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Lenten Season Devotions 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017 - Florence McKeown, Deacon

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.



I have always believed that life is a series of decisions-- you make some good ones and you make some bad ones.  However, not all decisions that affect your life are yours alone.  I believe that God places you in situations where the events of life and the decisions of others make major impacts on your life.  When I was 4 months old, my mother passed away-- definitely an event that was a major impact to me, my father, and my brothers.  When I was 6 years old, my father made a decision to remarry and move us from our home in North Philadelphia to the home of my stepmother in Crescentville.  It was this decision, his decision, that truly shaped the rest of my life.  As a teenager, I chose to attend Olney High School where I met and made many wonderful friends.  Some of these schoolmates were members at Olney Presbyterian Church, and it was these friendships that made me want to be a part of this church community.  A friend from my Crescentville grade school whom I met up with again in high school was also a member at Olney Pres. and told me that her family would give me a ride to Christian Endeavor on Sunday evenings.  Well, yes, the rest is history (ancient perhaps).  For it was here at Olney Pres. that I met my wonderful husband, and that friend from grade school became my sister-in-law. 
During this season of Lent, while we reflect on the decisions of the past, the present, and the future, we should all remember that the greatest decisions were those made by God-- that He chose to humble himself and to become human, to die on the cross and to take on the sin of this world for us, and to send His Holy Spirit to guide and to comfort us.  Those decisions of God and the one that I pray we have all made to accept His gift of sacrifice and unmerited favor are the most important decisions of all.  
Prayer:  Dear Lord, help us to seek your will in all the decisions of our lives.  Even during the most difficult times, may we always know that you go before us in the paths of life and truly believe the Prophet Jeremiah when he said, “O Sovereign Lord!  You made the heavens and the earth by your great power.  Nothing is too hard for you!”  In Jesus Name, AMEN.

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