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    by Susan McGrath

All the Time
Date Posted: September 17, 2005

After squinting and straining my way through distance reading and watching television for a couple of years, I finally decided I needed some visual assistance again. (I hadn't worn glasses since first grade and my brief stint with contacts in high school was sporadic at best. They were such a cool color, though!)

So I made an appointment with a good friend of mine who happens to be an optometrist. Who would have thought when we were lab partners in junior biology that she was actually retaining that stuff!

After some small talk and about half way through the exam, knowing my eye wear history, she said, "I guess you know you have astigmatism. But you're still legal to drive!" Ha, ha!

That was the good news.

"Is it possible, I can just wear glasses to read and watch T.V. -- part of the time?"
I did not get the reply I had hoped for. "Honey, you have astigmatism all the time."

Well, I'm still trying to get used to glasses and contacts. The worst part is when I wear my glasses, change to my prescription sunglasses to drive (my eyes are very light-sensitive) and then forget to switch when I go into a store.

Who wants to drag the kids back out and spend five minutes switching glasses. On the other hand, if I take them off while I'm in the store, I will most likely get a headache from trying to focus my eyes. But if I wear them in the store, people think I'm a dork or trying to hide something!

But I do wear them - all the time - like the good doctor said I should.

I also have sin in my life "all the time", yet it's so easy to make excuses for skipping time in prayer or in the Word. If I don't wear the armor of God all the time, life will lose its focus.

My eye wear is the exact prescription to correct my astigmatism so what I see is in focus. God prescribes what we need to keep life in focus. In Ephesians 6:13-17 we are told to "put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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