finding a new perspective

five minute friday: important

In the noise of this world, everything seems to be loud, important, and urgent. Big news, colorful memes, buzzing phones and then the responsibilities and demands that tug at us like a dog with a rope toy. Robbing us of the eternal importance of silence, stillness and truth.


Slipping under the covers at night, feeling tossed around, beat up and empty; we fluff the pillow under our head hoping it can carry the weight of all the burdens we collected today.


In all of it, God extends himself, inviting us to take His yoke. Easy and light. But how? How do we do the important, carry the important and care for the important God’s way?


For me this is where time spent memorizing God’s Word has proven to be the key. Resting my mind on Him, meditating on what is eternally important, leads me to a refreshing perspective, His.

Resting my mind on Him, meditating on what is eternally important, leads me to a refreshing perspective, His. #tendingbytheword


Ps 119 tells us that hiding his word in our hearts keeps us from sin. It offers the ready-guidance we need. But in the weaving of His word into my mind, I have found a healing of my thoughts, worries and concerns that comes no other way. The turning over and chewing on truth offers me the perspective of real importance throughout the moments of my day.

Folding clothes, rehearsing verses as prayer over my loved ones. Cooking dinner, turning over the truth and letting the words renew my mind. In the dark moments of a sleepless night where suddenly everything is important , my mind has a life giving invitation to return to His rest.


Tucking God’s Words into my heart and mind tethers the wandering thoughts and fleeting fears to what is true, right and good. Having the soft place to land our thoughts and allow God’s truth to guide, silences the seemingly important and makes space for the eternally important.

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11 thoughts on “finding a new perspective

  1. “Resting my mind on Him, meditating on what is eternally important, leads me to a refreshing perspective, His.” Mariel, gaining His perspective each morning is most important to me. It is what gets me through the day with assurance He is in all that I do.

    1. amen, Joanne! being still and letting Him tend our soul by His Word is where we find the healing and encouragement we need to stabilize our tangled hearts.

  2. They say it’s all so vital,
    the news on the TV,
    and everyone’s entitled
    to have a piece of thee.
    You’ve got to give them all your heart,
    and then give them some more
    until at last you fall apart,
    consumed unto the core.
    Yes, of course, it’s good to care
    ’bout neighbours and unknowns,
    but it’s neither right nor fair
    to let them gnaw your bones,
    for in His image you are made,
    and not a dupe who may be played.

  3. Not sure if my comment vanished, so here it is again… sorry if it duplicates!

    They say it’s all so vital,
    the news on the TV,
    and everyone’s entitled
    to have a piece of thee.
    You’ve got to give them all your heart,
    and then give them some more
    until at last you fall apart,
    consumed unto the core.
    Yes, of course, it’s good to care
    ’bout neighbours and unknowns,
    but it’s neither right nor fair
    to let them gnaw your bones,
    for in His image you are made,
    and not a dupe who may be played.

  4. So many of these: “In the dark moments of a sleepless night where suddenly everything is important” Learning to quiet the thoughts and think only on the eternal… Your words are always good, Mariel.

  5. Oh, yes. Memorizing the word. Hiding it in our hearts and let it seep into our thoughts. Yes, that is important. Thank you for the reminder this afternoon!

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