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92327-Through-The-Looking-GlassLove when I write a blog post and it disappears. Well since this post is all about perspective, maybe it deleted for a reason.

SO as I am diving in to the work perspective I am sure being challenged to run the things I am experiencing through the looking-glass of God’s word.  Of HIS plan for us and the things were are dealing with in our life.

I came across a great article from Rick Warren written years ago, Develop God’s Perspective On Life 

He says “Perspective is understanding something because you see things from a larger frame of reference. It is the ability to perceive how things are interrelated and then judge their comparative importance.

In a spiritual sense, it means seeing life from God’s point of view. In the Bible, the words “understanding,” “wisdom,” and “discernment” all have to do with perspective. The opposite of perspective is “hardness of heart,” “blinded,” and “dullness.”

Psalm 103:7 says, “He [God] made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel” (NIV).The people of Israel got to see what God did, but Moses got to understand why God did it. This is the difference between knowledge and perspective. Knowledge is learning what God has said and done. Perspective is understanding why God said it or did it.”

He goes on to say “Perspective answers the “why” questions of life.”  That excites me.

My husband and I have talked about this a lot as of late.  The things we have been through and how amazing the hand of GOD has been to see us through.  Now that doesn’t mean for a second it has been an easy ride or that He took us around some of the consequences WE created for ourselves.  What it does mean and has meant is that we can see and understand WHY certain things have happened.

This morning things were a little stressful.  Nothing major but with a series of uncontrollable events things have been like a giant game of Catch up as of late.  Day 5 being snowed in and so forth and so on we just feel overwhelmed.  In that moment we all stopped and prayed. Asking the LORD to take control and that might just mean some big changes for 2018.  Inviting God to show me the why’s and help me to have a fresh perspective each day has been eye-opening.

In this article it Rick talks about how perspective helps us:

Perspective helps us resist temptation. When we look at a situation from God’s viewpoint, we realize the long-term consequences of sin are greater than any short-term pleasure sin might provide. Without perspective we follow our own natural inclinations. “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV).

Perspective helps us handle trials. When we have God’s perspective on life we realize that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28) and that “the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:3). Perspective was one of the reasons Jesus was able to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2). He looked past the pain to the joy that was set before him.

Perspective protects us from error. If there was ever a time that Christians need to be grounded in the truth, it is today. Pluralism has created a very confused culture. The problem is not that our culture believes nothing but that it believes everything. Perspective is the antidote.

When believers, new and mature, are given both knowledge and perspective, the result is rock solid: “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4:14 LB).

It is like we learned in recovery, playing the tape all the way through.  Inviting God from the very beginning and every step a long the way.

Diggin’ in right where I am…

 

Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/06/29/top-7-bible-verses-to-improve-your-perspective-on-life/#HFCtsb89HH61t0ip.9

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My Imprint

My Aunt had posted the other day and this was the picture of her post. Defining my Imprint on the World. As I am spending time reflecting on my word for 2018 this really jumped out at me.

When I created the My Dash blog it was out of a deep desire to define my life and the time God has given me by making a difference, by sharing my experiences and the things I have been through. When I saw this picture and was challenged with changing my perspective it became clear I really need to get back to intentional living. With that I think my word for 2018 will be perspective. I am excited to dive in and see things in a new way.

Snow 2018

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Woke this morning to a frigid and winter mess.  We easily have over a foot of snow and in some places from drifting it is closer to 2-3 feet.  Crazy because in this area we just don’t get snow like this.  Our city is frozen in place.  For those that did brave it out there today unless they were in a 4×4 vehicle they were stuck.  We ventured out to rescue our grandson from his great grandmothers home when their power went out.  All in all my husband pulled 11 vehicles from their frozen snowy stuckness. Hot soup, cocoa and warm blankets has filled our afternoon.  Stepping into the new year with a coldness that cuts through to the bone.  They say tonight we will be in the single digits again with wind chill and temp around 10!  As for me I am headed back to the couch with a cuddly 3 1/2 year old, a cup of cocoa with extra marshmallows and a heaping of love.

PERSPECTIVE

perspective

 NOUN A view or prospect. A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. True understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion

So lets just say that as I started on this morning I had a list a short mile long of things to do.  Literally 5 things before a 10 AM meeting that I help run.  First stop was 8 AM to drop my son at school.  So it was important that everything go as planned. Sticky note on the dash-board and pencil to check things off as I go.  READY…. sure thing. 
As I pull in to stop 2, Walmart, to get my groceries I can’t seem to get my CHECK IN NOW button on the App to work. ( Should have been my first sign).  I switch over to dial the number on the sign and as I am listening to it ring and ring and ring and ringggggggg out walks a young lady… s l o w l y
Said young lady approaches my driver side window ( it feels like  8 Degrees so I need her to talk fast) and she slowly stammers over her words.  I hear something that resembles your order on the day we are supposed to get a blizzard in a place that gets NO snow and with nothing left on our shelves and 10000 people in the check out lines of which only like 4 are open HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  I blink, take a sip of my Starbucks and say excuse me.  YUP she repeats something that sounds just like what I thought I just heard.  Freezing cold birds chirp, the sun glares off the hood of my jeep that has NO SNOW on it. The sky is barely even showing signs of above mentioned storm.  I took a deep breath and responded as kindly as I can that the money had already left my bank account to pay for an order I was supposed to get 45 mins ago and now I set with no groceries and SHOPPERS Frustration at the thought of fighting some person in the isle over a loaf of bread.  I will save you the 5 minutes of conversation that followed and the manager that walked out and offered me $10 off my next order.  I will tell you I didn’t say any bad words ( I don’t think ” I am a little pissed off” counts / does it??? ) I did take the 800 number for their corporate office that was supposed to have told me at some point that my order was cancelled because of a storm that has yet to arrive.  I drove away. 
Slowly at first and then a little tensely ( not a word I know).
It was about the time I realized I had to figure a way to fit a trip to HELL into my day (AKA the grocery store on the day a blizzard is set to hit a place that gets a flake or two of snow and flips the heck out and causes people to act like they are fighting over their first-born) 
Then I remembered what I was doing before I drove into the Pick up lane to get my groceries hand placed in my nice warm Jeep.  I was praying and spending some time talking to GOD>  Asking him to speak to my heart about my One Word for 2018.  I had been praying over the things that 2017 had shown me and some of the things I was hoping that 2018 would reveal.  It had been a great conversation I had paused to pull up the Walmart Grocery Pick up App.  
Deep Breath- and a ugh.  How quickly I had gotten frustrated over something that is a luxury not a necessity and for things I needed and wanted most of which could wait if truth be told.  I had planned my day to the 15 mins marks but had lost it when it wasn’t quite as I thought it should be.  I saw no snow and just got mad that I was being inconvenienced.  It was then I asked the Lord to really speak to my heart and change my perspective.  To see all sides of something and no react.  It is something I have worked on over the years and gotten so much better at.  Really I have.  It was just in that moment today I realized perspective is needed in every single thing.

I am not sure if that will be my word yet for 2018 but what I am sure of is that GOD isn’t finished with me yet.  That sometimes, all the times, I need to look at life from a different perspective.  From someone else perspective.  

Yes I finished all my errands and appointments and yes I went into the grocery store and picked up my own $145 worth of things.  Wanna know something?  I had the best conversation with 3 different people.  I was IN the moment and in the right place at the right time to share and care and just see things I think I was meant to see. 
Hmmmm… I think I need new glasses  
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One Word

one wordThe other day I read a great devotion by Margaret Feinberg titled What’s Your One Word for 2018?  It sure can be easy to find one word to describe my day: busy, stressed, frustrating, overwhelming.  Yet to reflect on ONE word I want to set as the WORD that draws me closer, that molds my vision for this year, that reflects what I want the year to be, well then…..

So with that I am beginning this year with 5 days of reflecting on the positive words that can shape my year to be one of greatness.  One in which I can draw closer, dig deeper and find rest, resolve and grow.

Within about an hour of deciding this is how I wanted to start my new year LIFE began to happen.  It became apparent that 2018 will hold all kinds of challenges.  Choosing to set a word, a go to word, that will redirect me to His grace, mercy and help.  I am in.  Let the reflecting begin….

2017- I keep growing 

Lessons I learned (and keep learning) :  Not everything that offends, hurts my feelings or makes me mad is wrong 
Let me explain: I won’t always like everything I hear or see or happens around or to me. And it won’t always be that it’s wrong , mean, hurtful, etc. that the other person needs payback or consequences, my wrath, etc 
Sometimes it is that it struck a cord of truth and maybe I am supposed to learn from it. Maybe I am supposed to glean, sift through , discarding some but not necessarily all. 

Deeper still: sometimes it’s the things that ruffle my feathers the most that if I look close enough may be designed to reveal a character defect in me. Maybe I do something similar. Maybe I am (gasp) not perfect, guilty of my own offenses and wrongs too.
I share this to say I am learning to stop being Debbie Downer, stop being SuZie Stress-outer, stop being Wendy Whiner , or Connie complainer ! 👍 you get the point

I am learning to take a 10 second window, to exam what just happened and dissect it, exam the teaching, the word, the action – what ever it is and see what truth could be held there, what does the word say? What do I need to learn from it? What do I need to allow to change me and what do I need to let go? 
Results: I am a much happier person then the one that feels like the world is set to hurt me, finding offense at every turn, hopping around from church to church or job to job or friendship to friendship waiting for the perfect place. I am learning that an imperfect place stretches me – I am an imperfect person surrounded by imperfect people and that pushes me into a deeper place with my creator. When I ask to see every single thing through His eyes I can start to see the hurt place that may have prompted someone else’s actions or attitudes – it doesn’t by any means justify it or make it right but it does allow me to see them as He does and to see how I can react instead of act similar at times. It allows me to push closer, to extend and receive forgiveness and grace. Less prideful response from me means more of Him. The result for me is a much happier life. By far not perfect but happier and blessed -and bonus – I’m way less co dependent then ever before but that’s a thought to share another time 
Hope this lesson touches someone else too
Thanks for letting me share