So, I have this new habit of listening to training videos and podcasts when I’m driving hither, there and yon. As a new small business owner, I have tons to learn, and my time in the car is a great time to squeeze in some nuggets.

This evening, I listened to a gal named Chelsie Kenyon about a simple trick we can use to help us make better decisions in this new year. She said to pay attention to how often we say “I can’t” and to change it to “I choose.”

For example, instead of saying, “I just can’t seem to resist chips and salsa,” we should say, “I choose to eat the chips and salsa.”

Or, rather than saying, “I can’t get up early to exercise. I’m not a morning person,” we should say, “I choose not to get up early to exercise.”

Well, you know what? She’s right! There really are few true can’ts in life.

I mean, I can’t lift 1000 pounds no matter how hard I try, but I choose not to lift the 10-pound handweights gathering dust out in the barn.

Life’s all about choices. Choices that elevate us and choices that sink us.

Here’s the irony. I was listening to Chelsie’s “choose” video while turning into the Southern Maid Donuts to cheat on my keto diet. As I turned into the drive-thru, I actually said outloud, “Yep, I’m choosing to order and eat two cream cheese-filled, chocolate-covered donuts even though doing so will make me feel like crud and gain weight.”

And I did. Sigh.

I’ve been a little off my A-game the last few days. Old insecurities I thought I finally defeated have been trying to make a comeback. Honestly, I think the enemy is a little worried about all the time I’ve been spending with God. My 2018 journal is filling up fast with all my ramblings to Jesus, and the evil one’s lashing out.

I need to put my warrior boots on and make the choices necessary to keep moving forward in freedom! These past few days have felt like sludging through knee-deep mud, but I’m still standing.

So, with donut glaze on my shirt, I choose to talk to Jesus. Prayer is always the right choice.


“Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple” (Psalm 65:4 NIV).

Help me choose to use my time and resources wisely.

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27 NIV).

Help me choose to use food for fuel…not for emotional support.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV).

Help me choose to keep my eyes on You and not on myself, other people, or my circumstances.

“[I] do not know what to do, but [my] eyes are on You” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV).

I choose You, Lord. Your love. Your grace. Your truth. Change my heart, so it will never settle for anything less.

In the name of Jesus, who CHOSE to die for me, I pray, AMEN



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