Perspective

The other day I started my drive out to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I left Cochrane, Alberta at 3:00am!! Crazy, right?! I arrived at my final destination (including the 2 hour ferry ride) at 7:00pm BC time (British Columbia is 1 hour behind Alberta)

During my drive through the God’s beautiful creation, a word came to my mind and stuck with me… PERSPECTIVE! I typed in this word in a google search and this is what it gave me:

per·spec·tive
pərˈspektiv/Submit
noun
1.
the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
“a perspective drawing”
2.
a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
“most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective”
synonyms: outlook, view, viewpoint, point of view, POV, standpoint, position, stand, stance, angle, slant, attitude, frame of mind, frame of reference, approach, way of looking, interpretation
“her perspective on things had changed”

It’s about a 15 hour drive including a 2 hour ferry ride to my final destination. When I thought about the whole 15 hours of driving, by myself, only driver, was daunting! I’ve done this drive before but at least I had cruise control for the flat parts (FYI, it is possible to drive 15 hours without cruise control!) But just as my GPS would only let me program in a certain amount of kilometers for it to work, is the same as I had to look at my whole drive. In sections. Point A to B. Point B to C. etc.

Perspective on our own lives is huge! Everyone see’s their life differently than people on the outside looking in. We know what goes on on the inside but don’t always share that with the world outside.

On Father’s Day this year we had a guest speaker named Justin Majeau and he sort of touched on the word perspective, at least from my perspective. He talked about how we tend to look at other lives and compare to our own lives. ‘What about them and their perfect family?’ ‘They have a such a nice car, a good job and beautiful house, why can’t I have that?’ ‘They have perfect health, why can’t I’ … I think we have all done this kind of thinking at one time or another in our lives. A lot of probably still do!

It’s a matter of perspective… yes some people have more than you do but in a way you might have more than they do. Those who have millions or billions of dollars might not actually be happy (even though they act like it. Perspective) but you have happiness and that’s invaluable to have!

It’s hard to see the good in our lives when we compare it to others. Here’s a challenge, try not to do that anymore! God created you the way you are for a reason! You aren’t a millionaire for a reason. Just because you don’t have a high school diploma doesn’t mean you are a failure and can’t get anywhere in life!!

I was given a different perspective on how I was viewing my summer and my going to Vancouver Island. The way I saw it and became anxious about was not the same way those who love and care about me in my Church Family saw it. I was given the perspective to see this as a VACATION and not PERMANENT. Being told that changed everything for me! Yes, I still have my anxieties and worries but to know that I’ve got a great support circle back home is amazing!

Point is, when you are facing decisions or situations that you just can’t see the light, talk to someone you trust!! Get their perspective on your situation. They might surprise you! It might help you!

I’m not saying it will be easy, but it’s worth a shot if it might help ease your anxieties and help you get to that next day. Don’t you think?

Instead of thinking that you have 8 more hours of work left in your day, think about your day in small steps… break, lunch, break, home! It can make a world of difference. Small steps – perspectives. It can work with anything. Looking at the big picture will only cause stress – take the small steps that lead up to the big picture and completion!

You have two choices in the morning: you can either stay in bed and sleep with your dreams OR you can wake up and make your dreams happen!

“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” -Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT)

Perspective

Stay strong and confident in all that you do

Gods Journey for Me – Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

There is a plan and purpose for all of us. 

It’s not that simple in a sense though, as most of the time we don’t understand why we go through things… especially the horrible things. We question why God takes us through the hard times just to bring us to the reason why we went through that. To bring us to the good that comes out of the struggle. 

I read a quote recently that said “There is no testimony without the test”. How true is that? We can’t really have a story to tell if we don’t go through the motions of an unfolding story. The most amazing part is that God already knows what we are going to go through, when said thing is going to happen and He will always be with us through everything! 

Sometimes it is hard for me to even believe that God has a plan and purpose for my life because I just don’t see myself as being used by God. To my surprise, God is using me and sending me on a journey. 

On Thursday June 29th, 2017, I will start my journey to Vancouver Island. I will be there for an undetermined amount of time. Being there long term was never in my plans but the way things have been going here in Edmonton, I think God has bigger plans! Don’t ask me what those plans are at this point because I’m unsure myself. He has created this chapter in my life already and I will go faithfully to where I am called. 

I’m scared but I’m doing my best to remain trusting in God. In His perfect plan for my life. For this inevitable journey that is only a week away. Even though I’m going to be staying with my mum and have family around, it’s still scary to know that this isn’t a typical vacation of 2 weeks out there like it’s always been. 

This is uncomfortable. It’s daunting. It’s terrifying. It’s exciting. It’s happiness. It’s joy. It’s trust. It’s being unprepared for what’s to come but going anyways. 

We are never alone when God is on our side! He already knows everything. His plans and thoughts are of love and goodness for our lives. 

Change is scary even when I know that God is in control and when people are telling me that this is only temporary. I’ll be back HOME before I know it! This is simply a big vacation, nothing more. A journey for growth. 

I believe this is Gods journey that He already had planned out for me before I even thought of it ever happening.  I don’t fully understand why I have to go to a different province for this journey and purpose, why I have to be away from home and my North Pointe family (who I’m going to miss like crazy!!). It’s crazy, but it’s the plan. 

He has a purpose. 

He has a plan.

Psalm 139

  

I am faithfully and wonderfully made by our loving God and so are you! 


Signed, 

Faithfully Unqualified 

Loved. Mess and All.

Our lives can be incredibly messy. Whether it’s our own mistakes or just the hand of cards we have been dealt. Either way, those who truly care about us will love us… mess an all! 
Last week I listened to a sermon online by Pastor Perry Noble. His sermon talked about exactly what this post is going to be about – well with a few details from my own life. God works in funny way because Pastor Perry’s sermon and 2 days after listening, it was an experience! I’m so thankful our God has a sense of humor. 
Pastor Perry was talking about how God accepts us no matter what. We are His children and He created us to be good and perfect. Loved and adored. Purposeful and beautiful! God, our Father, will always be there to pick us up when we need Him! Ready and willing no matter how messy we are! 
Recently (like this past week recent) my second cousin N, who is 3.5 years old, had been really sick all night, was still not doing so great during the day. When I had gotten up I started helping K (his mom) with him. There was already a pile of blankets, pillows, towels, clothes, at the top of the stairs ready to go into the was after being thrown up on. It was not a pleasant smell upstairs but it didn’t force me into hiding in the basement, I jumped into action to help with my youngest second cousins, L, who just turned 1 this week! After a bit of discussion K decided that it would be easier if L still went to daycare, so after we got N to lay back down, K took L to daycare and picked up some things for N. 
A bit later in the day, K was busy doing something when I heard N start to cry again in his room (probably from throwing up again). Sure enough he had thrown up again (poor guy). Without even thinking at the fact that he had thrown up again and that it was most likely all over his clothes, I picked to him up. Without thinking twice I hugged him and carried him while he cried in my arms. Trying to comfort him telling him that he is okay and that I love him (mess and all). The thought never crossed my mind that I was probably covered in puke as well now. 
This whole factor didn’t even occur to me until I handed N over to K and she told me that he had puke all over his clothes so I probably had it on me. I looked at her and said “It’s okay” because it was. Clothes are washable. N was in a time of need and he needed to feel loved and okay. I don’t hesitate to be there for my second cousins. 
Point is that despite his messiness of puke and smell all over him, I still embraced him and loved him! My view of N has not changed and never will. There won’t be a day where I would hesitate to pick him up and be there for him (or his sister L or any other child in my life).
That’s how I see God with us! He is our Father and I picture Him picking us up and wrapping us in His arms with all our puke and mess, not even thinking twice. He made us good and He made us His! 
He loves you no matter your mess. 
He loves you no matter your mistakes. 
He loves you no matter what your sins. 
He loves you no matter your failures. 
He loves you no matter what! 
YOU ARE HIS CHILD! 
Don’t be discouraged whatever your mess is. Our God is faithful. The same God who is on top of the mountain with you is the exact same God who is in the valley with you. 

The Valley

I had the privilege of attending YC this year in Red Deer, Alberta. The name for this year was RISE. I think that it was a very fitting word for the year 2017 because that’s what we need to be doing in these trying times… Rise. God wants us to rise in His plans and purposes for our lives. This is going to be one of two or three blog posts about my weekend at YC. 
I want to start out talking about “The Valley”. Heath Adamson was one of our speakers and his message was on Psalm 23. We have all heard the chapter at one point or another; in person, at funerals, in Church or perhaps you have read it yourself. Nonetheless, it is an amazing chapter and brings hope to peoples lives. 
“The valley of the shadow of death” 
Has it ever really occurred to you that the word shadow expresses just that? The valley is simply a shadow. When we go through tough times in life we tend to call those times “our valley” Have you ever thought of your situation or circumstance as simply a shadow in your life? Something that will leave just as quickly as it came in? 
When we are in the depths of our valley’s it seems that we find it out to see the end of it. To see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. I know I am like that. I’m not ashamed to share that because it’s the truth. I struggle a lot when I’m in my valley’s and anything positive people say just irritates me. It’s funny though because at that time it will bother me but once I have some time to think about it, a light comes on and it’s like – yep, I need to look at my valley from a different perspective. 
Getting distracted in our valley’s is also something that happens. We dwell on the situation and we don’t look to God (at least not all the time) and that creates a whole other struggle and a sense of feeling alone. God will bring us through our valley’s and sometimes our valley’s are where He needs us to be for us to really listen and grasp His purpose/plan for our life at that given time. Sometimes we need to go where God wants us to be in order for Him to bring answers to us. 
God makes us lie down in green pastures because that is our time to rest. Problem is, we tend to lie down in our valley’s instead! We get so discouraged and perhaps even depressed and we end up simply worn out and exhausted that we lie down and temporarily give up. It happens to a lot of us, it does to me! God wants us to cling to Him in our valley days because He is our strength and protection. God will always bring us out of our valley if we just turn to Him and let Him work in our lives. As hard as it is, don’t lay down in the valleys! Leave your resting to when the pastures are green – so when things have worked themselves out! Don’t get discouraged in your valley. It’s just a shadow. 
Our circumstances in life don’t always add up to our perception of God’s character which causes us to get discouraged and ask questions like “God, why did you let this happen?” However, always remember that we should remain faithful just as God is faithful to us. He will always bring you through your storm! No matter how bleak it may seem, God is always there. Stay in His Word. Dwell on His Word. Pray. Have faith that things will work themselves out in God’s timing! 
He is faithful and always will be! 
Your valley is only a shadow in your life. 
I encourage you to read Psalm 23 and meditate on it! 
Stay Strong. Your story isn’t over yet! 
Blessings. 

I am Unqualified

Sometimes we feel that we are unqualified to do certain things in our lives. I hate to break it to you but you are probably correct! 

God will call us to do things that we feel (even know) that we aren’t qualified for and start to ask God what exactly is He thinking! It’s not uncommon so don’t think you are alone in that.

Exactly like me, right now, I don’t feel like I am qualified at all to be starting this blog site but I felt the pull on my heart to create it. I’ve always believed that one person story or thoughts can impact another person life. I hope that through my words or postings in general, I’ll be able to reach out to others.

Life can really seem scary when we don’t know where we are headed or what our future holds but what we do know is that God knows everything! He has known our entire life story since before we were even born. However, life is still scary to us. Our human nature gets in the way of what we believe. I also acknowledge that some of you who may come across my blog are not believers or believe in something entirely different; that’s okay. All are welcome here!

I’ll keep this first blog light and short because I can and probably will get more intense in future posts. Please make yourself feel at home, comment on posts, reach out to me if you have questions, need advice, prayer or encouragement!

I’m unqualified and that is okay!