No Compromise! 

  

Most of my life has been wrapped around other peoples’ opinions, I wanted to please my parents, I wanted to please my friends, I wanted to please my fellow church goers, I wanted to be ACCEPTED! 
Of course, the older we get the more the word “compromise” becomes important. 
As we grow, we realize there is no gray area, only black …. and white. Acceptance to people gives way to God’s will. I don’t want to live in that bleak gray area. I want to be shining in His light. I want my life to reflect the light of the Son in a blazing white light of glory!  

 There have been many times I’ve given way to compromise. I will negotiate with my husband on this matter  … or that, I will give in to a later bedtime for Cowboy on a special night. But there are things I will NOT compromise …….

God is first. What He says, what He tells me to do, and His promises …. this will always come first. I know if I follow this, all will be well with me and mine. 

There are times, when so many things come as an onslaught, that we tend to forget our first love, our priorities. With every problem, every distraction, every worry that is brought before us, it’s easy to loose sight of our first love, our first commitment. Eventually, our joy will be lost as well. And what is life without joy? It’s toil, it’s existence. I don’t want to merely exist, do you? NO! We want to LIVE!

It is our choice to accept the things that would bring us down and separate us from our first love. Problems …. sure, we all got them. It’s not the lack of troubles that makes us live, but rather how we LIVE while we are in those troubles. A tree is known by its fruit. But does not the soil have to work and toil to get the minerals in which to live? YES! And so must we! We must seek and search after our God, our source of nourishment, we must choose to live in the abundance of grace and love that has been provided for us. It’s all a choice.

So choose you this day. Will you succumb to the wiles of the enemy who would desire to bring you down, discourage and destroy you? Or will you choose to reach higher, love greater, forgive 70 times 7, and receive the blessing of the Most High? 

I choose life. Not just the breath of an eternal body, but everlasting life. I choose His life over my own fleshly desires. I choose to live.

So if I seem strange to you, like I don’t quite fit in ….. that ‘s ok. This ain’t high school and I don’t care what others think of me. This is eternity. I know where I’ll spend it, do you? 

And guess what, I don’t want to slide in by the skin of my teeth. NO! I want God to look at me and say, “Well Done MY good and faithful servant!”  You can call me weird, you can say I’m an outcast. It’s all to His glory for I AM a peculiar person and NOT of this world. I am honored that you perceive me as different, it means I’m doing something right because I don’t blend in! I do not and I WILL not conform to this world.

Stand Tall ye of faith! Give praise to the One who has made you! For He knows the number of hairs upon your head, how well yet, does He not know where He leads you? 


Go forth, without fear. Go forth in faith. Fear not, for He is with you!

~Sandra K. Yates 


Day One 



You don’t know this, but today is the first day of the rest of my life.”  Those were the words I spoke to my BFF one morning in August of 2012 shortly after moving to a new city.  “Um, OK.” was the response I got.  I am always up to something, and she is always willing to humor me and hop on for the ride.  I gotta do something, here goes nothin’So began my 5:00AM running program.  Day One-5 min walk/2 min jog/5 min walk. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? But I did it. My rule was if I didn’t accomplish the day’s requirements, I repeated it the next day. Every morning I ran in the dark, no one could see that I’m NOT a perfect picture of somebody who’s never not good enough. Each morning was a new Day One and I was actually getting through the program. By week 5 I was saying, “only a 10 minute jog today!”  Morning after morning as I made my first turn, a single star was waiting to guide me and I would pray to get through the daily set.  Weeks 8, 9, and 10 just kept on rolling.  I wasn’t wishing any more, I was actually doing it. It was the final day! Ooh….the.final.day.– a 30 minute jog.  Again, this required a phone call to the BFF on the night prior, “How am I going to DO this?” In her simple, loving, smack-down way she assured me, “you just will.”  And, I did!  It was 5:00AM and my star was right there to guide me along with many prayers of thanks. My best days are not behind me, they are shining brightly in front of me. They’re numerous, and joyful, and amazing, and inspiring. Every day is Day One for that day’s adventure filled with God’s mercy and grace. The Sun’s Coming Up, The Beginning Has Begun.


              ~Heather Doughty 



Day One – Matthew West

http://youtu.be/Qq2Tp3asLU8

Well, I wish I had a short term memory
Wish the only thing my eyes could see
Was the future burning bright right in front of me
But I can’t stop looking back

Yeah, I wish I was a perfect picture of
Somebody who’s never not good enough
I try to measure up but I mess it up
And I wish I wasn’t like that

I wish I wasn’t wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody’s keeping score
I’m tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something
Here goes nothin’

It’s day one of the rest of my life
It’s day one of the best of my life
I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come 
The future has begun
Day one

Well, every single day Your grace reminds me
That my best days are not behind me
Wherever my yesterday may find me
Well, I don’t have to stay there

See my hourglass is upside down
My someday soon is here and now
The clock is tickin’
And I’m so sick and tired of missing out

It’s day one
And here comes the sun

Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy’s new
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, I will fix my eyes on You
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy’s new
Every morning, every morning
Sun’s coming up, the beginning has begun

Starting over, I’m starting over
Starting over, I’m starting over, starting now
I’m starting over
Starting over, I’m starting over
Starting over
Starting over, starting now
I’m starting over