Live Today

Life is a choice

for you today

 

Blessings are a choice

for you today

 

For you can choose a death day

or a life day

 

And I think you know what I mean

 

For truly living

is a choice

 

Blessings toward others

are a choice

 

 

“Come follow Me,”

Jesus says

 

And following Him today

will open your eyes

 

to His goodness

His blessings

His love

His plans for you

 

this day

 

Choose to follow

and choose to LIVE

 

For a daily death is a slow

and sad

way to exist

 

Choose to Live

 

And look Up

 

to find the beauty

and the reason to truly live

 

– Susie Stewart

 

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 life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

– Deuteronomy 30:19 (MSG)

 

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

– Philippians 4:8 (VOICE)

 

…choose today whom you will serve.

– Joshua 24:15 (NLT)

 

As a prisoner of the Lord, I urge you: Live a life that is worthy of the calling He has graciously extended to you.

– Ephesians 4:1 (VOICE)

 

…I came to give life with joy and abundance.

– John 10:10 (VOICE)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

Children

 

Eyes on those children

forever

 

A mama’s heart

I’ll always have

 

Cherishing them

as small

 

And cherishing them

as grown

 

Ever my treasures

ever my longing sigh

 

And we parents,

we understand the pull

 

to children small or grown

born to us, or entrusted to us

 

Their essence a gift

a glory

 

And when I hear that Your eyes, God,

are ever on me

 

It touches me deeply

 

For I get it

 

My eyes

my heart

my longing

is ever for my children

 

chosen by God for me

 

And You are the One

who chose me for Yourself

 

Your parental love

is pure

 

and it longs for me,

for connection with me

 

And I reach to You,

my Abba

 

Your beloved child

I will ever be

 

– Susie Stewart

 

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

– Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)

 

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who He is or what he’s up to.

But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see Him—and in seeing Him, become like Him. All of us who look forward to His Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.

– 1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)

 

Listen, the eye of the Eternal is upon those who live in awe of Him, those who hope in His steadfast love,

– Psalm 33:18 (VOICE)

 

Photos by Susie Stewart and Jay Oertli

 

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