Thursday, 30 June 2016

Choices Review

My One Word for this year is CHOICE!

When the Lord brought this One Word to mind I was already set on another but this word hit me like a brick wall.  A lot of my day to day misery was due to bad choices.  Choosing to harbour resentments, choosing to think on people who had hurt me, choosing to think on my failures, and the list goes on.....

This word has helped me make a conscious effort to get my ducks in a row!

Firstly, I started thinking about the choices I was making!  They were not lining up with God's word.  It says in Phil 4 v 8 to think on good things, honourable things, etc (Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart])

I was not doing this.....

Secondly, I was not speaking positive things into my life.  In Duet 30 v 19 it says CHOOSE life: (I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants)

I was not doing this.....

Thirdly, my thoughts, oh my goodness, my thoughts!  They were all over the place, negative and in constant turmoil.  In Romans 12 v 2 it says to renew my mind daily:  (do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].)

Is it any wonder that I was constantly snappy, constantly on edge, constantly making wrong choices?


Now, I am not saying that I have overcome all the above.  I am working on it.  I have been spiralling into this negative mind set for a while now and fighting to keep my head above water by clinging onto the Word and the Lord has sustained me.  But I wanted more than sustenance!  I wanted growth, joy, deliverance and victory.  One blogger I have gotten close to reminded me that the Lord ALREADY has given me victory in an area, and that I was to act on that!  What a revelation that was.  I have victory in an area and yet I was wallowing in the mud of negativity because, well, I was choosing to.

It is a habit.  I think we all get into those bad habits.  It is a habit to choose unwisely!  But the consequences of those choices can really sting!  My focus this year is to start making good choices.  I want this deciding to make good choices to become a habit!  In some areas I am succeeding.  In others I am battling.  But I can say with honesty that choosing has become a more deliberate thing.

My encouragement to you is to make a cuppa tea or coffee, and sit down and write down those 3 or 4 major choices you make daily that are hindering your spiritual growth and choose to start working on them.  The rewards are humbling and amazing.

God bless
Tracy


11 comments:

  1. What a great word to focus on. I'm reminded that Elisabeth Elliot used to say, "Obedience is a choice." That thought colors many of my days.

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  2. I just love your word, Tracy! Choice puts the ball back in our court, reminding us that we are indeed responsible for our responses. And we can choose repentance and to accept God's grace for when we don't make good choices too. :) He's got us covered.

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  3. This is a beautiful post - of struggle and overcoming. Perhaps it is time to do a little war dance. Reminder - - Satan is under your feet, so do a little stomp stomp and remind him that he is defeated. Thank you for your lovely comment on my last post.

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  4. Thank you for this encouragement, Tracy. Choice is such a wonderful word to focus on and there are some daily choices I need to reevaluate. Thanks for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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  5. Wonderful choices- praying we choose them more! Happy Friday!

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  6. Oh yes, I do appreciate you sharing with us here at Tell me a Story. God is good.

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  7. Great word, and great things that you are learning. Always blessed by your insights!

    GOD BLESS!

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  8. How wonderful to read your 'update' on your word for the year. A god thing too - and reminds me that I too need to re cap am I still on track. Thank you for this wonderful revelation and sharing. Have a wonderful weekend full of the blessings you deserve.

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  9. We are the sum total of the choices we make. :)

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  10. I love your post!!! What a great reminder as we walk through this journey towards Home. How thankful I am He provided us with His Word. The Holy Spirit. And His family. Knowing we are not alone helps in the struggles we come up against. Focusing on Him helps us to keep our mind where it needs to be - "in" Him! Thank you for sharing the thoughts He has given you. Have a blessed day.

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  11. It's hard work, this thought control. Hurtful reminders happen - and I have to force myself to stop thinking about them - and learn to set aside those thoughts, the hurt and choose to focus on something else. I feel like I keep giving it to God, pulling it back and giving it to him again. However, each time, I believe I let him hold on to it for me longer!

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