Monthly Archives: May 2015

God Brings Peace — Psalms 23 In Real Life

I haven’t even had the mental energy to write  this month because of all the ‘life’ distractions looming around every corner. Given what they COULD be, my distractions aren’t really that bad; but when you have to juggle your day job, personal work, family time, friend time, AND church time — things can get a little overwhelming! In my opinion physical tiredness kicks rocks when compared to MENTAL fatigue.

This year has been a period of change for me. I’ve been placed in some uncomfortable situations and have been faced with making tough decisions regarding — life.  You can imagine a computer with a gazillion tabs open at one time….yeah, that’s a visual of my mind juggling all of these day-to-day decisions.

After having my mind racing a mile a minute every single day, yesterday, God lifted up a scripture from the pages of the Holy Bible allowed me to experience it in real life. It was Psalms 23.

After a pretty busy day at work, and going off of fumes from the busy week before, I was MORE than happy to walk through the doors of my front door. Not only was it raining a tsunami outdoors, it was still sticky and hot, so I gladly walked to my room and kicked my shoes off. I sat there for a bit trying to remember if I had anything I needed to work on.

Did I have any pictures to edit? Nope.  Did I need to work on OSR stuff? No.  Did I have to schedule anything for Next Up? Not really.

After going down the list I decided to take some time and spend it with God. So I did. I gently took out my bible, and looked up passages that dealt with my current problem of focusing on God instead of my busy schedule. After reading, I felt more at peace than I had a a LONG while, chatted with God for a while and feel asleep peacefully to the calming sounds of the beating rain outside the safety of my room walls. I truly felt that I was living out Psalms 23 and that God was leading me beside still waters and allowed me to be restored with uninterrupted sleep.

This morning I feel energized, at ease, and more focused. I know this doesn’t mean life will cease and I will be able to sit at home and do nothing but sleep, but yesterday was just the renewal and spiritual refreshing I needed to get me through the last half of this year.

When’s the last time YOU’VE lived out biblical scripture?

– Joc

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I Just Wanna Know….What Am I Supposed To DO?!

Indecision.

I don’t know about you, but it’s something I’m confronted with every day.

I’ve heard many people say, “Not making a decision at all is worse than making a bad one.” Some days I listen to them, some days I don’t. For me, making the best decision possible is vital for a successful and prosperous life. Sometimes that means instantaneously making a decision, and sometimes it means letting a situation marinate for a bit. I’ll choose wisdom over smarts ANY DAY because I know that “Jocelyn’s emotions/will” can lead me to some scary places. Even when I look at the bible, the wisest man alive (Solomon) even tells me in Proverbs:

Proverbs 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

In all thy ways acknowledge him [God], and he shall direct thy paths.

or in simpler terms….

Proverbs 3:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

In all your ways know, recognize,and acknowledge Him [God], and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

BASICALLY saying, be conscious of making the “God decision” instead of just the “good decision”; and you will end up making the decision that will lead  you down the best path. This means you may have to stand at the ‘fork in the road’ a little longer than you anticipate in order to truly discover the best path. I understand that times will pop up where I won’t have the luxury of waiting — that’s when that wisdom will have to kick in. If (like me at times) you don’t feel like  you ‘have it all there yet’, tell God, “Ok, I’m walking through this door…if it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing, feel free to close the door.”

BUT WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION BETWEEN TWO GOOD THINGS?

That is a great question and I’m glad you asked! I don’t have the answer yet myself…but I’m still glad you asked.

Over the past several months, I’ve been stuck in limbo regarding this VERY SAME DILEMMA! There are many aspects of my life that are naturally changing, and many that sedentary aspects that I really want to change. Either way I look at it, all of this change will require me making HUGE decisions that will ultimately determine the next season/course of my life — and I want to make sure I’m headed in the right direction. All of the options before me are good ones, it’s just a matter or walking towards the BEST one.

During this time of indecision, I’ve been pouring over biblical scripture, consulting godly counsel, and really just sitting in silence, talking to God. I’ve made it my goal to tune out everything else in my life and focus on hearing God’s voice (-aka- getting peace about one decision over the over).

—–> let me take a side note for a second. Once thing I’ve found when looking back on all the bad decisions I’ve made in my life ALL involve me listening to everyone else’s opinion and life’s stress to the point that I really couldn’t make a sound decision because I had TOO much busyness going on in my head. I think this is why ALL of us make some bad decisions at times. We feel like “God isn’t speaking to us”, when really He is, we’re just too busy and our mind is too cluttered to hear what He’s telling us. Ok back to the program.

I am now at the point where I am planning to move from this period of indecision to one of action regarding some of the dilemmas I’ve been facing. After all of the praying and all of the fasting, I still can’t tell you 100% if the next step I’m planning to take will be the BEST decision, but I’ve already made it known to God, “Hey, I believe this is what You want me to do, but just in case it isn’t, feel free to redirect me on the best path Lord. I can’t shepherd myself, so I am humble enough to pray against my own will if it doesn’t line up with yours.”

If you’re struggling with indecision, try doing what I have. I know I’m not an ordained minister or bishop or anything like that; but I do know that I believe that since I’ve honestly and earnestly prayed and sought God, He’ll keep things in check if they to awry. We’ll see where these decisions lead after awhile….prayerfully, they’ll lead down the path to God’s best!

– Blessings, Joc

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