Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Changing Your Perspective


Today I'm hosting "In Other Words Tuesday" so I got to choose our quote for this week.

I recently read a book by Cherie Hill called "Be Still: Let Jesus Calm Your Storms".  It was such a timely read for me as I've been going through a very challenging season.  As I speak with friends and read many blogs, I find that I'm not alone.

Here's the quote:

"When we align our thinking with God's, we're given a glimpse of what it's like to see through His eyes.  When we're able to view our storm from His perspective ...it changes everything."
                              ~ Be Still by Cherie Hill ~

So, how do I align my thinking with God's?

God has not left me alone to figure things out according to human wisdom.  The Bible is the inspired Word of God.  It is just as relevant today as when it was written.

When I am afraid, I replace that fear with ...the Truth.

When I become anxious, I remember that He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me.

I apply the Word of God to the storms in my life and ...I am calmed.

My human emotions can easily take over.   

But when I remember who I belong to, I learn to depend more fully on the Lord.  After all, He is in control of all things.  Nothing is impossible for Him. 

As I learn to lean on Him and trust Him, He shows me that He is faithful and has my best interests at heart.

In the midst of the storm, my perspective begins to change.

So, how about you?  Have you aligned your thinking with God's in the midst of your storms?

I encourage you to link your blog post below or simply leave your comments.  I look forward to reading them.

Blessings and love,


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32 comments:

myletterstoemily said...

my husband came home with some news
that made me afraid and then quickly
said, "now we are not giving to fear. we
can trust the Lord to protect us." amen.

Karen Mortensen said...

Amen. What lovely words you shared. Thank you so much.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, I love that, "aligning our thinking with God's." It sounds so easy and it should be, but it's a real struggle at times. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration this Monday! Blessings!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I think that is part of our spiritual warfare, stopping every vain speculation and aligning with the word of God, then making our emotions line up with what we know is truth.

It sounds so text book and yet if it were easy it wouldn't be faith..which is the evidence of things not seen.

Blessings...and I hope you are having a great spring!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I think many of us asre walking that road right now....Thanks for a beatiful post

Sarah said...

Teaching it, aligning our lives with the Word, all this week. Taking it further, who are we? What does God say about us? Choosing to stand amidst the storms and no longer listen to the waves. Walk on them to my Jesus.

Be blessed bunches,
Sarah

Jill Samter Photography said...

amen! amen! amen! love it debbie!

love and hugs!
jill

Carol said...

Thank-you, Debbie, for sharing this quote. You are right. We can trust God in all circumstances.

Tami Boesiger said...

This takes a lot of practice. Lucky (?) for me God gives me plenty. Thanks for hosting this week. I need this reminder continually.

Karen said...

Finally my alignment is right. I was leaving comments where I didn't want to. Ha Ha. They were good. Now that I'm here I want to say thanks for today's quote. The Bible is definitely the compass we need to keep us aligned with God in order to endure life's storm as we should.

Cindy said...

The verse from Psalms in the mountain climber picture is one of my favorites.

I'm fearful by nature but through faith (and often an act of my will to act on my faith!) I choose to not let fear overcome me.

Thank you for another encouraging post!

mamas*little*treasures said...

Thanks for hosting today, Debbie! It is so easy to lose sight of Who is really in control of every storm in our lives . . . . we always need the reminder and the encouragement of girlfriends in Christ ;o) Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

Cherie Hill said...

Seems like you are a beacon in the storm sister . . . . as I've learned time and time again, storms will come . . . we are assured of that. But, we trust in the One who controls and calms them. I constantly need to be reminded to get to the back of the boat with Jesus . . . at rest, trusting in God at all times.
Big hugs!
Cherie

Debbie said...

I was thrilled to read the comment by Cherie Hill. She is the author of the book "Be Still". The quote I chose for this week is from her book!

Joan Davis said...

You are so right, Debbie! When we remember His promises and the Truth of His Word, He calms our troubled spirits. Sometimes I can "forget" that for a bit...but then, when I open His Word, I am clearly reminded. Then, when I obey...I am at peace.

Thanks for the encouragment!

Loni said...

Thank you so much for hosting today Debbie! This was a great host. Thank you for sharing your heart today too. Mine is up - it's about Jessica too. :)

Sonja said...

This is so good Debbie and such a timely reminder! I am thinking of what Jesus said when he was tempted, even Jesus.. He said 'it is written'... that comes to me so many times and I quote it knowing that He has my life under His control.

Love this sis!

xo

Shanda said...

Taking time to actively listen to God after I have mediatated on His Word is what helps me alien myself to Him. Sadly that part of my quiet time is what often is the first to go when time is short.
I also love the quote by Chris Tiegreen "This world is our passage, not our portion". I try to keep my mind focused on the fact that this is all temporary, that life is a vapor. He alone is my portion

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

As Brother Lawrence would say, "Practicing the Presence of God." Wow, why is it so hard for us to STOP and redirect our thoughts toward home? I'm as guilty as the next person. Even as the Israelites needed constant reminders to "remember", so it goes with me.

Great post, friend.

peace~elaine

Alicia said...

So true, Debbie. Many times I let my situation rule my emotions.

Great post! I needed to read this!

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