“Choices”

How powerful is this one word? – “Choices”

I think that it is so wonderful that God has given us free will to make our own choices in this life, but yet, what a HUGE responsibility. How we choose from day to day not only affects our own lives, but also those around you as well. There are so many choices to make on any given day. It can be overwhelming to think of them all and how they will affect you. I mean really, if you think about it, the very first choice just to crawl out of bed has a huge impact on your life and those around you. If you choose to lay in bed all day, what does that say about you? If you don’t get up, get ready, go to work, what does that do to those around you? Maybe your kids will have to get up and make their own breakfast, or find their own way to school. Someone else will have to go out and make money, pay for the kids lunches and other bills, all because you CHOSE to stay in bed. I know it’s a silly example, but truly, every choice you make in this life has an impact.

Sometimes I think that we make choices never realizing or understanding that other people are affected by them. Sometimes we don’t realize that there will be consequences to our choices and often times that one simple choice can change your entire life and sometimes someone else’s.

Every day I have a choice even with just the words that speak. Will I use them to lift people up – or tear people down. When I feel an inspiration for song – Will I choose to write it down and follow through with it – or just let the words and melody be there for the day and then float away out of my mind and never think about it again? If I never write it down, never record it, and never share it, how will it ever touch another person’s soul?

Wow – just that last sentence…. How will it touch a person’s soul? What if we all thought about that with every single decision we make in this life? Would that change how you make decisions?

Thank the Lord for the Holy Spirit that He gives to guide us when making choices. I pray for discernment daily in my life. I have made so many wrong choices in this life, and I know my decisions have affected other people, but I pray that God gives me wisdom and helps me to make better choices day by day. Not just for the routine choices that come up every day – but especially for those BIG ones when you know, the choice I make now, can change a person’s life. I’m so thankful that He is a God of second, and third, and fourth chances… and even when I don’t always make good ones, He still gives me the free will to make my own “Choices.” What an Awesome God!

Growing in Jesus

Looking back at my life and when I think about hard times and when I would pray, the thing that comes to my mind is my attitude after. If I didn’t get the answer that I wanted, just like a child, I would get angry with God and then the next time I went to pray, I would stop myself and say “He’s not going to answer anyway.” Wow – how immature is that? I find myself feeling very ashamed for those times and I have asked for forgiveness. I found myself thinking of this as I had a prayer over the last couple of days go unanswered. But even as I was praying for this request and asking God for a miracle, I did tell Him, “No matter what, I will still praise you! I will not turn my back on you this time like I have in the past. I love you too much Lord to do that. I will still love you even if I don’t get the outcome I am looking for.” So, to my disappointment, my day did come to an end, and I didn’t get the answer I was hoping for. Now, two days later, I found myself with another request that I needed to bring forth, and wouldn’t you know it, those old thoughts still crept up into my head! But this time, I refused to allow them to keep me from praying. I went boldly before the throne again and talked to Jesus and told Him the desires of my heart. I may not always understand why some prayers get answered and others don’t, but I will NOT stop praying. I have learned to trust that HE knows the reasons why, and HE sees the big picture where I am not able to see or know what is best for me the way that He does. I cling to Romans 8:28 that tells me “All things work together for good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” And though I may not see it now, it is still my job to Trust my God and know that He will work things out, even when I can’t see it happening yet. It feels good to know, that I have grown in love, trust and faith, and most importantly, I’ve grown in Jesus.

In the Midst of Tragedy

In the wake of yesterday’s devastating tornado tragedies, I can’t help but watch those affected and wonder what they must be thinking. Such devastation in so many lives all at one time and all that happened so very quickly. So many lives lost, so many homes destroyed, as well as businesses, schools and hospitals. The mind is a very hard thing to control, and the Bible tells us to still give Praise in the midst of hard times. It is a choice to make and it is so easy when things get hard to get discouraged instead of give praise. It is something I deal with every time a storm comes my way. I recently wrote a song that simply says 3 words over and over “I Praise You – I praise you – I praise you” so that when things are so very hard for me, I will say it over and over and over and remind myself that no matter what – I will continually praise Him. I know that the storms in my life are NOTHING compared to what the people in Oklahoma are going through right now. My heart breaks for them. I am lifting every one of them in prayer today that they might find God in their midst, seek His comfort and still make the choice to Praise Him somehow and trust and know that He will bring them through this awful tragedy. I was reading Psalm 71 and this is my prayer for all of those affected today. May God bring healing and restoration to Oklahoma and rise them up from this devastation and destruction so that they will be made whole once more.

Psalm 71
20 Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor
and comfort me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered.
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
all day long,

I Cling to Jesus

I Cling to Jesus

 

My name is Yvette Medina and I am a Christian Singer Song Writer.  Writing and putting words to music is my passion and I am branching out to share my thoughts and life experience to my blogs.  Walking in relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life and touching others with his love is part of doing that.  I hope you take the time to read and keep up with my music happenings and join me on this journey.