Welcome problems as perspective lifters.
Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you
is only a light and momentary trouble (~ Sarah Young)
Take nothing for granted, not even the rising of the sun.
When you focus on what you don’t have or on difficult situations, your mind becomes distracted.
You take for granted life, health, salvation, family, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from God. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that situation is resolved.
Folks, let’s not get our priorities twisted by focusing on what we don’t have rather than being thankful for the numerous things we have freely available. Things that have been bought and purchased by The Cross.
When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror? I mean really, truly connected with the person staring back at you. Did you smile back and say, “Hi there good-looking?” Or did you quickly turn away, uncomfortable with your reflection?
Today, while at the mirror, I decided to look deeper. I pushed past the gnarly white hairs and acne scars, and mined deep.
Truth is, I don’t like mirrors or cameras; I’m not one to post selfies.
Then again, I’ll catch my daughter connecting with her reflection: chatting away, high-fiving, and even blowing kisses at her mirror self.
So where did I go wrong? When did I lose my fierce self-confidence, or was it never fully developed?
She fought her way into this world,
darkness tried to snuff her, but she refused to die.
She was created for purpose,
darkness tried to seduce her, but she chose to live.
The noose around her neck tightened. The same cord that kept her alive for many months was now suffocating her. Her tiny heart pumped furiously, trying to keep up with the oxygen demand. Her neurons fired rapidly; messages signalling danger activated her fight or flight response. All systems were geared for battle.
Voices from beyond shouted, “We need to move quickly. We only have 5 minutes to get her out.”
Though she felt trapped and frightened, she focused on the light emanating from the angels assigned to her. The 2 beautiful, statuesque beings held her tiny hands and sang melodies:
You shall go out with joy
And be let forth with peace,
And the mountains and the hills
Will break forth before you
There’ll be shouts of joy
And all the trees of the fields
Will clap, will clap their hands
“Three more minutes,” the voices shouted. “OK, I can do this,” she fought valiantly.
Suddenly, there was a flood of light. Blinded, she screamed. Choking, she contorted her body like a wild animal.
She was out.
“So this is my new home,” she smiled. She waved good-bye to her winged protectors and collapsed in exhaustion.
don’t waste time thinking
you’re not qualified,
don’t feed into those doubts.
as your mind flip-flops
between what’s possible
your heart races,
about all you could be doing,
the very things
your mind is shushing.
others may say,
“yes you can, yes you can,”
but without faith,
these words are meaningless.
unless you step out of the boat
and cross to the other side,
you will never discover
what’s truly in you
protects you from
worrying and obsessing.
keeps you from
criticizing and complaining.
~ Sarah Young
Let your living spill over into thanksgiving.
What are you thankful for?
Beloved you are loved
You were loved first
Don’t fear love
Don’t give love in fear
Don’t receive love with fear
Don’t resist love
There is no fear in love
Enjoy being loved
Love is freedom
God lavishes love freely
He loved you first
Your soul knew love before
You understood love
It’s in you to love
Live like you’re loved
Fill your mind with His love
You are loved
Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
While reading the devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, I was totally inspired by this statement:
- Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they occur.
Often times we tend to worry about situations minutes, hours, days, or even weeks before they occur … yet it’s futile to multiply our suffering in this way!
After all, can anyone by worrying add a single hour to their life (Matthew 6:27)? Aren’t we constantly scrambling for that 25th hour?
I can testify that worrying has not made me a single day younger, otherwise I would have discovered the fountain of youth.
So why do we constantly rehearse our troubles, leading to unnecessary worry and stress?