Are you willing to look at yourself in a different way?

How is your life defined? 
We take on lots of identities in our lives. When asked to define who you are, do you answer with any of the following? Your occupation, your hobbies, your family (son, daughter, brother, sister), your habits (smoker, gambler, drinker, emotional eater, etc), a disability, your political affiliation, your education, your race, your health, whether you are married or not, your religion, your friends, the area of the world you live in, your gender, your economic status. These are some of the 21 major categories that people use to define themselves. 
What exactly does define a person? Friends come and go and will judge you based on your actions, then they will define you as a good or bad friend. Interests and circumstances can change. You can lose a job or get a new job. If you are a Northerner, what happens when you move south? If you define yourself because you smoke, drink, overeat or gamble your wealth away, how do you define yourself when you are cured of those things? 
Society defines us by physical and mental attributes, actions, values, interests, attitude about life, our intentions, and what we believe in. 

        

I hate to burst your bubble but none of that stuff defines who you are. Above all else, we as Christians are first and foremost heirs in the family of God. We are His children, He loves us not as one of many on the crowded planet but as individually and uniquely as He created us. Compared to that, nothing else matters. 
However, we have to be willing to step away from how the world defines us and look at ourselves in a different way. 
Can you look at yourself and see that you are complete in Him? Do you see that your are holy and without blame? Can you feel the peace that surpasses all understanding? There is a spirit of wisdom and enlightenment within you now…….do you recognize it? You live as a child of the King and you are the workmanship of God’s personal hand. You are a believer and doer of the Word. You can find lots of lists of scripture about who you are in Christ, on the internet. It is a good study. 
Are you willing to see yourself for who you really are? NEVER MIND what the world thinks of you, God’s opinion is the only one that counts. Accept and agree with the things that God says about you. Your identity in Christ does not depend on something you do or have done. God alone says who you are. 

 Are you willing to look at yourself in a different way, to look at yourself as God looks at you? 

No one says it better than Jonathan Cahn, “Today open your mind, your heart, and your life to that which you don’t yet know, that you might contain that which is greater than yourself.” 
Dottie

…………and so I ride

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Are you willing to look at yourself in a different way?

How is your life defined?

We take on lots of identities in our lives. When asked to define who you are, do you answer with any of the following? Your occupation, your hobbies, your family (son, daughter, brother, sister), your habits (smoker, gambler, drinker, emotional eater, etc), a disability, your political affiliation, your education, your race, your health, whether you are married or not, your religion, your friends, the area of the world you live in, your gender, your economic status. These are some of the 21 major categories that people use to define themselves.

What exactly does define a person? Friends come and go and will judge you based on your actions, then they will define you as a good or bad friend. Interests and circumstances can change. You can lose a job or get a new job. If you are a Northerner, what happens when you move south? If you define yourself because you smoke, drink, overeat or gamble your wealth away, how do you define yourself when you are cured of those things?

Society defines us by physical and mental attributes, actions, values, interests, attitude about life, our intentions, and what we believe in.

       

I hate to burst your bubble but none of that stuff defines who you are. Above all else, we as Christians are first and foremost heirs in the family of God. We are His children, He loves us not as one of many on the crowded planet but as individually and uniquely as He created us. Compared to that, nothing else matters.

However, we have to be willing to step away from how the world defines us and look at ourselves in a different way.

Can you look at yourself and see that you are complete in Him? Do you see that your are holy and without blame? Can you feel the peace that surpasses all understanding? There is a spirit of wisdom and enlightenment within you now…….do you recognize it? You live as a child of the King and you are the workmanship of God’s personal hand. You are a believer and doer of the Word. You can find lots of lists of scripture about who you are in Christ, on the internet. It is a good study.

Are you willing to see yourself for who you really are? NEVER MIND what the world thinks of you, God’s opinion is the only one that counts. Accept and agree with the things that God says about you. Your identity in Christ does not depend on something you do or have done. God alone says who you are.

 Are you willing to look at yourself in a different way, to look at yourself as God looks at you?

No one says it better than Jonathan Cahn, “Today open your mind, your heart, and your life to that which you don’t yet know, that you might contain that which is greater than yourself.”

Dottie

…………and so I ride

Are you in bondage?

Do you recognize you are in bondage?

The book of Exodus tells the story of the how God delivered the Israelites from slavery at the hand of Pharaoh.

Exodus tells a story about a God who loves His people so much that He reaches down into their bondage and frees them.

The thing about bondage is that it can become a comfortable place, so comfortable that one is often loath to leave. Present surroundings, even when less than perfect, are preferable to a new set of surroundings that can seem foreign, scary and uncertain.

Whatever our bondage, we can find freedom. We can stop sinning and escape the chains that bind us.

Delve into God’s word and pull down the strongholds which bind you. Get a clear picture of who God is and who you are in Christ. Take Jesus words at face value, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. God has accepted you just as you are, do you understand what that means? It is the law of grace that is worked out through God’s love for you.

Look closely at any strongholds the enemy is using to hold you in bondage.

• Un-forgiveness (ouch, I am dealing with this right now and it is a biggie)

• Un-repented, uncontested and often repeated sins (for me it is overeating or eating unhealthy food)

• Un-holy ties to the past. For me anyway, this is certainly tied to in-forgiveness also.

• Negative self talk. These words have the power of life or death. Renounce the words that only serve to bind your soul.

• You put your particular stronghold here.

Learn about your authority. You are a child of God and as such you have been given authority over the powers of the enemy. Stand firm. When you want to cut and run back to that from which you have been delivered. Call up your authority and stand firm.

Remember the story of Exodus. God was with Moses as he mobilized and led this mass of humanity out of Egypt. It took fortitude, courage and more than just a little trust as God led them out of Egypt. He wants to lead us to.

Become independent from the lies that bind you. Receive the love that your Father has for you.

Dottie

…………..and so I ride

Are you searching for what you lost or searching for what you never knew you had?

1 Peter 3:4
The loveliness that lives inside you.
“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within. The unending beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is so precious to God.”

Looking for what you have lost

We as women spend our whole lives trying to define ourselves by the unrealistic expectations that we have either set for ourselves, or have let society set for us. Myself, being one of the female persuasion, often wonder why I do that? I will take my Mom’s view, my neighbors view, the latest trend on social media and televisions view on what a woman should look like. Most if not all of those opinions are based on nothing but a personal judgement and competition. No researched facts, nothing but trends and fads and what feels right at the moment. We fear looking like anything except what everyone else looks like. Once again we are looking around before or we look up for answers. If everyone else isn’t doing it then by golly, it can’t be right. I need the latest book, fashion, exercise equipment etc, then I will be whole and finally happy. If I follow this or that diet and this or that exercise program I can be proud of myself.
I can tell you with absolute certainty that you cannot invent a new kind of diet or exercise program, buy all the latest fashions, there is nothing that is going to work wonders for you long term unless you stop searching fruitlessly for what has thus far eluded you. As Dr. Phil says, how is that working for you?
If we lose ourselves to what society says we must, we are gaining nothing even if the latest program is successful. It won’t last. How many times have we lost 5, 10, 20 or even 100 pounds just to find ourselves putting it all back on and a few more to boot?
Could it possibly be that we are looking for what we need in all the wrong places? We all know the void we feel, you know, the one we try to fill with food or fancy clothes, exercise equipment that we never use. We are so inventive with the things we try to fill the void with but that is because we buy into what society says beautiful looks like and not the truth. It is important to remember where our beauty really comes from.
There are a lot of things that the void inside us can be filled with, but for the purposes of this writing I am speaking only of using food and weight loss to fill the empty place that resides in us. I speak of this because it is a subject that I have some expertise in and have in fact, lived with for every day of my life.
We are looking for what we have lost and the crazy thing is most of the time we don’t know that we have misplaced it. We feel the void but we attribute it to stress of life. This way of living is so ingrained in us that we are unaware we are on a one way trip to nowhere, or at the very least another trip to the Ice Cream Café. The thing is, after the ice cream excursion, we feel emptier than before. We feel guilt for being so weak. We feel stupid in our fat clothes. We feel there is nothing on this earth that is going to fix this for us. Well at least the last thought is correct.
There is sisters, a way forward, there are answers to finding what we have lost, if we know where to look for them. There is victory to be found.
In most cases the lives we live now are all we have ever known. We keep doing the same thing and getting the same results but expecting something different. Maybe the name of this chapter ia a little misleading. We spend our lives not so much looking for what we have lost but searching for what we never knew we had. The thing is we can have no hope of finding what has been eluding us for so long until we figure out just what we are looking for, where we can find it and how to keep it once we find it.
If we are honest with ourselves we ARE concerned with what we look like when we venture into the world. We adorn ourselves with the latest fashion, coordinating jewelry, and shoes. To be sure there is nothing wrong with this as long as it is not our primary goal. We were created to worship the God who created us. We were not created to be thin, fashion horses, exercise goddesses or anything else we try to mold ourselves into.
Romans 12:1
I have to believe that we are all looking for the beautiful, lovely, gentle and strong person who is inside us. The Bible tells us there is an unending gentle and quiet spirit in all of us. God has placed a beauty in each and every one of us that absolutely shines if we let it. The fact is, we are beautiful simply because we have been created that way. Why is it so hard for us to believe that. Why is it so hard for us to take God at His word?
Because sisters, we live in a human world that treats God’s word as an afterthought and not the unerring Book of Life that it is. Like Ronald Reagan said, within the covers of the Bible lie the answers for all our problems.
I want to open that well inside me that boils with unending gentleness and beauty. I want the loveliness that lives inside me. I want to know it is there and I want to know it will never fail me. Let’s start with what the Bible says about this subject.
In 1 Peter 3:3-4 the apostle Peter wrote the following to Christian wives.
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” (1 Peter 3:3-4).

I asked earlier how we can take what the Bible says about Christ living inside us and make it our own story. The answer is probably not what you want to hear and is certainly not easy to live out. However, the truth is that you simply decide to live as God would want you to. Period, that is it. You make the choice to look to God first and the world second. We decide to weave our lives with purity, reverence and holiness. We must clothe ourselves with the things God has called us to do.
I am so glad that I can look at my world with glasses colored with His glory. I stand tall knowing that I am ALL that God created me to be. God does not love me in spite of who I am, He loves me because of who I am! I can live a successful and joyous life because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

Try it a different way- do a little research

I am embarrassed to admit this but I have been trying something different when problems arise. Something I should have been doing all along.
Although we all try to display an “I got it together”image to the world, most if not all of us are plagued by self doubt, insecurities and a feeling of unworthiness. I know I am.

What if I told you that you have someone in your life that has searched you and knows you, end to end. He knows you so well in fact that He knows when you sit and when you rise. He can and does discern your thoughts from afar. He searches your path before you take it and He is acquainted with ALL your ways. Even the ones you take special care to hide from the world.

When you speak, He knows what you will say. He is your personal safe room. Where you go,, He precedes you but what’s more, He takes your hand in His. With Him even the darkness is bright.
To have someone on your side that was responsible for forming you while you were still in your Mother’s womb, that is priceless.. To know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made because of the one who made you Is invaluable in ways you cannot even begin to understand!

A beautiful thought is that Our Creator saw us before we were formed, He has a book in which every last detail of “You” were written. Think for just a moment on the significance of this.

The good news is you have all this and so much more.

Psalm 139:1-6 and 13-17 gives us the truth of who we are and who is responsible.

God is the reason we are and He is the reason we are what we are. He loves us because of who we are, not in spite of who we are. God is the only unconditional love you will find on this earth. He is the reason that we need to look for ourselves in Him and not in man. Nothing and I mean nothing can take our royal status away. Something enormous is within each of us. Don’t look inside yourself to get permission to look up, try looking up to Him before you look inside. You will have a better idea of what you are seeing that way.

Live up to your inheritance. You will never look back.

Dottie
…………..and so I ride.

The weather was so nice yesterday and staying inside just wasn’t an option. I asked a friend who is quickly becoming a good friend, if she wanted to ride somewhere for lunch. I love spending time with this lady because I am always edified, built up and she speaks God’s truth. We were backing our bikes out of tight parking spaces and she mentioned that a certain situation had made her feel overlooked and inconsequential but what got her through the situation was that she knew who she was in Christ and that was what really mattered. There was nothing I needed to hear at this moment more than this and as I took off for the 50 miles back to Gillette, I knew this was something I had to think and pray on.
The list is quite lengthy, we are God’s Child, justified, Christ’s friend, we belong to God, we are a member of Christ’s body, assured all things will work together for good, established, anointed and sealed by God, a citizen of heaven, holy and blameless, forgiven, a saint, salt and light of the earth. We are chosen by God and we have hope, are included and we are God’s workmanship. That is to name just a few of the most important facts we can ever know.
It is important that we realize who we are in Christ because if we do not realize the love God holds for us and just how deep and really unconditional that love really is, we cannot be filled with the fullness that God offers. We were purchased at a steep price, don’t let that price go to waste, use it to fight for what Satan will try to steal.
Be it health issues, work issues, family issues, or if others unleash unfaithfulness, untruths, manipulation, rebellion, illusions, deceitfulness or any other malady born of satan, remember who you are in Christ. It is the most significant fact of your life. Learn to see yourself as God sees you. God’s opinion is really the only one that counts. Your true identity is not what the world or current circumstances around you says you are, your true identity is who God says you are.
Know the truth, think the truth speak the truth, believe the truth. You are one of God’s CHOSEN people. Period, plain and simple. Claim this truth as yours and become who you already are. Thank you Tina Bennet for reminding me of this.
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)
John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Loved and purified. 1 John 3:3

Established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21

God is always with me and never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5

God chose me to bear fruit John. 15:16
God is my Father, I am His child. John 1:12
I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
I am  one spirit with God. 1 Corinthians 6:17

God’s spirit and life live within me, I am God’s temple
I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
A member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27• I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
A Saint. Ephesians 1:1
Forgiven and Redeemed. Colossians 1:14
Complete in Jesus Christ, I am filled by my God who is ruler over every ruler and authority . Colossians 2:10
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
The old has gone and the new has come because I am a new creation in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When needing wisdom I can ask for it and He will give me what I need. James 1:5
Chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12

God gave me a spirit of power, or love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
God’s fellow co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
Seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6

Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
We have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
I am helping to build up Christ as a spiritual house, I am a living stone. 1 Peter 2:5

We have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God  so that through them we can participate in divine nature and escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4
God will help me to do what He desires me to do. Philippians 2:13

Dottie
……………………….and so I ride