Time. Possibly the most valuable “thing” we possess. How do you spend your time?
Playing with grandchildren, watching a slow computer downloading a free game the grandchildren want to play… or any other number of activities one can engage in daily…
The current situation in my home is 4 of our 9 grandchildren are here playing and while I was just getting into a writing “mood” they requested that I put a game on my laptop. There are already 2 laptops in use with the requested game!! I’m not opposed to them playing but I don’t want my laptop engaged with their game ~ then it can’t be engaged with my own games lol.
So instead my old laptop was pulled out for their use. I had to sign in and download the game. That was all at least 20 minutes ago. The screen I see states the download took place and now it is working on installing the game to my internal harddrive.
In the midst of all this “slow” time waster my thoughts turn to God’s Word and how much we need to attend to “downloading” His Word into our heart, and then the very important work of “installing” His Word into our heart for regular use!
So my favorite verse in Philippians 4:8 is on my mind and I hope it blesses you as you give thought to how best to spend your “time”. May it be for God’s Glory and Honor.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
I thought I’d share a scripture in this next blog posting but somewhere between the last post and right now I had a completely different thought running through my mind.
Words! So. Many. Words! We need them. We use them. But some of them are so destructive we would be wise to learn how to tame them. While others are so uplifting and encouraging and we need to learn how to share them freely.
Maybe you’ve had an embarrassing situation occur and will never forget what was said to you, or perhaps what you said to someone else? Maybe you’ve been abused by someone who used words to put you down and now you hear them replaying in your own thoughts when you have difficulty believing in yourself? Maybe you get frustrated and use your words in a cruel way instead of a loving way.
Sometimes we use our words negatively on ourselves. Sometimes we can use our words against ourselves to such a degree we believe them when we shouldn’t.
There is a way that is better for us. We need to recognize that God made us and therefore we can trust Him for everything. We need to stop believing the lies we tell ourselves, the lies that others tell us about ourselves and the lies we hear daily from the world around us.
That may seem truly impossible. But with God all things are possible! And I know for God has shown me many lying words that I have said to myself, or used in the heat of frustration that my children (now fully grown and I have no idea the damage I’ve done) and at times my grandchildren have been exposed to because I let my frustration get the best of me and my mouth! I’m certainly not proud of these instances. And I pray that God protects them from things I have said in haste. But the fact that God has shown me the error of my words gives me hope that I will learn to stop, think before I speak (with everyone, including myself!), and proceed with LOVE, God’s LOVE before responding to any given situation.
So many uplifting, encouraging words that we need to embrace and USE Regularly! So many hurtful, lying words that we need to rid ourselves of once and for all!
With this thought running through my mind I really felt that someone has been living with lies for so long that they may be looking for encouragement to stop and change their use of vocabulary.
Be blessed in the love of God and share that blessing with those around you.
So much has happened since my last post. Life in general tends to keep us busy. As long as we are careful to remain focused on our daily walk with God we can accomplish much more than when we are crazed with our busy life.
Since my last post we celebrated Thanksgiving, celebrated Christmas with our lovebugs before heading to NC for the winter. Normally we do the drive in two days so that my body survives. When we do it all in one day my body feels like it has been through much more than it has and it takes me several days to “recover”. However when I looked for a room for the night I just felt like I shouldn’t commit. We left early in the morning and I simply felt we needed to push ourselves to arrive at our daughter’s home by evening.
We were heading to NC because our daughter was going to have our newest lovebug, aka grandchild 😉 by C-section. With a due date of January 2nd the doctor scheduled her surgery for December 26th. We were traveling Dec.19th. As we were driving along we were discussing if we should find a room for the night or press on and sleep on the sofa at our daughters home. We were scheduled to move into a rental on the 20th. The closer we got the stronger I felt we were to press on. Our daughter was happy to have us “crash on her sofa” for the night. We arrived around 8:30 that evening. The lovebugs were all in bed for the night so we settled in for the night with plans to enjoy a nice visit in the morning before going to pick up the keys to our rental.
Around 2:30 in the morning our daughter and son in law left for the hospital. Our newest lovebug arrived by C-section at 5:44 a.m. December 20, 2017. God knew we needed to be there for the night. His plans for us weren’t clear directions, but more of a nudging from the Holy Spirit every time we discussed getting a room it just felt wrong within me.
So here it is January 23, 2018. We’ve been in our rental for a little over a month now, we walk on the beach every morning watching the sunrise over the ocean. Then we drive half an hour to our daughter’s home to enjoy our 5 NC lovebugs 😍😍😍😍😍❣
As we walk on the beach my spirit is renewed, and strengthened … I truly find myself so close to God as I walk with my husband early, watching the sunrise. God is so incredibly Magnificent and Holy, and I’m Blessed beyond words as I walk in His Light.
My gratitude is immeasurable. For truly I have dreamt of living close enough to the beach to walk on it daily for over 20 years. I’m literally living my dream, even if only for a few months. I don’t know what God’s plans are for us once our time in NC comes to an end, but I do know that I will keep this joy with me forever.
My hope for you is that you choose daily to walk with God, in His Light.
Heard yet another commercial on the television that left me wondering who the advertising industry is targeting. We as consumers often find ourselves stressed out especially around the Holidays. Always wanting the very best for our loved ones and the pressure is on for the latest and greatest gadgets, toys, electronics, etcetera.
I just wonder what would really happen if we the “consumers” would strive for the very best in our walk with God instead of the best the world has to offer. If we would be content with what we have and eliminate stressful shopping from our daily or weekly schedules.
I can just picture it, can’t you? Peace on earth, goodwill towards men. When we aren’t stressed we tend to be much more pleasant. Or is that just me??
So I know it’s a huge challenge but I’m suggesting that we all take a moment, or longer actually, to stop and enjoy what we already have. Reduce the shopping lists and add more time spent with our loved ones making memories that will last a lifetime.
All that and “holiday shopping” has been going on all year long for some serious “shoppers” while others wait until the last possible second!! Is it any wonder that advertising sends out messages geared to make us feel like we are “missing out” if we don’t have what they are selling? – and the answer to that is a resounding NO!!
Choose the best. Choose Christ today.
Watching the television or reading the headlines of the papers (via the internet or physical newspapers) the news just isn’t The Good News we need Daily!
When we fail to begin our day with the full armor of God we leave ourselves defenseless from the news of the world around us.
By reading God’s Holy Word early in our day we put on the armor of God, and protect ourselves against the fiery darts of the enemy. We can hear the daily news without falling into the daily blues! Because we can actively pray for those in need while we seek wisdom of how we may be of help in the midst of tragedy.
There are so many scripture verses that have blessed me over the years. I thought it would be nice to select a couple of verses and share them with you. Today I will share this one ~ Proverbs 3: 5,6 NKJV (New King James Version)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
This portion of scripture blessed me early in my walk with God. We were married and I was expecting our first child when I received a phone call with news of my brother being involved in a car crash. It was a difficult night. Being a relatively new christian I cried out to God and during prayer for my brother I felt God wrap His arms around me. I know that sounds strange, or weird or both. But I am telling you the truth. I know there were no physical arms around me. While I was in prayer, tears running down my face I felt such a peace come over me and I felt just like I was being hugged by God Himself. It was an incredible feeling, one that I have never forgotten. And this scripture verse spoke to my heart. There are so many times when we need to simply trust in the Lord with our whole heart. I thank God that my brother was spared, and although he had injured his back he was within a micro-section of an inch of being a paraplegic. He has two steel rods in his back. He was in the hospital for months, and when he returned home he had to wear a brace, and had a drain in his lungs.
This verse spoke to me time and time again but I will share one other time from early in my walk with God. We were living in an upper flat and had three little ones. We received word that the owner of the house had died. And the person who was responsible for their estate was selling the house. They decided it would be easier to sell the house with tenants in place so we were asked to stay. When the house sold we received paperwork stating who the new owners were and where to send the rent check. Imagine our surprise when someone knocked on our door in the evening asking for the rent! In the course of the conversation where we explained the rent check had been sent they stated they did not want us to mail in our rent, in fact they were raising the rent a significant amount and they would be by to pick up the payment which they preferred in cash! My husband gave them our 30 days notice we would be moving out. I had envisioned our little family of 5 being separated with two of us moving in with one set of parents and three of us moving in with another set of parents because where would we ever find a place for all 5 of us in less than a month? But God opened doors that only He could open and within the month we were moved into a complex that was truly a blessing. It just showed me yet again that I needed to lean on Him and not my own understanding!
I hope as I share some of my favorite scripture verses you will search out your own favorite verses and recognize how special they are for you.
As you make your decisions today I pray you choose well!
We make choices every day. Some are simple. Some are mundane. Some are honestly life changing.
I made a choice back when I was just 17 years old that changed my life to this day !(and every day since for approximately 40.5 yrs)
The truth is I had faith in God from a young age. I was raised in the Catholic church. And I loved God. Then one day shortly after my 17th birthday I was presented with the truth of the gospel. That God loved me, and He wanted me to have a relationship with Him. It was one of the easiest choices I’ve ever made. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior that day with no hesitation or doubt.
Making the choice wasn’t difficult. Living as His presented me with choices. Every. Single. Day.
That’s why my blog is called Daily Choosing Christ. Because every day I chose Christ as my standard for living.