Deborah Choma

Monday, June 30

The King's Rowing Academy

Listening to the storm outside last night and laid there thinking on the commotion of day-to-day living. As I prayed through the names of individual men and women, I saw a large canvass of many whom I know, tossed around in a sea of personal turmoil; self-inflicted or victims of circumstances – their storm is real and land is nowhere in sight.

God birthed a great devotion.

This beautiful verse is a lifesaver, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4

Nothing can do for us what God’s promises can.
They lead us through the darkest night,
carry us through the longest day,
and sustain us through the deepest valley.

God’s precious promises must become our most valued possession, not the condo, car, contents, or career.

Peter learned firsthand that clinging to what God had said is the best way forward through dark times.

The hardest moment of hanging on is the void between believing His promise and receiving the fulfillment of that promise, when we wonder, “Where’s this going? Where will I end up? How will my future look? How do things keep getting worse?”

God promises to anchor our souls. We might not know how things will play out and not knowing can be crushing. However, we must walk by faith.

During the dark, hard times of waiting hold tight onto God’s precious promises. Review them all the time and remind yourself that your faith is in God, not the status of your circumstances.

✔ God has never failed to do what He has said
✔ God cannot lie
✔ God will not forget
✔ He will deliver on time – every time!

The storm of uncertainty WILL pass, yet it IS a storm. 

Prayer and God’s promises are the wind in our sails, a compass for the journey, an anchor for the soul, and a lighthouse ahead. You are rowing on a team - keep rowing!

Encouraging you through the storms of life.

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

The Opendoors Institute
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker

Tuesday, June 17

Peace to a Troubled Heart

Focusing on God's promises and trusting Him to do what He says, will bring peace to your troubled heart.

Are you going through a tough time? Are you absorbing yourself in Scripture?

Who would believe that Abraham and Sarah would have a son - and live to raise him to adulthood?

"And she said (Sarah), who would have said...." (Giving birth at 90-years of age to Isaac)

This verse struck a chord in the recesses of my heart this morning and I inserted my own name into the verse, "And Deborah said, who would have said..." (Fill in the blank with your own impossible circumstance)

Then I thought of countless friends I pray for every day and inserted their unique name and personal concern into the same format. It was another light bulb moment - God turning the mess into a miracle.

Doing the impossible is everyday business for God.

As we allow God to handle our big problems, they do not seem so impossible.

Faith Formula: Focus on God’s promises + Trust Him at His Word = Peace to a troubled heart.

This encourages my heart through another day and I wanted to encourage yours.

One of my favorite hymns:

"When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul...."

Don't make "impossible" part of your vocabulary!

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

The Opendoors Institute
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker

Monday, June 16

See The Need And Take The Lead

A Good Guide for Impatience

If it were not for the needs close to my own heart, I would never see the needs in others.

God is so wise. He takes the mess and molds the rest.

Profound struggles and phenomenal growth must join hands in the Christian’s life. In other words, the tougher life beats on our personal ground, the greater opportunities to cultivate the soil of a tender love toward God and others.

Reminded this morning, is anything too hard for God? Of course not!

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return unto thee…” Genesis 18:14

It would be a search to find anything more challenging than to simply wait, whether we are expecting something good, something bad, or an unknown. Waiting is difficult!

• One way we cope with a long wait (or even a short one), is to begin helping God get His plan into action.

Sarah tried this approach in Genesis. She was too old to expect to have a child on her own, so she thought God must have something else in mind. From Sarah’s limited point of view, this could only be to give Abraham a son through another woman – a common practice in her day. The plan seemed harmless enough. 

However, as you read about the events that followed, you will be struck by how often Sarah must have regretted the day she decided to push God’s timetable ahead.

• Another way we cope with a long wait is to conclude that what we are waiting for is never going to happen. 

Sarah waited 90-years for a baby. When God told her she would finally have one of her own, she laughed about what He could do through her.

What parts of your life are “on hold” right now? This may be part of God’s plan for you. The Bible has an abundance of clear direction to keep our minds busy whilst we wait for a particular part to move ahead.

Is this day in your life too hard for God? Is the problem you are having too hard for Him?

God is personally involved in our life and nudges us to entreat Him for His power to help. His timetable, and our impatience, is an excellent opportunity for our prayer-life to grow; in the length of time we spend praying, and in our ability to comprehend the mind of God. 

Our prayers may not change God’s mind,
but they may change ours.

A good guide for handling impatience is to see the needs of others and take the lead.

Is there someone in your Sunday school class, church, or circle of influence, who recently had surgery, lost a loved one, is going through a tough time, or _________ (fill in the blank).

Do you have a neighbor that God is prompting you to reach out and help? If I were to take our church’s prayer requests and made a decision to write a card to every individual on that list, my week would be consumed. If I were to ask God for a heart like His, I would see others in a different light.

You may not mean the world to everyone, but to someone you are his or her world.

Make a difference in someone’s day. See the need and take the lead. Cook a meal or clean a home. We work for God.

Continue through difficulties.There is no success without sacrifice. Turn your waiting into an opportunity to serve others and do not waste your life consumed with your own burdens. God is working behind the scenes. He has not forgotten you or I. 

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

Kindness begins with you!

From the Heart of Deborah Choma
The Opendoors Institute
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker

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 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