Discovering what love is one day at a time
As often as the clock ticks, we are presented with choices. Opportunities are before us at every turn. Choices, thoughts, decisions and actions…each one has a consequence that affects all areas of our lives; parenting, relationships, business, work, matters of the heart…etc.
When you choose or make a choice the decision is dependent upon the value you have placed on one action verses the other. That which is valued most rules the decision. Every day we get the opportunity to choose. To choose better than we did the day before…to learn from whatever choices we have made in the past and did not like the outcome.
How important is it to take a step back and re-evaluate the way we are making our decisions? How important is it for us to take a look at our circumstances, and then re-evaluate them under the light of God’s Word?
For me, the highest value in my life is my relationship with God and His Kingship over and through all aspects of my life. If my thoughts, feelings, attitudes, decisions and actions are not surrendered to His Word, I will have no peace.
I know that circumstances can have the tendency to shake our world. I am grateful that they do, because it is in that time that God shows me where my flesh has resurrected itself and has latched on to something that is not firmly rooted in Him. It is there in the storms of this life that I discover what I have been clinging to. If it is not God, I am shaken, stirred up and look and feel like a tornado has passed through my home. And yet, if I am resting in Him, abiding in His peace…although I may not enjoy the circumstances, like the circumstances or even ever remotely desire the circumstances, I have peace. There is nothing better than His peace. It surpasses all understanding. It doesn’t make sense. Your circumstances can be very dire, and yet you have a wellspring of hope and joy rising and erupting from deep within…and your mind does not run rampant with thoughts of the what if’s… because there is no room for anything other than that overwhelming joy and peace.
When I start to feel like the tornado thing…I remember a special and specific moment with God, it was right after my 2nd son was born, I was in the hospital, hemorrhaging. I remember praying with my husband…and telling God that I trusted Him with whatever happened, letting go of my need to know the outcome. It did not make sense, but it was in that time that all the pressure was released. I had lost half my blood supply…BUT God. I rested in the arms of the Almighty God. Fear gone. Peace abundant. Joy full. Overflowing. Crazy good. I love that place. I realized that that was a place I could remain, always.
I am so glad that it has been given to us. We have a responsibility to steward it. May we all choose to serve Him this day with our whole heart mind and soul and strength, and remain in that place of abiding peace.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have two young men ages 18 and 13.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.