Perspective

I get a couple of daily devotionals delivered to my email.  I admit that I don't always read them.  I know, *gasp*, but it's true.   There are times when I'll read them daily and delve into the word in other ways as well.  And then there are the times when I may read my Bible app's daily verse and that's about it.  It's not that I don't think that being in God's word is important, it's just that sometimes I forget just how important it is.  That's usually when something comes along, something happens, to remind me.  I wish that God could get my attention with good things, but usually it's the opposite that works.  I hope I'm not the only one.

Anyway, suffice it to say that God got my attention again and met me right where I was with one of my devotions yesterday.

Here are some snippets from yesterday's Girlfriends In God devotional, To The One Who Feels Unfinished by Gwen Smith ...

"The journey from broken into beautiful is a lifelong transformation that requires time, discipline, and a Master Artist."

"At times people may notice the work God has done in us and comment on the beauty. I don’t know about you, but even though compliments are nice to hear, I’ve been known to resist them. (Admit it. You probably have too.) It’s not so much a humility thing as it is an “I-don’t-see-myself-as-beautiful” thing. From my limited perspective, I can see only the unfinished work. But in truth, my vantage point doesn’t negate the beauty of the work God has done and is doing in my life. The same is true for you. Real beauty isn’t about a finished or flawless product."


"Your past sins do not define you.  Your painful scars do not define you.  Your present sufferings do not define you."

"The transformation from broken into beautiful is neither easy nor instantaneous. It demands a yielded heart and can be quite painful, but it comes with great reward. To get started, God will need your broken pieces—your scars, shame, insecurities, disappointments, betrayals, and failures."


This devotion was based on Philippians 1:6 which says: And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up until the time of his return], developing [that good work] and perfecting it and bringing it to full completion in you.  And it was just what I needed to be reminded of, just what I needed to hear.

After a long season of being a stay at home mom and homeschooling my kids, my world has totally changed.  And that change wasn't a gentle one, it was brought about with upheaval and heartache.  And it has made me question a lot of things and doubt my self worth, focusing on the brokenness rather than the healing and transformation in progress.

I've lost 30 lbs.  That's great, right?  Yup, it's pretty great.  But, that's not often my thought when I look in the mirror.  More of the time than not I'm focusing on my imperfections, on the tummy that I wish was smaller, the hips that haven't shrunk as much as I'd like, the breasts that aren't as full as they used to be, the wrinkles that are more apparent now that my face is thinner, etc.

That's a pretty superficial example, I know.  But, not all of the examples I could give are so superficial.  For instance, after being out of the workforce for a long time I now have a job that I'm pretty good at that enables me to help provide for my family and enables me help others in the process.  That's pretty great, right?  Yup, it is.  But, instead of focusing on that, my focus has been on things like that I could work more hours or find another job that pays more money.  And I almost took a job that clearly wasn't a good fit for me or my family because I was focused on the idea that what I'm doing now just doesn't measure it, it isn't enough.

It's so easy to get caught up in the negatives in life instead of the positives.  It's so easy to focus on shortcomings instead of strengths.  It's so easy to see how far we have yet to go instead of seeing how far we've already come.

 




Comments

  1. I know so many people who see the negative things instead of the good and I am guilty of this myself as well. Great post and thanks for sharing. If you dont know the new blog url is aquietcountryjourney.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome and thanks SD, I did find my way there! :)

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  2. Hi Lilli, sorry I have missed a few of your blog posts! *naughty daisy* I'm glad to see you have worked through everything though with Gods help.🙌🏻
    I know what you mean about forgetting the word of God or life getting in the way. I find it so refreshing and comforting after that happens when I reconnect with our Lord again. It gives meaning to all the crap in life 😇

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    1. Ooooh Daisy, maybe your Sir would spank you for me? Naw, I'm just kidding! I sometimes miss posts too, as you well know. It's not a big deal. ;)
      I totally agree that it gives meaning to all the crap in life. (((hugs)))

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    2. Hehe he will happily oblige 😊

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  3. I love this Lilli, thank you for sharing. I too get so caught up in what I perceive as shortcomings and fail to see the positives.

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. I think we all do Roz, at least sometimes. (((hugs)))

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