Deborah Choma

Monday, September 22

Princess and Pioneer

A Devotion Dedicated to Dayna

Wits end with your career, health, marriage, child-rearing, business, or ______?

When simply pushed over the edge of God’s horizon; open your eyes, dust the misdirected dirt of negative thinking off, and keep going Sisters!

God just whispered a thought to inspire someone close. Now I am repeating the same for a larger audience – YOU!

Do more than merely exist each day.

Are you in a career crisis? What would you do after work that you lack motivation to do because of your frustration? Is it clearing the closest of clothes, thrifting, and gathering garments for God's glorious career on the horizon?

Are you in a health crisis? What more could you do? Is it taking one-step closer to a healthier you by moving forward with wholesome food choices?

Is it deciding to look your spouse in the eye when he arrives home from work, and producing an authentic "welcome home" smile?

Perhaps on purpose, step into your child's unique world today and mean the world to them for a moment?

Get to it!

The hardest thing about waiting for change is the waiting. God wants us to anticipate answered prayer. DO! Do not simply wait for change. Use your downward negative thinking upwards to Heaven.

If you are unhappy with your circumstances, start a perpetual blog or journal. Create a positive name, “Cancer Champion, or __________” Fill it with ideas that will inspire women (just what you need), in the same predicament.

The law of reaping a sowing is now in motion.

Waiting is tough but it also produces the necessary adjustments to your life and your future. God is watching and working. Do not waste the wait.

Use the energy spent on suffering to figuratively stand on stilts, offer hope, and breathe living in your moment into many lifeless women.

Kick the devil aside. He has no power or place in the Kingdom Woman’s life.

You are someone’s leader. Pioneer a concept.
You were born to soar and God has more!

He wants you to fly above the storm you face. You are “becoming” when you are “overcoming.” Do not waste time in downward thinking. Look up and get ready.

Jeremiah 29:11, raises the flag of hope for us all today, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

As a daughter of the King, you are a Princess and a Pioneer. Work on the Princess whilst you pioneer a brighter moment in someone's day.

Be doing for your future generation of beautiful women.

Use the power of prayer and purpose to build your best life in your worst moments. Your horizon is ahead!

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

Christian Trainer | Conference Speaker

The Open Doors Institute
opendoors.deborah@gmail.com
219-902-4243

Wednesday, September 17

Part 2: Out With Bad | In With Good

What are you thinking on now?

Information filters into our minds through various platforms every day; social media, radio, television, telephone conversations, texting etc.

Pure thoughts produce peace.

Release the bad thinking; like a handful of air-filled balloons, let it go!

There are eight categories of positive thoughts to empower you with the freedom to choose good thinking over bad. Simply scroll down the page for 1-4

5. Lovely Thoughts:

Ask yourself, “Is this attractive?” The word lovely means that which attracts through its acceptable, pleasing quality.

Cultivate the vision to see past the outward perishable shells of the people around you, to the growing increasing beauty of Jesus within them. Look at your spouse and see in the wrinkles of years, the beauty of an enduring love.

Lovely thoughts revisit a treasured portion of God’s Word and notice the beauty in its construction; perfect, helpful, and lovely words to you.

✔ Peace flees the faultfinding mind
✔ Peace finds, feeds and focuses upon true beauty

Do your thoughts figuratively collect trash or do they gather treasure in your mind each day?

6. Commendable Thoughts (A good report):

Ask yourself, “Is this friendly?” A good report refers to words of kindness. This links to the concept of friendliness: are these the thoughts of a true friend?

Are you always kind or are you the kind of woman with words to avoid?

Why be kind to the undeserved? Luke 6:36 says it sweetly, "...for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil,"

Consider why you are kind. More often, our expectation constructs the motive for kindness; the smile of acceptance and appreciation, recognition and recompense - it all goes into playing out acts of kindness.

Try being kind to ungrateful individuals who give nothing in return. 

Authentic Christ like kindness is appropriating kindness
to the undeserved and deserved alike.

7. Excellent Thoughts (Virtue):

Ask yourself, “Is this Kingdom thinking?” The excellence (virtue) refers to that which God’s Word consistently regards as good.

Does your Bible reading ever consume your thoughts? 

8. Praiseworthy Thoughts:

Ask yourself, “Is this vertical?” Does this thought honor God? Does it fuel worship? Does it elevate His name? Think about these praiseworthy things - God’s Word, God’s Son, God’s people.

After providing eight categories of positive thoughts that will fill our minds, Paul, tell us to, “think on these things.” The word “think” means to ruminate – to chew the cud, like animals that eat and then regurgitate so they can chew their food over and repeatedly.

Your mind needs to cultivate a taste for good thoughts and decline the flavorless verbal and non-verbal communication that frequents the corridors of your head, home and horizon. 

The battle for your mind continues today. Now you have the knowledge for a war on bad words. 

Change your words and you will change your world.

Do not forget to journal this week:

RENEW YOUR MIND

• Out with the dirt

Which thoughts do you need to intentionally remove from you mind? Unresolved conflict, lack of forgiveness, negativity, ungratefulness, dividing cares, past hurts, disappointments, anxieties, etc.

• In with the good

Which true, honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy thoughts will you chose to meditate on today?
Kingdom women have a certain style about them - “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

Find pleasure in higher things.

From the Heart of Deborah Choma


The Open Doors Institute
Christian Trainer | Conference Speaker
opendoors.deborah@gmail.com
219-902-4243

Tuesday, September 16

Part 1: Out With Bad | In With Good

After years of struggling with negative self-talk, God has replaced my unproductive introspection with His superb mind mapping.

Do your thoughts of yourself oppose how He thinks of you?

No Kingdom woman who is under the influence of God's Word is disposed to engage in scenes of confusion and disorder.

In contrast, a peace-filled Kingdom woman is refreshing. She replaces harmful input with wholesome material.

Out with the bad, in with the good; out with unresolved conflict, negativity, ungratefulness, dividing cares, past hurts, disappointments, anxieties. We do not have to think about these things.

Emptying your head of negative content is a choice. When you decide, how will you fill it?

Paul gives us 8-categories of positive thoughts from Philippians 4:8. We will cover 4 today and 4 tomorrow.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” There is an emphasis added on, “Think on these things.”

1.
True Thoughts:

Ask yourself, “Is this objectively, factually true?” We think and convince ourselves how to view, think about, handle something, what to do with it, why it matters (or does not), how to respond.

Is your assumption accurate?

2.
Honorable Thoughts:

No psychobabble. Listen to the voice of truth. Stop listening to the lies. Ask yourself, “Is this the highest possible opinion? Is this what God thinks?” The word honest means, worthy of respect. How do you think about others – your family, extended family, co-workers, the people who are least like you, and the people who do not like you, those who have hurt you?

Honorable thoughts are the highest possible opinion, lovingly seeing the potential for change in someone and praying God will grab hold of that person. Dishonorable thoughts are the lowest opinion of a person and the worst conclusion. There is no peace in disrespect.

Do you honor others with your thoughts?

3. Just Thoughts:

Ask yourself, “Is this the right thing to do?” The word “just” means righteous, or right before God. We forfeit peace in the contemplation of a wrong action. When someone has wronged you, do you fixate on how to retaliate or set the record straight?

Are your thoughts just right for you or God? 

4. Pure Thoughts:

Ask yourself, “Is this morally faithful?” Peace is lost in a dirty mind. The word pure primarily refers to sexual propriety consistent with God’s design for healthy sexuality: one man with one woman for life. Anything in your mind outside God’s design; places to go, websites to visit, pictures to ogle, flirtations to entertain – is to your own development or demise.

Darkness hates light, that's why we hide our habits. We cannot hide from God's light.

Constantly count on God’s help. Realize that the Christian life is to be lived not in our own strength, but through God’s power.

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

Journal this week:

• Out with the dirt

Which thoughts do you need to intentionally remove from you mind? Unresolved conflict, lack of forgiveness, negativity, ungratefulness, dividing cares, past hurts, disappointments, anxieties, etc.

• In with the good

Which true, honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy thoughts will you chose to meditate on today?

Above all, read God’s Word and pray. Ask Him to help you focus your mind on what is good and pure.

It takes practice, but it can be done.

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

The Open Doors Institute
Christian Trainer | Conference Speaker
opendoors.deborah@gmail.com
219-902-4243

Monday, September 15

Attractive and Authentic

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

Our life and worth come from God’s Spirit.

The chemical elements that formed our bodies were common not complex. The body is a lifeless shell until God brings it alive with his “breath of life.”

Many boast of their achievements only to fail soon after. Others have no achievements to boast of. In reality, our worth comes from the God of the universe who chooses to give us the mysterious and miraculous gift of life.

Value life as God does | There are no accidents | God ordains life

He gives us choices. Be wise and not willful. Stubbornness creates chaos. The cascading consequences of your sin will hurt others and you. Yet just as God used Eden for His eternal purposes, He will turn your mess to a harness for prudence and purity.

You are God’s creative work. The goal in your life is oneness with God.

If you are married, the goal in your life is oneness with your husband. Oneness means being one in the nest; in agreement, having a unique bond, sameness.

Are you irritable or argumentative?

A cantankerous woman is synonymous with canker and a dog; it smells before it barks, yet the greater irritation is glued to the ears full of canker – you!

God styles and equips men and women for various tasks but all lead to the same goal – honoring God.

Man gives life to woman; woman gives life to the world. Each role carries exclusive privileges; there is no room for thinking that man is superior to woman or vice versa.

I was asked to speak at an annual meeting for “The Business Women’s Association.” The topic was “Being A Woman in a Man’s World.” After the tone for the agenda was set, I was outnumbered by a majority. I graciously declined the speaking engagement and chose a superior platform.

I am learning to lead God’s prepared orchestra and turn my back on the crowd to focus on His work.

The loss of a speaking engagement was a win. Authentic Christians will always be victorious even if they are outnumbered.

In with the good things is a choice. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Coolness toward God’s tenderness will interrupt God’s influence in your life; it does not mean we have lost His presence or Spirit. Being cool rather than sweet, temporarily forfeits God's power in your life and diminishes the joy of your salvation.

Does your life picture a dying or living grace? Do your words speak life into others?

Look at the verse again, "Create in me a clean heart...renew a right spirit within me."

✔ A clean heart sweeps the dirt out every day and replaces it with the pure ground of right thinking.
✔ A right spirit constantly turns from sin statements that compromise our position and purpose.

Cultivate character rather than compromising your authentic Christianity. God replaced our sin with His purity on the cross. Now we have a role model for a clean heart and right spirit.

The Lord and His ways are perfect; sit by the wayside fixated on His road-map, which is His Word. You will be ready when He passes by.

Continue with His superior method for living. You will foster and nourish your dying graces; knowing that all the power must proceed from Him, continue to pray, "Renew a right spirit within me."

Are you heavyhearted or facing significant burdens? You may feel alone or overwhelmed by the pace of life. Take some time today to magnify the Lord. Deliberately step out of your pace and express your awareness of His greatness, His nearness, and His power—evident through His Son, His creation and His Word. When we focus on the awesome nature of the God of this universe, everything pulls rank.

Like Mary, focus on the Lord and your soul will rejoice in the glory of our Savior. "And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." Luke 1:46-47

Remember...
The belly of the instrument creates the sweetest music.
The bottom of the heart uncovers delightful praises.

Start your "To Do" list something like this:
1. Respect God's Instructions
2. Respect My Husband
3. Respect And Preserve Authentic Christianity

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

The Open Doors Institute
Christian Trainer | Conference Speaker
opendoors.deborah@gmail.com
219-902-4243