Seeing Imperfectly [Perspective]

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On Fridays I like to link with The Gypsy Mama for 5 Minute Fridays where we write unhindered and unedited for 5 minutes straight—addressing a different topic each week. Only lately it seems I don’t get 5 minutes to write until Saturday morning.

5%20minute%20fridayThis week’s prompt, Perspective, is perfect for this time in my life.

So here goes …


The day wasn’t much different from any other; the moment similar to many.

Only this time the weight laid heavy on my heart.

Tears came hard and fast as I contemplated how to take one more step, one more day with this burden of caring for my daughter day after day.

Then relief erupted nearly as suddenly. Blessed relief in the pure joy of living … this life … poured out for me! This life as the honored mother of such a precious gift.

One hour I’m so excited for my graduating son, I can hardly contain myself; the next I’m filling Lake Erie with my tears, imagining him on his own in a few short months.

My mood is as changeable as the weather in Iowa. If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes, it will be different.

There are days when I am bursting with the love and passion I feel for my Lord. And the next I’m doing isolation and confusion.

Sometimes I am wrapped with the confidence to boldly share my story; other times I’m gripped with fear.

Such fickleness is disconcerting, even a little maddening (okay, maybe a lot)! But the answer lies simply in, hope, love

When God designed my life, He planned it perfectly. However, I only see imperfectly. My eyes (and mind) can’t comprehend the enormity of a life made in God’s image.

So I will continue to stumble. I will continue to cry one minute and laugh the next. I will continue to be on cloud nine this day and deep in the pit of despair the next.

I will continue to reflect bits of God’s glory only now and again. But I won’t give up. Because one day, I will have the perspective of the Lord …

… and “see” that it is all grace!


“For as heaven is higher than earth,
so My ways are higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

—Isaiah 55:9, HCSB

Join in the Discussion: Have you been discouraged when some days it seems you take more steps backward then forward in your spirit? What actions are you taking to lessen the feelings of confusion, isolation, and heavy weight of sadness?

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By His Grace,



  1. Linda on May 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Good morning julie I understand the issues that you face are trying and sad and happy all at the same time. How do we continue to live a life of happiness and sadness, without the peace that Christ Jesus can give us? We can’t. My sadness comes from many things that I have no control over. So why do I do this to myself? We are taught to turn things over to God. LET GO LET GOD. Not so easy when it comes to family. We have raised, natured, gave them our life and then they are gone,facing life’s snuggles without us.

  2. Linda on May 19, 2012 at 7:14 am

    We do have Christ and we have our Christian friends who all share the same struggles. We all can help each other thru prayer, hugs and discussions. Have a great day!

    • juliesunne on May 19, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Exactly, Linda! And I believe the road to peace is realizing some day, when we are finally in His presence, we will see God’s perfect plan for us clearly, through lenses not fogged by our perceptions. How incredible that will be–“I can only imagine.” Enjoy this blessed weekend!

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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