What If We Viewed Things Differently?

Gold Brush Stroke

What if we viewed things differently? What are the possibilities?

dishes and bubbles

One more chore. One more duty to perform. My attitude plummeted to the depths of the water. 

Yet, phrases tugged at me. Bits and pieces of Scripture tumbled into my selfish musings. Give thanks; praise always; do all to the glory of God. 

What if I looked at the dishes differently? What if I view chores as opportunities–to serve, to meditate, to pray, to see glorious wonders?

What if instead of seeing dirty dishes, I’d notice the amazing workmanship of my hands–the way my fingers can curl, how each one bends independently, the strength in them?

What if instead of focusing on such mundane tasks I’d focus on seeing God’s face in and around all?

What if I’d look for His fingerprints, His glorious wonders, not just in the grandiose, but in all, even in tasks we label as chores and duties, even in the difficult and sad? 

What if we chose to see Him in the bubbles and the floaties? 

Then our worship would be truly never ending. 

“I will speak of your glorious splendor and Your wonderful works. They will proclaim the power of Your awe-inspiring works, and I will declare Your greatness” (Psalm 145:5–6).

Question: What’s one wonder you can claim right now in the seeming ordinary? 

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By His Grace,



  1. Denise Oldham on May 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Powerful view, bless you.

    • Julie Sunne on May 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Denise. Looking to transform my life through Christ’s strength and perspective.

  2. Julie Sunne on May 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    This is the only way I’ve found to begin to stop the grumbling, Mary. I pray I can experience God in even the tiniest and most unlikely things. Then there will be no room for ungratefulness.

  3. Brent Peterson on May 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks Julie. Here’s one: Just caught this sunset on my bike ride… 🙂

    • Julie Sunne on May 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Glorious sight, Brent! Thanks for sharing with us.

      • Brent Peterson on May 25, 2013 at 7:31 am

        My pleasure. Perfect timing for your message.

  4. Patricia Pitterle on May 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I love this one today. I heard not long ago in a talk given by a woman, that she started to tell herself that the everyday chores where the blessings or gifts that she could give her family. Just looking at them as blessings changed her perspective. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Julie Sunne on May 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I have heard of this practice, Patricia, and it does help. I’m afraid I need something even more tangible. I’m curious, have you tried looking at your chores as blessings? What was your experience with it?

      • Patricia Pitterle on May 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        ,believe it or not, it is working, one small dish at a time. I am working on this as a project with my teenage girls and it really seems to be helping if instead of criticism, they hear how much they are blessing our home.

        • Julie Sunne on May 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

          That’s wonderful, Patricia! As the adults, we need to take the lead and bless our children through our words and actions.

  5. Kerry McAvoy on May 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I so agree! Thank for the reminder, Julie.

    • Julie Sunne on May 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      It is encouraging to know, Kerry, that I’m not just writing to myself. Thanks for your comment.

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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).

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