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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

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What Are You Waiting For?

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I think it was Jeff Foxworthy with the joke “here’s your sign” or maybe it was an old song.  I can’t recall for sure, but we are all familiar with the adage “here’s your sign.”

If you’re like me, sometimes we know what we need to do but we put off doing it until we are absolutely, positively, completely and beyond sure.  Well, if that’s you – HERE’S YOUR SIGN.

“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;”  Ecclesiastes 3:12

What is it the Lord is calling you to do? Is it a service in some way?  Is it to let go of something that you’ve been holding on to …a habit …a relationship …bitterness? Is it to start something new? I know it may seem easy for me to write this when I have no clue what you are going through, but trust me when I say “here’s your sign” applies to me ALL THE TIME!

Sometimes we use that phrase when something funny happens and it just fits.  But sometimes I wonder what we’re really waiting for?  What am I waiting for?  I actually have a couple of things that I’m pretty confident I am being called to do.  Do you think God keeps putting people, suggestions and outright signs in my path telling me, yet again, “here’s your sign”? I think He does, but He shouldn’t have to.  All of us get trapped in fear at times.  Afraid to fail. Afraid of what others will say. Afraid of success…

To  you and me, “If you’re waiting for a sign-THIS is IT!”

Blessings!

 

 

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Enthusiasm

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It’s the last Friday of 2016…

What’s your outlook into 2017?  I hope you are as enthusiastic as this little girl is!

In just 2 days we will usher in 2017 – ready or not!  I am looking forward to making this my best year ever!  Aren’t you? Yes I know there are things that are outside my control, but I am enthusiastically ready to put 100% of effort into the things I can control: attitude and effort.

  •  Attitude
    • outlook on life
    • how I react to others
  • Effort
    • giving 100%
    • choosing where to put my efforts

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”  Philippians 2:14

I believe 2017 CAN be our best year ever if we ENTHUSIASTICALLY embrace what we can control, let go of the things we can’t control and are wise enough to discern the difference!
Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
So, get your “enthusiasm” on and make it a great 2017!
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How Do You “Balance” It All?

Have you ever felt like the funny picture above?  Me, too! I hear all the time that we must manage our time because there is no such thing as “balance”. Do you agree?  If you’ve ever tried to balance your life, you certainly know the struggle.

Just when you think you have things balanced, the scale tilts and throws everything off kilter.  But when you manage your life, you seem to roll with the punches more freely. Please understand, I use that phrase “roll with the punches” very loosely.  Some of us are wound up tight by nature, so we find it difficult to roll with anything that puts a kink in our plans.

I have found that life is less about control, regardless what we call it – managing or balancing, and more about living.  But to live life on purpose without too much frazzle, you must have some values and boundaries.

By values, I mean you must to know what’s most important to you.  To you.  Once you determine that, you’re on your way. For me, it’s God (Jesus Christ), family (husband and children) and work (really everything else).  That’s the order of importance or value.

The other thing is boundaries.  By setting your own boundaries ahead of time, you are not caught off guard when situations arise.  For example, as a believer (#1 value is God), I want to avoid the appearance of evil. So, if one of my husband’s friends drop by and my husband is not home, we will visit out side in the open rather than coming in the house.  Or if you are single and dating someone, but have determined you will remain pure until you are married, you would avoid being alone in a setting that could lead to compromising that determination.  By setting your own boundaries ahead of time, you guard your values (and reputation) when situations and circumstances surprise you.

 By having values, we live on purpose. By setting boundaries, we protect our values. Life may still get out of “balance”, but we don’t have to become frazzled over it. For example, I have learned to let my house get messy when something of more importance is taking all of my time.  (Maybe a sick loved one.) When that crisis is over, I can get back on my house. Another example is saying “no” to something to which you want to say “yes” because this good thing that needs a “no” interferes with another good thing that is of greater value to you.

So, if you were to ask me, “How do you balance it all?”  I would have to say, I don’t.  I live life as it comes and try very hard to keep first things first.  Yes, from time to time, life may press in on me and I do frazzle a bit, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt like our furry friend at the top of this post. (Now, if you saw my hair when I wake up, I may look like him! But that’s a topic for another day.)

I hope this simple reminder that we are not here to “balance” life, somehow helps.  We are here to live the call of God. So, say “YES” to what’s most important. After all, life isn’t about us…it’s about HIM!

Blessings, ~Wendy