Choices

Seasons change, we can count on it. As summer has faded into autumn and autumn is quickly slipping into winter, we bid 2016 goodbye and anticipate the beginning of a brand new year.

Are we anticipating a repetition of the year we just finished. A duplicate of the good and the bad? You now have a new year before you, will you repeat what has been, even what was harmful, or will you have the courage to choose a different course? What kind of year will it be for you?

There is a certain amount of repetition in the seasons. There will always be a spring, summer, autumn and winter. That will never change. That is how Mother Nature works in this world.

However, we are not of this world and we do have a choice. The way the world and society would have us choose is one of sameness and repetition. The way of God however, is one of change and a new life. God does not change but you cannot know God intimately and not be changed.

God can offer you a new life, a new birth, a coming out of the old and into the new. The choice is yours and should not be taken lightly, but should be taken.

Do you want to experience a year of new beginnings and change? Choose to walk not in your will but in God’s will. Choose God.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Dottie

…………and so I ride

 

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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

Am I ever going to learn?

I am not sure whether to say that “I learn something every day “or to say “am I ever going to learn?”
We go through life and it is more often than not chaotic, tumultuous, confusing and stressful. We tend to put our faith in our spouses, our friends, our jobs, our money, and any one of a thousand things that lend supposed support. All too often though, even when that support is well meaning (or not so much) it ends up causing more trouble or even confusing us even further.
The more we try the harder life seems to get.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans. Psalm 118:8

So then we try the next best thing. We go to church, listen to what we are supposed to do, go home and do it. We trust in ourselves to get the job done. As time goes on and things are not improving we pray and tell God that it just isn’t working. Show me why Lord.

Apart from Him we can do nothing. John 15:5

We get a little frustrated and a lot desperate and finally we decide that it may be time to turn the things that are causing us such trouble, over to God.
God desires that we trust Him above all others, He wants us to put our confidence and trust in only Him. Not some of the time, not most of the time, not when we feel it is something we can’t handle.
God wants us to lean on Him ALL THE TIME.
I realize that life being what it is makes that darn hard. We have been hurt, cheated, manipulated, lied to, and abused. This makes it hard to trust anyone and makes it tempting to fall into the “If I want something done right I have to do it myself” frame of mind. But I believe that to trust yourself that much is to NOT give God the trust He desires.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths Proverbs 3:5,6

There really isn’t a big secret to trusting God. You make the choice, you are either going to trust God or you are going to continue to live in constant chaos and heartache.
Decide that you will take the steps necessary to hear from God and live the life He offers. The Bible gives us wisdom and the ability to start to think the way our Lord thinks. As you read His word you will gain confidence in God and know beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is near and waiting to help.
It is time to start living as He is leading us to and not by the way WE feel, think or desire.
It is time to trust Him to help us do what He is asking but when we are finished doing that to say, God I am trusting you to finish this.
Dottie
…………………………….and so I ride11667502_10206102875364848_3660870545542513403_n

Revenge

We all know that we are going to experience the troubles of the world whether we are saved or not. Like it or not, difficult times are inevitable . The Bible indicates that is the truth and when those times come we are to give our trouble to Him and let Him take care of them and sustain us. (Psalm 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7)

But what about those “troubles” that are particularly harsh and where the wounds and consequences run deep? What about those times when all you want to do is to seek revenge and retribution? If we are honest with ourselves sometimes there is no better feeling when you have been wounded deeply than to see that person receive justice. The problem is most times it is our style of justice and not Gods.

Perhaps it might serve us well to ask God to help us resolve those feelings of wanting to seek our own type of revenge. I have been known to say that the only job I wanted at the moment was the job of driving the Karma bus.

Somehow I don’t think that we are to cast our cares on the Lord at the same time we are obtaining our Karma bus driver’s license.

If we are seeking revenge any way we can get it are we really any better than those who have wreaked havoc in our lives? There is a huge difference in letting the court system work in the way it is supposed to or using company procedures to right a wrong than seeking revenge the way our hearts tell us to at times.

If we have settled the matter in our hearts by talking it through with our Father and we truly “cast” our cares on Him He well care for us. He won’t let us fall. He is ready and willing to be the strength that supports us.

So often our minds will lead us in a thousand wrong directions and we will let our emotions guide our actions. That is almost never a good thing. God will provide emotional support, He will strengthen us spiritually and He is just waiting for us to give Him that which is overwhelming and threatening us.

So instead of fixating on those feelings of revenge and retribution it might be a good time to start practicing “rejoicing” in our problems. Romans 5:3-4.  If we do that we are promised it will produce perseverance, character, and hope.

We tend to forget that no matter what, no matter the problem……………God is bigger.

Hold to that truth.

Dottie

……………….and so I rideRom5.3-4-Lock

R.I.P.

Ever notice how tombstones have the date recorded like this 1947-2025?
When it is all said and done it seems our lives come down to what we did with the dash between the year we were born and the year we died.
If we are Christians our lives are usually divided into pre born again and post born again, but seriously………..how different are the two areas? Do we really live like we are children of the most High and heir to the one and only I AM?
There are certain things that we as Christians are to do that signify we are living the Christian life.
The Bible gives us answers to any situation we might find ourselves in, all we have to do it open it and read it. How often however, do we put it aside and say I’ll get to it later.
I often say that prayer is the most underrated and underused weapon we have. We have a direct line to talk with God, to thank Him, confess to him, to take our needs to Him. How often do you tell someone that you certainly will pray for them…………..and then don’t? How often do you feel the pull to pray about something……………and then don’t?
When we choose to follow Christ and have taken Him into our hearts we are given someone to teach us, guide us, and strengthen us. The Holy Spirit is our willing and ready companion, if we choose to let Him.
How often is it easier to do just about anything else on a Sunday than attend church? How often do we serve ourselves instead of others? Do you doubt and worry? When was the last time you shared the love of Christ with someone?
Oh it is so easy to slide through the dash years and barely let our Christianity show. We spend a lot of time pursuing the good life but do we expend the same energy pursuing the Godly life?
With that said.
I think that it is good to remember that living the Christian life isn’t difficult, it is impossible—without the power of the Holy Spirit. So in the long years of the dash in our lives, don’t give up, and don’t try to do things in your own strength. You don’t have enough strength to do it.
Remember you have the power and abundance of God right there to help you.
Dottie
…………and so I ride

Hope……..it’s all it’s chalked up to be

It’s been a tough summer; well actually it’s been a tough year. Major surgery, watching my Dad pass, a work situation that was so critical and preposterous it borders on stupid and last week I got the worst news a Mom can get.
I admit, it brought me to my knees. My world felt like it was crashing around my shoulders.
It is hard to remain hopeful when you have already lost what you hold most dear and are in danger of losing even more. It is hard to remain hopeful when you hear “the odds are not in our favor”. Suddenly life is no longer as it was. Life is hard when it makes no sense at all.
As long as I was already down on my knees, I stayed there awhile because in all actuality, I was incapable of getting up. God reminded me that life will be life, deal with it.
That is the secret actually, choosing how we deal with “it”.
I was reminded that I had a full bucket to help me deal with tough situations. At the end of the day I am surrounded by friends that know the true meaning of friendship, I am surrounded by a husband and three wonderful sons that give more that they receive, I am surrounded by a sister, brother, nephews, Mom and other family who give support, sunshine, comfort and laughter every second of every day. I have a wonderful job, wonderful staff and we are making a difference in Gillette.
The truth is, the sun is probably going to come up each morning, I am probably going to be around to see it, I am probably always going to have a job to go to, food to eat, and some sort of clothing to wear. I am probably going to be able to ride my motorcycle for a good long while and live a life that is comfortable and meaningful.
None of those things however are guaranteed to us.
Staying positive helps, affirmation and solid core messages help, but as important as those things are, there is only one place that I can dwell that is going to bring me through this.
God can get us through, of that we can be sure.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Hope………..fix your eyes on what you cannot see, there you will find eternal rest.

Need I say more?

Dottie

………………..and so I rideHardships

God Does Give Us More Than We Can Handle………………….I Guarantee It

We have all heard the sayings, God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, if He brings us to it He will bring us through it and even in scripture it says that all things work together for the good to those who love God. We often kid that we have no trouble handing our troubles over to God but the troubling part is leaving them there. We are a people to love to maintain control over our lives.
I don’t want to be consumed by what I went through with my Father as he died and I don’t want to over focus on it but I do want to use the experience to point out some things that I learned from that experience.
Watching Dad die was like trudging through every level of hell in slow motion and at heightened sensitivity. It was all consuming and is still very alive to me. With that said, as horrible as it was, I felt God’s presence washing over me day after day, God was so present it was almost like I could reach out and touch him. The moment Dad died was not horrific, it was peaceful and God was fully present for both of us. Dad literally passed from my hands to Gods hands.
God does give us more than we can handle, I guarantee you He does. He wants us to need Him. He wants us to cry out to Him when we can no longer bear what is going on around us. The funny thing is even though I felt God so strongly there were times I was tempted to (and did) forget He was there. It was easy to ignore His presence and fall back into the struggle of handling things my way instead of letting the comfort and strength that was literally washing over me carry me through the struggles.
It is the control freak that lives inside me I suppose and now I know that to some degree anyway that control freak is guided by Satan. God had his ways of getting my attention back on Him however. When I was focused on what God was doing in that room I was content, comforted and supported. When I let my attention wander the days were torture and filled with chaos.
This might sound simplistic and let me tell you for certain…………………..it is simple.
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me………..for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt 11:28-30)
It was wonderful being surrounded by my family and the many friends who came in. They offered comfort and support in their own way. However none of them could substitute for the presence of God in that room.
It was a valuable lesson for me.
Dottie
……………………..and so I ride
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