today, you choose...

Wednesday, May 16

i am a new testament girl. i love me some romans, matthew and james- well, really all of it is great.
(revelation tends to be avoided at times) but i could just soak in all that Jesus goodness for hours. warm fuzzies just thinking about it.

but the old testament, that's another story. i'm not kidding when i tell you i've started to read the Bible countless times all the way through, and i always quit in leviticus. my brain hurts trying to keep all the rules straight, and that brings me back to math class in high school, and that is just a plain bad memory!

so this year i resolved to read through the whole bible. leviticus shall be conquered i cried, creepy parts and all! and guess what? it has. i found a chronological bible online, and you might as well call me their newest saleswoman.  i love this thing!

tonight, in the silence, i curled up and read this:

"I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. 
for he is our life..."

- Deuteronomy 30: 19-20

ah yes.
abba is life.
He isn't just the author of life,
He IS life.

and sweet savior gives us the choice, shall we choose life, or shall we choose death?

now i don't know about you, but in theory i will choose life 10 times out of 10. if you are sane, i think you would too.

but in practice, do I?

today in my journal i wrote:

life = God

not life = husband/family

 now these "not life" things enhance life and make it rich and beautiful. but they are not the essence and beginning of creation. strong hands that sculpted stars and poured oceans, ah yes, those are the hands of a potter that breathed love into dry bones and life into what was not.

"if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, i declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed." - Deut 30:17-18

choosing anything but the potter leads to destruction
which leads to death

i yearn to choose life.
to choose life more often.
to choose HIM more often

and today, we get to choose.
will we run to fuel on LIFE
or will we continue pouring ourselves into things that while lovely, 
do not fill, recharge, renew,
and never will.

let's choose life together.

and who knows, maybe in the process, the old testament will grow on us?
it has for me:)

love Katie 


  1. I feel the same way about the old testament and often feel like it is hard to find application but you nailed it!! thank you for sharing and what a good verse!!

  2. I love this! I laughed when I read what you said about Leviticus because it about killed me reading it too. haha. My husband was so sweet and patient when I would complain about it and would talk to me about how they had such a fear of God and that's the reasoning behind all of their sacrifices. Once I heard that I sorta read it in a different light, and now I'm in 1 Samuel and am IN LOVE with it and everything else in the OT that I've read! So many reminders that just like you said, God is life! Have a wonderful day and thanks for the beautiful reminder! :)

  3. crying crying crying. tears in my eyes. Thanks Katie. Bringing it home once again. LOVE this post. Holy Sprirt remind me of this truth on the days I'm running on empty. REMIND ME THAT you are first, YOU refill, renew, create and compose. It's all yours, it's all YOU. Thank you Jesus for Katie. Thank you Katie for loving your Daddy so beautifully and fiercefully.

  4. katie!
    so bad news- i still don't remember what my gmail account was that i was supposed to use to post comments...anyway. i appreciate and enjoy reading your thoughts and honesty!
    love you

  5. one time someone shared with me to read the old testament with Jesus in mind--how does the OT foreshadow what was to come? it's really cool to see...which is why I've gotten so into stuff like the passover, because it blows my mind how much God was hinting at his bigger plan even way back when! :)


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