Thursday, January 25, 2018

3 Ways to Look for a Different Perspective in the Midst of Difficulty


Last year, for me, feels marked by a medical timeline. There was the jumping through hoops to get insurance pre-authorization, the planning and making reservations to be out of town for a length of time, and the monitoring of the medical bills—what insurance would and would not cover.

Throughout the months, I reminded myself to trust God every step of the way, and watched as He worked out the timing and details. But, when the final bills came in the mail, I felt myself start to panic. The amount we were responsible for was higher than what I had anticipated.

I had already set up a payment plan and I knew it would all work out, but seeing that final dollar amount caused my stomach to tense and my heart to pound.

What my head told me—that everything would be alright—was betrayed by the panic mode my body went into on its own.

As I sat at the kitchen table with bills and insurance paperwork spread out in front of me, I decided I had to look at it differently. I knew the total we would have to pay, but I wanted to know what our insurance company had already paid.

The two totals were not even close.

In that instant, the panic I felt subsided, and all I could do was thank God for His provision. {Tweet this}

The same dollar amount that looked so high now appeared to be so low—all because of a different perspective.

Sometimes, a different point of view makes all the difference in our attitudes, our outlook, and our response to God. {Tweet this}

I'm so excited to be sharing my first article today as a member of the Candidly Christian writing team! (I was a guest at Candidly Christian last year.) 

Please join me there to continue reading 3 Ways to Look for a Different Perspective in the Midst of Difficulty.

Has there been a time when a different perspective brought you peace, instead of worry and anxiety?

7 comments:

  1. You're absolutely right! Perspective changes everything, and I'm a glass half-empty kind of girl who has to work at this and trust for grace all the time. Thanks for sharing how it works for you, and congratulations on being part of the team at Candidly Christian.

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  2. We are so excited to have you on our blogging team at Candidly Christian! Thanks for sharing your words and heart with us.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I'm so happy to have joined the team!

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  3. Laura, it is so true that our perspective makes a difference.Seeing that my word for 2018 is "Focus", this especially spoke to my heart. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  4. Perspective is everything. I feel like if we could see what God sees, we would feel the same way. Like He knows what we are going through but if we could just see what we do not have to go through...

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  5. Laura, I loved this post! Perspective can make all the difference!
    Thank you for linking up with #DestinationInspiration this week. I'm featuring your post! :)

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!