"A good life is intentional, it's not backed into." Jeff Vines
If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you have heard me talk about the challenges and changes I've faced this year. (If you are new to my blog and have suffered a loss you you can read my story by clicking on the header entitled Life Happens at the top of my blog).
Like so many of your lives, the words that end up here are edited...a prettified version of reality. There are so many other life struggles that I haven't shared because they are too personal and private and just aren't appropriate for this blog.
That being said, I can count only a few other times in my life where I have been forced to lay it all down, trust in my Savior and walk by faith and not by sight more than right now. The quote above is from my pastor's sermon this past weekend. He talked with such passion about not relying on ourselves to be equipped to survive in this world. How our emotions left unchecked can give the enemy a foothold in our lives.
Anger left to ourselves becomes bitterness...
Conviction left to ourselves becomes guilt...
Concern left to ourselves becomes fear and anxiety...
I was reminded once again that on my own I will slip into depression and defeat.
On my own my anger will replay hurtful scenes over and over in my head and it will lead to bitterness.
The times I slip up and I feel convicted will begin to seem insurmountable and I will give into condemnation and guilt.
And my personal favorite foothold, my genuine concern can turn into full on fear and anxiety as I automatically assume the worst case scenario will happen.
I don't have to live that way. I can choose to trust Him to bring good even from the bad that will certainly happen in my life.
"For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger-someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house." Matthew 12:29
I am choosing to live a good life and I would love to share with you what that intentionality looks like for me in the days and weeks ahead.
Here is the link to the full sermon by Pastor Jeff Vines from this weekend. Pour yourselves a cuppa and drink it all in. He is a gifted authentic man, you will be blessed.