Leave The Choice With Him

Many years ago I learned a phrase that has stayed with me through to today.  The phrase is:  “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”  I could not remember where I picked up that phrase until just recently.

In 1978, my daughter and I had just returned from living 8 years in Germany.  Many changes had taken place in my life during this time.  Not all of them were optimum.  My marriage ended two years after we moved to Germany.  My walk with the Lord weakened.  I got caught up in the world; the excitement of travel; meeting people from all walks of life; my work; continuing my education a little at a time through college/university extension courses; and, living life!

I also started learning a lot about myself during this time.  As my life experiences continued to unfold, I began realizing that there must be something more significant for me to explore… something with real depth and meaning… something that would be more solid… something with purpose!  I really had no idea what that might be.  But, at the end of those 8 years, I knew it was time to return to the country of my birth.  And… it was time to bring my daughter back home.

My homecoming was pleasant and sweet — even though I was in complete culture-shock!  The country of my birth had changed a lot and I felt lost — almost as if I was in unfamiliar territory.  Well… I was!  Duh!  The details of getting regrouped and settled soon took over and I knew inside that I was “back home” for a reason.  Again – I really had no idea what that might be.  It was difficult for my daughter and me, but, I knew deep inside this was where we were supposed to be.

Some high school classmates invited my daughter and me to attend church with them.  We were reluctant to go.  Church attendance had been mostly just that for me growing up.  I accepted Jesus as my Savior as a child, but, there was so much I didn’t understand. I didn’t fully know Him.  My parents and some other relatives were also attending the same church as my friends.  So – we made everyone happy with our compliance!  Little did I know that I was about to meet Jesus head-on!  Wow!  I still remember it all very clearly and I am grateful to this day to say the very least!  My daughter loved Sunday school as a little girl.  She accepted Jesus as her Savior at a church youth retreat soon after our return.

Long-story-short… I was having a conversation with the Lord one afternoon about my life and my current status of being a single mom.  I had heard this phrase about “leaving the choice with Him” and I had begun to realize how important it was to include God in my decision-making-activities.  So – I was explaining to Him that it was OK if I was supposed to remain single, but, I would need His help; that He would need to help me raise my daughter… and… He would definitely need to keep me busy!  I heard laughter at that moment and I’m sure it was Him.

My conversation with the Lord continued.  I just wanted to cover all the bases.  I explained to Him that, if there was someone for me… “here’s what I would like him to be”…!  The Word encourages us to ask Him and I was ready to do just that.  I began to describe the man I would like in my life.  The details were many and very specific indeed.  Tall and thin; love music; Christian background; family man; good provider; to include color of eyes and hair, etc., etc., etc. … you know… my very own Prince Charming!  The ball was now in the Lord’s court.  I really felt quite comfortable with our conversation that day.  It basically was just me talking to Him, but, I didn’t dwell on it and I actually felt peaceful – single or not.

To be continued…………………………………

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Through It All

I apologize for the recent absence of “Heartlink” blog posts.  April and May delivered some health events that impeded any thought or form of creative writing.  There were 3 separate issues and it seemed as though another followed when one had ended.  Although my joy for spring and the beauty of it was somewhat difficult to appreciate to the max, the wonder of newness bursting forth was still a great delight!  Some days were rough, but, I am happy to say that all is well and I praise the Lord for His faithfulness.

Sometimes we just do not understand what is happening; how to fix it or how to make something go away.  Sometimes there isn’t anything “we” can do.  Quite often we just need to prayerfully wait it out and follow doctors’ orders.  That’s what I was doing making several visits to our PCP and others.  Almost daily I was “hearing” in my mind the words of a 1971 song that I have not sung in many years.  It is definitely on my favorites list.  It is called:  “Through It All” by Andrae Crouch.* The third verse has always been special to me:

I thank God for the mountains,
And I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem,
I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith in God could do.
Chorus
Through it all, through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

Life is fragile and life is unfair.  There are many who are suffering greatly and answers are hard to find.  Or the answers we are given are not the ones we want to hear.  But, The One Who is mighty, just and fair is our Strong Tower.  He is with us every breath, every step, every heartbeat.  He knows our yesterdays, our todays and our eternal tomorrows.  1 Peter 1:3-9 tells us the following:

(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(4) to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
(5) who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
(6) In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
(7) so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
(8) and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
(9) obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.  (NASB)

Believers in Christ Jesus know the hope of Glory.  This hope is the ultimate peace to bring us through it all.

*TEXT and MUSIC:  Andrae Crouch ©Copyright 1971 by MANNA MUSIC, INC., 2111 Kenmore Ave., Burbank, CA 91504. International Copyright Secured.  All Rights Reserved.

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