You Have The Power to Create Change, do you have the wisdom to know when it is needed?

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE CHANGE
, do you have the wisdom to know when it is needed? 

You feel like everyone does life better than you.

You feel like the deck is stacked against you.

You feel like you are not enough, and inconsequential, irrelevant, not important, trivial and inadequate.

You feel like you need to change.

You know where you want your destination to be, you have envisioned it many times.

Yet, here you are. There seems to be many miles between where you are and where you feel you are destined to end up.

You do have the power to create change in your life, however, it also takes wisdom, patience and courage to ensure that the change you want to create, is what God has destined for you.

Maybe change is not happening right this second because there is growth and learning that need to happen in your life.

Maybe change is not happening right this second because other circumstances or situations need to come into line before you receive a greater reward than you ever imagined.

Maybe change is not happening because the change is your plan………and not God’s.

You do have the power to create change in your life but the wisdom comes from trusting God with the timing. The patience comes from waiting for the change that God wants to see in you in exactly the time that God wants to see it. The courage comes from learning to quit trying to control things and letting God do what He does so well. Finally do you have the wisdom and courage to accept whatever God determines?

You do have the power to create change in your life, do you have the courage to ask God if it is a change He wants to see in your life and the patience to wait for His answer?

Dottie

………….and so I ride

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I choose life

 Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days”
A few things in these scriptures strike me this morning. He has set before us life and death. He wants us to choose life. The Lord God is our life. Sounds like He has a plan for us and is laying the game our plainly for us to see. 
He gives us free will to choose what He has set before us, life or death. God does spell it out pretty plainly doesn’t He, life or death, you are free to choose. It is as simple as that. Choose me and you choose life. Chose another road and eventually you will find death.
This is a daily choice we make, to walk with God or not.
 The same can be said of our choices for every day living. We make many choices every single day.  Good or bad choices that can impact every area of our lives.  The choice is ours. Ultimately, we are the only ones responsible for making a good choice or a bad choice. 
The good thing that we are reminded in this scripture is God is available, He is there for us to cling to as we are making our choices. I love the last sentence, cling to Him for He is your life and the length of your days. That is beautiful.
Look to God for the wisdom to make good choices. Look to God to help you walk through any  issues that may be hindering you in life. Look to God to beat down the walls of self sabotage that we are so good at building. He and He alone can give the power, strength, stamina and courage to take those walls down and make good choices.
Godly living is a good choice but not an easy one. Decide that you will choose daily to walk the Godly walk and decide that you will let Him help you with each decision you are making. A few points to remember as you go through your day. 
 Make God your focus

 Take advantage of the many chances we have every day to make good choices.

 Realize that even small choices have lasting impact

 Ultimately only you are responsible for good or bad choices

 You are your best chance of living a life of few regrets

 Be consistent, a heart change can only come with daily renewing of your mind

 Lean on God, He is faithful to meet your every need.

 CHOOSE LIFE
Dottie

……………….and so I ride

Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
This is a favorite verse of mine. Sometimes though, there is a gap between what we expect God to do and what He is actually doing. To trust God with your whole heart is easier than it sounds. Oh it is easy to trust God when things are ship shape but the minute the boat hits troubled water we start thinking that God is not paying attention and doesn’t care. Then the test of trust and faith is on us full force.
When I am having trouble hanging onto God’s promises it helps me to dig into those promises in a fashion that takes it from the page into my heart.

Verse 5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. I find that interesting, there are few things in this world that we do with our whole heart, but we are told to trust God with all our heart, not part of it. I guess when it comes down to it, we either trust God or we don’t, He either has our whole heart or He doesn’t have any of it. Another interesting thing is God pushes us into situations where we have to make that choice. All or none, abandon yourself to God. Does that mean burn your bridges and rely on only His faithfulness. Quite possibly it does. Scary isn’t it? But when you burn the bridges you used to rely on and abandon yourself to only God. Live with the belief that God is in charge of your life, He will be faithful.

Lean not on your own understanding. To lean is to prop up or put your whole weight on something. I know that if left to my own devices I do not possess the wisdom to support the weight of the challenges, hardships and decisions in my life. When I take my situation to God in prayer and follow His leading I tap into His wisdom and power. There will be circumstances where the only thing you can conclude is God is unfaithful or indifferent and somehow lost your address. But remember that is only based on the facts as you know them. There is always a side that we can never fully understand. Life is filled with times that are full of “What if’s” Whether we think we understand the truth of the situation or not we are not to trust our understanding of the situation. We must trust that He knows what He is doing and He will see us through.

In all your ways acknowledge Him. I am pretty sure that when Solomon says to acknowledge God, he is not talking about the hour on Sunday mornings and where ever else we can“fit” Him in during the week. God isn’t interested in a quick wave as we pass by each other, He wants to be involved in every single area of our lives. Are the things that are important to you things that God would be proud of? It means seeking His will and not mine, it means living for Him and not myself……………even when I am following and not sure of where I am going, it is to trust the one leading me. To acknowledge Him in all ways is to acknowledge that He is in control, not me.

He will make your paths straight. I think I tend to say to God, Here is the path I have chosen, approve it and bless it please. However it is probably a safe bet to say that God blesses His chosen path then invites us to walk with Him there. That does require a strong measure of trust, a close prayer relationship and to choose to accept the unfailing grace that God pours on us.
Do you see how one step leads to another in these two verses? Trust, leads to leaning on God and not myself, leads to acknowledging Him in all I do, leads to walking the straight path to Glory.

Dottie
……………………….and so I ridetrust-in-the-lord-proverbs-3-5-6

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

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

Going Home

DadHe is there in times of trouble and times of turmoil. There is lots of scripture to reinforce the fact that this indeed is true. In Deuteronomy it tells us that God Himself goes before us and will fight for us. Psalms showers us with an abundance of the comfort that God offers us. He is our stronghold, our light, and our salvation. He is our confidence and our unfailing love.
Well, I think that I got special training in pursuing the truth of these statements. It is a special kind of agony to watch a loved one wither and leave this earth. To need them here but to want them to go is a pain I wish on no one.
When the hospice nurses tell you to tell them that it is ok to go rest now, that they have your permission to leave and find the light, if you were like me, your first thought was………..no.
Then on second thought I found that an answer of “no” was more for my benefit and not for my Dad. Telling him it was ok to go meant that I had to come to grips with the enormity of what I was losing. But wait a minute, wait just one dog gone minute. Isn’t that discounting totally the enormity of what Dad was gaining?
My Dad is being taken home very, very soon, much to quickly for me. It is easy to get stuck in the sorrow and pain of living without him. I can’t stay in the sorrowful place, I am concentrating on the wrong thing. I can rest assured and celebrate the fact that he is indeed being taken home. The legacy he leaves us is priceless but the prize he is about to gain is irreplaceable, incomparable and precious.
So yes, I whispered those words in my Dad’s ear…………….”it’s ok to go rest now Dad. God is here with us and always will be, He will take care of us. Now you go rest my dear Father, God is waiting for you.”
Dottie

Choices, the Good, The Bad and The Ugly

So you made a choice that didn’t turn out as you planned and now you have to fix it? Sometimes that happens and it can be stressful.

 

You have a couple of choices, leaving well enough alone or forging ahead and doing what needs to be done. Sounds relatively easy right?

 

Yea except sometimes fixing a problem involves making the tough decisions and #1 admitting you were wrong, #2 hurting someone’s feelings. No one ever said doing what was right would always be easy, but if there is a right and a wrong choice, we are expected to go with what’s right even if it is the hard choice.

I guess the first thing to be done is to pray about it and seek Gods guidance and make sure your intentions align with Gods will. That may require delaying the decision and in most cases that is ok. I for one tend to be quick to take action but at times, that is not beneficial.

 

It helps to remember that my Father wants what is best for me, but not only that, He knows what is best for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

So I return at this point to prayer. See what the Bible has to say about the situation, sometimes it is clearly laid out for us and all we have to do is obey. When it’s not I think that Psalm 119:105 is a good rule of thumb, dig into His word and use the principles you find there as a guiding light.

 

However none of this will do one ounce of good if you are not fully prepared to do as God wants you too. This is the point I tend to pack a lot of “what if’s” into the situation.

 

Obedience (no matter the situation) requires a willing heart and when that happens you can be sure God is going to show you the way. It boils down to trust again it seems, (Proverbs 3:5—6).

 

God will show you what He expects from this situation but you have to be willing to listen. Preaching to the choir here…………………..

 

Our groundwork should not be over at this point however, research, yes my favorite thing, gather all the information needed to make an informed decision and a decision that brings glory to our Father.

 

Here is the pesky part for me, weighing the decision and figuring out how it will impact others. Not every decision is popular with every person involved. This is really true when you are the boss and that sucks at times.

 

I think it is important to point out that good judgement and good decisions should be worked out between you and God first and foremost. Because the answers when asking someone if you acted with good judgement will entirely depend on who you ask.

 

Once you have walked these steps it is time to take the bull by the horns,  gather the courage to do as God has revealed to you and “just do it” God won’t leave you to twist in the wind, He will be right there as you follow as you are being directed.

 

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

“Indecision becomes decision with time.”

Anonymous

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