Tag Archive | Choices

Making a New Choice

Today, May 4, 2020.

Over one third of the way through the year.

I’ve heard of this time period called many things.

“The longest month ever!” “Maypril” and a plethora of other names that I will not repeat here.

We’ve all heard stats, instructions, projections, and the moaning and groaning of fear and heartache from all points on the map.

The heartache is certainly real.

The facts and figures are coming at us so fast and furiously that we cannot possibly keep them straight.

Today … I’ve decided to make a new choice.

Frankly I’m really sick of the my old choices.

So with that, I let you know that it’s been a real toil for me, as with others to “Think lovely thoughts”.

I’ve watched, listened and read the most positive stuff I could find;

and still found myself having a difficult time, especially having always worked hard at being optimistic.

Last week, I read something, that helped me to cross the line back to positivity.

I want to share it with you here; with hope that it may help you as well.

The author is the President and CEO of an organization I’ve been involved with for over twenty years.

Her voice is a voice I know I can trust.

Take Shelter in Jesus

 Published: 31 March 2020

Take Shelter in Jesus

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the news is strongly telling us to “Shelter in place!” Leaders are trying to find ways to control the further outbreak of this insidious virus. It seems, that in a short amount of time a strong storm has hit our shores.

Protection from the Storm

So, this morning, as I read the Word, I intentionally looked for Scriptures that spoke of “shelter.” Of course, we know that the meaning of the word shelter is: To protect or shield from something harmful. 

Shelter is one of the basic human needs, along with food, water, and companionship. 

Shelter is a structure that protects from the elements, against attacks or danger. It is a place to live or dwell.

For instance, if you get lost in the woods, the first thing you do is to seek shelter or a protected place to stay. So, shelter provides cover!

Our Strong Tower

Psalms 143:8-9 says —
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in you do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk.
For I lift up my soul to you
Deliver me, o Lord from my enemies
In You I take SHELTER.

Psalm 61:4 says —
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a SHELTER for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

Joel 3:16 says —
The Lord will roar from Zion
And utter His voice from Jerusalem
The heavens and earth will shake
But the Lord will be a SHELTER for His people.

The Presence of the Lord

Jesus is a safe place to SHELTER. He covers us in the storms of life. He redeems our life from destruction, and He crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

Bless you today, as you continue to take SHELTER in His Presence. Find some good worship music and join Heaven in worshipping Jesus.

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Jane Hansen Hoyt
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Until next time ..

Be safe, be well, and make good choices.

Raw and Real #12 – Freedom

Today, I enjoy much freedom;

Freedom from anxiety, freedom from shame, freedom from guilt, freedom from bullies.

I enjoy that freedom because I made a quality choice to do the really hard inner work.

Importantly I must add – allowing God/Jesus/Holy Spirit to guide me along what has often been a pretty bumpy path.

I am fully confident, that you can follow much the same path to healing.

What is needed is a longing to be better, and a tenacity to stick with it.

Here is a really important point that must be made!

I profess freedom.

I own it.

But I must understand, and remember over and over again that this does not mean that EVERYTHING is perfect.

Actually, far from it.

Life on this planet is predictably unpredictable.

Everyone has trials.

Everyone has issues; physical, mental, and spiritual.

The deal is; how do we handle it?

I am free because I choose to, as the “littles” say “Let it go”.

I give it to God, and leave it there.

Let me be very clear, sometimes I leave it there once a day.

Other times it is every hour.

Scripture tells us in Romans 12, that we are a “Living sacrifice”.

Well, famous author and teacher Chuck Swindoll states that the problem with a “Living sacrifice”, is that they keep getting up and getting off of the alter.

I have to offer myself to God every moment, of every day.

There is FREEDOM in knowing that I have done the work, and that God reminds me all the time, that “He’s got this.”

Being certain of that, removes the weight from my shoulders.

I can walk knowing that whatever is going on, He is by my side, and that He won’t leave.

I have a handful of what I call LIFE VERSES, one for most areas of my life.

Here is one of my favorites;

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 (ESV)

Note, that it does not say that weapons will not be formed, it says they will not prosper.

Keeping this thought in mind, helps to keep the weight off of my shoulders.

It keeps my eyes looking ahead to just how God will show me what to do next.

Carrying that weight?

It is my choice.

Dropping it away from me is also my choice.

I need to recognize that some days are going to be more difficult than others, but the bad ones do pass.

What frame of mind will I keep until that happens?

And be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13: 5B (ESV) 

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:24-26 (ESV)

There may be one more installment for this Raw and Real series, or there may be a summary.

I’m not sure yet.

But either way, won’t you join me?

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Choices

Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness.

Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control.

These are choices I make for what I’d like to see in my life.

These are choices you can make as well.

To be sure, when we make these choices, they don’t always manifest perfectly.

But if we do not CHOOSE them a to begin with; i.e. become aware of them, we will have no place to start.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Verses are copied from →BibleGateway.com

Here is the definition of each.

I do enjoy a challenge, even if the bar is set pretty high.

Love = An intense feeling of deep affection

Joy = A feeling of great pleasure or happiness

Peace = Freedom disturbance; tranquility

Patience = The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset

Kindness = The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

Goodness = The quality of being morally good or virtuous

Faithfulness = The quality of being faithful; fidelity

Gentleness = The quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered

Self-control = The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations

All definitions are taken from →the Oxford Dictionary.

Please join me again on Monday for the continuation of my series “Raw and Real”.

Until then …