Category Archives: Decisions

So, You Think You Are Clean…

“A person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord”  (Proverbs 16:2 NIV) Cleanliness is a state of being clean, fresh and pure.  Most people prefer to be clean rather than dirty.  This outward appearance is … Continue reading

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The Lie and The Liar

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1John 1:8) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1John 2:1)

The scene passed before me like I was one of the cast in a scripted play. I walked away wondering what had just happened.  Did I really just speak an untruth?  Ok, go ahead, call it like it is, I told a lie.  ugh……I hate that word and in the moments after it happened I hated myself. 

I took a direct hit.  Me 0 vs Satan 1.  He was really beginning to rub it in.  Condemnation, guilt, remorse, you name it, I was being assaulted by it. I sat down and immediately went to the Lord, asking for forgiveness, asking how did I let this happen?  This is not me, this is not who I want to be, this is someone that is foreign to me.  It happened so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to think twice and decide not to, I just did it!!!!!
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You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.  (Psalm 44:4) NIV

V I C T O R Y……this was the name of the cheer I was asked to perform many years ago when I was trying out for the cheerleading squad.  It went like this… Our goal is high, our aim to win with A C T I O N, Victory, Victory Victory team!  The victory was mine!  I won my place on the squad. 

Hindsight makes it easy when you get older, to look back and see how God has orchestrated events over time, that have molded your personality and shaped you like a well worn shoe into the comfortable places of your life.  Continue reading

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Are You Listening?

“I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.” (Jeremiah 35:17 NIV)

This morning I was talking to my 5-year old, trying to provide an answer to a question.  As I was talking, he asked the same question.  Each time I went to give an answer, he would interrupt and ask me the question again. I stopped and looked at him and asked if he was listening to me and he gave me he gave an exasperated sigh and said” Oh you never listen to me” and ran off. What went wrong? Now there are some things that involve 5-year olds that will never be understood as amusing as they may be but there are other things that involve listening skills that are quite critical to understand.
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Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. (Jeremiah 35:15 NIV)

 The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines a habit as a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance;  an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary; a manner of conducting oneself.

If we examine our lives, how many habits do we have?  If you really think about it, it can become mind boggling. I guess, depending on how old you are, you have a lifetime of acquired habits that have been formed by conditioning.  The condition of your childhood, the condition of your health, the condition of your socio-economic surroundings, the condition of your level of education, etc..  The things and people that are around us impact us.  The repetitive things are the things that eventually become habits with us.  
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The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing (Psalm 23 NIV)

No matter how bleak things seem, how frightened or worried, or hopeless the enemy tries to paint a picture in your life, it is a lie.

Friends fall sick, family passes away, husbands or wives walk away from a marriage, jobs are lost, cancer enters your life, homes are lost, children go astray, cars fail.  Any number of things can happen in the blink of an eye, when you least expect it and life is dealt a blow that will have some long-term implications.  Believe it or not, it is not as important what happens as it is how you deal with it.
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Is Your Faith Personal and Real?

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Recently, God challenged me about my faith. He asked me “Is it personal and real?” Finding myself in a situation where my faith has been challenged over and over again earns me this little pat on my cheek from God.
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