Posts Tagged ‘perspective’

That’s Not a Lemon, That’s Lemonade in Waiting!

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When you look at things..do you see them as they are? Or do you look past the surface, and see them as they could be? As they will be if effort is applied? Is it a sour, bitter lemon? Or is it the key ingredient to an ice cold, refreshing summer drink?

I have an update on Matt for you. He went in for an MRI last week and the results were good. There’s no cancer or anything, but there are a few cysts on his pancreas. Apparently that’s not unusual? Interesting! Anyway, so that was good to hear. They’re now passing him onto another specialist. Mom said a doc gave him a list of foods he can try eating..foods..not liquids…FOODS! Progress!

Im not going to try and pass a lie off to you and say that it’s not been extremely frustrating for me to stay positive at times. It has. I will find myself slipping into anger over the doctors, and have to then remind myself..they are doctors, not THE Doctor. They are not Matt’s healer, He is. And so, I choose to continue to praise Him in advance for complete restoration of every cell in Matt’s body.

But it is a very conscious choice, friends.

If I don’t choose to praise, I won’t.

If I don’t choose to be hopeful, I’m not.

Because with human eyes, this experience is just too hard on a sister’s heart. I must constantly choose to look with spirit eyes. I must choose to see things through the veil of faith. I must choose see things not as they are, but as they will be.

“..So the promise is good in the sight of God, in whom Abraham believed—the God who brings the dead to life and whose command brings into being what did not exist.” Romans 4:17b

In what area(s) of your life are you having to apply this scripture?

Let me encourage you to embrace the reality that He’s still on the throne, still working miracles, still answering prayers, and He still has His eyes firmly planted on you. He loves you, He’s working all things for your good, He knows your struggle, and He is not about to leave you alone. Look up, friends!

Thanks so much for all of the encouraging comments, texts, emails, prayers, smiles, and hugs. You all encourage me so much! I know that in relation to other things going on in the world, this struggle is small. But, I thank my God that my struggles are important to Him, no matter the size. He has time for me. He has time for you, too. Call on Him today.

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
– 1 Peter 5:7

Moving onward and upward,

Sarah

Count it All Joy!

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Sometimes it takes a whole lot of determination to embrace new seasons in life. I do ok for a bit and then, BAM, find myself in tears. Oops! Refocus, Sarah!

The enemy is always on the prowl, looking for an open door, window, or crack in the foundation. I find, for myself, that if I notice the enemy creeping in, I have to quickly push him out and seal up the area he slithered into. Then I have to get back to praising! If I don’t, I only find myself in worse shape.

The Word says we are to count it all joy when we are tried and tested, for the trying of our faith will work patience in our souls.

I realize tears are ok. They cleanse us! And as one my fellow bloggers wrote (I’m paraphrasing), “It’s ok to cry, Jesus cried!” It’s not the crying that’s the problem, it’s the reason behind it that may be the problem. Are we crying and wallowing in self pity for that which we’ve lost? Or, are we shedding tears while acknowledging the feelings associated with the situation, but choosing to consider the trial a joy – Knowing that the fruit of overcoming these trials will far outweigh any temporary sadness.

The Lord turns everything for the good of those who love Him. So we can be confident that there is no trial or season that we go through where He won’t find a way to bring good out of it. And, remember, you’re not in this thing alone, ask Him for help!

No matter what comes my way, I’m going to continue to count it all joy. Because, at the end of my days, I want to be able to say I enjoyed life, even when it wasn’t easy. That I chose to see the best in every situation, and trust in His faithfulness.

Don’t give up, friends. Victory is around the corner. Keep on keepin on!

James 1:2-8
New King James Version (NKJV)
Profiting from Trials

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

A link to one of my favorite songs:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=gIPMllUV12o&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DgIPMllUV12o

Blessings,

Sarah

Life Lessons on the Monkey Bars

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The act of using Monkey Bars requires a few things.

-Climbing a small ladder

-Leaning out to take hold of the first bar

-Letting go of the ladder as you swing to the next bar

-Keeping focus on the finish line (looking UP)

-Not looking back

-You can’t do it with only one arm – you must give it full attention

-Keeping your feet up off of the ground so they don’t drag

-The will to finish

There is a verse that goes along with the Monkey Bars process perfectly..

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
~Philippians 3:13-14 The Message

We all have “monkey bars” to cross in life. We can cross them in joy, knowing Who crosses them with us, or we can cross them in sorrow, refusing to acknowledge the progress we’re making. Or, we can even climb down the ladder and refuse to cross the monkey bars all together..missing the opportunity to grow in Him.

Today I want to encourage you to take that first swing on the monkey bars, trust in Him, and enjoy the journey. You can do it! When you make it to the other side, you will find you are stronger, that callouses have been built making it a bit easier to cross the next set of “monkey bars”. You’ll also realize you now have added tools and knowledge in which to help others who are just starting their journey.

Make it a great day, no reason not to. It’s, afterall, all up to you!

Blessings,

Sarah

Embracing the Seasons

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Sometimes I go to my old blog for inspiration, or a good laugh, or to see how far I’ve come/regressed.. I was there tonight and found a few I’d written that I want to share with you. So here is the first one! Have a great day.

It’s a rainy day here in Kuna. But it’s a rainy day in SPRING, so I’m ok with it 🙂 The trees are starting to bud. There are a few flowers showing their beautiful smiles. The seeds were planted..there was a long period of dryness, then storms came and covered them, then the sun came out for a few days to warm them, then the rain came, and now they bloom. 🙂 Just think on that awhile..you might find it applies pretty well to our lives as humans 🙂 Seeds don’t grow instantly..they have to go through a process which involves many different seasons. But just when you think you can’t stand another day of “winter”, the seeds start to sprout into a plant..and if it’s a well taken care of seed/plant, the roots are deep and strong and the plant thrives. Hmm..this works either way…with rotten filthy plants, and with beautiful plants. We better be careful which seeds we plant and nurture!

Dwell on beauty. Focus on the upcoming victory, don’t get caught up in the temporary defeat of the moment. It’s just a season. And your season of harvest is coming! Oh, I pray it’s a harvest of a beautiful, well rooted plant for you. Not one that will need to be plucked.

Remember..even beautiful plants need pruning. 🙂 It may hurt for a season, but soon you will grow even bigger and more beautiful than before.

Have you ever noticed that not all of the plants/flowers bloom at the same exact time? Hmm Must mean that their perfect timing hasn’t arrived yet. If they bloomed prematurely they would die b/c they wouldn’t be in an atmosphere where they could thrive. If they bloomed too late, they wouldn’t have lasting beauty because their season was cut short and they didn’t have time to fully grow in to a strong healthy plant. It’s important to wait..in the promise is the victory. We wait with the promise. Believing in the victory. And, just at the right time the bud opens up into the flower..VICTORY!! But what do we do in the waiting? In the “promise” period? What we need to do is trust that the victory is coming. And we need to prepare for that victory. By fertilizing. Get in The Word. Fertilize your soul with the truth. Have faith in the promise and wait with expectation for the victory! Cuz the big victory IS coming friends. And, it will be just on time. Don’t rush it. Prepare for it.

In the Promise season there are many tiny victories..which lead to a magnificently huge victory. Oh I love huge victories. 🙂 Tiny victories are like a chocolate chip cookie. They’re yummy, but you want more. And the huge victory is like a magnificently gooey goosebump inducing Lava Cake. Overflowing with decadent richness and filling every cell of your body with extreme passionate joy like nothing else you’ve experienced. Victory..it’s sweet. It’s here in little bits at first, and then, when we are strong enough to handle the wave, it comes gushing forth in a magnificently flowing abundant flood! Yahoo! The Lord is the perfect “baker” and “gardener”!

Blessings,

Sarah

Happy Stinkin Birthday?

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Well today was my birthday.

I don’t like my birthday. I don’t like the parties, and refuse to have them. I don’t like all of the attention. It’s usually a day I dread. But this year I’ve been so busy that I didn’t remember it was even approaching, much less have time to dread it. And, it was a great day!! It was low key, and my family spoiled me in ways that I love. My husband made me a special breakfast, and he made me a delicious dinner! He even quietly, and by himself, presented me with a birthday cookie (complete with candle) and sang Happy Birthday! My kids made awesome cards for me. My daughter went out of her way to make sure her house chores were done to my liking (I’m a bit of a clean freak). My son was his normal silly and loving self. My parents came to visit, too! AND, I even got the whole family to sit, AND ENJOY, a movie I wanted to see (Parental Guidance)!!!

The point is…I didn’t dread the day, and as a result, I loved the day! And that, my friends, is what I like to call a growing moment!

As you face another day, choose to embrace it instead of dreading it. I think you’ll find life is a lot more enjoyable.

Anyway, I found the devo below for today, and appreciated the perspective the author offered. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well. Have a great day!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

That Final Crossing
Seasons of Change: A Birthday Devotional
Found at: http://www.mychristiandevotionalblog.com

Waking to the sounds of little girl whisperings, I remembered that the
day was a special one – my birthday.

I pretended to be asleep while I let my daughter sneak into our bedroom
“unnoticed” and ask my husband for
help with the griddle.

Mmmm pancakes and no work on my
part.

Now, that’s what I call the start of a special day!

I’ve heard that when some people get to a “certain age” birthdays are no fun anymore. In fact, they become a dreaded day. But I don’t know, maybe I haven’t gotten to that stage yet, or maybe I never will.

Because when you really think about it –birthdays just bring us one year closer to Jesus.
A former pastor of mine sends out a fresh birthday message each year to everyone
on his mailing list.

In this year’s note, he congratulated me on crossing another milestone of years in my journey of life.

I liked his imagery of the “crossing” and he even brought it back at the end of the letter saying:

“May our wonderful Lord … bless you and help you in the days ahead as you prepare for the crossing of that final milestone of life.”

My former pastor, well into his 80s himself, joyfully reminded me that death is not an end all – but simply a crossing over for the Christian into his/her next phase of life – where we get to live in heaven with Jesus himself.

Life’s “crossings” can be interesting can’t they? I guess I would define them as seasons of change. Sometimes they are visible like a move or a job switch – and sometimes they can be spiritual and represent growth in our walk with Christ.

Throughout history, mankind has had some pretty serious “crossings” that affected large groups of people.

As a historical fiction buff, I’ve read my fair share of stories about the Oregon Trail.
I loved reading about the grit and endurance of the pioneers during this epic crossing.

The experience of the Oregon Trail changed lives and is an incredible study on the human
spirit.

I think also of the crossing of the Israelites who took their first shaky steps
out on the dry ground of the Red Sea as they moved towards an uncertain future.

As walls of water surrounded them on both sides and their enemy pursued from
behind, the Israelites crossed on over to a whole new life that would require
serious steps of change and growth.

That morning of my birthday, as my family busily prepared my special breakfast, I took a quick peek into our butterfly habitat.

Earlier in the summer, we had found a small caterpillar in our parsley patch and brought it inside to witness its metamorphosis. It wasn’t long, after it had had its fill of the parsley we picked for it, that it changed into a chrysalis.

And that morning I was greeted by the fluttering of wings! Our little friend had made his own crossing during the night, and I was greeted by a beautiful black swallowtail with wings that reminded me of the stained glass windows on an old country church.

I knew it was my birthday gift — what a wonder!

And when we released it a few moments later, my heart fluttered at the sight of it as I saw that butterfly embrace its next stage of life.

No, birthdays aren’t so bad. Not when there’s cake and the promise of a bright future that will last even after the candles have long since gone out.

God is in the Excepts

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God is in the Excepts

‎”When you think you have nothing, begin to remember the excepts in your life. I have nothing, except, a couple of dollars, I have nothing except the clothes on my back, I have nothing except an automobile to drive, I have nothing except a roof over my head. You see it’s not in the nothings that God works, but God is working in the exceptions.” – Living Waters

We have to shift our focus off of the junk surrounding us and instead focus onto the blessings drenching us! Don’t open your door this morning and step over the blessings in order to get to the complaining. Instead, stop and enjoy the blessings. They’re yours! And before you know it, all of those complaints will be meaningless. You ARE blessed.

“You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing.” – Psalm 23:5b

– Sarah

Disappointment…It Lasts As Long As We Let It.

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Boy have I had a rough week! It seems like one wave of disappointment after another. Sometimes it’s hard not to give in and get downright crappy to those around you. And I have fallen into that, but I’m workin on it! And that’s what matters. We can’t hope to grow without trials. Here’s to growing, keeping perspective, and choosing joy!

-Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

A Devotional on Discouragement
By:
Lysa TerKeurst

“He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:20 (NIV)

The other day a friend asked me if I ever get disappointed.

I said “yes” and threw out a spiritually sound answer of how I process disappointment. It was an answer that would make most preachers proud.

And then the next day happened.

The day where a really big disappointment whacked me upside the head and sent my heart sinking. I’d been asked to speak at a really big event – one of the biggest of my life – and then things fell apart.

Invited- thrilled- excited- honored-included

turned into

Uninvited- bummed- sad- disillusioned- left out.

And while I still have solid spiritual perspectives to hold on to, my flesh just needs a minute to say, “Bummer!”

Sometimes things that come our way are a major bummer.

But right when I wanted say, “bummer” a few more times, I spotted a bowl that’s been sitting on my dining room table for weeks now. Brooke found some caterpillars a while back, put them in a bowl, and has been holding them hostage ever since. I mean she’s been lovingly admiring them underneath a layer of cellophane.

Wouldn’t you know that those caterpillars formed cocoons inside that unlikely environment. And then today, as I was muttering “bummer,” I glanced across that bowl and sucked the word back down my throat.

The cocoons were empty.

Expecting glorious butterflies, I had to chuckle when I got right over the bowl and closely examined the product of my little girl’s hopes for new life.

Moths.

I just had to chuckle. Yet another thing in my day that wasn’t quite right.

Or was it?

When Brooke spotted the moths, she was beyond thrilled. Grabbing my hand, she led me outside, ripped off the plastic barrier, and watched the beauty of tiny wings beating- beating- beating and finally fluttering into flight.

As I watched Brooke’s sheer delight with the rich evidence of life before her, she couldn’t have cared less if it was a moth or butterfly. A creature that once only knew the dirt of the earth had just been given the gift of flight. Reaching- soaring-up- up- and away.

And with that, this simple creature pulled the corners of my mouth up into a smile.

Disappointment only stings as long as I let it.

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