Perspective. It matters.

One of my favorite things about the Lord is His ability to offer perspective when we feel like we are
being pressed in on every side.

Today I spent the afternoon/evening in a cardiovascular ICU as a "surrogate" with a two-month old baby in heart failure. And this was my view. (That small blue item on the far right is her swing.)
Her name is Lucy, and she is the sweet foster (and Lord willing soon-to-be-adopted!) child of one of our Orphan Care families.
My sister in Christ needed some time out of the hospital after living inside of it for two weeks. She needed time with her husband and her children, fresh air, normal food, sunshine on her skin, and a chance for her body, mind, and soul to recharge and refresh.

Asking a momma bear to walk away from her sick cub for several hours is a difficult thing, but when she willingly surrenders that child to your care, it is a privilege - and a JOY! How thankful I am that she trusts me to serve her in this way.
One of my favorite things about my sister Katie is that she is ALWAYS smiling. Always. This is the third time I have visited her in CHOC, and every.single.time I walk in the room, she greets me with a smile and a hug. No complaining. No whining. No bitterness. Just genuine joy. What an incredible testimony she is to the Christian faith!
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 

If you are walking through your own trials - feeling like you can barely keep your head above water - fighting to take every thought captive ...
Serving others forces you to forget Self. And even if you have to return to the trials and sorrows of your own life as soon as you walk through your front door, you were given a respite. And just as you were able to forget your troubles for a time, the one you served was able to do so as well.
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

These things are part of life.
Life is filled with trials, as Scripture promised it would be, so we must give thanks that things are not worse than they are, and rejoice that we belong to a God who sovereignly chose each trial for us - with purpose - and though the darkness may seem like it will never end, we have the wonderful, precious promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.
And THAT is a promise to cling to with all our might!

It matters.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16 -18

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things. Philippians 4:8

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