March 26, 2015

Faithfulness: The Power of a Choice

When I began this blog three years ago {hello, how has it been that long already?} I didn't do it with a lot of direction just a deep desire to have an outlet in an emotional season. I called it a life style blog  {frankly because I had no idea what the heck I was even going to write about} and often blogged on fashion, makeup and hair tips and tricks, Jesus, coffee, crafts and anything else that popped into this random. little brain of mine. 
The blogging gurus would tell you that you should "brand" your blog and create a space where the reader knows what to expect when they click on your blog. Welp, I failed in this arena because my blog ebbs and flows with the seasons of my life. It often reflects my heart and passions in each season. I still love makeup and fashion and I will always be caught with a coffee cup in my hand, but the direction of this blog has certainly taken a more...Jesus-esque turn as of lately. I hope you don't mind, but I certainly don't apologize. This blog has never been about gaining followers or exposure but rather comes from the overflow of my heart. And right now my heart is consumed with Jesus. 
This morning in my quiet time I was reading Psalms 119. My soul felt like it might explode as the psalmist seemed to give words to my hearts cry. Things like:
I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands. ~ v.10

Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, 
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. ~ v.27

And the one I want to settle on for this post:

I have chosen the way of faithfulness. ~ v. 30

Statistics say that an adult makes about 35,000 choices each day. It often starts with the choice of whether to hit the snooze button once on our iPhone for another short 9 minutes of sleep  or another 6 times {guilty}. We choose whether we will eat chocolate for breakfast like we want to or oatmeal like we should. We decide if we should really wear that red top we want to wear even though our nails are pink or if we should go with the safe black one. We make decisions so often in life, that though they are conscious decisions, we rarely even recognize we are making them - it's just routine. 

Oh, the power of a choice. 

We were in a lecture on Genesis a few weeks ago when one of my classmates posed the question to the instructor: "How is it that God's intention for the world was perfection, yet he knew Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruit causing the fall into sin before it ever happened?" His answer was incredible: "A choice of faithfulness is made powerful in the option to say no." 

Our yes is made powerful in our ability to say no. 

Every morning Jesus gives us a choice to say yes or no to him. I am not talking about whether or not you believe in Jesus {which I pray you do}, I am talking about whether you will walk the road of today with him. You see, he is faithful. Faithfulness isn't a characteristic of his personality, rather it is who He is. Whether we choose to be faithful to Him or not never affects the fact that he is always faithful to us. While His faithful to us is not a choice, our faithfulness to him is.

Will we be a company of women {or men} who will be faithful to fulfill what God has placed in our hearts with what is in our hands? Will we be faithful to following Him even when it's not the popular decision? Will we be faithful to Him when it costs us something? Will we be faithful when it means being uncomfortable?

I am not sure where you find yourself on the road of faithfulness, but wherever you are He is with you. You may not have chosen to walk with him yesterday, but he has chosen to walk every day with you, beloved. Yesterday is gone and today is a new day. Will you walk with Him today?
Jesus loves you and adores you. Why don't you decide to make one of your 35,000 choices today to be faithful to the one who had the sun rise to remind you that he is faithful and his mercies are new.
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