A Silly Story But Is It Your Story

A silly story, but is it your story?
A lawyer had to distribute what was left of an estate to a client’s beneficiary. It was a huge estate, over 100 million dollars were to go to the lucky man. The will stipulated that the lawyer was to try to deliver the remains of the estate for a period of 6 months only and if the man could not be contacted and connected within that time the estate would be forfeited and go to a local non profit charity. 

After going and knocking on the beneficiaries door three times a week for six months and being told to go away as he, the beneficiary was to busy to talk to him, the lawyer was forced to turn the estate over to the non profit. 

The beneficiary lost a vast fortune because he was to busy, afraid, stubborn, etc to answer the knock on his door. 

Yes it is a silly story with just a breath of truth, but is it your story? 


I am willing to bet that there are a lot of us who have heard God knocking on our door and have ignored or reasoned our way out of answering. Anything and everything in our lives take precedence over that small but insistent call on our heart. 

It is not that we are just busy, it is that we are afraid to step out of our nice comfortable box. 

It is knowing that answering that knock could well inconvenience us as we have never been inconvenienced before

It is knowing that we might be asked to pack up our nice comfortable and familiar life and move to surroundings that are totally unfamiliar and very uncomfortable. 

It is knowing that we may be called to leave something or somewhere that we are comfortable when we are A-Ok with where we are and have no desire to leave. 

The fact is that God will call us to leave something in order to make room for a new something that He has prepared for us. He may not give us a clear image of where He is taking us, He may simply say follow me. 
If we never answer the knocking on the door we could well miss out on the blessing of our life.
Before we can move to the greatness that God has prepared there may be an essential ending, if we are prepared for that and if we are trusting God, we simply say, ok. There is a time for departure, even if we don’t know to where the road leads. 
The way we look at it makes all the difference in the world. Take your eyes off the world and lift them heavenward. If we recognize that surrendering to an essential ending helps us to grasp the freedom and completeness that we can only get by following God, then we are wise, truly free and living in the grace and wisdom of God. 
When we tire of the game of tug of war and you are weary of holding onto the old for dear life simply lift one finger, then another, and before you know it, you will feel God taking that burden from you and you will find peace. 
It is quite possible we hear God telling us to move but we can’t seem to figure out where he wants us to move to. Well there is a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go. God will reveal the map to where you are going. He will show you, even if it is one small step at a time. 
Don’t ignore God knocking on your heart. It will probably come at the most inopportune and inconvenient time imaginable. There will be a thousand things that will seem much more important than answering God’s call and most will seem a lot less scary. But don’t lose your inheritance because you ignored the one who took the time to seek you out and knock for entrance. 

Dottie

My Weakness/His Power/My Victory

A Time For Everything 

A Time for EverythingECC.3:1 There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
The secret to knowing the peace that God offers is to discover, accept and appreciate that God is the only one with perfect timing. 

Being a child of God is amazing because it means that no matter what season of life we find ourselves in, we can choose to celebrate and honor God in the midst of it. 

We can make a choice to grow in the fullness of God and recognize the wondrous season God has plopped you in. As you are appreciating the season, no matter what it is, you are becoming more like your Creator. 

We all have our favorite seasons. 

Some like the new beginnings that spring offers. 

Summer is a favorite of others because of the opportunity to enjoy long sunny days. 

Fall can bring people happiness because of cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and bountiful crops. 

Still others love winter for blazing fires, warm clothes and snuggle blankets. 

EVERY SEASON IS HANDCRAFTED BY GOD FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, the season you are experiencing is no different. 

Some seasons are more fun and comfortable than others. Some we enjoy, some not so much. But each season provides an opportunity to learn something more about ourselves and our God. 

If we weather the storm, we sometimes get to see our God reveal himself as miraculous and wonderful right before our eyes. . 

We don’t always get to choose the seasons we experience in life, but we can choose to know that God is there with us. 

There are times we simply don’t understand the season we are in. However, knowing God trumps knowing answers. 

No matter the season bestowed upon you. Take a moment to thank God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. 


Dottie

Are You Paying Attention

We had a special weekend spent with special people. I took a morning walk in the woods yesterday and amidst the grumbling about the early hour, the steep terrain, the hot, muggy weather, it was a weekend filled with friends, nature, sustenance, boundaries and revelations, all beautiful things. . 

It was a weekend of recharging our spirits and reawakening the parts of us that had grown dormant. We walked, we ate, we rested, we found “God Delights” everywhere we looked. We learned “Fact from Crap”  (thanks to Mary) . We weren’t to good at figuring out what was fact and what was crap but it sure was fun guessing. We pondered the meaning of the “spirit of compromise”, again a lively discussion started by Mary.  We decided that the spirit of compromise is in mighty short supply in our world, no matter what circles you run in. 

You can’t spend a weekend with others in such close proximity without seeing and appreciating true hearts. You move further apart as mere acquaintances and closer together as true friends. This weekend meant that we learned to love our casual friends as dear friends.Mostly we learned that God is what bonds us together and God is what will keep us tied together. 

As I walked  I snapped photos of all the beauty that surrounded me. I can be so darned un-observant at times that I am ashamed. There was a diverse array of photo subject matter and I asked God to show me what He wanted me to see.

  The first thing God showed me was that the world He created was filled with beauty of many kinds and I needed to pay closer attention. Some of the lessons that God taught me this weekend are as follows. 

GODS WAYS

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There were fantastic views of distant mountain peaks that we came upon. Once I could stand straight and breathe again, I understood why I was there. Some of the views where full blown beautiful, easy to see and very distinct, some we were only able to see partially and were blocked by trees at least partially. Isn’t that typical of how God works in our lives. Some times we know beyond the shadow of a doubt what He wants of us and how it will look. Other times however, things are only laid out for us a little at a time and in an indistinct way. We only see a partial picture and sometimes we have to look closely and pay careful attention to see it. We must spend time communing with God to see what His vision is for us. 

Proverbs 3:5-6New International Version (NIV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

BOUNDARIES

Oh boundaries, pesky, tiresome boundaries. What do we need boundaries for and how do we use them? It seems such a bother to put up one more fence, one more hurdle to jump over. It took me awhile to figure out why it was so important that I take this photo and to figure out what God wanted to show me. . A healthy boundary shows others what is and is not permissible. If we feel like someone is walking all over us, or if we feel as if we have lost our voice and no one listens to us then you know that maybe your boundaries are either being ignored, are not being implemented or are non existent. Take time to examine what is going on. 

In theory a boundary creates a buffer zone between individuals, they define expectations and show respect for others. In reality, at times, boundaries can be used for creating impenetrable brick walls.  When we use that buffer zone to isolate ourselves, (lets just say that this is a long standing problem for me and God showed me that), it can be detrimental. I’m taking down those bricks one at a time. 

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU

Short and simple. Even if it looks delicious, it could very well make you very sick. Educate yourself,  Use your God given discernment. 

My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests, because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. — Hosea 4:6

GOD WILL PROVIDE 

We were hiking uphill and in pretty high altitudes. Needless to say, I was winded and tired. Ok, ok, I was downright flat on my back unable to breathe unassisted. If I could have gotten off the ground, I was ready to turn around and go back. But sheer will power (ok Mary threatened me) I got up and we came around the next rock and see a clearing with a small table and two chairs. It was oddly out of place but right where I needed it, right when I needed it. God is so good. At times He takes us on paths that test our endurance and committment. But when we have come to the end of what we think we can endure, when we cannot take another step, He provides what we need to continue our journey. I sat right down and prayed that Mary would lose her energizer bunny enthusiasm for walking. I’m teasing of course. If not for Mary, I would not have had the weekend of revelations that I experienced. 

Matthew 6:31-32 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them.

THE OLD PASSING AWAY


God reminded me that there will be times when “what was” will appear as pinecones dropped to the ground, seemingly forgotten and rotting away. This is necessary to make room and to prepare for growth. Trees disperse their seeds then the pine cone falls to the ground in the next year or so. So when our God given seeds have been dispersed He may very well be telling us its time to let that particular cone drop so new growth can be initiated and new seeds can be scattered.  

NEW GROWTH OUT OF THE OLD FOUNDATION

         

          
I have a keen sense that some old things in my life are being replaced by new beginnings. It was a time away that was meant to be spent soaking in the presence of God and seeking His wisdom. God brought it home to me that when it is time for a change in your life, if you move forth from a strong God given foundation, that foundation will support the new life/ideas/direction God is urging you toward.

When God is propelling you forward, into something new, it can be disconcerting when what you are involved in isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is simply not where God wants you to be. Rest assured, that He will support the new life and new direction that He is taking you. Take your eyes off the world and their judgements and opinions, place your eyes directly on your Lord and walk forward. Spread your wings and free the Holy Spirit to guide you. 

Sometimes God does not close a door before He opens a new one. However, your gut, your conscience, circumstances and that never ending nagging will let you know that it is time to take a closer look at where you are and where you are being urged to go. 

Sometimes He gives you the keys to the new door and encourages you to take what you have gained from your previous experiences and trust Him enough to use the key to the new door. Permit Him to guide you in a new direction. 

Thus says the Lord, my Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

God will show me the path of life. (Psalm 16:11)

God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will guide me with His eye. (Psalm 32:8)

             
           

    There is beauty all around us. There are paths we need to trod and paths we need to steer clear of. God will be our pilot if we let Him. Do we have the courage to look at the pictures of our lives and see the lessons He has for us? Take an hour, take a day, take a weekend or a lifetime. Look at the pictures of your life!
    I hear Jesus’ voice and He calls me by name and leads me out. Jesus goes before me and I follow him, for I know his voice. I will by no means follow a stranger. (John 10:3-5)

      Dottie

      ……………and so I ride

      My Little Prayer Box. Losing control and loving it!

      I have been making these wonderful little wooden prayer boxes. They are just simple wooden boxes with a couple of decorations on them. But they are made with the intention of holding our whole lives.

      I am pretty good at sharing with people that life is so much easier if we “give it to God”. In theory that sounds wonderful, in reality, it is very difficult to hand over our stuff to our God who we know is there but is none the less, unseen. I pray every day and practice what the Bible teaches me. I try diligently to look upward before I look around the world I am living in, and yet, when times get difficult it is easy to turn to “Dottie” power instead of “Godly” power.

      Me, being the kind of person I am, thought it might be beneficial to make a prayer box where I could literally write down my requests, my thanks, my petitions, my joys and my sorrows and stick them in the prayer box. Literally handing God control over all that enters the box and signifying the act of handing it over to God, shutting the lid and knowing when that lid shuts, whatever I have written on my card, just passed from my control, to Gods.

      To help remind myself why I need to put stuff in my prayer box and shut the lid, I remember these verses. 


      1. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

       Do we really need more that this promise? 
      2. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

       Put that concern in the box, shut the lid and know that it is now in God’s hands. 
      3. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

       I guess it is fitting to tell myself to practice what I preach and to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God has this, I am not alone no matter what I am facing. 
      4. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

       Accept this peace, really accept it, in fact wear it like the cloak it is, gather it tightly around you and let the meaning of God’s peace sink in.
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      Dottie

      ………..and so I ride