In this time, I am told I must “choose” and I am overwhelmed with the confusing messages
I receive and the harsh, rude comments obviously
meant to make me fear or hate another . . . so
I got to thinking about the first choice mentioned
in the Scriptures in the Genesis account of
the creation and the fall of mankind—
the choice was to listen to God,
to trust God, and to follow God,
not to analyze the commentary,
question motives or choose a food source.
The “tempter” made it a choice between trees
when it should have been a simple matter of
listening to God,
trusting God, and
following God’s Words—
I see many similarities in my current dilemma.
In reviewing that first choice, I think the
results of following God would have been
• gratitude for a beautiful place to live,
• trust in God’s provision,
• joy in caring for the garden,
• communion with God, His presence,
• sharing beauty with each other
–no thoughts of fear or hatred or discord–
just harmony between Creator and creation
that can only emanate from the Heart of God . . .
may I choose to “inherit” and live out
the heart of my Father and
NOT be distracted by the trees.
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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