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

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Perceptions 

I have been working on my life mission. This is part of what I have come up with. It is a long read but very, very relevant. Hang with me to the end. You will not regret it. 
Do you have a life vision, or are you winging it?
Life as we perceive it. Oh what a difference the right perspective can make. 
Let’s think about how we want our days to look versus how they really are.
I open my eyes and savor the peaceful feeling that surrounds me as I start my day. I am refreshed, well rested and ready to embark on an extraordinary day. 

Or

I hit the snooze button as many times as allowed, I obsess because my body aches and I grumble and moan as I roll out of bed. I feel defeated before I have even gotten out of bed. ___________ 
I spend quiet time with my Lord, writing or reading my devotions. I let God fill me and listen as He gives me guidance for my day. I willingly absorb His plan for me, I feel well equipped to journey forth into what He will allow into my life today. 
Or
I make a list of things I have to get done today. I let the overwhelming feeling engulf me as I think to myself that there is not time in this day to get all this done. I start planning shortcuts and excuses for my inevitable failings. 
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My husband and I spend our enjoyable and beneficial morning time doing a devotional. We pray together and ask God to take the cares we have, to delegate our tasks and responsibilities effectively and efficiently with the ease and confidence born only from Him. 
Or
My husband and I tolerate each other this morning as we try to get a grasp on how in the world we are ever going to make it through another hectic and chaotic day. We take our places in two separate rooms so that we can drown our already numb minds in the worldly events playing out on our favorite news shows. 
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Breakfast is a healthy assortment of grains, vegetables and fruits, with the occasional hearty traditional meal of eggs and turkey bacon. We enjoy the energy that eating right gives us and have a feeling of pride in taking care of our bodies. I have spent time organizing a healthy diet for us and thank God for the gift of healthy food to eat each day. 
Or
As soon as it can be decided which of us is running to the local fast food joint for our GreasyMcMuffin we sit down to brown paper bags of fast food. Or we grab our favorite box of sugared cereal and milk and pride ourselves on the fact that at least it isn’t GreasyMcMuffins again. 
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I head to the gym and exercise my body. Whether I have chosen to walk, swim or work on machines, I enjoy the good feeling of stretching, sweating and strengthening my body every day. I bask in the knowledge that I have developed discipline and willingness. I have treasured friends that I connect with at the gym and enjoy our relationship as we share stories about our health, our lives, our children or just about anything that is on our minds. I love relaxing in the hot tub after my workout and I thank God for the gift of excellent health. 
Or

I drag myself kicking and screaming into the gym. I think about my options for a workout this morning and carefully calculate which one will be easiest while looking like I have given my absolute all (without really doing so). I keep my eyes on the ground as I head to my destination, I certainly don’t want anyone interjecting themselves into my exercise bubble. It is hard enough to get here and to subject myself to sweat but to have to deal with other peoples sweat is asking just a little to much. 
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As I am driving to work I listen to praise and worship music or a message from a favorite pastor.I am filled with peace and feel His presence. I am looking forward to my work day because I enjoy making a difference in my clients lives. 
Or
I am driving to work and am yet again having to deal with the maniacs on the road with me. Stop lights are a challenge as it is hard to stay in my car and not jump out and put these bozo’s in their place. The horn gets a good workout on my morning drive to work. How dare they think they can drive like they do when I am sharing the road with them. It is hard to keep my eyes on the road when I have to finish putting on my makeup and stuffing my face with the last bit of GreasyMcMuffin. I have to get fifteen texts off to my kids to make sure they are organized for their day and get one last phone call into my husband to tell him to try to have a great day even though it will be a challenge. 

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My work day progresses smoothly and without incident. I feel confident that God is with me and I am confident in my abilities. I am well equipped to handle the responsibilities my employer has entrusted to me. I feel pride in what I do. I feel love, compassion and empathy for those I help. I feel comfortable with my co-workers and feel the mutual respect we hold for each other. I enjoy the give and take relationship I have with them and it gives me confidence in my work situation. 
Or
I steel myself for yet another trying day with the clowns I work with. If only everyone was as smart, efficient, and overly qualified as I am. I make up my mind that my work day is going to go as planned no matter what I have to do. I make sure that I have my arsenal at my disposal, grit my teeth and get on with another dreary day at work. 
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Before going home I give thought to my husbands and my needs so we can enjoy a God filled, enjoyable evening together. I stop at the grocery store for an enjoyable yet efficient grocery run. I select a nutritious variety of foods for our supper, savoring the thought of cooking for the two of us. I thank God that I have an endless supply of healthy, nutritious food. 
Or
I give fleeting thought to what hubby and I will need to endure yet another mindless night at home. I decide that it is survival of the fittest and skip the grocery store. It is filled with morons at this time of day anyway. If hubby and I end up in a stand off we can always visit one of the fast food joints stored in our GPS. He is a big boy, let him forage a bit. We will only end up in our separate rooms watching our separate television shows anyway. 
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Our perceptions can make or break our lives. We are what we think. Our actions reveal our minds. Take some time to visualize your days and your life as you would like them to be. Then write it down, re-read it as often as necessary. I praise God and realize what a privilege it is to make every decision based on an awareness of God’s love for me and the knowledge of His presence in my life. I CHOOSE TO thank God for His presence in my life and I bask in His goodness and mercy. Life is Good if I CHOOSE to perceive it that way and if I perceive it that way, I make it that way. 
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I CHOOSE TO 

LIVE FROM THE ABUNDANT PLACE

THAT I AM LOVED
Dottie

……….and so I ride

The Greatest Of Change Begins With The Smallest Of Steps

The Greatest Of Change Begins With The Smallest of Steps
Sometimes the tiniest of steps can begin the journey to the greatest of change.
 We are called to the new and to change, but by our very nature we resist and avoid it, sometimes quite adamantly. Walking from the known, even if the known is not good, to the unknown or a different situation, is hard and scary business. 
How do you do it? 
You start by taking the smallest of steps into the greatest of changes. By taking that one tiny step you won’t yet realize the great victory but you will be one step closer and you will have started the journey. 
Change doesn’t take giant leaps, it all starts with a single tiny step. 
You take the one tiny step, you gain courage to get you to the next step. Before you know it you are another and another step closer to the great victory. 
You begin the greatest of change with the tiniest of steps. 
So today, take the smallest of actions, but in a new direction. It is the first step towards the life of victory that you are called to live. 
“ Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:7
Dottie

…………..and so I ride

Unlock and activate what God has for you!

I would like to make changes in my life, health, financial, etc and so on. I think it is probably safe to say I am not alone. We all feel the need to change at some point.

So I buy the book, get all the fancy equipment, whatever it takes to make this change easier I purchase. The commitment to get ready to change was fairly easy if not hard on my pocketbook.

However, the commitment that is harder to make, is the one to actually work on “the change”. The book sits on the shelf, the equipment sits unopened and I sit on the couch doing nothing.

I know that permanent change comes best through small but consistent steps, but I find it hard to make even the smallest increments of change. It takes commitment. It takes an honest desire to put forth the effort it is going to take to make this change. Somehow I don’t feel capable.

God doesn’t want that for us. He wants us happy, healthy, and walking with Him. Given the chance, He is perfectly capable of getting us through the change that is challenging us.

It takes a consistent habit of unlocking and activating the biblical principles that will break the chains of bondage that bind us. Think about it a minute, what would happen in your life if you actually put those principles in place, read your Bible, talk to God, let Him know you need help, receive the help He offers. Try it, it is exhilarating to experience victory, freedom and peace. God has already given you the tools, own them and use them.

Dottie

……………..and so I ride

Characteristics of God

Who is God?
I read something on Facebook that gave me food for thought. I read something to the effect of “Don’t just tell them what God can do for them, tell them who God is”.
Wow, that certainly is something to think about. How often do we tell others of the wonderful things that God can and will do for them but fail to tell them who God is? Think about it………… why would you turn your life over to a God you didn’t know?
Another reason that this is beneficial to me is when times are tough we tend to forget just who God is and what He is capable of.
I want to find out more about who God is!
I started at the beginning Genesis 1:1. I find it interesting that the Bible doesn’t attempt to prove that God exists, it assumes His existence from the start. The very first statement in the Bible says “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.
• Isaiah 55:8-9- God does not think like us. Ours is not the last word on right or wrong, so don’t rely on our own understanding, rely on God.
• Romans 11:33-36, Proverbs 3: 19, 20– God is wisdom. God governs His creation with justice, love and power. We strive to gain wisdom in all we do, getting college education, work experience, life experience, not that any of that is bad…..but the wisdom we should be seeking with the same fervor is God’s wisdom.
• Psalm 50:21 lets us know that God is not like us.
• Psalm 90:4- God is not limited by time. Our world is a physical world with physical limitations. God dwells in the spiritual realm and is not limited by the same things we are. Time is irrelevant to God, He transcends Timex!
• 1 Corinthians 1:25- God is not dumb or weak…..”for the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
• Psalm 145:18 – God is near and we can go to Him in truth. God wants us to talk to Him and He wants to be involved in all that we are and all that we do. He wants to know us and be known intimately. Sometimes I think we tend to want God to know us intimately so He can help us but we don’t make the same effort to get to know him intimately.
• Psalm 147:5- God is mighty in power, and His Unchanging Omniscient understanding has no limits. Think about this. God’s power, He spoke creation into existence, He fixes things for us on a prayer request if it is His will. I believe that He wants us to know of His power and to rely on it.
Just a few other characteristics of God. Keep in mind this list is by no means inclusive. No list could every contain the character of God.
Infinite- Romans 11:33
Omnipotent- Jeremiah32:17,18,26,27
Good- Psalm 119:65-72
Love- 1 John 4: 7-10
Unchanging- Psalm 102:25-28
Just- Psalm 75:1-7
Holy- Revelation 4:8-11
Omniscient- Psalm 139:1-6
Merciful- Deuteronomy 4:29-31
Sovereign- 1 Chronicles: 29:11-13
Faithful- Psalm 89:1-8
Full of Grace- Ephesians 1: 5-8
Comforter- 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

I do not know one other person with such an impressive list. I believe I shall follow God.

Dottie
……………………and so I rideThe_Urantia_Book_Word_Cloud_003_375

When It Is Time For Change

A Time For Everything
Part Four
A Time to Transition
For some change is exciting, easy and keeps our lives interesting. For the rest of us the unknown is scary, intimidating, and way out of our comfort zone.
However, there is one thing change is and that is inevitable.
When you come to the realization (whether it be comfortable or not) that God is telling you this season is over and it is time to uproot from the field where you have been planted, there is one way to make the transition easier to tolerate.
Remember that God is the Alpha and Omega. Isn’t that a comforting thought? God is the beginning of everything we experience and God is the ending of all we experience. Common sense would tell you that means He is all throughout the middle of our transitions also.
Let’s look at what the word transition means. To transition is to change, evolve, move, and shift or to have a conversion.
That could full well mean that to have an effective God driven transition there may be areas in our lives that we need to rework if we see we are not on track with what God has planned for us.

The only way to determine this is to seek God in a humble, submissive and true way. Consider where you have been and where God is leading you and decide to submit to His destination.
It is during this inner study that you may discover that God’s plan is far different from anything you were considering. It is also safe to bet that the work God is doing in you is far more exquisite than anything you ever imagined.
Go ahead, Just Do It, if God is in control it will be better than you ever imagined.
Dottie
………………….and so I ride
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Trust God…………… one step at a time.

When we are faced with change we tend to want to see the big picture, we want guarantees and we want a detailed map of the future. We might even have old tapes of the Sinatra song “My Way” playing in our head.

However God gives us a better plan for the changes that come to us in life, whether those changes be big or small.(Jeremiah 29:11)

Having a plan given to us is a wonderful thing unfortunately , being weak in nature, we still manage to stress over it and we adamantly refuse to acknowledge that certain changes might actually be good for us.

When our vision of our future and God’s plans take different paths it is hard to stay the course and just trust. We forget (or refuse) to believe or acknowledge the old saying; it might not be a door closing as much as a window opening. We have to muster up the courage to get the window cleaner out and look through the window to our future, eventually climbing through it to freedom.

Make no mistake, while we are wavering and living in uncertainty, the devil is watching and waiting. He doesn’t need an invitation to gain entry to our world and uncertainty and fear is as good a foothold as any. He will try to convince us that we are unable to do this thing that God is asking of us and he will actually place a neon billboard in your mind of all the catastrophe’s that will befall us if we march forward. I know, I have seen the billboard!

This is an uncertainty that is born only of the darkness, don’t fall into that trap, grab your armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and hibernate within the promises.

I have learned the hard way that to ignore God’s nudging in our lives can be a recipe for disaster. It is better in the long run to quit worrying about things that may or may not happen, to make the necessary adjustments and look to God for the strength and grace to do it with a God given dose of courage and dignity.

Perhaps Corrie Ten Boom said it best, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”
Amen!
Cancel fear with faith and march on.
Dottie

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………………and so I ride