Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Choosing Life + A Fun Announcement

Today at Staff Devotions the guest pastor declared,

"Life is a series of choices, not a series of chances."

And that one little sentence honestly hit my heart in such a tenacious manner, it practically knocked me over. How many times have I sat back and blamed a circumstance or situation on life, as if it is "life's fault" that I'm in the predicament. When in actuality, nine times out of ten, I'm in that situation because of a choice I made at some point in my life.

And to be honest, making my own decisions has so often left me empty and without comfort or peace. There have been so many times in my life where my choices just have not been good ones. There is no easier way to say that. 

Some of my choices have seriously stunk.

And it is through these bad choices that I have left some serious consequences floundering in my wake. I've hurt not only the people that I've cared about, but I've really hurt myself as well. It's been in these hurts that I have let myself blame the circumstances I was in. "Well if only this didn't happen....." And trust me when I say the list went on and on.

But growing in my relationship with God has taught me something incredibly different. Making the right choices for Him, will change so many of those circumstances along the way and create a sense of peace and purpose in my life. In Psalm 37:4-5 it says,

"Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the Land and Prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you your heart's desire."

My desires are to live a journey that emulates Him, to find purpose that glorifies His name, and love those He has placed in my path with the utmost extravagant nature. These are the choices that will continuously lead my life to prosper and not leave me with a feeling of complete emptiness in the pit of my stomach (and my heart). The greatest part about our God is that He has given us the ability to choose and He wants our choices to be those that will bless the people around us.

"Today I have given you the choice between life and death,
between blessings and curses.
Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.
Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!"

I want to consistently choose to be a blessing over a curse in everyone's life that I have the pleasure of coming in contact with. I want to allow God the opportunity to guide my path so that the choices I make reflect who He is, and not who I've always tried to be. I want my situations and circumstances to always reflect my decision to choose life.

In what ways are you struggling with a choice between life or death? Blessing or curse? Let God speak into your heart today. Follow those directions. He will always lead you to choose life, but the choice is ultimately yours to make. If you need any support at all, or even just prayer, leave a comment down below and we can get through this decision process together!

Ok, and now for the fun announcement! I have the amazing privilege of spending a few extra weeks in Uganda with two of my incredible friends, Katelyn and Silvester. God has been stirring some wonderful things in our hearts and the next few weeks are going to be packed with some exciting opportunities and adventures. I will make sure to keep you all posted with what has been going on, as well as share some great pictures. Thank you all so much for your constant love and support.
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