Above: At one of our recent outings, Bird Haven Greenhouse Conservatory.

Have you ever found yourself in an overwhelming set of circumstances? Today, instead of looking inward (focusing on self) or analyzing the outward (actions of others), let's aim our focus UPWARD (on God)!

Recently I found myself faced with a situation wherein I found myself almost overcome by the challenge. It's okay to be overwhelmed but NOT overcome, right?

As I was pondering things, I found myself looking inward and outward. But it wasn't until I looked upward that God gave peace to my heart. His strong character and measureless love are simply amazing.

Whatever situation you find yourself challenged by today, I hope you will take a moment to focus on one aspect of God's character. Right now I'm focusing on His love, and the hymn below communicates clearly how His love ministers to you and me no matter what trial this stage of life may bring.

Interestingly enough, this hymn, written by Horatius Bonar in 1861, was sung at the funeral of American president Ronald Reagan.

"O Love of God, How Strong and True"

O love of God, how strong and true!
Eternal, and yet ever new;
Uncomprehended and unbought,
Beyond all knowledge and all thought.

O love of God, how deep and great!
Far deeper than man’s deepest hate;
Self-fed, self-kindled, like the light,
Changeless, eternal, infinite.

O heavenly love, how precious still,
In days of weariness and ill,
In nights of pain and helplessness,
To heal, to comfort, and to bless!

O wide embracing, wondrous love!
We read thee in the sky above,
We read thee in the earth below,
In seas that swell, and streams that flow.

We read thee best in Him who came
To bear for us the cross of shame;
Sent by the Father from on high,
Our life to live, our death to die.

We read thy power to bless and save,
E’en in the darkness of the grave;
Still more in resurrection light,
We read the fullness of thy might.

O love of God, our shield and stay
Through all the perils of our way!
Eternal love, in thee we rest
Forever safe, forever blest.