Are You sure about the Foundation of your Life?

Are you sure about your foundation of your life?Is the foundation of your life currently built on a solid foundation?  I want to share why that is vital to you that our lives are built on eternal vs. the temporal.

I’ve shared a lot with you on this journey through my stroke recovery.  However, one of the most important things that I’ve learned and I am reminding myself daily is that although the stroke was devastating. It affected so many people other than just me.

                   Our Choices Affect those closest to us

  I’ll never forget the look on my mother’s face when she asked the doctor “will he get better”, while I was lying there groggily in the hospital bed.  His answer shook her to the core…It’s like I could feel her knees buckle as she put on a good face when the doctor said…”Your son will never be the same”.

I could see the pain and concern on my brothers and sisters faces when they’d visit me in hospital or rehab.  I had several friends and co-workers that were worried sick since they were not sure what was going on. I was recovering in ICU for days heavily sedated and having horrific nightmares  as doctors were hoping and waiting for my brain to heal.
It has been almost 5 and half years since the debilitating stroke. One incredible change that God has led me to in my life is that before I make decisions, I pray and ask myself how will this affect those close to me? And is this in line with God’s word?

          God wants to be Included

One of my favorite scriptures passages that I have known since I was a child and I am now applying to my life is Proverbs 3:5-6.  It reads,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And lean not unto your own understanding

In all your ways acknowledge Him

And he will direct your paths.” 

That third line is the one I missed (or even ignored) and we sometimes forget.  “In ALL your ways acknowledge Him.”  In life we will always have choices.  God gives the ability to choose.  He wants us to choose Him willingly.

 Is the Foundation of your life built on the solid Rock?Are you sure about your Foundation?

 Prior to my stroke, the foundation of my life was built on selfish desires; making lots of money, having a nice home, and a sweet ride!  My focus was doing what I wanted and whatever I  thought I needed to do. If I had time, I might recite a quick prayer to God on the way to work.  

 I wanted to please myself. I was definitely not focused on being “pleasing to the Potter! (Sorry. I couldn’t resist) I also chose to not take care of my health, was not getting enough rest, and I usually decided what to eat based on the restaurants I passed on my way to and from the office. 

Then in the blink of an eye on a Thursday afternoon in my office everything changed!  I could not even open a package of gum sitting at my desk. The fingers on my left hand became stiff as a board.  Then it became hard to speak as my speech began to slur.  A friend called 911 and within minutes I was up on a gurney and being rushed to the hospital.  The doctor was right…my life has never been the same.  It is so much better than I ever imagined!

About More than Just Me

I know it took awhile but I now realize that life is not just about me and my goals, dreams, and desires.  Every choice we make has consequences some good and some can be bad.

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Now my foundation is built on my faith in God! This allows me to have peace when I keep my eyes focused on Him. I also have access to Him everyday through His word.  I know I cannot control every single thing in my life.  I trust God with all my heart and leave things in His more than capable and willing hands.  I want to be pleasing to Him in the things that I do, the choices I make, and consider how it may affect not only me but those whom I love and care most about.Peace that God gives is like none other

 I am beyond thankful to have such a loving Christian family and sincere, genuine friends who love, support, and encourage me.  So every day I will do my best to live for God, trust his guidance,accept the peace he offers, and be the best son, brother, uncle and friend I can be!



Food for Thought

How do you hold yourself accountable for the choices you make?

Forgive yourself and learn from the bad choices.

What foundation is your life built on? temporal or eternal?








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19 thoughts on “Are You sure about the Foundation of your Life?”

  1. What a powerful post, Horace. It’s another I hope my kids will read ~ seriously. Truly, it all goes back to where we’re standing, on what foundation. I’m in awe at God’s “fighting” spirit in you. And that you chose Him over a ride, job, or other. Praise God! #intentionalTuesday

    • Thanks Kristi for the visit. I hope your kids visit as well. I need to update the ” football fan” info on my variety page. Maybe that will entice your son to visit:) I must say that I am so glad that God showed me that those things are temporary(money, cars,etc.) but my relationship with Him is everlasting! Thanks again for visiting. Hod bless and have a fantastic week!

  2. Horace, what a great question to ask: What is our foundation built on? Anything less than Jesus is a life that is less than His best for us. I pray we walk lives that are pleasing to Him. Thank you, Horace, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

    • Thank you Crystal. It is my hearts desire to be in the middle of God’s will. I want to encourage, enlighten others about the transforming power and love of God. Thank you again for allowing me to share. Many blessings to your and yours and please be careful out there. No more injuries:) God bless!

    • Wow…Thank you for the kind words and the comment Stefani! That is the primary reason I write. I want to encourage other believers and help others to know Jesus Christ like I my Lord and Savior. Thank you for your support and encouragement my friend. God bless you and yours!

    • Thank you Lisa for visiting and your comment. I really want to give Him all the glory.God has blessed me so much and I want to share that with others! I pray that other believers will be encouraged/reminded of the transforming power and love of God ! Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you and yours!

  3. Horace, this really blessed my heart. I’ve been guilty of not seeking the Lord in everything in my life and I am so thankful for forgiveness when I don’t consider what the Lord has planned for me. Thank you for sharing this, because having Christ as the foundation of our life is so important. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays. I pray you have a blessed weekend.

    • So glad to hear it Lori! Thanks for the visit and your comment. I ‘m sure you are not alone on seeking the Lord in everything. I know there were some things I tried to “keep to myself” not thinking that it mattered much. I am learning that if I am going to be totally committed to Him, I need to trust Him in everything. I am still a work in progress but I am so thankful for His grace. Thanks again for visiting. Blessings to you and yours as well.

  4. Horace, thanks for sharing more of your story. So glad you’re recovering. 🙂
    You’re so right…our choices have a ripple effect. Thanks for this touching reminder. 🙂

    • Thank you Brenda for visiting and your comment. I am so thankful and hmbled that the Lord has allowed me to survive the stroke and He continues to watch over me. I want to always be in God’s will seeking to please Him in all that I think, do, and say so that He is glorified. Thanks so much for visiting. Many blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend!


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