Vision Changes Our Life

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I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “He/she has an eagle eye.” I think we sort of know what that means; the person sees everything.  However, here are a few fun facts about the eagle’s vision:

  • The eagle’s eye is 4-8 times stronger than a human.
  • An eagle can spot a rabbit that is 3.2 km away, which is 4-5 times farther than we can.
  • They can swoop down to their prey at 125-200 mph
  • they can pick up details in their vision and their vision magnifies them.
  • The angle of the eye gives them a 340 degree visual field.
  • They turn their head to look for prey, and when found, the prey is magnified to see how far they have to fly and at what speed.

So when we think we are sneaking up on an eagle to get a shot with a camera, I doubt we are hidden at all.  It is amazing to me when we study God’s creation, that He made them so intricate.  I often times have wished I could see that far ahead of me just in one day, let alone my life ahead of me.

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Why am I talking about the eagle’s eye?  For one thing, God sends eagles to soar over me almost every time I go out.  It’s our thing.  Another thing, I think it gives me a good open door into the idea of vision.  We hear people talk about vision in a few of the following ways:

  • What is your vision for your education when you get out of school?
  • What is your vision for your career?
  • What is your vision for the project?
  • What do you think is God’s vision for you?
  • We are casting a vision for the direction we want to go.

That doesn’t mention how vision is used when we talk about our eye sight.  Vision is how we see things.  It’s our perspective as well.  Think about it.  Have you ever had a vision for what your career would be, only to have it change?  Or what about a vision for who you will marry and what that would look like, only to find its lots of work laced with difficulties.  I have found in my life that my vision changes and evolves.  Here is an example from my own life.  When I was growing up, music was my life.  I got involved in everything I could get involved with where music was concerned so that I could enjoy my passion.  I wanted to go to college and become a music teacher.  I knew how musicimage
was important to me and I wanted to share that passion with others.  I was even a delegate to the All State Chorus from Washington State my senior year.  The choir performed under the direction of Jester Hairston, which was a life altering experience all to itself!  Then after two years and an Associate Degree and Certificate in Special Education, I could no longer put myself through school.  Instead, I went to work for a local school district in Special Education.  I wrote a grant letter to get funding for a small bus for the Sp Ed department to have for transporting the students to and from school.  I had currently used a station wagon to do that.  I got my CDL to drive the bus routes and sports runs.  My vision was changed.  It evolved into something else.  I have had many, many of those vision changes in my life.  All of them making me who I am today.  I still got to direct choirs and community choirs in my time.  Just wasn’t the original vision I had.

untitled-3-2I think we sometimes have this idea that our vision is stationary and doesn’t change, and if it does change, then it is lost.  But I have come to know that it is how I SEE those changes, that then give me a new vision.  It evolves into the next thing that I get to do.  We are each given vision to see the world around us.  HOW we see it can make all the difference.  If I had stuck with my earlier vision, I may have felt defeated and disappointed in myself that I didn’t continue.  But I would have missed all the other visions that God has placed in my spirit.  I would have missed the people he has brought into my life.  I would have missed the promptings to expand and readjust my vision of my life and circumstances.  THAT would be a total loss of vision.  Instead, I have allowed my visions to change and I have changed with them.  I have gotten to do some marvelous things in my life.

That word vision has been so used up.  Don’t let it discourage you.  Start lookingGuitar Mandolin around and ask for new eyes to see; a vision to open up to you.  Watch out when it happens though because it will be life changing and life altering.  You may find a new zeal in your life that wasn’t there before.  It may move you to do things you haven’t ever done.  It COULD even make it so you take part in activities that others think are kind of wild and crazy.  I say this:  “DO what you love, and do it every day.”  It’s like drinking from the good glasses every day!  Or…a different mocha cup!

Here are a few of mine:

  • I’m getting back into music and playing instruments.
  • I’m singing more.
  • I do more with my photography by taking classes through books I’m reading, My Story 365 project, adding a lens to my bag, and asking God to help me see the unusual.
  • The cabin we purchased to enjoy more down time.
  • More time spent with family and friends.
  • Reading more again.  I used to read with a goal of a book a week.  I never made that goal but I read around 200 books in a year, of all kinds.
  • I enjoy decorating to make our home, and now the cabin, more like we want them to be; which is our vision for retirement years.
  • Sew into the life of my kids and grandson.
  • Take out my Mini for rides just to enjoy driving it more.
  • Time on the patio enjoying the feeling of quiet time.
  • The joy of a mocha in the morning as I choose a cup from my collection.
  • Taking pictures I love and enjoy because I LOVE them, and think about who else make like them.  The pictures I take speak to ME, and that is what taking photos is about.

I can’t say the above ideas works for you, however, at this point of my life, THAT is myIMG_2473 vision of happiness.  Yours is of course different depending on where you are in life journey.  It doesn’t mean you can’t have a vision geared toward you.  Would you do me a favor?  In the comments here on the blog, share a part of what you feel your vision is for your life at this time?  It may just be that you get through your day.  It could be a new craft you want to spend time doing.  It could be more family time.  It may be doing something different on the job.  Whatever it is, I would love to hear about it, as well as, how you see that coming to fruition.  What do you see?

I hope this post has fanned the flame in your soul for making you feel more alive.  The fact that our vision isn’t carved in stone is liberating to me.  I hope the idea that visions can change makes your heart skip a beat. IMG_7900It will change until the day I pass from this world into my heavenly home.  That is a really great way to live in freedom…a vision that excited me!  You see the picture to the left is me with a Tootsie Pop out camping and staying in a cottage; something our family did a lot of growing up.  That vision has always been a live in me, and now I am establishing that vision for my family; our cabin.  Yes.  Having vision IS important and can be life changing for generations to come.

Until next time,

~JoAnn

 

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Lesson From A Thrift Store

IMG_1576_1Happy February to all you!  I hope you share love with those around you this month especially, rather than think about it being just a couples day.  Nope, it is a month of sharing the love with everyone special to us!

On to the post:

One of the things my hubby and I enjoy doing is going to antique stores and thrift/second-hand stores.  We really love it.  His passion is the books mostly, mine is everything else!  I just love theIMG_1573_1 hunt!  Anyone else???  So… yesterday as I was walking through the dishes and glassware, which I usually go to first, I found four more of the cape cod thumb print dishes that I collect!  I was so excited, and they were in great shape.  Well…except for the fact that they were really dirty and cloudy with what looked like scratches on them.  That can make most people have second thoughts.  But I have learned to look past all that because I know what is underneath.  At the very moment I picked up the first dish, I felt God speak to me.  He said, “You are like this dish.  This dish was once beautiful and valued by the owner.  They used it and set it on the table for the beauty of the table scape, as well as, so others see its beauty and enjoy it.  But that owner now may not be able to use it anymore, and others don’t see the value in it and have put it in a throw box.  Now, here it sits all dirty and cloudy and not very attractive.  But YOU come along, and you know and see its value.  You know what it CAN be.  It is so valuable to you that you put it in your cart to purchase.  Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, my Son, you are like this dish.  I created you to be this beautiful creation.  But because of the dirty, sinful nature that you were born into, you had no luster, living a bit of a cloudy life, and generally, would grow up living a life outside of My plan for you.  I wanted more for you.  You weren’t meant to sit on a shelf somewhere unused. So, I sent My son Jesus to give you a clean heart; to completely cleanse you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.  Jesus cleansed your heart, made you shine, and gave you the luster and clarity to reflect Me!  You are a person of beauty.  He made you whole.  Just like you KNEW the value in this piece, I saw the value in you and sent my Son to die for you.  I knew what you could become.  And now, You have eternal life.  You may find yourself falling back into habits that cloud your brilliance, but all you need to do is ask Jesus to cleanse you once again, so your light will shine, just like this dish will shine and reflect when you clean it.  I want you to share this illustration.”
IMG_1574_1I can tell you, after that lesson, my value went to heaven and back!  When I came home and washed those dishes up and saw their facets and beauty, it reminded me of what Jesus did in my life.  He knew also, that I may have the tendency at times to let life cloud and distort the beauty within and around me.  I need to remember to go to Him and ask for a clean up; soap me up good, so that all that residue will come right off with the water of his Word, and the Holy Spirit’s direction.  It is a matter of asking in faith, and He will do it.  I can sometimes go along and not even realize my view is getting dusty and cloudy, until I try to see something, or be used of God.  It is then that I realize I’m off track a bit.  I need a good cleaning!  I’m not seeing clearly.  The devil lays in wait for just a shard of space to remind me of my dirt.  Does that sound familiar?  Tell the devil to take a hike!!  Get lost!  Open your door and kick his behind out!  I don’t want to listen to the wrong thing and lose my confidence in what I am capable of doing through Christ.  He is my Source.  He is the cleanser of my body, mind and soul.  I need then, to allow Him to take me through another clean cycle whenever the Holy Spirit nudges me.  He has designed me to catch and reflect the light.  His light.  I have begun to ask that of Him everyday.  Just like we need to dust and clean our homes, I need to do the same thing in my spiritual life.  Praise the Lord that He never discards us.  We are always His treasure!

What a great lesson.  I have constant reminders of this lesson in my china closet that I see on a daily basis.  It is so fun that God will use an everyday thing to teach such a valuable lesson.  The most exciting thing about drawing close to God is that He will use the things closest to our hearts to speak directly to us.  I pray this illustration that He gave me to share, resonates with you and brings encouragement to you.  “So let your light shine before all men, in order that they may see your holy lives and may give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:16  It is well with my soul!

May God cause you to shine like crystal, and reflect His glorious light.  Walking the journey with you…

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