Monday, September 8, 2014

What do you want?...

Have you heard this quote?

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

There some real truth to that statement. We all have 'stuff' to contend with, some far more than others, but life holds challenges for each one of us. If you don't believe that... just wait a minute, it's coming!

Don't you find that word choice cropping up over and over again? I do. Sometimes I make my choices right off the bat, even some hard ones, knowing that it's the best thing to do. Other times, I postpone or deny the obvious, and eventually have to make hard choices anyway. 

Not choosing to do what I know is the best thing, is also a choice.

Going a step further...

I remember a former pastor saying:

We have as much of God as we want.

That truth hits right into the heart. 

How much of God do I want? 

God invades... when we really want Him and His will, it is often NOT comfortable, sometimes even painful, but always... ALWAYS... it is the very thing that fills our hearts and makes us sing, even in the midst of hard things and faith testings. He will not leave us alone if there is 'stuff' that needs dealing with. It's like my brother used to say... 'sin is not fun anymore'...

When we desire more of God... He is going to give us more, and the process doesn't always look or feel as good as we want it to, but the results are SO worth it!!

Finding myself wanting more of who He is and what He wants for my life... I am pushing deeper, finding again that the age old and what He wants from me... God's simple and plain truth is always the answer... sometimes we are guilty of watering it down or even ignoring it. 

He has a way of bringing us back to the basics!

There is no other way, and there is also no better way, than to take Him at His word and ...DO it!

He has already promised to both be there in the midst of it, and lead me through it.... His song is growing, deeper and stronger...


Farm Girl said...

As always you make me think, it reminds me of that little story, that goes something like, " just give me 50 cents of God please."
We need Him to be our all in all. I know I am guilty though of not choosing the best thing.
It is good to be reminded of this today Sonja,
Have a wonderful day.

Sharon said...

Sonja, I really enjoyed your thoughts today. I so understand what you're talking about. I recently read a book that touched me deeply. It talked a great deal about how painful and difficult circumstances can bring us to that deep inner desire for more of God.

It's where I've been lately, and like you, I am pushing deeper.


Catherine said...

True and spoken beautifully. Thank you. Blessings, Catherine

Debbie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your old pastor's saying and wisdom. It's so very true. We read an old Spurgeon sermon on Sunday (for a variety of reasons, we did not make the drive to church.) It was on a similar topic, and it was so convicting.

Kathleen said...

The mental image that forms when I think of a "God invasion" is nothing short of wonderful. I concur that such a consuming presence can be challenging given the way He works in and through His own.

I also love your use of the concept of choices. Ours is a culture that makes an Olympic sport of blame placing. I do it myself at times. But when I'm thoroughly honest, 90% of the results in my life are hinged to a choice I made somewhere along the way.

Kathleen said...

I am late to this post and yet right on time! I am digging deeper also. I posted about that today. I love that you show us all that we will continue to need to dig deeper through all our years or we will won't produce fruit. Thanks for sharing your fruit. Setting here on my desk are some papers I printed out from your Dad.

Debbie Petras said...

Do I choose to say YES to all of God. My heart choice is to open my heart and invite Him in fully not partly. Sometimes I need reminders!

Love you,

Just a little something from Judy said...

I rest in the fact that my Heavenly Father keeps working in my heart, and leading me, even at times when I don't ask for His leading. Recently, I was looking back over my life, and was hit powerfully by the fact, that God led me, in many of my choices, and at times I didn't even thank Him for His direction. This post reminds me of the song I hear my mother quietly singing, as she goes about her day..."He leadeth me, He leadeth me, by His own hand He leadeth me..." You live it. She lives it. And me, I once again, leave inspired from my visit here.

Unknown said...

Dear Sonja, this post definitely strikes a nerve with me; difficult circumstances always make us turn within and contemplate the most important things and values. Thank you for sharing this!
xo Mary Jo