Flipping the Perspective Coin – M. Laycock

This is the season of golden light in Alberta, the season of Thanksgiving. This fall has
been glorious with temperatures remaining in the mid twenties, Celsius, for
some time. It’s the kind of weather that makes me want to go horseback riding,
a hobby I have loved since a young child. 
Unfortunately my riding days are over
due to a leg injury that happened when I fell while rock climbing on the cliffs
of Lake Superior’s north shore. The injury has finally caught up with me and
keeps me from doing some things I have enjoyed in the past. It’s a loss I feel
deeply at times, but then, the doctors once warned me I might be in a
wheelchair by now, so I’m counting my blessings. 
It seems there are always two sides to the perspective coin.
You can either look at all the frustrations and barriers that will continue to
arise in your life and in your career, or you can focus on the obstacles that
have already been surmounted and the answers to prayer that helped you leap
over them.
There are times when I get frustrated with the barriers in
my life and writing career, but then I remember …
My second novel, A Tumbled Stone, was published because of
the generosity of a friend and the answer to the prayers of many more.
I’d prayed about the money needed to submit to A Second Cup
of Hot Apple Cider, an anthology of Canadian writers and three speaking engagements popped up, giving me enough
to submit and purchase a few copies. God supplied what I needed just in time.
A spontaneous decision to submit a YA manuscript to Steve
Laube at Write Canada led me to ask for prayer and that led to an encouraging
interview and his request for the full manuscript. Once again, prayer opened
doors.
Recently I prayed that God would begin to open up speaking
engagements for me. After being out of the loop for over a year due to a battle
with cancer, I was a bit worried that it would take a while to build up that
part of my ministry again. Then I was asked to speak at a Spring Tea; another
woman called to ask if I would speak at a few Christian Women’s clubs in
Central Alberta and another invited me to speak at a retreat in Saskatchewan.
I’m now in the place of having to pick and choose which engagements to accept. 
God answers. God provides.
Sometimes the perspective coin lands on the wrong side and
when it does I am blocked by the burdens of frustration and disappointment.
It’s at those times that I have to make the choice to flip the coin over.
Counting the blessings releases the joy of contentment and renewed enthusiasm.
So go ahead, flip that coin. And be thankful.
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Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta
Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She
was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel,
One Smooth Stone and also has two devotional books in print. Her work has been
endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan. Marcia’s
second novel, A Tumbled Stone has just been released. Abundant Rain, an ebook
devotional for writers can be downloaded here.
Visit Marcia’s website