Today's reading

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13 NKJV

August 18, 2023

Quality Decisions

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13 NKJV

How often have you embarked on a plan to improve some aspect of your life? For Christians, the motivation to do so is often prompted by a gentle nudge from the Lord related to a physical, mental, or spiritual need. Whether the urge is related to healthier eating, exercising regularly, reducing stress, or being obedient to God’s call to further His Kingdom, success requires a quality decision. Obstacles are bound to be strewn across your path, derailing your efforts. The key to overcoming these obstacles and achieving the goal relates to making a quality decision. It requires a sincere commitment with the full awareness that you are incapable in your own efforts to affect the needed changes but fully equipped through the strength of Jesus to accomplish your goal. “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1 NIV). Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Be steadfast, with full reliance on the Lord as you encounter difficulties, and watch with amazement as He makes straight your path.

prayer focuses

Pray for discernment to recognize God’s voice.

Pray that you will keep your eyes fixed on the Lord as He guides you through your journey.


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Ida Fiorella

Ida is a retired language arts teacher. She lives with her husband, Joe, in Ellenton, Florida. They attend Bayside and are blessed with three daughters, three son-in-laws, and nine grandchildren.