Fake News

Fake news, we have all heard the term. It is everywhere.The trouble is that when you hear something often enough, it becomes gospel truth. I love the quote “A lie can fly half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its boots.”Lies certainly do fly quickly in the modern world of the internet and social media. The trouble is that fake news spreads like a contagious illness regardless of the truthfulness of the content.

I think that Christians are just a susceptible to fake news as anyone else. There are many false doctrines out there that are taken as gospel truth. This can get dangerous very quickly as it is a proven fact that we tend to pay attention to beliefs that we already hold. We seek people who hold like minded beliefs. Even when new information is presented that contradicts the beliefs that we are holding, we resist that information and double down on proving we are right instead of searching for the real truth.

This should concern us for a couple of reasons. People usually practice resistance to anything that goes against what they currently believe are much less likely to listen to what we have to share. Realize that those we are to share with are often taking in what we are sharing with a doubting heart.

 Second, we have to make darn sure that the news we are sharing is not fake news.

When it comes to fake news versus the truth of God, we have an enemy that is a master deceiver. Satan is the ultimate liar and the father of all lies. Make no mistake, every false religion, every cult, every misguided philosophy and every thought that is opposed to God, is authored by Satan himself.

 Satan has but one goal, to destroy that which is of God..

 

Our message should be about the faith and hope we have in Jesus Christ. Our message should proclaim the great love our Savior has for us.

Just as we are working to share the good news of what Jesus did for us, Satan is working to spread fake news.

We must become unstoppable crusaders for the truth. God is the source of all truth. God is our foundation in a world run afoul with the lies of Satan.

This means we go the extra mile and we must spent as much time communing with God and in the Word of God as it takes to make sure we know the news we are championing is based on true Godly foundations.

The real truth, the absolute truth of God must be boldly proclaimed and preached by us, His crusaders.

 Lets get out there and spread some Good News!


Dottie

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

When faced with something challenging have you ever thought to yourself, why try, I will just fail? 
Oh come on, you know you have. 
Is it fear of failing, fear of succeeding, not trusting God? Just what exactly is going on with that? 
If I try, and I fail, then I am a loser, all over again. So we begin to live by the motto, if I don’t try at anything I can’t fail. We stay stuck right where we are, never trying but never failing. 
How many life changing chances have we passed up just because we are afraid to try? 
Think on these scripture for awhile…..
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6
 “He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

1 Corinthians 1:8
Or maybe we should take a lesson from Jacob, as found in Genesis 32:22-31.

 

Grab ahold of our Lord and don’t let go until He blesses you! 
Now there is a thought worth praying over. 

Dottie

………and so I ride

The Dark Christmas Tree

I walked downstairs this morning into the darkness of the living room. The Christmas tree sat in the corner engulfed in the darkness. There were no more presents under the tree and it seemed as if the beautifully decorated tree had no purpose and should probably be taken down and put back in the box to be stored in the garage.

After all the work it took to put the Christmas tree up I told myself to turn it on and enjoy it for just a few days longer. I walked over, flipped the switch and watched as the dark corner was bathed in a soft beautiful glow. The golden ornaments sparkled and the once dark corner took on a shimmer and glow that warmed my heart.

Just looking at the Christmas tree shimmering in the golden glow reminded me that the long gone presents that were stacked under the tree were not the real gifts we received at Christmas. We have received the promise of Christmas.

If I could wrap one gift that I want everyone to have it would be the promise of Christmas. Oh sure, we love the earthly traditions of Christmas, the gathering of family, an abundance of good food, presents, tinsel, glitter and ornaments. But those things are short-lived and often disappointing adornments for the calendar day of December 25th. The real promise of Christmas, the one that is available to each and every one of us lives year around and isn’t dependent on someone buying it, wrapping it and putting it under the tree. The real promise of Christmas is about a promise God made to mankind years ago, a promise of salvation.

 The real promise of Christmas is all about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So when I walk into the dark room with the dark Christmas tree, I am not sad and depressed that the presents are gone and the promise of Christmas is over. I flip that switch and watch as the soft glow lights the tree and reminds me that the real promise of Christmas is alive and strong. The real promise of Christmas lives in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So go ahead, flip that switch on the dark Christmas tree in the corner. Watch as our Lord’s Holy Name is lifted up, glowing for all to see. Let each Christmas light remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.

 Rejoice, for this is the season of hope and promises and it does not end when the tree is taken down.


Dottie

……………and so I ride

Are You Accepting Atrocious and Unacceptable Gifts This Christmas?

Are you accepting atrocious and unacceptable gifts this Christmas?
When a phrase or message gets repeated often enough, whether we are conscious of it or not, it becomes a life message. When those messages come from authority figures like our parents or from other family members, friends, co-workers, what have you, if repeated often enough or with enough force, they tend to stick. Whether messages are spoken or are simply actions, they can make an impression that shapes your life. These are atrocious and unacceptable gifts from others that we unwittingly but willingly take on. 
I am willing to bet that for more than a few of us we have lived with at least some of the following thoughts and feelings. 

• There is no where to turn

• I am not safe

• I know it is not my fault but if I can’t fix it I feel guilty

• I have no security

• I feel alone, abandoned, slapped in the face, belittled

• I am unimportant, inadequate, not enough, less than nothing

• I feel so guilty, everything is my fault

• I am scared, I am a basket case

• I am manipulated, degraded, and undeserving

• I am feeling deserted, beat up, hit on every side

• I am incredibly pressed, misunderstood, isolated

• I am empty, confused and full of fear
Let these REALITIES soak in awhile. When we go to others to shape our life messages, the above is what we get and how we live. 
There is a better way. God has messages about who you are. 


• God loves you unconditionally. 1 John 4:7-10, you will find an unconditional love like God’s no where else. 

• God sees you as worthy and having great significance. Hebrews 13:5 and John 3:16. No matter what your feelings on your worthiness, God has a different view and He wants you to enjoy it and live in His freedom. Your parents, in laws, co-workers etc. do not have the final say on who you really are, God does.

• God has given you a weapon to help you with whatever it is you are walking through, the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:8. 

• You have been given the mind of Christ. Phil 3:5

• You have been given strength from Christ. Phil 4:13 and John 10:10. With strength from Jesus, you need nothing else. 

• God loves you not because you are good but because He is good. Man’s approval is not requested, required or relevant. 

• You are beautiful, unique, loved, special, cared for, lovely, precious, FORGIVEN, protected, empowered, CHOSEN, YOU ARE GOD’S FAMILY. 


When you are in Christ you are:

• Righteous

• Holy

• Acceptable

• Perfect (yes perfect)

• Blameless ( don’t listen to you brother or sister! LOL)

• Worthy

• Loved

• Cherished

When was the last time you felt even one of those things, let alone all of them. Well let me tell you. They are yours for the taking. You can do all things through Christ and all things do work together for God’s good. Are you willing to surrender yourself to God and accept the gifts He is offering you this Christmas (or any time)?

Wyoming Wind

My husband and I were studying the Holy Spirit this morning. This devotional is adapted from what we studied.

Living in Wyoming we are well acquainted with the wind. They say our mountains are to low and our prairies are to high, therefore we deal with an excess of wind.

There are days that if you are a woman you don’t wear dresses or skirts because they end up around your neck. There are days that the car doors are blown shut on your legs, hands or fingers. There are winter days that the already low temperature feels doubly cold because the wind is blowing and it drives the wind chill way down. It is so windy here that the wind blows the wind turbines over. It is so windy that by the time you have shoveled the snow off the driveway and sidewalks you have to start over because it has blown shut again.

Heaven forbid if you try to walk against this horrendous WY wind. Walking against the wind is a struggle, it creates drag and walking becomes harder and harder and you become tired very quickly.

I like to think of the Holy Spirit as the wind. When we walk against the Spirit we are fighting against the wind, we are creating a drag on our life and we get worn out and stumble easily.

However, turn and walk with the wind, The Holy Spirit, and you will find no drag. It will be much easier. The Holy Spirit will guide you to what is holy and away from what is unholy. Walk with the Holy Spirit and you will be moved ahead, you will be empowered and the power of the wind will be at your back.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8