Friday, December 01, 2006

Whatever Happened...

I came across a great article. It was titled,"Whatever Happened to Whatever Happens?" Hmmm? I had to think about that. Being that this is my blog (journal), I get to write my thoughts, my dreams & about things that touch me. Maybe my loved ones will read this and see something more than just what they "see".

Beware! I have "issues" with staying focused, getting straight to the point, organizing my thoughts. Babe if you happen to read this, I'm sorry. I know this drives you nuts. The good thing is we balance each other out. You complete me. ;o)

Scripture says, "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." Philippians 1:27

Sometimes bad things happen. Not because of something we "actually" did, but because of someone else's doing. No one desires to be poor. No one wants to be ill. No one wants to suffer. What we all do have is the ability to choose. We can choose how we react to what has happened. This makes all the difference in the world.

Choosing to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, give me something priceless. Peace and Joy. I know it pleases Him and brings Him glory. How awesome it is to know that I'm my Lord is pleased with my conduct.

Do I always do this? No. I'm human. I fail. He's the only perfect one. But I don't give up. I continue striving to do as He would want me to.

Some of my choices through the years:
* Not doing drugs. I'm now able to be a testimony to my children. One doesn't have to do drugs to have fun.

* Loving and respecting my parents. Because I feared hurting them, I obeyed their rules. Which saved me from many mistakes I could of made: promiscuity, drunkenness, drugs,unwise friendships. I can share with my children how obeying my parents helped me to make wise choices.

* My brother died when he was 19 years old. I was never close to God, but I chose to run from Him. I felt lost, empty, in the bottom of a black pit. Even though my Babe was a loving caring man and I had three beautiful Baby Girls, I felt alone. But God reached down and pulled me out of that pit. I accepted His free gift... Salvation. I chose Him. Since I chose Him, I can now share what my life was before and what my life is now.

* I chose to be a wife and a mom. It was my dream since I was way little. I never wanted to be a career woman. My goal was to be where I am now... a wife and a mom. I'm able to say, it can be done. One doesn't have to go with the flow. It IS honorable to be a wife and mom. :o)

* When I was diagnosed with lupus, chiari and hydrocephalus, I chose not to worry. Worry wouldn't cure me. It would only spread fear to my children and family. I chose to lay it at His feet. He gave me peace.

* I've been told that I'm sick or ill because I don't have enough faith in God. Because of my illnesses, I've been able to help others dealing with health problems too. I choose to have faith. Faith in Him who allows things to happen for a reason.

* Most recently I had to deal with some untruth that was told about me. I have no control over what other's say or think about me or anything else. Those that approached me to find out the truth, know my side. All I can do is to forgive and move on. I chose to forgive.

So when things are not going according to how "I" want or envisioned. I am to conduct myself in a manner worthy of Christ. I choose His way. I want His light to shine through me. Thank you Lord for free will. I choose YOU and your ways...