Don't miss the wonder of your life

Have you ever realized you walked blind and deaf through the day you just lived?

Blog. Little girl w. grasshopper in jar. 7.15I have.  

Times I listen, but do not hear and look, but do not see.  

If you asked me I would reply, "Oh sure, of course I see the people and I know there is beauty all around me."

But that's a ho-hum response, isn't it?

Yes, I make it through the routines of the day, but here's the problem: My heart isn't in it.

This happens most often when I feel overwhelmed by some knotty issue I have to work through. Or some not-very-important choice between one thing and another and I can't make up my mind.

Whatever the reason, life feels full of stress and even though I know it makes no sense, I can't find calm.

Ever been there?   

Proven ways to recover sight and sound--and joy in living

I learned a long time ago that at least for me, positive thinking and power affirmations are not enough. Mindfulness and meditation are trendy, but their power doesn't last long. Only some form of a strategy like this wakes up my senses and gets me back on track.

  • Realize the root cause almost always traces back to getting too wrapped up in myself and what I can do on my own. That usually follows a spell of neglecting to regularly spend time in the "Manufacturer's Handbook," aka, the Bible. 
        Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105
  • Remember who's really in charge of the future.
       For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Jeremiah 29:11   

  • Remind myself Jesus walks with me through each day--and night.
        "... And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20   

  • Recount God's blessings, past and present. Often.
        From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.  John            1:16   
  • Recall his promises. Daily.
       “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28

  • Relax because I know who He is and I know who I am in Jesus. 
        "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that     bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”   John 15:5   
  • Rejoice in the peace he gives.
        "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to      you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 14:27 

  •  Revel in the magnificence of it all, including the world all around me.
        Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Psalm     136:1 

    And God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good.   Genesis 1:31 
      “Be still and know that I am God.
     Psalm 46:10  

This last verse is a good place to park my mind because it lays out the order of things.   

Recalling what’s true resets our perspective

It's as if we look at our life and our world from another angle and it opens our eyes and ears. As Grandma used to say, we “get our heads on straight.”

Don't expect instant breakthroughs or sudden insights that solve problems. Most of the time the people around us stay the same and our lives look the same from the outside.

Rather, this is an inside job. We see more clearly the wonder and the joy of living that God showers on us every single day. 

And that, my friends, makes all the difference.

Here’s to living life--fully,


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