How To Begin To Find the Abundant Life

During a recent conversation with my husband, our discussion circled around to fishing, and how it doesn’t happen much anymore. I always enjoyed fishing, not because I caught a lot of fish, but because I was outside and usually with my family or friends.

Even if I had no catch at the end of the outing, there were blessings from just the opportunity to go. There were the relationships I cultivated with whoever I went with, the time to be still, the outdoor beauty to soak in. 

Any fish I did catch was a bonus.

Funny how my perspective changed when life hit harder.

When motherhood was put on a forced hold, when I faced loss, when my daily “catch” wasn’t what I had hoped for, I got stuck in focusing on the lack instead of the abundance still present.

I could no longer see the opportunity in just being. I missed the gifts still bestowed on me.

Sadly,  it’s something most of us tend to do. When life gets hard, we anguish over the missed opportunities while closing our eyes to the present possibilities and interwoven blessings.

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God's Sovereignty

What if?

Funny how when it comes to a good life, we tend to think in terms of the results, what we feel and hold and accomplish—what we have to show for our efforts (or don’t have) and what has happened to us along the way.

But what if a full life—a life lived well—is more about what we are given than what we are dealing with?

What if living a life of abundance is more about what we do with our circumstances and the gifts that are interwoven in them, rather than what those circumstances are

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How To Begin To Find the Abundant Life

One thing I do know is there will be struggles in each day, even when living an abundant life. 

A joyful, peaceful existence isn’t one of everyday rosiness. Instead it’s having complete confidence that you are not alone when you walk through the thorns.

That alone is reason for joy. We aren’t in this alone, not by a long shot!

Even more comforting is that as random as this life may sometimes seem, our circumstances are anything but. God is in and among each one.

It’s when we acknowledge His sovereignty, we can begin to find true peace in the midst of even the most difficult trials. 

Because as the supreme Authority and our loving Father, we can be assured, “Everything that comes into [our lives], everything that happens in this world, is filtered through [God’s] fingers of love” (Bible teacher and founder of Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur).

And He will only allow what is ultimately for His glory and our good. 

“Consider the work of God, for who can straighten out what He has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him.” Ecclesiastes 7:13-14

Reflections: During your trials, do you consider God’s sovereignty and what that means for you? Is that a comfort? How so?

I’m excited to continue recording blessings this year. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3828–3848, read my entire list by clicking here.

  • Grace much greater than all our troubles; Special friends to turn to when needed who have a listening ear and understanding heart; My renovated office space now usable
  • Ease of online shopping; Having a few hours nearly daily I can spend with my two children who are still home–a highlight of each day; Getting close-up views of a Barred Owl in our yard
  • Caring hearts; Peacefulness of an empty church sanctuary; Whiteboard displaying words that truly matter
  • Excellent health report for me; Blessed with 14 years of Joey; Nutella pizza dessert instead of birthday cake
  • Orange juice in the morning; Dishes to wash–means we have dishes to use and something to put on them; Having light long after dark
  • Helping Rach name her Loving Family dolls after special people in her life while playing her favorite “game”; Leisurely afternoon walk around our land; Finding a fun arcade XBox game Joey and I can enjoy playing together
  • Kitchen closed in the house today–lunch out, supper on your own; Long walk with hubby through the prairie; Day in which the Lord’s touch was felt in many ways

By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

4 comments on “How To Begin To Find the Abundant Life
  1. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) says:

    Julie: We find the abundance of our lives when we learn to appreciate what we have been given. The grass may look greener on the other side of the fence but we don’t know what it has taken for that grass to get to be that good.

  2. Sometimes our vision is clouded by what we don’t have. When Jesus fed the 500 he asked the disciples, “What is in your hand?” – He then took that small lunch and blessed. I know I need to do a better job looking at the abundance I l already have.

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