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Sharon, just a lass hiking with Jesus, writes about her trek and photographs her view at Hiking Toward Home. She is thankful for God's amazing grace as she hikes along the narrow trail following the blazes in His Word while headed toward her home in Heaven. She is grateful for...

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  1. I’m glad you went for the “less conservative” ones! You are a Daughter of the King! You are of infinite value and worth. He calls you His Beloved!! There is NO condemnation for you!! We are so very blessed to be so Loved. May you hear Him singing over you as you sleep, instead of hearing the accusations of the evil one.

  2. Love the new frames! Yes!
    Even more I love God’s work in your heart. Praise Him!
    And thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    Is the enemy trying to steal my joy today by keeping me under his thumb of condemnation? Oh, yes. Difficult night, hard to know why God allows, and then I wake to your message reminding me that he does have renewing to do in my mind, heart.
    Hope! Enjoying the walk, day to day, hand in his to keep me safe.

  3. Oh, yes, those new paths in the neurons–so hard, so good. I say this as a counselor a lot. And I need to remember to practice it myself! πŸ™‚ Thank you for blazing the trails for those new pathways of truth. So glad you’re here with us today, Sharon!

  4. Sharon,

    Wisdom in these words. The Spirit speaks in these words. And from these words it is clear you walk in the steps of Our Lord and listen to that oh so small, still and quiet voice.

    The world (and the negative inner voice) speaks loud and in an earthly language that is easy to recognize – and hard to ignore. The voice of God speaks softly, in the native tongue of heaven, is not always so easy to recognize, and is too easy to ignore.

    I know you already know this – today you’ve reminded me.

    God Bless you and yours.

    • Craig, thank you for hiking over here today! πŸ™‚
      Finally learning to listen and discern was a life-changing thing for me. I had been ruled by that LOUD voice for so long. Hoping I remain sensitive to it for the rest of my earthly days.

  5. It is refreshing to read such honesty. I, too, am forging new paths in my thinking that follow the way of grace rather than false guilt. I helps to hear this struggle so beautifully articulated.

  6. Just wanted to say that I really like the frames you chose. I’m due for a new pair soon & I know what a big deal it is to pick the perfect pair that will hold up to active kids (I have 3 young boys). What stood out most in your post though was how you included the Lord in your decision making, how convicting. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I am so encouraged by your post to know that I am not alone. I am currently choosing to retrain how I think… and it is so so hard. I am choosing the grace path more and more.

  8. OMGosh, this resonated with me so much because I went through an agonizing time choosing my new eyeglass frames! And my thoughts were pretty much like yours: something conservative and clean, or a little bolder and racier? I went with the latter, then I realized that perhaps my glasses don’t “go” with my personality (i’m notoriously conservative) or that they were too flashy, etc. You’re absolutely right in saying lasting change has to start with what thoughts are swirling in the mind. And the thoughts? They change once beliefs change in the heart.

    I love how you included the Lord in this whole simple choice of what to get. Makes me realize that I should include Him in my mundane, everyday tasks. I think I’d end up living a happier, more joyful mundane if I included Him, haha! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for your post! πŸ™‚

    • I guess another part of the struggle is not knowing if they would go with my personality either… but then again… I haven’t a clue how I would describe my personality. πŸ™‚ I just went for it. My husband likes them and that is who counts! He is the one who has see me in them the most.

  9. Great post. I constantly struggle with my insecurities, always wondering what people think of me. I think back to a conversation with a friend and think “Why did I say that?? What did she think of it?” and so on. My whole life I’ve also stuggled with body image as well, looking in the mirror and mentally saying “I’m fat.” And the constant second guessing or stuggling to make a decision can be paralizing!
    I haven’t succeeded in changing these patterns of thinking…yet. I thank the Lord every day though for my husband who accepts me for who I am, and all my insecurites. I like the phrase you wrote “Is God going to love me less?”

    • Praise the Lord for such a supportive husband!
      Sometimes when our decisions are overwhelming it is because we are leaving the Lord’s will out of the process or we need to view them from another perspective.
      Thanks for sharing your struggle here, a great book for battling those insecurities is Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity.

  10. Yes Sharon,you made a great point,now i know i am not the only one.As a newborn christian”so to say” i am changing my ways.” put off an old man, put on a new man” Some of my clothes,i used to wear, dont seem quite appropriate any more. i am trying to match my spiritual condition to the way i look and act(the hardest one) i like that “i choose to enjoy my new frames” “to live in his grace”
    so God help me
    P.S.
    Sharon,could you remaind me please what are those verses from the Bible , new
    outfit, the belt on rightiousness ,something like that, cant remember. thanks a lot

  11. Love this post! Thank you for sharing. I love the questions, “was there a scriptural basis?” Good stuff. I find myself retraining my mind often. It’s definitely a learned discipline thats well worth it. Darn Satan!
    Thanks again!

  12. Love these glasses, love your post and love the thought and heart behind the inner discussion. So many times we let the voice of others crowd of His voice. My heart jumped right off the page when I saw Romans 12:1-2 for that is my heart, life and ministry verse. Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak to us! ~ Melissa