The Valley of Decision/Scripture Challenge: Joel

We all face them.

Decisions.

Some more important, more pressing than others.

Some that may seem minor at the time, but can have long-term effects.

I don’t know about you, but the day-to-day decisions that lay the groundwork for the building of a day sometimes loom so large that I can’t seem to get a grip on

what

to

do

first.

Not completely true, though, because I DO know what comes first, always.

Every day.

Every morning my number one priority is to spend time in The Word.  With The Word.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
 John 1:1-2

Every.single.day.

Realistically, things happen, and some days get started on a different path.  A rushed breakfast, rushed shower, rushing out the door… and chaos usually ensues. Starting my day purposely helps keep me focused.

Funny.  Last year the word I focused on was THANKFUL,

Be.Thankful

and this year the word I choose to focus on is FOCUS

Isaiah 26.3

I have a lot on my plate in the coming months, and this verse in Isaiah was just a reminder for me that

HE.KNOWS.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.  Psalm 139:1-6

When I’m feeling overwhelmed, when my mind can’t shut off for sleep, when my prayers become desperate for an escape,

I

will

choose

to

run

to

YOU.

Do you see?  It’s all about focus.  Keeping our eyes on the things that really matter and letting go of the things that won’t seem so important a year from now.

As I begin this new year, I am reminded of how blessed we are to have The Word.  That He chose to give us the written Word: His love letter to us,

His guidebook,

instruction book,

HIStory book,

Book of wisdom and

prophecy and

promise.

Why would we neglect it?  Why would we not keep our focus on Him?  More often than not, the decisions that loom ahead can be answered in a word:

TRUST.

Will I trust Him to provide an answer when I seek Him, and will I trust that the answer He brings is what is best for me?  When His answer is, “wait”, will I trust His timing, His plan?

It really is our decision.  From the moment we rise to the last second we’re awake, we decide what direction our thoughts will take.  Dwelling in the valley never gets us anywhere, but when we look to God to give us direction, He will guide us in those decisions.

The book of Joel is a short one.  A prophet whose message was full of passion for a people who religiously thought they were “all right”.  A warning that their deeds were noticed by God, and that if they would,

“Even now– turn to Me with all your heart… Tear your hearts and not just your clothes, and return to the Lord your God.  For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster.” Joel 2:12-13

I pray for those who’ve convinced themselves that they are “all right” or can just wait.  Wait to decide.  Waiting is deciding, “no”.  “No, I will not trust Jesus.”  “No, I will not follow God’s way.”  “No, I will not believe that His Word is real and true and life-changing.”

Multitudes, multitudes
in the valley of decision!
For the Day of the Lord is near
in the valley of decision.  Joel 3:14

I pray for those who are in the valley of decision.  Sometimes those valleys seem so low and the climb too high, but the God who created them both will get you through the valley and

He will walk with you.

He’s just waiting for you to say “yes”.  Yes to doing things His way.  Yes to

FOCUSING

ON

HIM.

This verse from the book of Joel will be the one I memorize for my Scripture Challenge:

Joel 2:12

Memorizing this verse will be a constant reminder for me that my decisions should honor the Lord, and that it’s never to late to choose.  To turn to Him.

Multitudes.

I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but I love you.  I love my readers.  I love that you follow me and encourage me.  I love that you give me a voice and that you decide to trust me enough to hear what I have to say.  I don’t have all the answers, but I do know the One Who does.  Thanks for listening and for deciding to follow my blog.  My heart’s desire is that you would find the Savior I serve.  If you’d like to know more about what it means to follow Jesus, please leave a comment and I would be happy to correspond with you through email.

~~Vickie

  1 comment for “The Valley of Decision/Scripture Challenge: Joel

  1. January 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome post! I find that I have a hard time just getting STARTED on things that I have decided to do, so I totally relate to your word of “Focus” being so important. Here’s to focusing on hearing His voice in the valley of decision! 🙂

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