It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 22, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you dear friends for your prayers and thoughts at this time of deep sorrow for me and for my family.

Finding words to express myself has been very difficult.  But It’s a new day and I’ve found new strength and many new thoughts to share with you all.

 from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. . .

I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.


jack69 said...

We all know your experience(s) is coming to us all. Any journey we take is better if we glean from those who have taken the journey. You still have our thoughts and prayers and my thanks for some insight on journeys that one day I might travel.

We all prefer the NORMAL path in life of children burying the parent, no parent wants to face what you have.
Love from North Carolina

Mevely317 said...

"I choose ..." Powerful words.

It's good to 'see' you again, Ma. You've been on my mind and in my heart ... your resolve both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Love from the desert.

betty said...

Been praying for you and your family daily. That is a great thing you shared from Max Lucado. I can see you trying to live like this as you continue to try to live the days ahead with your new normal of not having your son here on earth. The comfort is you will see him again because of Jesus' sacrifice for us. I am glad you posted, Ma. Been thinking of you a lot.



There is comfort in the words of Max Lucado. I am glad you found this to help you move forward. You are in my prayers still.