I sing to him, I cry to him, sometimes I swear and ask him WHY WHY WHY. I am thirsty and my soul is longing. And I think that whenever we are thirsty for God, he gives us what we need. Cate

I remember where I’m heading. Also I turn up to church and bible study Every. Single. Week. It keeps me focused. Cecily

When I was a little girl it was common practice that we were taught memory verses in Sunday school and singing Christian songs. As an adult I still find myself coming back to these verses of scripture and music as great reminders of the truth of who Jesus is. Quite often I will be singing inwardly “Jesus loves me this I know” or “Turn your eyes upon Jesus”. Celia

It isn't easy, I struggle. It's got to be time with God, doesn't it? Like any relationship, if you don't spend any time together, you can't be very connected. I think it's time with God before anything else, before checking my phone or having my breakfast. Before laying my needs and requests on him, or going through my mental to-do list. Just to read from the bible and just listen to him. Coco

Reading FHE posts every day. I've also loved reading the Message version of the Psalms, also the gospels of John, Matthew and now Mark from the Message. This translation has brought overly familiar Bible passages to life for me again. I love Christian music, especially Laura Story, Audrey Assad, Kari Jobe, Ellie Holcomb, Bethany Dillon, Sarah Reeves, Christy Nockels and the songs "You Make Me Brave" by Amanda Cook and Bethel Music, also "Jesus Loves Me" and "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin. Worship music transports me. Di

I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus by not taking anything in life for granted. Thanking Him for everything and staying close to Him, in thought and actions. As I said, I’m no scholar, but as Joyce Meyer says, “I know, that I know, that I know, that I know”. Dianne

By praying daily, by being thankful every night as I fall asleep and every morning when I wake up my first thoughts are to the Lord. By knowing my life is nothing without him. Elka

I could say so much about this, because it seems to be a constant endeavour to RE-fix my eyes on Jesus. One thing I'm learning lately is that the small, quiet moments of my life can be glorious if I look to Jesus. I don't have a lot of time to myself, but I have felt the Holy Spirit beckoning me to just talk to Jesus while I am jogging, or to still my mind and listen for Him while my son is pre-occupied with the sand for the next 3 minutes, or to have a taste of a scripture I've been memorizing as I vacuum. I need those little moments all throughout my day to refocus my eyes on Jesus. Emily