Archive | April, 2020

Today, I Choose

22 Apr
by Beckie Halaska

The faithful love of the Lord never ends![a] His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-2

As I open my eyes to a new day, I am reminded that another day has gone by and today is a new day. Today I choose to look at the sunrise and know, a new day is unfolding in splendor and I am grateful for this day.

Today I get to choose. I get to choose how I process all that I have been blessed to do. Today I get to choose how I respond in every thing. Today I will remind myself to respond with grace in all areas of my day.

Today I will choose to be grateful. Grateful for all that I have in the face of so much loss and pressure.

Today as I speak with overwhelmed staff, I will be courteous, grateful and precise, adding to everyone’s day, not taking from it. Today when I speak to heartbroken families, unable to go see their loved ones, unable to say goodbye, to hold their hand,I will be strong, compassionate and unhurried. Today when my heart aches, I will take care of myself and take a moment to breathe and remind myself of my why.  Every breath in shall be full of what remains and all I am able to do and every exhale will be all that I have no control over.

Today as I climb this mountain of uncertainity,  I will spend a few moments each morning to determine my steps intentionally. I will keep climbing knowing that  I will sit on top of it one day, knowing there are more mountains to climb in my future, but so gratefully knowing I am not alone and if I can’t find enough strength, or places to place my feet, if I need help on my path to achieve my climb, I have those that will come along side me guide and support me.  I have a God that never leaves me.

Before my day is done, I will sit for a moment, I will breathe in and remind myself of what matters, and what doesn’t. I will not squander time complaining or with worry over things I have no control of. I will encourage my effort to achieve, and celebrate when there is road paved for success. Grateful for every opportunity to help.

Today, before I sleep, I will be sure to look up, and see the sunset on a day I got live. I was blessed simply to be alive. Today I got to choose. Today I got to work. Today I got to do my best and to love this world and to offer this world some hope.

Yes, Today, I will choose to live!

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CoVid Easter

12 Apr

Easter during CoVid. We are not exactly free today, physically; But Freedom, true freedom is celebrated today.
Easter is “The New”. The “New Way”. The greatest reset button ever. The truest testimony of freedom you will ever get.
Do you make the most of your beautiful, messy, hard, frightening,painful, challenging life? Have you let go of all the things that you can’t control? The lies, the weight, the words,  what other’s do and say, the experiences that stop you in your tracks? Have you truly let go of everything that holds you back so you can hold what truly, truly matters? You only get a number of days. Today is the day to think long and hard about how you want to live. I encourage you to really live.

Do you live in the past, do you live for today, for tomorrow… or do you live for eternity?

Life is such a beautiful gift. Everlasting Life is a gift as well, but imagine this…everlasting life being loved beyond your wildest dreams, passionately, torridly, fervently loved. Imagine a joy beyond measure for all of eternity? That is worthy of profound gratitude and great celebration!

Easter is the hope for all of that! Because life this side of heaven isn’t meant to be easy. He isn’t making bad things happen, he doesn’t punish or do things to us. Bad happens here, but He never leaves us alone in any of our hurts and trials. .

Easter is the greatest ending because it is the greatest beginning. The greatest sacrifice became the greatest gift.   Jesus was the fulfillment of the law, and as a follower of Him, he showed us exactly what that means. He told us that he was the new covenant and he said to love like he loved. He tells us clearly in Matthew, we all have sin, and it doesn’t matter how we judge it, God sees it all the same.

LOVE is the answer. Love God. Don’t just say the words, read His word, talk with Him, learn who He is and love him immensely. Love your neighbor as yourself. You have to know who God is and what that love, that unconditional, beyond measure love looks like and know it is meant for you, meant to fill you to overflowing, so  you are able to love fully. Love your neighbor means every neighbor. Without judgement in your heart, without exception; ALL neighbors. Even the really unkind or evil neighbors. Even the sinners! Like you!

Reset – grab hold of freedom. Grab hold of love and living fully. Grab hold of God, of resurrection Sunday and what that really means. Freedom from every wrong you have ever done and will ever do. Forgiven. Washed white as snow. Without fault. Adopted to His family, co-heir with Christ. Your portion, your prize. Your joy of all joys.

Hallelujah, He Is Risen indeed!

Galatians 5:1
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh(your own selfish desires); Rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
1 Peter 4:8
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 John 4:9-11
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Amen.