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The Courageous Choice...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Courageous Choice
Lysa TerKeurst

"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death." Philippians 1:20 (NIV)

I had the most interesting conversation with a friend who lives in Hollywood. Although her family lives in the midst of glitz, glamour and extreme excess, she said they are determined to teach their kids something rare... the courageous choice.

You see, there are two kinds of courage. There's the courageous act that makes our heart beat fast when the knight fights the dragon or the firefighter rushes into the burning building. These are extreme events most of us won't ever face. And because most of us aren't put in positions to participate in a courageous act, we don't necessarily think of ourselves as courageous.

But there's a second kind of courage that, dare I might say, is widely available but not widely embraced. It's the courageous choice. This is the decision to do the right thing even when it's unpopular, uncelebrated and probably even unnoticed.

Have you been faced with one of these kinds lately? Probably one of my toughest courageous choices has been in the area of my food choices. It was my hidden struggle. The one I didn't want to deal with or talk about. Not with my friends and certainly not with God.

But then I started coming across verse after verse in the Bible that spoke directly to my issue. Though I didn't want to talk to God about it, God certainly seemed to want to speak to me. Verses like Philippians 1:20 as well as many more:

Deuteronomy 2:3, "You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north..." (NASB)

Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (NIV)

2 Corinthians 7:1, "Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." (NIV 1984)

God assured me He loved me exactly how I was, but He loved me too much to leave me in a state of defeat.

I made a courageous choice to read the Bible looking for God to speak to me about my struggle. I made the courageous choice to walk willingly on the path of discipline. I made the courageous choice to pick something healthy even in the quietness of my pantry when no one else was looking.

I made the courageous choice to put a stake in the ground and say, I'm more than the sum total of my screaming taste buds. My heart doesn't want that junk food. My arms don't want that junk food. My legs don't want that junk food. And my soul certainly doesn't want that junk food.

It is possible to layer one courageous choice upon another and find victory in your area of struggle. No matter what your struggle is, are you willing to make one courageous choice today?

Make that choice.

And then make it again.

And then make it again.

You are a courageous woman. Now, go out and prove it to yourself.

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I need Your divine help with each choice I make every day. I don't ever want to step outside Your will and direction for my life. I am courageous only with You, in You and through You. Please help me embrace Your courageous choices for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
If this devotion resonated with you, Lysa's book Made to Crave is just what you need. Click here to order your copy! And if you already have the Made to Crave book, check out the just released 60 day Made to Crave Devotional.

This book can be a group Bible Study by using these life-changing resources: Made to Crave Participant's Guide and Made to Crave DVD teaching series, also by Lysa.

Join us next Monday, February 20th, on Lysa's next FREE Webcast "How Big is Your BUT?" We all face obstacles too big to overcome yet some find victory while others live in defeat. Could the difference be our buts? Learn how to turn your "but I..."excuses into "but God..." exclamations with every obstacle you face! If you've ever struggled to overcome an area of defeat in your life, this 30 minute Biblical teaching will give you an amazing fresh start. Sign up here today!

  
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Everyone needs to read my Praise Report....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thank you all for your prayers, a miracle has happened, the pain left my body last night and I only had the odd twinge today but over-all no pain, thank you Jesus, thank you Spark friend's for praying...God gave me strength for today and put the pain to flight...To make a long story short, yesterday I was so sick, the pain so intense I was vomiting and could hardly breathe, I knew that I had my 2 grandkids, 2 and 5 for all of Wednesday so I needed a miracle.

They came to me at 10:00 am and left at 7:15pm tonight, so that was morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner and outdoor play all with a severe urinary tract & bladder infection. God did a mighty work, no pain, the antibiotics has made me feel tired, and of course the added activity with grandkids, but God performed a miracle for me...Praise God...

  
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    Our God is an awesome God! Praise His name! So glad to hear the wonderful news!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticonfor sharing! Love and prayers Jenny emoticon

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GATORJOY 2/16/2012 7:29AM

    So good to hear you are well and enjoyed your time with the grandbabies!

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    Praise the Lord! Thank you for sharing your blessings with us.

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RUNNINGOMA 2/16/2012 4:31AM

    Wonderful to have answers to prayer!

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FLEMIDG 2/16/2012 12:44AM

    Praise God. He is so good. I am so glad you have no pain. Get a good night's rest. I am sure you are tired after spending all that time with your wonderful grandchildren.

Darlene

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    To God be all the glory and honor and praise.

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    I am so glad you are feeling better-- YOU had many praying for you~

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Psalm 80

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Psalm 80 (NIV)

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
shine forth

2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might;
come and save us.

3 Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

4 How long, LORD God Almighty,
will your anger smolder
against the prayers of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears;
you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

6 You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.

7 Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

8 You transplanted a vine from Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.

9 You cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.

11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[c]
its shoots as far as the River.[d]

12 Why have you broken down its walls
so that all who pass by pick its grapes?

13 Boars from the forest ravage it,
and insects from the fields feed on it.

14 Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,

15 the root your right hand has planted,
the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
at your rebuke your people perish.

17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.

18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, LORD God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

  
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Urgent Prayer Needed....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hi All,

I've just got back from the emergency clinic, I woke this morning in acute pain, I have been diagnosed with Acute Urinary Tract Infection, Cystitis, the urine test was positive, always with a UTI there is blood in the urine but it also tested positive blood glucose and Leuks, doctor's have sent it to another lab for further testing... Last infection I had, the kidney's were involved, hopefully further testing will rule out the kidney's this time around...

This pain has been more intense then it's ever been before...I'm also taking cantharis besides my regular pain meds to help with the pain, and the symptoms of both the infection of the urinary tract and the bladder. I usually can handle the chronic pain but I admit having both acute and chronic pain is almost more than I can bear. please pray...I've also been vomiting and have nausea with this pain...

Thanks all for your prayer support, I surely need it... sorry to trouble you with all this especially with it being Valentine's day....

Love and Hugs, Happy Valentine's Day to you all....

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    I just got this message and am praying.

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    Well that is a crummy way to spend valentines day sweetie PLease feel better soon!

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    Prayers for a speedy and complete recovery .

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Happy Valentine's Day...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love In Christ

On Valentine’s Day,
I think of my Christian brothers and sisters
with love...
hoping to help,
hoping to encourage.
hoping to serve,
as Jesus commanded.
I want you to know
that I am thinking of you,
and I want you to call on me
for help, encouragement and service
whenever you need me.
On Valentine’s Day,
I send my love in Christ.

By Joanna Fuchs

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    thank you for sharing such a nice poem. I hope you have a very happy Valentines Day whatever your plans are.
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