Tuesday, March 29, 2016

But Not

It occurred to me that I've spent a great deal of my life from the perspective that life is a series of good days interrupted by bad ones. I thought that unfortunate events should be unexpected, unplanned for, and they are surely unwarranted. I was wrong. It was a fantasy to believe that I could get through life without these experiences. Living in this level of denial can leave one feeling hopeless & defeated while scavenging for one satisfying moment after the next.

As I entered into a paradigm of truly receiving all that God has for me, I am realizing the very opposite is true. Our lives are more a series of testing, tribulation, trial & temptation. Between the works of my very own flesh and the snares of the enemy, there is a daily, consistent battle that presents itself. I have a choice to fight for the freedom I have been afforded or surrender to remain an indentured servant...a slave to death.

I have discovered that seeing life from this perspective has increased my level of appreciation for not just the major victories, but also for the minor ones and that ANY victory in itself is magnificent and deserves celebration. Rather than focusing on daily battles, becoming bitter and broken, I am choosing to focus my attention on the blessings, the bounties & the benefits that come with serving the Lord.

Those good experiences, those precious moments of happiness are sprinkled so carefully amidst these battles. When I'm victorious, the celebration is rich! The feeling of success is intoxicating and it is easy to convince myself that it will be perpetual...but the fight continues and each day, I must decide.

By accepting this perspective, I am able to stand firmly in a position of victory rather than defeat. I am able to embody a “but not” perspective. Like Paul wrote to the church in Corinth in 2 Corinthians 4:

8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

There are times I may be discouraged, but not depressed; down, but not defeated; rejected, but not abandoned. I choose to fight each day to maintain my freedom, living in the victorious joy only Christ can provide. My prayer is that you choose to do the same.

Peace & blessings


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Sobering Reality

I hate to say this...it's now a frightening reality for me that Donald Trump could possibly be our next president. Why do I say that? Kim Kardashian West broke the Apple store with downloads of her new Kimojis which include some images easily considered to be soft porn...and they are currently the most popular PAID (that's right...not free) app available today. How can this be when just about ALL of you reading this post are gasping at the thought of this notion? Who is buying this stuff??

The wonders of social media and the hype that accompanies it. The hidden and secretive places of the internet allow for individuals to slander one in public and privately applaud and support. "Everyone" seems so sick of the Kardashians yet enough people pulled together their $1.99 to download the app. How many will publicly balk at Trump and then get behind the poll and vote him into office? A frightening, yet realistic possibility. We do need to pray, but we also need to PRACTICE.

Practice walking the walk and talking the talk as if your every move is being tracked and traced (because those "cookies" on your browser aren't treats for you!). Let your heart be in alignment with your words, and let your words be in alignment with your actions. Most of all, PAY ATTENTION & STAY ALERT! 
TG Thornton

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

fearNot (low sound quality...sorry!)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

No More Excuses

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Victory Over THIS!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blurred Lines

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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