Heart Choices: 2012-05-27

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God Will Make a Way


God Will Make a Way is a song with a powerful message.  The message is one of trusting God even when things seem impossible.

During my prayer time this morning, the Lord opened my eyes to how He has been working in my life.  Sometimes I'm so busy pleading and get involved in 'doing' that I miss really seeing how He is working.  I want to see and to acknowledge.  I want to thank Him and praise Him.

Over the past few years I had no idea what would happen next.  I was shaken and my life was being turned upside down.

But as my husband and I are trying to get settled in our condo, I look around and thank God for how He provided for us in so many ways.  And my heart is overflowing with gratitude.


I'm linking up with Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders for Then Sings My Soul Saturday.




Blessings and love,

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Open Your Eyes



Open your eyes.  What do you see?

Do you have temporal vision for the here and now?

Or do you have eternal vision that comes by faith?

It can be so easy to get caught up in feelings and circumstances.  After all, we're only human.

But God calls us to trust Him.

I recall some years ago when I used to climb up the mountain behind my home.  I was in good shape so at that time it was easy for me to do.  When I got to the top, I had a great view of Phoenix.  I could see all the way to downtown.  I always looked for the steeple of my church in the distance.  I would sit down and pray and then climb down the mountain.

On the way down the mountain, I often asked for God to open my eyes; the eyes of my heart.  I asked that He help me to see people as He saw them.  Help me to look past the outward appearance to the heart.  Help me to truly see the needs around me and in this hurting world.

I want this to continue to be my prayer.  My circumstances may have changed and my surroundings look different.  But open my eyes Lord.  Help me to see with Your eyes of love.

I'm linking up with Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday.



Blessings and love,

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What's Your Perspective on Life?


What's your general perspective on life?  Do you look through the lens that sees the glass as half empty or half full?

I used to pump myself up each morning on my way to work.  I was dealing with heart patients who weren't usually feeling the best.  I needed to motivate them to make healthier lifestyle choices.  So many of them were depressed after suffering a heart attack or health issues they hadn't counted on.

And change can be so very hard!

So I would listen to Zig Ziglar tapes in my car.  Zig is a motivational speaker who influenced me greatly.  I needed to have a can-do attitude and he certainly helped me get through those days.

But life happens.  And life can be challenging.  I've experienced hard times personally.  I've had days when I didn't know what would happen next.  I usually have a perspective that the glass is half full. But when you get hit by hard things again and again, it can be difficult to maintain that positive attitude.

I recently came out of work to find my windshield had been shattered.  As I was driving home, I felt so depressed.  We had cut back on our auto insurance and I didn't have windshield replacement coverage. Fortunately, things worked out and the windshield was replaced.

But now as I look back at this photo, it gave me a thought about perspective.  I could focus on the windshield which would be understandable.  But check out the view past the shattered windshield.  The mountains are gorgeous on my drive back and forth to work.  There's even a cutout on Camelback Mountain called the Praying Monk.

As I've gone through personal trials, my perspective on this life has been changing.

  • I'm learning to trust God more and more.  
  • I'm beginning to walk more by faith and less by sight.
  • I realize that this life is temporary.
  • I know how the story really ends and God wins.
So as a result, I begin to live out what I believe.  I can have courage.  I can have an eternal perspective which provides me with hope.

1 Corinthians 4:17-18 says:
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."


So how's your perspective?  Are life's challenges getting you down? Can you lift up your eyes and focus on God's purpose in the midst of the trials?

Blessings and love,

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I Am Busy


I am busy.  It's the first day of summer break.

I have a huge to-do list.

  • I need time to refresh since I'm tired.
  • I need to get all of the boxes unpacked since we moved.
  • I have friends I want to visit.
  • I want to lose weight and get back in shape.
  • I want to cook nutritious meals.
  • I want to plant an herb garden.
  • I want to add more rose bushes out front.
  • I need to hang my pictures.
  • I want to write my eBook.
  • I have so many blog posts in my head.
  • I want to visit my blogging friends' blogs.
  • I want to organize my work space which has become much smaller with this move.
  • I need to complete our family budget.
  • I want to spend fun time with my husband.
The list could go on and on but I won't bore you with all the details.  I need to get my priorities straight.

I need help!

But I already know where to go and what to do.


I recently wrote a devotional for Laced with Grace on patience. Patience isn't really something to work on.  As a Christian, I need to stay connected to the Vine.  As I spend time in His Word, prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit ...the fruit of the Spirit will become a byproduct in my life.

So what do I do first on my to-do list?

I begin each day with a quiet time.  

I ask God to order my day and my time.  I don't want to miss out on those Divine appointments He has prepared for me because I'm too busy to  notice.  


How about you?  Are you so obsessed with completing your to-do list that you have no time to spend time with the Lord?  Do you send those SOS prayers in your time of need but forget to spend time praising Him and thanking Him?

Will you consider reordering your day?  I know I need to begin ...today.

Blessings and love,

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