Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to Gain a Fresh Perspective

           52 Photos Project
To rest,
To sleep,
To dream.
My go to spot 
where my spirit
becomes renewed.    

This is the challenge for the 52 Photos Project this week -
My interpretation is about my process . . . . . . .

It's an amazing thing when you see the mighty hand of God move 
This past week has been an especially, um, stressful one for me. When things are 
looking dark and dreary - there is only one way for me to change my perspective. . . . .

My ray of light comes from laying it all at the feet of the One who gave His ALL for me. 

When there are situations I cannot change, life's difficulties that won't seem to budge, 
challenges which appear to be insurmountable . . . . . 

When the only thing I can change is my perspective -
The way I manage that is by looking up and laying it all down! 

I begin with prayer, thanking God that my children are healthy, and that my husband is kind.
I pray and breathe in and out, releasing some of the stress with each breath, each prayer. 

When at all possible, I get out for a walk to appreciate the natural beauty of God's creation. 
I slow down to examine some of the smaller details in the beauty around me. 

I open God's Word and soak it up! 

I intentionally look for things that make me happy. I get support by asking a friend or two to pray 
along with me. There is power in prayer. 

Philippians 4:6-7 
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
 with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
 and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Instead of allowing stress to rush me, I slow to a relaxed pace and seek peace.
 I stop to thank God for the beauty in the clouds, a rainbow in the sky. 

I look and notice baby birds in a nest - and I know . . . . . .

Matthew 6:26 
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
 and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

So, again, I stop and give thanks

It helps to do something for someone else.
 If I can't solve my own problem, I can make soup and muffins for a sick friend or neighbor. 

Sharing God's love is good for the soul!!!

I can do something I enjoy - like crafting . . . . . .
(praying and crafting go well together) 

I take the time to pray for others - to remember that there are brothers and sisters who 
need God's love - need His mighty hand on their life too. 
I remember to keep my worries where they belong - at the feet of the King

I revel in His majesty - at the Works of His hand . . . . . . 

and I give thanks! 

Then, I hardly need be surprised at all, when by the end of the week . . . . . . 
my emergencies are solved - miraculously, one by one, each trouble 
- taken care of because He loves me! 

This past week I experienced real miracles as He directly answered prayers and solved 
problems beyond my control. He moved His mighty hand on our behalf
and I am so very grateful.

My so called problems are nothing difficult for the Creator of the Universe
the Maker of Heaven and Earth

Psalm 61: 4
I will abide in your tabernacle forever: I will trust in the shelter of your wings. Selah.

I am  immensely grateful 
click on the last picture to hear a song of thanks! 

Linking up with: 

The Homeschool Mother's Journal
#1000 Gifts:
141. afternoon walks in the fresh air
142. breeze across the water 
143. rays of light through fruit trees
144. vibrant children 
145. friends who will pray, love, and support
146. beautiful details of my pretty shells 
147. colors in the sky 
148. opportunities to see miracles, even when they come disguised  as problems
149. shelter of His wings 

3in301. Walk with the Lord: I'm walking :) I've been praying for the women in my
31 Days to Pray For Your Spouse (31 Days to Build a Better Spouse) Challenge 
I'm enjoying the How to Have a Heart For Your Kids online book club (stay tuned for
my input on chapter 4, coming soon, as an honored contributor) and Journey Through Ephesians 
study has kicked into full gear as well. Each of these things are "Enhancing" (my word for 2012) 
my walk with Christ in my personal quiet time and with others. I also teach Children's Church 
often at LifeChurch in Port Charlotte and daily Bible classes with my kiddos - so, all together
I'm staying in the Word a good bit. :) I'm in awe of the things God is doing in our life. 

2. Health improvement: I've been doing some walk/hiking and drinking my water- well, 
more water than usual anyways and that's an accomplishment for me! I've been using my 
essential oils Citrus Fresh from my friend Carrie at Young Living Oil Lady and it helps a lot! 
If you are suffering from any health issues, or just want to improve your overall health - I 
encourage you to get in touch with this sweet woman and tell her about it. She has prayed 
with me, helped me, guided and directed me, and continues to encourage me and pray for 
my complete healing from RA. She's a wise woman, that one. She loves people with God's love! 

3. Blogging and Writing: Gidget from HomeschoolingUnscripted  who edits for the HSBA- Post
has been kind enough to help me with edits on my new eBook Perfectly Perfect which I've written
for the new site for young women DIVAgirls  -  She's a sweet one that Gidget, and I love the new 
site by Katie to encourage girls to respect themselves. I'm happy to contribute to such a worthy cause!
I've also been narrowing down the Link-Ups to participate in weekly - Organizing and creating a new 
binder (I heart binders) to keep up with notes and ideas for writing, and preparing a few new 
guest posts - I'm excited to guest post for Jamie Worley at See Jamie Blog.  (It's coming Jamie!)


melissa said...

In many ways, it sounds like it comes down to a ritual of self-care, which includes caring for others and allowing yourself to be cared for, wouldn't you say? The walks, doing things you enjoy, helping others - it's all such great food for the soul! I love the way you enumerate these things that make your life full, yet manageable and pepper it with such beautiful images. I absolutely love that rainbow!

Bella said...

Such beauty you have captured!

Deborah said...

magnificent photos!

Tara said...

love your the photos. The bird nest one is too, too much!!

MomLaur said...

KElli, you are an amazing woman of God and your faith inspires me! Thank you for sharing how to hace a new perspective - I am learning a lot about seeking and finding joy in the Lord's creation and blessings. So glad to hear prayers are being answered! What a mighty, awesome, loving God we serve!

MomLaur said...

KElli, you are an amazing woman of God and your faith inspires me! Thank you for sharing how to hace a new perspective - I am learning a lot about seeking and finding joy in the Lord's creation and blessings. So glad to hear prayers are being answered! What a mighty, awesome, loving God we serve!

Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing said...

Lauren, I am a woman covered by grace who is leaning on the Lord and grateful for His love- He is what is amazing- I'm just a mom & wife who loves my family, but makes mistakes every day. Every Day! Every. Day.

Carrie - young living oil lady said...

My sweet friend, Kelli! Yet another beautiful, heartfelt post. I love your stories and knowing you, I feel like I am right there beside you, holding your hand, seeing it unfold. God has answered prayers this week!!! I will not stop pulling down heaven over you and your household and contending for your complete healing! I long for the day and what a day that will be! Jesus loves you and so do I. Blessings to you and your precious family!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos. Beautiful words.

I love that you said you intentionally look for things that make you happy...I never thought of that, but what a great way to live. there really is nothing wrong with being happy, is there?

ells said...

keli...good to hear from you...great letting stress rush you...but slow and seek peace...amen...
I pray daily for you...healing and glad to hear about the lady who is helping you...I know the more I did to support my body...the better my body did...drinking water proud of you:)
Blessing and prayers to you...
ps...lovely pictures too.