Starting Over

Starting Over.

Self-sufficiency is a coveted commodity in our society. We all know people that have made their way all on their own and are proud that they need no one but themselves to get by.

But then one day, God brings even the most self-sufficient to a place where they have no strength, no answers, no money, no job and no choices except to turn to God and say, help me.

It can be exceedingly painful and extremely humbling.

Starting over is like learning to walk ………. start-overs and setbacks are a part of life. How many times does the little one tumble before he learns to walk with steady grace?

Another thing I can tell you with an amount of certainty is that most likely, you are not where you are because of some fluke of nature but you are in the starting gate of life because God needs to show you something.

Do not and I repeat DO NOT misunderstand what I am saying, I am not negating your pain or situation in any way. You have lost a spouse, you have lost every material possession you had in this world, your best friend died, you have gotten a terrible diagnosis, your child died, your job is gone and all prospects have dried up. You have been abused, or drugs or alcohol have their steely grip on you, maybe the friends you thought you could count on have betrayed and deserted you. The circumstances you are facing are deadly serious and they hurt like hell.

You hurt, you cry, you threaten, you shout, and finally you admit that you have absolutely nothing left on this earth.

At this point there is nothing left to lose.

That’s the good news.

While you are pleading with God and asking “Why me Lord, what did I do to deserve this? God is softly telling you that He has heard His son speak the same words.

 Trust Him through this.

Whatever your circumstances of your life at this moment you can come out a winner. If you have sinned, repent. If you are facing a battle, seek God’s will and let Him handle the battle for you. If you are in unfamiliar and unknown territory, know with absolutely certainty that God has a blessing waiting for you there and rejoice in that fact. To those who have cheated, mistreated, lied about you, offer up prayers for them. If you have traveled a road that you never should have traveled, work with God to find your way back to the road He wants you to follow. If every treasure you have on this earth is suddenly gone, know with certainty that the real treasure awaits you.

 God offers you the way to start over and find the significance that has thus far eluded you. Know that you can be the inspiration to others that they are so desperately seeking. However you first have to grab that courage, strength and wisdom and trust what is being offered. Don’t let the simple act of unconditional love offered by God be covered up in the mess, loss and hurt of the moment.

Do not give up.

Mother Teresa said that “When you have nothing left but God, you have more than enough to start over again”

There is such truth in that statement, it is not romantic drivel, it is solid, wonderful, honest truth.

I know there is fear in uncertainy. You are afraid of more pain, you are afraid your life will be very different, you are afraid God has drawn the map but misplaced the compass. I can tell you that the tighter you hold onto the reins of control in this torturous moment the more intense the pain will become and the more extreme the battle will be.

When God gives you the opportunity to start over, know that He is giving you the chance to start over with Him. Don’t look at this as a roadblock, but recognize the road could very well be GONE and God is offering you a bridge to a better way, the ONLY WAY that is going to get you where He desires you to be.

Will it take a leap of faith, of course it will, just as it will take a trust that only comes from seeking God every single second of every single day. You will find growth, significance, greater closeness with God and the unexplainable peace that presides over every circumstance every day when God is involved.

There is so much wrong in the world but with God there is so much more right.

So go ahead, find the courage to let go and start over. You will be glad you did.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

Dottie

…………and so I ride

 

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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
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A Personal Letter From God

When I asked for courage to do something that I didn’t want to do and something I didn’t think I was capable of, God gave me this.

My child,

I know I am asking you to do something that is incredibly hard for you and totally out of your comfort zone. However, please consider one thing, well more than one but let’s start here.

What I am asking may seem out of your reach and more than you can handle………to you………..but not to me. I know what you are capable of and the talents you possess. What you have is a gift given to you that is directly from Me. To be able to do what you do is not something that is born of this world, it is something that is embedded deeply inside you and was planted there with a unique purpose, by Me.

I would not ask you to do something that I thought you could not do. I would not ask you to do something that was not good for you in the long run. I WOULD NOT ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING THAT I WAS NOT WILLING TO WALK THROUGH WITH YOU. I WILL BE THERE THE WHOLE WAY.

I have faith in you, I made you capable of doing what I am asking you to do. I WILL BE THERE THE WHOLE WAY.

If you are always looking behind you will never see where you are heading, I WILL BE THERE THE WHOLE WAY.

Let’s take this journey together.

God