Your Choice Matters

Most of the ups and downs of life can be summed up in the choices we made. Which voice did we choose to listen to? Did we listen to the voice of peace or anger; negative or positive; life giving or self seeking. Did we choose to forgive or let bitterness settle in? Did we choose to build people up around us or tear them down? There are also other choices like, picking the bible up verses the remote control; choosing to take a risk verses taking the easy course. Did you have a “will see” attitude or did you crush fear under you feet and say YES? Every choice matters. Remember, whatever you feed the most thrives the most so, choose to feed on the things that will produce the results that you are longing for. Choose words of life, choose to have hope, to believe, to love. Choose to stand as the apple of your Father’s eye!

I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;  Psalms 17:4-8

Who I Want to Be

How do we define the person we want to be? We accumulate ideas, thoughts, and perceptions as we journey through the ups and downs of this life that help or hinder us from becoming that person. It can be perplexing at times to find that the person we desire to be is often created by the events, if given the option, we would choose to avoid.

I have an ideal that I wish to live in; a vision of which I would like my life to mirror; heroes of whom I would like to be numbered with; and yet, it all just seems to come down to choices. One right choice built upon another. The continued process of putting one foot in front of the other to accomplish one goal at a time. Many times it is just a single choice of choosing to get up after one of many falls or the choice to stand when one feels like falling.

If we could each determine to stand as Jesus did while He was here on earth, we could create a world that our children could also have the choice to stand, live in vision and enjoy the perplexities of a life fully lived.

As we get up each day choosing to live a life that is pleasing to our Creator we become the person He created us to be and thus enjoy a life fully lived.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

HOPE for 2015!

As another year has come to a close, I ponder over the events of the past year and realize so much still feels undone. How did another year pass by? So, what do I do with all these mixed emotions? I have many great memories of time shared with friends and family, it has been a year full of testimonies of the goodness of God, of break through and change in many of the lives of the people closest to me. I have gained so much from new relationships and new found friends. However, in my own life, I feel I have fallen short of what was possible. I think of the things I’ve put off, put on the back shelf or just thought maybe tomorrow. There are also things that have been out of my control, which I had hoped for in this past year that unfortunately, have not yet come to pass. As I count my blessings this year what do I do with the disappointments as to avoid carrying them into the next year allowing them to contaminate my hopes for 2015? I think on ways I can improve, I make a list of what is too important to put off any longer, I prioritize my list of resolutions and I again meditate on what my hopes and dreams are. Then I determine to silence the nagging voice in my head that says, “You tried all of this before”. Ultimately, I have to place every disappointment, every unrealized dream, and every unfulfilled promise at the feet of Jesus. II must repent for the times I dropped the ball, let discouragement take root or listened to what the enemy said about me or my situation instead of what God was saying through His word or the voice of someone who cared for me. Now, that I have repented of anything that would hold me back, I ask the Lord to wash over me and cleanse me from any residue of past failures and to renew a right spirit within me so that I can fully commit 2015 to God and trust that He is in control and will direct my steps.

I say, “Lord have Your way in me this year. Guide me into Your will, Your truth, Your way and teach me what I need to know to fulfil all that you have created me for. Lord, empower me to live a life of love, hope, and faith this year as I encourage others in the same.”

Will you join me in releasing the burdens of last year and taking hold of an exciting new year? Will you be willing to risk stepping into the unknown to take hold of something greater than experienced before? For His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. I know as we press on we will obtain all that we have dreamed of.

“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentation 3: 21-24

Dream Again!

What does it mean to dream? It is simply to visualize where you see yourself in the future. We are encouraged through scripture that, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). The problem is some of us are afraid to imagine. We are afraid of being disappointed so we have stopped hoping. Let’s start to hope again and dream again by imagining a life where everyone around us is encountering the power, love and presence of God through us. Let’s see what God can do with that dream!