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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Choices You Make Today Will Shape Your Tomorrow

"When it rains, it pours", as the saying goes. There are so many thoughts swimming in my mind lately and it's even any wonder that I still get a decent amount of sleep; maybe due to exhaustion or it could be that subconsciously, I'm okay with where things are even when I get myself all worked up when I'm actively thinking about them. Is that possible? When you're being pulled in many directions, sometimes you lose your bearing. Confusion compels you to engage your mind and heart to find solid ground to stabilize your thoughts.

To clear my mind, I decided to walk/run on the treadmill. Spotify? Check! Now do I run to the tune of Dirty Secrets from the cardio mix, do I go Beast Mode with DJ Khaled and the likes or run a steady pace with Green Day? Not exactly what I was in the mood for. No, I need some direction, good motivation, something that will play with my emotions to which sweat and tears can unabashedly flow together. Yes! I need songs that speak to me as if they're written especially for me, songs that will calm my chaotic mind. I settled for the Top Christian Tracks. It's not exactly the mix that will get you pumped up or give you a boost of adrenaline but it's what I needed today. I cranked up the volume to block out all the noise around me, prepared to walk to some mellow music that will surely cut through the heart but I was pleasantly treated to Sanctus Real's Safe In My Father's Arms so I picked up my pace and my mood instantly lifted. Nicole Nordeman's Every Mile Mattered reminded me that everything that I went through, places I've been, people from the past, all the tears shed, all of those is history that I can't rewrite, history does not define me but all of those mattered. Hannah Kerr declared that I'm a Warrior, brave enough to fight the fight, to shout the battle cry. I'm a warrior. When I fall down, I get stronger. I will keep the hope alive, I will find the strength inside. Brandon Heath loves the Lord with his Whole Heart and so do I and I want my children to remember my story to tell their future generations. It's okay to be afraid and vulnerable so God can work His miracles on you and as Brandon said, "where there is fear, deep inside I won't run, I won't hide, I'll give you all of me so that you can see every broken piece." I slowed down to Tasha Cobbs Leonard's Gracefully Broken, and If I Don't Have You by Love and The Outcome.

Out of all the songs in the track, perhaps the message that spoke to me more closely is the refrain from the song "Surprise" by The Color:
When you just can't face tomorrow
When you're down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don't be afraid to step
Cause even if you'll fail to fly
He'll catch you by surprise!
He'll catch you by surprise!

I've been faced with a decision on whether to take a leap of faith or stay in my comfort zone, so this could be a prompt to venture out. I over complicated things to my detriment and today was a good reminder to slow down, be patient, to persevere in praying to the Holy Spirit for discernment, to Keep It Simple and Straightforward. I was reminded today to always be grateful, to be grateful that I have choices and that opportunities are knocking at my doorstep. I was reminded to keep the faith. After all, isn't this what my blog is all about?

--with faith and gratitude,
Elle




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