We can be so shortsighted sometimes.

Mistakes Unsearchable

We are out there on our personal mission field telling everyone who will listen that our God does not make mistakes and if it is happening it is happening for a reason.

Until it happens to us.

Our lives can be laden with what appears to be hard luck that we just know was meant for someone else. You have said this, I have said this……Oh come on God, why me, there has to be some mistake because I don’t deserve this. It certainly can’t be my mistake? Right?

We might not deserve it and probably don’t understand it but you can bet if God brings it to your doorstep you need it. God absolutely does not make mistakes, but we do, in abundance and He certainly allows us to live in a world where mistakes are plentiful. Could it really be that we are to learn from our mistakes? What a concept. That would seem to be putting the tough mistakes to the best use.

Our response should always be when God speaks, we will respond in faith. We should be trying to hear, not simply listen.  We know deep down in our hearts that God, because He does not make mistakes has a special purpose for everything. Looking at it that way, mistakes can be God’s gift to us, we would not be the people we are capable of becoming without facing the consequences of our mistakes. Learning the hard way is sometimes the only way. If you look hard enough at the mistakes my bet would be that you will find the good that God is bringing from them. It is all about becoming perfected, not being perfect.

Seems a lot like redemption doesn’t it? God is so good at it.

Dottie

……………………..and so I ride

Do you understand that God chose you for who you are not in spite of who you are?

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You have done it, I have done it, and we all do it.
We let ourselves become defined by how others label us and eventually how we label ourselves. When we hear we are weak, angry, stressed, lazy, fat, a screw up, etc, you get the picture, we become trapped by those labels and we start to live out those labels. We become what others label us. Before you know it you have defined yourself by labels others have given you and every action and experience is viewed within the boundaries of those labels.
Ask yourself one simple question. Is it true? Not in God’s eyes.
I am a new creation in Him!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
I am saved by grace as a gift, not because of my performance.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8
I radiate light wherever I go.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
I shine like a firework in the night.
“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philipphians 2:15
I am a daughter of Light.
“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”1 Thessalonians 5:5
I am chosen and called by God to produce fruit.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16

Do you understand you are not defined by the world, you are defined by God? Do you understand that God chose you for who you are not in spite of who you are?
You have the right to live the life that God has given you. Now go ahead and step into the light.
Dottie
…………………………and so I ride

When God Answers Prayer

When God answers prayers.

John 16:23–24

“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

For prayer to be answered you first must pray. To pray is to talk to God, to talk to God is to praise Him, thank Him, tell Him what we need or simply sit and let His spirit bathe you. If you converse with God often enough you become more and more familiar with what He wants of you and for you.

Sometimes what He wants of you and for you is right in line with what you think you need and sometimes not so much. However, whether popular or not, we know we must obey.

Our example I think, should be Jesus. Think about it. Jesus was facing what none of us have ever known, He prayed “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

I am quite sure He wanted to avoid torture and the resulting death that awaited Him. Who wouldn’t want to? So instead of doing what we as humans often do and that is ignore what we know full well we need to do, Jesus simply ended His conversation with His Father with a statement of absolute obedience.

It is comforting to me to remember that God ALWAYS listens and God ALWAYS answers prayers. The answer may be “wait” or “not yet” or a resounding “yes!” It may also be “no.”

Whatever the answer that God has given, treat prayer like the lifesaving bridge it is. Be persistent, be purposeful and most of all be personal. God is waiting on the other side of that bridge, ready to have a talk with you.

Dottie

………………….and so I ride

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