Thoughtful Thursday ~ When it’s Okay to Live Above Your Circumstances

Psalm 119: 50-51   2013-12-09 19.34.28

It is okay to live above your circumstances…when sickness steals your health, when the bank account runs meager, when the uncomfortable, tight circumstances of life just plain have you down.

It is okay not to live within those parameters.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your Word has revived me.

There is a ‘seeing past’ the lousy circumstances and focusing our inside eyes on God’s Word.

When we focus on His Word we  are allowing the Word to renew our minds.  Although our circumstance may not change, our attitude and the way we approach the problem certainly shifts.

 This is how rising to our new life in Christ works itself out. We may still be in the midst of a mess but with a heart and mind focused on the Word, we begin to live life from a higher plateau, scanning our surroundings and seeing with the eyes of our heart.  Our spiritual sight grants us a whole new perspective.

On the plateau, we learn to stand on the Word of God.  It is the time on the plateau when we think we are not ‘doing anything’ but in truth, God is building His Word deep into our hearts and renewing our minds.

Yes, people will deride us and think we are nuts for choosing to believe God’s Word and declare His promises over our lives.  (v. 51)

But, here is the thing that is really important.

In the middle of our messes and crippling circumstances, the Word of God will rise up in our hearts and revive us.  Maybe He will give us a new song.  Maybe words of Scripture we long ago memorized.  Maybe He will show us something we hadn’t seen before in His Word and our hearts become excited by faith’s possibilities.

I know it isn’t easy and some days you just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head.  You can’t bear the thought of another day… because you are fearful of the test results, what the Dr. will say or you have spent your overdraft and aren’t sure if your job is going to be there for you next week; the bank calls with bad news.

How do we get out of this pit of despair?  How do we break the cycle?

We remember God’s Word.  We hear Him speak as His words float past our fearful hearts.  He longs to comfort us and for His comforts to delight our souls in the midst of our afflictions.

Sometimes we need to be aggressive in our believing and trusting.  Sometimes we need to make that hard decision about what we choose to speak during our season of difficulty. 

If we would frame our circumstances with His Word, His Word then becomes the boundary, the line that will define the outcome.

Brazen, bold, aggressive faith?  Yes!  But there are a few people in the New Testament who showed us just that!

Remember Zaccheus?  The little fellow who pushed past the crowds to climb the tree so he could see Jesus?  His reward was a visitation from Jesus that very same day!

And the woman with the issue of blood?  She was aggressive in her determination to touch the hem of Jesus.  Aggressiveness in her faith came face to face with healing.

Finally yet importantly, there is blind Bartimaus who yelled out for Jesus not to pass him by and then he threw off his coat and ran to Jesus.  No longer was his world dark.

These are only a few of examples of seemingly impossible, hopeless situations resulting in LIFE all because of the choice to push through the mediocre, silence the what-ifs and rise up in the boldness of faith and trust the heart and Word of the Unchanging Faithful One.

Words of Hope and Comfort

‘For you, My faithful, fearless, favored friends on those days you feel faithless, fearful and forgotten.

I want you to know and remember that My eye is ever upon you and there is never a time in your waking or sleeping that I am not watching over you.  You are My beloved and I long for you to know deep in your heart that I am here for you.  I am not afar off, nor am I deaf to your cries.

I have gone before you; see even now those crooked places have become straight.  The mountains you believed insurmountable are only hills as you tuck your hand in mine and walk with Me.  I am your source of great confidence and security and no fear of the unknown land before you will clutch at your heart.  You know I am walking you into destiny, into those plans and purposes I prepared especially for you.

Oh, storm tossed and afflicted one, I am your Peace Offering and Courage Maker.  Receive My Word in your heart.  Let it wash away old thoughts, so your mind will be renewed by My Word, thus shall you be revived, refreshed and restored.’

Defined by Grace,

Listening for His heart, Jeannie Pallett

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  1. LaRhonda Ladner says


    So well written! Your questions, How do we get out of this pit of despair? How do we break the cycle?
    Oh the answers will come if we allow Christ to be who He has promised to be, our loving Father. I was very blessed to have been raised by Christian parents. My daddy was that man of God. I watched him as he was devoured by the wolves in our small community. He was relentless though. He persevered and his faith never wavered. The very morning he passed away he still had an envelope in his typewriter addressing to churches his final letter. How wonderful God has been to me and my family. However, I don’t want others to think I have been without struggles but I have seen the work of God’s hand over and over. Also, your book has been so refreshing. I am so thankful to know you too are a princess.

    • Jeannie says

      How precious your gift of a godly and persevering Daddy to model and teach you in the way of the Lord. Your story is important and it gladdens my heart to hear the emphasis not focused on your struggles but rather acknowledgment of the hand of God over you, covering you and protecting and providing for you. So glad you are finding refreshment in Beckoned by the King. Much love.

  2. Mary Gemmill says

    The word of Hope and Comfort is now safely in my Journal- God is really blessing me through you dear Jeannie- I am so glad I came across your writing, somewhere, somehow.
    There are times when we need all the hope and comfort we can glean.
    Thankfully I am coming out of one of those times back into the son-light.
    Blessings and Love,

  3. Mel Thompson says

    “ananeoo”: The Greek word for “renewing”; a verb found only in Eph. 4:23, describing the “renewing” of the believers mind. I believe the “renewing” of our minds is the second most important thing a person can do in life, next to accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. It’s a getup off the mat, get out of bed, and let the restoration begin–a transformation brought about by the Holy Spirit. And being in the “midst of a valley season”….that’s where God spreads out His table (23rd Psalm).

  4. Kathleen says

    “There is a ‘seeing past’ the lousy circumstances and focusing our inside eyes on God’s Word.” This is truth that all believers should be challenged with. Why? Because we ALL find ourselves in lousy circumstances from time to time.

    • Jeannie says

      Trusting we all have the courage and tenacity to look past and see and believe the truth of God’s Word. Standing together keeps us strong. Blessings and thanks for your comment.

  5. Joanne Viola says

    So glad I visited this morning from Friday Five. So grateful for the reminder to “see past the lousy circumstances and focus our inside eyes on God’s Word.” Very encouraging post & I thank you! May you have a blessed weekend!

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