Walking through the Hobby Lobby frame section I am often taken in by the choices. There are so many options to choose from, some frames are ornate, some are simple and some look rustic. The right frame can make a picture look amazing or it can look awful.

This past week: I have over slept, fought insomnia, I lost my phone, I have been late to work, my phone charger died. I felt my anxiety rushing like water over a dam. Unexpected messes seemed to spring up all around me and there was never enough whatever this week.

It’s all about the frame.

This past week has been full of unexpected things but, at most it’s been inconvenient. And a bit self-inflicted by my lack of planning and that’s all. My choices to relax on one day mean I have to double up other days.

Christmas season is over-commercialized as it is and when we are stressed our anxiety kicks I to overdrive. We start comparing our lives to those on social media, the crafting site with the perfect bows and ribbons, or the holiday movie that always ends with a couple under the mistletoe and an engagement ring.

My life isn’t like that and it’s not supposed to be. If I try to put the commercial frame around my life, it will be ill-fitting and make everything I love look awkward.

If I put the frame that is supposed to be around my life where it belongs, then I can see things clearly.

So many times I have caught myself believing that my inconvenience could be a catastrophe. It is at those moments when I step back and check which frame is hanging up. If it’s the commercial frame, I take it down. If it’s the correct frame, I stop and remind myself that I am so very blessed.

Scripture tells us that we as believers are to be salt and light, a city on a hill, bearing the image of Christ. I cannot do this if my framework is out of kilter.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven, (Matthew 5:13-16, NIV).

My attitude, perspective, and remembering my purpose, matters. How I act matters.

Best Beloved, the honest question to ask is, how I am I framing things? Whose view is most important? Let us both adjust our frame and shine bright for Christ.

Blessings to you and yours,


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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