Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Lens That May Need Some Dusting Off

Sometimes it seems like the ground may be slipping out from under you...and other days it may seem like heaven has opened its windows on earth, even for a short while!

~Some days it may seem laughs all around~

~Well, on others you may feel you're hanging on for dear life!!!~

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden


It can be such an easily overlooked aspect of life...and yet, it can have the power& potential to:

-de-rail our best plans
-cause us to lose our motivation
-totally deflate our courage in any given situation

IF it is not focused properly. If our lens, so to speak, is cloudy & blurry it WILL affect our day to day decision making and prioritizing.

On the other hand, it can also:

-build us up
-cause to push past any major obstacles in life
-help us jump over hurtles that perhaps most others would not

IF it comes from a correct focus, our lives will definitely reap the benefits!

For me the issue has been a personal one lately...

I am about 8 months pregnant. With our fifth child. And homeschooling. And running my own biz. And leading a small group at our church. And. And. And. 

In the last trimester of this pregnancy I have felt the effects of getting a bit, um, 'older' shall we say. This pregnancy has been, to be blunt, 'rough'. Way 'rougher' than any of the others, particularly on my body.

Let me first say: I am so thankful for the life of this child! I am SO thankful God has blessed us with another. However, it has been a journey where I have many, many times lost my perspective.

Up late at night, crying due to physical pain or sickness...and wishing that I could just deliver the baby.

Homeschooling a child, helping them with a tough math problem, feeling like the room was spinning around me... and again, just wanting to go to bed!

I know many of you have already been there, in some capacity or you can relate. Some of your circumstances make mine look like simple, minor which I would agree.

In the last few weeks I picked up a book by famed author, and leadership mentor to thousands, John C. Maxwell.  Great read entitled "Today Matters"

One of the first chapters I read was on attitude...and as I was forced to confront some of my poor attitudes, I realized how it had led to losing my generally good perspective.

Here are a few of my fav quotes from the book that I believe will inspire you:

"All things being equal, attitude wins. All things not being equal, attitude sometimes still wins." ~ John C. Maxwell

"Hope is the only antidote to fear." ~Lance Armstrong

"The thoughts in your mind will always be more important than the things in your life." ~ John C. Maxwell

And you know what? After I began to focus on my attitude, regardless of my current circumstances (whether it be the sickness, discomfort or whatever) I began to dust off the lens of my perspective. It hasn't been easy, or perfect by any stretch, but it certainly has been a great help!

I truly have become a believer that attitude affects quite a lot of our outcomes in life. Not all, but quite a lot.

~Wherever you are today; whatever you may be facing; choose to focus on your perspective and watch what blessings may unfold in your life.~


  1. Love the quotes! Great encouragement.

    Thanks for linking up to Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!


  2. With only a few more days before delivery - - if you are not already doing it - please sing lullabies to your baby. Make them up if you don't like rock a bye baby. Even gather your young children around you and let them sing each one a song to the new one. Your new baby picks up on your emotions, so be happy, smile and sing. Thank you for the lovely quotes, and for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

  3. Such a timely message for me! I'm 5 months pregnant with #8 and my 12 hour night shifts are getting REALLY long and hard... I work Fri/Sat/Sun nights so I can be home and homeschool the kids all week while my husband is going back to school. Lately work has been understaffed and overworked and my fellow nurses are at each other's throats instead of building each other up. It's all gotten to be SO much... I needed the attitude adjustment. Thank you!

  4. The quotes are great! Thank you for the encouragement!

  5. I love this! So true! If I take a step back during those harried and horrible days, I can often see that my perspective was skewed and I was taking things way wrong or way too personally. I need to "dust off my lens"! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. "God did not give us a spirit of fear"

  7. You are so right! My problem is always focusing on the wrong things. My focus is too shallow on the here and now instead of the big picture and what God is doing in our lives. Thanks for the reminder!

    Visiting from Babies and Beyond.

  8. Our attitudes really do make a huge difference! I think when we try to start out our days staying positive, we are able to handle the challenges that come our way so much better...and the best way I've found to stay positive is to keep my focus on God rather than the challenges! Wow! What a difference that makes! Thanks for the great quotes and for linking up at Sharing His Beauty!

    Blessings, Joan

  9. I'm glad I read this today. I was expecting to build my freelance writing this fall with all of my kids in school full time. My youngest is struggling with full day preschool; I think we'll be switching him to half day at least until Christmas time. I'm struggling with the thought of having less time. I know I'll get over it and make it work but I am definitely feeling a bit defeated today.

    Thank you for linking up at Motivation Monday.

  10. Thank you for sharing from your heart and being such an encouragement - May God strengthen you one moment at a time, letting moments of rest accompany your days during the upcoming time before giving birth, and bless you and your Family - He is faithful!

  11. Stopping over from Ann's. So good! I'm a true believer in attitude power.

  12. Stopping by from Ann V's blog. Love the quotes. I am struggling with perspective right now. Thanks for the encouraging words.



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