Choosing the Best from the Rest

Do you ever feel like Gumby? Stretched and pulled in several directions at once? Decisions to be made at every turn, and yet you find yourself:

  • Questioning whether you’ve made the right choice.
  • Indecisive for fear of choosing the wrong path or overwhelmed by the choices at hand.
  • Discontent for fear there was an option you never explored that could have been THE one.
  • Pressure to conform or perform according to someone else’s standards or expectations —or perhaps your own.

How do we begin to enjoy the moments of life rather than completing a task and jumping to the next thing on our list?

How do we keep from feeling stressed by the daily decisions we must make?

How do we choose the best from the everything else? Continue reading “Choosing the Best from the Rest”

Awakened by Grace

Awaken —my ‪#‎oneword365‬ ‪is so applicable to my life this year. But it was not complete. One of the words I considered for 2016 was #grace, but #awaken seemed to be what I needed. So it was the word I chose a few weeks ago. It resonated. And I love the word. But for the first time since I’ve been choosing words/themes, I’ve changed my word for the year. ‪I believe God is calling me to explore #grace in a more in-depth way this year. How can I embrace and extend grace in greater ways this year? It is God’s grace that will awaken those things that need to be rekindled in my life. #awakenedbyGrace

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The New Testament Greek charis is rendered grace.

charis —of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.

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My #OneWord365

My #oneword365 for 2016 is awaken! 2015 was a good year for our family. It was productive and full of blessing and provision. It brought new challenges and new friendships. And it brought some much-needed relief  in the area of our finances after six plus years of waiting and working hard! But as I ended 2015 and headed into 2016, one word described how I felt body, soul and spirit… tired. I’m tired. I can think of several things I “want” to do in 2016 in several areas of my life, and yet I have no energy or drive to get there…or even begin. I need the Lord to awaken me! To bring back to life passions and pursuits that I have laid aside or given up on. I need him to awaken and revive me body, soul and spirit. His awakening presence will be the key!

If you’ve never used #oneword to focus and be intentional throughout the year, I’d highly recommend it.  The Lord has been impressing one word or theme into my life for the last ten or so years, and it’s always been powerful and productive —always a great time of growth and experiencing His presence in new and amazing ways in my life. You can find out more here, and join with a community of people who are doing the same thing. It’s great encouragement and accountability.

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