A New Perspective

 A couple of months ago, I was going through a season of disappointment. I was having frequent car problems, experiencing a draining work environment and failed to receive multiple job offers. I know that I can trust God but I could not fully grasp why I was not getting a break. However, God, in His infinite wisdom had already been speaking some truths into my life that would prepare me for this time. I tweeted this…

1.)    God’s ways are higher.

2.)    The joy of the Lord is my strength.

3.)    God is good and does good.

A fourth truth did occur to me but this was all that I could fit in 140 characters. Nevertheless, God in His faithfulness used my friend Krissy who replied to my tweet with…

4.)    And He loves you deeply.

It was the EXACT thought that had crossed my mind but was unable to include in my tweet. God solidified some parts of His character through her response. He showed me that He cares about the details of my life and is always at work.

God’s Ways Are Higher

Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

As much as we think we know what is best for our lives, God knows infinitely more. My best plan pales in comparison to His plan. My job is to trust Him. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows precisely what needs to or does not need to happen in order to bring us into the destiny that He has planned for us.

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

In Nehemiah 8:10b, he tells us, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” There are hardly enough words to express how much I need to know this. God’s joy is my strength. I don’t have to try to manufacture joy on my own. I just need to grab hold of who He is and what He has. His promises are for me.

God is Good and Does Good

The first half of Psalm 119:68 gets right to the point and tells us that God is good and does good. That is who He is. He cannot be anything other than good. I absolutely LOVE that, because out of His goodness, He does good things. In good times and in bad times, He does good things. We may not always see the good or think what He is doing is good, but it is. He causes all things to work for our good and for His glory.

He Loves Me Deeply

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) We have all heard this verse a number of times. It is the very foundation of our faith. How can God possibly love us this much? I don’t have the answer. I just know that He does and I am so incredibly grateful! How could I not be? How could we not be?

I want to live in such a way that it is a response to His love. That means that I need to view every circumstance through eyes of faith. I need to trust in His ways, let His joy be my strength, believe that He is good and that He loves me deeply.

So, what season are you currently in that you need God to give you a new perspective?


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lauren B. Williams
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 04:24:10

    another homerun!!!


  2. Sarah
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 02:04:47

    This is lovely stuff! Glad to have stumbled across your blog.
    I especially like this:
    “I want to live in such a way that it is a response to His love. That means that I need to view every circumstance through eyes of faith. I need to trust in His ways, let His joy be my strength, believe that He is good and that He loves me deeply.”

    Thank you for sharing.


    • karina
      Nov 08, 2012 @ 22:49:59

      Hey Sarah! It is such a privilege to share what God has been speaking to my heart. I am so glad that you stumbled across my blog as well! I know it was b/c the Lord had something that He wanted to speak to your heart. I hope that you’ll visit again. And feel free to pass along the link!!! I am loving this opportunity to connect with others online. 🙂


  3. Breaux Nader
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 14:46:04

    Wow! This is so good! Each truth expressed is so powerful, and God’s goodness shows up in the blog and even in the story of how the blog came to be! I love it.


  4. Janet from FL
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 22:06:51

    Hi, I found this blog by linking on Holley Gerth’s blog. It does help to try to see things from God’s perspective. My new perspective is now being cancer free! I am still trying to believe it, and waiting to see what God will do next! Congrats on getting involved in co-leading a small group. God is blessing you!


    • karina
      Nov 13, 2012 @ 01:49:36

      Hey Janet! I am so glad that you came across my blog. 🙂 I am praising God with you for being Cancer free!!!! He is ridiculously good! It has been the biggest blessing to lead an (in)courage small group! God has connected me with some amazing women for His purposes and His glory. I can’t wait to see all that He has in store!!!


  5. Holley Gerth
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 00:25:51

    Looking forward to God-sized dreaming with you in 2013, girl! 🙂


  6. lifecoachsheri
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 09:38:05

    I love the verse from Isaiah:)


  7. Tampa Lawn Care
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 05:47:19

    This is the right website for anyone who wants to find out about this topic.
    You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a new spin on a subject that’s been
    discussed for ages. Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!


    • karina
      Feb 02, 2014 @ 15:43:21

      Thank you so much! God definitely gave me that new perspective! I always want to view my circumstances, my emotions, my thoughts and my life through His eyes.


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