Sometimes we just need a little perspective…

 

Mediating on Scripture Isaiah 55 verse 9 - Just as the heaven are higher than the earth... - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Just as the heavens
are higher than the earth,
my thoughts and my ways
are higher than yours.  

Isaiah 55:9

Those days when things aren’t going my way… this is a good verse to ponder. It simply reminds me that I don’t know the whole story… see the whole picture… or have the wisdom to know what’s best for that situation.  What I need to do instead… is trust God.

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You have looked deep into my heart, Lord,
    and you know all about me.
You know when I am resting or when I am working,
    and from heaven you discover my thoughts.
You notice everything I do and everywhere I go.
Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say,
and with your powerful arm
    you protect me from every side.
I can’t understand all of this!
    Such wonderful knowledge is far above me. 

Psalm 139:1-6

God is intimately interested and involved in every detail of our lives. Nothing escapes His eye.  How many times have I’ve been totally unaware of His protection? It’s wonderful and mysterious.  It’s mind-blowing to grasp how the Creator of the universe cares so deeply for you and me. And yet… He does.

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I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

When everything is said and done, there is just one thing that matters… Christ’s love for us and our response to His love.  When we finally receive it, it’s as if another world is opened up to us.  One that is beyond imagination.  One where we are invited to spend our lives discovering this amazing love, relishing it, and giving it away.

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Today was one of those days when I needed to stop the striving… the wrestling so I could rest in the Lord and meditate on His word.  I hope these verses, which are so meaningful to me, remind you that God loves you more than you can imagine.  That He’s always good, faithful, and near.  And that you never need to fear because He is always with you.

Mediating and Giving Thanks on JoyDay! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

It’s Joy Day!

Today is the day we take some time to look back over our past week and count the gifts and blessings from the past week.

I’m reminded that some gifts aren’t exactly pleasant.  Yet, in all things we are to give thanks. Somehow, in the midst, joy comes and fills our hearts.

Please join me in counting just ‘seven’ from the past week.

I’ll start…

God, I’m so thankful for…

  1. Your word and how it breathes life into me.
  2. the miracle of bud bursting open into bloom.
  3. my dear precious friend.
  4. working out a situation I was so stressed out over.
  5. a fun shopping trip and lunch with a new friend.
  6. the hope you’ve placed in my heart.
  7. tonight’s glorious sunset and enjoying it quietly with my loving husband.

Now it’s YOUR turn!!

Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’ I dare you!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. For God giving me the courage to go to my 1st ever Bible study group
    For God also giving me the courage to attend church alone while panicking.
    For my wonderful son, who continues to amaze me
    For the wonderful weather we’ve been having
    For my health and how He helps me breathe easier at times (I have COPD and am on oxygen)
    For getting me through another week
    For friendship
    Diane, I hope you have a wonderful week and God bless you!

    • Debbie… Wow! Look at all the ways God helped you this week. I am so happy and excited for you.
      Thank you for sharing your ‘seven.’ [hugs]
      May your week overflow with His presence and JOY!

  2. Debbi Saunders says:

    I am so grateful and so in awe God for…..
    1. the release of S.S funds that had been withheld for so many months!!!
    2. for a friend sharing a wonderful Christian radio station that I now listen to on my long commute each day!
    3. that a good friend was able to repair my little vacumn cleaner!
    4. For the delightfful unexpected card that I received from a very special, Dear, faithful friend at a time I so needed it! containing one of my go to verses, Eph.3:20 when I need Hope and encouragement, whom I hope to one day meet in person 🙂
    5. For the words of a blogger and her gratitude list that sparked the desire in me to start my special gratitude journal last Monday! she made me realize that there is nothing too small to be grateful for!
    6.For lunch with a good friend and neighbor..
    7. I too am grateful for the Hope that you have put in my heart!

    • Oh, Debbi! I am so excited to hear that God has answered our prayers. I knew you would get the funds… but the testing… I didn’t expect. I love your heart of gratitude. You bless me too! {{hugs}}

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