Monday, January 18, 2010

A New Lifestyle

"What helped me get through those lonely days was knowing that God does love me, that He does have a plan for me, and that His plan is for my good," says Selma.

Your daily life is different now. You no longer have the security and comfort of your old routine and of knowing where you belong. The new lifestyle may feel awkward and uncomfortable. This contributes to your loneliness.

Warren Kniskern says, "This is a time to depend upon God like never before. Place your cares and anxieties on Him because He cares for you. He knows the struggles you're going through. Don't lose hope in terms of getting on with your life. There is life after this tragedy."

Your new lifestyle is unfortunately one that you did not choose to be in. But now that you are here, you do have a say as to how you will respond to your new circumstances. Every moment, you are faced with the choice of how you will act and react to the thoughts in your mind and to the situations that occur.

Anyone who has a relationship with Jesus Christ has available to him or her the wisdom and the strength to make right choices through the Holy Spirit.

"Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Romans 8:12-14).

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