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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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Power

I saw this picture on my friends Facebook page the other day and was moved. Here in the midst of these mighty waves stands the light house.  To me it speaks to the things the Lord has been showing me, to pursue peace by right perspective.  To keep my eyes on Him.  A thousand or more correct choices a day.  Persistent choices.  Purposeful choices. No matter the storms that are ranging around me or just life full of its diversions and distractions.    He is not merely a temporary retreat.  If I take where I am right now and see it through His eyes, knowing that in this place is something I need to learn.  I need to be attentive to keep my focus and perspective.

In this place I find peace regardless of the waves that crash around me.

He is my lighthouse

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel[b] is our fortress. Interlude
8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.

When life hands me lemons

Day 170 Project 365

“When lives gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

It is all about finding the extraordinary in the most unlikely places.  The times when things are going from bad to worse faster than you can blink.

This man came in to the store with the most amazing attitude.  He said no matter how bad it gets it is all about perspective.  If you look at the forest as a whole you miss the trees.  If you miss the trees you miss the fruit and the flowers and the butterflies.

Point- Look past the problem to a more positive, extraordinary possibility.

At my sons graduation the principal asked certain students to stand.  Ones that had overcome great obstacles to just get to walk the aisle and receive their diploma.  The first two names were kids whose parents had passed away in the last few months of school.  One student had been homeless throughout the school year off and on yet stood to get his diploma.  Some had health issues and shouldn’t even be here today.

I am so guilty of getting sidetracked by things, big or small. I find myself getting on a role of complaining or being frustrated and wow, I must be a ton of fun to be around.

No matter what I am facing I was reminded on more than on occasion this past few days to change my perspective.

When life hands me lemons, SMILE and make lemonade.

 

“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect, so that you may be complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:3