I am a friend, neighbor, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, wife, mom, mother-in-law, and a grandmother to two sweet babies who are very busy growing in the womb.

I have been a student, patient, roommate, supervisor, teammate, teacher, helper, volunteer, employee, assistant, co-worker, and a boss.

I have been viewed as many different things, all based on different perspectives and situations and things I have done. Each of these roles contribute to how I see myself as well as how others see me.

Most importantly, I am a child of God.

This position impacts how I view the world and others, and it significantly influences how I see myself.

Who are you? Whose are you?

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine. [Isaiah 43:1b, NIV]

May you see yourself as God sees you!



Son Glasses

The other day I was walking to the Post Office to check the mail for our business. It was a sunny day so I had worn my sun glasses. I was alone and so my mind wasn’t being directed, which is always refreshing because it is rare with our busy house to be alone without conversation or music.

My thoughts usually flit around quite a bit when I am in a place of quiet and that day I was thinking about the bright sun and then The Son which brought me to remember this song I love–“Give me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath– which led me to ponder how our sunglasses can filter out rays that make it challenging to see and even harmful sun rays. And can’t God do the very same thing with what we see?

Most of the time I just see life and people through my eyes and experiences. I think it is fair to say we all do this most of the time. It takes an intentional effort to see someone the way God sees them. It also takes an effort to see ourselves the way God sees us.

Forgiven. Redeemed. Renewed.

Lost. Struggling. Confused.

Spend some time this week thinking about how you look at others and how you look at yourself. Are you full of grace for others but condemn yourself regularly? Do you grant yourself loads of forgiveness but hold back with others?

How would God’s perspective help your vision? Ask God to help you see others the way He sees them. It will take practice because it certainly isn’t our natural way of doing things, but letting God transform what you see will transform your life!