Life Decisions

When I was twenty one years old I was facing the most difficult decision I personally had ever made. While discussing it with someone older and wiser than me and I remember them telling me “One day you will look back and realize this will not be the biggest decision of your life.” They were right, but to this day it is a decision I still remember and often wonder about with regret.

We have all heard the phrase “I wish I knew then, what I know now.” The truth is none of us can see into the future. None of us can one hundred percent plan our future. Sure, we can try our best. We can plot out our course with expert determination, but it does not guarantee we will get the results we want. Love happens, death happens, illnesses, pregnancy, inflation, earthquakes, recessions, accidents — all of these things can cause our plans to change.

Actually, some of the worst things that happened to me and many others brought us to our greatest blessings. How?

Remember Job? The last of his life he was restored everything he lost and gained even more. Why? Because he never cursed God. He remained faithful to God.

What about Joseph? Even though he was treated terribly by his own brothers. Lied about and falsely imprisoned. He never stopped serving God. Through Joseph’s faithfulness he was rewarded and was able to bless even those who had wronged him.

Now let’s think about Peter, I can truly relate to poor Peter. Peter denied Christ and cursed when Christ needed him the most. He could have run away, ashamed to ever show his face again. He could have become and alcoholic and drowned his quilt. No, Peter chooses to seek redemption in Christ and in spite of his failure served Him with boldness.

Each of these men had life decisions to make in the midst of uncertain and trying situations. They made the right decisions by trusting and believing in God NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED!

Each of us has the same decision to make when life presents difficult situations. Just like Job, Joseph and Peter we too can make the right decision.

Joshua 24

14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Faithful and True

Tonight I am thankful that the God I serve does not stop loving you because you become old.

He does not stop caring about you because of the size of your bank account.

He does not stop withholding his love because of the color of your skin or your educational background.

My God doesn’t care if you wear the latest fashions or drive a newer car.

My God looks at my heart, He hears me when I talk to Him.

He is not impressed by petty things or boastful numbers and proclamations.

He searches for faith and humility.

He is faithful and true.

Sowing & Reaping

I planted these Zinnias from seed early June. I am finally seeing my first bloom. I also planted some daisies, but have yet to see any possibility of buds. I will, like my Heavenly Father, keep watching and doing everything I can to encourage production.

Sowing and reaping still amazes me!

I am thankful I have come to realize even when we do everything we can sometimes the results are not always a reflection of our effort, but rather a result of circumstances beyond our control.

Enabler

ENABLER

What is an “ENABLER?”

  • a person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behavior in another.
    “being an enabler to an addict does more harm than good”

Are you an “ENABLER?”

Here are some characteristics of enablers:

  1. Enablers avoid conflict to keep the peace.
  2. Enablers are in denial about the seriousness of their loved one’s addiction.
  3. Enablers bottle their emotions.
  4. Enablers think the problem will improve, given time.
  5. Enablers lecture, blame and criticize their addicted loved one.
  6. Enablers take on the responsibilities of the addicted.
  7. Enablers repeatedly come to the rescue of the addicted one.
  8. Enablers do whatever it takes to protect their loved one from pain.
  9. Enablers treat the addicted person like a child.
  10. Enablers financially support their loved one, even if that person is a grown adult.
  11. Enablers try to control the dependent person.
  12. Enablers endure. They think this is just a season.
  13. Enablers are always willing to give “just one more chance”, and then another, and another, and so on.
  14. Enablers can join in on the problem activity, even though they know it is harmful to the dependent person.

Is enabling always about substance abuse or addiction? 

 Enabling can describe any situation where you “help” by attempting to hide problems or make them go away.

God Crazy

I am not crazy like the world considers or defines crazy, but I am conflicted and fighting a truly real spiritual warfare battle. It rages wildly and strongly. 

The desire of the enemy is to destroy me and you. He desires to kill our spirit, to keep us from praying. He desires to discourage us and keep us so self centered that we will give up and walk away from our family in search of self “satisfaction” instead of standing strong in faith and fighting through the battle with Holy Ghost inspired faith and prayer for our family. He wants us to give up and instead meet our own selfish desires.

Believe me, I am often tempted to walk away from the daily torments, but as the old hymn goes “I’ve come too far to turn back now! Does that mean I don’t get weary? NO! Does that mean my heart, soul, body and mind doesn’t ache and cry out in pain? NO! But friends, I know who my Savior is. I deserve death, HE DIDN’T”T! I deserve to be tormented, HE DIDN’T”!

I will not cease praying! I will not cease crying out to GOD! I will not stop believing in my GOD who has never ever failed me!!

I BELIEVE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE!!!!

I BELIEVE MY GOD CAN DELIEVER AND SAVE!!!

KEEP THE FAITH MY FRIENDS!!!

Without Him

I have failed God more times than I can count, but HE has never failed me.

I have wallowed in self pity and doubt.

I have been disobedient and willful. Demanded my own way. Selfish and ungrateful. 

Downright foolish and arrogant many times.

Knowing I was wrong, knowing I needed help, but refusing to change.

Why?

I would always say “It’s not because I don’t trust God, I do trust Him, but I don’t trust me. I have no confidence in myself.”

The truth is IF I HAVE FAITH IN GOD THEN, I CAN HAVE FAITH IN MYSELF, but I never could grasp that concept. Still I struggle with it. 

If I trust God then, I can trust him completely.

My faith is in Him, not in me.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Confidence in what Christ can do in and through me. Confidence in what the Holy Spirit is leading, teaching and guiding me into each day as I seek the Lord. My faith, hope and confidence is not in me, but in Christ.

It is only when I focus my eyes on what Christ can do in me that I can believe I can be forgiven, restored and continually renewed. Without a continued confidence, faith and hope in Christ I would be lost. Just like the words of one of my favorite songs.

Without him, I could do nothing

Without him, I’d surely fail

Without him, I would be drifting

Like a ship without a sail

Jesus

Oh Jesus

Do you know him today?

Do not turn him away

Oh Jesus

Oh Jesus

Without him, how lost I would be

Without him, I would be dying

Without him, I’d be enslaved

Without him, life would be hopeless

But with Jesus, thank God I’m saved

Grandmother

I’m not the momma anymore, I’m the grandmother, aka “Nannie or Ninnie.”

It is amazing how quickly life roles reverse.

One day you’re the child, then you’re the mom, and before you can even scratch your watch or wind your head band you are the grandma!!! I kid you not! It happens almost overnight!

Just yesterday I was sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen eating breakfast. Now, I look at pictures taken today and I wonder, ‘Who is that old lady? I know I am fat, but I forgot I was old!!!

Oh, the cycle of life.

If I can be half as loving, generous with love as my grandparents were I have big shoes to fill.

Things are so different now. I really do fear for my grandchildren.My hope is only found in my faith in God.

I will not cease to pray for my children and grandchildren.

Precious Memory

My brother DeWayne and I often spent the night with my Nannie Jackson in her home at Route 1 Jefferson.

The bedtime ritual was we all three climbed into her double bed. We each prayed silently.

When we had finished our prayers each one of us would individual say out loud “Amen” when we were done praying.

None of us would talk until everyone had said “Amen.”Then, my Nannie Jackson would always say, “If you need me, call me.”

I never realized how blessed I was until I became a Nannie. Now, I tell my grandbabies “if you need me, call me.”

Little is Much

If you have any age on you at all, you know who Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band are.

If you attended church anytime between 1930 and 1970 you will know and recognize the lyrics of this song. We sang it often, back before praise and worship music became the thing.

In the harvest field now ripened

There’s a work for all to do

Hark! the Master’s voice is calling

To the harvest calling you

Does the place you’re called to labor

Seem so small and little known?

It is great if a God is in it

For He’ll not forsake His own

Little is much when God is in it!

Labor not for wealth or fame

There’s a crown, and you can win it

If you go in Jesus’ name

And when the conflict has ended

And our race on earth is run

He will say, if you’ve been faithful

“Welcome home, My child—well done!”

Little is much when God is in it!

Labor not for wealth or fame

There’s a crown, and you can win it

If you go…

If you go…

If you go in Jesus’ name

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Kreiger Conrad / Kreiger Donna / Suffield F W Mrs