Hey Satan!

Satan,

God wants me to have a peaceful spirit. You, Satan do not, you want to steal my joy. You Satan love to hijack my mind by diverting the knowledge I have of what God has given me.
Ephesians 6:23
Peace be to the brethren and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
You Satan, are defeated.

God wants me to enjoy my full cup of spiritual blessings. You Satan will puncture my cup in anyway you can, even the most unexpected and hurtful places. I WILL GUARD MY CUP FROM YOU satan. I will always remember that whatever it is that you are offering up Satan, and no matter the form, it is lies.
Ephesians 5:27, 28
Do not give the devil an opportunity. Let him who steals steal no longer.
You Satan, are defeated.

God wants me to be happy and gives me the capacity to do so. You Satan love to steal that and you want me to focus on everything that’s wrong in my life. I WILL GUARD MY HAPPINESS and always remember that all God has or ever will offer me is still right there. No one, not even you Satan have the right to steal it though you will try.

You Satan, are defeated.

God wants me to remember that I am His daughter and NO ONE can take that from me. You Satan love to get in situations and cast doubt and self loathing around. You unfailingly live to do that in ways that are the most hurtful . I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES ME FOR WHO I AM, NOT IN SPITE OF WHO I AM.
You Satan are defeated.

I will continue to shine this light that God has given me, no matter what. Others, not even you Satan can extinguish what God has ordained in me.
You Satan, are defeated.

I chose to focus on love and peace and goodness, those things are from God. I chose to get back to the business God has called me to do.
Psalm 46:1
Cease striving and know that I am God.
You Satan, are defeated!
Dottie
………….and so I rideSatan.............

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Love Is

God has many attributes, to name just a few……Holiness, righteousness, justice and love, all working in perfect harmony.
The attribute of love is the very essence of who and what God is. 1John 4:8 says the one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Most of us look at that and say, yep I got that, I love my neighbors and most everyone around me. I’m good, I can check that off the list.
God is love and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 describes what love is. Read the following list of what love really is, be honest with yourself, how far down the list did you get before you put down your Bible, turned to God and said, I have a ways to go don’t I Father?
The list reads like this. Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast. Love is not rude or self-seeking. Love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, and rejoices in truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Love never fails.
Can we honestly say that each and every day we love each and every person with that kind of love? The kind of love that is the essence of a God?

Just food for thought

Dottie
………..and so I ride

LOVE IS

Dare to believe

I am sitting in my writing cove in my bedroom, I am surrounded by my arsenal. My Bible, a book of God’s promises are within easy reach. More importantly, God has settled in with me..
I feel led to address the un-addressable and shine the light of God’s love into an area that Satan has taken for his own.
Suicide in our community.
We have been told we are living under a dark cloud in our community. We have all felt it at one time or another and for most of us, we have been able to run to the sanctuary we have with God.
There are those however that are cloaked in a dark-night-of –the –soul depression and they simply cannot find the way out. It is a maze of hopelessness and despair, too big to navigate alone.
The future seems empty and you feel as if there is nothing to look forward to.
Suicide is something that happens when all hope is lost.
STOP and consider that it is not by chance that you are here. God put you here for a specific reason. You are precious to Him. You are a child of the King.
You may believe that God absolutely has the power to heal you but during those darkest moments you lose hope in your ability to recover.
At that point, there are two options. Give into the overwhelming temptation to commit the irreversible act of suicide, or to look to the promises God has given you.
It feels as if there is no hope in life for you but God promises to give us peace, not evil. He promises us a future and a hope. We cannot see nor can we hear the things which God has prepared for those who love Him, but we can believe it. You must believe it.
FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Walk in faith, out of the darkness.
There is no hope in death.
There is only hope in life.
I am not neglecting the very real and devastating emotional and physical pain that is experienced. But no matter what depression looks like at this moment, the attributes of God will never change. He alone has the ability to illuminate the very darkest places.
Today is your day of trouble but He is asking you to use this day to learn more about Him. Your trouble today may well be the reason you are able to extend a hand to a troubled soul tomorrow. Your compassion for another who is presently walking the path you have navigated will be seen and felt. You can offer the saving light you experienced.
You are a precious soul to which God has given talents to offer the world. Fight for the rights that you have as a child of God.
God wants to change hearts and the chance to demonstrate His power to save.
We as Christians have the best hope there is. Reach for the light.

Dottie
…………….and so I ride

CONQUERING THE FEAR INSIDE

I was “older” when I jumped on a bike after not riding for most of my adult life. Sometimes I think I am crazy, shouldn’t I be sitting back and taking it easy in my golden years?

Well, I have never been one to go with the status quo, as is true with most women who ride I suppose.

Let me tell you something about learning to ride a motorcycle when you are a woman,  I suspect it holds true for a woman of any age. Learning to ride will help you realize that you can conquer the fear that lives inside that binds us from living our life on our terms.

Learning to ride a motorcycle set us up for many unexpected situations and by navigating those situations successfully we learn we can work through any problem we encounter with the same logical and methodical practices.

You will find nothing more effective to get you out of your self-imposed box than a motorcycle.

Learning the technique and finesse of riding a motorcycle is absolutely related to overcoming other personal obstacles in life.

It didn’t take me long to learn that my motorcycle is an extension of myself- my mind, my body, soul and most certainly my hopes and dreams.

Time in the saddle can produce revelations that can be joyful or painful but revelations that can be won nowhere else. In just a few short miles (or a few long miles) I can experience joy, peace, fear, happiness, sorrow, and a personal sense of power and freedom that I have not found elsewhere.

I am a fairly traditional gal, I love God, my family and all that means. Yet I chose to ride a motorcycle, is that a contradiction? I hear, as we all do I suppose, that I am putting myself in danger, that I must have a death wish and that I am too old to be riding. The weary old dogs-new tricks theory I suppose. I have come to believe however that a life lived in constant fear of losing it is hardly living at all.

We that ride, challenge a lot of the social stereotypes without really meaning to. We push our personal limits and most certainly are getting out of our comfort zones. Riding as a woman is thrilling because it is unexpected and exciting. More than that however, riding is taking our destiny into our own hands and shaping it the way we want it to be. We are living life on our terms.

Life should not be only about getting older, but it should be about getting better and wiser and doing it in a way that makes us happy. My motorcycle makes me happy, but even more so the things riding my motorcycle has taught me makes me strong.

In riding, I have discovered a courageous, adventurous, independent, powerful and self-confident woman.

Dottie

…………………….and so I ride

A woman and her motorcycle

A Message of Hope

Our community has been devastated by the failure of our local coal and gas fields. Last week almost 500 families were told not to report back to work. People are in shock. Please know that there is  A Message of Hope even in this.

Some thoughts taken from the message this morning at church. Thank you Pastor Dan for giving me inspiration.

When life has taken a turn that we were not expecting, the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, a bad diagnosis, those are the times when we feel the fight fading from our grip and the despair setting in.

We have all been there and it is not fun. We used to think that pesky auto correct was the biggest of our problems or a late winter snow storm when spring was supposed to have sprung and we are forced to endure another week of crappy weather. Suddenly, when the world we know collapses and our lives no longer feel like our own and we no longer recognize the path we are walking. Those are the times we are told to fight the good fight.

Pastor Dan drove home that in 1 Timothy 6:12 we are to “Fight the good fight”. In all circumstances we need to understand that the biggest fight we wage in turbulent times is the fight to keep our faith. We are not always victorious in this life, jobs come and go, loved ones die, we are struck with health disasters, life will do what it does best, throw stones into our calm pond.  However, we must always remember that we have one person we can put our faith, trust and hope in. God is our personal, eternal and infinite being that we can rely on. He is as real as you and I and is standing next to us willing us forward.

In life you may not always get what you want, there will be hard times, there will be times that you know without doubt you cannot go one step further alone. Do not lose sight of the fact that even through extraordinary hardship God is still in control. He will not fail you in this circumstance. It is your job to make sure that you hold onto His promises and do not lose sight of who God is.

We all start the Christina life well; we are buoyed by the newness of our faith in God. We tend to forget however that the Christian life is not a fifty yard dash; it is a lifelong marathon that we must run through all the phases of life. We enjoy the refreshing start but we must strive to finish well also.

Fight to preserve your faith and know that God will deliver; you know it deep inside and accept it as truth. Lean on your trust in who God is. Lean on His faithfulness, His goodness and his never changing character. Although our lives do and will change, God never will. Fight to hold onto the truth of Sod’s character. Although your life has changed, remember that God has not. You must CHOOSE to believe that God is going to carry you through this. Fight for your faith as if your life depends on it! It is comforting to know that where the world fails us, God will not.

Dottie

…………….and so I ride

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