Monday, April 29, 2013

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

We make choices almost every minute of our lives. Each occasion presents an opportunity to choose, usually with many possibilities. (Brown, blue or red dress? . . . buy the movie or just rent it? . . . send the kids to private school or home school them?) We are bombarded daily with decisions, decisions, and more decisions.
But how do you handle the ones that are life changing, when you aren’t comfortable with your options? What should you do?
A good motto for life should be, “When in doubt; don’t!”
. . . Don’t do anything!
. . . Don’t act in a hasty manner, just because the pressure is on!
. . . Don’t choose an answer that suits the moment, you may regret it.
. . . Don’t jump into a situation, you know in your knower, isn’t right.
If you are doubting, just STOP!
The Bible says in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” In Psalm 73:24 it states, “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” The Lord is promising to guide, lead, direct and complete our path with glory AFTER we allow Him to shine His light upon us. Give God time!
He will come through. The Lord will show you the right way, or the best choice. Sometimes doubt isn’t all bad, it makes us STOP and reflect and ask advice.
So if you are facing a difficult decision, remember, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Did you hear me . . . ?

“Focus, focus!” These two little words are spoken almost daily to my seven year old son. I am constantly reminding him to “pay attention” or “stop and listen”.  Yet, there are times I hear the Lord speak these very same words to me. Why? Am I as distracted as a seven year old boy? Do I really, at this stage of my life, need to “focus” or “stop and listen”? Apparently, the answer must be yes.

Focus means to be in a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding. When “focused” we see the path we are “suppose” to be on, not the path that ministry, kids, husband, work, or life is pulling us toward.  The Bible says it this way,  “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you” (Prov 4:25).

When we loose our focus, we loose our peace, our resolve, and maybe even some honor. “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling me” (Phil 3:14). Focus gives us clear perception and perspective. When our eyes have a clear focal point, those little distractions become insignificant. We run our race with determination and grace because we can see the reward at the finish line!

So, stay focused ladies, “stop and listen”. God has called you to walk the path you are on for this season . . .“pay attention”.

Your fellow Queen in the Kingdom,
Love and Blessings,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mirror, Mirror on the wall . . .

Mirror, Mirror on the wall . . . 

As I gaze into the mirror and try to recognize the one who is looking back at me, I have to ask myself, “who am I”? Focusing on new laugh lines and grey hair doesn’t help the situation; it only causes my reflection to look more and more like a stranger to me. Yet, I know me, I’m a wife, mother, business owner, minister, missionary, etc.. Anyway, who cares what that old mirror says. But yet, the reflection taunts me.

So after more reflection, only this time in the Word of God, I realize that the question, “who am I”, should really be stated, “Who I am!”

God says, 
I am greatly loved by Him” (Rom 1:7); “I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power" (Col 1:11), that “I am His workmanship, created in Christ unto good works” (Eph 2:10and that “I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Rom 8:33Col 3:12).

So as this week unfolds, and you happen to catch a glimpse of that stranger in the mirror, remember, “It is not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me!” (Gal 2:20)

Allow His Word to cast the true reflection of who you are and hold your head high throughout the day!
Your fellow Queen in the Kingdom,
Love and Blessings,