Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Decisions, Decisions!



            Have you made any decisions lately? Our lives reflect our heredity, our environment—and the decisions we make. We can’t do much about heredity and perhaps little about environment, but the decisions we make pattern our lives. Yet so often we act impulsively and fail to think through the consequences of our choices.
            For instance, we are entering a busy season as Friends of the Heart. By the time May ends, we will have spoken to more than 800 women this year. That is a huge privilege and responsibility. What if back in 1998 Janine, Kim and I had decided we didn’t have time to meet to discuss Christian books? And what if we had decided to quit meeting when we had trouble coordinating schedules? It was soooo tempting to say “This isn’t working.” But we stuck with it and have been blessed beyond measure by our friendship and by our ministry.
            The women of our church recently concluded a study by Lysa Terkeurst titled “The Best Yes.” She emphasizes how good decisions are based on wisdom gained from scripture such as the book of Proverbs. When making decisions, Lysa offers guidelines to evaluate:
1.      Your time.
2.      Your ability
3.      Your money
4.      Your passion
5.      Your season of life
Decisions, decisions, decisions. And they all have consequences. Am I going to exercise today? (What will it mean to my overall health?) What will I cook for supper? (Am I serving foods that nourish my family?) How can I stay in contact with kids and grandkids? (Am I willing to text and Skype?) Should I buy the name brand or the store brand? So many decisions; so much to do; so little time.
Biblical guidelines are always best: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
What decision are you facing today? It may be as major as deciding to have surgery or as minor as picking a book to read. God is interested in both. Talk over your choices with him and may his peace bless your heart. I’m off to exercise!

Sincerely,

Shirley

Upcoming Engagements; please join us if you can:

April 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Patuxant Presbyterian Church at Patuxant Naval Air Station, Maryland, “Just Say Yes to God!”
April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Bethel Bible Fellowship, Emmaus, “At Any Age, At Any Stage: Celebrating the Christian Life.”
April 19, 9:15 – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, PA, “Mary, Martha and Their Psychologist.”
April 24, 6:30 p.m. – Faith Bible Fellowship, Binghamton, NY, “What Every Girl Needs: Refuge, Redemption, Restoration and a Few Good Recipes.”
April 25, Moulton Memorial Bible Baptist, Newburgh, NY, “What Every Girl Needs: Refuge, Redemption, Restoration and a Few Good Recipes.”
May 2, 12 noon – Calvary Independent, Loyalton, “That Face in the Mirror.”
May 5, 6:30 p.m. – Ono United Methodist Church, “That Face in the Mirror.”
May 7, 6 p.m. – Grace United Methodist Church, “If the Shoe Fits.”
May 9, 11 a.m. – Hebron United Methodist Church, “If the Shoe Fits.”


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