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It’s a New Day: The Choice Is Yours – FaithGateway

I was stopped at a red light the other day and heard a man on the sidewalk having a very vocal discussion with his friend. He loudly complained that he had had no choice. I have no idea what they were talking about, but let me tell you; there’s always a choice. It may not be a choice we like, but there is always one there. You don’t have to do things that are wrong or sinful regardless of the pressure you may feel to do so – you have a choice. Today’s devotional brings that home in a real way. Let’s choose wisely today.

 

 

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I read more

Source: It’s a New Day: The Choice Is Yours – FaithGateway

It’s My Choice

We really do have more choices that it would seem. When caught between the proverbial rock and hard place it may not feel like choices abound, yet in today’s devotional by Max Lucado we are reminded that we really are free to crosssroadchoose how we will act and react. Click on the link to finish the devotional.

“It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment read more

(c) 2016 Max Lucado Used with Permission maxlucado.com

More Joy

Today’s devotional by Rebecca Barlow Jordan offers some easy ways to make way for more joy in your life.

“We all want to get the most out of life. But discontentment can seep into the most positive personality in subtle ways. Here are three ways to destroy the three W’s of life (Wishing, Worrying, Wasting) and increase your joy in life:

1. Be There

Nothing destroys your joy in life like wishing you were somewhere else, with someone else, doing something else. Discontentment can be a clinging virus you’re unable to shake. Instead of wishing away the time, recognize the value of every moment, every person, every experience. Let Jesus increase your joy and contentment level by just being all there. He can change your perspective in a heartbeat. Be there.

2. Be Aware

Similar to “being there”: enter into the moment or the experience with your full attention, but add a heightened awareness of those around you. Instead of focusing on your own fears, needs, or concerns, ask Jesus to help you see others the way He sees them. Be aware of “joy-busters”: undercover worries that work overtime to steal any joy God has planned for you. Be there. Be aware.

3. Be Rare

Okay, I admit it. I was scrounging for the right rhyming word. But you can actually become one of those rare people who seizes joy in every moment, who refutes negative thoughts, and who destroys discontentment by refusing to waste time wishing or worrying. Time–and people–are precious gifts from God to enjoy. Be there. Be aware. Be rare.

Instead of wishing away the moment, embrace it. Instead of worrying, release your cares to Jesus. And instead of wasting time, welcome every opportunity as a rare gift, giving thanks to God for the treasures you’ll draw from it.

Joy in life really is a choice.

“Don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us” (2 Corinthians 6:1, MSG).

“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature” (John 15:11, MSG).

“Make the most of what God gives…the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, in the now” (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, MSG).”

(c) 2015 Rebecca Barlow Jordan  Used with permission http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/blog/

Your Word for the Year

Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth is a call to be faithful in all you do this coming year. That may sound like a tall order, but if we choose to be faithful one act, one decision, one day at a time it’s not impossible.

“The confetti of a new year has settled a bit by now. We’re back to our ordinary lives and work after the chaos of the holidays. Resolutions have already been made and broken. Which makes it seem like the perfect time for really thinking about what’s most important to us in 2015.

Maybe it’s just me but I get distracted by the shiny possibilities of a new year. I make lofty, unrealistic goals. I dream of far-fetched things. I chase squirrel-like ideas that lead me away from what needs to be my true focus. But I missed all of that this year because midnight on the 31st found me in bed with a cold that lasted over a week. The only party I participated in was a pity party. 

And I never thought I’d say this but I’m glad. I needed to slow down. I needed to really pause and reflect. I needed some time to stare at the ceiling and reevaluate.

When my husband and I finally got to go out to breakfast to talk about 2015 I asked him, “What’s our word for the year going to be?” We ended up with two and neither of them are super-exciting. He said “contentment” and I said “faithfulness.”

Last year I picked the word “love” and it made me feel all lit up inside. I wore jewelry that reminded me of it. I hung art in my house that reflect it. I gushed about it on social media.

Following that, faithfulness felt like a step down. Wasn’t it a bit…boring?

But then I pulled out my Bible and discovered something totally unexpected: Love and faithfulness are sisters. 

Love and faithfulness meet together. Ps. 85:10

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Prov. 3:3

God sends forth His love and faithfulness. Ps. 57:3

Over twenty times love and faithfulness appear together in Scripture. And many of those verses describe God’s character.

I define faithfulness as this: doing what’s needed to take good care of what’s entrusted to you. As a word girl, it’s easy to say I love someone or that I’m passionate about a project. But without faithfulness, those words are empty. I still need to get up every day and take action that proves my words are true.

For me, faithfulness in 2015 means…

Spending time with God each day

Investing time and energy into my marriage

Being there for my friends and family

Completing creative work even on the days I don’t feel like it

Resting, exercising and eating well

None of these are going to make the news or become a trending topic on social media. They’re quiet, unseen, daily things. Faithfulness is difficult because it means choosing a proactive rather than reactive life. It requires saying “no” to the good so we can guard the best. It means resisting the urgent so we can embrace what’s truly important. 

And faithfulness in today’s distracted, busy=worth, be-seen-and-known world is more than hard: it’s terrifying. Because it means we must stop trying to prove we have significance and simply do what matters most every day regardless of whether anyone else knows or not.

But isn’t that what love really means? To do what’s best for the beloved regardless of what it does for us? 

I want to find out one small, ordinary day at a time in 2015. And I pray those little, invisible choices lead to the words that matter more than any others: “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!” {Matt. 25:23}

I imagine God has been whispering to your heart about this year too. {Or maybe it’s time to set aside a few quiet moments and ask Him what He wants to share with you. You may not hear anything right away and that’s okay. It’s more about your heart being open and willing. The desire to listen pleases Him and He’ll answer in His perfect timing.}”

(c) 2015 Holley Gerth used with permission http://holleygerth.com/focus-word-2015/