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5/13/16 5:15 P

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Well that is a gift and you are lucky. Some of us have to work at it more intentionally emoticon

5/13/16 1:57 P

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This was wonderful. I have always been a positive thinker and am an optimist.

Elayne from the west coast of Fl.

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5/12/16 11:00 P

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The Mind Connection
by Joyce Meyer

Chapter 10 Power of Perspective

This chapter is short but insightful. It begins with an example of Anne Frank. In fact her book has become required reading in many schools. I still remember her striking story from my high school days. Her diary brought the horrible reality of this era before us in a profound manner. How was it that she could still see beauty hiding within such dire circumstances ?

This author reminds us of how we interrupt our lives. Some automatically see problems and magnify them. That's like taking a magnifying glass out and inspecting them carefully and analyzing them. Others” want to minimize the impact of difficulty by looking for the beauty , the good in life and people. “

I liked one example you illustrated by a short story. A well off man, takes his son to the country to see how the poor families live. The Dad then asks his son what he thought. . The kid made a different type of comparison. He told his Father, “that we have a pool, but they have a creek that has no end. We have a lantern. They have thousands of stars.” We go to the grocery store to get all our produce.” They get to grow theirs. “

“Our perspective affects our moods “ claims Joyce. She communicates , that sometimes , we are busy rehearsing what we don't have, or what others should be doing for us. Then she ask us to” change the way we view a situation. Ask God to show you a connection between your perspective and how you are feeling.” By doing this, new hope will be created in us. Otherwise, the tendency is to stay trapped in pain. That doesn't mean we should deny our feelings. We just don't these “circumstances to control our attitude and behavior. “

When you attempt to do this, others may criticize you, for trying to be more positive. They might condemn you for saying your not being realistic. No know knows when and how a prayer will be answered. I actually know a few moms that have adult children that have strayed from their faith. The ones that believe things can improve or change feel more sportive. They act like Joyce said, “ joyful and energized. “. Some others act lethargic and gloomy.

I believe having the kind of perspective she talks about , takes effort, practice, and is a work of the Spirit of God. It's also a by-product of the fruit of the Spirit . Let's give ourselves a pep talk that God has a plan for us, the church, and as individuals. The Lord knows that some of these perspective adjustments take time.

Supporting scriptures: Ex, 9:4 Ex.9:26, Ex, 8:21-22,Proverbs 13:12,11Cor.4:18,11Cor. 4:16-18 11Cor.4:8-9 , Jn 16:33

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