This morning I arise and wipe sleep from my eyes. Slumbering steps move me slowly towards the nook in the couch, the place where I think and write and listen.

 Life direction moving forward? Check.

Hold those whom I love close to your heart, Lord. Prayers made…

Worry kept at bay? Check

A sliver of sun seeps in through the window blind. I fall silent. Then, unexpectedly, fresh insights stun. Nothing I haven’t already heard, just perspective’s delivery for the day:

“Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it.
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” –Psalm 127:1-2

To my chagrin, the nuances of faith change. No longer do I think that it all depends upon me.

Westlake Village Inn, West Lake Village, CA

I glance down at my hands and imagine bruised thumbs from hammering where faith has fled. I wonder over the folly of human ambition and worrying and striving.

The pendulum on the wall clock swings and ticks ever so softly, reminding me of time cloaked in finiteness. Belief tiptoes back through my mind, and I surrender…to perspective.

This post is linked to L.L. Barkat’s blog series
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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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11 Responses to Perspective

  1. Thedesertrocks says:

    Beautiful post, photo and poem. Hoping your day will slowly fill with faith.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Thanks so much Thedesertrocks. He is so faithful to fill my day with new faith. I appreciate your encouraging comments because I’m sure they provide some of that faith.

  2. Wonderful post, JoDee. The photos with it are lovely. The thoughts revealed in it are inspiring. I love Psalm 127. Blessings to you…

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Carol Ann, thanks for the wonderful comment. I hope my thoughts and photos will inspire others. Somehow that makes my life journey more worthwhile.

  3. Cheri says:

    When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, thanks for the reminder that the Lord works even while we sleep and how humbling, but freeing, to realize that it doesn’t all depend on me.

    • JoDee Luna says:


      I’m with you on that comment. There aren’t enough hours in the day. I like to think that the Lord still works His will somehow. I’ve wondered what has been happening with you.

  4. Benjyjen says:

    Profound words on perspective. I’ve had a lot of chances lately to change my perspective. You’d think I’d learn. Thanks for sharing… and thanks for linking my blog to yours!

  5. slamdunk says:

    Getting back into the swing of blog reading and I never disappointed here.

    The second shot has such a warm yet for some reason historic feel. Was that taken on one of your trips?

    • JoDee Luna says:

      slamdunk, I just took this picture at a wedding this past weekend. The place is Westlake Village Inn, West Lake Village, CA. I should add a caption. It’s so nice to see you back in cyberspace full force.

  6. flyinggma says:

    Beautiful thoughts and photos JoDee. I love following where your mind goes on a particular day and how you share those thoughts in such descriptive words.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      flyingma, thank you so much for this comment. I often wonder whether my thoughts come across clearly for those reading them. It feels good to know that you get me.

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