Choose What Gives You Life

This morning I pause and think about what choices I am making to care for myself and my wellbeing. When so many demands are put on us daily, it’s easy to let go of caring for ourselves. Speaking as a mom, I recognize when I put my kids needs before my own. I also recognize when I put my needs aside, and slowlyI fall into old habits when I am not constantly making the choice to care for myself. 

When we come to yoga, we make a choice to set aside that time to be present with ourselves and with God. We set aside time to breathe, time to reflect, and time to relax. We may not have an hour everyday that we can give to a yoga practice, but we do have moments of time available to us, and we can choose how to fill our time. 

This week I have been practicing the invitation to choose what I want to work on for 15 minute increments. Breaking down my choices and work into smaller time periods helps me to not get overwhelmed with the big picture, or the amount that I think I need to accomplish. 

What are some of the choices you can make in your daily life that are healthy and life giving to your soul? 

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says, “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long time settled on the soil that God, your God promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Choose the things that bring life to your soul. Choose the ways you want to live so that you can embrace life itself, and the One who gives us life. 

Choice in our Day

Take a deep breath. Now let’s think about the choices we have made up to this point in our day. I chose to get out of bed at 8:30, I chose to work out, I chose to have tea with my breakfast, listen to the news, and now I’m chasing to sit down at my computer to write this post. This is only a fraction of the choices I have made this morning. Some of the choices we are faced with are fairly easy to make, but at times there are choices that are more difficult. 

This week the choices I have had to make feel so minimal compared to some of the difficult decisions I know others have been faced with this week. Regardless of our decision, we do have a choice with how we respond to what we choose. God gave us the ability to choose freely the things we do, and God is with us in all of those decisions. 

This week, while I was at the skating rink with my kids, my daughter felt it was unfair that she was told she was out of the limbo contest after falling. Although according to her she didn’t fall, and it was “unfair” that the person told her she was out. She was upset. In my moment of parenting, I thought this is a good time to teach her that not everything in life is fair, but how we choose to respond to it is our choice.

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” - Ray T Bennett

When things happen that are out of our control, what we do have control over is our choice. This doesn’t mean that in all things we will approach it with a positive and happy attitude. Immediately following our second car accident, I didn’t have a good attitude. I was stuck in a patter of thinking, “why didn’t I die?” It took me a long time to make a choice to get out of bed, walk my kids to school, and work my way back to living again. It was not easy, and at times I still struggle. 

We have begun meditating on Proverbs 19:9 (Msg), which says, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to life it.” We are not alone in our decisions, even if we feel that way. God is with us as we make the choice, and with us as we move through life with the decisions we have made. We do not have to feel stuck or feel like we will make the wrong choice. God has freely given us the ability to choose, and is with us in all our choices. 

Can you think of a time in your life when you felt the freedom to make choices for yourself? What happened as a result? 

Today if you would like, I invite you to pray this breath prayer with me. On an inhale pray “God, in every choice.” On the exhale pray, “you are with me.” Today may we each be mindful that God is always with us, moving with us through every choice we are faced with. 

 

Choice in the New Year

Happy New Year friends! As I look to the wonder of 2019, I am reminded of the old tradition of new years resolutions. Resolutions never did much for me because often after a few weeks I would make a different decision, and found that throughout the year I was constantly changing my mind on what I was doing. In light of that, I would like to invite you not to make resolutions set in stone, rather invite you into a season of experimentation and choice. It’s okay to try new thing, and it’s okay to decide to do something else. 

This month we will focus on our time on what it is to make choices. We always have a choice in what we do, and how we approach life. Proverbs 16:9 says, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It pays to take life seriously.” We make our choices, we plan our lives, and whatever decision we choose to make, God is with us helping us to live out lives. 

God always gives us choice. There may be times our lives that things happen outside of our choice, but the ways we choose to live through it is up to us. So let’s exercise our choices this year. Let’s experiment together with what it means to make make choices in our lives. 

God, as we begin this new year, empower us to live our lives in ways that do not hinder us. Help us to be bold in our decisions, trust our inner voice, and know that whatever we do you are with us. Amen.