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Perspective vs. Perception



Perspective speaks of your vantage point. Where are you in relationship to what you are seeing? Perception is how you understand what you see. How does your mind interpret it?

Yes, perspective does largely determine perception–the view of an ant is very different from the view of an astronaut, so are their brains. Processing is different in everyone. Programming plays a huge part in how we see. And choice has even more influence. If we go on automatic pilot, now known as mindlessness, we are victims of our past and our programming. That is why Jesus often said, “Be careful how you see.”

That caution involves: Will you input positive or negative slants? Will you see this information from a good perspective or an evil one?  Will you be overcome by an abundance of negativity residing in your brain? We all have it–some more than others, but we have been given the gift of choice. We can choose how we see–how we interpret a comment or an event. That doesn’t mean we  turn into Pollyanna, but most of us don’t struggle with being too positive.

We tend to have negative filters. And God’s view of a thing is always to see what good can come from it. He is very clear that not everything is good, and to pretend “It’s all good” is not true or helpful. But God is amazingly creative and neverPlaybook Cover Kindle RGB 03 stymied–never surprised. We would benefit from asking, “How should I look at this? How can I turn this into a positive? What do you want me to learn from this?”

I think He loves to answer these kind of questions. If you are tuned into hearing, you may hear Him in your head, or you may just begin to see it differently, or you may immediately have  different thoughts about the thing in question.

I talk a lot about false beliefs we have, because they are so influential. They are part of mindlessness, our unexplored inner terrain. We act them out. They are great determiners of our mood and quality of life. Getting free of them is part of the abundant life Jesus came to give. But if we never look at the crazy things we walk around with, never question them, or even ask God to show us what they are, we are at their mercy. That is programming.

My book on Jacob’s life (Genesis–part 2) is coming out Monday–the third Love’s Playbook. This one is The Perception of Failure. Jacob never really could get over that one big mistake, and he always felt he was paying for it. Even though God appeared to him with assurance. He was grateful, but he could never quite get his head and heart over it. And the dark side clearly took advantage of it. He had a lot of bad things happen to him! But he knew where to go for comfort, perspective, and perception. It is an inspiring story of God’s presence and faithfulness, even through pain. This link should work by Saturday night for the kindle version. http://amazon.com/author/arlacaraboolad


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Celebrating Beginnings

Today is a day of celebration! After I finish this I’m going to make some no-sugar coconut and fresh raspberry ice cream. Yum!

I finished and sent off the digital book that marks the first commitment to my new series. It’s not the first book of the series; that is already out.

It was written as the last chapter of my first book on losing yourself–addressing why we suffer. Then someone said I should publish it on its own, and I loved the idea. Love’s Playbook is my favorite thing I’ve Playbook Cover 1000 RGB 01ever written, and most of it was written in one 7 1/2 hour sitting that I thought was about 2 1/2 hours! I think it was inspired!

Then somehow came the idea to continue that story and write a version of scripture from a female therapist’s perspective. One that makes God look all good as scripture asserts that He is.

That’s no light undertaking. So I took a year and wrote a book on health, and let the idea digest to see what would become of it.

The more I thought and talked to God about it, the more excited I got, and in January I started… A few months ago I decided to split Genesis into two parts–there is a lot to it, and I don’t want the books to be too long. I trusted it to my sisters and some friends, who I knew would be honest, and kept writing. The feedback was positive and Thursday it came out. Playbook Cover 1000 RGB 02Yesterday it needed some tweaking, and now it’s done! The ebook is out–paper copy will be out next week!

~And the good news is, book 3 is over half-done. But the best news is that I love doing it. It has brought so much happiness and dimension to my life, that even if no one ever read it, it would be worth it. Most of the time it’s like I’m there, seeing it as a movie while I’m writing. I believe it is the first interpretive version that has been written for adults. I take all the liberty Ruach gives (that’s Hebrew for Holy Spirit), and I love working with Him. If you have a better subtitle for book 3, please let me know!Playbook Cover 1000 RGB 03

Someone (De’ Vinci? Picasso?) said find something you love to do and you will never work another day. It’s true. I look forward to my writing time every day, even in the hard parts–like the flood.

Besides thanking God for this work, this idea of seeing Him with an all-good perspective; I have to thank my husband, too, because I couldn’t work and write and do other things without all of his help. He has definitely become my “help-mate.” Thanks Babe!

Last night he and I celebrated by just sitting in our living room and talking for an hour–no TV, no technology, just he and I talking. It was wonderful. I don’t remember the last time we did that.

So if you’ve wanted to read the Bible and struggled, check out the series Love’s Playbook, only the subtitles change. There will be more to come for a long time, God willing.






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