February 17, 2010, "Perception and Perspective"

"Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry; they provide a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so. You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The wilderness becomes a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!"
~ Psalm 65:8-13 NLT ~

I was looking at the ground as I was about to walk up the stairs. My husband came around the corner, catching me off guard as he embraced me. He said, "Teresa, I was in the garage and I thought of all the adventures we have lived together as a couple. We have lived all over the country, met many different and great people. Through our adventures we were blessed with Tristin and I was able to get Cody back into my life. We have gone through the roller coaster of having much and not having much at all; yet through it all, we have been blessed by our Father."

I was enamored and in awe that our life together brought him to this moment of appreciation for me as his wife and our children yet more than anything, his great appreciation to Almighty God. He gave me a kiss and said, "Thank you for living this life with me. We have been through a lot together and still are. I know there are some that look at us as though we have lived our life as vagabonds, but I don't see it that way." I looked up at him and smiled, saying, "It's been a life of adventure and I wouldn't want to venture with anyone else but you."

Still floating on a cloud of delight, we had a lunch date today and I told him how much I appreciated what he said. He just shrugged his shoulders, as though it was no big deal and said, "When we don't appreciate what God has done in our lives we begin to covet and desire those things that we don't have and what we 'think' others have."

I thought to myself, "That is definitely true." This truth allowed me to ponder what the King of Glory has for each for us. More than the gifts, temporal blessings, eternal blessings, relationships which are all wonderful, it brings me to appreciate who I get to be loved by today. The God of Love. The God Who Is Love has already extended His desire for each of us desiring for us to reciprocate thanksgiving and gratefulness towards Him onto others; especially our spouses and children.

When we begin to appreciate that which we have, we shouldn't be surprised when we get to have more to appreciate. After my husband blessed the Lord last night in speaking what he was grateful for, those things that seemed old and tired, God made new and refreshed all over again. I am reminded today that our perception on life and things becomes our perspective. What is my perception? Is it wanting more of what they have which in turn I perceive lack? Or is it being grateful of what I already have and in turn perceive abundance?


  1. I have found that old song "Love the one you're with" to be true. During the early years of our marriage, I didn't love my husband very much. But yet I promised God that if HE would save my husband, that he and I would serve God forever. God saved him, so I kept my promise. And I am blessed because I love hubby more and more everyday! God is so good...


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