It popped into my newsfeed — a reminder of how far we have come in the last four years.
9 months pregnant, swollen, feeling like a whale and about to close on our for-the-next-10-years-or-so house. I insisted that we meet there before closing to drop off the car and to take pictures next to the SOLD sign. And it’s a good thing I did because the SOLD sign was gone by the time we got back.
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Four years ago, we thought we were signing up for our awesome too-good-to-be-true plan. But what really happened was it was one of the first leaps of faith in a long line of craziness.
Two more rentals in two different counties, two kids, two more job changes, living with my parents, and now, here — what I call our dig-deep-roots home.
We are just now beginning to catch our breath after curve ball after curve ball has been thrown our way. So many times, I thought I had life figured out, and then something would rock our world.
It was only last night that I said to my husband, “I think we were meant to be here — as in our current town — all along.” I probably jinxed us.
Friend, has life been throwing you curve balls? Did you think you knew what God was up to only to find have the rug ripped out? I’ve been there over and over, again. I’ve come to realize regardless of my circumstances, there are always four choices I get to make.
The 4 Choices You Always Get to Make
Choose Your Focus
The first choice you get to make is what you’ll to focus on.
- Will you focus on your circumstances or on God?
- Will you focus on the positive or the negative?
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2
Choose Your Perspective
Your focus will shape your perspective. Making this choice will come easier if you are focused on the right things, first.
- Will you choose to see your life as what could have been or what is?
- Will you choose to perceive life through heaven-focused eyes or the world’s?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2
Choose Your Attitude
Just like your perspective is shaped by your focus, your attitude is shaped by your perspective.
- Will you choose gratitude over discontent?
- Will you choose humility over pride?
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Choose Your Service
And, ultimately, all of these choices lead up to this one. What will you choose to do in this new season?
- Will you choose to wallow in your circumstances or will you choose to help others?
- Will you choose to look at what you can’t do or do what you can?
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14 (emphasis added)
And, maybe, sweet friend, this is a season in life when you need to accept the service of others. It’s not always easy to let go of pride and admit we need help, but maybe, by letting another in we’re helping them as well.
The truth is I haven’t always made the right choice. All too often, I’ve chosen the easy, selfish way. But, He’s given more grace and refined my heart each time. I’ve learned it’s easier to choose faithfulness and trust when my heart has been saturated with Truth.
If you are wanting to study your Bible but don’t know where to begin, I highly recommend Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin.
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