Prayerfully Speaking

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Perspective is Powerful

What do these quotes have in common?

  • “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
  • “What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” -Brené Brown
  • Don’t move! Big giant over me…. He has this huge eye looking at me!
  • A baby bird nestled in the safety of a bush.
  • Bad hair day!
  • You’d frown too if you were having this kind of hair day! :)
  • His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

These are the captions my blog readers offered for this picture in last week’s post What Do You See?:

There are a few captions that have similar themes. Some are funny and several worshipful. Each is a result of perspective. Some people wrote from the perspective of a scared and insecure bird. Some wrote from a heart focused on God.

It is important to pay attention to our focus and realize it determines our perspective. If I am focused on my weaknesses and inadequacies, I am almost paralyzed with fear. But if I am focused on God’s love for me and His love for others, I see things differently. Most importantly, I see something other than myself.

As a child, I focused way too much attention on what people thought of me which resulted in fear and confusion. I was deeply loved by many, but I did not experience that love because of my perspective. I had a choice. As a child, I didn’t realize there was a choice. And I certainly didn’t know that my perception did not reflect my reality.

At age 36, I began to see a new reality. What changed? I had been reading and studying God’s word. I was interacting with His word. I was acting on the instructions in the Bible.  I began to know the Truth and that Truth began to set me free (John 10:10).

What is your perspective? What produces your perspective? Is it a combination of your thoughts and the words people have spoken over you? Or is it based on the truth of God’s word?

Be courageous! Let the living Word of God replace what you think you know about yourself and your circumstances. Set your mind on things that are right, that deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable (Philippians 4:8)

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

7 Replies

  1. I see a little bird saying, “Nobody will look for me here. Now I can prove that I’m big enough to do it myself.” Big shot right? LOL!! The next picture would be of the little bird frantically looking for his nest as a big black cat trails him. LOL!

  2. Sharon O

    I love the idea of ‘perspective’. We all look at life with different ‘glasses’ on and it is amazing to see the difference. good job.

    1. Jennifer White

      Sharon – thanks for letting me know you enjoyed to post. May God grant us all His perspective of ourselves, others, and especially His love for us.

  3. Thank you for such a wonderful post Jennifer. I needed this today. At 37 I am still struggling with what people think about me instead of knowing how God thinks about me and that’s all that matters. I also struggle with trying to make everyone like me and accept me. But the enemy always seem to know how to make me forget about who I am in Christ. That I am a son adopted into a royal family. I am an ambassador of the greatest Kingdom and God wants to use us to establish it here on earth. Thanks for helping me with my perspective today.

    1. Jennifer White

      C –
      Thank you for letting me know the post blessed you. I have found that asking God to show me His perspective is a prayer He gladly answers. I am so grateful you stopped by to read the post.

  4. Rosella Kasper

    Absolutely wonderful post. It is all about our perspective, and sometimes perspective is hard to change. That’s where we have to let go and let God change our hearts and our perspective. God’s still working on me, and thank God He never gives up on me.

    1. Jennifer White

      Amen sister!