Amanda

Registered nurse 👩🏻‍⚕️ God's servant • Daughter of the One True King 👆
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Better decisions, fewer regrets 2/5

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Someday you would like to be able to sit down or lie down with your kids or grandkids and tell ’em your story. Your entire story. And as they get older, you would like to be able to add layers and details rather than hoping they don’t ask.

If you’re single, you want to someday sit across the table from someone you hope to spend the rest of your life with and tell your story. All of it. We all want that. But it will require you to stop mid-decision and ask: “What story do I want to tell? When this crisis, this opportunity, this temptation is in the rearview mirror—when it’s reduced to a story I tell—what story do I want to tell?” Which of the available options do you want as part of your story?

Every decision you make becomes part of the story of your life. Every relational, financial, and professional decision and the outcomes of those decisions become permanent parts of your story. We’ve all lived long enough to have a few chapters we wish we could erase. No doubt you have a few stories you wish you could rewrite. We all do. We call it regret. But chances are, the decisions that led to your greatest regrets could have been avoided if you had paused to ask yourself, “What story do I want to tell?”

From here on out, write a story worth telling. Write a story you’re proud to tell. If you’re in the middle of making a decision right now, stop and ask yourself: Of the available options, which one do I want as a permanent part of the story of my life?

“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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Everything Works For Good, Even The Wounds

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Do you know how pearls are formed?

These objects considered jewels, are formed in a very particular way.

The pearl grows from a painful process; the result of a foreign or undesirable substance like a parasite or a grain of sand, entering the oyster. Inside the oyster, exists a lustrous material called mother-of-pearl. When a grain of sand penetrates, mother-of-pearl cells begin to work and cover the grain of sand with layers and more layers to protect the helpless body of the oyster. As a result, an attractive pearl is formed. An oyster that has not been injured in some way, does not produce pearls, because the pearl is a scar from the wound. 

You and I cannot avoid being hurt in some way, but we can choose what to do with those wounds. 

My desire is that you turn each wound into something as valuable as a pearl... or even more.

Let’s pray:

“Dear God, I surrender to you and give you every wound of my heart. Please, let everything that I have lived, work for good. Help me know your will, even in uncomfortable situations. Help me forgive as you forgive me every day. In the name of Jesus, amen”.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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