Deborah Choma

Monday, March 24

Humble People | Brilliant Future

Thankful for the gift of a son; a 10-year old who illuminates the oil of gladness and a wide-eyed-wonder.

Staring out the kitchen window and capturing a moment; arms open to a superior truth from the everyday simple.

Standing on stilts to be noticed was this verse, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself (or herself) as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:4

We are so preoccupied with our lives that we lose sight of divine directives.


Every day, our schedules compete with an Eternal perspective.

Do we really desire to be dependent on God...to be childlike in this? We say we do. 

How hard it is to identify with "little children" - weak and needy individuals with no status or influence. Children are trusting by nature yet we distrust.

G.K. Chesterton wrote, "How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it."

As a child of God, we must grow a desire to diminish self.


There are choice opportunities everywhere to capture a mind that meditates on moments rather than the mess in life. Giving thanks in all things, the good and the not-so-good, is pivotal to progress in the Christian life with a mindset of making-the-most-out-of-every-circumstance. As we embrace everything with a grateful heart, our uncertainty will be answered with a new certainty of God's power and love.

Seeking beauty rather than seeing burdens
is a key component to the Christian life filled with joy.

God increases in our life when we reflect a child like perspective. To live in the wide-eyed-wonder of a world, your world, that unwraps itself in the simplest of truths - that wonder and worship grows out of smallness.

I want that crazy God-joy our son oozed this morning. To see the world through a pure lens. To live embracing God's splendor and the simple truths we brush aside under the microscope of our world.

Stay small and humble! It's a heavenly stance.

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

The Opendoors Institute
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker
opendoors.deborah@gmail.com
219-902-4243

Wednesday, March 19

Grief | Grace

Late start, empty stomach, full heart in God's Word.

Living for self is easy. Dying to self is a classroom I seem to spend all my time in.

Another lesson this morning from 1 Peter 4:1-2.

"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourself likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."

The hard discipline, tougher than rolling out of bed to pray, is to number our griefs as grace.


Grief is used by God to cut into
our ungrateful heart to make us whole.

Suffering is a means of obedience. When we arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, we sin less.

The reason trials are "much more precious than gold that perishes" is because trials, when responded to properly, cause sin to lose its power over our lives and leads us to focus on the truly important things in life - the Eternal perspective.

Are you suffering today; physically, financially, spiritually, socially, mentally, relational? Allow your suffering to humble you and lead you to obey Him more than you ever have. Don't let the world define suffering for you.

According to God, suffering is a deep blessing if it produces humility and obedience.

"Lord of Life, cause us to know and believe, right in the midst of hard things, that you are patiently transforming all the notes in our life to the song of Your Son."
Amen

Are you in the midst of a trial? Do you suffer silently? Then you have the power of prayer instantly. Prayer will change your life! Remember that God is never wrong and never late. Prayer releases anxiety.


Getting God each day is never the issue. God does business with those who mean business.

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

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

Monday, February 10

Heart Check

"Deborah, a flower doesn't bloom every day. It needs the right conditions and the bloom is often appreciated far more...after the gloom" - (a seed of wisdom deposited in my little girl's heart by my mother).

We all struggle with something.

I am reminded of His trusting grace today. I love how Hagar said, "Thou God seest me:" in Genesis 16:13

God's eyes are fixed on us; both in our "wow" and our wilderness. His presence alone steadies our soul.

"Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength." Proverbs 8:14

In our Saviour, we are always safe.

Heart Check

♡ Counsel
♡ Sound Wisdom
♡ Understanding
♡ Strength

There is no greater comfort than The Comforter.

Beats biting our nails or bingeing on chocolate.

Enjoy your day!

From the heart of Deborah Choma
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker
opendoors.deborah@gmail.com
219-902-4243

Wednesday, January 29

God Bite

The adage is true: Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.

I was up at 3:30 a.m and invited God to consume the morning hours with His presence and power. He reminded me of a promise. It's not just a pie crust promise, easily made and easily broken; this promise stands up on stilts and the neon sign reads:

"Peace Formula."

"Let your moderation be known unto all men, The LORD is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:5-7

So how can we work and weave this into today!? Can we possibly have peace when figuratively there are pieces in our life we dislike?

The answer is "Yes!" In fact, God promises peace with the following formula I penned this morning.

PEACE FORMULA


  • You have a reputation of being kind
Moderation = kindness. In other words, kindness must ooze from us. Anyone can be kind to their Pastor and/or his wife, but what about a family member that irritates us, or a colleague that rubs us the wrong way, or a neighbor that has more prickles than a prickly pear? The reality of life is that our foes come in many forms.

Be kind!


  • You exercise a grateful heart
Thanklessness gets under God's collar and I have been convicted of my failure to thank God in all things, good and bad.

The formula must consist of praying, pleading, and praising. The thanksgiving is the yeast kneading the power behind your prayers.

God loves it and responds quickly to our attitude of gratitude.

Be thankful!


  • You procure the promise
When we follow the Philippians' formula the promise is guaranteed. In addition, the formula is a heart and mind keeper. A heart that is heavy with crazy feelings and a mind that is confused with crazy thinking, will be gathered into the loving arms of Jesus Christ

Like a feather dusty, the light of His glorious Word will clear the clutter and fill our hearts and minds with clarity.

Be ready!

Anchor your soul on this truth today.

These verses flooded me with grace this morning and I am so thankful to God for His Word and wonder.

From the heart of Deborah Choma

Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker
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