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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 1: One Option


My heart hurts~

upon hearing sad news once again

from a sister in CHRIST.

It seems sad never stops happening.

GOD never promised that things beyond our control

would never happen,

because there is very little that we can control.

We think if we eat right, exercise, and say our prayers

all will be well,

but that isn't the case.

Things happen beyond our control because we are not in control.

So stop a second.

Close your eyes. Then open them.

That is control.

That feels good.

But try to close someone's eyes.

You can't.

So if we live in an

UNCONTROLLABLE World

how do we continue to walk along our life path

with

PEACE

HOPE

JOY

LOVE

when the UNCONTROLLABLE

comes flying through the air like an arrow

that pierces our heart with

FEAR

DESPAIR

ANXIETY

BITTERNESS

&

_________?

We don't invite those arrows,

but they come just the same

and are ever so real.

But what if they were

NO LONGER AN OPTION?

What if you could refuse to receive them,

even though they are there?

Easier said than done,

because

you FEEL what you FEEL

&

you react to what you FEEL.

But what if reacting is replaced with

RELEASING,

like letting the air out of a balloon.

A choice to FEEL.

A choice to RELEASE the FEEL.

A choice not to camp out and make friends with the FEEL,

but instead

RELEASE to the ONE who FEELS your FEEL

because HE wants you to give it to HIM

so you can experience the

ABUNDANT LIFE IN CHRIST that HE was born to give.

You can't control life, but you can live it.

Oh easier said than done, until it is done.

You FEEL _______.

You acknowledge your FEEL.

Then you are at the crossroad.

Do you or don't you

RELEASE the FEEL

to the ONE who is holding out HIS HAND

to RECEIVE whatever you RELEASE to HIM.

Easier said than done, until it is done.

But let's start getting it done~

RELEASE the hurt parts of the heart that the arrow has pierced.

FEEL & RELEASE

and then be prepared as

JESUS comes swarming in to

UNLEASH the pain of FEEL.

Oh so easy once done.

We have an OPTION when we know that

those arrows are

NO LONGER AN OPTION

when we make

JESUS OUR ONLY OPTION~

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in ME and I in you,

you will bear much fruit; apart from ME you can do nothing" (John 15:5)

And then

even when the arrows come

we are not at standstill~

"let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1)

when

JESUS becomes our ONLY OPTION~

"[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on JESUS" (Hebrews 12:2)

And then what you never thought was possible

becomes possible

as the arrows don't knock you down

because you know you will

"BE ALRIGHT" (listen to the song below)



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