Glass Half Full... A Perspective Change

Some of you read on Facebook that I have had a “perspective change”… Here is a little about the mental transformation that I have experienced in the past week or so:

The "Glass Half Full" mentality... I've never really had it. I'm the one who picks apart the movie after I see it... the constant critic. Instead of seeing the overall beauty of something, I will see the details that really don't matter in the big scheme of things. Pardon the cliché, but I miss the forest for the trees. Yes, I am a detail person; and yes, we need detail people in life, but I have come to understand the possibility of being a detail person and still seeing God's big picture.

In one area of my life, I have been battling a constant frustration with things not being done exactly the way I think they should be. We all have situations in our lives like this. My mind has been constantly critical, keeping me from remembering one very important fact: GOD IS ULTIMATELY IN CONTROL! He is going to have His way, and there is a REASON for every little detail. Even when I think things could be done better, He always knows. God has truly walked me through several very obvious instances where He has shown me just how big He is… just how REAL He is!!! In about a week’s time, my focus has gone from “this needs to be changed” to “how is God going to use this in the big picture?” As He has become more and more real to me, an inner joy has started to grow, allowing me to experience more passionate worship.

God has chosen to work in me and through me, but also IN SPITE of me. In spite of my imperfections. In spite of my "last-minute" ways. He has placed me in a position of total submission… And by the way, all of those little details I work so hard to try to get right MYSELF? He already has them planned out. God is so good!

So, all this to say, I am now able to see my glass as half full. God has placed me here to be His vessel, and He allows me to experience every situation in life so He can teach me. God doesn't need a "teaching moment." EVERY moment is His, and He is constantly reminding us that He is in control.

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. - Isaiah 55:8

One Call...

One call can change your life.

Fortunately, the call I got Monday afternoon was not as devastating as it could have been. Over the past few days, my mind has been processing the "what if" possibilities of Katherine falling all the way down the stairs at her sitter's house. As you can see from the picture, she is fine, with just a few scrapes and bruises. The understanding of what could have been is almost too much to bear, but it awakens me to the stark reality that God has a reason for allowing this to happen.

The gamut of emotions my heart has worked through has been endless... pain, frustration, anger, fear, gratefulness, utter joy that she is still here... along with the overwhelming obsession to watch her every move, not wanting to take anything for granted ever again!

Yes, I know the cliche, "these things happen," but I also know that things happen for a reason. This was a wake-up call for me, one that I have needed for a long time. God is calling me to get my priorities right.

Don't wait until you receive that "one call" to wake up... Let God become the priority He wants to be in your life... And while you're at it, let Him reorganize your other priorities as well.

"You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13
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