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Looking At This World Through God's Eyes
Jesus Calling is a devotional and journal in one, filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year.
This devotional is great as it is down-to-earth, uplifting and inspiring words about the Lord, especially in times of grief and sadness.
C'mon now! Enough of spoon-fed spirituality and Sunday-morning religion! It's time to get serious-to get deep into God's Word and start exploring your most important relationship for yourself.
As you look into the eyes of people in this world what do you see? Do you see the people and the world as God see's it? What does He think as He watches your life day by day?
How does God see His his children?
2 CHRONICLES 16:9
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards him."
How does God see the world of people who do not know him? "The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent." II Peter 3:19
How about those he created who reject Him and spew profanities in His holy name? Oh how God's heart must grieve.
Is God the spirit working in and through you? Do you see this world as He does? Do you reach out to those in need and to those who don't yet know that He is the great I Am?
Do you bring Him Joy by spending time with Him in the Word and applying His truth to your life? Do you appreciate the unique gifts He has given you and do you use them for His glory? Is He pleased with the ways that you interact with others?
The questions posed are minuscule in comparison to all of the ways we need to inspect our hearts and scrutinize our life. God says that His ways are not our ways. That means that our perspective, apart from God, is not likely to be His way.
God's perspective is what I long to have. I want to see people through His Eyes .. just as He see's them. When God looks at people, his eyes see His creation. He loves people and sacrificed his only son Jesus who died for ALL. "For God SO loved the world that HE gave His one and only son (Jesus) so that whoever believes in Him might be saved." John 3:16
As God's children we need to see people through the heart and the eyes of God. We are personal representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to see people as God does we have to get out eyes off of ourselves. It's so easy to get distracted by life's trials. We become consumed with selfish ambition or worries.
There is a bigger picture and that is God and His plan. This world is not our home .. we are pilgrims on a journey. Our time down here .. on this Earth Place .. is soooo temporary in comparison to eternity. It is our preparation time .. a getting ready time, if you will! Getting ready to enter our Heavenly Abode.
As we grow in our Christian Faith there are many characteristics about our 'old selves' that will pass away. God changes us. He is the potter who works on the clay (His Children) to create a beautiful masterpiece fit for Heaven. He uses many different methods to chip away at arrogance, pride, selfishness, rude behavior and anything else in our lives that screams out ... ME FIRST!
Don't Worry - Be Happy
Every day we are hit by distractions. We have a choice, focus on our purpose or get side-tracked just trying to keep up with the interruptions. Prioritizing our day will help us keep our focus. When distractions bombard us we need to reign in our attention.
There are so many distraction down here. So many things we can find to worry about in life, especially in these days. Do you have children? Have you noticed the decline in moral standards?
Do you worry about your children growing up without the values and standards you grew up with? When I was a child I could go for a walk outside, at nigh t, and no one would worry about me because I was safe! Today we can't even let a child walk alone in broad daylight. I mournfully grieve and wonder ..."What has become of our world?"
Living life with worry seems to be the norm for most people. Our society is changing faster than the blink of an eye. Just go to the forums on our beloved Hubpages site to witness the most blatant arrogance and disregard for individuality. The forums are NOT a safe place. You are not respected when you voice your own individual views and opinions on the forums .... no, not at all. You will be attacked quickly if you mention the name of God or Jesus.
The economy is downright scary ... and to make it worse ... I live in Michigan which is the State listed with the highest rate of unemployment .... I am, right now, being hit with these statistics in a very personal way!
I am tempted to worry or try to fix it all. But I have come to the place that I see it is WAY beyond my control. I know that and I also know that worry gets me nowhere but SICK both physically and emotionally.
God is the lover of my soul. Whatever is going on down here .. He has a place prepared for me. He also has left me His word to teach me how to live. Matthew 6:34 says "Take no thought for tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought for itself." God says I am not meant to worry about tomorrow ... only to live life one day at a time. I wasn't meant to carry pain it is too BIG for me. I have been doing that for too many years now and have just recently been exhorted by the Lord God to STOP IT! It is wrong for me to try to carry my own pain or to carry the pain of others' (I've been really good at that too) ... God says to all who will listen .... "Come unto me all you who are weak and heavy laden, and I (Jesus) will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
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God Uses Hub Friends
I would never have guessed that God would use Hubpages to capture my attention and help me see the world through His eyes. Have you noticed how many gifted writers there are here on the hubs? God uses Hub Friends!
As I have spent time reading through many hubs I have observed various aspects of Jesus character coming through the writers words. God uses the hubs to show me who He is and How He works. He reaches out to me through many hubpages showing me people who are lovers of GOD and those who are warriors and unafraid to face the assaults of the enemy.
I would like to tell you about some of my favorite hubbers and share some of the ways they have touched my life and lived Jesus before me. I have been blessed by so many of you and I am sure I will miss some. There are many new hubbers that I am just getting to know but feel the bud of friendship growing.
Gentle, merciful and kind Skye2day displays strength and courage with a HUGE love for the living God. This dear lady has sent chills of love sweeping through me right down to my toes.
Unchained Grace's gentle and strong voice has spoken into my life more than once .. look to God, ask and you will receive. His humor is endless and his wit is unstoppable .. he is intelligent and creative and a God-thinker for sure. He has given up his own personal agenda to serve the Living God and he is not sorry .. there is NO turning back for this man. HIS heart pounds with a passion to find housing and provisions for every living VET ... for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice ... their lives for our protections. BLESS Unchained Grace, God Bless every Vet .. we owe our very lives to you!
Coffee Snob (honey I wish snob wasn't in your name ... you are SO not a snob) lol. Carol is an intellectual who has a tender heart of compassion. She, like Unchained Grace has also served her Country and encouraged many a soldier along the way. Her love pours out to anyone blessed to know her.
MickyDee is that guy on the go. He whizzes up to my hubs, drops a hilarious message and zooms on to the next hub. MickyDee is a kind soul whom I've come to respect. He is not caught up in this material world .. his head is geared toward justice and he'll go toe to toe with you if need be. He's a little rough around the edges .. he'll tell ya that himself .. sometimes his hubs are a little coarse for the lady in me .. but most times I am charmed, touched, or splitting with laughter by his colorful writing.
50Caliber... Talk about NOT being caught up with materialism - Caiber is the man! He lives in the wilderness .. he and his dogs play in the sandbox under a sycamore tree. They spend their days in a peaceful setting BUT his mind is keen and ready for action. He knows and loves God and His word and he's not afraid to say so.. He's blessed me helped my perspective more than a few times.
Urlikegrace is a lady if there ever was one. Though trouble has hit her hard .. she has allowed the refiners fire to purify her. Kindness exudes from her and she does not hold back her affection. I am taken by this lady and her wisdom and insight. She has recently influenced my perspective in some of my writings.
Revlady knows her God and comes along many hubbers cheering us along on our journey. She has so tenderly urged me forward to share what God has spoken. I know Revlady has a very busy life and ministry, yet she takes time to grace many of our pages with truth and love. Her sweet parting words are always "Forever His."
MFB III, who can grasp the true depth and beauty to be found in this man's artistry with words? The emotions he has stirred within me have run the gamet. His God given gift is unmistakable. His hubs are another place where my lady's heart sometimes fears to tread. He is graphic and real .. sometimes I must say politely, excuse me MFB, this ones not for me. :-) But most the times, his love draws me in as I sink into HIS heart which is full of mercy, compassion and BIG LOVE.
breakfastpop keeps me up on the latest news in the most entertaining way imaginable. She prepares the most luxurious breakfasts. Then she proceeds to announce the latest Pop-Awards ... it is not always settling to hear but hear we MUST. Afterwards she invites all to the bar for a drink and a conversation. I order a coke and breakfastpop always has it waiting for me.
I can always count on Quill to have a place at the fire for me. Peace reigns on Quill's Hubs. Once he has given a warm hug, and offered a plate full of cookies, he looks deeply into my heart and asks about my life ... After he has listened he proceeds to share the most heartwarming story's about my Father God. He is the type of man I wish my own father could have been to me. I love how he talks about his Mrs. Quill too ... they are the sweetest couple!
Faye is a strong lady who loves God and leaves footprints of encouragement all across the hubpages. She accepts people right where they are ... it's okay with her that a hubber isn't perfect or even close to it. All are welcomed to Faye's Hubs.
AnnAnnonymousis a sweetheart. She is wisdom, wit, encouragement with a BIG heart that reaches out from the screen. Ann told me about the perfect song for one of my hubs, The Beautiful Woman. It was like the icing on the cake ... thank you Ann ... your gift of this song is treasured.
All of these Hubbers have, in their individually unique way, contributed to my growth as a writer and as believer. Thank you my hubber friends!
Mixing up the Hubbers
So mix up the hubbers and what do I get?
- Courage ... Jesus is Lord
- Focus ... It's not about me .. it's about Jesus
- Trust ... He is in Control ... Don't trust in Material Things
- Support ... Cheer others' along in their journey
- Stretched ... To think outside the Box
- Mercy ... To see people through God's Eyes
- Acceptance ... Love people right where they are .. no conditions
- Encouragement... Always Bless Others with authentic Encouragement
- Kindness ... Take the time to show kindness and respect to others
- Words .... The writer holds power. Use that power to build into peoples lives - touch them.
- Truth and Love ... Truth without love is harsh. Love without truth is meaningless
A Hubbers Prayer
Lord, thank you for Hubpages and for the very gifted and caring people I have found here. Thank you for the beautiful word pictures I find here each day. Bless my hub friends as they have blessed me. May we bring glory to you Lord in all that we do and say.
Teach us to respect each other Lord. We are ALL at different places in our journey here on this earthplace. There are Hubbers who don't know you (I didn't know you at one time), some Hubbers do believe in you but are also angry at you. There are new Christians .. may we come alongside them and cheer them on. We don't know what another Hubber has been through ... grant us patience and love when we don't understand them.
Let me see this world dearly Lord, as though I were looking through your eyes. Keep me focused on you and help me to use my pen and mouth to communicate truth sprinkled with tons of love.