Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Choices















Daily, we are faced with choices. Twenty one years ago (April 14th, 1989), my sister Dayna made a choice, ultimately costing her life. She allowed a teenage friend to drive her car. He in turn made a series of horrific choices. Less than ten minutes and five miles from home her life came to a tragic end.

Every choice in our life has the capability of forever altering our lives and the lives of many others. We must do our best to make wise decisions.

Begin each day with prayer, asking for the ability to make wise decisions. We must listen closely to our Heavenly Father and do what we know in our hearts to be correct.

Not all choices are easy and there will be times when we stumble and fall. We must pick ourselves up and begin again, finding solace in learning from our mistakes and the mistakes of others.

Embrace each day with a positive attitude, looking with eager expectations for it's blessings. Time on this earth, as we know it is fleeting. Live life to it's fullest as you continue to grow into the person GOD created you to be.

Continuing to learn,

Andrea

43 comments:

BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Andrea, I do hope you are feeling God's love today. Choices...such a simple truth. All through the Bible we see choices, consequences and commendations.

Here's to wise choices, in faith, hope and love.

Blessings,

RCUBEs said...

May God's comfort continue to cover you sister as you remember your sister. Thank you for reminding us how important it is to make the right choices and not take light of it. Blessings to you sister. Take care.

L. E. Neighbour said...

So true. It's so tempting to treat a lot of decisions like they're just little things, but you never know how much a small decision can effect your life.

Tammy said...

I'm asking for His Presence to be especially strong today for comfort.

I know all to well about make that wrong 'choices.'

love and hugs~Tammy

Jack Foster said...

Great post Andrea. I was just trying to convey the idea of "right" choices to the kids on my blog for the last couple of weeks. Hey , by the way, thanks for stopping by and leaving me with God's blessing.

myletterstoemily said...

i'm so sorry about your sister.

thanks for sharing.

RaD said...

Indeed may we all continue to learn!

quietspirit said...

Andrea:
I am sorry that she made such a bad choice. I know you miss her. Thank you for reminding us that choices we make can cause major changes in our lives. Young people need to hear this every day of their lives.

Girly Muse said...

You're so right. What a painful way to learn~ I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Goose Hill Farm said...

How sad to hear of your sister's passing. It is hard when tragic things happen from the choices we make.

Praying for your today, my friend!

Blessings~
Laura

Shelby said...

Oh Andrea, I am so sorry about the loss of your sister. I simply can't imagine. Thank you for sharing with us and using your own pain to bring home some very valuable points.

Diana said...

Oh Andrea what a horrible thing to have happen. What scares me is the fact that young people don't always stop and think about their choices. I pray everyday for my Katie to make the right decisions. I hope you continue to feel God's arms around you and all of his blessings as well.
Love Di ♥

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

This is a theme I've preached to my kids over and over. It's a good lesson for us all. Thanks for sharing.

Just Be Real/God Whispers In The Wind said...

Andrea, I am sorry for the loss of your sister. Thank you for sharing this painful reminder of yours. Blessings and hugs....

David C Brown said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog - it's good to be a bit on the same wavelength. "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve", Joshus 24: 15.

"Choose then life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed" is God's offer - not a guarantee for this life, but promise of that to come.

With thoughts and sympathy; grace be with you. David

Mich said...

Thanks for the reminder to cover each day in prayer.

Hope you are having a beautiful week.

Wanda said...

Such a sad thing to experience, Andrea, I'm sorry.

"Make good choices" or "Be good" is a statement I always say to my grandkids every time I tell them goodbye. Just pray they do!
...Wanda

Karen said...

Praying for a special touch of peace for you today...

Choices are so important...they effect our lives now...and in the future...and the lives of those around us...

Some say, "It's my life...and what I do is my business...it doesn't involve you"...but sadly, their choices do ultimately involve those that love them....

Lori said...

i am so sorry about your sister Andrea, what a sad thing...i am sending virtual hugs to you today as you miss your sister:)

Debbie said...

Oh Andrea how hard that must have been. I am so sorry that this happened to you all. It is so true of course. The choices you make every day have the power to change things just this dramatically every day. I can remember telling my kids when they were in high school that the decisions and choices they were making at this VERY YOUNG age had the power to affect the entire rest of their lives. It is such a hard concept sometimes to get your head around. But it is just soo true. Thanks for this reminder today. I think we all need to remember this always. May God fill you with His peace today especially, but always as well. HUGS, Debbie

Colleen said...

Hugs and blessings.

Denise said...

Sending much love and many prayers your way.

koralee said...

So so sorry to hear about your friend...I so agree with your post. Hugs and prayers to you today. xo

Saleslady371 said...

I'm sorry you lost your sister. It must be a forever empty place for you missing her.

Love you,
Mary

Sassy Granny ... said...

First, let me say how sorry I am that you lost your sister at such a young age, and in such a tragic accident.

As I've aged I've become increasingly aware of how important it is to be intentional 24/7. I long to have the mind of Christ and, with it, wise discernment for the making of choices big & small.

Thank you for the wisdom, and such a great reminder.

Cathy said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. Your post is so right though! Thank you for sharing. May God bless you.

Loren said...

Andrea,

I can only imagine each day without your sister leaves a whole in your heart! I am so sorry you lost her all those years ago and i know time has helped the pain along with the Lords Comfort and I pray that continues until you see her again!

I am with you on this journey to seeking and embracing each day with a possitive attitude and expectations of the Lords calling and blessings!

I love you Andrea

Lynda Young said...

Listening closely to our Heavenly Father is essential. The prayer to make the right decisions is an important one. God's blessings to you.

travelmom said...

What a touching post. Thanks for sharing. I hope today you feel surrounded by love and peace. I am so sorry for the scars of your loss.

sarah said...

that's horrible Andrea...I'm sorry that happened to her. You're right though about choices....

Gaia said...

Yes Andrea, I know you are missing her so. You've talked about her always with a longing in your heart. Thank you for reminding us to LIVE, life is indeed short. ((hugs))

Diana said...

Praying you are feeling His peace!

Teresa said...

Wow....a beautiful reminder. Thank you for your sharing story in regards to your sister, Dayna. God bless you as you allow God to minister through you as grace flows from your fingertips!
Love in Christ Jesus' abundant love..Teresa

Janean said...

thank you for this reminder to grow into the person GOD created us to be...and that positive attitude...yeah, gotta work on that some days.

Warren Baldwin said...

Andrea,
Tough story, I'm sorry. But you teach a wonderful lesson from it. Blessings.

renewd42 said...

amen, we all choose things everyday, what we wear, what we eat, and so much deeper. We need to choose wisely...God help us. great post. blessings! :)

Terri Tiffany said...

I can't imagine going through a loss like that. I'm sorry for you but from knowing you I can see how God has used you from it and you didn't allow the tragedy to tear you from Him. Blessings!

Jennifer Haas said...

What a great loss you had. I am so sorry you had to go though that.

GrammyGoo said...

(((Andrea))....Thank you for sharing such an important truth.

Finally Free said...

Andrea,
Praying for God's comfort to touch you on this memorial of your sister. Your post is so true. I have made alot of bad choices in my life. I'm still learning, too. :)

Blessings,
Tammy

Just Breathe said...

That is so said. ((HUGS))

Nancy said...

I just found your blog and am so enjoying your heart warming, inspirational posts. Thank you for sharing.

JD said...

So sorry for the loss of your sister..